Country Day and Marian girls basketball, Rice, CD and CK hockey claim trophies

By: Mike Moore | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 5, 2018

 Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day’s Kaela Webb goes up for a shot in the district round. The Yellowjackets claimed their 21st district title in a row.

Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day’s Kaela Webb goes up for a shot in the district round. The Yellowjackets claimed their 21st district title in a row.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

BEVERLY HILLS/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The playoffs in girls basketball and boys hockey are in full swing, and for a handful of local teams, that meant some trophies were collected.

For one in particular, well, it was business as usual.

“It’s a new team and new girls every year, which is why this is so special,” Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day girls basketball coach Frank Orlando said of his group, which won its 21st district title in a row. “That’s what this is all about. It’s another opportunity to enjoy the team.”

Orlando laughed when asked to put into context what 21 trips to the regional round means.

“When you think about, I think it was 1997 where we won our first,” he said. “It’s amazing how much time has gone by since then.”

Country Day hosted a Class B district and took home the title March 2 with a 72-27 victory over Madison Heights Lamphere in the final.

The Yellowjackets defeated Ferndale University 88-16 in the semifinals and Center Line High 74-29 in the opener.

“The thing is, we’re facing teams that are extremely motivated to beat us,” Orlando said. “We have to bring our A-game all the time.”

And the girls have, for 21 years in a row.

“Very proud of that,” he added. “I mean, I’m so thankful I’m at a school that fosters this kind of success and feeling.”

The Yellowjackets (18-4 overall) advanced to the Crosswell-Lexington regional and faced North Branch High (12-11) in a semifinal after press time.

The regional final is set for 7 p.m. March 8 against Pontiac Notre Dame Prep or Marysville High.

Marian gets revenge
In Class A action, Bloomfield Hills Marian had to avenge a loss earlier in the season when it faced Royal Oak High in a March 2 district final.

The Mustangs did just that, using a 12-0 run in the second half to secure a 39-25 victory.

Marian (18-4) defeated Troy High 54-27 in a semifinal and Troy Athens 49-22 in a playoff opener.

The Mustangs advanced to the West Bloomfield High regional and faced Clarkston High after press time.

The final is set for 7 p.m. March 8 against Utica Eisenhower or Waterford Kettering.


Cranes, Jackets and Warriors advance
In the boys hockey playoffs, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood earned a Division 1 regional title with a 4-3 victory over the University of Detroit Jesuit in a game that needed two overtimes to find a victory.

Hugh Lambert scored 1:38 into the second overtime to lift the Cranes to the quarterfinals.

Cranbrook is set to face Novi Detroit Catholic Central in a 6 p.m. March 7 quarterfinal at Yost Ice Arena on the campus of the University of Michigan.

In D-2 action, Birmingham Brother Rice kept hopes of defending its state title alive with a 3-1 victory over Grosse Pointe South in a March 3 regional final.

The Warriors faced Davison High in a quarterfinal played March 6, after press time.

In D-3 action, Country Day kept its season going with a 2-0 victory over Flint Powers Catholic in a March 3 regional final.

The Yellowjackets are headed to Munn Ice Arena at Michigan State University at 7 p.m. March 7 to face Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

The state semifinals and finals are set for this coming weekend at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.