Dakota girls soccer falls in regionals; boys golf plays in state finals

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 10, 2014

The Macomb Dakota boys golf team had a season to remember.

For the first time in program history, the Cougars advanced to the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 state finals.

The finals took place June 6-7 at Michigan State University. Dakota finished 12th out of 15 teams with a two-day score of 621. Swartz Creek finished with a 584 to claim the D-1 state title.

Senior Austin Azzopardi led the Cougars with a two-day score of 152. Senior Cameron Irvin tallied a 154, while seniors Jake Vandevelde, Kevin Vitale and Eva McClintock scored 157, 161 and 162, respectively.

Midland Dow’s Ben Roeder was the top individual at the D-1 state final, shooting 70 and 71 for a total score of 141.

Locally, Warren De La Salle (628) finished 14th and Grosse Pointe South (635) placed 15th.

Junior Martin Vanderhagen led De La Salle with a 153. Junior Kevin Campion shot a 157 over two days for the Pilots, followed by junior Matt Jozefczyk’s 160, senior Jacob Burghardt’s 162 and senior George Cornwell’s 163.

Cougars girls soccer falls in regionals
The Dakota girls soccer team fell 1-0 to Grosse Pointe South in a D-1 regional semifinal June 4 at Sterling Heights Stevenson. The Cougars end the season at 12-3-3.

To advance to the regional round, Dakota knocked off Anchor Bay 2-1 in a district final. Anchor Bay won the Macomb Area Conference White Division title. The Cougars finished third in the White and went 0-1-1 against Anchor Bay in the regular season before downing the Tars in the playoffs.

Warren Regina softball falls in regional final
The Warren Regina softball team saw its season come to an end in a 3-2 loss to Utica Ford II in eight innings in a 2014 MHSAA D-1 regional final June 7 at Anchor Bay.

The Saddlelites, which won their 18th straight district title, end the season at 17-14. To advance to the regional final, Regina bested Anchor Bay 6-3 in a regional semifinal.