Madison Heights, Hazel Park teams take part in postseason tournaments

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published June 12, 2013

 Madison Heights Madison’s Tim Williams is pictured batting during a game earlier this season. The Eagles fell to Harper Woods High in a district semifinal game.

Madison Heights Madison’s Tim Williams is pictured batting during a game earlier this season. The Eagles fell to Harper Woods High in a district semifinal game.

Photo by Andrew Potter

Baseball, soccer and softball district tournaments recently took place around the state, with Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s baseball team being the only local squad to advance in the postseason.

The Ventures beat Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 10-0 June 1 to capture a Division 3 district championship in a district final contest played at Lutheran Northwest.

The reigning two-time D-3 state champs also defeated Pontiac Academy of Excellence and Macomb Lutheran North en route to the district final.

Foley was scheduled to face Harper Woods in a D-3 regional semifinal June 8, after press time, with the winner of that regional set to move on to the quarterfinals June 11 at Saginaw Valley State University. The winner of the quarterfinals advances to the semifinals, scheduled for 2 p.m. June 14 at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

Madison Heights Lamphere’s baseball team also made it as far as a district final game, where the Rams lost to Clawson 5-3 in a Division 2 contest June 3 at Lamphere. The Rams beat Ferndale 19-0 in their district semifinal game.

Hazel Park’s baseball squad also played in the Lamphere district and lost to Clawson 10-0 in the semifinal June 3.

Harper Woods defeated Madison Heights Madison 15-0 in a Division 3 semifinal game at Harper Woods May 31. Harper Woods went on to win a district championship.

In softball action:
Lamphere defeated Ferndale 9-2 in a Division 2 district semifinal game, before losing to Clawson 11-9 in the district final June 3 at Lamphere.

Bishop Foley made it to a D-3 district final, where the Ventures lost 8-6 to Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest June 1 at Lutheran Northwest.

Foley beat New Haven 20-3 in its district semifinal game.

Clawson defeated Hazel Park 5-3 in a D-2 semifinal contest June 3 at Lamphere.

Madison lost to Harper Woods 19-12 in a D-3 semifinal game May 31 at Harper Woods.

In soccer action:
Hazel Park’s soccer team won two district games before being knocked out by Livonia Ladywood 10-0 in a D-2 district final game June 1 at Ladywood. The Vikings defeated Warren Fitzgerald 1-0 in their district-opening contest before moving on to defeat Redford Thurston by the same score in a district semifinal game.

Bloomfield Hills Lahser beat Lamphere’s soccer squad 1-0 in a D-2 seminal matchup at Bloomfield Hills Marian May 31.

Madison lost to New Haven Merritt 3-0 in its D-4 district-opening game May 29 at Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.

Bishop Foley also lost its D-4 district-opening contest, as Clarkston Everest Collegiate defeated the Ventures 3-0 May 28 at Everest Collegiate.

Foley associate head coach Aaron Miller had some thoughts on what his young squad, which was made up of 12 freshmen,  could do to help turn things around next season.

“Next year, we’re (going to) have a little more experience,” he said. “Lot of girls are (going to) be playing in the offseason, trying to get better on their own. We will see what kind of freshmen come in next year and hopefully be able to help us, as well. We have some good, quality juniors coming back that will be seniors.”

In golf action:
Madison Heights Lamphere advanced to regionals after shooting 347 to finish in fifth place at a Division 2 district tournament hosted by Lamphere at the Maple Lane Golf Club May 30. The Rams played in regionals June 6.

Hazel Park played in the same district, and although the Vikings didn’t advance as a team, Tyler Thornsberry qualified as an individual after shooting 91.

The D-2 state finals are scheduled for June 14-15 at the Meadows at Grand Valley State  University.