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March 6, 2013

No complaints from Zimmerman; Avondale survives in hoops

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Athens goalie Jeff Merola stops a shot during the regional semifinal.

He said it would take a perfect game to have a chance.

His team didn’t play perfectly, and the result was a loss.

Still, as Troy High hockey coach Tim Zimmerman looked back on the 2013 playoff season, including an 8-0 setback to the University of Detroit Jesuit in a Division 1 regional final, he had very little to complain about.

“I’m not disappointed at all,” Zimmerman said a day after the season ended. “They scored six goals on special teams, and that’s what happens against a superior team. We had to be perfect, and we weren’t. But the kids played hard. They never gave up, and that’s really all I can ask.”

The Cubs scored four power-play goals and two short-handed goals while beating Troy in the March 2 regional final.

The Colts ended the season 11-12-4.

“But it was an awesome time,” Zimmerman said of the playoffs. “We’d been on a roll for about three weeks now, and it carried into the tournament.”

Troy earned a spot in the final after beating Troy Athens 5-2 in the regional semifinal and Sterling Heights Stevenson 3-2 in the opener.

Now Zimmerman has the task of working with 14 guys who could return next season.

“We have to find a way to keep the hunger going,” he said. “I think we can be better than we have been. We’re losing some top guys, but the responsibility falls on some younger guys now. We’ll see how they react.”

On the hardwood

Auburn Hills Avondale won the Athens district, beating Waterford Mott 45-35 in a March 1 final.

The Yellow Jackets beat Pontiac High 58-41 after drawing a bye in the first round.

Athens lost to Mott 53-36 in a semifinal after drawing a bye, and Troy lost to Pontiac 41-29 in the opener.

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