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Troy hockey and girls basketball teams ousted from state tournaments

By: Mike Moore | Troy Times | Published March 9, 2016


TROY — Tim Zimmerman said he issued a warning to his Troy United hockey team heading into last week’s Division 1 regional semifinal against Utica Eisenhower.

If the Colts could keep things low-scoring, there’d be a great chance to move on.

“But I knew if we got into a shootout, it’d be tough,” Zimmerman said. “And this was a shootout for sure.”

After a brilliant regular season and share of the Oakland Activities Association White Division title, Troy was ousted in the March 2 game by a 7-4 count.

“They had a ton of speed and attacked real well,” Zimmerman added. “It was one of those games where when we made a mistake, they scored.”

Troy certainly had its chances in the game, outshooting Ike 42-31.

“We just couldn’t score enough,” Zimmerman added.

Troy ended the year 18-7-1.

“The year itself was very good,” Zimmerman said. “You’re disappointed how it ends, but we played some very good teams down the stretch.”

Troy defeated Warren Mott 4-2 in a playoff opener.

This team was in the first season of a three-year combination effort with Troy Athens.

“I think we answered a lot of questions this year as to whether or not something like this would work,” Zimmerman boasted. “There were no issues with the kids or the fans or the parents or anything. It kind of developed last second, and we made the most of it.”

He also expects the next two years to be even more productive.

“It’s going to be better, now that people know what to expect,” Zimmerman added. “We can have more of an offseason now. Kids will understand what they have to do if they want to play and be part of this program.”

Basketball wrapped up

The girls basketball season also came to a close for Troy High and Troy Athens during district play.

Athens hosted a Class A district and dropped its opener 50-49 to Warren Mott.

The Red Hawks closed the season 10-9.

Troy High was in the Bloomfield Hills Class A district and lost its opener 38-27 to Birmingham Seaholm.

The Colts closed the year 5-16.