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Published October 21, 2015

It’s essentially a play-in game when Southfield High travels to Troy Athens at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in an Oakland Activities Association Division crossover.

The winner notches its sixth victory, guaranteeing a spot in the playoffs. The loser is at the mercy of playoff points, hoping there is a spot left for it in the field.

Southfield has earned a spot four straight years and six of the last seven. The Red Hawks are looking for their first trip since 2011.

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Published October 20, 2015

Admittedly, it’s not a position that Berkley High volleyball coach Chantelle Korson thought her team would be in.

At press time, the Bears were 2-7 overall and 0-7 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

“We’ve been competing with teams, but just not able to finish,” Korson said, noting that the squad has also lacked a full lineup many times due to injuries.

The coach added that the positive is that a lot of her girls have learned and played multiple positions, giving the squad some depth.

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Published October 16, 2015

TROY — Troy Athens football kept its playoff hopes alive and beat its crosstown rival in the process.

The Red Hawks handled Troy High 43-0 Oct. 16 at home in an Oakland Activities Association Red Division tilt.

The victory gives Athens five wins (5-3 overall, 5-2 Red), one away from an automatic berth to the postseason, something it last did in 2011.

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Published October 15, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — It was a lesson learned for the Southfield-Lathrup volleyball team.

Walking out of the Hazel Park High gym Oct. 6 after a loss in four games, the Chargers came to a realization.

“I think they found out that if the small things are not done correctly, they can cause you to lose,” coach Kirk Bagg said. “I think it was actually a positive thing.”

Bagg noted that the following practice had a different tone.

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Published October 14, 2015

For the first time in school history, the West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy boys tennis team is heading to the state finals.

The Jaguars earned the 18 points in their Division 4 regional Oct. 8 at Ann Arbor Greenhills to qualify for the final Oct. 16-17 at Kalamazoo College.

“My vision told me if we worked hard and put the work in, they had a shot at doing it, but it was a long shot,” first-year coach Larry Stark said. “I had confidence in them, but I didn’t know if they had confidence in themselves.

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Published October 13, 2015

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It’s rivalry week in the Oakland Activities Association where bragging rights, along with playoff hopes, are on the line. Games are at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 unless otherwise listed.

Troy High (0-7 overall) at Troy Athens (4-3)
Athens is looking for its third straight win against the Colts, something the Red Hawks have only done once before (1999-2001).

On top of the streak, Athens still controls its playoff destiny, needing a win against Troy and then one in the OAA crossover in Week 9.

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Published October 12, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — The good news is, the Berkley High football team has been through this before and responded.

On a night where seemingly everything went wrong, the Bears fell to Birmingham Groves 47-14 Oct. 9 in a battle for first place in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.     

The Falcons took advantage of six turnovers by the Bears, all in the first half leading to a 41-0 deficit.

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Published October 9, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Birmingham Groves football clinched at least a share of the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division championship in dominating fashion.

The Falcons beat Berkley High 47-14 Oct. 9 at home. Both squads came in at 5-0 in the Blue.

“I think we executed well to get things rolling, and then the turnovers … sometimes there’s some good luck,” Groves coach Brendan Flaherty said.

Berkley committed six first-half turnovers, allowing the Falcons to jump ahead and stay ahead.

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Published October 8, 2015

After losing the first two games to Ferndale High, Hazel Park High volleyball coach Lisa McClellan took a moment to speak with her team.

“The first two games, we lost because we were playing like a group of girls that wouldn’t play together,” she said.

The Vikings then found their stride, ripping off three wins in a row to take the Sept. 29 match.

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Published October 7, 2015

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The winner is guaranteed at least a share of the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, and Berkley High and Birmingham Groves enter the meeting plenty familiar with each other.

After splitting their two meetings last season, this is the third meeting between these programs in 11 games.

Last season, Berkley won the regular-season matchup, and then four games later Groves took the playoff tilt.

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Published October 5, 2015

FERNDALE — When it comes down to it, Ferndale High football coach Eric Royal knows his team is at a disadvantage when it comes to numbers on the roster.

The Eagles have 26 players when they’re healthy, but in a midseason game like the one against Southfield-Lathrup Sept. 25, only 21 were dressed in the 27-24 loss.

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Published October 5, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — It’s a single golf division, but more than half of the teams are ranked in the state.

When it came to the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, nothing came easy.

“I don’t know if we’ve ever had this many good teams at one time,” Rochester High coach Jeff Haney said.

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Published October 2, 2015

In a field loaded with state-ranked golf teams, Rochester High came away with the Oakland Activities Association Red Division title.

The Falcons won the last tournament of the divisional season Oct. 1 at Oakland University with a team-total 330.

Troy High finished second with 340, Lake Orion High was third with 343, Birmingham Seaholm was fourth with 367, Rochester Adams came in fifth with 381, Clarkston High was sixth tallying 383, and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek placed seventh with 392.

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Published October 1, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield High volleyball coach Dana Gray calls it “goals and sacrifices.”

Before the season, the team came up with three goals — winning a tournament, winning the Oakland Activities Association White Division and capturing a district title.

Then each girl listed three “sacrifices,” ranging from chocolate, chips and pop to Leo’s Coney Island.

“Each time we reach one of those goals, they get (one of the sacrifices) back,” Gray said.

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Published October 1, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — The girls golf postseason tees off Oct. 7-10 with regional tournaments across the state.

Each team sends out five golfers; the top four count toward the team score. The top three teams and top three individuals in each regional on nonqualifying teams then earn a spot in the state final field.

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