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Christian Davis

C&G Staff Reporter – C & G Sports

Sports Editor Christian Davis has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2005 and attended Michigan State University before graduating from Oakland University.

Published September 16, 2015

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Heading into the season, not many imagined the Week 4 matchup between West Bloomfield High and Troy Athens would be for sole possession of first place in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

But that’s exactly what’s on the line when these teams meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Athens.

The Red Hawks return home with some excitement surrounding the program. Athens is 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Red.

Athens beat Lake Orion High 21-14 Sept. 4 on the road for only the second time in program history, spanning 24 meetings.

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Published September 15, 2015

FARMINGTON — Standing on the track where Bettie Wade first found her stride, she posed for pictures and took a few moments to talk with some current Farmington High students.

The 2005 graduate was one of four inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame Sept. 11 during halftime of the game with Southfield High.

“It’s incredible. This is where my career started,” Wade said. “It’s like coming home.”

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Published September 14, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Birmingham Groves volleyball coach Jenny Brown is seeing signs that this season may be the best of them all.

The fourth-year coach said this has been the Falcons’ best start, much of that confidence stemming from their finish at a tournament in Battle Creek on Aug. 21. Last season, Groves was knocked out in the lowest bracket of the event. This August, the Falcons made it all the way to the Silver Division semifinal.

“We went in there to see where we ranked, where we stood,” Brown said. “We definitely turned a few heads.

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Published September 11, 2015

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FARMINGTON — Southfield High made the big plays when needed en route to a victory Sept. 11 at Farmington High.

The Blue Jays won 45-22 to keep pace in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

Much of the damage was done by freshman quarterback Sam Johnson III and sophomore running back Eric McArn.

Johnson finished 9-of-13 passing for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m impressed. I keep saying that he’s exceeding our expectations,” Southfield coach Tim Conley said.

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Published September 10, 2015

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FERNDALE — Birmingham Groves volleyball swept through Ferndale High Sept. 10 in an Oakland Activities Association crossover.

The Falcons won 25-13, 25-9, 25-20.

"We had some very good moments out there, and some moments that we need to take back to practice and work on," Groves coach Jenny Brown said.

In the final game, the squads were tied at 13 until Groves' Julia Kalugar found an open spot on the floor for a kill. That started a 7-2 run for the Falcons.

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Published September 10, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Lamphere senior Jaclyn D’Arca remembers her first varsity volleyball match.

She was pulled up to the squad as a sophomore and admits it was a little intimidating taking the court.

“I was really scared, actually. My first game, I was in the back row and this girl slammed the ball right in front of me,” D’Arca said, laughing.

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Published September 9, 2015

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Southfield High (1-1) at Farmington High (2-0), 7 p.m. Sept. 11 —

Already a pivotal game in the Oakland Activities Association White Division in just Week 3, both squads enter 1-0 in the division.

Last week, both teams earned victories against division contenders, with Farmington beating Oak Park High 20-19 and Southfield prevailing 30-17 against Rochester Adams.

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Published September 8, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Keith Stephens would have liked this.

That was the feeling among his family members as they walked off the Southfield-Lathrup football field Sept. 3.

The Chargers held a halftime ceremony during their game with Royal Oak High to honor the late coach, who passed away from pancreatic cancer last February.

“It’s nice to know that people are willing to continue his legacy and remember him,” said his daughter Eiyesha Stephens. “I know he would have liked this a lot.”

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Published September 8, 2015

ROCHESTER — Bridgette Harding may technically be new to the Rochester Adams varsity volleyball team, but she has plenty of experience with the Highlanders.

Harding has spent the last 13 years as the JV coach, biding her time, observing and taking notes on the best way to run a program.

The coach said she’s had opportunities to take the head job in the past, but with a young daughter, the timing was never right — until now.

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Published September 4, 2015

The new Berkley High volleyball coach laughed while describing her style of leadership.

“I like to talk a lot,” Chantelle Korson said. “I will always tell them that something could be better, but I will be their biggest cheerleader. … Initially, if the girls don’t know me well, they think I’m being really hard on them, but once they get that, they soak it up and they love it.”

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Published September 3, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Royal Oak High earned its first win of the season, beating Southfield-Lathrup 21-7 Sept. 3 on the road.

It was the first game for both teams in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

“I’m real proud of our guys. They’ve been working hard,” first-year Royal Oak coach Ray McMann said, who also notched his first victory as a head coach. “It feels pretty good, I’ll be honest.”

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Published September 2, 2015

ORCHARD LAKE — Orchard Lake St. Mary’s basketball coach George Porritt is hanging up his whistle.

Following the Fourth of July and a discussion with his wife, Terry, the longtime coach just felt the time was right.

Porritt led the team for 22 seasons, spanning from 1989-93 and 1999-2015.

The veteran coach said it was an honor to lead the program, and that he will be using his time away from the sidelines to spend with his family.

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Published September 2, 2015

TROY — Troy Athens volleyball is excited to be in its new division and eager to show it belongs.

The Red Hawks went undefeated in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division last season and have been promoted to the OAA White.

“I’m really excited,” senior Danielle Stanichuk said. “This year is going to be a whole new level of play. They’re all powerful teams.”

Stanichuk captains the squad along with junior Alexis Van Hoef. They’re two of the four returning starters.

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Published September 2, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield High volleyball coach William Reed calls it “The Matrix moment,” aptly named after the 1999 film where the main character seemingly has the ability to slow time around him.

“Think before you do — that’s our motto this year,” Reed said Aug. 26 during practice. “‘The ball is coming. I’m slowing it down in my head and thinking what I’m going to do with it.’ That’ll help (the team) make better decisions rather than just reacting to the ball.”

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Published September 1, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester Hills Stoney Creek volleyball coach Mandy Moran feels that her program is primed to take the next step.

This is her third year leading the team and the third season in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division. Experience and years led to this season’s slogan, “Our time.”

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