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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 June 25, 2015

The Border Classic All-Star football series between Michigan and Ohio has come to a close.

Michigan’s All-Star Chair and Game Day Chairman Jim Sparks said he was contacted by Team Ohio following the last game June 13 and told that the Ohio board of directors voted to no longer participate.

Sparks said that he was disappointed in the decision. In the two games of the series, Team Michigan won both, including the most recent meeting 24-7 at Wayne State University. Last summer, Team Michigan won 27-14 at the University of Findlay.

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Published June 23, 2015

Birmingham Brother Rice is hosting its youth football camp July 13-15 from 6-8:30 p.m.

The camp is for kids entering grades fourth through eighth.

Register at www.ricewarriors.com or call coach Dave Sofran at (248) 833-2222 with any questions.

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Published June 22, 2015

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The Border Classic All-Star football series between Michigan and Ohio has come to a close.

Michigan’s All-Star Chair and Game Day Chairman Jim Sparks said he was contacted by Team Ohio following the last game June 13 and told that Ohio Board of Directors voted to no longer participate.

Sparks said that he was disappointed in the decision. In the two games of the series, Team Michigan won both, including the most recent meeting, 24-7, at Wayne State University. Last summer, Team Michigan won 27-14 at University of Findlay.

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Published June 22, 2015

Suburban Ice Farmington Hills is hosting a free “Learn to skate” camp every Wednesday through July 22.

The camp is for kids aged 4-10 and previous skating experience is not required.

It runs 5-5:30 p.m. and is geared toward beginning skaters with instructors on ice to supervise each week.

Skate rental is available on a first come, first served basis. Bike or hockey helmets are required. Parents who know how to skate are welcomed to join their child on the ice as long as they have their own helmet and skates.

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Published June 19, 2015

DETROIT — Southfield High defensive end Charles Harris summed up the feeling on the field after Team Michigan beat Team Ohio in the second annual Border Classic All-Star football game.

“Michigan-raised and playing for Michigan, it’s an honor,” he said.

Team Michigan dominated on the way to a 24-7 victory June 13 at Wayne State University.

The game featured 40 players on each team, selected by each state’s coaches association.

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Published June 16, 2015

It was a couple weeks prior to the Division 1 softball postseason when Auburn Hills Avondale coach Lisa Allain started seeing a difference in her team.

“It was more that the team started bonding very well together,” Allain said. “They ended up playing not for themselves, but for their teammates. They just kind of clicked all of a sudden.”

After starting the year 2-8, the Yellow Jackets went on a run that culminated with what Allain believes to be the program’s first-ever district championship.

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Published June 15, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Ray McMann, Royal Oak High’s new head football coach, stood alone underneath the bleachers at the Royal Oak High football field June 11.

He was taking stock of inventory.

McCann took the job in February, and this was just another day, like every one since signing on the dotted line, that he’s committed himself to rebuilding the program.

He knows the recent history well — six total wins since 2008 — and he also knows what the program has been in its strongest days.

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Published June 13, 2015

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DETROIT — On the back of its defensive line, Team Michigan won the second annual Border Classic, topping Team Ohio 24-7 June 13 at Wayne State University.

“The defensive line was special, we knew that when they were selected. They’re so big, so fast and they’re athletic. They dominated the game,” said Terry Hessbrook, Ithaca High and head coach of Team Michigan. “The MVP of the game could have been the D-line. They just got after it.”

Ohio struggled to get anything going offensively, regularly being harassed in the backfield.

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Published June 8, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — The boys golf season culminated with the state finals June 5-6 at various courses across the state.


In the tournaments, each team sent out five players and counted the top four scores toward the team in the 36-hole event.

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Published June 8, 2015

TROY — The boys and girls lacrosse state finals took place June 6, and each of the four games featured a local Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle team.

Here’s a look at how each division played out.

 

Division 1 boys
Birmingham Brother Rice continued its dominance in the sport, winning every championship since the Michigan High School Athletic Association started sanctioning the sport in 2005.

This title came after beating rival Novi Catholic Central 16-7 June 6 at Troy Athens.

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Published June 6, 2015

TROY — With the Division 2 boys lacrosse state championship on the line and the game tied in the final minute, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood senior Johnny Wagner waited at the top of Okemos High's zone.

Then with 15 seconds left, he made his break to his left and fired a shot from 10 yards out that found the upper right corner, and ultimately, the program’s second state championship in three years.

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Published June 6, 2015

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TROY — Birmingham Brother Rice lacrosse beat Novi Catholic Central 16-7 June 6 at Troy Athens and claimed the Division 1 state championship.

Catholic Central started the scoring when Rocco Mularoni curled around the front of the net and put it in less than three minutes into the game.

Rice answered when Bo Pickens went coast to coast and made good on his shot from 12 yards out with 7:20 left in the first. That play started an eight-goal run by the Warriors. 

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Published June 5, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Mike Joa believed the postseason was a chance for his Madison Heights Lamphere girls soccer team to show just how good it can be.

After a regular season that came with plenty of heartbreaking losses, the Rams entered the Division 2 district level with just two wins.

“Everyone was looking forward (to the playoffs). It was kind of a second season and a second chance,” Joa said. “We put aside everything else and used our experience to play the best we could in the district, and they played fantastic.”

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Published June 4, 2015

The postseason came to a close for local baseball, softball and soccer teams.

In baseball, Southfield High fell in a Division 1 district final to U of D Jesuit 16-1 June 1 at Jesuit.

The Blue Jays advanced to the game after beating Detroit Renaissance 3-1 June 1 in a semifinal and Detroit Pershing 18-1 May 26 in their playoff opener.

Also in D-1, Southfield-Lathrup fell to Birmingham Brother Rice 13-2 May 30 in a district semifinal at Birmingham Seaholm.

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Published June 4, 2015

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The boys and girls lacrosse state finals are set, and the sport’s royalty and a few new faces are set to battle. Here’s a quick look at each matchup.

Boys Division 1 — Birmingham Brother Rice (18-4 overall) against Novi Catholic Central (16-5) at 2 p.m. June 6 at Troy Athens.

Brother Rice has won every state title since the Michigan High School Athletic Association started sanctioning the sport in 2005. Catholic Central, for its part, has finished second to the Warriors four times, including last season.

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