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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 May 20, 2016

It was nearly a year ago that Madison Heights Lamphere boys golf coach Art Maisano challenged his team.

“It was at the banquet in front of the entire school. … I said we totally expect to be standing up here next year holding a plaque for the league champs,” Maisano said.

When this spring’s banquet comes, the Rams will be fulfilling those wishes. The squad has clinched the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division, standing at 9-0 at press time. 

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Published May 19, 2016

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PONTIAC — Oakland County is once again a hotbed of golf talent.

The best of the area competed for bragging rights in the county tournament May 18 at Pontiac Country Club, featuring four teams ranked in the state.

Novi Detroit Catholic Central showed why it’s been routinely ranked as the top team in the state, winning the tournament with a team total of 290.

The Shamrocks, who were missing two starters due to school responsibilities, won the county and state titles last season.

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Published May 18, 2016

PONTIAC — Novi Detroit Catholic Central showed why it’s the top ranked golf team in the state.

The Shamrocks won their second straight Oakland County Tournament with a team-total 290 May 18 at Pontiac Country Club.

“It’s a confidence booster every time you win a tournament and motivates us to do better,” Catholic Central’s James Piot said.

Piot took medalist honors with a 2-under 70 in his first time playing at Pontiac Country Club.

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Published May 18, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — In large part, the days of calling the golf course clubhouse, asking for a tee time and hoping there’s an opening have faded into the past.

For many golfers, the decision of where to go, how much to pay and what time they’re teeing off is now just a few clicks away.

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Published May 11, 2016

TROY — Troy High boys lacrosse coach Nick Stenson knows this is a rebuilding season.

Coming off a 14-5 overall campaign last year, the Colts were hit hard by graduation and have only six seniors on the current roster, which is outnumbered by the amount of underclassmen.

“We’re a young team overall. Graduating 20 seniors from last year, there are some huge shoes to fill,” Stenson said.

Despite the lack of experience, the Colts had battled to a 6-7 overall mark at press time. Troy was 0-4 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

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Published May 11, 2016

Southfield Christian softball coach Ken Brown has reached yet another milestone.

The skipper, who co-coaches the Eagles with Rebecca Paryaski, earned his 600th career victory after a 15-0 win against Plymouth Christian May 5.

In getting to 600 wins, Brown is in rare company, as only 27 coaches in state history have more.

The Eagles have also made winning a habit this season, standing at 11-1 overall at press time.

The lone setback came May 7 against Allen Park Inter-City Baptist in the back half of a doubleheader.

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Published May 6, 2016

Oakland County routinely produces some of the best golf squads in the state, and on May 18 they will all converge for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at the Pontiac Country Club for the Division 1 Oakland County Tournament.

This year is no different, as the field will feature seven schools ranked in the state across all four divisions.

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Published May 6, 2016

Nearing the midpoint of the season, Hazel Park High girls soccer coach Denis Dixon feels his team is about where he thought it would be.

At press time, the Vikings were 6-3 overall and 1-3 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, which Dixon feels is an underrated division.

“We have three or four teams at the bottom, but you got up at the top two or three teams that could go to the (OAA White) and hang with any one of them,” Dixon said, noting division leaders West Bloomfield High, Birmingham Seaholm and Birmingham Groves.

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Published May 6, 2016

PONTIAC — Orchard Lake St. Mary’s golf team captured the Oakland County Division 2 tournament after firing a team-total 292 May 6 at The Links of Crystal Lake in Pontiac.

“I know we have four to five really good players, and we were waiting for them to all play well on the same day. Today was the day,” St. Mary’s coach Tom Brecht said.

St. Mary’s sophomore Chris Williams led the way with a 70, taking medalist honors.

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Published May 5, 2016

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TROY — Trailing by one goal, Rochester Adams senior Evan Drew struck twice in the final five minutes of the game to give the visiting Highlanders a 6-5 victory May 5 at Troy High.

The final tally came with 1:15 remaining off a deflection in front of the net.

“It bounced off the goalie’s stick and went right into mine. It was wide open, so I decided to throw it in the back of the net,” Drew said.

Adams opened the game with a 2-0 lead before the Colts responded with four of their own goals to make it 4-2 at the half.

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Published May 4, 2016
TROY — Troy Athens girls lacrosse coach Rob Holder knows it can be better.

Holder saw his team’s potential in the beginning of the year, starting the season with three straight wins, but since then, the Red Hawks have won two of their last eight contests.

“I felt like we started out hot out of the gate, but we’ve had some injuries — that’s hurting us,” he said following a 7-4 loss to Farmington High April 27 at home.

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Published May 3, 2016

FARMINGTON — The Farmington High girls lacrosse team is starting to find its form. 

Coach Michael Mehall saw the largest body of evidence that the squad is improving in its 7-4 victory April 27 at Troy Athens. 

“We’ve really tried to concentrate on the catching and throwing, and this game it really started to show it,” he said. “It was the first time we really started to connect as a team, I think.” 

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Published May 2, 2016

The new kids on the block, Bloomfield Hills High golf has quickly shown it belongs in the top division of the Oakland Activities Association.

Through three of six Red Division tournaments, the Black Hawks were in first place in arguably one of the toughest divisions in the state.

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Published April 29, 2016

Madison Heights Bishop Foley girls soccer coach Andrew Wells sees the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Ventures have been racked by injuries this season, missing five starters and two impact players off the bench from the roster.

“The injury bug has hit us hard. It’s gone on and on … but the girls are competing. They’re going out there and battling,” Wells said.

At press time, Foley was 3-5-2 overall and 0-2-1 in the Catholic High School League Division 2.

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Published April 27, 2016

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TROY — Farmington High girls lacrosse came away with a victory April 27 at Troy Athens.

The Falcons won 7-4 in large part due to goalie Willow Elser. She finished with 14 saves on the night.

“Today she was really in tune to what was going on. She had a good practice yesterday, and I think she’s really starting to see the ball,” Farmington coach Mike Mehall said.

Athens outshot Farmington 18-10, but it was the Falcons making the most of their opportunities.

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