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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 April 26, 2016

Rochester Adams girls soccer coach Aaron Donaghy believes the goals and wins are on the horizon.

At press time, the Highlanders were 0-2-3 overall and 0-1-1 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

“Honestly, as rough as the record is, I’m pretty pleased with the team,” Donaghy said. “We’re not scoring, but we’re not giving up a lot of goals either.”

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Published April 25, 2016

In Lenny Waldman’s 12 years coaching the Berkley High girls tennis team, the program has won division titles and earned trips to the state finals.

But one title has eluded the Bears.

“We’ve had some strong seasons, but we’ve never captured an (Oakland Activities Association) White championship with the girls. It’s always a hopeful thing,” Waldman said, adding that the program has won the Blue multiple times.

With his current group and start, Waldman sees a chance of ending that streak.

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Published April 22, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — A day after their first win of the season, Madison Heights Lamphere girls soccer coach Mike Joa turned and asked his players what their goals were this season.

The answers ranged from winning every home game, the league, a district championship and even one “go all the way.”

If the Rams are going to accomplish any of those, they’ll be doing it with a talented yet youthful roster.

Lamphere is without a senior in the lineup and has only three juniors. The rest of the team is made up of underclassmen.

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Published April 20, 2016

TROY — Troy High golf coach John Getzan admits he was pleasantly surprised.

The Colts took top honors in the first of six Oakland Activities Association Red Division tournaments April 15 just outside of Dayton, Ohio.

The Red tournament was played in conjunction with a larger two-day event.

The Colts finished with a team-total 306, a stroke ahead of second-place Clarkston High.

“I was going into the season not really sure about the team because we lost such a great player (four-year starter Manak Singh to graduation),” Getzan said.

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Published April 19, 2016

It’s his first season coaching softball at the high school level, but Thomas Hayman is bringing a wealth of experience to Rochester Hills Stoney Creek.

The coach took over the program in February. For the past 15 years, he’s coached at the travel and youth levels.

He also has personal experience to draw from his baseball playing days at Rochester College.

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Published April 18, 2016

In some ways, it’s a new start for the Hazel Park High softball team.

With the graduation of Kyla Lynn, who started the last three years in the circle, coach Lisa McClellan is in search of her next ace.

The field is crowded with seven pitchers in the practice rotation.

“It’s anybody’s game to step up,” the coach said. “Hopefully, one of the seven will step up and be the No. 1.”

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Published April 12, 2016

Dan Cooper has a feeling that something special is on the horizon for the Troy Athens golf team.

The Red Hawks won the Judson Invitational Scramble March 31 for the second year in a row, and while Cooper said the season didn’t go as planned following the victory last season, something is different this time around.

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Published April 12, 2016

With the graduation of the majority of last year’s squad, Madison Heights Lamphere softball coach Don Mullen knows only time will tell what kind of squad 2016 brings.

Mullen noted that a total of 25 girls are in the program between the varsity and JV, one of the smallest groups he’s had with the Rams.

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Published April 11, 2016

Berkley High golf coach Scott Baltes calls his current group of players one of the most talented he’s had in his 13 seasons leading the program.

“It’s all up to them. If they want to, this could be a team that is really, really good,” Baltes said.

Berkley returns its top four golfers from a season ago, including ace sophomore Jake Radom in the No. 1 spot.

Last season, Radom won a district tournament and was an honorable-mention All-State selection, averaging 73 for 18 holes and 37 for nine.

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Published April 7, 2016

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OAKLAND COUNTY — The boys basketball season has concluded, and now is the time for local players to get their just rewards.

Here’s a look at the final standings from the Oakland Activities Association and the players who earned All-Association honors. 

Red Division
After splitting their regular-season meetings, Clarkston High and North Farmington High also split the division championship, each finishing 9-1.

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Published April 6, 2016

With half of the roster consisting of freshmen, Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup softball coach Sharnese Marshall knows her team is a work in progress.

“You never know how things look until you’re out on the field, but they’re very teachable and coachable. They’re learning fast, plus we have some good (leaders) in place that are helping,” Marshall said. “They come to practice every day and want to get better.”

A key component is senior captain Lenae Jefferson.

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Published April 5, 2016

Auburn Hills Avondale soccer coach Doug Steinard admits that he hopes competing in the Oakland Activities Association White Division is just a quick stop.

“We were in the Red (Division) last year. We finished in last (place), so we got relegated to the White. I think we have a little chip on our shoulders to get back into the Red,” he said.

The way to the Red is winning the White, where teams like Berkley High, Clarkston High, Farmington High, Lake Orion High, Oxford High and Rochester High loom.

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Published April 5, 2016

BERKLEY — Lindsey Lubanski is back home.

The 2010 Berkley High graduate has taken over the girls soccer program this spring, a program that she was a four-year varsity member of in her playing days.

“It’s a huge honor to me,” she said March 31. “I’m proud to represent the school that I represented when I actually played here. I’m excited to be a part of it and excited to continue with the movement and progression that we’ve had.”

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Published April 4, 2016

Madison Heights Bishop Foley softball coach John Ploskonka admittedly doesn’t pay much attention to wins and losses in the regular season.

The skipper has led the Ventures since 2008 and keeps his focus on peaking for the postseason.

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Published March 30, 2016

Compared to this point last season, Southfield High softball is ahead of schedule.

It’s the second year under coach Tai Sharpley, and though the squad lost nearly a starting lineup worth of talent to graduation, the coach sees the potential in her current crop of Blue Jays.

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