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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 March 29, 2016

Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest softball coach Jeff Ludwig is optimistic.

Yes, the Crusaders graduated a lot of talent from last season, but Ludwig sees the pieces in place to continue the winning tradition.

“The early signs are good,” he said. “We have some transition time, but there are four solid starters that we can build the team around.”

Part of Ludwig’s confidence comes from the return of catcher Ali Magiera.

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Published March 28, 2016

Mike Kuzniar is back on the sideline for the Ferndale High girls soccer program.

The coach led the varsity team for four seasons before stepping down last year due to work obligations.

“It’s been great,” Kuzniar said. “It hasn’t been difficult at all. I live right by the school, so I kept up (with the team). Immediately once the season ended last year, I was leaning toward coming back. We picked up as if I were coaching (all along).”

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Published March 28, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The early returns have been strong for the Hazel Park High girls soccer team.

The Vikings hosted a tournament March 19 and won all four of their games, beating Ferndale High, Southfield Christian, Livonia Clarenceville and Redford Union.

“I think so far, the varsity is coming together pretty well,” junior Raena Travis said before practice began March 21.

“Especially Saturday, that proved it,” junior Kara Martin added.

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Published March 26, 2016

EAST LANSING — Detroit U of D Jesuit’s perfect season came with a perfect ending.

The Cubs (28-0 overall) won the program's first state championship, beating North Farmington 69-49 March 26 in the Class A final at the Breslin Center.

“Being named state champion in Michigan in Class A is something we dreamed of at U of D with over 100 years of basketball history,” Jesuit coach Pat Donnelly said. “There’s a lot of emotion and a lot of pride to say we’re state champions.”

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Published March 25, 2016

EAST LANSING — One game, one challenge.

That’s all that’s left for the North Farmington boys basketball team in this storied season.

The Raiders (25-2 overall) take on U of D Jesuit at noon March 26 at the Breslin Center for the Class A state championship.

North Farmington earned the shot after a 60-48 victory against Lansing Everett March 25 in the semifinal.

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Published March 24, 2016

After winning a share of the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, the first regional title and a Class A quarterfinal game, North Farmington boys basketball looks to keep its dream season alive.

The Raiders take on Lansing Everett at 2:50 p.m. March 24 in a semifinal at the Breslin Center. At stake, a shot at a state title against the winner of Macomb Dakota and U of D Jesuit.

North Farmington (23-2 overall) has dominated in the postseason, winning its five games by an average of 16.8 points and hasn’t lost a game since the middle of January.

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Published March 21, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — North Farmington played Sterling Heights Stevenson in a Class A quarterfinal after press time. The winner moves on to the semifinal at 2:50 p.m. March 25 at Michigan State University.

Raiders triumph in regional
For the first time in program history, the North Farmington boys basketball team was able to raise a regional trophy.

The Raiders beat Walled Lake Central 75-64 for the Class A championship March 16 at West Bloomfield High.

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Published March 16, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For the first time in program history, the North Farmington boys basketball team was able to raise a regional trophy.

The Raiders beat Walled Lake Central 75-64 for the Class A championship March 16 at West Bloomfield High.

“Any time you can live to see another day at this time, it’s special,” North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian said. “We try not to look at the big picture. It’s another day in the gym for us right now.”

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Published March 15, 2016

The Troy High boys basketball season came to a close following a 59-47 loss to Birmingham Groves March 9 in a Class A district semifinal at Auburn Hills Avondale.

“I have to give kudos to Groves. They did a great job of pressuring us and taking us out of our comfort zone,” Troy coach Gary Fralick said. “I thought (Groves) played very well. I thought we played very hard, but didn’t execute as we had been.”

During the season, the Colts averaged around 45 percent from the field. Against Groves, they shot 33 percent.

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Published March 14, 2016

WALLED LAKE — Walled Lake Central wrestler Ben Freeman is one step closer to his quest for four state championships.

The junior won his third straight Division 1 title March 5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Published March 14, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE/WALLED LAKE — The boys basketball postseason is in full swing.

Locally, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s took on North Farmington in a Class A district final March 11, after press time. The winner heads to the West Bloomfield High regional.

St. Mary’s earned a shot at the district title after beating West Bloomfield 75-72 in double overtime March 9 at home.

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Published March 11, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE — North Farmington’s season was in doubt.

The Raiders trailed Orchard Lake St. Mary’s by four points with 4:02 left in the fourth quarter March 11 in a Class A district final.

“Our kids never panicked. There was no worry on their faces, we knew we had to battle for 32 minutes,” North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian said.

The Raiders responded with an 8-0 run, helping lead to a 55-48 victory and the program’s second straight district championship.

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Published March 7, 2016

HAZEL PARK — For the first time in two decades, the Hazel Park High boys basketball program has laid claim to a league championship.

The Vikings beat Birmingham Groves 64-60 March 1 at home to clinch the Oakland Activities Association Gold Division. The Falcons entered the contest one game behind Hazel Park and looking for a share of the title.

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Published March 5, 2016

AUBURN HILLS — Walled Lake Central’s Ben Freeman put an exclamation mark on a perfect season.

The junior won the Division 1 135-pound state championship, pinning Westland John Glenn’s John Siemasz in the first period March 5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

“He went out there and took care of business,” Central coach Al Freeman said. “Whether it was going to go the whole match or not, he was going out there to set the pace. … If he goes out there like a horse out of the gate, good things usually happen.”

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Published March 3, 2016

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SOUTHFIELD — The seniors from the Southfield Christian boys basketball team walked off their home court with a victory for the last time.

The Eagles beat Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day 65-55 March 3 on Senior Night.

It looked like the victory party would be spoiled early on. The Yellowjackets opened with a 13-2 lead and held Southfield Christian without a field goal for nearly six minutes.

“There were a couple of things we had to tweak. We came out and got back in it,” Southfield Christian senior Marlo Brown said.

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