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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 December 16, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It’s a different color jersey, but the game is still the same for Mike Avery.

The coach has taken over the Southfield High boys basketball program this season, but the majority of his time on the sideline was with rival Southfield-Lathrup.

Avery coached the Chargers for 15 years, the last coming in 2012, and won eight district titles in that span.

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Published December 15, 2015

TROY — In a way, Troy Athens boys basketball coach Dave Scott has been through this before.

The Red Hawks have graduated 10 from a team that won its second straight division championship and two district titles in three seasons.

It was a class that started making an impact as freshmen and sophomores.

All that graduated talent has left Athens with one returning starter in sophomore Taylor McCaskill and a total of five sophomores who call varsity home.

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Published December 14, 2015

The Michigan High School Athletic Association and a Royal Oak High senior wrestler have come to an agreement on the proper use of a sign-language interpreter.

Ellis Kempf is legally deaf, and under the previous MHSAA rule he could have his sign-language interpreter stay in the coach’s box at the corner of the mat, but he/she could not leave the designated area to give direction during the match.

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Published December 9, 2015

FERNDALE — Tom Staton has come home again.

The Ferndale High 1975 graduate is back leading the boys basketball program.

Staton last coached the Eagles from 2009-10 to 2011-12, winning division and district championships in the process.

Staton said initially he was going to return to the school as a mentor and liaison for the students before the head coaching job became available.

Staton said he didn’t hesitate to return to the hard court.

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Published December 7, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — It’s the second year that Marc West is leading the Birmingham Groves boys basketball program, and he feels like the Falcons are ready to make their move.

Last season, Groves finished 1-9 overall in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division and have since been moved to the OAA Gold.

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Published December 4, 2015

A Royal Oak High wrestler brought a lawsuit against the Michigan High School Athletic Association Dec. 3 alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Senior wrestler Ellis Kempf is deaf and under MHSAA rules can have his sign-language interpreter stay in the coach’s box at the corner of the mat, but he can not leave the designated area to give direction during the match.

According to the complaint, “This conduct puts Plaintiff at significant risk of injury, as well as a competitive disadvantage.”

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Published December 4, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — It was two relative newcomers and an old faithful at the top of the Oakland Activities Association football standings. 

With the season over and state champions crowned, here’s a look at how the OAA played out and the players who earned All-Association honors. 

Red Division
West Bloomfield High football reigned supreme in the division.

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Published December 2, 2015

Southfield-Lathrup boys basketball coach Desmond Denham calls them football players playing basketball, and the six new faces to the team are bringing grittiness to the Chargers that the coach hasn’t seen in his four years leading the program.

“My new kids, they’re making the basketball players tougher. That’s all they know how to play, tough,” Denham said.

The Chargers carry 12 on the roster, evenly divided between six players who were on varsity last season (no starters) and the six from the gridiron.

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Published November 30, 2015

BERKLEY — Berkley High boys basketball coach David McGlown laughs when he says it out loud: The Bears graduated between 75 and 80 percent of their scoring from last season. 

But McGlown also sees the potential to fill in that scoring gap with the players he now has on the floor, namely in senior point guard Jerome Cobb.

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Published November 25, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The excitement to turn potential into tangible results was evident when Madison Heights Bishop Foley boys basketball coach Isaiah Novak spoke of his team.

“That’s the best first week I’ve had in my seven years of coaching,” Novak said of his team’s efforts. “The first week of practice has been unreal. … Guys are competing for minutes. It’s been everything you could ask for from the first week.”

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Published November 23, 2015

Berkley High assistant football coach Brady Blackwell didn’t know of the tribute to his father until he walked into the locker room.

There, he saw the players putting a new sticker on the lower left side of their helmets that read “RB.”

The initials stood for Ray Blackwell, and players were honoring him, and the Blackwell family, just hours after his funeral and some five days after his Aug. 23 death from heart failure.

“It was quite a shock and surprise. I couldn’t believe it,” Brady said.

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Published November 20, 2015

TROY — It’s the second day of practice, still nearly a month away from the first wrestling meet, and still, Troy High coach Jon Thomas admits it can be a little taxing.

     “The first couple of weeks are always stressful, because you don’t have anything firm yet. It’s kind of a guessing game on everyone’s weight, where they’re going to wrestle,” Thomas said Nov. 17. “Two weeks of practice, for some guys that have sat on the couch all summer, they’ll drop 15 pounds.”

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Published November 20, 2015

The Rochester Hills Stoney Creek volleyball team had a special season, and to top it off, two players signed their National Letters of Intent to play at the next level Nov. 11 at the high school.

Gabi Cuckovich and Alexa Tomlak have signed on to play for West Virginia University and the University of Alabama, respectively.

Stoney Creek coach Mandy Moran expects the duo to succeed at their new schools, much like they helped lead the Cougars to a 30-14 overall mark and a co-championship in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

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Published November 19, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Weeks removed from the season finale, West Bloomfield High volleyball coach Dana Gray still beams about her team. 

The Lakers finished the year 31-10-1 overall and with a title it hadn’t claimed in two decades, winning the Oakland Activities Association White Division. 

The team’s last championship came in 1995.

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Published November 18, 2015

Southfield Christian volleyball’s postseason run came to an end following a loss to Lansing Christian 23-25, 8-25, 12-25 in a Class D regional semifinal Nov. 10 at Plymouth Christian.

“We started out well, and just lost momentum and didn’t recover,” Southfield Christian coach Mike Van Dyke said. “You always hope to play at your peak, and we just didn’t do it that match.”

In game 1, the Eagles led 23-18 before Lansing Christian made its comeback.

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