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Published May 8, 2012

A close, come-from-behind win May 2 left the Utica Ford II softball team exactly where it wanted to be at the halfway point of the division season — in first place.

Technically, the Falcons were tied for first at press time at 5-1 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division, sharing the top spot with Utica Eisenhower.

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Published May 7, 2012

Heading into the second half of league play and the final stretch of the regular season, the Chippewa Valley softball team has some work to do.

“It’s getting better. It’s just not where we want it to be,” coach Dave Prestininzi said.

The Big Reds were 5-8 overall and 0-6 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division at press time.

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Published May 7, 2012

After a roller coaster-type ride through the first half of the season, the Utica High softball team is looking to smooth things out heading into the home stretch.

“The season has had its ups and downs, but we are working hard on making adjustments,” Utica coach Deonna Giacona said. “We need to work on a couple of things still, but we have half of the season yet to go, and I’m confident that it will get better.”

The Chieftains were 5-7 overall and 2-3 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division at press time.

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Published May 4, 2012

STERLING HEIGHTS — An all-too familiar, and all-too unfortunate scene replayed itself May 2, as the St. Clair Shores Lakeview softball team took on Utica Ford II at Ford.

The Huskies held a lead late in the game, but couldn’t generate an offense to add to a 1-0 lead and ended up falling 2-1.

“We’ve had a ton of close games,” Lakeview coach Paul Knight said. “All but two have been decided by one run. I’m hoping to look at that as a positive to prepare us for later on in districts.

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Published May 4, 2012

MADISON HEIGHTS — Midway through the high school track and field season, the Madison Heights Lamphere Rams are finding their footing.

“I think we’ve kind of had an inconsistent season so far this year,” Lamphere head coach Pat Geraghty said. “We’ve kind of looked good one time and not looked as good the next. “

We’ve got some distance kids that are looking fairly strong. And then we, with the sprinting, we’ve got some kids starting to come on.”

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Published May 3, 2012

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Utica Ford II came from behind to pull out a close victory over St. Clair Shores Lakeview in softball action May 2 at Ford. The Falcons, who trailed 1-0 in the sixth inning, scored a pair of runs to win 2-1.

“It was a well-played game by both teams,” Ford coach Matt Joseph said.

The Falcons got doubles from sophomores Carly Asoklis and Gabby Schefka to tie the game, while junior Valerie Knight scored Schefka on a sacrifice to give Ford the lead.

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Published May 2, 2012

A year after reaching the state semifinals, Grosse Pointe South’s girls soccer team’s goals remain high, if not higher.

“We have just about everybody returning, so we’d like to at least do that, better if possible,” South coach Gene Harkins said, referring to last season’s final four run.

The Blue Devils have, so far, been living up to those high expectations.

“We’re playing really well,” Harkins said.

South was 5-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division at press time.

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Published May 2, 2012

Dakota coach Rick Fontaine has a simple plan outlined to keep the Cougars competitive as the softball season enters the final stretch: keep scoring runs and cut the opposition’s runs in half.

“Right now, we are giving up more than four runs a game,” Fontaine said. “I would like that number to be cut in half. As we continue to play (Macomb Area Conference) Red games and approach districts, we cannot expect to outscore opponents in every game.”

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Published May 2, 2012

CLAWSON — The halfway point of the girls soccer season finds the Clawson High Trojans in a familiar spot — in first place of the division.

The team was 4-3-1 overall, but all three losses came outside of league play, leaving the Trojans with an undefeated mark in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division and setting them up to successfully defend their title.

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Published May 1, 2012

It’s about midway through the season, and the Utica Stevenson girls soccer team still has plenty of ground to cover.

Coach Bob Mondoux said the improvement of the Titans has been an “ongoing process throughout the year.”

“We’ve had some ups and a few downs,” the coach said.

The Titans were 4-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division at press time. The squad features a balanced, albeit young, roster that includes seven seniors, seven juniors and four sophomores.

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Published May 1, 2012

STERLING HEIGHTS — Utica Eisenhower softball coach Vince Alessandrini likes the direction his team is headed at the halfway point of the season.

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That’s because the Eagles, which lost seven seniors from a squad that won the Macomb Area Conference White Division before advancing to the district finals, have been picking up steam as this season progresses.

“It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish,” Alessandrini said.

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Published April 27, 2012

Nearing the halfway point of the season, Roseville High girls soccer coach Rick Meyer said he’s happy with the progress the squad has shown so far.

“We have made positive gains this season,” the first-year coach said. “We have made improvements to our lineup, and the girls are feeling comfortable working together.”

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Published April 13, 2012

The Michigan High School Athletic Association recently released information regarding the classifications of schools for postseason tournaments for next school year. The new classification breaks will see 29 schools move up in the four traditional classes (A, B, C and D) for 2012-13, while 24 schools will move down.

The changes affect several local schools.

MHSAA spokesperson Geoff Kimmerly said the annual practice is “one of the most important procedures” that the organization undertakes.

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Published April 11, 2012

As the season progresses, Chris Alston hopes the Grosse Pointe North girls soccer team does, as well.

“The goals this year are for us to stay competitive and improve throughout each game,” the Norsemen coach said. “If we can accomplish this by the end of the season, we should be at a good place.”

Alston said his team is “talented” and that he believes in it.

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Published April 6, 2012

Losing just four starters from a division champion team usually isn’t a big obstacle for a squad setting its sights on repeating.

But the St. Clair Shores South Lake girls soccer team will have its work cut out for itself, at least early in the season, as it looks to replace 80 percent of its scoring and its starting goalkeeper from last season.

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