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Published September 19, 2012

When Freddie Crittenden opened the mail that day, he said what he found made it a “great morning.”

The Utica High senior track star had received a letter that mid-August morning indicating he had been selected to compete in the Down Under Sports Track and Field Meet by recommendation of a coach in the state.

So Crittenden, a hurdler, will pack his bags next July and travel to Australia to represent Michigan and the United States in the three-day international competition.

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Published September 17, 2012

Chippewa Valley volleyball coach Bill Rice became the fifth coach in state history to reach the 1,000 career wins mark when the Big Reds won a recent tournament.

Rice reached the special mark when the Big Reds topped Lutheran Westland in the final game of the silver bracket of a tournament Sept. 8 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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Published September 13, 2012

ROSEVILLE — Nearing the halfway point of the season, the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse boys soccer team has begun to turn the corner.

The Lancers struggled at the start of the season, dropping their first four games by a combined score of 15-3. Since then, L’Anse Creuse has picked up its first win of the season, a 4-1 decision over Madison Heights Lamphere, then tied Roseville 0-0 and lost a close one to Warren Mott 2-1, bringing the team’s record to 1-5-1 overall at press time.

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Published September 12, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley’s defense clamped down on Utica Eisenhower, and the Big Reds won their Sept. 7 home opener 21-7.

Chippewa forced five turnovers against Ike in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division football matchup.

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Published September 12, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley junior quarterback Brendan Rohlfs said someone at school told him the Big Reds would be “lucky to keep it within 14” against Utica Eisenhower in the squads’ Sept. 7 football game.

Well, the Big Reds did keep it within exactly 14 points — winning 21-7. There might have been a little luck on their side, but mostly it was all about effort against the favored Eagles.

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Published September 12, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chris Smith doesn’t really believe in “good losses.”

But the Utica Eisenhower football coach does believe there can be some good after the Eagles lost for the first time this season, falling 21-7 at Chippewa Valley Sept. 7.

“It’s not a bad thing to lose because you get to see where your major flaws are,” Smith said. “Chippewa Valley really exposed us in some spots. It’s a loss; it hurts a little bit. But we’ve got to go back, watch the film and get better, try and improve.”

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Published September 7, 2012

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Chippewa Valley’s football team picked up a big win in its home opener as the Big Reds downed Utica Eisenhower 21-7 Sept. 7.

Chippewa made the majority of the big plays on the night to win the Macomb Area Conference Red Division showdown against Ike, the defending division champs who lost in last year’s state semifinal and have been highly ranked this season.

“It’s pretty big,” Chippewa coach Scott Merchant said after the game. “Nobody gave us a chance tonight.”

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Published September 5, 2012

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Last year, it took Macomb Lutheran North’s football team five games to break the cumulative 50-point mark.

This year, the Mustangs surpassed that mark by the third quarter of just their second game.

“When our offense was clicking, it was really clicking,” new head coach Ryan Wesley said following the Mustangs’ 31-19 win over Harper Woods High Aug. 30.

Lutheran North (2-0 overall) scored 28 straight points in its home opener, utilizing a balanced passing and rushing attack against its former Metro Conference rival.

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Published September 5, 2012

WARREN — In his 30-plus years of coaching Chippewa Valley volleyball, Bill Rice has never had a season like this.

Taking part in an early season tournament at Warren Cousino, the Big Reds’ varsity roster featured three freshmen and one sophomore, along with some upperclassmen.

“I’ve never done this before,” Rice said about coaching such a young squad. “So this is a learning experience for me. We’ve only had maybe one freshman at the most, ever, and that was probably 10 years ago. But we have to do what we have to do.”

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Published September 5, 2012

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It’s a brand-new season, but Utica Eisenhower’s boys soccer team is seeing some of the same old results.

And that’s just fine by the Eagles.

Ike kicked off the season with six straight wins heading into the holiday break. Five of those victories came via shut out.

“Our returning defenders definitely kept things going from last year,” Ike coach Josh VanHouten said.

The coach highlighted the play of seniors Lucas Dalach (goalkeeper) and defenders Jesse Jobin and Jason Jobi

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Published September 5, 2012

WARREN — Reid Friedrichs admitted he was a little nervous as the season got under way.

He had plenty of reason to be, as the new Warren De La Salle soccer coach saw his team go winless and goalless in a preseason scrimmage competition with three other squads.

But the Pilots have been cruising right along ever since, improving every aspect of their game.

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Published August 30, 2012

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP – Fresh off its thrilling season-opening win on the road last week at Yale, Macomb Lutheran North’s football team was eager to play its first home game of the year.

But the Mustangs may have been caught a little off guard as former Metro Conference rival Harper Woods High got on the scoreboard quickly.

Yet Lutheran North wasn’t dismayed, marching up and down the field and scoring 28 unanswered points on their way to a 31-19 win.

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Published August 30, 2012

Grosse Pointe North’s volleyball team has set its sights high this year as the season gets under way.

The Norsemen talked about their goals and what they need to work on to achieve them at the Aug. 17 Macomb Area Conference Kickoff tournament at the Blue Water Sports Center in Warren.

“I think they’re excited to play,” North coach Kim Lockhart said. “We’ve been working hard in the preseason, so hopefully, it’ll pay off for us.”

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Published August 29, 2012

WARREN — The young Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse volleyball team has barely begun the new season, but already the Lancers are showing signs of maturity.

Despite having just two seniors on their roster, the Lancers opened the season with back-to-back wins at the Aug. 17 Macomb Area Conference Kickoff tournament held at the Blue Water Sports Center in Warren.

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Published August 29, 2012

WARREN — Dakota’s volleyball team made history last year. But last year is history as far as the Cougars are concerned.

The squad isn’t satisfied with the successes of last year, when for the first time in program history the team won a share of the title in the elite Macomb Area Conference Red Division, won a district title, a regional title and reached the state quarterfinals.

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