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Jon Malavolti

Published June 27, 2012

South success at a glance
Grosse Pointe South’s girls enjoyed a banner year, as several of the sports teams finished among the top in the state. Here’s a breakdown of some of those squads:
• Basketball — state runners-up
• Cross Country — state champs
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Published June 27, 2012

Thaier Mukhtar will host his 17th annual Eastside Soccer Camp throughout July at Fraser High School.

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Published June 25, 2012

Thaier Mukhtar will be the new boys varsity soccer head coach at Fraser High. Mukhtar, who recently resigned from the same post at Warren De La Salle — which he held for 29 seasons — has coached the girls team at Fraser for the past nine years.

“I’m fired up,” Mukhtar said. “I’m very, very excited for this new challenge in my life.”

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Published June 21, 2012

Thaier Mukhtar will be the new boys varsity soccer head coach at Fraser High. Mukhtar, who recently resigned from the same post at Warren De La Salle — which he held for 29 seasons — has coached the girls team at Fraser for the past nine years.

“I’m fired up,” Mukhtar said. “I’m very, very excited for this new challenge in my life.”

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Published June 19, 2012

Last year, Birmingham Marian’s girls soccer team had its sights set on winning a third straight state title. But instead, the Mustangs were knocked out of the state tournament in the first round.

So this year’s team reset its sights on winning one playoff game at a time, and it culminated in Marian reclaiming the Division 2 state title June 16 at Williamston High with a 3-1 win over Plainwell — last year’s state champ.

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Published June 16, 2012

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Birmingham Marian won its third Division 2 girls soccer state title in four years, defeating Plainwell 3-1 June 16 at Williamston High.

"I’m on cloud nine," Marian coach Barry Brodsky said.

Julia Griessmann scored in the first half, while Kelly Sweeney added a pair of second half goals to lead Marian to the title. Catherine Anger recorded a pair of assists, while Hanna Pateryn also added an assist for Marian. Hope Pell scored for Plainwell.

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Published June 15, 2012

Utica Stevenson’s softball season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion June 12. The Titans fell 5-4 to White Lake Lakeland in a Division 1 state quarterfinal at Madison Heights Bishop Foley despite breaking a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh and taking a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

“It was a great game,” Stevenson coach Tony Misuraca said. “Both teams gave each other some runs in the seventh. Give them credit: They put the ball in play.”

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Published June 15, 2012

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It was a surprise to pretty much everybody except themselves.

And yet, here was St. Clair Shores Lakeview’s softball team, leading Anchor Bay in a regional semifinal June 9 at Macomb L’Anse Creuse North.

The Huskies eventually lost the contest 3-2, but they were able to walk off the field with their heads held high after proving what they were made of with a solid run in the postseason.

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Published June 14, 2012

PONTIAC — Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s girls soccer team’s bid to successfully defend its state title came up just short, as the Ventures lost June 13 in a Division 4 state semifinal.

Foley fell 3-2 to Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes/Clarkston Everest Collegiate at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep to finish its season.

“That’s a good team,” Foley coach Aaron Miller said of the Lakers. “It’s obviously not the ending we were looking for, but I’m really proud of these girls.”

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Published June 13, 2012

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PONTIAC — Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes/Clarkston Everest Collegiate is on to the Division 4 girls soccer state finals after defeating Madison Heights Bishop Foley 3-2 in a state semifinal June 13 at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

In a contest pitting the past two D-4 state champs, the Lakers (20-0-2) emerged victorious despite falling behind early and weathering a relentless opponent in Foley late.

Foley junior Lauren Cross put the Ventures on the board about four minutes into the game with a long strike from around 25 yards out.

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Published June 13, 2012

Obstacles.

Sports are full of them.

And when it comes to track and field, the hurdles races are literally full of them.

One after another, each hurdle presents a new challenge to athletes as they compete.

But for Utica High’s Freddie Crittenden, the hurdles on the track have become a welcome sight.

It’s where he excels, and it’s how he’s made friends at his new school.

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Published June 13, 2012

Despite playing in a physically and emotionally exhausting double-overtime playoff soccer game, and eventually falling short in a penalty-kick shootout, the Farmington Hills Mercy soccer team was able to smile looking back on its season.

The Marlins ended up 14-5-4 after falling to Grosse Pointe South June 5 in a regional semifinal at Fraser High.

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Published June 13, 2012

FRASER — Troy High’s girls soccer team captured its second straight regional title with a 1-0 win over Grosse Pointe South at Fraser High June 8.

The Colts, Division 1 state runners-up last year, played in a state semifinal after press time. Check out our website at www.can dgnews.com/Sports for an update on the tournament, and a recap from Troy’s win over South and 2-0 victory over Anchor Bay in the regional semifinal.

“We knew we had a lot to live up to,” said Troy senior Irene Young, who scored a goal in both regional games.

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Published June 13, 2012

Grosse Pointe South’s girls track and field team maintained its top spot in the state’s prep running circuit, winning its second straight state title June 2 at East Kentwood High School.

The Blue Devils got plenty of points from their distance runners, who’ve led the team to a back-to-back cross country state titles, as well, but it was the total effort on display that put the track team over the top.

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Published June 13, 2012

Grosse Pointe South’s girls tennis team proved true the old sports saying of ‘every point counts’ as the Blue Devils utilized their depth to win the Division 1 state title.

South was the lone school at the D-1 finals to score at least two points in every flight at the June 1-2 competition in Midland.

The Blue Devils finished with 26 points, just edging past Clarkston High and Port Huron Northern, which both finished with 25.

The state title was extra special to South coach Mark Sobieralski.

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