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Published May 29, 2012

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Dakota girls soccer team decided that enough was enough and took out its frustrations by frustrating its opponents.

The Cougars allowed just one goal in 12 league games, keeping the opposition at bay while going on to win the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division title.

Coach Mark Ruth said it was the squad’s defense that was the catalyst behind the 9-0-3 first-place finish.

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Published May 25, 2012

FRASER — The Fraser High girls soccer team has won titles before, but not like this.

The Ramblers have even finished league play undefeated, yet there’s always been a tie or two here and there.

But not this year.

There’s no blemish on the Ramblers’ record after a perfect 12-0-0 campaign in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

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Published May 24, 2012

Dozens of local track and field athletes are headed to the boys and girls MHSAA state finals June 2 after qualifying at recent regional meets. Several local teams also won regional crowns and have the chance to compete for state titles.

Here’s a look at the athletes who are going to states from C & G Newspapers’ Oakland County coverage area.

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Published May 24, 2012

CENTER LINE — Despite facing some obstacles and wearing a target on their backs all season, St. Clair Shores South Lake’s girls soccer team successfully defended its crown.

The Cavaliers are the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division champions for the second year in a row after recently wrapping up the league campaign a perfect 12-0-0.

“I think the girls played well again this year,” Cavs coach Marty Shearer said May 22 as the team warmed up before a game at Center Line High.

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Published May 23, 2012

Go to any average track and field practice and you’ll see packs of athletes spread out into groups with fellow athletes from their respective disciplines.

That’s not the case at Grosse Pointe South.

But then again, the Blue Devils girls squad is no average track and field team.
South is the Division 1 defending state champion.

At a recent practice, the core members of the squad, representing multiple events, sat together as their coach discussed strategy about an upcoming meet.

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Published May 23, 2012

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Local high school student-athletes will go head-to-head at the annual Macomb County Track and Field Championships May 24 at Warren Mott.

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Published May 21, 2012

The numbers are staggering — 53-3-4.

That’s Utica Eisenhower’s girls soccer programs record over the last six seasons, a span in which the Eagles have won five division titles.

This season’s first-place finish was the third in a row for the team.

Despite the recent success and sheer dominance of the Macomb Area Conference Red Division, the team wasn’t sure what it was in for this season with some new faces and tough opponents.

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Published May 17, 2012

Dual- and division-meet champions were recently crowned across the Macomb Area Conference girls tennis circuit.

Here is a breakdown of each division’s results, except the MAC Red championship meet, which was played after press time. Weather and other issues postponed and canceled some dual meets, so some teams may have played more than others at press time.

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Published May 17, 2012

They finish each other’s sentences when they’re not answering the same answer at the same time.

That’s just how in sync Madison Heights Lamphere’s No. 1 doubles team of Olivia Jenkins and Kelsey Meyer are. It’s just one of the reasons behind their success, and the team and program’s as a whole this year.

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Published May 14, 2012

FRASER — As the Fraser High softball team prepared for a May 8 home game against Roseville High, the entire team stretched and warmed up together — a rarity for the Ramblers this season.

“We’ve had one game out of 23 with what I consider our full team,” Fraser coach Matt Fishburn said. “We’ve had injuries that have hindered us from everybody playing. We’ve just had to wait it out until everybody got healthy. We’re pretty much there now.”

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Published May 14, 2012

WARREN — The drops of intermittent rain can’t disrupt the Cousino girls soccer team.

The Patriots have plenty of work to do at practice as the final stretch of the season comes into view.

And it’s the part of the game that has been the key to their success all season that the Patriots are practicing during the precipitation — passing and possession.

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Published May 11, 2012

FRASER — As the regular season winds down, the Roseville High softball team is looking ahead to the postseason.

Preparing to face first-place Fraser High in a May 8 Macomb Area Conference Blue Division game, the Panthers talked about shifting their focus to the state playoffs, which begin May 29 across the state.

“I’d just like to see the team really work together and prepare for districts, because that’s where I think we’ll really start to shine,” Roseville senior pitcher Amanda Schankin said.

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Published May 11, 2012

FRASER — As the regular season winds down, the Roseville High softball team is looking ahead to the postseason.

Preparing to face first-place Fraser High in a May 8 Macomb Area Conference Blue Division game, the Panthers talked about shifting their focus to the state playoffs, which begin May 29 across the state.

“I’d just like to see the team really work together and prepare for districts, because that’s where I think we’ll really start to shine,” Roseville senior pitcher Amanda Schankin said.

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Published May 11, 2012

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The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s boys and girls track and field regionals are set to take place May 18-19 at various sites around the state. Regionals are the only format to qualify for the state finals. The top three finishers in each event at regionals automatically qualify for states. There are also additional qualifying standards athletes can meet, which are listed at www.mhsaa.com.

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Published May 8, 2012

One team is small, the other is the largest it’s been in years, but the goals remain the same for the East Detroit boys and girls track and field squads: to improve and compete.

On the girls side, the Shamrocks aren’t letting a lack of numbers slow them down.

“The girls team is small, but we’ve been able to find some real good athletes — amongst our young kids, in particular,” coach Lincoln Stocks said. “The ninth-grade class is pretty good. We’re happy with that. We’re thin, but we’re competitive.”

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