Mike Moore

Published October 3, 2017

FARMINGTON — Look at the league record.

Simple as that.

That’s all it takes to assess the improvement from last year to this year for the Farmington High volleyball team.

That was the blatant point that coach Katherine Drews made recently when speaking about her team and the 2017 season thus far.

In 2016, the Falcons finished at 1-6 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

“Not great,” Drews said.

At press time this fall, the team was 3-0.

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Published October 3, 2017

CLAWSON — He’s a Clawson High grad back with the program he played for.

But now, as he paces the sideline of the Trojans’ soccer team, his goal and mission comes from a whole new perspective.

“It’s been a lot of fun so far,” Tyler Jugon said last week. “This has been a great experience.”

When former coach Jared Kullman took the athletic director position at Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, Jugon was a natural fit to move from assistant coach to head coach.

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Published October 2, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — When Lauren Duquette assumed the head coaching position with the Bloomfield Hills Marian volleyball program, she was well-aware of the upside.

She also understood the challenges.

After all, this was a team that had reached the Class A quarterfinals in 2016 but had graduated more than half of its starting lineup.

On top of that, Duquette admitted that she came in ready to essentially reset the approach of the entire program.

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Published September 29, 2017

DETROIT — This has gone from a nice winning streak to an impressive run of dominance.

Remember when the Warren De La Salle football team started the season with a lopsided loss?

Yeah, not too many associated with the Pilots’ program do either and with good reason.

De La Salle put on a show for its homecoming crowd Friday night, picking up its fifth win in as many weeks with a dominant 52-14 victory over previously unbeaten Dearborn Divine Child at Wayne State University.

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Published September 29, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The first week featured a late lead, and a hard-to-accept loss.

The second week featured a 17-point lead, and an impossible-to-imagine loss.

And from that point on, the West Bloomfield High football team has been different.

“That was on me,” coach Ron Bellamy said about his team not finishing games. “I had to address it. It became a focal point for this team and how we operate.”

The results have proven his words prophetic. 

First, a look back:

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Published September 29, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — With summer and its warm temperatures lingering into fall, prep golfers were able to hit the course and get some rounds in.

With reality hitting the thermometer of late, the feel of fall isn’t just in the air, but also on the calendar.

The 2017 girls golf regionals officially take flight Oct. 11 across the state.

Here’s a quick look at who is set to be where and exactly when. 

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Published September 28, 2017

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From the 90-degree temps to the 60’s in one day, ah yes, Michigan, another reminder of the sudden changes the weather can hurl upon us.

Other than A/C units being put to rest until 2018, this week’s drastic shift from the feel of summer to the reality of fall also offered a reminder that the football season isn’t just in full swing, but is actually speeding down the path toward the end of the regular season.

By Saturday night, there will be just three weeks remaining before the playoff selection show takes place.

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Published September 25, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Maybe this will be the key that starts the engine of consistency.

That’s the hope Farmington Hills Harrison volleyball coach Michael Love has, anyway.

Battling through the ups and downs of the 2017 campaign, Love took his squad to the Sept. 19 city championship event looking for a spark.

And the Hawks went out and found it. Or earned it, if you will.

“This is four in a row now for us,” Love said of the title. “Hopefully this is what we need to get going.”

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Published September 25, 2017

Two wins in nine weeks.

That was the story of the Royal Oak High football team in 2016.

Sure, some of those seven losses were close, and yes, the team started the year 2-2 and had some momentum, but in the end, it was a group that was on the outside of everything it wanted to be when the final whistle sounded.

And now?

Well, the Ravens needed two weeks to equal last year’s win total and four weeks to surpass it.

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Published September 23, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — Heat from above and heat from within.

That’s what the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day football team was facing Saturday afternoon in a home date with Detroit Loyola.

With their playoff lives hanging in the balance, and temps hovering the low 90s all afternoon, the Yellowjackets ran out of gas in a back-and-forth contest, falling to the Bulldogs 24-14.

“It’s tough, it really is,” coach Dan MacLean said afterwards. “You battle, and, I really don’t know what else to say. This is a tough one.”

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Published September 22, 2017

ORCHARD LAKE — This is a big game every year — heck, maybe the biggest on the entire schedule.

And with that said, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s football coach George Porritt was adamant in stressing that all his guys can, and have to, focus on is the task at hand.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

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Published September 20, 2017

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By halftime of this week we will be at halftime of the 2017 football season.

And that’s another cliche used every year.

But what’s not expected every year, or every week, is how some of these Catholic League games have gone.

Anyone expect Cabrini to lose to Luther North last week?

Anyone expect Orchard Lake St. Mary's to be 1-3 at this point?

Anyone see the Lions clobbering the Giants on MNF?

Ok, some of those are related to the Catholic League, which continues to capture the heart of football fans in this area.

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Published September 19, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — There was an understanding that this team had potential when the season officially launched.

That potential has given way to a proven winner. So far, anyway.

The Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team reached the Class A regional finals a year ago before falling to eventual state champ Novi High.

When this season began, eight varsity veterans were back in the mix. When this season began, the Marlins hit the ground running.

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Published September 18, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: WALLED LAKE WESTERN FELL TO WATERFORD MOTT 47-37 SEPT. 15 AT HOME.

WALLED LAKE — A program like this, with the types of expectations that come with an appearance in a state title game and a roster loaded with Division 1 talent, well, winning is a just-about must.

Which is why, when speaking last week about his Walled Lake Western football team, coach Mike Zdebski laughed when told he sounded like he was in charge of a winless team.

Not one that was 3-0 at press time.

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Published September 15, 2017

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We have reached the second third of the season, which for some means the playoffs are about to be over.

For others, things will remain possible and difficult.

For some of the best, by weekend’s end, just two wins in five weeks will be required for a playoff spot.

Here are the picks this week, highlighted by a pair of big bashes between Birmingham Brother Rice and Warren De La Salle and Dearborn Divine Child and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.

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