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Published November 2, 2011

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Dakota volleyball coach Tracie Ferguson had been preparing her team for this moment since she took the helm of the program four years ago.

So when her team was 0-2 in the MAC Red Division early in the season, she knew her players would respond to the challenge.

And respond they did, winning eight straight matches en route to capturing its first MAC Red Division title, one they share with Marysville High.

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Published November 2, 2011

When asked about his volleyball program winning a Macomb Area Conference White Division championship, Utica Stevenson volleyball coach Paul Drdul said only one word: “achievement.”

“It was something we talked about as something we wanted to do, but we felt that if we were preparing ourselves every day for the playoffs that this would take care of itself,” Drdul said. “It’s good that we had some adversity along the road.”

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Published November 2, 2011

WARREN — When it comes to Macomb Area Conference volleyball, Warren Lincoln can be a bit selfish.

Last year, the Abes finished as co-champions in the Bronze Division with New Haven High. This year, the squad captured sole possession of the league title, posting 9-1.

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Published November 1, 2011

Walled Lake Northern (14-4-4) soccer coach Chris Stevanovic admitted that his team struggled this season, mostly due to a difficulty with capitalizing on scoring opportunities.

After finishing tops in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association North Division for the fourth straight year and winning the Lakes Conference title, Stevanovic knew finishing on their chances would be key in the postseason.

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Published October 28, 2011

When the final whistle blew in the district round of the boys soccer state tournament, Troy High and Troy Athens each had championship hardware to show for their efforts. Stevenson took on Midland Dow Oct. 25, and Athens played Oct. 26. Both games were played after press time.

Athens’ district title came Oct. 22 following a 4-0 win over Utica Stevenson. En route, the Red Hawks topped Utica High 1-0 in a semifinal and upended Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 2-1 in their Oct. 17 opener.

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Published October 26, 2011

When the final whistle blew, all the local soccer squads wrapped their seasons in the district portion of the state soccer tournament.

In Division 1, Royal Oak High saw its season end in the form of a 3-2 loss to Farmington Hills Harrison in a Oct. 20 district semifinal. The Ravens won their Oct. 18 district opener 1-0 over Waterford Mott to advance to the semifinal.

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Published October 26, 2011

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — When the final whistle blew in the district portion of the boys soccer state tourament, two local teams had advanced to the regional round.

Bloomfield Hills Andover (11-6-3) captured its first-ever boys soccer district title with a thrilling 2-1 win over Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood in an Oct. 21 Division 2 title-game.

In D-3, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day beat Clawson High 4-0 in their Oct. 21 final.

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Published October 26, 2011

In the past four years, the Division 3 boys tennis state title hasn’t left Oakland County.

And it’s not going anywhere for at least another year.

Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood have alternated winning the state championship since 2008. The Cranes won it last year, and Country Day kept the pattern going by winning its second title in three years Oct. 14-15.

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Published October 26, 2011

The North Farmington boys tennis team is riding high after returning home from the Division 2 state finals at Kalamazoo College with a flight champion at No. 4 doubles.

The Raiders finished tied for sixth overall in team standings, highlighted by the play of the newly crowned state champs of junior Andrew Murtland and sophomore Rob Chapekis.

The duo won eight straight sets, ending their run with a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central in the final.

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Published October 25, 2011

When the volleyball state tournament begins Oct. 31, teams across the state will summon up all the experience they’ve gained in the regular season to get ready for the second season.

Last year, two local teams made it to the big stage. Regular-season rivals Bloomfield Hills Marian and Farmington Hills Mercy — currently ranked No. 1 in Class A — clashed in the Class A finals, with Marian coming out on top.

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Published October 25, 2011

When the final whistle blew, only one local boys soccer squad made it through to the district final.

In Division 1, Walled Lake Northern defeated Walled Lake Central 3-0 in their Oct. 17 opener. The Knights defeated Novi Detroit Catholic Central — which outlasted Walled Lake Western 3-0 in their district opener — in an Oct. 20 semifinal to advance to the Oct. 22 final against Farmington Hills North Farmington, played after press time.

In another D-1 district, West Bloomfield High saw its season close in a 3-2 shootout loss to Waterford Mott.

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Published October 19, 2011

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — To Gary Malburg, it’s not about the wins and losses.

Sure, it’s an easy thing for a coach to say when his team is sitting on a sparkling 8-0 record and in sole possession of the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title at press time.

But for Malburg and his Macomb L’Anse Creuse North volleyball squad, this year wasn’t about standings or records, but restoring a competitive team.

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Published October 19, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — The story of former a Birmingham Seaholm High School student whose bathroom graffiti shook the community has come to a close.

Courtney Thomas, 19, was sentenced Oct. 5 in Oakland County Circuit Court in front of Judge James Alexander, and will serve one year’s probation and perform 100 hours of community service.

Thomas will complete his community service under the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Thurgood Marshall Social Justice Advocacy Project under the direction of attorney Melvin Butch-Hollowell.

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Published October 19, 2011

FRANKLIN/BEVERLY HILLS/BIRMINGHAM — To celebrate the season, local communities are hosting a variety of frightfully fun Halloween family activities.

In the village of Franklin, the Main Street Franklin Franklinstein Frenzy returns Oct. 22 for a ghoulishly good time.

In its second year, the event will feature bobbing for apples, free portraits of costumed kids and pets at Gorback Photography, a costume parade, trick or treating with the merchants, and a pumpkin decorating contest.

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Published October 19, 2011

As the regular season winds down, the Warren Fitzgerald volleyball squad is ramping up its efforts.

At press time, the Spartans were 6-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division, 16-8-1 overall, and headed into the final stretch of league action tied for first place with crosstown rival Warren Lincoln.

Coach Heidi South said consistency has been the key to the Spartans’ strong play.

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