Sue Teggart

Published October 19, 2011

For the West Bloomfield High boys soccer team, it was a hard pill to swallow.

A win against Pontiac High Oct. 11 would have given the Lakers their first league championship since 2002, but their hopes were dashed after a 3-2 loss.

At press time, the Lakers still had a shot to share the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division title if Birmingham Seaholm ties Farmington Hills Harrison in their game Oct. 14, after press time. A win by Seaholm gives the Maples the title; West Bloomfield would finish second.

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Published October 12, 2011

ROYAL OAK — Solid team chemistry and a balanced effort have been the key ingredients for the Royal Oak Shrine boys soccer team’s undefeated season.

At press time, the Knights were 6-0 after closing their AA Division Catholic League play Oct. 4 with a 1-0 win over the West Bloomfield Jewish Frankel Academy and 9-4-3 overall.

“We’ve got better team chemistry,” said coach Mark Soma about the winning formula. “We have a good returning mixture from last year, and we’re getting contributions from everybody.”

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Published October 11, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — From pink-clad athletes to pink-infused city fountains, everything is looking rosy with the arrival of October.

Birmingham’s Brogan & Partners will be pretty in pink the entire month to shine a light on breast cancer awareness.

The local agency, housed in the historic Peabody Mansion, 325 S. Old Woodward, is illuminating the entire exterior of its building in bright pink for a second year as a tribute to those affected by breast cancer while raising awareness and honoring Michigan breast cancer survivors.

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Published October 11, 2011

It’s often heard in the fashion industry that what’s old is new again.

With today’s designers looking for inspiration from the past, fashion-forward consumers are following suit by seeking vintage pieces to add to their wardrobes.

Those who desire the exclusivity and history of vintage can head to the seventh annual Bloomfield Hills Antique Jewelry and Vintage Apparel Show, presented by W&D Promotions, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15 at Birmingham Unitarian Church. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.

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Published October 10, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Warren Cousino boys tennis team let its actions speak louder than words, serving up its second straight Macomb Area Conference White Division dual-meet title with a perfect 5-0 season.

Cousino then added a MAC Blue divisional tournament championship.

For the Patriots, the hot start isn’t exactly a surprise. Then again, it really wasn’t expected either, after graduating six players from last year’s dual-meet championship squad.

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Published October 6, 2011

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Marc Bates knew he had to be patient.

Four years ago, after the Michigan High School Athletic Association switched sports seasons, including boys tennis to the fall, the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse coach was in the process of building his squad.

Even back then, Bates recognized the Lancers’ potential.

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Published October 5, 2011

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Published October 5, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite struggling through the early portion of the volleyball season, St. Clair Shores Lakeview coach Abbey Gough is pleased with her team’s effort.

“We have wonderful team chemistry,” Gough said. “Everyone has a really positive attitude, and these girls get along really well. Now it’s just about finding our balance on the court. We know we can do it.”

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Published October 5, 2011

UTICA — Hoping to prove true the old saying that, “two heads are better than one,” Jeff LaPratt and Lisa Sanford have joined forces at Utica High in an effort to lead the volleyball squad back to its glory days.

LaPratt, who has coached JV basketball at Utica and volleyball for the past eight years at Heritage Junior High, serves as the motivator and disciplinarian, while Sanford, who previously coached at Utica Ford II for four years and played volleyball at Central Michigan University, brings a player standpoint to the coaching tandem.

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Published October 5, 2011

WARREN — Call it confidence.

Call it swagger.

Whatever it is, the Warren Woods Tower volleyball team has it.

Coming off a Macomb Area Conference Silver Division championship — Tower’s first successful season since 2006, when it won the MAC Blue Division — the squad was posting 4-0 in the division and riding high on “Titans swag.”

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Published October 4, 2011

Andrew Cahn has never felt this close before.

After three years of patience and persistence, sometimes seemingly an eternity of preparation, this season the West Bloomfield High senior and No. 1 singles player is ready for his time in the limelight.

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Published September 28, 2011

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BIRMINGHAM — There is no greater rivalry in Catholic League soccer than the one that exists between Birmingham Brother Rice and Warren De La Salle.

The rivalry is packed with history and tradition, and entails a contest between two schools that don’t hide their feelings toward each other.

“I mention all the time, I don’t care if you’re playing them in checkers, you don’t lose to Brother Rice,” De La Salle coach Thaier Mukhtar said. “It’s a huge rivalry. It’s a respected rivalry.”

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Published September 28, 2011

ROCHESTER HILLS — Coping with player turnover is an inevitable challenge for every sports program, and the Rochester Adams boys soccer team is no exception.

Thirteen seniors graduated from last year’s regional semifinalist team, leaving behind the next generation of varsity performers to carry on the tradition of winning.

This year’s Highlanders squad is full of fresh faces, but the talent level has not dropped off.

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Published September 28, 2011

BEVERLY HILLS — The formula for success in any team sport has to start with talent. And one thing the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day boys tennis team never seems to be short of is outstanding players.

Fresh off a fantastic 2010 campaign, DCD will try to recover from a runner-up finish at the Division 3 state finals by unleashing a deep and talented roster.

“I like the team this year,” coach Tom Ellis said. “I like our chances. The chemistry is excellent. The kids are supportive of each other and we’re competitive at every position.”

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Published September 28, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — Forgive Madison Heights Bishop Foley boys soccer coach Carlos Calderon if his new post and surroundings feel a little familiar.

Calderon may be new to the helm, but the veteran coach — who coaches the Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard girls squad in the spring and coached the boys team at Riverview Gabriel Richard prior to coming to Foley — is no stranger to Catholic League soccer or the rich tradition of excellence at his new home.

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