Sue Teggart

Published September 22, 2011

WARREN — It’s not the start but the finish that matters.

That’s the mentality the Warren Mott volleyball squad is taking into the season as the 2011 campaign begins.

“We started off kind of slow,” said coach Casey McClellan, whose squad was 0-1 in the MAC White and 0-1 overall at press time. “We have a lot of new faces on the team, but I feel like what we do have returning really has improved. We’re looking much stronger now that they’ve gotten their footing.”

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Published September 21, 2011

TROY — Call it unfinished business.

Last season, the Troy High boys soccer team repeated as league champions of the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, won a district and competed for a regional title before being stymied by a dominant Grand Blanc squad.

This year, Troy is determined to have another shot at a regional championship and will settle for nothing short of a state title.

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Published September 21, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Chippewa Valley volleyball squad certainly has had more than its share of struggles in recent years.

In the past two seasons the Big Reds went 21-56-13, finishing in the bottom half of league standings.

This year, coach Bill Rice senses Chippewa Valley might be turning the corner.

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Published September 20, 2011

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Published September 19, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Don’t be fooled by the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore volleyball roster.

Things aren’t always what they seem.

This junior-heavy squad features three sophomores and has just one senior — however, experience abounds.

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Published September 14, 2011

The Fraser High girls swimming squad could have a great future ahead of it.

Coach Dave Nowinski said that about half the team is made up of underclassmen, and they have had a lot of room to grow.

“We’ve got a pretty young group as far as experience,” Nowinski said. “There’s a lot of kids that are sophomores and juniors, but they’re young still to the sport.

“We’re looking forward to a lot of improvement throughout the year and anticipating for a lot of kids to step up.”

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Published September 14, 2011

TROY — Looking at this year’s Troy Athens boys tennis team’s roster, there’s no reason to doubt the strength of this squad.

The Red Hawks are a triple threat, with experience, talent and depth.

“I think the depth of the team is solid,” said coach Andrew Shipp. “We’ve got a lot of seniors up top in the doubles, but we’ve got some solid players all the way through our lineup. We’re really competitive at singles and have been quite well so far.”

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Published September 14, 2011

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Utica Eisenhower and Clinton Township Chippewa Valley will abandon their traditional school colors for the night and sport pink jerseys Sept. 29 for a Dig Pink volleyball match.

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Published September 13, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Utica Stevenson volleyball team is off to a strong start this season.

After winning the Aug. 19 MAC Kickoff tournament, the Titans were 17-0-2 at press time. With an experienced group — nine players returned from last year’s 29-16-6 campaign — coach Paul Drdul said he likes what he’s seeing early on.

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Published September 13, 2011

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And the Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood boys tennis team enters the 2011 season facing both challenges, as the Cranes return just a handful of players from a squad that finished as Division 3 state champions a year ago.

“We lost seven seniors,” coach Jeff Etterbeek said. “We have doubles players we’re developing, and so far they’re working hard and showing great improvement. We’ve got to work hard, keep improving, and hopefully, we’ll be competitive for the (state) tournament.”

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Published September 13, 2011

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Working eight seniors into a volleyball rotation is both a coach’s dream and a challenge, as experience, talent and leadership are abundant.

“Right now, we’re looking for leadership to guide us because we do have the experience,” said Alysia Williams, coach of Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse’s varsity volleyball team. “Now, it’s basically taking the leadership role and applying it to the court to excel us above and beyond our natural talents.

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Published September 7, 2011

As the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s soccer team enters its fifth season as a program, coach Joe Ruffolo is optimistic about where the team is headed.

“We’re going to be competitive,” Ruffolo said. “I’m pretty optimistic about this season. This is the first time in the four years that I’ve been the head coach that I’ve got a group of players that understand the game of soccer, that have played club soccer and that are beginning to jell as a team.”

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Published September 7, 2011

WARREN — At Utica Ford II, a good volleyball team just got a little better.
For the rest of the league, that’s a scary thought.

Last year, the Falcons finished in second place at 6-4 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division, tied with crosstown rival Utica Stevenson. Two seasons ago, Ford finished as co-champions of the MAC White, a title it shared with Warren Mott and Warren Cousino.

As the fall season gets under way, the Falcons expect to contend for an outright league title.

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Published September 7, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Take a glance at the 2011 St. Clair Shores South Lake volleyball roster and you’ll notice it immediately: The Cavaliers are a very young team.

Symone Hicks and Margaret Elias are the only two seniors on the squad. The rest of the roster is a mix of mostly juniors, a few more sophomores and one freshman. At press time, however, coach Liza Rogers hadn’t finalized the team.

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Published September 7, 2011

TROY — Whenever a team loses one of its best players to injury, there is a period of initial shock.

So when Troy High’s boys tennis ace junior Brett Forman — last year’s Division 1 individual state champion — suffered a season-ending injury to his back in July, the Colts didn’t sit back and lament their loss.

In fact, Troy quickly adjusted to fill the No. 1 singles slot left by Forman showing that one player doesn't make the team.

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