Sue Teggart

Published September 7, 2011

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The 2011 Macomb Dakota volleyball squad is setting up for the kill.

With a good mix of athletic and skilled players, and seven returning players from last year, the Cougars have high expectations for the coming season.

At press time, the squad was 5-3 overall coming off the Aug. 27 ninth annual Dakota tournament.

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Published August 31, 2011

ROYAL OAK — Anna Lukezich knows it isn’t going to be easy.

Over the past five years, since Royal Oak Kimball and Royal Oak Dondero merged to form Royal Oak High, there hasn’t been much stability at the helm of the boys soccer program.

Lukezich is hoping she can change that as she takes the clipboard this season.

“We have a different attitude than in previous years,” said Lukezich, who teaches industrial arts at the high school. “It’s more of a team atmosphere instead of focusing on individual play.

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Published August 30, 2011

Utica Eisenhower is determined to recapture what made its volleyball program one of the Macomb Area Conference’s and state’s standout squads.

Two seasons ago the Eagles had the right ingredients — six seniors, a high-octane offense and court chemistry — to go far, finishing the season 39-10-3 and making the program’s first state quarterfinal appearance.

This year has the makings of another special season.

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Published August 30, 2011

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WARREN — Holly Plieth does not shy from mining local talent to fill the Macomb Community College women’s volleyball team’s roster.

As a homegrown talent herself, the second-year coach is very familiar with the level of play in the area.

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Published August 30, 2011

EASTPOINTE — After nearly 40 years, the East Detroit athletic department is getting a new look, as John Rizzo is taking over as the athletic director.

Christine Schneider, who held the post for nearly four decades, retired at the end of last year.

Rizzo comes from Van Dyke Public Schools, where he served the district for 13 years. In that time, he primarily taught science, but he served as the middle school athletic director for two years and most recently was the athletic director at Warren Lincoln for the past two years.

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Published August 30, 2011

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Jason Clark is no stranger to the West Bloomfield High soccer program, guiding the girls team to its first league championship in the Oakland Activities Association last spring.

So when he boys program needed a new head varsity coach, it seemed only fitting for Clark to put his winning ways to work.

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Published August 26, 2011

FRASER — Last year, seven was a lucky number for the Fraser High volleyball team.

Seven seniors led the Ramblers to a 49-3-4 season that saw the squad go undefeated in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division to win its first league title since 2004 and claim its 17th district title.

In fact, the squad didn’t drop a single game all year until the regional final, and even then, the Ramblers came out winners.

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Published August 26, 2011

To say that Grosse Pointe North’s new athletic director, Ben Bandfield, has had a busy couple of weeks is a bit of an understatement.

Bandfield, who replaced Carmen Kennedy, who is now the principal at St. Clair Shores South Lake, is excited to be starting his new position and adjusting to life on the east side of Michigan.

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Published August 23, 2011

Everyone knew who and what they were a year ago. The Sterling Heights High volleyball team was well-defined.

They were led by Roxy Duzey and Kate Czopek.

They were Macomb Area Conference Blue Division champions and Class A district title-winners.

They were making a run at the state title.

A year later, this is a very different Sterling Heights volleyball team. Czopek and Duzey are gone, as are a handful of other talented now-graduated seniors.

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Published August 23, 2011

A new season represents a brand-new start.

And for the Roseville High and Eastpointe East Detroit volleyball programs, the new season brings optimism and excitement.

Last season, the Panthers took some lumps in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, finishing 5-5 and 11-18-3 overall. After a winless season last year in the MAC Silver, the Shamrocks are looking for improvement across the board.

Here’s a look at how both squads are preparing for the 2011 campaign.

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Published August 16, 2011

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Detroit’s waterfront will be on display Aug. 17-21 as one of the most prestigious match racing events, the fourth annual Bayview Yacht Club’s Detroit Cup, launches on the Detroit River.

The regatta is part of the 2011 North American Grand Slam Match Racing Series, which is made up of four events — the Chicago Match Cup Aug. 12-14, the BYC’s Detroit Cup Aug. 17-21, the Knickerbocker Cup Aug. 24-28 and the Oakcliff International Aug. 30-Sept. 3.

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Published August 16, 2011

A year ago, Alison Holland was a backup to Troy High four-year veteran and All-State goalkeeper Victoria Triccoli.

Today, Holland isn’t just filling the shoes Triccoli left behind; she’s making a name for herself.

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Published August 9, 2011

Girls golf season is just around the corner, and West Bloomfield High’s new head coach Steven Larkin is shooting for a promising season as tryouts get under way Aug. 15.

Though there are 11 golfers returning to the program, Larkin hopes to ramp up those numbers before the squad tees off for the new season. To field a varsity and JV team, Larkin wants between 18 and 20 girls at minimum in the program.

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Published August 9, 2011

The 35th annual Greater Rochester Open Tennis Tournament, presented by Rochester Avon Recreation Authority, was held July 27-31 at Rochester Municipal Park. About 50 adults and 11 juniors participated in the event, which was spearheaded by Rochester High boys and girls tennis coach Jerry Murphy. In all, 17 past GRO champions played in the event.

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Published August 9, 2011

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The boys Michigan High School Lacrosse Coaches Association has made its All-State selections for the 2011 season.

Here’s a list of the local All-State honorees.

First team
Division I
Will Meter, KC Kennedy, Benett Packer, Christian Eckert and Chris Walker, Brother Rice; Dan Kreza, Joe Kemp, Kevin Lining and Nick Youngeman, Troy Athens; and Alex Kucken, U of D Jesuit.

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