Sue Teggart

Published May 25, 2011

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s girls softball team has taken its lumps in the past — finishing 4-6 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division the past two seasons — but has seemingly turned the corner this season.

At press time, the Big Reds were 5-3 in the Red Division — three and a half games behind the league-leader Romeo High — and 13-9 overall.

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Published May 25, 2011

The West Bloomfield High girls soccer team clinched its first Oakland Activities Association White Division championship since 2004 with a 3-1 win over Farmington High May 17.

The Lakers finished with a 9-0-2 league record and were 9-2-2 overall at press time. Bloomfield Hills Andover, which followed in the standings, tied Bloomfield Hills Lahser May 17, allowing West Bloomfield to claim an outright title.

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Published May 25, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore softball team is facing a tough challenge in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

Just three seniors rejoined the Shorians from last season, outfielder Sara Coppola, shortstop Hannah Rockensuess and catcher Hanna Anderson.

While Lake Shore has solid leadership from its seniors, the squad is young and inexperienced with four freshmen joining the starting lineup.

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Published May 25, 2011

A strong singles performance is just what the Utica Ford II girls tennis team needed to lead it to a divisional title during the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division tournament May 10.

The Falcons, who won three of the four singles flights, finished with 27 points. Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse was second with 25, followed by tournament host Fraser High at 23, Warren Cousino and Utica Stevenson tied with 19, and Fair Haven Anchor Bay with seven points.

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Published May 17, 2011

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Despite losing seven seniors from last year’s team, Grosse Pointe South girls tennis hasn’t missed a beat.

The Blue Devils were ranked No. 6 in Division 1 by the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association’s May 9 poll and are playing some of their best tennis of the season as regionals approach.

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Published May 17, 2011

WARREN — On paper, the Warren Woods Tower softball team may be a year away from reaching its peak.

With just four seniors on the team — Katie Welk, Danielle Werner, Francesca Santi and Carolyn Watson — there are high expectations for the future.

But that fact isn’t stopping the young squad from making an impact this season.

The Titans raised their record to 6-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division at press time (17-4 overall) with a five-inning win over Center Line High May 11.

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Published May 17, 2011

Right about now, the Sterling Heights High girls tennis team should be brimming with confidence.

After winning it’s first dual-meet title in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division since 2003, the Stallions followed it up by capturing the divisional championship.

Sterling finished 3-0-2 in the league. At press time, the squad was 4-2-2 overall.

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Published May 17, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — Erin Weide committed first.

Cara Stempky and Ashley Adomatis soon followed.

After helping Madison Heights Bishop Foley to two state-finals appearances and three straight Division 4 final fours, the trio will continue to the next level in their careers together at Adrian College.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do outside of high school,” said Weide, a Madison Heights resident. “What are the chances that it happened to us three? It’s comforting knowing someone that’s going there.”

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Published May 11, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — Ken Stocker knew he had his work cut out for him coming into the 2011 campaign.

Despite welcoming back eight varsity players — including five seniors — Farmington Hills Mercy, which finished sixth at last year’s Division 2 girls tennis state finals, returned to the court without two of its top players.

Junior Margaux Kabodian, one of Oakland County’s top singles players, was lost due to an ACL injury, and Anna Hinrichs, who played No. 1 doubles, moved out of the state.

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Published May 11, 2011

BEVERLY HILLS — Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day girls tennis coach Tom Ellis is no stranger to winning.

But the same can be said about Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood’s coaching team of Keith Cullen and Jeff Etterbeek.

The teams are ranked No.1 and No. 2, respectively, in Division 3 in the MHSTeCA’s May 9 rankings. Both have proven to be dominant in the state as winners of 10 (DCD) and 12 (C-K) state titles.

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Published May 11, 2011

The Utica Eisenhower softball team has a new face in the dugout.

Vince Alessandrini has taken over for longtime coach Floyd Shotwell, who stepped down after last season.

Alessandrini brings experience as an 11U and 14U travel softball coach, and he also coached baseball at the now-defunct Harper Woods Notre Dame.

“I’ve been trying to get into high school coaching for a while,” Alessandrini said. “I just enjoy softball. The game is faster; the girls listen better. It’s just a fun game.”

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Published May 10, 2011

When the Catholic League girls soccer playoffs kick off May 17-18, all eyes will be on Bloomfield Hills Marian.

Eight years ago, Marian (6-0 Division 1 and 7-1 overall) ended Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s winning streak (1994-2002), which included nine Catholic League championship titles, in a 1-0 decision in the Catholic League tournament.

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Published May 9, 2011

FRASER — It was hard to tell by his disposition, but an even-keeled Matt Fishburn was excited about his Fraser High softball team’s progress.

The Ramblers were coming off a successful weekend at the Michigan Stars tournament in Grand Blanc, where they won their flight, winning four straight — over Traverse City West 16-1, Beverly Hills Groves 6-4, Pontiac Notre Dame Preparatory 7-2 and Trenton High 5-3 in the championship game — after beginning the weekend with a loss.

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Published May 4, 2011

There’s something different about the Troy Athens girls tennis team.

At 3-0 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division and 5-1 overall, there’s a little bit of swagger and a quiet confidence that’s making the Red Hawks virtually unbeatable.

“As a team, they’re believing in each other more,” coach Andrew Shipp said. “As a team, they also feel that everyone is capable of winning. They feel it’s a shared responsibility to come away with the victories.

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Published May 3, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — A year ago, there was a lot of on-the-job training for a very young Utica Ford II softball team.

Last year’s growing pains may pay big dividends for the Falcons, however, as the team returned to the diamond loaded with varsity experience.

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