Sue Teggart

Published May 3, 2011

It has been a season mired by rain, snow, sleet, mud and cold.

For all of those reasons, Madison Heights Madison’s softball team has had to cancel five of its first nine games.

“It’s been that kind of spring, unfortunately,” said coach Brian Murawski. “Other teams at other schools have to deal with it, not just us, and we’ve got to handle that. The weather has definitely been a factor for all of us. We’ve been rained out as much as we’ve played.”

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Published May 3, 2011

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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Published April 27, 2011

TROY — Brian Zawislak put it simply: “We’re real young this year, but we look good.”

Looking at Troy High’s starting lineup, which includes two freshmen, four sophomores and three juniors, the words “high expectations” come to mind.

Despite having eight starters back from last year’s regional finalist squad, an infusion of talented newcomers has the Colts soccer team starting just two seniors but still dominating the pitch with a young core.

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Published April 27, 2011

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Adams girls soccer team is redefining success.

The Highlanders surprised some teams last season by winning the Oakland Activities Association Red Division and claiming Division 1 district and regional titles before advancing to the state semifinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Novi High 1-0.

This season, the Highlanders don’t just want success — they want excellence.

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Published April 26, 2011

FERNDALE — Things are heating up for the Ferndale High girls soccer team.

Though it took some time to get going, the Eagles have hit their stride.

“We started off really slow,” coach Steve Motter said. “We had an 8-1 loss to (Waterford) Mott, and that was kind of an eye-opener to everybody that we had a lot of work to do.”

After losing six seniors to graduation, Motter said, it’s a completely different dynamic on the field, which was cause for some reshuffling.

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Published April 26, 2011

For the first time in 26 years, the Eastpointe East Detroit tennis team has a new face at the helm.

The Shamrocks found the perfect replacement for longtime coach Carol Gray, who retired in the fall from her coaching and counseling position at the high school, in Phil Morey.

Morey coached the JV boys and girls teams and was an assistant under Gray for the past three years.

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Published April 26, 2011

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Mount Clemens High girls tennis team has seen an influx of new players this year.

After losing seven key players to graduation — including standouts Tiffany Baldridge and Jennifer Berggren — the Battling Bathers welcomed 11 newcomers to varsity, eight of whom are new to the game.

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Published April 25, 2011

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When it comes to defense, it doesn’t get better than the Auburn Hills Avondale girls soccer team.

Last year, the Yellow Jackets battled and held eventual state champion Bloomfield Hills Marian scoreless through regulation and two overtimes in the Division 2 district final.

Avondale then took Marian to eight rounds in a penalty kick shootout before falling 1-0 and ending its season.

Through 110 minutes of soccer, Marian had just nine shots against the Yellow Jackets’ impenetrable backline.

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Published April 20, 2011

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It’s easy to understand why Macomb Dakota softball coach Rick Fontaine is fond of his offense.

The Cougars scored 18 runs in their first two outings, winning 13-3 against Utica High and rallying from behind April 14 against Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 5-4.

Dakota’s only setback at press time was a 7-4 loss to Lakeview April 15.

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Published April 19, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — So much has changed for the Clawson softball team in just one year.

There were seven seniors on the team a season ago, led by All-Conference performer Lisa Shumaker, who was one of the best pitchers in school history.

After winning back-to-back league titles in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division (2009 and 2010), Clawson moved into the MAC Gold this season after realignment.

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Published April 19, 2011

BLOOMFIELD HILLS —When looking at the Bloomfield Hills Marian soccer roster, there is a trend that is hard to miss, as 13 seniors highlight the 22-person roster.

“I’ve never had a class this big of seniors with girls,” coach Barry Brodsky said.

The last time Brodsky had a sizeable senior class at Marian was several years ago. It was a team, he said, that fell short of its potential.

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Published April 19, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Clintondale softball team has something to prove.

After finishing 4-4 in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division last year (6-10 overall), the Dragons are ready to show they have made strides.

“I think we’ve improved a lot,” said Kaila Scott, a senior captain and left fielder. “We’re all trying really hard. We have a lot to show people this year.

“We went out on a bad note last year, and this year, as a team, we’re more connected.”
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Published April 12, 2011

Utica Stevenson softball had a different swagger entering the 2011 campaign.

Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, which saw the Titans play in its first state quarterfinal, the softball squad has carried that momentum and confidence into the new season.

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Published April 12, 2011

Snow fell and snowflakes swirled in the wind, but that didn’t stop the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day girls soccer team April 5.

It was business as usual for the Yellowjackets, who plugged away in the comforts of their new practice facility.

Country Day coaches and athletes moved into the $6 million addition in early March.

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Published April 6, 2011


ST. CLAIR SHORES — Not everyone would be up to the task of inheriting a championship team with the expectations of repeating as league champs and making another run in the state tournament.

But new St. Clair Shores Lakeview softball coach Becky Quinn is embracing the challenge.
Last season, the Huskies finished 27-8 overall, 8-2 and co-champions of the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division for their fifth consecutive league crown, capturing a district title and making a regional final appearance for the third straight year.

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