Thomas Franz

Published September 25, 2013

GROSSE POINTES — The week of Sept. 16 proved to be an exciting one in Grosse Pointe sports.

In a scheduling quirk, Grosse Pointe North and South faced each other in four sports in a span of three days. The two schools played to a draw, with each side taking two events. 

Soccer
On Military Night at Grosse Pointe South, the Blue Devils defeated North 2-1. After a scoreless first half, Daniel Bukacel opened the scoring eight minutes after halftime by capitalizing on a rebound opportunity in front of the North keeper.

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Published September 25, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With six sophomores on the varsity roster, Chippewa is experiencing a bit of a youth movement.

Big Reds coach Gerry Haggarty is hoping his young players gain experience quickly in order to stop what happened during a game against Utica High Sept. 16 from happening in the future.

Though a 3-2 loss is nothing to be embarrassed about, it was the way the game played out that has Haggarty a bit restless.

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Published September 25, 2013

UTICA — After winning its first game of the season in week three, Utica came into its contest against Warren Mott with renewed confidence.

Unfortunately for Utica, Mott was coming in equally confident with an unbeaten 3-0 record. On top of that, Utica’s young offensive line was going up against two of the premier defensive players in the MAC in Daveon Dorsey and LeVonte Perdue.

That mismatch was one of the key factors, as Mott (4-0) cruised to a 35-0 victory against Utica (1-3).

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Published September 23, 2013

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Olaf Szemraj scored on a penatly kick with 18:46 to go in the first half, and that proved to be enough for Utica Eisenhower as the Eagles defeated Chippewa Valley 1-0 on Monday night.

Eisenhower's defense gave up three shots, and Brandon Brundirks earned a shutout for the Eagles.

Chippewa's closest opportunity at an equalizer came with 16:30 left in the game when a header off of a free kick got to the net, but it was stopped by Brundirks.

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Published September 18, 2013

GROSSE POINTE — The only thing hotter than the weather the night of Sept. 11 was the start that the boys tennis team from Grosse Pointe South got off to in their match with its crosstown rivals from Grosse Pointe North.

The Blue Devils raced out to a 5-0 lead and wound up taking six of the eight matches to claim a 6-2 victory against North.

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Published September 18, 2013

FRASER — With a distinct height disadvantage, Fraser coach Kristi Skladanowski knew that her team faced an uphill battle against Grosse Pointe North Sept. 12.

The Ramblers devised a game plan to take away North’s physical advantage, but in the end, North defeated Fraser in straight sets, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22.

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Published September 18, 2013

UTICA — Sometimes you have to fall down a few times before you learn how to walk. That was the story last season for Utica High’s soccer team, as it struggled in its first season in the MAC Red.

This year has been far different for the Chieftains. Utica has rolled to an 8-1-1 overall start, as MAC Red play is set to begin its second week of play. 

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Published September 18, 2013

STERLING HEIGHTS/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Boys and girls cross country teams from 13 high schools in the C & G Newspapers coverage area took to parks in Sterling Heights and Harrison Township for the first of two Macomb Area Conference Red Division and Gold Division jamborees Sept. 10.

Meets took place at Delia Park in Sterling Heights and Metro Beach Metro Park in Harrison Township, with runners taking to the courses for 5,000-meter runs in temperatures that nearly reached triple digits.

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Published September 13, 2013

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The two-headed monster at running back for Chippewa Valley was too much for Utica Eisenhower to overcome on Friday night, as the Big Reds moved to 3-0 on the season with a 42-21 victory.

Chippewa's Doug Roberts rushed 10 times for 134 yards and one touchdown while Troy Taylor carried the ball 14 times for 169 yards and three touchdowns.

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Published September 12, 2013

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GROSSE POINTE - The only thing hotter than the weather the night of Sept. 11 was the start that the boys tennis team from Grosse Pointe South got off to in their match with its crosstown rivals from Grosse Pointe North.

The Blue Devils raced out to a 5-0 lead and wound up taking six of the eight matches to claim a 6-2 victory against North.

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Published September 11, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The girls cross country team at Grosse Pointe South has established itself as one of Michigan’s premiere programs in any sport over the last few seasons.

With a state championship in 2011 and a runner-up finish in 2012, in addition to winning state titles in track and field the last three seasons, the Blue Devils are looking to continue their run of success into the 2013 season.

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Published September 11, 2013

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There was much debate as to whether the MAC Red and Gold jamborees would be run Sept. 10 as temperatures soared into the high 90s. After a brief delay, coaches voted in favor of running the event, and the girls from Grosse Pointe South proceeded to get off to a quick start and never looked back, taking the team title at the MAC Red jamboree.

The MAC Red jamboree took place at Delia Park in Sterling Heights.

Ersula Farrow gained an early lead on the field and ran an intelligent race to not only beat the heat, but the other competitiors ,as well.

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Published September 11, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — From the opening possession Sept. 6, it was clear what Chippewa Valley’s coaching staff had game planned against Romeo.

The Big Reds took 1:47 to run the ball six straight times for 53 yards for their opening touchdown. They were able to accomplish this so successfully because of the different styles that running backs Troy Taylor and Doug Roberts present to defenses.

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Published September 11, 2013

It’s not often that, after losing a game, a coach will say that his team won’t have to change anything heading into week two, but that is exactly what Eisenhower football coach Chris Smith said after his team fell to Rockford High, one of the top-ranked teams in state, to open the season.

After that game, Smith stressed the positives that would come as a result of his young team playing so well in defeat.

In week two, Smith’s optimism was proven warranted, as Eisenhower was able to bounce back with a 50-13 victory over Utica Ford.

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Published September 6, 2013

Doug Roberts carried Chippewa Valley to a 21-11 victory against Romeo on Friday night.

The senior running back had 21 carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Big Reds. His backfield mate, Troy Taylor, added 96 yards and a touchdown on seven carries for Chippewa (2-0). 

After a touchdown run and two-point conversion rush by quarterback Zachary Rizo brought Romeo to within 10 in the third quarter, the Bulldogs could not capitalize off of a turnover by Chippewa on the ensuing kickoff as they were forced into a three-and-out by the Chippewa defense.

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