Timothy Pontzer

Published September 16, 2016

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AUBURN HILLS — After being reunited in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, Rochester High and Auburn Hills Avondale reignited a local rivalry that had been dormant for three decades.

The reunion proved to be a thrilling affair, as the Falcons (2-2 overall, 1-1 Blue) held off a late rally by the Yellow Jackets (0-4, 0-2) to earn their first league win, 29-28.

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Published September 15, 2016

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C&G Newspapers will be there as Auburn Hills Avondale hosts Rochester High at 7 p.m. in a huge Oakland Activities Association Blue matchup on Friday night.

This is the first year for the Falcons (1-2, 0-1) in the OAA Blue, a league that the Yellow Jackets (0-3, 0-2) have called home since 2007. Therefore, despite only being separated by seven miles on the map, this will be the first meeting between the two since 1986. Rochester leads the all-time series 17-11-1.

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Published September 14, 2016

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PONTIAC – South Lyon East finished on top at the Oakland County Division 2 tournament, notching a team-total 332 at The Links at Crystal Lake on Sept. 14 in Pontiac.

“This is a huge win for our program, our second win (at this tournament), the first win for this set of players,” South Lyon East head coach Justin Chamberlin said. “I’m really proud of them. They have been working hard the past few months, and this shows it.

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Published September 14, 2016

UTICA — Featuring only two returning starters from last season, the Utica High volleyball team is looking to gain some valuable seasoning during the regular season.

“We have a very, very young group,” head coach Jeff LaPratt said. “We have only three seniors, so we have to learn to play together. They are cutting their teeth out there, learning the speed of the game to get experience, and they just have to play to get that.”

Despite the abundance of youth on the roster, LaPratt has challenged his squad with high aspirations.

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Published September 13, 2016

The Rochester High tennis team has owned its league in recent years, collecting three straight Oakland Activities Association White Division titles.

The Falcons have their eyes set on a fourth, but now they have a familiar foe standing in the way.

Crosstown rival Rochester Adams was moved down to the White this season, instantly making the Highlanders a contender to take the top spot.

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Published September 13, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — After being relegated down a division, the Rochester Adams volleyball team is looking to fight its way back up to the top of the Oakland Activities Association.

“We were moved down to the White this year, and I think the goal for any OAA team is that you want to play in the Red,” said head coach Bridgette Harding. “We want to finish high and finish strong, and obviously our goal would be to work our way back into the Red.”

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Published September 13, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The L’Anse Creuse North volleyball team has enjoyed a half-decade run of success.

The Crusaders have dominated their league, winning five straight Macomb Area Conference championships. Due to that, they have earned promotions, first moving from the MAC Gold to the Blue, and now to a tough White Division.

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Published September 9, 2016

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TROY — Bloomfield Hills High remains undefeated, beating Troy High with a 27-10 decision.

The victory gives the Black Hawks a 3-0 record, matching their highest win total in program history, which came in the inaugural 2013 campaign.

“I can’t even explain what this means for us,” Bloomfield Hills head coach Dan Loria said. “These kids have been working so hard, they are a very deserving group.”

In the first quarter, both clubs committed a turnover and combined for seven total penalties.

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Published September 8, 2016

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C&G Newspapers will be at Friday night’s Oakland Activities Association Blue Division matchup, as Troy High hosts Bloomfield High at 7 p.m.

The Black Hawks are undefeated on the year, earning a 35-16 decision versus Rochester Hills Stoney Creek in the season opener and winning at Rochester 40-13 last week.

A year ago, Bloomfield notched their only win of the season beating Troy 21-14. The Black Hawks and Colts have only clashed twice, with Bloomfield taking both.

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Published September 6, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Rochester Adams tennis team snapped an impressive streak last season.

After making the state tournament for 12 straight years, the Highlanders finished third in their regional, one spot away from their goal of an automatic bid.

“It was very tough; we lost a lot of experience last year,” Adams head coach Al Must said. “Bloomfield Hills is in our region, and they are No. 1 in the state. We know that we cannot compete with them, simply because they are at a higher level.”

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Published September 6, 2016

TROY — For a decade, Troy Athens golf coach Dan Cooper has been at the helm of the Red Hawks. He has led both the boys and girls, teaching many talented squads.

None come close to this year.

“Absolutely, this is the best team I have ever had, bar none,” Cooper said. “It is not even a question.”

The girls proved their coach right, doing something never accomplished during his tenure. The Red Hawks took first overall on Aug. 22 at their opening league event, topping five Oakland Activities Association White Division rivals.

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Published September 1, 2016

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MACOMB — Utica Eisenhower proved to be too much for Macomb Dakota.

On the back of junior quarterback Max Wittwer, the Eagles took the Macomb Area Conference Red Division opener 26-13.

Wittwer finished with more than 250 total yards, along with two rushing touchdowns and a scoring throw.

“We went off our game plan from last year, and we executed that plan tremendously,” Wittwer said. “They had a streak of beating us for five or six years, we wanted to be the team to end that.”

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Published August 31, 2016

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Macomb Dakota and Utica Eisenhower renew their rivalry in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

The Cougars host Ike at 7 p.m. Sept. 1.

Both teams come in after victories from the opening weekend.

Eisenhower claimed a 28-7 victory Aug. 26 at Plymouth High. Dakota knocked off two-time Division 3 state champ Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 35-28 Aug. 25 at home.

In Greg Baur’s debut as Dakota’s coach, his squad provided him with a victory, gaining plenty of yards through the air.

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Published August 30, 2016

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AUBURN HILLS — For the past three seasons, the Auburn Hills Avondale boys soccer team has fallen just short of glory.

Under the guidance of coach Doug Steinard, the Yellow Jackets have reached the district final each of his three years at the helm, but have been unable to come out on top.

This year, with a veteran-laden club, Steinard believes that Avondale can finally take that next step.

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Published August 30, 2016

TROY — Last season, Clarkston High edged out Troy Athens by a single point in the soccer standings to claim the Oakland Activities Association Red Division title.

The Red Hawks also just missed in the district, finishing runner-up for the third season in a row.

Now, the team has its eyes set on taking that next step.

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