Published February 5, 2014

EASTPOINTE — The state girls basketball playoffs start Feb. 24. East Detroit High girls basketball coach Krysta Kreyger said her team must improve in three areas in order to have a solid showing in the postseason.

“Consistency, handling pressure and being aggressive at all times — those three things are what we’ll be working on throughout the rest of the season,” Kreyger said.

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Published January 29, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville High girls basketball team has improved leaps and bounds from last season.

At press time, the Panthers averaged 12.2 more points per game (43.3) than last season and surrendered 7.3 fewer points (41.5) than they did in the 2012-13 season.

At 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division, Roseville has already eclipsed last season’s win total of three. The three wins in divisional play are more than the previous two seasons combined.

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Published January 29, 2014

MADISON HEIGHTS — Win, lose or draw in the regular season, and by any count, the state playoffs, serves as a breath of fresh air, welcome to all willing to inhale at the opportunity. But this, as Madison Heights Bishop Foley girls basketball coach Dave Joseph made very clear, is not the state playoffs. And this, for the first time in a long time, is no guarantee. “It’s the first time since I’ve been here we haven’t been a lock to make it,” the coach said of the upcoming C-D Division Catholic League playoffs. “And that’s why this stretch of games is so essential.” Read More

Published January 22, 2014

GROSSE POINTE — From the opening tip, it was clear that Grosse Pointe South had one plan to defeat its crosstown rival. That plan was to apply pressure on defense and force turnovers to convert into easy buckets.

South did just that, as the Blue Devils jumped out to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter and never let up, going on to win 53-30.

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Published January 22, 2014

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FERNDALE/TROY — One team is trying to end a streak of misfortune, while the other takes aim at boosting an already impressive record.

When the Troy Athens and Ferndale high school girls basketball teams meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Troy, both will have the chance to do exactly what they want.

“It’s going to be another big game,” said Ferndale coach Eric Lloyd. “These are all big games, and we expect it to be closer than last time.”

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Published January 22, 2014

FARMINGTON HILLS — The look is eerily familiar, namely because the team is, as well.

One year after setting records for wins and claiming a title never claimed before, the Farmington Hills Harrison girls basketball team upped the ante a bit, toughened the schedule, sharpened its focus and picked up right where it left off.

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Published January 22, 2014

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In his last three seasons as coach of the Mount Clemens High boys basketball team, Kurt Wilson led his team to three straight division titles.

Wilson took over as coach of the St. Clair Shores South Lake boys hoops team Jan. 7, 2013, and he wants to bring that same type of success to his new program. He doesn’t want players and supporters of the program to have to wait for that success, either.

South Lake hasn’t won a division title since the 2007-08 season.

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Published January 22, 2014

As part of a food drive put together by the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA), local community colleges will be accepting nonperishable food items at upcoming men’s and women’s basketball games.

Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College, Henry Ford Community College and Wayne County Community College District will each be a part of “The Hunger Games.”

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Published January 14, 2014

ROSEVILLE — Second-year Roseville High boys basketball coach Sean Hansen said defense will always be the cornerstone of any team he coaches.

Hansen said his team has done of real nice job of sticking to that early this season, as the Panthers at press time were allowing just 46.8 points per game. That number puts Roseville (3-1, 0-0 Macomb Area Conference White division) in the top 25 percent of defenses in the 36-team MAC.

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Published December 4, 2013

BERKLEY — Too long.

Way too long, actually.

That’s how Jordan Gruppen described the Berkley High girls basketball team’s drought, as far as division titles are concerned.

“It’s been since 1988 that we won a league,” he said. “And I only know that because that’s what it says on a banner in the gym.”

With the 2013-14 season off and running, Gruppen feels 2014 may be as good a time as any to put an end to the suffering.

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Published June 12, 2013

GROSSE POINTE — Grosse Pointe South High School girls varsity basketball coach Kevin Richards has been suspended for six games after officials with the Grosse Pointe Public School System and the Michigan High School Athletic Association found Richards to have violated an undue influence clause regarding possible recruitment in the MHSAA’s rulebook.

Richards, who led the Blue Devils to back-to-back state-final appearances in 2012 and 2013, will sit out the first six games of the 2013-14 season, according to MHSAA President Jack Roberts.

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Published March 29, 2013

The boys basketball season came to a close recently, and two Oakland Country squads from C & G’s coverage area proved to be best in their respective classes.

Here’s a look at what went down in the Class B and Class D state finals March 23 at the Breslin Center.

Class B
Despite a lack of size for a team that traditionally produces Division 1 level big men, Keener and his coaches believed their squad would play bigger than their listing.

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Published March 27, 2013

It was a season of accomplishments that hadn’t been achieved in more than a half a century, but it came to a close when a streaky-shooting squad found its touch in the fourth quarter.

Rochester High boys basketball fell to Detroit Southeastern 54-49 March 19 in Detroit in a Class A quarterfinal. It is the furthest the Falcons have advanced since 1950.

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Published March 20, 2013

The trip to East Lansing for the Class A girls basketball final March 16 was all too familiar for the Blue Devils.

Last season, they matched up against Grand Haven and lost by a single point.

On March 16, they faced the same squad in the championship game, and, unfortunately for the Grosse Pointe South, left the gym with the same disappointment. Only this time, it was a 60-54 overtime loss.

Numbers tell the story
For the game, South shot 4-of-24 from the field, as opposed to Grand Haven’s 22-of-29.

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Published March 19, 2013

North Farmington boys basketball coach Todd Negoshian feels that the final score of his Class A regional semifinal didn’t truly reflect the competitiveness of the game.

The Raiders fell to South Lyon High 52-32 March 11 at Ann Arbor Huron. North Farmington trailed by just four points with around four minutes remaining in the game, even after only shooting 1-for-24 from 3-point land.

“Then it just kind of snowballed from there,” he said. “I thought we played well.”

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Published March 18, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Sterling Heights High boys basketball coach Mike Griffin said the Stallions would need to win with defense if it hoped to advance in the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs.

That statement came after Sterling Heights allowed just three points in the first half of a 45-34 win over Roseville High March 6 in a MHSAA Class A district semifinal.

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Published March 13, 2013

Grosse Pointe South girls basketball captured its second consecutive regional title in as many years after beating Macomb Dakota 59-48 in a Class A regional final March 7 at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

South advanced to the quarterfinals, where it was scheduled to face Bloomfield Hills Marian March 12, after press time.

The winner of that game moves on to the semifinals to face either Dexter or Saginaw Heritage, scheduled for 2:50 p.m. March 15 at the Breslin Center, located on the campus of Michigan State University.

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Published March 13, 2013

After his team captured a district title, Farmington Hills Harrison girls basketball coach Tim Micklash said nothing could happen in the regional round to diminish the success they have already enjoyed.

That assessment was certainly put to the test.

“The basketball gods were against us in this one,” Micklash said a day after his girls lost in a Class A regional final 37-34 in overtime to Dexter High. “It’s going to take some time to get over it.”

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Published March 13, 2013

North Farmington boys basketball team took care of business in the district round of the postseason.

The Raiders won the title, which they last won in 2010, by beating Walled Lake Central 47-33 March 8 at home.

In its semifinal, North Farmington took care of Walled Lake Northern 59-42.

The Raiders played South Lyon High in its regional semifinal after press time.

The winner meets either Ypsilanti High or Canton High at 7 p.m. March 13 at Ann Arbor Huron in the regional final.

The Raiders have won one game at the regional level in school history.

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Published March 12, 2013

At the outset of the 2012-13 season, Sterling Heights High girls basketball coach Rick Repicky set a goal for his team to win a championship of some kind.

“We weren’t able to win a league, a district, or anything like that in (2011-12). So We wanted to come back and get that done,” Repicky said.

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