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Published April 30, 2015

Oakland County prep golfers will tee it up in the annual county tournament at 8:30 a.m. May 13 at the Pontiac Country Club.

Many of the top teams and individuals in the state will battle for bragging rights.

“It’s like playing at the state final, because the majority of the teams are high enough caliber to make it to the state finals,” North Farmington coach Bruce Sutton said.

Dan Picot, coach of last year’s champs from Rochester Adams, agreed with Sutton’s assessment.

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Published April 29, 2015

The Grosse Pointe South boys’ golf team took first place in Division 1 at the Traverse City High School Invitational from April 24-25 in Traverse City. Thirteen prep teams competed in Division 1. The team’s overall score during the two-day invitational was 603, beating the University of Detroit and Mona Shores, which tied for second place at 617. 

South senior David Szymanski tied for first place overall, shooting a 73 on Friday and a 70 on Saturday.

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Published April 29, 2015

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RAY TOWNSHIP — For the second straight year, the Warren De La Salle golf team navigated adverse conditions to win the Macomb County Invitational.

Twenty-two teams played in the invite, which took place April 27 at Timberwood Golf Club in Ray Township. The Pilots tallied a 314 to take the title. Utica Eisenhower finished second at 321, followed by Utica Ford (326). Rounding out the top five were Anchor Bay (341) and Macomb Lutheran North (347). De La Salle, Eisenhower, Ford and Lutheran North all finished in the top five in 2014, too.

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Published April 27, 2015

UTICA — Utica High lacrosse coach Gabe Marquez is already seeing tangible progress in the second year of his young program.

In the first season that Utica had its own lacrosse team, only five players who had previous experience playing the sport joined the team.

This spring, that number has increased to 14, and Utica (2-4, 1-2 MAC Blue) has already eclipsed its win total from 2014.

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Published April 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe North’s boys track and field team has been close to dominant over the past few seasons, winning regional titles in 2012 and 2013, and finishing second to Warren De La Salle in 2014.

They also captured the tough MAC Red Division meet in 2013 and finished runner-up to Macomb Dakota in 2014.

As nice as those accomplishments are, the long-term goal that coach Frank Tymrak cited for the program is even more impressive.

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Published April 21, 2015

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RAY TOWNSHIP — The Utica Ford boys golf team won the 31st annual Evans-Gill Memorial Golf Tournament, outlasting the tournament’s last two champions to claim the title.

Ford as a team tallied a 321. Utica Eisenhower was second with a 331 and Anchor Bay finished third with a 338. Anchor Bay won the tournament last year, while Eisenhower won in 2012 and 2013. Rounding out the top five were Macomb Lutheran North (344) and Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (345).

The tournament took place April 20 at the Pine Valley Golf Club in Ray Township.

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Published April 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In his third year as head coach of the Eisenhower lacrosse program, Paul Mikaila has gotten used to starting each season with a dramatically different team.

Each of his teams has averaged 15 seniors per season, and this year is no different.

Mikaila said the Eagles are still trying to find themselves offensively, but have leaned on returning second-team All-State junior goalie Logan Shamblin and honorable mention All-State defender Jake Fredal to lead them through a difficult early slate of games.

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Published April 17, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — If the Sterling Heights Stevenson lacrosse team continues to play as well as it has early in the season, future opponents better watch out.

Titans coach Anthony Zuccaro said the team in its first three games of the season played its best lacrosse of the past couple years. The team in its first three games, all wins, averaged 13 goals per game and allowed just seven scores per contest.

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Published April 7, 2015

Troy High boys golf coach John Getzan believes he has a squad that can compete in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division and beyond, but admittedly, it’s still too early to know what kind of scores his squad will be putting up.

“I think we have some promise, but there’s a lot of youth, so we won’t really know until we get into some tournaments and get some pressure put on them,” Getzan said.

The Colts return two starters and five total from last year’s regional qualifying team.

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Published April 6, 2015

FRASER — A new track and field season is nearly set to begin for the boys and girls teams from Fraser High.

Aside from having a sizable roster, which head coach Patrick Threet said consists of approximately 70 boys and 40 girls, the Ramblers may have another strong advantage with this season’s squad.

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Published April 8, 2015

While there are a lot of things a college coach can say to entice a potential recruit, Wayne State University women’s golf head coach Mike Horn had a selling point that may have been challenging for competitors to match — the opportunity to make history.

Although Wayne State, which competes at the NCAA Division II level, has had a men’s golf program for many years, it didn’t have a women’s golf team.

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Published March 31, 2015

It didn’t fully sink in to Grosse Pointe Farms resident Coalter Smith until about a week later.

This past September, the 14-year-old golfer earned a spot in the Drive, Chip & Putt competition finals after winning his regional at the Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland.

The win means Smith is heading to Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters, April 5.

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Published March 26, 2015

The Horizon League Golf Championship is scheduled for April 24-26 at Las Colinas in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, and if recent history is any indication, the road to the women’s title may have to go through the University of Detroit Mercy.

The Titans have won three of the last five championships and will enter this season’s tournament as back-to-back champions.

Given all the recent success, it probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if the expectation level is high within Detroit’s program.

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Published March 19, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — When it comes to swimming, Oakland County programs have once again proved that it doesn’t get any faster than in their pools.

Just like last season, Birmingham Brother Rice, Birmingham Seaholm and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood all won team state championships March 13-14.

Of the 36 individual events across all three state divisions, swimmers from Oakland County won 15 of them.

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Published March 19, 2015

Wayne State University's men's and women's tennis programs are scheduled to host a Make-A-Wish fundraising event March 21 at the Peachtree Tennis Club in Clinton Township.

The event will feauture games and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Wayne State men's head tennis coach Bryan Morrow was quoted in a release.

"We are excited to host an event where 100 percent of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Foundation. I want to thank Peachtree Tennis Club for hosting this event. We are looking forward to a fun night."

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Published March 11, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The young roster of Chippewa Valley’s girls bowling team got a taste of competing among the state’s best at the MHSAA Division 1 team state finals on March 6.

The Big Reds were in contention to qualify for the quarterfinals after eight baker games, but finished in ninth place, 39 pins away from qualifying.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Five divisions.

Five regular-season champions that all repeated as divisional-meet champions.

Each of the boys swimming and dive teams that won Macomb Area Conference dual-meet titles also took home titles in the divisional meets, which took place Feb. 26-28 at various sites.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — A number of local bowling teams and individual bowlers advanced to the 2015 state finals.

Regional tournaments took place Feb. 27-28 at various sites. The top three teams at each regional advanced to the state finals. The top 10 individuals at each regional also punched their ticket to the state finals.

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Published March 11, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Mike Pollack and Bob Frink have been coaching Utica Eisenhower’s girls and boys bowling teams for a combined 38 years.

At the MHSAA Division 1 team state finals on March 6, both coaches saw their teams accomplish a feat they have never reached in their careers at Eisenhower.

On the girls side, Eisenhower advanced to its first state semifinal match under Pollack, while Frink’s side advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time.

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Published March 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Several local bowlers and teams took home some shiny new hardware this past weekend as the high school season came to a close with the MHSAA state championships.

Macomb Dakota’s girls won the Division 1 team crown at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights, while Warren Lincoln sophomore Tyler Kolassa won the D-3 boys singles title at Airport Lanes in Jackson.

Other highlights included Macomb L’Anse Creuse North junior Kyle Hayes finishing runner-up in the D-1 boys singles competition.

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