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Published May 13, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It has been an impressive season for Grosse Pointe South’s boys golf program, as at press time, the team was 7-0 and had clinched the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.


While it is good to be on top of the regular-season league standings, South coach Alex Macko has an even bigger goal that he would like the program to strive for.

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Published May 13, 2015

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The Macomb Area Conference Red and Gold divisions held their track and field meets to crown  divisional champions May 12, and several teams repeated as champs after winning regular-season league championships.

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Published May 12, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb L’Anse Creuse North lacrosse team begins the postseason with a Division 1 preregional matchup against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek at 5 p.m. May 18 at LCN.

If the Crusaders (6-7, 4-1 Macomb Area Conference White Division at press time) are to advance in the postseason, they must learn to limit penalties, according to coach Joe Politowicz.

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Published May 11, 2015

Oakland University’s track and field program had an opportunity to host a postseason event for the first time on its new track facility, as the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships were held at the Oakland Track and Field Facility from May 1-3.

Aside from making history with its new facility, Oakland did the same with its performance, as the 110 points scored by the men’s team and the 101 points by the women’s squad were the highest outdoor point total in program history.

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Published May 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It only happened once.

During an early season practice in Danny Scrivano’s first year of playing tennis for Utica Eisenhower, then-coach Kevin Donahue instructed his team through conditioning drills.

When he called on the team to do a set of pushups, Scrivano requested that he do a set of situps.

It was the first time, Donahue said, that he consciously realized that Scrivano had a physical handicap.

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Published May 6, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Utica Ford lacrosse coach Kyle Bonkowski said his team has played “OK” this season but isn’t where he thought it would be at the outset.

Bonkowski — whose team sat at 6-6, 3-2 Macomb Area Conference Blue Division, at press time — said improvements on defense in terms of communication and positioning are key if the team is to end the season strong. The playoffs begin May 14.

Offensively, Bonkowski is looking for his players to move more, not just stand and wait for the ball to be passed to them.

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Published May 4, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Women’s Lacrosse team is dreaming of another state championship.

The program, which is made up of Seaholm and Groves students, last claimed a title in 2012.

But the team’s chances rely heavily on perhaps an unlikely hero.

Senior Natalie Nepa is in her first year playing the sport and is the starting goalie.

Coach Jen Dunbar said Nepa approached her before the season and expressed her interest in joining the team.

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Published May 4, 2015

UTICA — Utica High senior Davina Nguyen said she has improved her game in a couple of different areas.

The thought of her still getting better should make her opponents very nervous as the tennis postseason gets underway next week.

Three years ago, Nguyen roared through the state tournament to claim her first No. 1 singles state championship without dropping a set at the state finals.

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Published April 30, 2015

The men’s and women’s golf programs from Oakland University each finished in second place at the Horizon League Championship, which took place April 24-26 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

It was the second consecutive runner-up finish for the women’s team at the championship.

Oakland sophomore Morgan Smith finished second at the tournament, which is the best individual finish in program history. She finished the tournament one stroke behind Emily Dixon from Youngstown State University.

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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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