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Published June 14, 2012

Separated by just a few miles, Birmingham Brother Rice and Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day once again proved to be some of the best lacrosse programs in the state.

Brother Rice continued its dominance with another title, while the Yellowjackets just missed out on their ultimate goal.

Here’s a look at how each squad did in their state championship games.

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Published June 13, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS — In a season that saw the squad lose a number of athletes to injuries and absences, the Detroit Country Day girls track and field team overcame adversity to capture the school’s second straight Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state track and field championship.

The Yellowjackets tied with Dearborn Divine Child for the state championship with 60 points.

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Published June 9, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — In a battle of boys lacrosse championship programs, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central proved it was best June 9 at Birmingham Seaholm.

The Rangers, who won the Division 2 state title two seasons ago, beat the defending champs, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day 7-6.

“We knew we were going to have to play our best against Country Day. They’re a great team and have had a fantastic season,” Central coach Tony Quinn said. “We knew we’d have to give it everything we had.”

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Published May 14, 2012

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At the start of the season, Utica Eisenhower boys lacrosse coach Mark Fortune said his team’s offensive output needed to catch up to its defensive intensity.

The Eagles have taken that to heart, producing offense to the tune of 9.15 goals per game at press time.

That output, coupled with a stout defense/goalkeeping combination that is allowing just 3.77 goals a game and is currently ranked as the best in the state by www.laxpower.com, has led to being the lone undefeated team in the nine-team Macomb Area Conference.

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Published May 4, 2012

West Bloomfield High boys lacrosse coach Ed Anderson understands that this season hasn’t been easy.

At press time, the Lakers were 1-10, with five of their losses coming by four goals or less.

Still, Anderson said his team keeps battling.

“It’s a really good testimony to their passion for the game and their tenacity to keep fighting. I impress on them all the time that it’s a lot easier to win and walk away than to put everything into a game and walk away with a loss, and keeping your head up.

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Published May 4, 2012

MADISON HEIGHTS — Midway through the high school track and field season, the Madison Heights Lamphere Rams are finding their footing.

“I think we’ve kind of had an inconsistent season so far this year,” Lamphere head coach Pat Geraghty said. “We’ve kind of looked good one time and not looked as good the next. “

We’ve got some distance kids that are looking fairly strong. And then we, with the sprinting, we’ve got some kids starting to come on.”

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Published May 4, 2012

MADISON HEIGHTS — Hazel Park High boys golf coach Larry Dupke has been around the game long enough to know holding grudges on the course isn’t going to help.

“We talk a lot about how the ball forgives them; the ball doesn’t care. You can hit anywhere, and it’ll still lie there, smile at you and away it goes,” he said May 1 before his team headed out onto Red Oaks Golf Course.

Dupke reminds himself that it’s a tough game, sometimes seemingly unfair, and mistakes are going to happen.

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Published May 3, 2012

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — After getting out to a 7-1 start, the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse boys lacrosse team may have gotten a bit too confident, according to longtime coach Don Roda.

Losses to Grosse Pointe South and Utica Eisenhower — arguably the two best teams in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division — brought the team back down to Earth, Roda said, and showed the Lancers there’s still room for improvement.

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Published April 25, 2012

ROCHESTER HILLS — The rain had just started to fall April 19, and four brown umbrellas were huddled together in the Oakland University parking lot.

The Rochester Adams boys golf team was there to practice, and early indications are this season that the Highlanders can weather any storm.

The Highlanders won the first of six Oakland Activities Association Red Division tournaments April 16 in blustery conditions.

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Published April 25, 2012

STERLING HEIGHTS — East Detroit senior John Rowley admitted prior to a match at Maple Lane Golf Club that he couldn’t wait for this golf season to begin.

It was something on his mind ever since his football season ended in October, making trips to the driving range three to four times a week between now and then.

His enthusiasm wasn’t just because of the love of the game, it was because he knows there is some unfinished business to attend.

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Published April 25, 2012

RAY TOWNSHIP — It was twice as nice for Utica Eisenhower golf April 23 at the Evans-Gill tournament at Pine Valley Golf and Country Club.

The Eagles won the prestigious tourney with a 335 team total. The next closest was Macomb Dakota with 343, and Macomb Lutheran North rounded out the top three with 351.

“This year, we tried to set some goals on what we wanted to accomplish, and one of them was to win our first 18-hole match, which we obviously accomplished today,” Ike coach Ryan deCardenas said.

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Published April 3, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham Roeper senior Briana Ratchford has played several sports throughout her young life — soccer, volleyball and basketball.

But it’s on the track that she truly excels, and that excellence has led to Ratchford signing a National Letter of Intent to join the Virginia Commonwealth University women’s track and field team. She was recruited specifically in the javelin and shot put events.

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Published March 28, 2012

BERKLEY — Sophomores shouldn’t be this dominate.

In fact, nobody should.

But in the 2011-12 hockey season, well, Stephan Wroe was.

In every sense of the word.

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Published March 23, 2012

As the high school sports spring season gets under way, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse’s boys lacrosse team is hoping to pick up where it left off last year.

The Lancers head into this season with 12 players returning who either started or saw significant playing time on last year’s co-Macomb Area Conference White Division championship squad.

Knowing that, the team and coach Don Roda will have a higher learning curve and higher goals this year.

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Published February 21, 2012

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WARREN — After a three year absence, the Warren Woods Tower competitive cheer team is headed back to regionals after finishing second in a Division 2 district tournament Feb. 17 at Warren Woods Tower.

"We're super excited to be going to regionals after all the hard work the girls put in this year," coach Shelley McGuire said.

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Published February 1, 2012

It’s that time again.

Very soon, medals will be awarded, records will likely be toppled, and bragging rights will be established.

The boys Macomb County Swimming and Diving Championship Meet is around the corner. Diving preliminaries kick things off at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at Macomb L’Anse Creuse North. Swimming and diving finals begin at 11 a.m. the following day at the same location.

Individuals must meet certain standards to qualify for the swim finals, but every school may enter one team in each of the relay events.

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Published January 25, 2012

Fraser High boys swim coach Bob Ogilvy admits that at the beginning of the season, his team wasn’t exactly sure how good it could be.

That may have been the case then, but time may be helping to remove any doubts. As the end of the regular season draws closer, Ogilvy has had ample opportunity to get a look at his swimmers and divers in action, and so far, so good.

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Published January 18, 2012

Moving from one division to another can sometimes require an adjustment period for teams participating in high school athletics, no matter the sport.

Last season the Chippewa Valley boys swim team won the Macomb Area Conference White Division championship, and following the title, the Big Reds were moved into the MAC Red Division for this season. While the season is still relatively young, Chippewa Valley may be putting other teams on notice that it doesn’t exactly intend to enter the division quietly.

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Published October 25, 2011

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Published October 6, 2011

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Marc Bates knew he had to be patient.

Four years ago, after the Michigan High School Athletic Association switched sports seasons, including boys tennis to the fall, the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse coach was in the process of building his squad.

Even back then, Bates recognized the Lancers’ potential.

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