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Published May 11, 2011

TROY — For Troy High boys golf coach Towbey Kassa, the record doesn’t reflect the talent his team possesses.

The Colts were 3-8 at press time, but three of the losses were by three goals or less, and none of them were by double digits.

“These kids are playing really, really well right now,” Kassa said. “We just need to execute in the later stages of the game, and we’ll be fine. This is probably one of the best Troy teams since 2005.”

The execution Kassa refers to is simply scoring goals.

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Published May 11, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Sometimes it’s tough for athletes or teams to recover after coming up just short of winning a title.

But Southfield-Lathrup senior Jewel Thomas isn’t bitter about finishing in second place of the 100-meter dash at the MHSAA Division 1 girls track and field state finals last year — even if it was by less than a second.

“It feels good to know that I was up there,” Thomas said recently. “It makes me want to try harder.”

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Published May 11, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — They call him “freshman.”

“Pretty original, huh?” Southfield High golf coach Eric Ostdiek joked May 3 before practice began.

But Jordan Bohannon is playing like he’s been on the prep golf scene for more than just a few months.

Bohannon won the Oakland Activities Association Gold Division tournament after firing a 75. In the Oakland County Division 2 tournament, he finished ninth after carding a 76.

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Published May 10, 2011

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe South boys golf coaches Rob McIntyre and Steve Tafflinger are leaving nothing to chance as they get ready for the 2011 Division 1 state tournament.

The Blue Devils’ mentors are putting their golfers to the test in some of the most elite tournament fields available.

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Published May 11, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — Ken Stocker knew he had his work cut out for him coming into the 2011 campaign.

Despite welcoming back eight varsity players — including five seniors — Farmington Hills Mercy, which finished sixth at last year’s Division 2 girls tennis state finals, returned to the court without two of its top players.

Junior Margaux Kabodian, one of Oakland County’s top singles players, was lost due to an ACL injury, and Anna Hinrichs, who played No. 1 doubles, moved out of the state.

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Published May 10, 2011

DETROIT — They’re young and inexperienced, but Ferndale High junior golfer Noah Keener sees the improvement.

“I think we’re playing really well,” he said May 5 before his squad teed off at Palmer Park Golf Course in Detroit. “Our scores are improving each week, and it’s gotten a lot better.”

Ferndale was 0-2 at press time. Coach Dave Garlow said part of the problem is the weather, which hasn’t allowed for much practice time.

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Published May 4, 2011

There’s something different about the Troy Athens girls tennis team.

At 3-0 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division and 5-1 overall, there’s a little bit of swagger and a quiet confidence that’s making the Red Hawks virtually unbeatable.

“As a team, they’re believing in each other more,” coach Andrew Shipp said. “As a team, they also feel that everyone is capable of winning. They feel it’s a shared responsibility to come away with the victories.

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Published April 26, 2011

For the first time in 26 years, the Eastpointe East Detroit tennis team has a new face at the helm.

The Shamrocks found the perfect replacement for longtime coach Carol Gray, who retired in the fall from her coaching and counseling position at the high school, in Phil Morey.

Morey coached the JV boys and girls teams and was an assistant under Gray for the past three years.

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Published April 26, 2011

Despite more than 15 years of experience leading the Warren De La Salle golf program, coach Doug McKay is in uncharted territory in 2011.

After three years leading veteran squads that won Macomb County and MHSAA postseason titles, McKay is adjusting to a new lineup and getting no help from Mother Nature.

“For three years, we’ve been really good, but this year we’re going to struggle with inexperience because we have guys that had to sit behind that lineup,” McKay said.

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Published April 26, 2011

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Mount Clemens High girls tennis team has seen an influx of new players this year.

After losing seven key players to graduation — including standouts Tiffany Baldridge and Jennifer Berggren — the Battling Bathers welcomed 11 newcomers to varsity, eight of whom are new to the game.

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Published April 19, 2011

The St. Clair Shores Lakeview boys golf team had one of the finest seasons in program history in 2010.

Unfortunately, as is often the case in high school sports, that team largely comprised seniors who graduated, leaving a hole in the 2011 roster.

But that hasn’t dampened the Huskies’ spirits.

“Losing the seniors from last year, a lot of those kids had great relationships with each other, was tough,” said coach Joe Trocchio, who despite being a new coach is familiar with the team because his son, Luke, is a member.

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Published April 5, 2011

Years of shuffling players in and out of her young but deep girls tennis roster will pay off this spring for West Bloomfield High’s veteran coach Bonnie Koch.

Now four senior captains lead the way with Yahsha Moore (No. 1 singles), Morgan Taylor (No. 2 singles), Kyra Shink (No. 3 singles) and Laurel Ruza (No. 1 doubles).

“The heart of this year’s team will be a strong group of seniors,” Koch said. “Most of our returning players have had varsity experience. Competition for most positions will be keen.

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Published April 5, 2011

For the first time since 2007, the Grosse Pointe North boys golf team did not end its regular season as Macomb Area Conference Red Division tournament champions in 2010.

After winning back-to-back MAC Red tourney titles, the Norsemen placed third in 2010. Coach Brian Stackpoole and his team were reloading for the future, and that future is now.

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Published March 31, 2011

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Years of shuffling players in and out of her young but deep girls tennis roster will pay off this spring for West Bloomfield High’s veteran coach Bonnie Koch.

Now four senior captains lead the way with Yahsha Moore (No. 1 singles), Morgan Taylor (No. 2 singles), Kyra Shink (No. 3 singles) and Laurel Ruza (No. 1 doubles).

“The heart of this year’s team will be a strong group of seniors,” Koch said. “Most of our returning players have had varsity experience. Competition for most positions will be keen.

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Published March 24, 2011

The Athens-Avondale Unified gymnastics squad claimed high honors at the March 11-12 MHSAA state finals, finishing in third place with 146.475 points.

The Unified team scored third on vault (36.400), second on the uneven parallel bars (36.600), third on balance beam (36.525) and second on floor exercise (36.950).

In addition to a top performance in the team event, the Unified squad saw several gymnasts vault to individual All-State honors. Division 1 and Division 2 medals were awarded to the first- though 10th-place finishers in each event for individual awards.

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Published March 22, 2011

Grosse Pointe South sophomore Hannah Meier won the national high school indoor mile run championship March 11 in New York City. Her sister, Haley, placed 17th in the race that 30 of the top high school girl mile-runners in the country were invited to run. Most of the field was made up of seniors, with several juniors and a few sophomores.

Hannah turned in a time of 4 minutes, 48 seconds, while Haley finished in 4:59.

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Published March 22, 2011

For Grosse Pointe United, the trip to the state finals March 11-12 marked its first time back to the big stage since 1984.

Though the squad finished 12th in the 13-team field, scoring 134.450 points, coach Cortney Law said returning to the finals was a step in the right direction.

“It was a huge accomplishment for us,” Law said about making the state finals. “It was one of our team goals from the start of the season to make it to states, because it had been something this program had worked so hard for.

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Published March 23, 2011

The boys swimming and diving season came to an end March 12 with the MHSAA state finals. Several local teams and individuals fared well at the three different finals, excelling against the top competition the state has to offer.

“The competition at the state meet increases exponentially,” Birmingham Seaholm coach Tom Wylie said. “Everyone raises their game.”

Here’s a breakdown of local standouts from each division. Visit www.mhsaa.com for complete results.

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Published March 22, 2011

The boys swimming and diving season came to an end March 12 with the MHSAA state finals. Several local teams and individuals fared well at the three different finals, highlighted by Birmingham Seaholm edging Birmingham Groves for the Division 2 state title.

The Maples ended a 46-year drought by winning the D-2 finals at Eastern Michigan University.

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Published March 15, 2011

The Farmington United Gymnastics squad finished in fourth place overall at the March 11-12 state finals, collecting 146.125 points — including a first-place team finish on uneven bars (36.850).

Division 1 and Division 2 medals were awarded to the top 10 finishers in each event.

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