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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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Published September 26, 2011

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — He’s got two tickets punched.

Now it’s time to get greedy.

Tony Schultz and the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse girls swim team still have a long season ahead of them. But Schultz already has his eyes set on some goals way down the line, particularly the state finals.

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Published September 21, 2011

TROY — The Troy High girls golf team won the first Oakland Activities Association Red tournament and is ranked third in Division 1 according to the Sept. 12 Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association.

Both accomplishments are impressive considering the talent that floods the OAA Red and D-1 in the state, but none of them surprise the Colts.

“I knew we had the potential to be strong this year, but I really think we’re playing at a high level right now,” Troy coach John Getzan said before practice Sept. 15.

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Published September 19, 2011

When it comes to swimming, there’s depth, and then there’s depth.

One refers to how deep the pool is, a number that rarely changes the outcome of a meet, season or program.

But the other one has that very effect and more. More often than not, lots of swimmers equals lots more chances at success.

So it’s easy to understand why Roseville High girls swim coach Carlo Badalamenti is happy that his current team is “one of the biggest I’ve had” as a member of the program’s coaching staff the past several years.

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Published September 14, 2011

TROY — Looking at this year’s Troy Athens boys tennis team’s roster, there’s no reason to doubt the strength of this squad.

The Red Hawks are a triple threat, with experience, talent and depth.

“I think the depth of the team is solid,” said coach Andrew Shipp. “We’ve got a lot of seniors up top in the doubles, but we’ve got some solid players all the way through our lineup. We’re really competitive at singles and have been quite well so far.”

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Published September 13, 2011

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And the Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood boys tennis team enters the 2011 season facing both challenges, as the Cranes return just a handful of players from a squad that finished as Division 3 state champions a year ago.

“We lost seven seniors,” coach Jeff Etterbeek said. “We have doubles players we’re developing, and so far they’re working hard and showing great improvement. We’ve got to work hard, keep improving, and hopefully, we’ll be competitive for the (state) tournament.”

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Published September 7, 2011

TROY — Whenever a team loses one of its best players to injury, there is a period of initial shock.

So when Troy High’s boys tennis ace junior Brett Forman — last year’s Division 1 individual state champion — suffered a season-ending injury to his back in July, the Colts didn’t sit back and lament their loss.

In fact, Troy quickly adjusted to fill the No. 1 singles slot left by Forman showing that one player doesn't make the team.

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Published July 12, 2011

Birmingham Seaholm sophomore Francesco Ruffino was on a practice putting green in Oregon when he got the call.

“My coach called me and told me I was Mr. Golf,” Ruffino remembered. “I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited. It was just a great feeling.”

Board and Hall of Fame members of the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association voted Ruffino Mr. Golf.

On the season, the lefty averaged 71.5 for 18 holes.

In tournament play, he was a force, winning the Pinckney Invite and the Division 1 district regional titles

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Published June 29, 2011

The North Farmington golf team won the Oakland Activities Association White Division, but to the dismay of the Raiders, only qualified one golfer for the Division 1 state final June 17-18 at Oakland University.

But for coach Bruce Sutton and the rest of the Raiders, junior Max Kollin made them forget all about it with one single putt.

Kollin won the individual tournament, birdying the first playoff hole to beat Davison High’s Kyle Kenkel.

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Published June 28, 2011

It’s almost fitting that Pontiac Notre Dame Prep junior Aaron Knutson won the Division 3 golf state championship with a clutch putt.

The Lake Orion resident said the short stick had been his biggest challenge all season long, but he found his stroke June 17-18 on the campus of Michigan State University.

Knutson sunk a 35-footer for birdie to beat Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Sam Weatherhead on the first playoff hole.

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Published June 28, 2011

At first, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood junior Griffin Smith wouldn’t believe his teammates, who had been telling him that his score was good enough to win the Division 2 golf individual state title June 18 at Michigan State University.

“I didn’t want to believe it because I didn’t want to be let down,” he said.

With a handful of scores still left to be posted, Smith kept patient, until finally he had to look.

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Published June 27, 2011

Recent Clawson High graduates Kevin Cunningham and Emily Banules have put in the work, and it’s paid off in more than just victories.

The duo won the school’s Robert Herm Coaches Award and will have their names engraved on the trophy, which stays at the high school.The award is given based on the votes from all the varsity coaches in the school.

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Published June 15, 2011

West Bloomfield High throwing coach Rick Mickley remembers seeing Taylor Gunn and Louis Daranda walk into his clinic when they were just in middle school.

“They were both strong, very eager and wanted to learn,” Mickley remembered. “The three of us hit it off immediately. What is it exactly that I saw was more so the desire.”

That desire has taken the duo from interested kids to being among the best throwers the state has to offer as seniors.

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Published June 14, 2011

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Several local track and field athletes left the west side of the state with a solid impression of the east side after schools in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties made their mark across the four state finals June 4.

There were plenty of record-setting accomplishments and All-State finishes throughout the finals — Division 1 was held at Rockford, D-2 at Houseman Field, D-3 at Comstock Park and D-4 at Jenison.

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Published June 7, 2011

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The best of the best met on the track and in the field to decide bragging rights.

The Oakland County Championships took place May 27 at Highland Milford. Novi Detroit Catholic Central won the boys competition, while Novi High won the girls title.
Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day, meanwhile, placed second in both the boys and the girls competitions.

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Published June 7, 2011

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The weather report said it all.

“Rainy and cold, then hot and windy.”

It took two days with two very different forecasts, but eventually all the medals were handed out at the Macomb County boys and girls track and field championships.

Inclement weather on May 26 forced some field events to be pushed back to May 31. When it was all said and done, Macomb Lutheran North’s boys and Warren Regina’s girls scored the most points.

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Published June 2, 2011

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The sun was shining, and so were some of the best local athletes at the MHSAA boys and girls track and field regional competitions May 20-21.

The top finishers claimed spots in the upcoming state finals on June 4 at Rockford for Division 1, at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids for D-2, at Comstock Park for D-3 and at Jenison for D-4.

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Published June 1, 2011

It’s fair to say Grosse Pointe South’s girls track and field season has already been a great one up to this point, and the state finals are still a few days away.

The Blue Devils, which as a program has enjoyed many successes over the years, have set new school records in 15 of 17 events this season, several times over.

“I am extremely proud of our team,” coach Steve Zaranek said. “We set numerous lofty goals and have accomplished them all.”

And the team isn’t done yet.

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