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Published March 15, 2011

Several local teams and individuals left it all on the lanes March 4-5 at the MHSAA boys and girls bowling state finals.

Metro Detroit was well-represented at the four separate finals.

“The local bowling area is very strong talent-wise, and I can only attribute that to the high level of training and competition that the bowlers endure year-round,” Macomb Dakota coach Joe Berak said.

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Published March 11, 2011

Several local teams and individuals left it all on the lanes March 4-5 at the MHSAA boys and girls bowling state finals.

Metro Detroit was well-represented at the four separate finals.

“The local bowling area is very strong talent-wise, and I can only attribute that to the high level of training and competition that the bowlers endure year-round,” Macomb Dakota coach Joe Berak said.

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Published March 2, 2011

LAKE ORION — It was a historic day for the local competitive cheer squads that competed in a Division 1 regional at Lake Orion High Feb. 26.

Lake Orion — ranked No. 6 in the state in D-1 — turned in a top performance, scoring 812.2696 points to claim the regional championship.

Joining the Dragons in advancing to the state finals thanks to their top-four finish are Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (811.1720), Southgate Anderson (807.3336) and Utica Stevenson (800.9042).

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Published March 1, 2011

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood boys and girls teams are finding success on the slopes this postseason.

The Cranes’ boys ski team raced to second in the division Feb. 10, while the girls took third. They also excelled in the Feb. 17 regional, earning first and second place, respectively.

The Division 2 state championship race was Feb. 28 at Boyne Mountain, after press time. For more on boys and girls skiing, including results on the skiing finals, check next week’s paper.

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Published March 1, 2011

The St. Clair Shores South Lake bowling teams entered the season with plenty of question marks.

Both the boys and the girls varsity squads had to replace virtually their entire rosters with newcomers and students who bowled on the JV teams last year.

But the Cavaliers picked things up pretty quickly.

Gary Wedgke, who coaches the girls team while his wife, Darlene, coaches the boys, said he was very proud of both teams.

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Published February 23, 2011

With another competitive cheer season in the books, it’s time to recognize two local squads that captured divisional titles: Macomb Dakota won the Macomb Area Conference White Division, and Macomb L’Anse Creuse North earned a MAC Blue Division title.

Cougar-iffic
The Dakota team had stellar performances throughout the season, earning a division title and a bid to the Feb. 26 regional tournament after finishing third in districts Feb. 19. The Cougars will be in action in regionals at 10 a.m. at Lake Orion High School.

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Published February 22, 2011

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — In their first official year as a competitive cheerleading squad, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse did what it takes most teams years to accomplish.

The Lancers won two of three divisional meets, scoring 1971.88 total points — nearly 60 better than second-place finisher St. Clair Shores Lakeview— to capture their first league title in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

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Published February 22, 2011

The high school boys and girls bowling postseason kicks off Feb. 25-26 with the regional tournaments.

Local teams will compete in regional tournaments held at 5-Star Lanes in Sterling Heights (Division 1), Drakeshire Lanes in Farmington (D-1), Taylor Lanes in Taylor (D-1), Merri-Bowl Lanes in Livonia (D-2), Nortel Lanes in Monroe (D-3) and Nightingale Lanes in Burton (D-4). Tickets to regional tournaments cost $5.

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Published February 22, 2011

AUBURN HILLS — Walk into the Great Lakes Golf Center in Auburn Hills, and you’ll find a separately housed stable of golf tees at the far end.

This is where the Kendall Academy is dedicated to improving each student.
The academy recently partnered with the Great Lakes Golf Center and has brought all the latest technology to the world’s largest golf dome.

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Published February 16, 2011

Several local coaches predicted this year’s boys Macomb County swimming and diving championship meet would be a close one.

They were right.

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Published February 16, 2011

Birmingham Seaholm ended rival Birmingham Groves’ two-year reign as Oakland County boys swimming and diving champions, as the Maples took the title Feb. 5 at Lake Orion High.

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Published February 15, 2011

By this season, most competitive cheerleading teams know the routine, so to speak.

Though it’s only been three years since the district round was introduced into the state tournament, with 328 programs across the state — up from 148 — the field has become deeper than ever, so vying for a bid into the next round will be tight, as only the top-four finishers at each district advance to the regional tournament.

The first district championships of the winter season will be up for grabs with cheerleading competitions on tap beginning Feb. 18.

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Published February 9, 2011

TROY — Cynthia Tan doesn’t think there’s a secret to why Troy High’s gymnastics team is scoring 30 points higher than it did two seasons ago.

Sure, the Colts have had an influx of talent, and their top gymnast, junior Sara Lin — a state qualifier last year on beam, 10th on vault and 11th on all-around — is back to anchor the squad.

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Published February 2, 2011

Teams from the west side of Oakland County once again dominated the annual county bowling tournament.

Waterford Kettering’s boys and girls teams both won the team championships, while Clarkston High’s Erik Wagner and Oxford’s Heather Lafnear took the boys and girls individual titles, respectively.

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Published February 2, 2011

“Probably the most competitive we have ever had.”

That’s how Utica Stevenson coach Tom Stockton described the recent Macomb County boys and girls varsity bowling tournaments — a statement that holds up much better than the pins did Jan. 22 at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights.

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Published January 25, 2011

ROYAL OAK — Two short years ago, the Clawson High competitive cheer team made its debut appearance at the state finals.

This season the squad is stronger than ever and on a mission to make it back to the big stage.

“Two years ago, we made it to states,” coach Courtney Schmalzel said. “We had a larger team; more bodies to choose from. This year, we only have 12 girls on the team, but all 12 girls are extremely talented.”

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Published January 18, 2011

It’s just about “go time” for the Blue Devils.

As Grosse Pointe South’s boys swimming and diving team nears the midpoint of its season, it is going into high gear.

“We’re going into the peak of our training,” South coach Eric Gunderson said. “As we get toward early and mid-February, we should see some faster times. I’m looking forward to the end of the season.

“It’s still a ways away, but it comes up pretty quick.”

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Published January 19, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — After a five-year hiatus, cheerleaders at Birmingham Seaholm have something to, well, cheer about.

The Maples formed a competitive squad for the first time since 2002, when the team existed for just two seasons before disbanding after losing its coach. Even before then, interest in cheerleading at Seaholm was on the decline in 1999.

In recent years, competitive cheer has gained popularity, with 328 cheer programs across the state compared to 148 in 2001.

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Published January 19, 2011

Inspirational quotes fittingly decorate the walls in the room where the Utica Stevenson competitive cheer team practices.

“Wimps lift weights. Cheerleaders lift people,” and “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”

The cheerleaders themselves are walking symbols of motivation too, sporting T-shirts with the Superman logo made out of puzzle pieces that depict their motto, ‘Every Girl is a Piece of the Puzzle.’

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Published January 19, 2011

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The upcoming Oakland County boys and girls varsity bowling tournaments represent several key things to the season.

The boys competition, scheduled for Jan. 22 at Wonderland Lanes in Commerce Township, and the girls tourney, Jan. 23 at Thunderbird Lanes in Troy, mark about the midway point of the season. Competition gets under way at 9:30 a.m. at both sites.

And while most teams will have already taken part in several league matches and other tournaments by this point, few competitions offer what the county tournament does.

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