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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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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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