Published April 13, 2012

Last year was difficult for Madison High’s softball team, as the Eagles finished 7-16 and were not much of a factor in the race for a Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title.

Madison (0-1) will have an opportunity to start fresh in 2012, and the Eagles would like to re-establish a winning tradition for the school’s softball program.

As a senior, Natichsha White is in her final season with the Eagles, and before she hangs up her uniform, she would like to be part of a Madison team that has the opportunity to celebrate its fair share of victories.

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Published April 10, 2012

LATHRUP VILLAGE — New Southfield-Lathrup softball coach Akilah Evans isn’t shy about her love for softball and taking over the program.

“This is my passion. I’m trying to instill that into the team, and it’s been awesome,” she said as practice wrapped up April 4. “I’m really looking forward to the things that we’re beginning to build here for years to come. I’m really excited.”

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Published April 10, 2012

TROY — By the law of averages, Tom Calnen knows he’s due for a dud of a season.

He admitted it with a hearty laugh during an April 4 practice.

Success can’t be sustained this consistently from one year to the next, can it?

“I’m telling you, one of these times, it’s just not going to be our year. We’re going to struggle, and we’re going to lay an egg in the district opener,” he said smiling. “It’s bound to happen, right? We’ve just avoided it so far.”

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Published March 28, 2012

Last season, softball’s Macomb Area Conference Gold Division belonged to Warren Woods Tower.

Prior to last year, the Titans won the MAC Silver two consecutive seasons, and when they were moved to the Gold Division in 2011, they proceeded to pick up where they left off by winning another league title.

Plenty of teams in the MAC Gold will be looking to end Tower’s dynasty of league titles, but the one with the best shot of doing it may be Grosse Pointe South.

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Published March 28, 2012

Last season, South Lake’s softball team came within one run of capturing a Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, they were on the wrong side of that one run, as it was the Abes of Warren Lincoln who walked off the field as the 2011 MAC Silver champions.

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Published December 27, 2011

TROY — The hard work was done.

The bags were packed, and a collection that would warm the soul, not to mention the bodies, of some of the most needy in the area was complete.

Now, Tom Calnen and some members of his Troy High softball team stood knocking on a door, yet no one answered.

“The girls looked at me like I was crazy,” he said with a laugh last week. “I knew we were in the right place. We had all these clothes to donate, but nobody would answer.”

Calnen was in the right place — sort of.

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Published July 27, 2011

TROY — For all the special players he’s coached during his time at Troy High, Tom Calnen can usually refer back to one memory or instant where he realized exactly the uniqueness he was working with.

When it comes to recent grad Lynsey Mukomel, his mind wandered to the playoff run of 2008, when a freshman who had split time between the junior varsity and varsity most of the season stepped in the batter’s box in the late stages of a district game against Utica High.

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Published July 19, 2011

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Whether they were shutdown pitchers, dynamic hitters or fantastic fielders — or a combination —the Macomb Area Conference’s top softball players were honored in the league’s All-Conference teams.

Here’s a detailed, division-by-division list on honorees, which also includes Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year recipients.

The division MVP is Romeo High’s Shanyn McIntyre, while Romeo’s Dave McIntyre takes top coaching honors in the league.

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Published July 12, 2011

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Listed below are the Catholic High School League varsity softball players from our coverage area who earned All-League, All-Catholic and All-Academic honors this past season. For more honor teams, visit the CHSL’s website at

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Published June 21, 2011

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — There were few secrets in the June 11 Division 1 regional final matchup between Utica Stevenson and Fair Haven Anchor Bay.

For the Titans and Tars, who are Macomb Area Conference Red Division rivals, it marked the third meeting of the season.

The squads split games during the regular season, with Anchor Bay winning 2-1 May 6 and the Titans earning a 5-2 win in the second meeting May 27.

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Published June 9, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — First, it was Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart senior Alyssa Space smashing a cupcake in Christina Bacon’s face.

Then, she turned and did the same thing to classmate Megan Bond.

“I was just an innocent bystander,” Bond said, wiping chocolate from her face June 3 at Southfield Christian.

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Published June 8, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield Christian softball winning a district championship is becoming a time-honored tradition.

This year, the Eagles beat Royal Oak Shrine 6-0 June 3 at home in the Division 4 final.

Southfield Christian has won every district it’s been in since 1997.

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Published June 7, 2011

FARMINGTON — They’ve been in this position before, more times than coach Dave Brubaker cares to admit.

They’ve seen this game play out — a district title an arm’s length away in one moment and then gone for an entire postseason in the next.

There has been disappointment, heartbreak and plenty of frustration — bitter endings to brilliant seasons where it seemed taking that next step for this proud softball program just wasn’t meant to be.

And then came a hot and humid Saturday afternoon.

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Published June 7, 2011

Due to the poor weather all season, Berkley High actually didn’t finish its season with a loss against Warren Mott May 31 in a Division 1 district.

Instead, the Bears put on their helmets again and went to work against Royal Oak High in a doubleheader June 2 to finish the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

What happened there is what coach Ken DePerro had been hoping to see all year. The Bears dropped the first game 5-1, but came back to win 4-2 in the second contest.

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Published June 7, 2011

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When the rain finally subsided, Oakland Activities Association softball was able to crown its champions. Though not all games had been played at press time due to cancellations — those games will be made up — the champions are set.

In the Red, North Farmington was perfect, going 10-0. Lake Orion High was the next closest, finishing 6-3-1. Clarkston High has some games left to play, but is standing at 5-3; Troy High is in the same boat at 3-4-1; Oxford High finished 2-8; and West Bloomfield High came in at 1-9.

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Published May 31, 2011

With rosters overflowing with youth, Ferndale High’s and Berkley High’s softball teams have taken some lumps during the regular season.

At press time, Ferndale was 6-17 overall and Berkley was 4-11.

“We’re very, very young,” Berkley coach Ken DePerro said. “Most of the time, we’re starting three freshmen, three sophomores and two juniors, and then another position that fluctuates.”

Ferndale has three seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and nine freshmen.

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Published May 26, 2011

ROYAL OAK — You’ll often hear coaches and players forecast brighter days in the future based on the promise of potential of the present.

Young players will mature.

Inexperienced players will learn and grow.

For the past few seasons, Terry Powers was one of those coaches.

The Royal Oak High softball head man kept his program’s head above water while turning freshmen to sophomores, sophomores to juniors, and so on.

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Published May 25, 2011

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s girls softball team has taken its lumps in the past — finishing 4-6 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division the past two seasons — but has seemingly turned the corner this season.

At press time, the Big Reds were 5-3 in the Red Division — three and a half games behind the league-leader Romeo High — and 13-9 overall.

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Published May 25, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore softball team is facing a tough challenge in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

Just three seniors rejoined the Shorians from last season, outfielder Sara Coppola, shortstop Hannah Rockensuess and catcher Hanna Anderson.

While Lake Shore has solid leadership from its seniors, the squad is young and inexperienced with four freshmen joining the starting lineup.

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Published May 25, 2011

June is around the corner, and that means its nearly playoff time for the local high school baseball, softball and girls soccer state tournaments.

All three sports’ postseasons are scheduled to begin May 31 and run through June 4. Precise schedules vary depending on the host. Check or with the host school for exact dates and times of games.

Madison Heights Lamphere coach Don Mullen said his team is “excited for the upcoming state tournament.”

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