Collegiate Corner

Published April 11, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — After becoming the co-head coach of Oakland University’s baseball program more than three years ago, 2007 Birmingham Groves graduate Colin Kaline said, “We’re just thrilled to be here.”

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Published January 11, 2019

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WARREN/ST. CLAIR SHORES — “Outstanding” could be an understatement when describing the 2018 season Liz Bloch had with the Michigan Tech University track and field team.

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Published January 10, 2019

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Darryl Foster has always told his son to maintain his character, be true to himself, stay humble and continue to work hard.

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Published June 1, 2018

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ROCHESTER — After Tom Menas decided to resign as head coach to pursue other opportunities, Oakland selected Rick Fracassa to help lead its program.

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Published May 25, 2018

DETROIT — Charlie Hayes bookended his college career with historic campaigns. A 2014 graduate of Utica Eisenhower, Hayes joined the University of Detroit Mercy lacrosse team in 2015. That year saw the Titans finish 8-5, securing the first winning mark in program history.

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Published March 8, 2018

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WARREN — Warren Regina senior Betsy Lueck has years of soccer under her belt. In February, she signed to play at the University of Toledo, and she believes her hard work has paid off.

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Published March 6, 2018

FERNDALE — Ferndale High’s KeShawn Smith, Anthony Merriman and John Thompson each signed letters of intent March 1 to play football at the next level. Merriman and Thompson signed with Olivet College, which is an NCAA Division III program, and Smith with Siena Heights University, which is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

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Published February 22, 2018

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DETROIT — Once again, Jermaine Jackson Jr. and Jack Ballantyne are roommates. Continuing a trend that started when they were 8 years old, the pair bunk together at the University of Detroit Mercy. A decade after becoming close friends as Amateur Athletic Union teammates, the talented duo are sharing their basketball journey in college.

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Published February 13, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — Eight senior student-athletes officially put pen to paper Feb. 7 at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, selecting where they will continue their sporting careers in college.

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Published January 12, 2018

ROCHESTER — Over the past few seasons, there have been times when Oakland University club hockey coach Colin Ronayne said it was tough to go to the rink for a practice in February.

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Published December 22, 2017

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DETROIT — While both contests in the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase had the outcome most expected, contingents of the faithful from each team made the trip down to the Motor City Dec. 16 to catch University Detroit Mercy and University of Michigan, and Michigan State University and Oakland University men’s basketball do battle.

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Published December 20, 2017

DETROIT — A frigid December afternoon felt like a late March evening inside the cozy confines of Little Caesars Arena as the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase gave a taste of what is to come at the city’s newest venue Dec. 16.

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Published December 12, 2017

Demetrius Magee closed out his career with a bang.

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Published December 8, 2017

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DETROIT — College basketball fans will descend on downtown Detroit’s newest sporting landmark as the Horizon League will take on the Big Ten in an in-state doubleheader.

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Published December 5, 2017

In the span of a few seconds, Spiro Pliakos went through nearly every emotion possible on a soccer field.

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Published December 4, 2017

Since he was only 3 years old, Tyler Martin has had dreams of being a college hockey player.

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Published November 20, 2017

Jeff Cooper is a man of many hats.

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Published November 14, 2017

Sidney Rayba will continue her softball career nearly in her backyard.

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Published October 13, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — For many football players across the country, their last high school game can be an emotional experience.

Although there may be opportunities to play occasional pickup games afterward, most aren’t likely to play at an organized level again, and do so with a group of teammates that can become like family.

While that reality is tough for some to take, others get to delay it for a while.

Manny Mendoza and Deiontae Nicholas are a couple of such players.

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