Collegiate Corner

Published April 28, 2017

The last few years have been historic for Oakland University’s men’s and women’s track and field programs.

After the men’s and women’s squads each had a program-best third-place finish at the 2015 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the women’s team went on to finish first at the indoor championships in 2016, giving the Golden Grizzlies their first league title.

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Published April 25, 2017

TROY — A pair of prep standouts from the C & G coverage area have joined forces at Albion College.

Patrolling the infield, junior Logan Priebe and freshman James Spilko have made a big impact for the Britons this season. 

Priebe graduated from Troy Athens in 2014, and Spilko walked across the Macomb Dakota stage last spring.

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Published April 20, 2017

DETROIT — After being initially announced in June of 2013, the grand opening for Harwell Field took place April 18 on the campus of Wayne State University.

The field is the home of Wayne State’s baseball team.

The building — named for famed Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell — is a replica of the main entrance at Ebbets Field. The old Brooklyn Dodgers played their home games at Ebbets, and it is where Harwell spent part of his broadcasting career in the 1940s.

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Published April 3, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — This was a troubled relationship, the bloom on the rose losing its luster.

And while it was hardly an easy choice, a breakup was needed.

As just an eighth-grader, Ryan McClelland knew that was the case for him and his love of diving, a sport he had grown into, and subsequently out of.

“The passion was gone,” McClelland said. “The desire and commitment just wasn’t there anymore.”

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Published February 17, 2017

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For the second year in a row, metro Detroit college basketball fans have an opportunity to see teams from the Horizon League battle for a chance to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

The Horizon League Little Caesars 2017 Basketball Championships, also known as “Motor City Madness,” takes place March 3-7 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

The University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University are the two Michigan-based schools that will be represented at the championships.

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Published January 20, 2017

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Oakland University’s club hockey program knows what the view is like from the top.

Over the course of its history, Oakland has won three American Collegiate Hockey Association national championships, with two coming at the Division II level and one after making the switch to D-I.

Times have not been as good for the Golden Grizzlies lately, as they have failed to qualify for the ACHA national championships the last two years.

This season, at press time, Oakland was 5-15-1 overall and 2-8-0 in the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League.

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Published October 12, 2016

After a standout volleyball career at Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, Emily Nieman is continuing her craft on the court at Saginaw Valley State University.

“I am living my childhood dream of playing high-level NCAA ball while getting my teaching degree,” Nieman said. “I have to give a lot of credit to my high school coach, Gary Malburg. My experience at LCN really helped me prepare to play at the next level.”

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Published September 23, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — A California kid to a Michigan Hall of Famer.

Many miles, many years and many stories, but for Oakland University swim coach Pete Hovland, this was all one great honor. 

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Published August 1, 2016

Baseball has played a huge part in Colin Kaline’s life ever since he can remember.

Love and passion for the game have been passed down from generation to generation in the Kaline family, including from Colin’s grandfather, Al Kaline, who had a Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers.

Colin Kaline’s personal journey has included suiting up for Birmingham Groves, Florida Southern College, and being drafted by the Tigers, where he spent two years in the organization before becoming part of the coaching staff of the Gulf Coast League Tigers.

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Published July 22, 2016

ROCHESTER — The last two years have seen unprecedented success for Oakland University athletics, as for the second consecutive year the school claimed the McCafferty Trophy, which is awarded annually by the Horizon League to the school compiling the greatest number of performance points, based on its finish in the league’s 19 championship sports.

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Published July 20, 2016

UTICA —  Alex Kinch didn’t plan on still playing baseball right now.

Coming into his senior season this past spring for Wayne State University, he was preparing for what he thought would be his final competitive season on the diamond.

A brief meeting with his coach at Wayne State following the last game of his college career, however, changed all of that.

“I was actually treating this season as my last competitive season of baseball ever. … I ended up having my best season,” Kinch said.

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Published July 14, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Former local prep star Colin Kaline will once again make a dugout in Oakland County his home.

The 2007 Birmingham Groves graduate has been named co-coach of the Oakland University men’s baseball program along with Jacke Healey

Kaline, who is the grandson of Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline, coached the hitters and infield the last three seasons at Florida Southern, where he helped lead the team to a No. 7 ranking nationally this past season.

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Published June 9, 2016

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland Community College men’s head golf coach Rick Coatta recently said that golf is a game that is “supposed to be fun.” 

Of course, it’s easier to have fun when you’re winning.

And Coatta’s team has had more than its fair share of fun this season, as the Raiders have won multiple tournaments.

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Published May 13, 2016

WARREN/DETROIT — Warren Regina student-athlete and St. Clair Shores resident Teresa Diehl has earned an opportunity that sets her apart from most high school seniors in the country, as she has signed on to run cross country for Wayne State University, an NCAA Division II program.

Her accolades include earning four letters in both cross country and track, as well as earning All-State honors in her junior and senior years. 

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Published May 11, 2016

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According to Oakland Community College head softball coach Jamie Corona, not a single one of the players on her current squad was part of the program’s last trip to nationals two years ago.

With the postseason coming up, the 2016 version of the Raiders will have their shot at making this campaign a special one.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University’s women’s golf team captured the first conference title in program history after finishing in first place at the 2016 Horizon League Championship, which took place April 22-24 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

The Golden Grizzlies finished with a score of 944, three strokes better than second-place Northern Kentucky University.

Fiona Schmidt and Maddie Zack each shot 80 in the final round to help secure the title for Oakland.

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Published May 2, 2016

For someone who didn’t think she would succeed as a collegiate women’s lacrosse player, things have gone pretty well for Bloomfield Hills Lahser graduate Kadie Koolwick.

Although Koolwick, who is in her senior year at Albion College, questioned how successful she would be due to not beginning to play the game until eighth grade, her evolution has been good enough to earn her multiple accolades.

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Published April 29, 2016

The University of Detroit Mercy women’s lacrosse team earned its fourth consecutive trip to the Atlantic Sun Championship after defeating Kennesaw State University 18-11 April 24 in Kennesaw, Georgia.

After Kennesaw scored the first goal of the second half to tie the game 8-8, UDM freshman Kaitlyn Wandelt scored three straight goals to help put the Titans up for good.

Wandelt led UDM with six goals in the contest. She also had six draw controls, helping her break the single-season school record of 52, which was previously held by Zaynib Hamze.

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Published April 28, 2016

Wayne State University’s softball program is in the midst of its 2016 campaign, and whether the coaches and players want it to be or not, the news is out — the Warriors are good.

Last season, Wayne State went 42-20-1, and aside from winning a regular-season league championship, it also won its fourth consecutive GLIAC Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.

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Published April 28, 2016

Macomb Community College’s softball program is coming off a season in which the Monarchs won a Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference championship, won the National Junior College Athletic Association District J Women’s Softball Tournament and advanced to the NJCAA Division II Nationals, where head coach Vince Alessandrini said the team finished 15th.

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