Collegiate Corner

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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Published April 26, 2016

Another successful year.

That’s how Michigan High School  Athletic Association Communications  Director John Johnson characterized the 2016 girls and boys basketball semifinals and finals at the Breslin Center on the campus Michigan State University.

Now, as he stressed, the goal is to make sure that remains the case for the foreseeable future.

“We’d love to stay in East Lansing for the finals as long as we possibly can,” Johnson said last week. “And we know the university would like that to happen as well.”

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Published April 22, 2016

DETROIT — The University of Detroit Mercy introduced Bacari Alexander as the new head coach of the men’s basketball program at a press conference at Calihan Hall April 22.

Alexander, who played for the Titans from 1997-99, most recently served as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan from 2010-16.

Aside from suiting up for UDM as a player, Alexander was also an assistant coach with the program from 2001-07.

He was asked what it means to come back where it all started.

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Published April 21, 2016

ROCHESTER — For the most part, the Metro Series rivalry between the athletic teams from the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University has gone the Golden Grizzlies’ way, but UDM’s softball team helped to curb some of Oakland’s momentum by winning two games of a three-game series that took place April 18-19 at Oakland Softball Field in Rochester.

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Published April 15, 2016

Oakland University’s softball team is in a position it hasn’t been in a long time — defending a league championship.

After being picked to finish seventh out of eight teams in a preseason poll, Oakland went on to win the 2015 Horizon League regular-season and tournament championships, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Prior to that accomplishment, Oakland hadn’t advanced to the NCAA Tournament since 2003, when the program competed in the Mid-Continent Conference.

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Published April 14, 2016

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The University of Detroit Mercy women’s basketball team recently completed a season in which it finished fourth in the Horizon League standings and was knocked out in the first round of the league’s postseason tournament.

While at first glance that may not seem all that impressive, the circumstances the Titans had to deal with during the season can put things in a different light.

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Published April 7, 2016

Oakland University’s Division III hockey club team capped off its 2015-16 campaign with the first American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship in program history with a 5-3 win against Aquinas College March 12 at Southside Ice Arena in Byron Center, Michigan.

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Published March 29, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — North Farmington High graduate Karrington Seals recently made history for Wayne State University’s women’s indoor track and field program, as she became the first Warrior to achieve All-American status after finishing eighth in the 60-meter hurdles finals at the 2016 NCAA Division II Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships March 12 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

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Published March 14, 2016

The 2016 Little Caesars Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship, also known as “Motor City Madness,” is now in the books.

This year was the first of a five-year agreement between the Horizon League and Olympia Entertainment, with this season’s tournament, played from March 5-8, taking place at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The tournament will be played at JLA again next year, before moving to the Detroit Events Center for the remainder of the agreement.

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Published March 4, 2016

ROCHESTER — Times have been good for the Oakland University athletics department over the past year, as the school has had eight of its sports programs win league championships during that time span.

The most recent teams to accomplish the feat were the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, as well as the women’s track and field squad.

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Published February 26, 2016

After being a part of what is arguably one of the most prestigious high school football programs in the state of Michigan, Warren De La Salle graduate Andrew DiFranco earned the opportunity to extend his career even further, as he was offered the chance to play for Albion College, which competes at the NCAA Division III level.

DiFranco, an offensive lineman from Warren, completed his junior season at Albion this past fall, where his accomplishments include being selected All-MIAA first and second team in the last two seasons, respectively.

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Published February 18, 2016

Despite leading lives in which they have to balance NCAA Division I athletics with an academic workload, two basketball players from the University of Detroit Mercy have taken the time to try to help those affected by the lead contamination water crisis in Flint.

Anton Wilson of the Titans’ men’s team and Chea Taylor from the women’s team have teamed up to bring attention to a GoFundMe website page designed to raise money to purchase water for the residents of Flint.

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Published February 15, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University’s club hockey program has had plenty to celebrate over the course of its history.

Chief among the program’s accomplishments are three American Collegiate Hockey Association national championships, with two of them coming at the Division II level in 2004 and 2006, and the other at Division I in 2007.

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Published February 8, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A group of 11 student-athletes from Utica Eisenhower signed their letters of intent to play sports in college on Feb. 3.

In boys soccer, there were five Eisenhower athletes who committed to playing at the next level. The Campbell twins, Ben and Jacob, highlighted the group.

“It’s kind of a strange feeling, but it’s an honor for both of us to make it this far and sign together,” Jacob said.

Ben will be heading to Northwood University, while Jacob will be going to Concordia University.

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Published January 28, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse softball coach Lisa Downey has seen a lot in her 18 years leading the program.

She’s won league and postseason titles. She’s had players sign to play at the NCAA level in Division 2, Division 3 and the NAIA.

Downey, though, never had a player sign to play with a D-1 program right out of high school.

Until now.

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Published January 25, 2016

It has been quite an eventful period in the life of former Shelby Township resident Kyle Connor, as aside from being in his freshman season with the University of Michigan hockey team, he was also selected 17th in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets.

While Connor — who moved to Youngstown, Ohio, after ninth grade — is going to have to wait for his opportunity to play in the NHL as he continues to develop his game, he does get to play for the school he grew up rooting for.

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