Collegiate Corner

Published December 10, 2015

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Every men’s basketball team in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference probably has the same ambition as Macomb Community College coach Jim Twigg — win a league championship.

But if Macomb, which competes at the junior college level, is able to pull off that feat, it would have a different meaning for the program than it would for others, as the Monarchs haven’t finished in first place in the MCCAA Eastern Conference in more than 20 years.

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Published December 8, 2015

The Rochester College men’s basketball team has followed up a trip to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championship game last season with an impressive start to its 2015-16 campaign.

At press time, the Warriors were 8-0, and with the exception of one contest had won all of those games by at least 13 points.

Head coach Klint Pleasant discussed his team’s start to the season.

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Published December 8, 2015

After not receiving a scholarship to play college football at one of the “big schools,” Southfield-Lathrup graduate Colin Parks said he was discouraged and questioned whether or not he would play at the next level.

But when a college he said he had never heard of came calling, Parks said he felt “wanted.”

That school was Albion College, and having recently completed his senior season as a running back for the Britons, Parks reflected on his collegiate experience.

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Published December 3, 2015

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Last season was a historic one for the women’s basketball program at Macomb Community College.

Aside from finishing first in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference, the Monarchs also won a state championship, which was a first in program history.

Head coach Jay Ritchie reflected on last season’s accomplishments.

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Published November 25, 2015

ROCHESTER — The season has come to a close for Oakland University’s men’s soccer team, as the Golden Grizzlies did not advance past Dayton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Although the game was officially a 2-2 tie, Dayton advanced as a result of a 4-3 advantage on penalty kicks after the score was still tied after two overtimes of play.

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Published November 19, 2015

Oakland University’s men’s soccer team became the first program in Horizon League history to win back-to-back league titles, as the Golden Grizzlies defeated Wright State University 1-0 in the Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship Nov. 14 in Chicago, Illinois.

With the victory, Oakland became the only men’s college soccer program in Michigan to advance to the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

Senior Matt Dudley scored Oakland’s lone goal of the game.

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Published November 13, 2015

The fall season has been good to athletic teams from Oakland University, as the school’s men’s and women’s cross country teams have captured Horizon League titles.

Oakland became just the fourth school in Horizon League history to have both the men’s and women’s cross country teams win a conference title in the same season. Both teams won their respective championships Oct. 31 in Cedarville, Ohio.

Oakland’s Rachel Levy was selected as Freshman of the Year, with Paul Rice earning Coach of the Year honors.

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Published November 5, 2015

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Oakland University held its Basketball Media Day Oct. 28 at the Athletics Center O’rena, where coaches and players had the opportunity to discuss the upcoming season.

Oakland’s men’s team was selected to finish second in the Horizon League preseason poll, with Valparaiso receiving the most selections to come away as the league champion.

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Published October 22, 2015

GROSSE POINTE — One phase of a dream came to fruition for Grosse Pointe native Zach Werenski when he was drafted eighth overall in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL last June.

Although Columbus has his rights for four years, as of now, Werenski is on the roster of the University of Michigan Wolverines, where he will have an opportunity to continue to develop his game.

Werenski, who is in his sophomore season at Michigan, discussed what it was like to be drafted by an NHL franchise.

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Published October 20, 2015

Earning a college scholarship to play golf is likely a dream scenario for any young golfer.

For Farmington Hills Mercy graduate Sarah Montone, it is more than just a dream — it is the reality of her life.

Montone’s play with the Marlins earned her the opportunity to win a spot on the University of Detroit Mercy women’s golf team.

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Published October 8, 2015

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This may be Bernard Scott’s first season as the head coach of the University of Detroit Mercy’s women’s basketball team, but his surroundings aren’t unfamiliar.

Scott spent the past five seasons on the coaching staff at Cleveland State, which along with Detroit is affiliated with the Horizon League. Prior to his stint with Cleveland State, he spent two seasons at Youngstown State, which is also part of the Horizon League.

The chance he has earned to coach at UDM is Scott’s first head coaching opportunity.

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Published October 2, 2015

WARREN/EAST LANSING — The Michigan State University men’s basketball team took a trip overseas this summer to play four games in Italy.

Finding out about the trip would have been good enough news for any of the players on the squad. Kenny Goins, a 2014 Warren Mott graduate who turned down scholarship offers from schools such as Central Michigan University and the University of Detroit to walk on at MSU, got even better news when the team returned from the trip in early September.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo offered Goins a scholarship.

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Published September 30, 2015

ROCHESTER — The first competition in the 2015-16 version of the Metro Series between the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University took place Sept. 30 at Oakland, as the women’s soccer teams squared off.

Oakland was awarded the inaugural Metro Rivalry Cup earlier this year as a result of having the most victories in head-to-head competition with athletic teams from Detroit over the course of the academic year.

The programs will have to settle with a draw in the first battle this time around, as the game ended 1-1.

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Published September 15, 2015

Former Troy softball player Ashley Messina, who was a four-year starter for the Colts, said she used to talk about taking her game to the collegiate level with her dad.

While she said it was a goal to make it that far, after being transitioned from an infielder to a catcher in high school, she didn’t know if she was going to be “good enough” to get there.

As it turned out, Messina was good enough to fulfill her dream, as she signed on to play with Wayne State University last November.

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Published September 14, 2015

FRASER — Earning the chance to play at the NCAA level is an opportunity that many student-athletes would like to have.

Former Fraser soccer player Nicole DeLuca is someone who had a chance to do just that, as after playing four seasons as a varsity starter for Fraser, she went on to become a four-year starter at Oakland University

DeLuca played for Oakland, an NCAA Division I program, from 2009 to 2012. She reflected on her opportunity to play collegiate soccer.

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Published September 10, 2015

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ROCHESTER — Oakland University has released the schedule for its 2015-16 men’s basketball season.

Last season, in what was just its second in the Horizon League, Oakland finished in third place in the league standings with an 11-5 record. Oakland ranked first in scoring offense and last in defense.

The Golden Grizzlies finished with an overall record of 16-17.

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Published September 8, 2015

GROSSE POINTE — There was a time when Robert Kelly didn’t know if he would get a chance to play college football because he wasn’t sure if he was “that good.”

Fortunately for Kelly, who lived in Grosse Pointe while attending Chandler Park Academy, Wayne State University saw things differently, as he earned a spot on the Warriors’ roster as an offensive lineman.

Kelly is now in his redshirt junior season with Wayne State. He discussed what the experience as an NCAA Division II football player has been like.

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Published September 4, 2015

ROCHESTER — Last season was historic for Oakland University volleyball, as the program won its first league title in the Division I era.

In just its second season in the league, Oakland won the Horizon League championship, which earned the Golden Grizzlies a berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Rob Beam said his first league championship as Oakland’s head coach is something he will always remember.

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Published August 27, 2015

Oakland University club football team president Nick Newsom, as well as head coach Jeff Allor, both think that the 2015 version of the Golden Grizzlies looks better than it did around this same time last year.

Given that Oakland won the National Club Football Association national championship last season, that’s saying quite a bit.

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Published August 12, 2015

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ROCHESTER — Oakland University’s Athletic Department has experienced some significant changes within the past few years.

Some of those changes include switching from the Summit League to the Horizon League, as well as the hiring of Jeff Konya as the school’s director of athletics.

The Golden Grizzlies were recently awarded the McCafferty Trophy for being the all-sports champion in the Horizon League. It was the first all-sports championship for Oakland since joining an athletic conference in 1973.

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