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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Published July 10, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Recent Roseville High graduate Kye Dozier doesn’t have time for games.

“I don’t really do fun stuff. I don’t go to parties. I don’t do stuff like that,” Dozier said.

Instead, the track and field standout focuses on her craft and academics.

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Published May 19, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse North senior Andre Johnson has earned an opportunity to play basketball at the collegiate level, as he is slated to suit up for Macomb Community College next season.

As excited as he may be about his chance to advance to the next level, Johnson hasn’t forgotten about where it is he’s coming from.

“I learned a lot, fundamentally,” Johnson said of playing for LCN. “It was a great experience overall.”

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Published May 15, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — In just its second season in the league, Oakland University’s softball program has won a Horizon League Championship after defeating Wright State University 7-3 May 9 in the championship game of the Horizon League Softball Championship.

Oakland earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the opportunity to host after winning the Horizon League regular season title.

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Published May 13, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In his profile, a scout said of 2010 Clinton Township Clintondale graduate Letterius Walton that he will be “one of those guys who ends up being an NFL player nobody sees coming.”

Walton, a defensive lineman at Central Michigan University, will get the chance to prove the scout right after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers on May 2 during the third day of the 2015 NFL Draft. Walton, who earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2014, was selected with pick 199 in the sixth round.

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Published May 11, 2015

Oakland University’s track and field program had an opportunity to host a postseason event for the first time on its new track facility, as the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships were held at the Oakland Track and Field Facility from May 1-3.

Aside from making history with its new facility, Oakland did the same with its performance, as the 110 points scored by the men’s team and the 101 points by the women’s squad were the highest outdoor point total in program history.

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Published May 4, 2015

While being a college student is an exciting time in the lives of many young adults, the experiences that Wayne State University student/athlete Brittany Streetman has had are pretty unique.

Streetman’s play at Warren Lincoln High School afforded her the opportunity to play basketball for Wayne State, an NCAA Division II program. Since donning the Warriors uniform, she has been a part of three teams that have made it to the NCAA Tournament.

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Published April 30, 2015

The men’s and women’s golf programs from Oakland University each finished in second place at the Horizon League Championship, which took place April 24-26 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

It was the second consecutive runner-up finish for the women’s team at the championship.

Oakland sophomore Morgan Smith finished second at the tournament, which is the best individual finish in program history. She finished the tournament one stroke behind Emily Dixon from Youngstown State University.

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Published April 23, 2015

Gary Bryce is in his 34th season as the softball coach at Wayne State University.

During his tenure, Wayne State has made it to the NCAA Tournament 19 times and has advanced as far as the NCAA Division II College World Series three times. That kind of track record helps to create a healthy program.

“I think we’re one of the top Division II programs in the country, year in, year out,” said Bryce, who acknowledged the great job by his assistants.

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Published April 19, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — In recent years, a genuine rivalry seems to have developed between athletic teams from the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University.

The person who may have the most unique perspective regarding that rivalry is Mark Engel. After spending 24 seasons as Detroit’s men’s golf coach, he is now the interim coach at Oakland, as he joined the Golden Grizzlies staff last summer.

“The folks at Oakland have really made me feel welcome,” Engel said.

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Published April 16, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University’s men’s basketball team has had one former player pass away from cancer, another player lose his mother to cancer and another whose “father is going through it,” according to head coach Greg Kampe.

Kampe also has some friends who have been touched by cancer.

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Published April 14, 2015

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Love at first sight doesn’t only apply to people and interpersonal relationships.

For Clinton Township Chippewa Valley senior Grace Cooke, it applies to her feelings once she set foot onto the campus of Colorado Springs-based Colorado College. Cooke, a member of the Chippewa Valley chapter of the National Honor Society with a 4.0 grade-point average, earned an academic scholarship to the private school. Cooke will play volleyball at the school, as well.

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Published April 8, 2015

While there are a lot of things a college coach can say to entice a potential recruit, Wayne State University women’s golf head coach Mike Horn had a selling point that may have been challenging for competitors to match — the opportunity to make history.

Although Wayne State, which competes at the NCAA Division II level, has had a men’s golf program for many years, it didn’t have a women’s golf team.

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