Collegiate Corner

Published April 16, 2014

BERKLEY — When she was approximately 16 years old, current University of Detroit Mercy track and field athlete Brandee Hart decided to act on a suggestion by her mother that changed the direction of her life.

While she was a student at Berkley High School, when it came to athletics, Hart’s primary focus was basketball. If any sport was going to lead to a college scholarship, as far as she was concerned, it was going to be basketball.

But her mother, Sylvia, had a different idea. She thought her daughter was “naturally good” at track and field.

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Published March 4, 2014

ROCHESTER — The men's basketball game between No. 6 seed Oakland University and No. 7 seed Youngstown State University was the first time a postseason league game was ever played inside the O'Rena, and the Golden Grizzlies took advantage of the opportunity, coming away with a 96-92 overtime victory in an opening-round game of the Horizon League tournament.

Despite trailing by eight points with under three minutes remaining on the clock, Oakland got some big shots toward the end of regulation to force overtime.

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Published January 22, 2014

As part of a food drive put together by the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA), local community colleges will be accepting nonperishable food items at upcoming men’s and women’s basketball games.

Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College, Henry Ford Community College and Wayne County Community College District will each be a part of “The Hunger Games.”

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Published January 14, 2014

For three years in a row, Rochester Hills native and gymnast Alyssa Shermetaro sustained injuries that kept her out for months at a time.

Aside from dealing with those injuries, Shermetaro said she trains approximately 19 hours per week during the school year and 25 in the summer.

And while Shermetaro may have had some ‘why am I doing this?’ moments along the way, she was rewarded for all the time, effort and perseverance with a full-ride scholarship to the University of Washington.

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Published November 12, 2013

At some point along the way this season, after defeating “presumed bigger programs,” Oakland Community College volleyball coach Jeffrey Stark said “(assistant coach) Meg (Dyer) and I realized we were in for a pretty special ride with this group.”

While he may have liked what he was seeing from his team, even Stark may not have fully realized how good things were going to get.

The Raiders are 34-2 on the season and have captured two championships.

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Published October 9, 2013

The basketball teams from the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University have taken their first step toward trying to achieve their season goals, as the men’s and women’s squads from both schools have begun practice.

The men’s teams from both schools got started Sept. 27. The women’s team from UDM opened camp Sept. 30, followed by the Golden Grizzlies Oct. 1.

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Published October 2, 2013

DETROIT — Wayne State University volleyball coach Phil Nickel is hoping to take the program somewhere it hasn’t been since 1994 — to the NCAA tournament.

And while it is possible to make it there without winning a conference championship, the only sure way for the Warriors to make the Division II national tournament in December is via coming away from the season as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) champs.

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Published September 25, 2013

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing a freshman college athlete is making the adjustment from being one of the focal points of your high school squad to trying to find a place on your new team.

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Published September 18, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — As recently as a few years ago, if you would have told Caleb McCurtis that he would receive a partial scholarship to play lacrosse at the college level, he may have given you a very strange look.

McCurtis’ sport of choice his first two years at West Bloomfield High School was football; he simply didn’t give a lot of thought to lacrosse.

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