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Fall sports wrap up with several local state champions

By: Jacob Herbert | Metro | Published February 4, 2021


METRO DETROIT — After a temporary suspension to the season due to COVID-19 concerns, the fall high school sports season in Michigan finally wrapped up in January. Following is a look at the teams and individuals within the C & G Sports coverage area who took home state championships in swimming and diving, football and volleyball.

In football, a pair of shutouts at Ford Field led West Bloomfield High to a Division 1 title Jan. 23 and Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day to a Division 4 title Jan. 22.

Last season, West Bloomfield was knocked out in the regional final round by Belleville. The Lakers got their revenge on the Tigers in the state semifinals before going on to beat Davison High 41-0 in the final. Country Day reached the final last season, but lost to Grand Rapids Catholic Central. This time around the Yellowjackets blanked Cadillac High 13-0 to win it all. In Division 2, Warren De La Salle fell 25-16 to Muskegon Mona Shores.

The Bloomfield Hills Marian volleyball team won its first Division 1 state title since winning back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. The Mustangs beat Lowell High in straight sets Jan. 16 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek to win the title. The Mustangs’ path to the final wasn’t exactly easy. Marian had to go through defending state champion Farmington Hills Mercy, Macomb Area Conference Red Division runner-up Macomb Dakota and perennial powerhouse Clarkston High.

In the Division 4 volleyball finals, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian fell to Battle Creek St. Phillip in five sets. Oakland Christian got past Southfield Christian, AP Inter-City Baptist, Ubly High and Carney-Nadeau on its way to the finals.

In the girls swimming and diving finals, which took place Jan. 15 and 16, Birmingham Seaholm won the Division 2 team title at the Northview Aquatic Center. It was the Maples’ second title in a row and third since 2016. Seaholm finished with 309 points, followed locally by runner-up Rochester Adams with 263 points, Farmington High in fourth with 137 points, Birmingham Groves in sixth with 130 points, and Grosse Pointe South in eighth with 125.5 points.

In Division 3 at Lake Orion, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood took home the title, finishing with 379 points. Locally, Bloomfield Hills Marian finished in third with 192 points, and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep took ninth with 93 points.

In Division 1 at Hudsonville High, Farmington Hills Mercy finished in second place with 184 points.

Local individuals winning state titles include: Mercy’s Ciara McCliment in 1-meter diving, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s Ginger McMahon in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Rochester Adams’ 200-yard medley relay team.