Madison and Hazel Park prep teams enter district tournaments

By: Jon Malavolti | Madison - Park News | Published May 25, 2011

 Madison Heights Madison senior Heather Usakowski makes a play at first base during a game earlier this season. District tournaments for softball, baseball and girls soccer begin May 31 for local squads.

Madison Heights Madison senior Heather Usakowski makes a play at first base during a game earlier this season. District tournaments for softball, baseball and girls soccer begin May 31 for local squads.

Photos by David Schreiber

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June is around the corner, and that means its nearly playoff time for the local high school baseball, softball and girls soccer state tournaments.

All three sports’ postseasons are scheduled to begin May 31 and run through June 4. Precise schedules vary depending on the host. Check www.mhsaa.com or with the host school for exact dates and times of games.

Softball
Madison Heights Lamphere coach Don Mullen said his team is “excited for the upcoming state tournament.”

The Rams are looking to claim a district crown and advance to the regional round for the first time in six years after falling just short in recent seasons. They will host a Division 2 district that includes Center Line High, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day and St. Clair Shores South Lake.

All three games in the district — the two semifinals and the championship — will take place June 4 at Lamphere. Country Day will take on Center Line at 10 a.m. in the first semi, followed by Lamphere against South Lake at noon. The championship is slated for 2 p.m.

“The postseason is always exciting because it really is a new season,” Mullen said. “We have only four teams in our district, and we have a great shot at winning it because of the experience of our team with nine seniors.”

Mullen also added that no matter how skilled or experienced a squad may be, there are a few common X-factors in postseason play.

“It will always come down to good breaks, solid defense, and some key and consistent hitting to advance,” the coach said.

Hazel Park High will also play in a D-2 district. The Vikings head to Warren Fitzgerald, where Ferndale High, Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy and Warren Lincoln await.
Madison Heights Madison is in a D-3 district at Harper Woods High that also includes Dearborn Henry Ford Academy, Detroit Health Academy, Dearborn Advanced Technology, Academy and Detroit Communication Media Arts.

Madison Heights Bishop Foley, meanwhile, will play in a D-4 district at New Haven High along with Clawson High and Mount Clemens High.

District draws were not available at press time.

Baseball
The teams and district hosts are essentially the same for baseball as they are in softball, with a few exceptions.

In the D-3 baseball district at Harper Woods, there will not be teams from Dearborn Advanced Tech and Detroit Michigan Health academies.
Also, in the D-4 district at New Haven, Pontiac Academy for Excellence joins the fray.

Soccer
Hazel Park’s and Lamphere’s girls soccer teams play in a D-2 district hosted by Bloomfield Hills Lahser, which includes Auburn Hills Avondale, Bloomfield Hills Andover, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, Bloomfield Hills Marian and Ferndale.

Madison is scheduled to compete in a D-3 district at Country Day, which includes Clawson, Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy, Detroit University Prep, Harper Woods High, Livonia-Clarenceville and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

Bishop Foley, meanwhile, heads to Grosse Pointe University Liggett for a D-4 district along with Birmingham Roeper, Royal Oak Shrine Catholic, Southfield Christian and West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy.

Soccer draws were not available at press time.

Check out our website at www.candgnews.com for coverage and photos from throughout the postseason.

 

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