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 Rochester Hills Stoney Creek’s Trevor Smith Jr. readies to shoot a free throw in last year’s Crosstown Showdown at the Athletics Center O’Rena against Rochester High. The Cougars return this year to take on Rochester Adams at 8 p.m. Jan. 24.

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek’s Trevor Smith Jr. readies to shoot a free throw in last year’s Crosstown Showdown at the Athletics Center O’Rena against Rochester High. The Cougars return this year to take on Rochester Adams at 8 p.m. Jan. 24.

File Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Stoney Creek, Adams set to battle in 14th annual Crosstown Showdown

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published January 21, 2020

 Rochester Adams’ Nicole Claerhout takes a shot in a recent game against Troy High at home. After taking one year off, Adams will return to the Crosstown Showdown. The Highlanders take on Stoney Creek at 6 p.m. Jan. 24.

Rochester Adams’ Nicole Claerhout takes a shot in a recent game against Troy High at home. After taking one year off, Adams will return to the Crosstown Showdown. The Highlanders take on Stoney Creek at 6 p.m. Jan. 24.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Rivalry games just mean more, especially when bragging rights are on the line.

Both the Rochester Adams and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek boys and girls basketball teams will migrate to the Athletics Center O’Rena on the campus of Oakland University Jan. 24 for the 14th edition of the Crosstown Showdown.

The girls game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at 8 p.m.

“It’s a great opportunity for our guys,” Stoney Creek boys coach Steve Norgrove said. “OU is a great host. It gives our players another unique experience. We always try to provide unique experiences for our players. This is just one of those things we can provide.”

Since its inception, the Crosstown Showdown had always been a battle between Adams and Rochester High. Last season was the first time the Cougars — whose boys team beat Rochester 65-43 — were thrown into the fold.

“It was electrifying,” Stoney Creek’s Trevor Smith Jr. said about last year’s game. “There was a lot of people, excitement and hype going into the game. We were very thankful to be a part of the event. Everyone had fun, everyone played and to top it off, we got the win.”

As for the current season, Stoney Creek was 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division at press time.

The Crosstown Showdown has been played at Oakland University since 2007. Since 2010, Adams has gone 5-4 in the game and had lost its last two appearances to Rochester before taking the year off in 2019.

Highlanders coach Jaret Thomas, who’s team is 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the OAA White, will be coaching on the OU blacktop for the first time.

“I’ve been told to expect great community support,” the first-year Adams coach said. “It’s just a great experience for the entire team and community. That right there is an honor and a privilege alone, to be able to represent Adams in front of our entire community.”

Before taking 2019 off, the Adams girls basketball team had won eight straight Crosstown Showdowns against Rochester dating back to 2011. This season, the Highlanders were 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the OAA White at press time.

Highlanders alum and current coach Shay Lewis said her veteran players are eager to get back into action after a short hiatus from OU.

“I’m excited for my seniors that they get to experience playing in it this year,” Lewis said. “They’re excited, and they’re ready to have some fun. Not being in it last year, I think they are going to enjoy it more because they know it’s something that’s not going to happen every single year.”

The Stoney Creek girls team enters the game at 4-6 overall and 1-4 in the OAA Red. Cougars coach Kellen James said he has a young team, and he expects his players to be excited given all the fresh faces that will be participating.

When the Cougars met the Falcons last season in this matchup, Lily Diapanni led Stoney Creek with 18 points in a 57-38 win.

James said Stoney Creek earned a seat at the showdown table when the school swept the event in 2019.

“I think it showed that we belong there,” the coach said. “Anytime you can get a win in this type of game, it’s a big win for your program, because it puts you in contention for winning the city championship. Anytime you can win this game, it’s a big deal.”

For recaps of Friday night’s action, be sure to visit candgnews.com/sports after the games.

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