Entries for June 2012

Golf Finals: Aces Abound

Golf Finals: Aces Abound
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice and Cranbrook-Kingswood, Jackson Lumen Christi and Lake Leelanau St. Mary claimed MHSAA golf championships Saturday. Read on for run-downs of each division's tournament and links to full results.
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D1 Soccer Final: Chieftains and Champions

D1 Soccer Final: Chieftains and Champions
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Okemos’ multiple offensive standouts have made it one of the best teams in Michigan all spring and one of the highest ranked in Division 1, coming into the MHSAA tournament No. 2 in the state coaches poll. But senior goalkeeper Molly O’Connor also had a big...
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D4 Soccer Final: Squires Net First MHSAA Title

D4 Soccer Final: Squires Net First MHSAA Title
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Grandville Calvin Christian senior Katie Klunder finished her high school career Saturday as one of the top scorers in state history. And more importantly, as a champion.
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D3 Baseball Final: Ventures Victorious Again

D3 Baseball Final: Ventures Victorious Again
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Brett Sunde’s only official at bat of the Division 3 Final came in the first inning. But with one swing, Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s senior catcher got his team rolling on its second straight MHSAA championship.
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D4 Softball Final: Dansville Dream Come True

D4 Softball Final: Dansville Dream Come True
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Dansville’s three  MHSAA Semifinal games over the last four seasons included a nine-run loss to Petersburg-Summerfield in 2010, the first of two straight seasons the Bulldogs went on to win the Division 4 title. It was fair to expect a similar result in Satu...
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D1 Softball Final: Safe at Home, Again

D1 Softball Final: Safe at Home, Again
Saturday, June 16, 2012
The combined numbers put up Mattawan and Hudsonville in Saturday’s Division 1 Final at Bailey Park indicate a game that came down to just one play. And Eagles junior shortstop Danielle Freeman made it when she slid into home safely to give her team a 2-1 win in 1...
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D2 Baseball Final: Redemption for GRC

D2 Baseball Final: Redemption for GRC
Saturday, June 16, 2012
“Redemption” was the word used by Grand Rapids Christian junior Alex VandeVusse on Friday to describe how the Eagles hoped to finish this season with a win after ending 2011 with a loss in the Division 2 Final. Consider them redeemed.
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D2 Softball Final: The Legend of Hayes

D2 Softball Final: The Legend of Hayes
Saturday, June 16, 2012
The legend of Livonia Ladywood sophomore Lauren Hayes sprouted with two outs left in Friday’s Division 2 Semifinal at Bailey Park. It grew exponentially in Saturday’s championship game.
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D1 Baseball Final: Eagles Take Flight

D1 Baseball Final: Eagles Take Flight
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Hudsonville scored the first run of Saturday’s Division 1 Final, and rallied for four more in the top of the sixth to win its MHSAA title in its first championship game appearance, 9-6 over Warren DeLaSalle. The Eagles entered the tournament ranked No. 6 in the s...
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D2 Soccer Final: Marian Takes Top Spot

D2 Soccer Final: Marian Takes Top Spot
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Bloomfield Hills Marian seniors Makenzie Larson, Alexa Finger and Hanna Pateryn were set to give everything they had this season, their last of high school soccer. But after graduating 13 players from the 2011 team, the trio had no idea what they were getting themselve...
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D3 Softball Final: Clinton 1st a 2nd Time

D3 Softball Final: Clinton 1st a 2nd Time
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Clinton seniors Tierney Nelson, Haley Mercy and Abi Clark finished their four-year varsity careers and fourth trips to Bailey Park with their team’s second-straight Division 3 championship Saturday. Nelson struck out seven and gave up six hits as the Redskins wer...
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D4 Baseball Final: Raiders Take 4th Title

D4 Baseball Final: Raiders Take 4th Title
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Few had gotten to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett the last two seasons. But Decatur, and especially junior outfielder T.J. Stambeck, found a way in Saturday’s Division 4 Final.
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D4 Softball: Dansville's Wait is Over

D4 Softball: Dansville's Wait is Over
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Dansville catcher Rebekah Guy waited four years for Friday’s tears of joy, and through two Semifinals losses when the tears were sorrowful. And her coach Mick Ream pointed out Friday that he’s been waiting 31 years to coach his team in an MHSAA championship ...
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D3 Baseball: All Eyes on Saturday

D3 Baseball: All Eyes on Saturday
Saturday, June 16, 2012
As Lansing Catholic finished off its 8-1 MHSAA Semifinal win over Mancelona on Friday, the Cougars quietly shook hands, congratulated each other, and moved on. A more boisterous celebration might’ve been expected, given the team advanced to its first championship...
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D1 Softball: Hudsonville a Big Hit

D1 Softball: Hudsonville a Big Hit
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Hudsonville had scored at least 10 runs in 16 games this season heading into Friday’s Semifinals at Bailey Park. Simply put, the Eagles can hit. But their performance against Garden City might’ve redefined just how well.
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D2 Baseball: Memories Pay Off in Motivation

D2 Baseball: Memories Pay Off in Motivation
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Grand Rapids Christian’s line-up returned nearly intact this season after finishing runner-up in Division 2 a year ago. And every player on the field after that 4-1 loss remembers St. Clair piling on each other in celebration of the ultimate championship.
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D2 Softball: Two Pitching Heroes, One Title Shot

D2 Softball: Two Pitching Heroes, One Title Shot
Friday, June 15, 2012
Briana Combs carried Livonia Ladywood as long as she could Friday before her left knee said no more. But thanks to the equally heroic relief of sophomore Lauren Hayes, Combs and the Blazers will get a chance Saturday to win their first MHSAA championship.
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D1 Baseball: Pilots Fly High Again

D1 Baseball: Pilots Fly High Again
Friday, June 15, 2012
When Warren DeLaSalle began this season 3-14-1, coach Matt Cook had little choice but to simply look ahead to the next practice, the next game. But he promised the Pilots if they stayed the course, the tough times wouldn’t last forever. Kevin Carroll and his clas...
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D4 Baseball: Decatur Strikes Late

D4 Baseball: Decatur Strikes Late
Friday, June 15, 2012
Decatur baseball coach Ben Botti knew from experience his team likely would need to “dodge a bullet” to have a chance to win this season’s MHSAA Division 4 championship. That moment came in Friday’s Semifinal against Muskegon Catholic Central. A...
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D3 Softball: Clinton Returns to Final

D3 Softball: Clinton Returns to Final
Friday, June 15, 2012
Tierney Nelson is feeling a little old this weekend at Bailey Park. It’s all relative, of course, to the fact she’s finishing her Clinton career with a fourth and final trip to the MHSAA Softball Finals.
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