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  • BOYS BASKETBALL: Clarkston stomps West Bloomfield to advance to first Class A state finals

    BOYS BASKETBALL: Clarkston stomps West Bloomfield to advance to first Class A state finals

    | March 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

    STATE FINALS GALLERY: http://lmckeephotography.photoshelter.com/gallery/Clarkston-vs-Grand-Rapids-Christian-Boys-Varsity-Basketball-3-25-17/G0000sQ6c80f4UYU/C0000LbVKTbRz2gM STATE SEMIFINALS GALLERY: http://lmckeephotography.photoshelter.com/gallery/Clarkston-vs-West-Bloomfield-Boys-Varsity-Basketball-3-24-17/G0000toH6rMcglaY/C0000LbVKTbRz2gM WINTER SPORTS GALLERIES:  http://lmckeephotography.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/WINTER-SPORTS-GALLERIES-2016-17/C0000VK4BjS7Vi3M BY DAN STICKRADT CORRESPONDENT dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans EAST LANSING — It took some 100 years of boys basketball, but Clarkston will finally play for a state title. The third-ranked Wolves blitzed OAA Red Division league rival West Bloomfield for the third time this […]

  • COMPETITIVE CHEER: Top of the Charts: Rochester defends Class A state title

    COMPETITIVE CHEER: Top of the Charts: Rochester defends Class A state title

    | March 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

    BY DAN STICKRADT CORRESPONDENT dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Instagram: stickradtdan Snapchat: dan.stickradt GRAND RAPIDS — Rochester’s competitive cheer team entered the season with a large turnover of talent and the season wasn’t as smooth as some of the others. But the end result was still the same as last season, as the Falcons defended their Division […]

  • WRESTLING: Michigan wrestling community saddened by the loss of Rochester’s Frank Lafferty

    WRESTLING: Michigan wrestling community saddened by the loss of Rochester’s Frank Lafferty

    | February 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

    …………………. . . . . . . . BY DAN STICKRADT CORRESPONDENT dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans CLARKSTON — Veteran high school wrestling coach Frank Lafferty passed away Feb. 16, sending sadness through both the Oakland County and Michigan wrestling community. A high school wrestling coach for more than three decades and a former state championship wrestler himself, […]

  • BOYS BASKETBALL: Oxford off to 5-0 start for first time in decades

    BOYS BASKETBALL: Oxford off to 5-0 start for first time in decades

    | January 10, 2017 | Comments (2)

    BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans OXFORD – Every time someone mentions Oxford’s impressive record to start the campaign to coach Steve Laidlaw, he has but to wonder. “It’s been a long, long time,” said Laidlaw, who returned this season to Oxford’s sideline after a seven-year hiatus. “We think it’s been since the […]

  • GIRLS COMPETITIVE CHEER: Top of the pyramid: Defending Rochester looks to reload, contend for another state title

    GIRLS COMPETITIVE CHEER: Top of the pyramid: Defending Rochester looks to reload, contend for another state title

    | January 10, 2017 | Comments (1)

    BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans ROCHESTER HILLS – There’s no secret that Rochester is perhaps the state of Michigan’s premier, signature competitive cheer program. Few programs have qualified for the state finals in Class A or Division 1 in 32 of the previous 35 seasons like the Falcons. The proof is in […]

FOOTBALL: Quick strikes leads Clarkston past Oxford

FOOTBALL: Quick strikes leads Clarkston past Oxford

September 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Instagram: stickradtdan Snapchat: DanStickradt OXFORD — The true test of a football team’s mettle is how they respond to a loss. Clarkston proved to be a team that knows how to respond and turn the tide — in a major way. After dropping a 37-16 decision to West […]

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FOOTBALL: Troy rallies past Rochester Stoney Creek

FOOTBALL: Troy rallies past Rochester Stoney Creek

September 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Instagram: stickradtdan Snapchat: DanStickradt ROCHESTER HILLS — Troy didn’t need to dominate Friday’s football game against Rochester Stoney Creek. It didn’t. The Colts didn’t need to lead for long stretches of the OAA White Division contest against the host Cougars. They didn’t. Troy did, nevertheless, find away […]

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FOOTBALL: Clarkston rallies past Bloomfield Hills to remain unbeaten

FOOTBALL: Clarkston rallies past Bloomfield Hills to remain unbeaten

September 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

PHOTO GALLERY: http://johnransom.com/   BY DAN STICKRADT CORRESPONDENT dan.stickradt@northoklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Instagram: stickradtdan Snapchat: DanStickradt CLARKSTON — In its many wins over the past five seasons, Clarkston has not had to play from behind too often. So when in doubt Friday evening against Bloomfield Hills, the Wolves simply found another gear. Trailing 20-13 with 11:08 to […]

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FOOTBALL: Rochester Adams cruises past Lake Orion

FOOTBALL: Rochester Adams cruises past Lake Orion

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Instagram: stickradtdan Snapchat: Dan.Stickradt LAKE ORION — Carter Farris didn’t expect to get any reps against Lake Orion Thursday night. The sophomore was surprised when his number was called. Despite playing only about a third of the game, he finished 5-for-5 passing for 114 yards and three […]

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FOOTBALL: Adams downs Rochester for 20th straight time

FOOTBALL: Adams downs Rochester for 20th straight time

August 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT CORRESPONDENT dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Snapchat: DanStickradt ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester Adams’ spell on arch-rival Rochester continued Thursday night. The Highlanders took advantage of three first-half turnovers and rolled to a 38-6 OAA crossover victory over the Falcons in the 2017 season opener at Adams. The win marked Adams’ 20th straight victory over […]

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PDL PLAYOFFS: Menace pull postseason upset of defending PDL North American champion Michigan Bucks

PDL PLAYOFFS: Menace pull postseason upset of defending PDL North American champion Michigan Bucks

July 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LoacalSportsFans PONTIAC, Mich. — There will be a new North American champion in the Premier Developmental League. The fourth-seeded Des Moines (Iowa) Menace lived up to their namesake and posted a 2-0 upset Friday of defending PDL champions and top-seeded Michigan Bucks in the Central Conference semifinals at […]

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BASEBALL: Northville ends 45-year drought by ending Rochester’s tourney run in quarterfinals

BASEBALL: Northville ends 45-year drought by ending Rochester’s tourney run in quarterfinals

June 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans DETROIT — Northville ended one of Michigan’s longest prep baseball droughts Tuesday — and at Rochester’s expense. Northville advanced to the MHSAA Division 1 for the first time since 1972 — that’s 45 years to be exact — with a 9-5 state quarterfinals victory over red-hot Rochester […]

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GIRLS SOCCER: Utica Ford holds off Troy in shootout to advance to regional finals

GIRLS SOCCER: Utica Ford holds off Troy in shootout to advance to regional finals

June 7, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT CORRESPONDENT dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans UTICA — On her 16th birthday, Nicole Fiantaco should have been the recipient of multiple presents. The Utica Ford sophomore was the one delivering the gifts. The eighth-ranked Falcons found enough resilience to slip past Troy, 3-2, in a Division 1 regional semifinal Tuesday at Utica’s Swinehart Stadium, […]

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Clarkston finally reaches the summit with first Class A state championship

BOYS BASKETBALL: Clarkston finally reaches the summit with first Class A state championship

March 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

STATE FINALS GALLERY: http://lmckeephotography.photoshelter.com/gallery/Clarkston-vs-Grand-Rapids-Christian-Boys-Varsity-Basketball-3-25-17/G0000sQ6c80f4UYU/C0000LbVKTbRz2gM STATE SEMIFINALS GALLERY: http://lmckeephotography.photoshelter.com/gallery/Clarkston-vs-West-Bloomfield-Boys-Varsity-Basketball-3-24-17/G0000toH6rMcglaY/C0000LbVKTbRz2gM WINTER SPORTS GALLERIES:  http://lmckeephotography.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/WINTER-SPORTS-GALLERIES-2016-17/C0000VK4BjS7Vi3M BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans EAST LANSING — From now on, March 25 will have a new meaning in and around the community of Clarkston. That would be the day the Clarkston finally earned its long-anticipated place in the spotlight […]

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Clarkston stomps West Bloomfield to advance to first Class A state finals

BOYS BASKETBALL: Clarkston stomps West Bloomfield to advance to first Class A state finals

March 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

STATE FINALS GALLERY: http://lmckeephotography.photoshelter.com/gallery/Clarkston-vs-Grand-Rapids-Christian-Boys-Varsity-Basketball-3-25-17/G0000sQ6c80f4UYU/C0000LbVKTbRz2gM STATE SEMIFINALS GALLERY: http://lmckeephotography.photoshelter.com/gallery/Clarkston-vs-West-Bloomfield-Boys-Varsity-Basketball-3-24-17/G0000toH6rMcglaY/C0000LbVKTbRz2gM WINTER SPORTS GALLERIES:  http://lmckeephotography.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/WINTER-SPORTS-GALLERIES-2016-17/C0000VK4BjS7Vi3M BY DAN STICKRADT CORRESPONDENT dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans EAST LANSING — It took some 100 years of boys basketball, but Clarkston will finally play for a state title. The third-ranked Wolves blitzed OAA Red Division league rival West Bloomfield for the third time this […]

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Clarkston trounces Saginaw to reach Class A Final Four

BOYS BASKETBALL: Clarkston trounces Saginaw to reach Class A Final Four

March 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans DAVISON — Clarkston proved once again that the best offense is a great defense. The Wolves simply suffocated Saginaw Tuesday night in the Class A state quarterfinals at Davison High School, which led to plenty of quick offense. Clarkston forced 15 turnovers and limited the Trojans to […]

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Troy shuts down DeLaSalle to claim first regional crown since 1989

BOYS BASKETBALL: Troy shuts down DeLaSalle to claim first regional crown since 1989

March 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFan Facebook: North Oakland Sports Instagram: stickradtdan Snapchat: dan.stickradt TROY — Gary Fralick opted to become a gambling man Wednesday night. The veteran Troy boys basketball coach struck some gold in the process. Troy packed into a tight zone and forced Warren DeLaSalle to chuck it from the […]

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COMPETITIVE CHEER: Notre Dame Prep saves best for last, wins fourth straight Division 3 state title

COMPETITIVE CHEER: Notre Dame Prep saves best for last, wins fourth straight Division 3 state title

March 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Instagram: stickradtdan Snapchat: dan.stickradt GRAND RAPIDS — Pontiac Notre Dame Prep proved that you just have to save your best for last. After finishing behind top-ranked Richmond at the regionals one week before, the Fighting Irish put it all together on the season’s final day and defended their […]

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WRESTLING: End of the road: Oxford  falls in Division 1 state quarterfinals

WRESTLING: End of the road: Oxford  falls in Division 1 state quarterfinals

March 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT CORRESPONDENT dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Instagram: stickradtdan Snapchat: dan.stickradt MT. PLEASANT — The flip can become a huge factor in the sport of wrestling, signaling which team must send out a competitor first. It paid dividends for Hartland but hurt Oxford in the Division 1 state quarterfinals at Central Michigan University’s McGuirk Arena […]

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COMPETITIVE CHEER: Top of the Charts: Rochester defends Class A state title

COMPETITIVE CHEER: Top of the Charts: Rochester defends Class A state title

March 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT CORRESPONDENT dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Instagram: stickradtdan Snapchat: dan.stickradt GRAND RAPIDS — Rochester’s competitive cheer team entered the season with a large turnover of talent and the season wasn’t as smooth as some of the others. But the end result was still the same as last season, as the Falcons defended their Division […]

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Breaking the hex: Stoney Creek embarks on new journey with Sweet 16 appearance

BOYS BASKETBALL: Breaking the hex: Stoney Creek embarks on new journey with Sweet 16 appearance

March 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT CORRESPONDENT dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Instagram: stickradtdan Snapchat: dan.stickradt ROCHESTER HILLS — After several near-misses, Rochester Stoney Creek finally learned that there is truly life after the district round. The Cougars defeated Utica Eisenhower (54-51), Rochester Adams (52-38) and Rochester High (42-28) for the school’s first Class A district basketball title school history. […]

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Stoney Creek dispatches Linden to reach Sweet 16 for first time

BOYS BASKETBALL: Stoney Creek dispatches Linden to reach Sweet 16 for first time

March 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT CORRESPONDENT dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Instagram: stickradtdan Snapchat: dan.stickradt GRAND BLANC — Fresh off its first-ever district title, Rochester Stoney Creek vowed to stick around in the Class A boys basketball state tournament just a little longer. The Cougars advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in their 15-year history with […]

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Michigan Lutheran Seminary downs Our Lady of the Lakes to reach semifinals for first time

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Michigan Lutheran Seminary downs Our Lady of the Lakes to reach semifinals for first time

March 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Twitter: @LocalSportsFans Instagram: stickradtdan BURTON — There is always a first for everything. For Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary, the first trip to the Class D Final Four is now a reality. The unranked Cardinals, playing a schedule against mostly Class B and Class C schools, dispatched fifth-ranked Waterford Our […]

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