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Category: High School

BONUS COVERAGE: Niznak leads Ithaca to first-ever football state title

BONUS COVERAGE: Niznak leads Ithaca to first-ever football state title

| November 27, 2010 | Comments (1)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com DETROIT — Alex Niznak was the man of the hour Friday night for Ithaca. And man of the year and perhaps the decade for the tiny town near Mount Pleasant. The senior quarterback, headed for Central Michigan, scored an MHSAA finals record five rushing touchdowns, including two inside the […]

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BONUS COVERAGE: Sacred Heart leaves no doubt in rout of Saugatuck for D-8 crown

BONUS COVERAGE: Sacred Heart leaves no doubt in rout of Saugatuck for D-8 crown

| November 27, 2010 | Comments (1)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com DETROIT — Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart left no doubt in the Division 8 state championship game. Using incredible depth and speed, the Fighting Irish had four players combine for five touchdowns in the first half, and Sacred Heart even turned a punt for another score early in the third […]

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BONUS COVERAGE: Harrison corrals 13th state title with 38-28 comeback win over Lowell

BONUS COVERAGE: Harrison corrals 13th state title with 38-28 comeback win over Lowell

| November 27, 2010 | Comments (2)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com DETROIT — No lead is safe. Especially when the opponent on the football field is state powerhouse Farmington Hills Harrison. Lowell found that out the hard way during Friday’s Division 2 state finals at Ford Field. Trailing 21-10 midway through the third quarter, top-ranked Harrison scored four straight touchdowns […]

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Lake Orion looking for a different outcome in D-1 state title game

Lake Orion looking for a different outcome in D-1 state title game

| November 26, 2010 | Comments (1)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com DETROIT — There are some differences for Lake Orion regarding Saturday’s Division 1 state championship football game as compared to the Dragons’ first championship game in 2008: Lake Orion is looking for a better outcome. This time the seventh-ranked Dragons will take on unranked Plymouth at 1 p.m. Saturday […]

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Stick’s Picks: Classic matchups set for season’s final weekend

Stick’s Picks: Classic matchups set for season’s final weekend

| November 25, 2010 | Comments (2)

The final weekend in finally here. The final weekend of the fall sports season concludes at Ford Field with the football state finals Friday and Saturday. There are several powerhouse teams that have made the march down to Detroit once again, while some others are looking for their first shot at glory. Lake Orion is […]

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Stelpflug, Reed, Jongekrijg lead state-meet performances

Stelpflug, Reed, Jongekrijg lead state-meet performances

| November 23, 2010 | Comments (2)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com ROCHESTER HILLS — Last season Lauren Reedy finished near the bottom of the diving competition of the Division 1 state finals. This season, the Rochester junior made a quantum leap to the top 10. Reedy finished seventh in the one-meter diving out of a field of over 35 divers […]

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Got Videos? Photos?

Got Videos? Photos?

| November 22, 2010 | Comments (1)

Got Video? Photos? Do you have video of a local high school varsity, college, youth/club or recreational league? Feel free to send us the youtube link for publication consideration. We will be running video links beginning in October. We are also accepting courtesy action photos of local athletes in action. For details, e-mail Senior Editor […]

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Who will win the MHSAA Division 1 High School Football state title?

Who will win the MHSAA Division 1 High School Football state title?

| November 22, 2010 | Comments (1)

Take the poll and share your opinion on whether or not Lake Orion or Plymouth will be the State Division 1 Football Champions.

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Tech Wrecker: Lake Orion halts Cass Tech’s dream season with late defensive play, moves into state finals for second time in three years

Tech Wrecker: Lake Orion halts Cass Tech’s dream season with late defensive play, moves into state finals for second time in three years

| November 20, 2010 | Comments (4)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com TROY — Andrew Shafkalis has only been a student at Lake Orion for about 10 months. The junior made one of the biggest defensive plays in Lake Orion football history Saturday afternoon. A transfer from Rochester, Shafkalis, undersized against Detroit Cass Tech’s beefy defensive line and linebackers unit, broke […]

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Swimmers ready to leave it all in the tank at state finals

Swimmers ready to leave it all in the tank at state finals

| November 19, 2010 | Comments (1)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com Sami Steplflug has a high ceiling. The Clarkston freshman has already had a memorable season, winning a pair of events at both the Oakland County meet and OAA Blue Division meet. She also swam on two winning relays at the league meet. One of the state’s top ninth-grade prospects […]

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Could Cass Tech be Lake Orion’s mirror?

Could Cass Tech be Lake Orion’s mirror?

| November 19, 2010 | Comments (2)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com LAKE ORION — In 2003, Lake Orion opened up the season as the team to beat. With a roster packed with college prospects — many that ventured onto Division I and Division II schools after graduation — all indications pointed to Lake Orion having a Dream season. Even the […]

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STICK’S PICKS: Lake Orion the sole area hopeful for state finals berth

STICK’S PICKS: Lake Orion the sole area hopeful for state finals berth

| November 19, 2010 | Comments (2)

For the second time in three years, Lake Orion is one win for advancing to the state title game for Division 1 football. This is nothing new for local teams. Over the past three decades, five different local schools have reached at least the state semifinals in football. Four schools have played on Thanksgiving Weekend […]

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AOTW:  Terror in the trenches: Lake Orion’s McGhee is a mauler on the offensive line

AOTW: Terror in the trenches: Lake Orion’s McGhee is a mauler on the offensive line

| November 18, 2010 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com LAKE ORION — When a football team scores a touchdown, or the offense makes a big play, how often does the public address announcer make a mention to the offensive line? While the credit often goes to the running back, quarterback or receiver, and sometimes the holder or placekicker […]

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Twice as nice: Springfield Christian downs Lake Orion Baptist for second straight MACS-II soccer title

Twice as nice: Springfield Christian downs Lake Orion Baptist for second straight MACS-II soccer title

| November 18, 2010 | Comments (1)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com CLARKSTON — Kevin Bettinger played through some nagging injuries during his junior soccer season at Clarkston Springfield Christian. Now a senior and healthy, the forward departs the high school ranks in style. Bettinger had a foot in all six goals Saturday, scoring five goals with an assist, as his […]

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Big MACS attack: Troy Bethany Christian wins first MACS state title since 1986

Big MACS attack: Troy Bethany Christian wins first MACS state title since 1986

| November 18, 2010 | Comments (1)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com CLARKSTON — Travis Woodham’s 37th and final goal of his senior season is his biggest. Not only did the center midfielder tie the single-season school record, but it proved to be the game-winner Saturday in Troy Bethany Christian’s 2-0 victory over Davison Faith Baptist at Clarkston Springfield Christian. The […]

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Givens a proven winner at all levels of soccer

Givens a proven winner at all levels of soccer

| November 18, 2010 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com EAST LANSING — When Colin Givens was a freshman at Troy High School in the fall of 2003, he only scored a small handful of goals for the Colts’ soccer team. And they were memorable. “I think I only scored three goals that year,” recalled Givens. “I do remember […]

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2010 OAA GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

2010 OAA GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

| November 18, 2010 | Comments (4)

2010 OAKLAND ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS OAA RED DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (Nov. 4-6 at Lake Orion) TEAM SCORES: 1. (tie) Birmginham Groves, 451; Birmingham Seaholm, 451; 3. Farmington Harrison, 309; 4. Rochester Adams, 293; 5. Rochester Stoney Creek, 189; 6. Troy, 168; 7. Lake Orion, 165. DUAL-MEET STANDINGS: 1. Birmingham Groves, (6-0); 2. […]

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Tennis star Dieters chooses Ohio State

Tennis star Dieters chooses Ohio State

| November 18, 2010 | Comments (1)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com ROCHESTER HILLS — Kelsey Dieters has not heard the last of it. The standout tennis player from Rochester Hills and a Rochester High senior made a verbal commitment this past summer to Ohio State and officially signed Tuesday with the Buckeyes, as part of the NCAA early signing period. […]

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