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Bell, staff, players grow together to lead Lake Orion to promised land

Bell, staff, players grow together to lead Lake Orion to promised land

November 28, 2010 | Comments (1)

DETROIT — Chris Bell had a chance to do something Saturday that no former Lake Orion football player at the school has done in the past. In fact, he had a chance to do something that no other football head coach has done at the school over the decades. That is to lead the school’s […]

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Grand Rapids Catholic Central rallies past Williamston for first title since 1987

Grand Rapids Catholic Central rallies past Williamston for first title since 1987

November 28, 2010 | Comments (0)

— STAFF REPORTS DETROIT — Kevin Vacari scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 3:30 in leading Grand Rapids Catholic Central past Williamston 27-23 for the Division 4 football state championship at Ford Field. It marked Catholic Central’s first state title in football since the Cougars claimed the 1987 Class B state championship trophy. […]

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PREP FOOTBALL STATE FINALS FRIDAY NOTEBOOK: Harrington’s 13th title the latest in Harrison’s historic lore

PREP FOOTBALL STATE FINALS FRIDAY NOTEBOOK: Harrington’s 13th title the latest in Harrison’s historic lore

November 27, 2010 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com DETROIT — John Herrington is as experienced as anyone when it comes to coaching in the high school football state finals in Michigan. On Friday at Ford Field in Detroit, he coached in his 17th prep football state finals game, a stat few in the country can match when […]

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AOTW:  Complete Back: Lake Orion’s Stevenson a threat anywhere on the field

AOTW: Complete Back: Lake Orion’s Stevenson a threat anywhere on the field

November 27, 2010 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com LAKE ORION — While some students spend their entire school days darting between class rooms every hour, Marques Stevenson has a chance to leave campus. The Lake Orion senior has co-op through school to clerk at the 52nd/53rd district court in Rochester Hills. “I get a chance to clerk, […]

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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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Wright State rallies past Oakland

Wright State rallies past Oakland

November 24, 2010 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com DAYTON, Ohio – Sometimes, free throws can be a life-saver or an Achilles Heel on the basketball court. It more than saved Wright State Tuesday evening. The Raiders moved to 3-1 on the year after making 21-of-21 free throws in the contest to down visiting Oakland University 82-79 at […]

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Warriors spiked in USCAA national semifinals

Warriors spiked in USCAA national semifinals

November 24, 2010 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The end of the road came Monday for Rochester College’s volleyball team. The Warriors reached the national semifinals of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association women’s volleyball tournament before falling to eventual champion Florida College at the Mid-America Sports Center at Spaulding University. Florida swept Rochester […]

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Rochester College’s Pleasant gains 700th coaching win in rout of Ohio State-Marion

Rochester College’s Pleasant gains 700th coaching win in rout of Ohio State-Marion

November 24, 2010 | Comments (1)

BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com MARION, Ohio – In a recent cleaning spree of the basement, Garth Pleasant and his wife found an old scrapbook. Inside it were artifacts of former clippings of newspapers articles, photos and team schedules for the early years of his years with Rochester College. “It’s kind of funny, but […]

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Oakland rolls over Rochester College

Oakland rolls over Rochester College

November 24, 2010 | Comments (1)

ROCHESTER HILLS – The difference between an NCAA Division I and a NSCAA women’s basketball team was sizable Monday night. Sophomore forward Bethany Watterworth had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Oakland University women’s basketball team (2-3) to a runaway, 86-40 victory over Rochester College (4-3) at the Athletics Center O’Rena […]

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Bowling Green reigns threes on Oakland

Bowling Green reigns threes on Oakland

November 24, 2010 | Comments (1)

BOWLING GREEN. OHIO – Freshman Malika Glover scored a team-high 14 points in her collegiate debut and Brittany Carnago had seven blocks, but 12 3-pointers allowed Bowling Green (3-1) to defeat the Oakland women’s basketball team (1-3) by an 80-46 margin on Saturday at Anderson Arena. The Golden Grizzlies struggled offensively, hitting just 28.1 percent […]

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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. [polldaddy poll=4128433]

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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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