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Brother Rice struggles in opener but earns split at Divine Child in Saturday baseball action

Birmingham April 25, 2015

Brother Rice struggles in opener but earns split at Divine Child in Saturday baseball action

DEARBORN — His assessment was simple and concise.His team didn’t compete, so, his team didn’t win.“That’s what it came down to,” Birmingham Brother Rice baseball coach Bob Riker said ...Read More

After run to regional final last spring, Lakers aim higher this time around

West Bloomfield April 23, 2015

After run to regional final last spring, Lakers aim higher this time around

BEVERLY HILLS — In his opinion, this has been taking shape for a few years now. But as often is the case for a program on the rise, that signature victory, that head-turning arrival, is required for true ...Read More

Lamerato confident his Hawks will contend when consistency develops

Farmington Hills April 22, 2015

Lamerato confident his Hawks will contend when consistency develops

FARMINGTON HILLS — The early returns are just that — early. There’s plenty of season, plenty of spring and plenty of games to be played by the Farmington Hills Harrison baseball team before the story of ...Read More

LCN baseball coach hopeful team can put it all together

Macomb Township April 21, 2015

LCN baseball coach hopeful team can put it all together

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb L’Anse Creuse North baseball coach Jeff Dropps said this year’s team doesn’t have a lot of power in its lineup, meaning it will have to excel in other areas in order to score ...Read More

New Tower baseball coach sees potential in young team

Warren April 20, 2015

New Tower baseball coach sees potential in young team

WARREN — First-year Warren Woods Tower baseball coach Rick Desotell brings a wealth of knowledge to the team, as he previously served as an assistant coach with the Rochester College baseball team while current Tower ...Read More

L’Anse Creuse baseball eyeing first division title since 2005

Harrison Township April 16, 2015

L’Anse Creuse baseball eyeing first division title since 2005

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse baseball team had an awesome spring break.The Lancers (6-2-1 and 0-1 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division at press time) won the Macomb County ...Read More

Avondale baseball getting into the swing of things

Troy April 15, 2015

Avondale baseball getting into the swing of things

Much like the weather to start the season, the bats were also a bit cold for the Auburn Hills Avondale baseball team.Heading into the April 8th tilt with Macomb Dakota, Avondale was hitting .143.“I knew we were ...Read More

Crosby preaching patience, says Groves baseball could be very good

Birmingham April 13, 2015

Crosby preaching patience, says Groves baseball could be very good

BIRMINGHAM — Jim Crosby has been around the game of baseball long enough to know that the keys to any successful spring are solid pitching, timely offense and plenty of patience.Especially early on.The longtime ...Read More

Sterling Heights High baseball hoping for a turnaround

Sterling Heights April 13, 2015

Sterling Heights High baseball hoping for a turnaround

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights High baseball team is made up of nine seniors and eight juniors, and 12 of the 17 players on the roster return from last year’s team.Those players are hoping to ...Read More

Utica hopes experience will bring success

Utica April 13, 2015

Utica hopes experience will bring success

UTICA — In his fourth year as head coach of Utica’s baseball program, Mark Moehlig hopes to see his team take a big step forward this spring.The Chieftains have finished in sixth place in the MAC Blue each of ...Read More

Eisenhower replaces 13 seniors with talented underclassmen

Shelby Township April 13, 2015

Eisenhower replaces 13 seniors with talented underclassmen

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — There’s almost a brand-new baseball team suiting up at Utica Eisenhower.The Eagles graduated 13 seniors a year ago, and they will turn to four seniors and 11 underclassmen to fill those ...Read More

Mott baseball coach expects to have solid season

Warren April 10, 2015

Mott baseball coach expects to have solid season

WARREN — Longtime Warren Mott baseball coach Shawn Maloney said he has an older, more experienced team than last year, and he expects the group to battle to the last out in every game.Maloney, whose team sat at 1-3 at ...Read More

South Lake out for second straight run to regional round

St. Clair Shores April 10, 2015

South Lake out for second straight run to regional round

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores South Lake baseball team hasn’t raised a lot of postseason banners, so last season’s Division 2 district title win was a big deal for the ...Read More

Clintondale baseball focusing on continuous improvement

Clinton Township April 10, 2015

Clintondale baseball focusing on continuous improvement

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Players on the Clinton Township Clintondale baseball team believe this year’s group is further along than a 2014 team that featured just one senior and several first-year varsity ...Read More

Southfield native, former St. Mary's star tosses first pitch before game at Comerica Park

Detroit April 10, 2015

Southfield native, former St. Mary's star tosses first pitch before game at Comerica Park

DETROIT — He played in a state championship game in high school, in front of more than 100,000 fans during his time in college, and last year, on the grandest stages that the game of football can offer as a rookie wide ...Read More

Eight league games in a row could make or break St. Mary’s postseason hopes

Orchard Lake April 9, 2015

Eight league games in a row could make or break St. Mary’s postseason hopes

ORCHARD LAKE — Playing doubleheaders every couple days is nothing new for the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s baseball team — or any team, for that matter. But the importance of the next eight games for the ...Read More

North Farmington baseball team takes aim at another successful spring

Farmington Hills April 7, 2015

North Farmington baseball team takes aim at another successful spring

FARMINGTON HILLS — The similarities are certainly there.It was a team a year ago that brought back some serious talent but was void of some key returning power in the lineup and strength from the mound.And then, the ...Read More

Ferndale baseball coach's short-term goals include Gold title; long term, states

Ferndale April 7, 2015

Ferndale baseball coach's short-term goals include Gold title; long term, states

FERNDALE — He’s been part of successful programs in his own backyard and where a decent amount of travel was required. But Chris Bailey is back closer to home, back coaching the sport he loves, and now working ...Read More

East Detroit baseball out to surprise teams in 2015

Eastpointe April 6, 2015

East Detroit baseball out to surprise teams in 2015

EASTPOINTE — The win percentage for the East Detroit High baseball team has improved every year since 2010. Senior catcher Andrew Whitlow thinks that trend can continue, even as the team welcomes a new coach, Tom ...Read More

Center Line baseball to lean on defense and pitching, manufacturing runs

Center Line April 3, 2015

Center Line baseball to lean on defense and pitching, manufacturing runs

CENTER LINE — The Center Line High baseball team doesn’t have a roster full of power hitters, so the team hopes its approach of manufacturing runs leads to it pulling out a lot of wins in 2015.Panthers coach Rob ...Read More

Liggett baseball enters season as defending state champions

Grosse Pointe Woods April 1, 2015

Liggett baseball enters season as defending state champions

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After going to a state title game for the last four seasons, three of which resulted in a championship, the baseball team from Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett is preparing to embark upon ...Read More

Roseville baseball out for postseason success

Roseville March 31, 2015

Roseville baseball out for postseason success

ROSEVILLE — Winning a Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title last season was a great accomplishment for the Roseville High baseball team, but the squad now has its sights set on a different title. “A ...Read More

Lakeview baseball expecting good things in 2015

St. Clair Shores March 31, 2015

Lakeview baseball expecting good things in 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball coach Scott McGregor said the key to the team’s success in 2015 would be hitting. Later that day (March 24), the Huskies went out and beat Utica High 6-1 ...Read More

Lutheran North baseball coach hopes athletic team Gels quickly

Macomb Township March 31, 2015

Lutheran North baseball coach hopes athletic team Gels quickly

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Lutheran North baseball coach Michael Hardies is direct and to the point when talking about the makeup of this year’s team.“We have a very young team after graduating five seniors ...Read More

Lathrup baseball gets season rolling; drops a doubleheader to Dearborn Divine Child

Lathrup Village March 30, 2015

Lathrup baseball gets season rolling; drops a doubleheader to Dearborn Divine Child

DEARBORN — It may not have been a day-night doubleheader, but the results were certainly night and day.The Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup baseball team officially opened its season Monday afternoon at Levagood ...Read More

Macomb County March 27, 2015

Macomb County Spring Break baseball tourney set to start April 6

MACOMB COUNTY — A number of local baseball teams will use their spring break to get some extra reps in when the 2015 Macomb County Spring Break baseball tournament takes place later this month. The tournament, ...Read More

Senior-led Cousino baseball team ready to get season started

Warren March 27, 2015

Senior-led Cousino baseball team ready to get season started

WARREN — A group of 10 seniors, in what Warren Cousino baseball coach Justin Newcomb called as strong a class as he’d had in his tenure, will lead a team focused on ending 2015 on a different note than it did last ...Read More

Expecting more of the same

Madison Heights March 26, 2015

Expecting more of the same

MADISON HEIGHTS — There’s change at the top, but those involved in the switch vow not much will be different.In fact, as Justin Robinson prepares for his first spring as manager of the Madison Heights Bishop ...Read More

Stevenson baseball players eyeing state championship

Sterling Heights March 20, 2015

Stevenson baseball players eyeing state championship

STERLING HEIGHTS — The goals for the Sterling Heights Stevenson baseball team have remained the same during coach Joe Emanuele’s tenure: win game one, reach the 20-win plateau, and win division, district and ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills January 28, 2015

Bloomfield Hills girls constructing future with eye on the present

BLOOMFIELD HILS — In fairness to his seniors, Jeff Rubin isn’t calling this winter one where the Bloomfield Hills girls basketball team is rebuilding.In fairness to his younger girls, he’s not afraid to ...Read More