Friday Highlights: Ferndale, Athens, Lahser Boys Win Division Games; Berkley Falls to Oak Park

A roundup of local high school match-ups features boys and girls basketball, swimming, gymnastics and hockey.

* home team in all caps


Boys Basketball

Ferndale over TROY 83-74

The Oakland Activities Association White has an early favorite.

Ferndale went to Troy and won 83-74 on Friday night in a battle of two of the top teams in the division. It was the Eagles sixth straight win in a row.

“Our guys played marvelous,” Eagles coach Tom Staton said.

Jacob Dotson, in his second game of the season, had a big double-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Jordan Ellis had 25 points and six assists. Nate Stepney did a little bit of everything with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Staton’s team used its defense pressure to build a 10-point lead before halftime and then some hot shooting from Ellis to extend the lead to 18-points in the second half.

Colts forward James Young, the top junior in the state, had 33 points, but Staton said a lot of those came late in the game with Ferndale up big.

“They are probably the best other team in our conference, it was a great win for us,” Staton said.

The Eagles are now 7-3 and 2-0 in the White.

Athens over SEAHOLM 43-38

There wasn’t a whole lot of offense at Seaholm High School on Friday night where the Maples lost in an Oakland Activities Association Blue game 43-38 to Athens.

Marcarius Coakley led all scorers with 16 points and also grabbed 10 boards for the Red Hawks. Teammate Caleb McIntosh had 11 points. Paris Bass led Seaholm with 12 points.

The Maples actually cut Athens led to one point with less than 90 seconds to go, but the Red Hawks hit some free throws down the stretch to get the win.

Athens is now 9-2 overall and 1-1 in the OAA Blue. Seaholm is 5-4 overall and also is 1-1 in the Blue.

Lahser over ROYAL OAK 56-45

Martez Jones’ big night helped Lahser beat Royal Oak 56-45 on Friday night. Jones had 20 points and was 10-of-11 from the free throw line in the OAA Blue division game.

Yante Maten had a double-double for the Knights with 16 points and 18 rebounds. Martel Porter was the leading scorer for Royal Oak with 12 points.

Lahser improved to 9-3 on the season and 2-0 in the Blue. Royal Oak dropped to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the Blue.

Oak Park over BERKLEY 75-64

Oak Park won its first game Oakland Activities Association White division 75-64 over Berkley on Friday night. The Bears dropped to 2-7 on the season with the loss (0-2 OAA White).

Stephon Williams had a game-high 18 points for the Knights. Berkley had three players in double-digits Dan Waldhorn had 14 points, Damon Eldridge had 12 points and Jason Taylor had 10 points.


Girls Basketball

ROYAL OAK over Berkley 34-25

Royal Oak High School defeated Berkley 34-25 behind a great team defensive effort.

Sami Stormont had a game-high with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals.  Lucy McNally and Aarica McCray each had eight points for Berkley.

Royal Oak is now 11-1 (8-1 OAA Blue) and has won six straight.  Berkley’s five game winning streak came to an end and is now back to .500 on the season at 5-5 (5-4 OAA Blue).

FERNDALE over Seaholm, 50-33

Taryn Stephens had a game-high 15 points to lead Ferndale (5-6; 5-5 OAA Blue) to a 50-33 win at home over Birmingham Seaholm (5-7; 5-5 OAA Blue) on Thursday night. Micaela Ellis also had a big night with 14 points, nine assists and five steals.

The Seaholm Maples' leading scorer was Grace Kennedy with 11 points.

The girls basketball team was all smiles Thursday night after overwhelming city rival Lahser in a 66-29 win on the road.

Andover turned the game into a rout after halftime with some lights-out shooting from Rachel Rea and strong defensive pressure. Rea hit two 3-pointers in the first 90 seconds of the third and scored 12 of her game-high 25 points in the quarter. Her scoring burst helped Andover (9-1; 7-1 Oakland Activities Association Blue) extend a 22-point halftime lead to 43.

Shannon Wilson hit a 3-pointer with 2:56 left in the quarter to force a running clock at 58-17.

“We knew coming in there would be a lot of emotion, it’s a rivalry game,” Barons coach Jeff Rubin said. “I was very proud of our girls, we came in, no nonsense and took care of business.”

The young Knights squad just couldn’t keep up. Lahser (3-8, 3-6 OAA Blue) has six sophomores on the team this season and coach Bob Brydges doesn’t have a single senior in his starting lineup.

Andover limited Suzanne Miller, the Knights best offensive player, to zero points.

“They came out with a great game plan,” Brydges said. “They took out my best player (Miller), really took her out of it and held her scoreless. They shot the ball great too.”

Stoney Creek over TROY 51-36

Gabby Yurik’s strong shooting helped Stoney Creek (7-4; 2-4 OAA Red) steal a game on Troy’s (6-5; 2-4 OAA Red) home court Thursday night. Yurik had 25 points and five 3-pointers in a 51-36 win. The senior hit four of the 3-pointers in the third quarter to help her team take control.

“She came out lighting it up (in the third),” Colts coach Dennis Koch said.

Boys Swimming

WEST BLOOMFIELD over Andover, 100-85

The West Bloomfield boys swim and diving team won a close meet over Andover 100-85 on Thursday.

Andrew Jacob’s wins in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle plus Tyler Edwards’ win in the 200 yard IM helped the Lakers get the victory. For the Barons, Vic Sun won the 200 and 500 yard freestyle.



ATHENS/AVONDALE over Farmington United and Troy

The Athens Avondale Combined varsity high school gymnastics team hosted Troy high and Farmington United on Wednesday in a hotly contested meet. Athens/Avondale edged out a win scoring 144.025 points to Farmington’s 141.30 and Troy’s 136.45.

Boys Basketball 

LAHSER over Lincoln Consolidated, 54-50

 (8-3; 1-0 Oakland Activities Association Gold) sharp free throw shooting in the fourth quarter helped it hold off Lincoln Consolidated on Wednesday in a 54-50 win.

The Lahser Knights shot 15 of their 20 free throws in the fourth quarter and made 10 of their attempts. Lincoln only made 2-of-12 in the final eight minutes.

“They got out to an early lead on us and we fought back,” Lahser coach Duane Graves said.

Armand Cartwright had a game-high 15 points and Yante Maten had nine points, seven blocks and seven rebounds. With the Knights playing on back-to-back nights, Graves had his starters open the game on the bench to give them some rest.


Boys Basketball

FARMINGTON over Athens 83-71

Farmington shot the lights out on Tuesday night in an 83-71 win over Athens (8-2; 0-1 OAA Blue). The Falcons had 11 3-pointers in both schools’ opener in the OAA Blue.

Marcarius Coakley had 28 points and 14 rebounds in the Red Hawks’ loss. Caleb McIntosh added 17.

“We came out flat,” Athens coach Dave Scott said. “For whatever reason it kind of felt like we overlooked them a bit, we were down 42-26 at halftime and it was just to big of a hole to dig ourselves out of.”

FERNDALE over Oak Park, 78-62

 might be the hottest team in Oakland County right now.

The Ferndale Eagles won their fifth game in a row Tuesday in its first Oakland Activities Association White game of the season, 78-62 over Oak Park. Ferndale (6-3; 1-0 OAA White) was up by as many as 24 points in the second before putting in the third string.

“We are playing real well,” Eagles coach Tom Staton said. “Defensively, we did it again. We used a half court trap and that was really effective.”

Nate Stepney, , had a game-high 24 points and had seven rebounds. In his first game of the season, Jacob Dotson had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dotson is a 6-foot-6 transfer from Tennessee.

Oak Park’s leading scorer was Kenneth Lockhart with 23 points.

LAHSER over Andover, 75-69

fended off Andover on Tuesday night for a 75-69 win in both teams’ opener in the OAA Gold division.

“It was a very back-and-forth game, they are one scrappy and intense squad,” Lahser coach Duane Graves said. “They came out in the fourth quarter blazing, kept the tempo up and hit a couple of 3-pointers to make things close.”

Graves said Yante Maten had a “stellar night” for the Knights (7-3; 1-0) with 17 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks. The big man was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line on the night.

Armand Cartwright had 16 points and five assists. Martez Jones added 11. For Andover High School (5-5; 1-0 OAA Gold), Deon Herzoff had a team-high 16 points.

Rochester Adams over BERKLEY, 77-42

struggled in a 77-42 loss to at home on Tuesday night. It was the opening game of the OAA White schedule for both teams.

The Berkley Bears kept the game close for a quarter, but were outscored 24-1 in the second. They didn’t have a single player in double-digits on a night in which they struggled shooting the ball.

“We didn’t handle their pressure (defense),” Berkley coach David McGlown said. “We got out of control a lot and turned the ball over. We also missed a lot of shots. We didn’t do anything good tonight.”

Damon Eldridge led Berkley (2-6; 0-1 OAA White) with nine points and J’son Williams had seven. Adams was led by Akhemji Williams, who had 24 points, and James Berger, who had 21.

Girls Basketball

West Bloomfield over SOUTHFIELD 54-46

When her teammates were getting run down, Syndi Davis came through.

Davis scored a game-high 30 points for (5-4; 0-4 OAA White) on Tuesday night in a 54-46 win over Southfield.

The Lakers only had nine available players in the second half and Davis kept her team in game with 15 points after halftime. West Bloomfield had one player out because of the flu and Ryan Whitaker went down with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Lakers coach Steve Larkin said the Bluejays kept his team “on their toes” for the full 32 minutes.

“They were very aggressive,” he said. “We played a really good game, it was a good win for us.”

Ashley Ziegler added 11 points for West Bloomfield in the win.

Clawson over SOUTH LAKE, 47-36

stayed perfect in the Macomb Area Conference Silver division on Tuesday night with a 47-36 win over South Lake.

The Trojans (6-3; 4-0 MAC Silver) used a strong defensive effort in the opening half to take control and never looked back.

“We limited them to one point in the first quarter and eight points in the first half,” Clawson coach Kelly Horne said. “I was very pleased. I don’t think we allowed a single second chance point in the half.”

Ryann May led the Clawson Trojans with 13 points and 19 rebounds. Alli Costine, , had seven points and 11 rebounds.


Boys Hockey

Luc Hammerle and Bradley Zucker heated up the ice at Clark Park on Sunday afternoon.

In an outdoor hockey game, the duo shrugged off the cold temperatures and windy conditions to help Berkley-Ferndale Unified

It didn’t take long for Hammerle to put the Lakers in a hole. The senior defenseman scored in the first minute (:35) from Danny Fryc.

“It’s always a good way to start,” Berkley-Ferndale Unified coach Jeff Fleming said.  “It got them on their heels right away and out of their game.”

Zucker took over from there. He had a two-goal second period (3:17 and 9:38) and then completed a hat trick in the third on a goal (6:35) assisted by Hammerle.

Sophomore goalie Stephen Wroe didn’t allow anything to get past him to give Berkley-Ferndale (13-1; 6-0 OAA White) its fifth shutout of the season.

“Stephen Wroe is an all-state, in my opinion, candidate,” West Bloomfield coach Rick Reed said. “He’s a sophomore and the kid is just absolutely solid."

Reed said the key to beating a goalie like Wroe is getting a lot of shots on net and creating rebound opportunities. West Bloomfield (8-5; 4-2) didn’t do that on Sunday. Most of their shots went wide of the net.

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Steve January 18, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Farmington 83 Troy Athens 71 For Farmington Chris Hare had 34 points including 8 three point shots For Athens Marcarius Coakley had 28 points and 13 rebounds
MARY R January 21, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Ronda Ellis January 21, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Ferndale v Troy : KUDOS Jordan Ellis lead scorer with 25 points 8 assists lead by former JV player Jacob Dotson 21 points 14 rebounds, Thanks Coach Ellis for that pregame workout it paid off , The guys did really well, Robert, Nate, Rick, Rice, Nate, Collin, Anthony, DJ, Q good contribution its a team effort, not one player is complete without the next, that's what team work made of not one player, alone .. PS DONT PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKETBALL LOL


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