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Friday, June 4, 2010

5 things Kosmo is looking for on Super Saturday

Well, it's Friday in Kosmo's cave, and even he is buzzing with anticipation about how "Super Saturday" is just a day way. This clearly is the busiest day of the year for high school sports, with state finals in four divisions for track and field and girls tennis, as well as playoff games in baseball, softball, girls soccer and lacrosse, taking place.
Here are 5 things Kosmo is especially interested in on Super Saturday.

1. Can a girls track team finally break the Oakland County hex and win a state title? This year represents as good a chance for an area girls track team from the county to win a state title for the first time ever. Rochester has the best chance to win it all, since the Falcons will get major points from distance dynamo Megan Goethals and have some athletes in the sprints and field events that'll score points. Troy and Lake Orion could also contend as well.

2. Will Country Day and Marian win team state tennis titles? Birmingham Detroit Country Day fell agonizingly close to winning a state title in Division 3 last year, and have no doubt been counting down the days all year to this weekend's state tournament. Birmingham Marian also has been waiting for an opportunity to win what would be its first ever state title in girls tennis. In Division 1, look for Rochester junior Kelsey Dieters to defend her state title at No. 1 singles.

3. Will the Rochester Adams baseball team protect home turf? The Highlanders have been the county's best team so far this spring, and have been handed a nice opportunity. Instead of a district semifinal showdown with archrival Lake Orion, Adams will face Oxford at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The winner meets Stoney Creek or Romeo for a district title. Granted, Oxford is much-improved and can beat the Highlanders. Ditto for Stoney Creek or Romeo. However, the door is still open for the Highlanders to make a nice run in the state tournament. Having to beat Lake Orion a third time this year would've been difficult. With Lake Orion losing to Oxford on Tuesday, Adams is the clear favorite in the district, especially playing on its home field. Get out of this district, and Adams would also be a good bet to get out of regionals. We'll see if the Highlanders can take advantage.

4. Can Auburn Hills Avondale beat Birmingham Marian in a Division 2 girls soccer district final? Avondale certainly has the talent to beat defending state champion Marian in a district final at Lahser, but injuries have slowed the Yellow Jackets all year. If Avondale is healthy, this could be a very good game. If not, then look for Marian to advance.

5. Who will win the softball battle of Farmington Hills? It won't get much better than a district softball semifinal at 12:30 p.m. at Northville when Farmington Hills Mercy and North Farmington collide to see who advances to the district final. These teams have been two of the area's best all year, and even better, sport two sophomore pitchers that are not only a couple of the best in the state in their grade, but also best friends. Those are Mercy standout Kayce Nieto and North Farmington standout Katie Severson.


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