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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Reasons why the last week of the preps sports year could be memorable

Well, here we are.
After nearly nine months of blogging and reporting, we have finally come to the last week of the high school sports season for the 2009-10 school year.
It'll all end on Saturday with the crowning of state champions in baseball, softball and girls soccer.
There are many reasons why Kosmo can't wait for this week to get going, but he'll limit this listing to five reasons why this could be an unforgettable week.

1. Plenty of Oakland County representation in state soccer finals. It's possible, probably even, that there will be a team from the county competing in three of the four state title games for their respective divisions on Saturday. There is already guaranteed to be a county team in the Division 1 and Division 4 finals since there are a pair of all-area semifinal matchups. Novi and Rochester Adams will play in a Division 1 semifinal, while Madison Heights Bishop Foley and Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes will meet in a Division 4 semifinal. In addition, Birmingham Marian is favored to win its Division 2 semifinal.

2. Possibility of an all-Oakland County softball semifinal. If Lakeland and Troy each win their quarterfinal games on Tuesday, they would play in a Division 1 state semifinal in Battle Creek on Friday. That would be a HUGE matchup, and it could happen. Lakeland is playing Howell, a team it controlled during the regular season, while Troy will be favored to beat a Sterling Heights Stevenson team that features a freshman pitcher.

3. A chance for Rochester Adams baseball coach Chuck Van Robays to return the program back to Battle Creek. In 1995 and 1996, Van Robays was a catcher on Adams' teams that lost in the state championship game each year. If the Highlanders can beat Macomb L'Anse Creuse North in a quarterfinal on Tuesday, Van Robays can return to Cereal City as a coach and would be two wins away from getting the state title he missed out on as a player.

4. Can Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball end a drought? It's been a long time since an area Division 3 advanced to Battle Creek in baseball, but Madison Heights Bishop Foley has a golden opportunity to do so. The Ventures have a winnable quarterfinal against Memphis on Tuesday at Flushing and seem to have a lot of momentum after pulling out a thrilling, 6-5 win over Allen Park Cabrini in a regional final. The Ventures were down to their last out, but scored two runs in the seventh to win.

5. Will Birmingham Detroit Country Day softball continue to be a Cinderella story? The Yellowjackets upset No. 6 Livonia Ladywood in a Division 2 regional final on Saturday, and have an opportunity to earn a trip to Battle Creek with a quarterfinal win against Armada. Kosmo admits he didn't think Country Day would get this far, but now that it has, the Yellowjackets might as well keep it going.

6. Summer relaxtion. OK, Kosmo lied. There are six reasons why this week will be memorable and one to look forward too. When it's all over on Saturday, it'll be a nice summer break before football starts back up. Ahhhhhhh, yes.


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