The girls soccer team at Rochester Adams has been as talented as any in the state the past two years, but the Highlanders have been somewhat of a bride's maid to Novi and Troy.
Adams lost in the state semifinals two years ago to Novi with a sophomore-dominated roster, but had a more disappointing finish last season, getting blown out by Troy in a regional semifinal at Lake Orion.
Then, Adams had to watch as Troy and Novi squared off for the Division 1 state title last June.
So far this year though, Adams is making it known that it might be ready to take the crown as state's best from Novi.
The Highlanders are off to a 7-0 start, and most notably recorded a 4-1 beatdown at Troy last Friday. That had to have been a significant win for Adams, which wasn't able to get by Troy last year and saw the Colts get a lot of attention in the national rankings.
Granted, Adams still has to prove it can show the same mental toughness in the state tournament, where Troy and Novi seem to really excel.
But Kosmo thinks this group of talented Highlanders could easily be up to the task and make a deep run.
- Add Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart to the list of tennis powers in the Birmingham/Bloomfield Hills area. After finishing as the state runner-up last season in Division 4, the Gazelles are unbeaten this year and ranked No. 1 in the state. There always have been county powers in Division 1, 2 and 3, but Sacred Heart is ensuring that there's another this year in Division 4.