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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Historic day for Oakland County track

It was another memorable Super Preps Saturday, with three state champions being crowned in girls tennis, which wasn't much of a surprise. There were also two team state champions from the area in boys track, which was a major surprise and track day within the county that might not be seen for quite a while. Put this in perspective. Since 1990, only two times has an area team won a state boys track title in Class A or Division 1, and that was Pontiac Northern in 1990 and 1997. No area team had won a state title in Class B or Division 2 since Farmington Hills Harrison won three straight from 2001-03. Well, on one day, both of those droughts ended by what were first-time and heartwarming state champions. Lake Orion captured the Division 1 state title in East Kentwood, continuing what's been a terrific five-year stretch for the athletic department. Since 2007, Lake Orion has won state titles in baseball, girls golf, football and now boys track, while making finals appearances in football and volleyball. Over in Grand Rapids, Avondale's boys track team won the Division 2 state title and capped off what might have been the greatest athletic season in school history. The Yellow Jackets only had won two state titles in school history in any sport (boys basketball and cross country), but doubled that this year. The boys soccer team won the Division 2 state title back in November before the boys track team, led by Kyle Redwine and Nathan Chapman, sprinted its way to the crown. It was quite a year for Chapman, who also was on the title-winning soccer team. That's quite a senior year, earning two state title rings in two different sports.


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