News, notes and things to watch out for in all OAA sports this school year.
Rochester Adams cheer team wins state title What a banner night it was for the Rochester Adams competitive cheer team in Grand Rapids. Literally. The Highlanders had seen city rivals Rochester and Stoney Creek win multiple state titles in competitive cheerleading over the years, but didn't have a title to call their own. Not anymore though. Adams is finally perched on top of the state, winning the Division 1 state title with 791.70 points, outlasting runner-up Plymouth (790.74). Congrats to the ladies and coaches on the Highlanders. Troy hockey wins OAA White A couple of weeks after Lake Orion won the OAA Red hockey league title, Troy United claimed the White Division crown with a 3-1 win over Bloomfield Hills on Saturday night. Troy United still has one league game left, but can't be caught in the standings.
3 stars from Tuesday night hoops 3rd star Collin Hecker, Bloomfield Hills Hecker scored 22 points to help lead the Blackhawks to their first league win. 2nd star Treyvon Lewis, Ferndale Lewis scored 24 points for the Eagles in a win at West Bloomfield. 1st star Jaden Akins, Farmington Akins not only scored 21 points in a win over Adams, but he surpassed 1,000 career points in the process.
Lake Orion hockey claims OAA Red It may not even be February yet, but the OAA Red hockey champion has already been decided. Lake Orion, which unusually had a schedule heavy with league games for the first half of the season, claimed the OAA Red title with a win over M-1 Unified (Berkley/Royal Oak). The Dragons have just one league game left and have won eight of their nine league contests, with the only non-win being a tie.
Oxford "Line"-s up new coach Oxford has found its replacement for longtime head football coach Bud Rowley. The Wildcats announced last week they have hired alumn and former NFL player Zach Line to be their new head coach. Line spent seven years as a fullback in the NFL, but recently retired and is coming back home to start a coaching career at Oxford, where he starred as a fullback and linebacker. Clarkston, Stoney Creek win wrestling titles League wrestling meets still have to take place, but regular season titles in the OAA Red and White were decided on Wednesday. Clarkston captured the OAA Red with a decisive win over Oxford in a matchup of league unbeatens, while Stoney Creek knocked off Troy to win the OAA White. The league meets are on tap for Feb. 7. Both Clarkston and Stoney Creek will host their respective league meets.
3 stars from Friday night hoops 3rd star Amelia Drahnak, Adams Drahnak had 15 points and six rebounds to help Adams against Troy Athens. 2nd star Maddy Skorupski, Clarkston In a win over Bloomfield Hills, Skorupski had 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead the Wolves. 1st star Athena Sampson, Troy It was a nice double-double performance from Sampson, who tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Colts against Lake Orion.
3 stars from Tuesday night hoops Happy New Year to all! School is back in swing after the holiday break, which means Tuesday was a full night of hoops action around the league. Here are 3 stars from the games. 3rd star Mike Nicholson, Clarkston One of the premier centers in the state showed why he is such, as the Northwestern-bound Nicholson had 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks in a league-opening win at Bloomfield Hills. 2nd star Isabelle Crumm, Troy Athens In an OAA White girls contest, Crumm scored a game-high 20 points for Athens to help it improve to 3-0 in league play. 1st star Colin Golson, Ferndale Golson scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help the Eagles rally for a 52-48 win over North Farmington.
OAA hockey season in full swing already While many winter sports are still doing their preseason practices, that's is not the case for hockey. League games within the OAA have already started, and it should be another exciting year in the league. There is one significant change from last year. Instead of one division where each team plays the other once, the league has been split once again into two divisions, with each team playing other league foes twice. Oxford bids farewell to a coaching legend One of the greatest football coaches in state history and a fixture in the Oxford community has announced his retirement. Bud Rowley, who has coached Oxford for 43 years, has announced his retirement from coaching. A colorful and humble coach beloved by his players, Rowley finishes with 264 career wins, a state championship and three state championship game appearances. Oxford will now look for his replacement, although no word on whether that coach will wear yellow pants each game like Rowley did. Troy Athens wins state soccer title Congratulations are in order for the Troy Athens boys soccer team, a squad that delivered on the high expectations it had all season by winning the Division 1 state championship. The Red Hawks earned a 4-1 overtime win over Traverse City West, scoring three goals in the second overtime period. It was Athens' first state title since 1997 and sixth overall in program history. Congrats to the players and head coach Todd Heugh, who won his second state title for an OAA school (Rochester in 2002).