Some notable highlights of the 2017-18 prep sports season around the OAA, broken down by season. FALL History for legendary Harrison head coach John Herrington Farmington Hills Harrison head coach John Herrington made history during an Oct. 13 win over Berkley, as he became the all-time winningest high school football coach in the history of Michigan by achieving his 431st win, surpassing former Brother Rice head coach Al Fracassa. The only coach Harrison has had in its 48-year history, Herrington has led the Hawks to a record 13-state championships.
Bloomfield Hills takes home Division 1 tennis title The Bloomfield Hills boys tennis team avenged a runner-up finish at last year's Division 1 state tournament by winning it all this year in Midland. The Blackhawks won the title with 30 points, two points ahead of fellow OAA Red member and state runner-up Troy.
Troy girls cross country wins first ever state title The Troy girls cross country team won its second Division 1 state championship in school history, finishing with a meet-best total of 127 points at Michigan International Speedway, just five ahead of second-place Northville. The Colts capped off a season that also featured OAA Red and regional titles.
Clarkston wins state football title in once-in-a-lifetime matchup and final score There likely won't ever be a day like November 25, 2017, both from OAA and statewide perspectives. For the first time ever, two OAA schools met in a state football championship game when OAA Red rivals Clarkston and West Bloomfield played for the Division 1 title, which is unusual in itself given geography dictates such matchups take place much earlier than the finals. The game itself also was historic, with Clarkston avenging a 37-15 regular season loss to West Bloomfield by winning a 3-2 defensive struggle. It was the lowest scoring game ever in state championship game history when both teams score.
Oxford wins first state title in girls bowling Oxford has established itself as one of the state's top girls bowling programs in recent years, but a state title had always eluded the Wildcats. Not anymore. In a thrilling championship match against Macomb Dakota that came down to the last frame, the Wildcats after 13 years as a program finally won a state title with a 1,203-1,090 victory over Dakota. Oxford took home the championship trophy this year after being runner-up to powerhouse Davison in 2017.
Farmington Unified wins gymnastics title The Farmington Unified gymnastics team won its first state championship since 2006, earning a state-meet best score of 144.750 at Rockford to bring home the championship trophy. It marked the fourth state title won by coach Jeff Dwyer.
Clarkston's Foster Loyer wins Mr. Basketball For the first time since Rochester's Paul Davis in 2002, a boys basketball player from the OAA was named Mr. Basketball. Clarkston senior point guard Foster Loyer won the award easily, collecting 3,691 points in the voting. Brandon Johns of East Lansing was second with 2,792 points. Loyer won the award 20 years after the last Clarkston player to win Mr. Basketball, Dane Fife, won the award in 1998. Loyer is posing with his father John, brother Fletcher and mother Katie.
SPRING Oak Park girls win another state track title For the fourth time in the last five years, the Oak Park girls track and field team won a state title. The Knights captured the Division 1 crown at East Kentwood by winning four events at the state meet and scoring 66 points, 6.5 ahead of runner-up Rockford. Oak Park won three straight titles from 2014-16 and was runner-up in 2017.