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Friday, April 18, 2014

Standings Page

The OAA standings have gotten a major update, especially the White Division.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Player Profiles

Now that the season has gotten going a bit, it's time to start looking at a few players from around the area. First up are a couple of underclassmen that show a lot of promise:

Erika Wiest, Notre Dame Prep - Good young winger with some speed and skill. She's a sophomore  and is going to compliment Taylor Timko and Lindsey Klei up top very well, giving NDP yet another potent weapon.

Amanda Harris, Troy Athens - Sophomore goalkeeper came out of nowhere to claim the starting job last year, and she's only getting better. She's a good shot stopper but maybe more impressive is that she reads the play well and stays calm in the net.

Victoria Lucido, Oakland Christian - Just a freshman, she's playing up top for Oakland Christian. The Lancers had issues at times last year with being able to score. Lucido figures to help them out significantly in that regard. Both a good playermaker and a good shooter, she's going to be fun to watch the next four years.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekly Preview 4/14-4/20

We're back from Spring Break and that means we have a full slate of games as part of a busy week that sees league play hit full stride all over the county.

Flint Metro League - The Flint Metro finally gets going in league play this week. The games kick off on Wednesday with Swartz Creek hosting Holly, and  Lapeer East hosting Clio among others.

MAC - The MAC also really hits stride on Wednesday. Eisenhower opens up defense of their MAC Red crown with a game against Stevenson. In MAC White, Romeo takes on Anchor Bay on Wednesday and Fraser Thursday. Meanwhile, a good Utica team travels to Dakota on Wednesday. Also Wednesday, first place L'Anse Creuse North hosts Lamphere just two days after they take on rival L'Anse Creuse on Monday in a crossover. In Gold Division, second place Marine City hosts Marysville on Wednesday as they try to keep the pressure on first place St. Clair.

OAA - The Red Division focuses in on the Rochester teams this week. First place Stoney Creek travels to Rochester on Tuesday before hosting Avondale the next night. Meanwhile, Rochester and Adams hook up on Thursday. In White Division, Bloomfield Hills hosts North Farmington on Thursday in a battle between the only teams without a loss or tie as this balanced division looks to heat up. Before that though, Bloomfield Hills takes on Lake Orion on Tuesday. Elsewhere, Oxford hosts Clarkston on Thursday. Finally, the Blue Division features a crosstown rivalry battle when Harrison travels to Farmington high on Thursday.

KLAA - The league kicks it into high gear on Monday when Salem travels to Northville in a battle of 2-0 teams in the Central. Then Wednesday, Novi and Northville hook up for another showdown. In the South, first place Canton takes on both Franklin(Tuesday) and Churchill (Thursday) as they try to solidify their hold on first place. Up in the North Division, 2-0 Walled Lake Western travels across town to face Northern on Thursday after visiting Lakeland on Tuesday as the Warriors attempt to remain the only unbeaten team in the division.  In the West Division, Grand Blanc and Brighton are both 1-0-1 and will look to separate themselves from the pack this week with both teams facing 6th place Pinckney. Brighton also hosts Milford on Tuesday in what is likely the toughest game for either team this week.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Concussion Information

I've been meaning to update the Concussion page for a while with some new information.

I've added the following link:

http://www.cdc.gov/Concussion/

The link goes to the Center for Disease Control's web page on concussions. The page includes basic information on what a concussion is and materials for players, coaches, and parents - anyone who is involved in youth athletics really.

Everyone, please take a few minutes to look over the page.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Off Week

Obviously, there is no weekly preview this week because this is an off week for the soccer season. There aren't any games this week as everyone takes time off for Spring Break - other than a few Catholic League games.

So I thought I'd share some random thoughts on the early season:

MAC Ascending - The MAC definitely seems to be on the upswing this year with a couple of early season wins over the OAA Red to their credit. Both the Red and White divisions in the MAC look tough this year and could produce multiple teams capable of deep playoff runs.

Offense Rules - Right now the offenses seem ahead of the defenses. There haven't been many 1-0 games out there. Teams are scoring in bunches as the individual talents of the offensive players are ahead of the curve compared to the necessary organization of the defenses. That gap will close,  but it could be the end of the month before the defenses completely catch up. In the mean time, keep an eye out for more high scoring games and some upsets.

Sleepers Everywhere - I'm not sure that "sleeper" is really the right word though. But there are a lot of teams out there that are unknowns. If I had to name a "Top 10" right now, I think I'd be guessing after the first 7 or so. Really, there are SO MANY teams out there with potential, but youth and the early season mean that they're still finding themselves. There might be more good teams in the area than ever, but it's going to take a while for them to sort themselves out and come together. There aren't a lot of great ones though, so we could be in for a wild ride come playoff time, much the way the NCAA Basketball Tournament was an upset filled ride that saw a 7 and 8 seed get to the title game.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Standings Update

Soccer standings have been updated for all games prior to Thursday night. If anything is missing or incorrect, please reply to this post with the necessary information and I'll update them again soon.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekly Preview 3/31-4/5

It's a short week this week with everyone taking off for spring break Friday, but before we get there we have a lot of games to watch including the opening of KLAA league play and some big OAA match ups.

KLAA - League play starts on Tuesday. Novi travels to Livonia Stevenson for what should be a good one in the Central Division. Then Northville makes the trip down to Stevenson on Thursday.

In the North, Walled Lake Northern hosts the two Waterford schools, taking on Kettering Tuesday and Mott on Thursday. Meanwhile, Walled Lake Central and Walled Lake Western renew their rivalry on Thursday.

In the West, focus on Brighton who hosts Hartland on Tuesday then travels to Grand Blanc on Thursday.

In the South, the best game might be when Livonia Franklin and Livonia Churchill face off on Thursday.

OAA - As always, Tuesday is league day in the OAA Red and with only 6 games to the league season every one is important. This week's slate includes Troy vs. Stoney Creek in an early game. Meanwhile, Avondale takes on Athens and Royal Oak faces Adams.

The White division has several interesting games. Topping the list could be Oxford hosting North Farmington. The Wildcats quietly finished 3rd in OAA White last year while North Farmington were 2nd. Neither team has many big name players, but they get results through teamwork and opportunistic scoring. Don't be surprised if one or both challenge for the league title again this year. Of course, you can never overlook Clarkston vs. Lake Orion. Both have talent and no matter what sport, it's always an intense rivalry.

In the Blue Division, the top game is Harrison hosting Seaholm in a game featuring a pair of teams that have to feel like they can challenge for the division title. Like the Red Division, the Blue are only playing each other once so the contenders can't afford to drop points.

MAC - Most of the MAC is still in non-league play, but there are some good ones. Eisenhower takes on Troy on Thursday while Adams travels to Grosse Pointe North. Also keep an eye on Romeo  vs. Utica ford on Monday. Both teams are underrated.

There are some league games though. the best of them is likely to be in MAC Gold when Clawson travels to Marysville.

Catholic League - The Catholic League also starts on Tuesday with some heavyweight match ups. Marian travels to Livonia Ladywood in Division 1. Divine Child and Bishop Foley hook up in Division 2, and Shrine travels to Lutheran North for a good match up in Division 3.