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Lancers News · Top Stories This Week in the MHSAA


The following is a compilation of top stories from this week surrounding high school sports in Michigan gathered by our friends at MHSAA Second Half (source)

 

Volleyball:

1. A weather delay pushed this Regional Final to Friday, and No. 7 Rudyard rose to a challenge coming back from dropping the first set to down Pellston in four in Class D – Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

2.  Also pushed to Friday, honorable mention Munising came back after losing the first two sets to defeat Carney-Nadeau in five in Class D – Escanaba Daily Press A weather delay pushed this Regional Final to Friday, and No. 7 Rudyard rose to a challenge coming back from dropping the first set to down Pellston in four in Class D – Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

3.  Novi’s Erin O’Leary was named this season’s Miss Volleyball Award winner on the eve of her team’s Class A Quarterfinal against honorable mention Temperance Bedford; Novi is the reigning champ and ranked No. 2 – Observer & Eccentric

4. Class C top-ranked Bronson is plenty familiar with tonight’s Quarterfinal opponent, No. 2 Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central – Sturgis Journal

5. Class B No. 4 Niles is hoping to add to its first District and Regional titles with a first Quarterfinal win, over No. 3 Lake Odessa Lakewood – Niles Daily Star

6. Class A No. 3 Grand Rapids Christian downed top-ranked Rockford in the Regional, a big step as the Eagles pursue their first MHSAA championship in the sport with No. 4 DeWitt up next – FOX17

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Girls Golf:

Traverse City West’s Anika Dy was named Miss Golf for the second time by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association – Traverse City Record-Eagle

 

Cross Country:

Coldwater’s Shuaib Aljabaly and Lansing Catholic’s Olivia Theis were named Mr. Cross Country and Miss Cross County, respectively, by the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association – Coldwater Daily Reporter

 

Hockey:

1. The first games of the season can be played today, and Petoskey is among teams anticipating a return to the ice – Petoskey News-Review

2. As part of its hockey preview, the Livingston Daily Press & Argus highlighted Mr. Hockey candidates Josh Albring of Hartland and Adam Conquest of Brighton – Livingston Daily Press & Argus

3. Allen Park Cabrini enjoyed a productive opener, downing Flat Rock/Airport 6-2 – Southgate News Herald

 

Girls Swimming & Diving:

1. Honorable mention Spring Lake will send 10 athletes to the Lower Peninsula Division 3 Finals, including three divers – Grand Haven Tribune

2. Hamilton standout Paige Kuhn is banking on a strong finish in the final meet of her high school career – Holland Sentinel

3. Gaylord sophomore Grace Wambier is a school record holder and hopes to add to her accomplishments at the Division 3 Finals – Gaylord Herald Times

4. No. 7 Brighton is aiming to claim the Division 1 team championship with arguably its strongest assemblage of experienced contenders under coach Jason Black – Livingston Daily Press & Argus

 

Boys Soccer: 

Longtime coach Thaier Mukhtar has resigned as Fraser’s boys coach with nearly 600 wins there and at Warren DeLaSalle – MLive-Detroit

 

Boys Basketball:

We’ve posted a few girls basketball previews, and this look at Holland West Ottawa is the first boys hoops story we’ve seen this fall; practice began Monday – FOX17

 

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Lancers News · Lancer Volleyball Season Wrap-up


When each season begins, there is excitement over the possibilities for success, and questions, laced with apprehension, about how the team will fare.  Back in August, when the 2017 edition of Oakland Christian volleyball got underway, there were more questions than answers.
    * How could anyone replace the loss of two first team all-state, and two honorable mention all-state players, among the total of seven graduating seniors?
   * With only three returning players from last year’s state runners-up team, will they be able to compete in the MIAC Red conference?
   * Will the seven incoming freshmen be able to compete with juniors and seniors that they will oppose?
   * With an average height of 5′ 3″, and nobody taller than 5′ 6″, who is going to block?
As the season unfolded, the Lady Lancers answered those questions in a positive manner.  No, you cannot replace seven skilled seniors, but this young team was more than competitive.  Night in, and night out, they battled senior-laden teams, who towered over them.  These young Lancers proved to be resilient, skilled, and tenacious.  They improved week after week.  When the dust settled, the Lancers took the conference championship with an unblemished 8-0 record, accomplishing the first of their two preseason goals.  The second preseason goal, a district championship, was narrowly missed as the Lancers fell to a talented Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes team in the district finals.  Including the non-conference slate, the Lancers’ overall record was 15-16-3, which includes a 13-7-2 record against Class D opponents.
The 2017 OCS volleyball team exemplified Romans 12:3-8.  Each girl had a different set of gifts; strong in one area while weak in another.  Bring those gifts together, blend them into a team, and the Lancers were fully functional, with strength upon strength on display.  Where else in the educational experience can you learn such interdependence as in team sport?
The team’s leadership began with its co-captains:  senior Grace Shelata, and junior Antonina (Beana) Lucido.  Along with senior Logan Hoover, they led the team by example during practices and in competition.
Did I mention that the team was young?  The starting line-up typically included four freshmen, Kaylee Page, Hailee Ide, Katie Hopkins, and Kendall Benson.  The freshmen did more than hold their own.  Page led the team’s offense with 251 kills, Ide led the team with 73 aces and 344 serves, and Hopkins led the team with 325 assists and 9.5 blocks.
Not to be outdone, the co-captains led in passing and serve percentage.  Lucido led the team with 482 digs and 370 serve receives.  Shelata led the team in passing accuracy and serving percentage at 95%.
It is sad to see the seniors’ careers come to an end, but the future is bright for this hard-working volleyball squad.  After the district finals game, senior Grace Shelata summed it up well, “I think we surprised a lot of people this season.  I’m so proud of how these girls played and I can’t wait to see how far they go in the coming years.”
Can another final four trip be far away?

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Lancers News · OC Volleyball Falls in District Finals to WOLL


Thursday night, at Everest Collegiate, the Lancer Volleyball team saw its season come to an close as they lost in the District finals to Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, 25-10, 25-22, 25-21.
After a lopsided first set, the Lancers got into the match and gave WOLL all that they could handle in the second and third sets.
Kaylee Page led the team with 10 kills on the night.  Katie Hopkins had 16 assists.  Hailee Ide and Beana Lucido both had 10 digs on the evening.
The loss ends what turned out to be an amazing season for the young Lancer squad.  Seniors Grace Shelata and Logan Hoover can be proud that they closed their volleyball careers as the 2017 MIAC Red champions.
Looking forward, freshman Kaylee Page said, “Lakes was a great matchup with many great players.  It was an amazing season and I couldn’t be prouder of our team.  Next season will be even better”.
Amen Kaylee, Amen.

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Lancers News · Lancers Advance to District VB Final, Defeat Roeper


Wednesday evening, the OCS volleyball team squared off against the Roeper Roughriders in the District semifinals at Everest Collegiate.  The Lancers, in a workmanlike manner disposed of the Roughriders in three straight sets, 25-13, 25-14, and 25-20.

The young Lancer squad wasted no time, running out to a 10-3 lead in the first set behind the serving of Grace Shelata and the attacks of Kaylee Page.  When Page took her turn at the service line, she extended the lead to 19-5, as the Lancers cruised to a 25-13 victory.

The second set was just as decisive for the Lancers although six service errors made the score closer than it seemed.  Regardless, the Lancer’s efficient offense was too much for Roeper.  Carrissa Johnson finished the set with a pair of serves to close out the 25-14 victory.

The Roeper squad put up some resistance in the third set, but the outcome was never in doubt.  Katelyn Ermshler registered a kill and two serves as the Lancers finished the night with a 25-20 win.

Kaylee Page led the team with 13 kills.  Hailee Ide had 6 kills and 4 aces.  Co-captains Beana Lucido and Grace Shelata each had 10 digs, and Katie Hopkins spread 23 assists across the OCS offense.

With the win, the Lancers move on to face Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes in the District finals on Thursday night at 6:30 at Everest.


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Lancers News · Lancers Post a Win in District Volleyball Opener


Monday evening at Everest Collegiate, in the Class D Volleyball District #107, Oakland Christian defeated Auburn Hills Christian in three sets, 25-23, 25-16, 25-15.

The Lady Lancers got off to a slow start in an error-prone first set.  Uncharacteristically, OCS missed five serves and made eleven attacking errors to keep the scrappy Auburn Hills Christian team close.  With the Lancers down 23-21 and AHC serving, OC coach, Dan Willson, called a timeout to rally the troops.  The energized Lancers came out of the timeout and claimed four straight points to end the set behind the serving of co-captain Beana Lucido and a couple of kills by Hailee Ide and Kaylee Page.

Sets two and three proceeded more according to plan with the Lancers cruising to lopsided victories, 25-16, and 25-15.  Kaylee Page led the way with 18 kills and 5 aces.  Setter Katie Hopkins had 20 assists, and Beana Lucido had 20 digs on the night.  Co-captain, Grace Shelata chipped in with 5 kills, a 0.333 hitting percentage, and 10 for 10 serving.

With the victory, OCS improved its record to 14-15-3 on the season.

The second round opponent for the Lancers will be the Roeper Roughriders.


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Boys Middle School Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Lancer Soccer Post Season Awards


Coming off of a memorable run in the 2017 MHSAA State Playoffs, many Oakland Christian soccer players were recognized for their achievements on the field. Please join us in congratulating the following players for their success!

Michigan Independent Athletic Conference FIRST TEAM
David Ardevol
Lucas Brattinga
Phil Curd

Michigan Independent Athletic Conference SECOND TEAM
Austin Carter
Joey Seidel

MHSAA All-District
Matt Antolak
David Ardevol
Kyle Barba
Lucas Brattinga
Austin Carter
Phil Curd
Joey Seidel

MHSAA All-Region
David Ardevol
Austin Carter
Phil Curd

MHSAA All-State Honorable Mention
David Ardevol
Austin Carter
Phil Curd

MHSSCAA All-State Second Team
David Ardevol

MHSSCAA All-State Third Team
Phil Curd

Additionally, first-year coach, Patrick Reyes, was selected MHSAA District Coach of the Year.

Coach Reyes awarded the team MVP award to David Ardevol for his skills as a soccer player and as a leader.

Congrats again to our Lancer players and their families for a successful and enjoyable season! Go Lancers!!!!


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Boys Middle School Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Lancers Season Comes to a Close


The OCS Lancers took the field on Thursday night against 2 time defending state champions, Genesee Christian in search of their first MHSAA Regional Championship since 2012. Coming off of a thrilling shootout victory against Capac, OCS was prepared for a tough match against the experienced Soldiers.

In the first half, OCS withstood early pressure from Genesee Christian and was able to keep the score tied 0-0 as both teams entered halftime. The second half started much like the first with both teams searching for scoring opportunities but unable to find the back of the net.

Later in the half, David Ardevol had a corner kick for OCS. The ball was cleared back to Ardevol and he crossed it in the GCS goal area where Seth Tison found the ball and passed back to Ardevol again. This time, Ardevol advanced the ball and scored on a shot that got past the Genesee keeper to put OCS up 1-0!

Genesee Christian applied constant pressure as the clock continued to tick and with 2:30 left in the game, the Soldiers scored on a 30-yard shot that got past Lancer goalkeeper, Austin Carter. The score remained 1-1 as both teams headed to overtime.

The first overtime period ended scoreless as both teams had scoring opportunities and GCS applying constant pressure on the Lancer defense. In the second OT, Genesee capitalized on a cross that was unable to be cleared from the Lancer defense and scored with minutes remaining in the second overtime period. The OT period saw the 2-1 score stand and the 2017 OCS soccer season came to a close.

The Lancer season saw OCS finish with a 12-9-3 record (a 4 win improvement over 2016), a second place finish in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference, a 2017 MHSAA District Championship, and an appearance in the 2017 MHSAA Regional Final.

Thank you to our graduating seniors Blake Haupert, Riley Vaught, Zaq Kapusta, Brendan Maley, and Revi DeLuca. Your leadership and commitment to this team will be a legacy that is passed on to those remaining.

As we put a close to this remarkable season, we wanted to thank our fans and families for your support this year. Everything we accomplished was built on the cornerstone of Christ Jesus!

2017 Team Verse – Ephesians 2:20 (NLT)
“Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.”


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Multiple Teams · Oakland Christian High School Boys Varsity Cross Country finishes 3rd place


Saturday, October 28, 2017

12:00 AM

Place

3

Points

72

Meet Recap

The Oakland Christian Boys’ Cross-Country team qualified for the MHSAA State finals by finishing 3rd in the Division 4 Region 36 race on Friday at Lake St. Clair Metropark. The Lancers were led by two All-Region medalists: senior Riley Gottschalk, who finished 9th in 18:27, his second fastest time, and junior Noah Camaj, who finished 10th in 18:33. Sophomore Tim Dupree (20th), and seniors Connor Patten (24th), Ryan Gurney (26th with a PR 20:22), Jack Bobo, and Evan Shell (PR 21:42) rounded out the varsity team. This is Noah’s third straight regional medal and trip to the state finals, while Riley, Jack, and Evan went with the team in 2015.

Lutheran Westland won the team race with 41 points followed by Lutheran Northwest (led by individual winner Ethan Rice in 17:15 and runner-up Caleb Maher in 17:20) with 64 points and the Lancers with 72. Other teams with individuals in the top 15 places, therefore qualifying for the state finals were: Austin Catholic with two, Birmingham Roeper with two, and Franklin Road Christian with one.

Even the JV race was an exciting affair as over 300 combined Division 1 and Division 4 runners took the course. Setting personal bests for the Lancers were junior Eli King (21:06), junior Cameron Lewis (21:50), junior Calvin Zondag (25:57 – a 2:24 PR) freshman Max Ulrich (26:30) and junior Josh Smielewski (26:45) also PRs by almost 2 minutes, and junior David Gammon (26:50). Sophomore Preston MacFarland also competed for OCS.

Opponents

School Place Points
Oakland Christian High School
3
72

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Boys Middle School Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Boys Soccer Advances To Regional Final


The OCS Boys Soccer Team traveled to Goodrich High School for the MHSAA Regional Semifinal against Capac High School. The weather was cold and rainy and played a factor in getting into a rhythm for both squads. After back and forth play, the first half ended in a 0-0 tie.

The second half saw more back and forth play but Capac was able to break through the Lancer defense and get a shot past OCS keeper, Austin Carter, to go up 1-0.

OCS put on the pressure to try and tie things up. After putting many shots on net, David Ardevol was able to get loose in the defense and tie the score, putting the ball into the Capac net to tie the score at 1!

The score remained 1-1 as both teams headed into the two overtime period. The rain continued as both teams looked to find opportunities to score. Austin Carter was focused as he turned away a few shots from Capac that came dangerously close to finding the back of the net. OCS had opportunities of their own and couldn’t capitalize in the overtime periods. The score remained tied as the game headed to a shootout.

For OCS, Coach Reyes sent out David Ardevol, Seth Tison, Joey Seidel, Kyle Barba, and Austin Carter. Capac kicked first and scored on their first PK. Ardevol connected on his first kick to tie it 1-1 in penalty kicks.

Carter continued his stellar play and made a save on Capac’s second kick. Sophmore Seth Tison’s shot went just wide, keeping the score at 1.

In the third round, Capac shot the ball high, sailing over the net. Junior Joey Seidel, calmly walked up to the ball and placed a beautiful ball in the upper corner, out of the Capac goalie’s reach. This put OCS up 2-1.

In the fourth round, both teams were unable to capitalize as Carter made another save on Capac and Kyle Barba was unable to find the net.

In the final round, Capac converted to tie it 2-2. Then came Carter, OCS’ final shooter. The sophomore placed a perfect ball in the lower right corner just out of reach of the Capac goalie putting OCS in the MHSAA Regional Final!!!!

On Thursday (10/26), OCS plays Genesee Christian to determine the Division 4 Regional Champion. Come on out to Goodrich High School at 6pm and cheer on the Lancer squad! We can’t wait to see you there!

Go Lancers!


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Boys Middle School Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Lancer Soccer Captures District Title


The Lancer Varsity Soccer team took on Royal Oak Shrine today in a rematch from earlier this year in The Lancer Invitational. In that first match, Shrine defeated OCS 2-1. However, today’s match had significantly more on the line as OCS was attempting to capture its first district title since 2012.

In the opening half, Shrine broke through the Lancer defense and scored to put the Knights on the board 1-0. The score remained as the first half of play came to an end.

In the second, OCS maintained their composure and were finally able to get into a rhythm offensively, breaking through with some chances on the Knight goalkeeper. It was not until late in the second half that David Ardevol scored on a beautiful shot in the upper corner off of a pass from fellow junior Phil Curd. This tied the game at 1.

Both teams continued to put on the pressure but were unable to capitalize on late chances as regular time ended.

The score remained tied at 1 through two 10 minute overtime periods with both teams being careful not to give up a goal in the extra periods.

The game went on to penalty kicks for both teams. Coach Reyes sent out David Ardevol, Phil Curd, Seth Tison, Joey Seidel, and Kyle Barba against the Shrine five. Both teams scored on their first penalty kick. Then, sophomore goalie, Austin Carter made a tremendous save to give the Lancers a bit of a cushion as the PKs continued. Both teams capitalized on their 3rd and 4th shots. Finally, Carter came up huge again and saved the 5th shot from Shine to give OCS the 2017 MHSAA District Championship!

Thank you to all of our fans for your support!

OCS moves on to the Regional Semifinal on Tuesday, October 24th at 5:30 pm at Goodrich High School against Capac. Join us on the road and cheer on your team!

Go Lancers!