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2017 Val Sal

We are proud to announce the Class of 2017 Valedictorian is Sarah Kurpiers and Salutatorians are Chiaka Ibe and Jordyn Kreucher.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the candidates: Nicole Belans; Hannah Hamilton; Elizabeth Janitz; Edith Jones; Samantha Kleedtke; Marissa Lobbia; Hanaa Saleh; Alexandra Sanderson; Katelynn Smith; Juliana Stoneback; Alissa Sweeney; Sydney Van Acker; Jillian Yassay.

Mercy softball preps for new challenges

Defending state champs look to fortify pitching staff

For the first time in program history, Farmington Mercy's softball team enters a new season as the defending state champion.

The Marlins concluded a record-setting campaign last year by claiming the Division 1 state championship at Michigan State University. Mercy blanked Macomb Dakota, 4-0, in the title game behind a sterling five-hit shutout by Andrea Elmore in 90-degree temperatures.

Mercy's miracle finish nets state title

Hannah Roegner slaps in game winner on the power play

Call it the Mercy miracle.

The Farmington Hills Our Lady of Mercy hockey team defended its Division 1 state championship in dramatic fashion Saturday at the Novi Ice Arena.

The Marlins trailed rival Livonia Ladywood 2-0 with less than three minutes remaining in regulation time. Then, not to be denied, Mercy mustered a most improbable rally for an amazing 3-2 victory.

The game-winning goal was slapped home top-shelf by senior Hannah Roegner on a power play 1:30 into the overtime.

Mercy uses suffocating defense to end Western's magical season, grab regional crown WITH PHOTO GALLERY

FARMINGTON HILLS >> It’s a trap, but it’s all too easy to fall into — and team after team does it.

Farmington Hills Mercy is a stout defensive team, no matter what style it’s playing, but the half-court trap has been the defense that has propelled the Marlins to the Class A quarterfinals, helping them completely stifle Walled Lake Western, 35-14, in Thursday’s regional finals.

No. 10 Hartland couldn’t figure it out in the regional semis, nor could Western — which scored just four second-half points, and was outscored 20-4 from mid-second quarter on.

Mercy's strong defensive effort has Marlins back in the quarterfinals

Farmington Hills – It took Jackie Bauer over 11 minutes to find her shooting touch.

It took Farmington Hills Mercy three quarters to close out Walled Lake Western.

Bauer’s two 3-pointers during a two-minute stretch of the second quarter keyed an 8-0 run and Mercy held Wester to four points in the second half and defeated the Warriors 35-14 in a Class A region final at North Farmington on Thursday.

Mercy (22-3), making its first quarterfinal appearance since 2014, will play defending state champion Warren Cousino on Tuesday at Southfield for the Arts and Technology at 7 p.m.

Cousino (23-2), ranked No. 2, outlasted Birmingham Marian, Mercy’s Catholic League Central Division rival, 41-39, in overtime on Thursday.

Mercy dancers tap their way to '42nd Street'

When you've got nearly 50 kids who either already know how to dance or are willing to learn, you might as well put them to good use.

That seems to be the philosophy they're using at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, where the school's drama club is preparing for its production of the Broadway icon, "42nd Street." The production hits the Mercy stage March 10-12.

Director Kathy Sill said the group was looking for a great dance play.

"We wanted a big dance show, and '42nd Street' has amazing tap numbers," Sill said. "It features a number of girls, which we're always looking for. So it's a win-win."

Hot-shooting Bauer helps Mercy rally to beat No. 10-ranked Hartland WITH PHOTO GALLERY

FARMINGTON HILLS >> Jackie Bauer’s sisters brought a handwritten sign to a Farmington Hills Mercy home game in the last few weeks, with the message “Our sister is better than we were.”

Hartland would certainly not disagree with that sentiment.

Bauer exploded for 11 points in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s Class A regional semifinal at North Farmington High, as the Marlins rallied from eight points down to beat the No. 10-ranked Eagles, 47-42.

“When you’re a senior, you never know when it’s your last game, so you’ve gotta come out really hard, give it your all, no matter the outcome,” said Bauer, who finished with 20 points, three quarters of those on 3-pointers.

Marlins' Bauer shoots down Hartland

Farmington Hills Mercy's Jackie Bauer proved Tuesday night she has the Midas Touch.

Everything the 5-foot-6 senior guard threw up at the rim seemed to turn to gold as she led the Marlins to a come-from-behind 47-42 win over favorite Hartland in the Class A regional girls basketball semifinal at North Farmington.

Bauer poured in a game-high 20 points, including 11 in the final period as the Marlins fought back from a nine-point third quarter deficit to advance to the regional final beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9 against Walled Lake Northern (19-4), which ousted Novi 48-42. (Game time is 7 p.m. at North Farmington.)

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