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Defending state softball champs looking to get in gear with postseason approaching

FARMINGTON HILLS — They were semifinalists two years ago.

Then in 2016, the girls on the Farmington Hills Mercy softball team put it all together and took the next step, winning the Division 1 state championship.

So, just what’s in store for the 2017 edition?

We’re about to find out.

After winning it all last spring and then going through a major roster turnover, the Marlins appear ready for another run toward East Lansing — if a lot of things fall into place, as coach Alec Lesko put it.

“We have to continue to get better in all phases of the game,” Lesko said last week. “We’re pitching better, we’re having good looks at the plate, and our defense is strong. It’s what you want at this time of the year.”

Riveting Robotics at Worlds

The Riveters were off to the World Championship this past weekend in St. Louis, MO.  Qualifying as the 38th best robot in the State of Michigan out of 450 teams, team 1481 easily met the district point requirement to qualify for the World Championship.

This is the first year FIRST Robotics features two World Championships.  The first was held in Houston on April 20 – 22 and the second was held on April 25 – 27 in St. Louis. The competition featured 6 divisions with the Riveters competing on the Daly field named after Marie Maynard Daly, the first black woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. In Chemistry. This connection to our mostly girls team resonated and the Riveters ended up in 13th position out of 68 robots on the field.

D1 Champs Sweep Past Blazers

Farmington Hills Mercy takes twinbill from CHSL rival Livonia Ladyood.

Defending Michigan Hihg School Athletic Association Division 1 softball doubleheader sweep of Catholic High School League rival Livonia Ladywood on Friday, April 28, 2018 at Mercy.

Mercy won game one 18-5 in five innings and game two 14-4 in five innings.

Freshman Olivia Iafrate won the first game, striking out five in five innings. Freshman Samantha Shea earned the win in game two, striking out three in five innings.

Senior Sophia VanAcker had six hits and scored seven runs in the series, includin ga triple, home run and five RBI's.

Junior Anna Dixon had three hits and drove in six runs.

New Principal

Dear Friends of Mercy,

I hope you had a restful and wonderful Easter break! I'm delighted to announce that Mrs. Patricia Sattler, Dean of Students at Gabriel Richard Catholic High School in Riverview, will be the next Principal of Mercy High School beginning July 1, 2017. Mrs. Sattler has served as a team chair for the AdvancED accreditation process, has elementary through high school experience, and expertise in instructional improvement and technology. She is a dedicated Catholic, family member, lifetime learner, and Catholic educator who embraces the Mercy charism.

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.

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