Marlins finish among top golf teams in D-1 state meet

A championship was not to be for the Farmington Hills Mercy golfers, but the Marlins still finished as one of the best teams in the state.

Mercy was sixth among 15 teams in the girls Division 1 tournament, posting a two-day score of 690 at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek.

East Kentwood won the team title by 22 strokes over Lake Orion, 643-665. Dearborn (671), Novi (675) and Davison (682) placed ahead of the Marlins.

“After not going (to the state meet) last year, that was a good improvement,” Mercy coach Vicky Kowalski said.

“We shot our normal scores. We had 346 and 344 and that’s pretty much the average for us. We just didn’t shoot the outstanding scores we sometimes had this year like 335.

Oakland County champs crowned in girls swimming

The best of the best in Oakland County swimming converged Oct. 5 in the pool at Waterford Mott for the county swim and dive championship.

Farmington Hills Mercy turned in a dominating performance, finishing with 438 points; Lake Orion High was second with 244.

Bloomfield Hills Marian finished third with 196, Birmingham Seaholm took fourth with 177 and Rochester Adams rounded out the top five with 173.

Marlins win 10th consecutive Oakland County swim title

Farmington Hills Mercy had another dominating performance and achieved a milestone victory Saturday with its 10th consecutive championship in the annual Oakland County girls swimming and diving meet.

The Marlins, who seem to get a little better every year, accumulated 438 points in the Waterford Mott High School pool and won by nearly 200 over second-place Lake Orion.

Mercy's point total was up from last year (429) and two years ago (426.5). The Dragons scored the same as 2013 runner-up Clarkston (244), and Birmingham Marian (196) was third for the second year in a row.

Oakland County Swim Meet has familiar feeling as records fall, Mercy wins

WATERFORD — If the 2014 Oakland County swim and dive championships, held at Waterford Mott on Sunday, were a swimmer, they went out fast before settling into a familiar rhythm, but had enough in reserve for the extra kick to get to the wall.

Through two events, two new county records were set — Farmington Hills Mercy 200 yard medley relay team of Katie Minnich, Jensen Pecora, Alaina Skellett and Roxanne Griffore swam a 1:46.87, beating Birmingham Marian’s 2013 record while Marian senior Mollie Pulte broke her own record in the 200 freestyle with a 1:49.39.


Small in stature, Lerg making a big impact for Mercy

FARMINGTON HILLS – You can’t teach height. You also can’t teach heart.

Jenna Lerg isn’t your prototypical outside hitter, standings just 5-foot-6, but the Farmington Hills Mercy senior has still found a way to make an impact for the Marlins and place herself amongst the best in the state of Michigan.

“She is that small package that does everything,” Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said of Lerg. “She represents all the quality aspects of the game. She is a true leader for us at Mercy and works so well with the team.”

A natural libero that will be playing that position next fall at the University of Michigan, this year has required Lerg to play a variety of positions, mostly outside hitter.

Marlins overcome strong, persistent effort by Falcons

Farmington Hill Mercy got a glimpse as to what the re-aligned Catholic League Central Division is going to be like this volleyball season.

The Marlins can expect every match to be highly competitive, just like the one they played Thursday evening with Dearborn Divine Child.

Mercy won the division opener in three sets – 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 – but the visiting Falcons were in every one and fought hard all the way.

"I anticipate you'll see most of the games like that, where there's a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm," Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said. "You're going to see a lot of that competitiveness."

At your service: MHS celebrates Spirit Week by helping others

Eighteen Mercy High School students put aside their laptops and books for a few hours last Tuesday and picked up pruning shears, sponges and squeegies to demonstrate what community service means to them.

The group of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors — led by their teacher Lynn Waldsmith — spent the morning freshening up the Dinan Home in Farmngton Hills, an "Angels' Place" group residence for developmentally disabled women. The effort was part of the school's annual Make a Difference Day, held during Mercy's Spirit Week.

"I think this is a really good opportunity to live out the Mercy values, with actual physical work, " said Rachel Wagner, MHS senior.

MHS junior Libby Lee agreed.

Marlins boast another powerful lineup of swim talent

Opposing coaches and people in the know see Farmington Hills Mercy as the team to beat once again in Division 1 girls swimming and diving.

The defending state champions have another talented team and are ranked No. 1 in the statewide poll of high school swim coaches.

It's a place the Marlins, who have won state titles in seven of the past eight years, are accustomed to being.

"It's nice to be respected by your adversaries, but I wouldn't put a whole lot of stock in anything tangible after that," Mercy coach Shannon Dunworth said.

"Based on recent history, they're going to select Mercy to be at the top, so we appreciate greatly the respect they show us. It's kinda looking at the past and not necessarily the present."

Making the ‘Pieta’ possible

Local Ukrainian artist’s forgotten design comes full circle

FARMINGTON HILLS — As a young man studying sculpture in Minsk more than 30 years ago, Sergei Mitrofanov was considering a design of the “Deposition of Christ,” also commonly known as the “Pieta.”

“That was the Soviet period of time in Russia,” explained Mitrofanov, who was born in Ukraine but today lives in Livonia. “The religious ideas (and other ideas) other than propaganda weren’t very popular at that time.”

Mitrofanov said his religious statue idea of Our Lady cradling her Son after his death on the cross, “wasn’t promoted by my supervisors and teachers,” but still, “I liked the composition.”