Falcons, Marlins in district final again?

If all goes well for the hometown teams, Farmington and Mercy high schools will meet for the fourth straight year in the final round of a district volleyball tournament next week.

Mercy has won the previous three meetings and will try to win its 11th consecutive district championship in the Class A tournament at Southfield High School.

Each team drew a first-round bye and will play a semifinal match Wednesday, creating the possibility of another all-Farmington final at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Marlins, who have won a district title in 23 of the last 26 years, swept the Falcons in three games last year in the Farmington gym, 12-15-16.

Mercy rallies to defeat Marian

Jenna Reinhold’s 17th birthday was made extra special by what she and her Farmington Hills Mercy teammates accomplished Thursday on the volleyball court.

The senior rightside hitter was one of the team’s top performers as the Marlins staged an impressive come-from-behind victory over rival Birmingham Marian.

After losing the first set, 29-27, the host Marlins showed great resiliency and dominated the next three to win the match, 25-15, 25-15, 25-16.

“It was great, especially since today is my birthday,” Reinhold said. “ It was senior night; it was a great win. I’m so proud of how everybody played. It was just a great night. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”

Marlins run past Mustangs

Mercy's 80-48 victory over host Birmingham Marian in girls track and field was largely due to its ability in the hurdles and distance races Tuesday.

The Marlins dominated those events in the Catholic League meet at Brother Rice High School and evened their dual record at 2-2.

“I've got to hand it to our hurdles crew,” Mercy coach Gary Servais said. “We swept both hurdle races, so that was key. Our distance crew swept the mile; we went one-two in the half mile and two mile, and we won the two-mile relay. That was pretty dominating.”

Mercy started on the track with Teagan Dillon, Katelyn Toloff, Celeste White and Mary Haapala winning the 3,200-meter relay in 11:01.

Marlins anticipate more offense

Coach Butch Babler believes the Mercy High School soccer team has the potential to be much better offensively in 2011.

If that proves to be the case, the Marlins could have a very good year.

“For us this year, the key is I think we're actually going to score goals, which has always been a problem for us,” Babler said, adding the Mercy defense will be solid.

The team leaders are senior captains Whitney Morey and Kirstie Racinski. Junior Mackenzie Williams is a third captain.

Morey will start on defense and Racinski at forward, although the two are interchangeable depending on what the team needs, Babler said. Williams will anchor the midfield.