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Marlins down Maples in four to earn regional trophy

Birmingham Seaholm had just scored back-to-back points to take a 23-22 lead in the fourth game Thursday when Farmington Hills Mercy coach Loretta Vogel quickly called a timeout.

"Coach said, 'This is why we play volleyball,'" Mercy senior Jenna Lerg said. '"This is what we play for; this is why we play club. We've been looking forward to this the whole season,' and that was the only thing going through our heads. This is why we want to win, why we play for each other."

That little pep talk inspired the Marlins and helped the team rally for a 28-26 victory and a regional championship in the Class A final at Marian High School, 3-1.

Marlins sweep to district crown

Farmington Hills Mercy downed Detroit Renaissance 3-0 to win the Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A District 21 Volleyball Championship on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Renaissance.

Mercy won the match 25-11, 25-15, and 25-18.

Senior Jenna Lerg had 13 kills. Senior Kayla Fisher added seven kills. Senior Monica Shuk had 22 digs for Mercy (51-6-2).

Mercy beat Farmington 3-1 and Detroit Renaissance beat Detroit Mumford 3-0 on Wednesday, Nov. 5, to advance to the final.

Mercy heads to the MHSAA Region 5 tournament at Bloomfield Hills Marian. Mercy will face the winner of the District 19 championship on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Livonia Churchill faces Garden City on Friday, Nov. 7 for the District 19 title.

Dad fosters Mercy student’s technology love

Technology has affected everyone's lives ... whether we like it or not! For some, using a smart phone or tablet may be just as hard as solving a complicated math problem. Others, however, operate electronics like it is second nature to them. People nowadays say that teenagers are more adept to using technology because they have grown and changed alongside the gadgets. I am proof to this statement because my whole life has revolved around technology.

My father was fascinated by technology ever since the first computer was released. His passion and love for technology spilled into his career, where he became the Technology Director at his work.

Mercy’s Allysen Eads is top runner in Catholic League

Farmington Hills Mercy senior Allysen Eads is the 2014 Catholic League champion in girls cross country.

Eads, a four-year standout for the Marlins, won the seven-school race in the A-B Division meet Oct. 18 at Kensington Metropark.

Eads ran a time of 20:17 on the Possum Hollow course and finished 12 seconds ahead of Warren Regina junior and runner-up Teresa Diehl.

“She won all three jamborees, but we didn’t know what to expect from those three wild cards,” Mercy coach Gary Servais said, regarding three additional teams in the race.

“We thought there might be a kid from each team that would step up. Other than that, we knew there might be one or two Regina kids that might challenge her.

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.

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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.

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