Mercy earns sixth Catholic League title

Marlins register third straight win over rival Mustangs

Mercy reigns again.

For the third time since 2011, the Catholic League girls basketball tournament championship trophy will reside at Farmington Hills Our Lady of Mercy High School. The Marlins regained the title after defeating arch rival Bloomfield Hills Marian, 45-36, in the competitive title game played Sunday at Wayne State University.

It is Mercy's sixth Catholic League championship overall — three each for current head coach Gary Morris and former head coach Larry Baker.

"It's nice to win another Catholic League championship for Mercy," said Morris, in his 13th season as head coach. "I'm extremely proud of our kids.

Catholic girls hoops title: FH Mercy puts clamps down on Marian

Mercy avenged a loss last season with its first league title in three years:

After three years, Chloe Godbold finally got the Catholic League championship trophy in her hand. And all she could do was start sneezing.

But don’t worry, the Farmington Hills Mercy guard isn’t allergic to winning. In fact, she was just what the doctor ordered as the Marlins won their first league title in three seasons, 45-36, over Bloomfield Hills Marian today at Wayne State.

Mercy (17-2) avenged a loss to Marian last year by giving the Mustangs a dose of their own medicine: a lock-down defense.

Mercy, Shrine win Catholic girls basketball titles

With few exceptions, the girls side of the Catholic League A-B Division has been shared between two teams for the last 10 years: Farmington Hills Mercy and Birmingham Marian.

On Sunday, Mercy won its first title since 2013-14, with a 45-36 win over Marian in the division’s championship game at Wayne State.

Senior guard Chloe Godbold had 19 points to lead Mercy. Freshman forward Jess Mruzik scored 10.

“We got to this game last year and we lost to Marian. So it feels good to win this one,” Mercy coach Gary Morris said. “I thought we really played well. We competed. I thought we played well defensively. If you play well defensively, it keeps you in the game.”

Mercy seniors get their chance to hoist trophy, beating Marian for CHSL title WITH PHOTO GALLERY

DETROIT >> After falling short two straight years, this big group of Farmington Hills Mercy players finally got to experience the joy of winning a Catholic League title, winning Sunday’s title game at Wayne State, 45-36, over rival Birmingham Marian.

“We’re proud that we won the Central Division for the second year in a row, and we got to this game again, and obviously it feels better to win it today,” said Mercy coach Gary Morris, who’s guided the Marlins to the last three of their seven total Catholic League titles, and the third since 2010-11. “Certainly it was a goal of ours to win the Catholic League.”

Farmington Hills Mercy beats rival Marian for third time to claim Catholic League A-B title

Detroit – Most coaches will tell you that beating any team three times in a season can be difficult and in Sunday afternoon’s Catholic League A-B Final, Farmington Hills Mercy was looking for its third win of the season over rival Birmingham Marian, along with its first league title since 2014.

After a slow first half for both teams, Mercy took a lead just before halftime and held a narrow lead throughout the third quarter before the Marlins would pull away in the fourth quarter for a 45-36 win.

Mercy jumps on Lutheran North early, heads back to CHSL title game WITH PHOTO GALLERY

NOVI >> Both teams planned on blitzing the other, right out of the gate.

Farmington Hills Mercy’s pregame planning just worked a little better than Macomb Lutheran North’s did, as the Marlins got out to an early double-digit lead, and rolled on to a 54-28 win in Wednesday’s Catholic League A-B semifinal.

“The last time we played them, we were 16 down halfway through the third quarter, and came back to win by eight, so ideally you always like to get off to a good start, but I thought if we could get off to a good start, that would help, confidence-wise. And it did,” Mercy coach Gary Morris said.

Mercy remains team to beat in Catholic League and maybe beyond

FARMINGTON HILLS — There was a certain bit of revenge sought in this one.

Roughly a month after the Dearborn Divine Child girls basketball team handed Farmington Hills Mercy its only league loss of the year, the teams met for a second time Jan. 26.

There would be no repeat performance.

“This was a big win for us,” Mercy coach Gary Morris said of the 46-31 victory. “This is a league where every game is tough. All season, we’ve been involved with close games. Really, this one was too until the fourth.”

Close, but never in doubt. The Marlins put together one of their most complete efforts of the year, and in doing so, took firm control of the Catholic High School League Central Division.

Mercy avenges only league loss, rolls past Divine Child 46-31

DEARBORN — Entering Thursday night’s road battle at Dearborn Divine Child, the Farmington Hills Mercy basketball team had a single blemish on its Catholic League Central Division record.

Fittingly enough, it came at the hands of the Falcons back on Dec. 21.

Leaving the Divine Child gym this night, the Marlins’ single blemish remained.

“This was a big win for us,” Mercy coach Gary Morris said of the 46-31 victory. “This is a league where every game is tough. All season we’ve been involved with close games. Really, this one was too until the fourth.”

Mercy’s last loss this season was the 54-39 setback to DC at home in December.

In that game, the Falcons came out firing, connecting on a number of 3-pointers, and the Marlins never recovered from.

Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Regional Scholastic Art Awards 2017
Congratulations to the 12 students from Mercy’s Art Department who won 13 awards in this year’s Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.  
Special congratulations to Bianca Seely and Katelynn Smith. They won gold keys (first place) in the individual photography (Bianca) and ceramics (Katelynn) contests. Their pieces will compete in New York for national awards in March.

Mercy wins slugfest to complete regular-season sweep of Marian WITH PHOTO GALLERY

FARMINGTON HILLS — The thing about defense is — yes, it can win championships — but it has a hard time winning basketball games single-handedly.

You still have to put the ball in the bucket occasionally to do that.

Farmington Hills Mercy did that with just a touch more frequency in Tuesday’s Catholic League defensive grudge match against rival Birmingham Marian, winning essentially on the strength of three made 3-pointers, 33-30.

“I loved our fight and our will. … Just a hard-fought game. I thought both teams had a lot of will,” Mercy coach Gary Morris said. “I think both teams would’ve liked to have played better offensively, maybe taken better care of the ball at times. …

“But real proud of how our kids competed.”