Marlins Get Past Cranes

Farmington Hills Mercy Sophomore Libby Bartels scores the game winner on Wednesday against Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.

Farmington Hills Mercy tips rival Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, 3-1.

Defending Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League Division 1 champion Farmington Hills Mercy downed Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 3-1 on Wednesday, December 14 at Cranbrook's Wallace Ice Arena.

Cranbrook led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by senior Jaden Bertuzzi. Mercy tied the game in the second period on a goal by senior Hannah Roegner.

Mercy picks up early season Catholic League win over rival Marian

Bloomfield Hills – In an unusually early Catholic League matchup against rival Birmingham Marian, Farmington Hills Mercy’s second half defense clamped down on Friday night.

After falling behind 27-21 at halftime on Friday night, the Marlins allowed just six points through the first 12 minutes of the second half as Mercy would pick up a 44-43 win to open up Catholic League play.

Mercy head coach Gary Morris said that playing a quality league opponent like Marian this early in the season was a challenge for his team, but said that he was pleased with his team’s play throughout the game on Friday night.

FH Mercy edges Marian in girls hoops WITH PHOTO GALLERY

BIRMINGHAM – In girls hoops action, Chloe Godbold scored 11 points as Farmington Hills Mercy edged Birmingham Marian 44-43 on Friday evening.

Jackie Bauer and Katie Coe scored 10 points. Jenna Schluter recorded seven points and Jess Mruzik scored six points had 10 rebounds for Mercy (2-1, 1-0 CHSL).

Olivia Moore scored 11 points. Lauren Montalbano, Hannah Redoute and Uche Ike all scored eight points for Marian (2-2, 0-1 CHSL).

Mercy's Katie Minnich is girls MLive Detroit Swimmer of the Year

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI -- Heading into the girls swim season this fall, Katie Minnich's dominance in the 100-yard backstroke had already been well known. As the state champion in the event as a freshman and sophomore, Minnich returned for her junior season this fall with every intention of defending he title.

Not only did Minnich defend her title, the Farmington Hills Mercy standout also posted the fastest 100-yard backstroke time ever a Division 1 championship meet, swimming a time of 53.99 in the prelims.

Mercy hoops has chance to be a contender, in the league and beyond

FARMINGTON HILLS — A year ago, the Port Huron Northern girls basketball team made it to the Class A quarterfinals.

This year, the squad brought back four starters and is as dangerous as ever.

On Dec. 3, the Farmington Hills Mercy squad was tied with the Huskies in the fourth quarter before eventually falling.

There may be no moral victories for Gary Morris and his Marlins, but there’s plenty to take from an effort like that.

“We’re very pleased with this team and how things are going so far,” Morris said a day after his Mercy squad fell to Northern 47-43 at Calihan Hall. “This is a group that works very hard in practice, and in these first few games, really competes.”

Mercy looks for another successful hardcourt season

There's no doubting the court success Farmington Mercy has enjoyed under veteran head coach Gary Morris.

Mercy has registered 12 consecutive winning basketball seasons. The Marlins have won six district titles, including four straight, since 2009. They've been to the regional championship game six times during that span, making a trip to the state semifinal in 2014. Mercy owns three Catholic League crowns since 2011.

Morris, in his 13th season at Mercy, believes the Marlins are fully capable of sustaining that success as the 2016-17 campaign gets underway.

Students raise Empowerment Plan awareness

A group of students decided that they wanted to make a difference this past summer and started a project to help homeless people in Detroit. The group consisted of four students: Caitlin Parsons and Supreet  Nirman, who attend Mercy High School in Farmington Hills; and Dylan Parsons and Zachary Peurach who attend Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi.

The students have been involved in other community service programs before and often participated in programs where they would volunteer at homeless shelters or distribute food to the homeless through St. Aloysius in downtown Detroit.

Mercy's Minnich Races Toward Greatness

FARMINGTON HILLS – Maybe it was fate that brought Katie Minnich and Farmington Hills Mercy swim coach Mike Venos together this season.

Unbeknownst to Minnich, Venos had known Minnich a decade before she became one of the state’s top swimmers.

Minnich, a junior, is an emerging swimming superstar in a state that has produced such nationally renowned athletes as Olympian Allison Schmidt of Canton and, more recently, Waterford’s Maddie Wright, who now competes for the University of Southern California and was a semifinalist at the 2016 Olympic trials.

Farmington Hills Mercy sweeps Harrison, claims district title

FARMINGTON – Freshman Jessica Mruzik had 16 kills and seven aces to lead Farmington Hills Mercy to a sweep of crosstown rival Harrison in the District 21 volleyball championship on Friday.

Mercy (42-9 overall) prevailed 25-16, 25-15 and 25-22 in the hard-fought match. Marlins head coach Loretta Vogel knew her team was ready but that Harrison wouldn’t give up.

“They are pretty disciplined,” Vogel said. “There were a couple areas where I thought we let Harrison catch up with us. In the end service matters, passing matters. Sometimes with a team like Harrison the ball comes back differently. Somewhat unorthodox at times. And we need to watch what they are doing.”

Harrison held a seven-point lead in the third game, 22-15, but couldn’t hold on.

Mercy volleyball advances to district final with sweep of West Bloomfield

FARMINGTON — She called them a very good team, a “great team,” to be exact.

Dana Gray’s assessment of the Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball squad proved to be pretty accurate Wednesday night as the Marlins ousted her West Bloomfield High group in straight sets from a Class A district semifinal at Farmington High.

“We were excited to get into districts and get a fresh start,” Gray said. Her squad beat North Farmington Monday in an opener. “We played well the other night, but knew we’d have our hands full tonight. This was a ranked team that was very good. But our girls were confident, and we got better as the match went on.”

“I thought, for us tonight, serving and passing was real big,” Mercy coach Loretta Vogel said. “We were successful where we needed to.”