Farmington Mercy will again be tough to beat

With new coach Mike Venos taking over for recently retired Shannon Dunworth, Farmington Hills Mercy’s girls swimming team will have a new look this season. But the Marlins will still be formidable. With 11 straight Oakland County titles and a third-place finish at last year’s D1 state meet, Mercy’s resume is intimidating. To be sure, it will take a mighty effort from area teams to topple the Marlins, but a host of teams will try.


Marlins might have best team yet

Long a power in the sport of girls volleyball, Farmington Hills Mercy might reach new heights in the 2016 campaign. Coach Loretta Vogel begins her eighth season at the school and her 40th overall with what could be one of her best teams. Potentially, the Class A Marlins, who are ranked No. 5 in the first statewide coaches poll, will have one of their best attacks, featuring an array of powerful hitters.

"In other years, we had a number of girls who, when they went off to club, played defensive positions and, when they came back to Mercy, they needed to be hitters," Vogel said. "This year, we have girls who played club and are definitely attacks.

Crowning moment: Grace Murphy is Miss Farmington 2016

The Farmington-Farmington Hills community has a new ambassador, and local youth have a new role model.

Grace Murphy was crowned Miss Farmington 2016 during Wednesday evening’s pageant at the Farmington Civic Theater.

“I’m overjoyed and so surprised – this is unreal,” said Grace, moments after she was named winner.

The 17-year-old, a Northville resident, was eligible to compete for the title due to her attending school in Farmington or Farmington Hills. She’ll be a senior this fall at Mercy High School.

Venos is new Mercy girls swim coach

Mercy High School has found a most capable and qualified individual to take charge of its enormously successful swimming and diving program.

Mike Venos, who has had parallel results in his 17 years with the Brother Rice boys, will coach the Mercy girls, too.

He replaces Shannon Dunworth, who resigned recently after 12 seasons with the Marlins to take a non-coaching job in Texas.

“I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am with this new opportunity,” Venos said. “This is a program that is rich in tradition. These young ladies know how to work and understand how to compete, and they walk around with the pride of a Mercy girl.”

The Venos family is very familiar with Mercy. Venos’ mother, aunt, wife, sister-in-law and daughter are graduates of the school.

Krzywiecki earns Miss Softball Award

For the second year in a row, the Miss Softball Award for position players goes to a member of the Farmington Hills Mercy team.

Abby Krzywiecki received the honor at the end of an outstanding senior season in which she set a state record for home runs with 20.

Tom Calnen, president of the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association, made the announcement Saturday in the wake of Mercy’s 4-0 win over Macomb Dakota in the Division 1 state final.

Alex Sobczak, a former Mercy standout who now plays for the University of Michigan, won the award last year.

“To be able to do it back-to back-with her, that’s unreal,” Krzywiecki said. “She’s one of my good friends. It’s great to have the award, but I think the win is better, truthfully.”



Congratulations to Mercy Varsity Softball for an extraordinary 2016 season and winning the MHSAA Division 1 Softball State Championship by defeating No.1 ranked Macomb Dakota 4-0 Saturday. Way to go, Abby Krzywiecki, for being named Michigan's Miss Softball for 2016!

Marlins win return trip to state semis

Anna Dixon saw the ball drop in center field and never stopped running. When she finally did, she was on home plate.

The sophomore catcher’s inside-the-park home run helped Farmington Hills Mercy clinch an 11-7 victory over Lake Orion in a Division 1 quarterfinal softball game Tuesday.

She came to bat in the top of the sixth inning at Wayne State University after back-to-back singles by the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters, Megan Satawa and Mary Reeber.

Dixon lined a two-out pitch that got past the outfielder and rolled to the wooden fence in the deepest part of the stadium.

“I was running for at least a double,” Dixon said. “Once I saw it get past her, I was trying to run for three.”

FH Mercy's Abby Krzywiecki named 2016 Total Softball Michigan HS Softball Player of the Year

Farmington Hills Mercy’s Abby Krzywiecki named 2016 Total Softball Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year

June 18, 2015 – On Tuesday afternoon, State Champs! Sports Network and Total Softball announced that Farmington Hills Mercy’s Abby Krzywiecki has been named the recipient of the 2016 Total Softball Michigan High School Softball Player of the Year Award.

Marlins survive quarterfinal slugfest with Lake Orion, return to semis

DETROIT >> The key to surviving in the postseason isn’t to think you’ll never get hit hard — it’s merely to avoid being the one that gets squished.

While both teams in the Division 1 softball quarterfinal at Wayne State may feel like bugs on a windshield after Tuesday’s dual offensive maulings, only one of them flew away from the encounter.

No. 2-ranked Farmington Hills Mercy survived a series of persistent comeback attempts by No. 6-ranked Lake Orion, to hold on to an 11-7 win, and advance to the semifinals for the second straight season.