Sunday, November 25, 2012
Grand Rapids Christian takes Div. 3 championship in a thriller, 40-37.
DETROIT — The final seconds of the Div. 3 state championship game on Saturday came down to the firepower offense of Grand Rapids Christian against the stout defense of Orchard Lake St. Mary's. That didn't seem to surprise head coach George Porritt. However, Porritt's Eaglets could not keep Christian senior kicker Joel Schipper from making neither a field goal with four seconds remaining to tie the game at 37 points nor the thrilling winner in overtime. St. Mary's had possession first in overtime, but could not convert a pass from senior Matt Linehan to senior Parker McInnis in the end zone on fourth down, forcing a turnover. Christian coach Don Fellows sent his field goal team out on first down and Schipper came through. "They're a big …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The team will compete against Harper Creek for a chance to head to the championship game.
Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory varsity football team heads to the state Division 1 semifinals Saturday at 1 p.m. The team faces off against Battle Creek Harper Creek at Chelsea High School. The winner will head to the championship game on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Ford Field in Detroit and will play the winner of the semifinal game between DeWitt and Grand Rapids Christian. The Eaglets beat Detroit East English this past weekend to advance to the semifinal. Before that, the team beat Avondale and South Lyon East in the playoffs. Last year, St. Mary's beat Harper Creek to earn a trip to Ford Field. Are you going to the game? Share your photos by clicking "Upload Photos and Videos" on this article.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Senior fullback Grant Niemiec leads Eaglets on the ground with 152 yards and three touchdowns.
With an eye toward the goal line and the score tied, the Orchard Lake St. Mary's varsity football team gambled and won on fourth down with a running play up the middle to keep the drive alive against Auburn Hills Avondale. Then, they did it again. And again. The defending Div. 3 state champion Eaglets utilized their ground attack to near-perfection on a crisp Saturday afternoon at home to beat Avondale, 49-14, for the district championship. Senior fullback Grant Niemiec, who led the way with 152 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, scored a go-ahead touchdown on fourth-and-one from the Avondale 1-yard-line in the second quarter to take the lead, 14-7. The Eaglets converted two previous fourth-down conversions on the 16-play, 60-yard…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Days after beating rival Detroit Catholic Central at Ford Field, Orchard Lake St. Mary's found out its opponent in the first round of the playoffs.
Updated: Oct. 22, 6:39 p.m. with date and time of upcoming game The Orchard Lake St. Mary's varsity football team will begin the defense of its Div. 1 state championship in the playoffs (7-2, 3-1 Catholic Central League) at home against South Lyon East at 7 p.m. Friday. The Sunday evening announcement came just days after the Eaglets topped their division rival Novi Detroit Catholic Central in the annual Prep Bowl event at Ford Field in Detroit, 27-10. Last year, the Eaglets kicked off the first round of the playoffs with a win Oct. 28 over Detroit Pershing, 56-6. St. Mary's would go on to a 45-7 rout in the finals over Mt. Pleasant Nov. 25. South Lyon East (5-4 overall, 2-3 Kensington Lakes Activities Association Central division) is in …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Intra-squad scrimmage offers season preview as well as a look at the unique playing surface.
To ask some, you might think that Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory high school football opponents will be "seeing red" this fall season at Monsignor Milewski Stadium. To ask others, opponents will have to "part the Red Sea" to beat the defending state champion Eaglets. To ask the team itself, its new, red-colored home field playing surface is simply "blessed." St. Mary's hosted its first competitive matchup, an annual scrimmage, on Saturday, after receiving a blessing from Chancellor Fr. Thomas Machulski. It's part of a $600,000 project to renovate the entire stadium, headmaster James Glowacki said. Of the initial total, director of facilities Robin Goddard said that $85,000 is left to be raised through the purchase of memorial bricks …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Football teams across Michigan, including those from St. Mary's Prep and West Bloomfield High, began practice this week while getting used to several new rules from the MHSAA.
The 2012-13 fall sports season officially began this week, when approximately 110,000 student-athletes in Michigan begin practice in eight sports regulated by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). Practicce began for Michgan's football players on Monday, followed by all other fall sports — from cross country to boys tennis — on Wednesday. Schools must have 12 days of preseason practice at all levels before their first game. For the West Bloomfield High School Lakers, the varsity team plays their first game of the season at home Aug. 24 against Jackson High School. The varsity team from Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory, meanwhile, will travel to Muskegon High School Aug. 24 for their first game. The Eaglets' first home …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Hut, hut! High school football practice starts Monday.
Hungry for a look ahead to the fall 2012 football season in the West Bloomfield area? Here's a look ahead at the schedules for the varsity teams at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory and West Bloomfield High School. Orchard Lake St. Mary's (Detroit Catholic) West Bloomfield (Oakland Red) 8/24 *=Conference opponent
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Head coach of Orchard Lake prep school expects renovations to be finished by home opening game in fall.
The home field of the Orchard Lake St. Mary's football team has seen a lot of memorable sports events, but on Tuesday it saw something different — bulldozers. A small groundbreaking ceremony was held at Msgr. Milewski Field, where artifical, red-colored turf is being installed for the fall 2012 football season. Until now, the home of the Eaglets had been known as one of few natural grass surfaces remaining for high school football programs across the country. The field will be colored red in between the end zones with the yard markers in traditional white with black trim, while the end zones will be painted black with "OLSM" in white type, explained athletic director and varsity football head coach George Porritt. "Aesthetically, it'll be …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Orchard Lake prep school will become one of only three campuses nationwide with red field.
Detroit Catholic Central, Detroit Cass Tech, and Weston St. Marcellus (Ontario) football teams, take note — at next fall's road trip to Orchard Lake St. Mary's, you'll be seeing red. Literally. Headmaster Jim Glowacki on Monday confirmed that what was a focus of fundraising since last September is set to become a reality beginning with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon. By week three of next fall's football season, Orchard Lake St. Mary's will have a red turf installed, he said. "We take football very seriously and we’ve had incredible success in our history. As much as anything, it’s a statement of where we hope to be as long as St. Mary’s is around," Glowacki said, explaining that the red field represents the school's colors. …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Football stars from Brother Rice, Orchard Lake St. Mary's, Detroit Country Day, Groves, West Bloomfield, and Athens signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
National Signing Day is today and Patch is covering local events throughout the afternoon. Check back for photos and live coverage of the top Oakland County football stars signing their National Letters of Intent (NLI). 6 p.m.: Mitch Robinson admitted this afternoon his first experience with Northwood University football was, in a word, "ugly." The Avondale High School senior quarterback said he attended his first game last fall and left at halftime when the score was 34-7. "I said on the way home that I didn't want to go there. I didn't want to be a part of that." But then Robinson grew to know the coaches and the school's reputation for academics. The combination of the two helped wipe away the bad memories of his first impression. On …