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Jess Mruzik '20 named 2018 -19 Gatorade Michigan Volleyball Player of the Year

 
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MERCY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT-ATHLETE NAMED GATORADE MICHIGAN VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
 
CHICAGO (January 15, 2019) — In its 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Jess Mruzik of Mercy High School as its 2018-19 Gatorade Michigan Volleyball Player of the Year.  Mruzik is the second Gatorade Michigan Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Mercy High School.   
 

Going the Distance

Fall is always the craziest time of the year for junior Katherine Hutter.

A. She's competing on the Mercy (Farmington, Hills, Mich.) swim and diving team.

B. She’s aiming to get to the state championships for the third time in three years.

C. She’s trying to keep her grade point average flawless — she’s never earned anything less than an A in high school.

D. She’s volunteering at a local food bank – helping out those who are less fortunate.

"In the midst of chaos and girl drama and all the other stuff is she never loses the focus of her goal, which is to maintain her 4.0, do what she needs to do to get into the college that she wants to go to," said her mom, Michelle.

Farmington Hills Mercy runs over Athens for season-opening win

TROY >> On opening night, Farmington Hills Mercy came ready to run.

Operating at a relentless pace in the first half Wednesday, the Marlins flew past Troy Athens with basket after basket scored quickly in transition. Before long, Mercy’s efficient offensive possessions stacked up, leading to an eventual 69-39 road win.

“That’s the way we’ve been practicing,” Marlins coach Gary Morris said of the fast pace. “We’re not very big, but we can, at times, put a really athletic group out there, so we’re going to try and go that tempo if we can.”

College Bound Athletes Fall 2018

The Mercy Athletics Department hosted an event to celebrate all senior athletes committing to play a sport next year at the college level. We are so proud of our Marlin college bound athletes! Congratulations to these talented Mercy seniors. Maddie Benoit: Volleyball, Wayne State University; Sarah Cassidy: Softball, Cleary University; Courtney Connolly: Swimming, Howard University; Annette Dombrowski: Swimming, Michigan State University; Ella Loussia: Volleyball, Canisius College; Alexa Morello: Soccer, Fordham University; Sarah Smolinski: Soccer, Grand Valley State University; Emily Susitko: Volleyball, Hillsdale College.

Focus: HOPE Food Drive

Values in action! Mercy joined hearts and hands to help provide food and donations to Metro Detroit senior citizens in need for our annual Focus: HOPE food drive. We give thanks for our 30+ year partnership with Focus: HOPE and are proud to be their largest food donor during the holiday season.

Mercy outlasts the competition in defending D1 state swim title

YPSILANTI - The Harrison-Farmington girls swim team dominated the highlights at Saturday’s MHSAA Division 1 girls state swim finals at Eastern Michigan University.

But it was Farmington Hills Mercy that put together a complete team effort, one worthy of capturing its second straight state championship. The Marlins had 14 individual scoring efforts and finished third, sixth and eighth in the three team relay events to edge out runner-up Brighton and third-place Harrison-Farmington and win the school’s eighth state title since 2007.

Onward and upward! Mercy advances to Final Four for second straight season

Mercy's volleyball team finds itself in the Final Four for the second straight season.

But, take it from Canisius College-bound senior Ella Loussia, the Marlins are focused on bigger and better things after methodically taking care of Sterling Heights Stevenson, 25-8, 25-17, 2514, in Tuesday's Division 1 quarterfinal game played at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

Mercy, which lost in last year's state semifinal to arch rival Marian, next plays Lake Orion in the state semifinal set for 4:30 p.m. Friday at Battle Creek's Kellogg Arena. The state championship game is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the same venue.

Mercy earns trip back to Battle Creek with sweep of Stevenson

ST. CLAIR SHORES >> Farmington Hills Mercy has prided itself all season with focusing on its next match - and not looking back.

But it sure would have been easy for the Marlins to relish in its most recent regional final victory over rival Birmingham Marian and overlook Tuesday night’s Division 1 quarterfinal foe, Sterling Heights Stevenson.

But that didn’t happen. Not even close.

Mercy senior Ella Louissa served up 10 straight points to open the match, helping her team build a commanding 16-1 lead and cruising to a straight-set, 25-8, 25-17, 25-14 victory over the Titans to advance to a second-straight state semifinal appearance in Battle Creek.

2018 Catholic High School League Girls Swimming Championship

Farmington Hills Mercy -- 2018 CHSL girls swimming champion

Swim & Dive have captured the CHSL title for the last 51 of 52 years!

All divisions

1991-2018 CHSL champion: Farmington Hills Mercy

Team results

1. D1 No. 1 Farmington Hills Mercy, 612

2. D3 No. 3 Bloomfield Hills Marian, 423

3. D3 No. 2 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, 421

4. Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, 205

5. Dearborn Divine Child, 143

6. Madison Heights Bishop Foley, 115

7. Warren Regina, 97

Individual champions

200-yard medley relay: Bloomfield Hills Marian (Lauren Sielicki, Mary Snyder, Anika Fassett, Julia Waechter), 1:47.57

Mercy 'Miracle': Actors bring Helen Keller's story to the stage

Kathy Sill was in Tuscumbia, Ala., in July, visiting the home of Helen Keller, the author, political activist and lecturer who became the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree and whose story was told in the Academy Award-winning movie, "The Miracle Worker."

While she was there, she viewed a production of the play of the same name on the grounds of Keller's home, Ivy Green. The experience, Sill said, was an amazing one.

"I stood at the water pump where she uttered her first word and was overwhelmed by the experience," Sill said.

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