Farmington Hills Mercy soccer tops Birmingham Groves in defensive battle

With the first half of the district 13 soccer final already set, Farmington Hills Mercy and Birmingham Groves fought hard to fill the other slot in the bracket.

It was an extremely physical game, filled with hard tackles and aggressive play — but it had to be that way, given how strong each team's defenses were throughout the contest.

The game couldn't stay scoreless forever, and Mercy took a 1-0 win thanks to a second half goal from sophomore Madeline Kenney. 

The Marlins improve to 4-11-1, while the Falcons fall to 4-9-8 to end their season.

Mercy will play Livonia Stevenson (16-2-2) in the district final on Saturday at North Farmington High School.

Stevenson beat Farmington in game one on Tuesday, 4-0.

Mercy Farmington play to 2-2 draw

FARMINGTON – The Farmington Hills Mercy Marlins and Farmington Falcons played to a 2-2 draw Monday night.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Marlins came out strong in the second half. Olivia Engler had a great chance just over a minute after halftime, when she found herself alone against Farmington goalkeeper Alex Thomas, but Thomas made a great save to smother the chance. Mere seconds later, Erica Padula would play a through ball that gave Engler a second chance, and this time she found the far left side of the net to tie the game 1-1 with 38:55 to play in the game.

Former Mercy softball star Kayce Nieto enjoying her return home, back to her alma mater as an assistant coach

FARMINGTON — As a lifelong pitcher who sported an ERA south of 0.50 in high school, Kayce Nieto was never a big proponent of the concept of people “going home.”

And yet, here she is in her mid-20s, back where she started, bumming around the Farmington Hills Mercy softball fields, helping out her old program as an assistant coach, loving every minute she spends at home.

“It’s so much fun. I love being back at Mercy. It’s a fantastic place, good kids, good families. And I get to coach my little sister, which is cool,” the former Marlins ace pitcher said.

Farmington Hills Mercy excited for season

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Mercy softball team has some big goals this season.

The Marlins are confident that they can be one of the top teams in the Catholic High School League, compete for a Catholic League tournament title and make a run in the state tournament.

Mercy is just a few years removed from a Division 1 state title and is motivated to get back there. At press time, the Marlins were 3-2 overall.

“This program has a lot of greatness in its history. They won a state championship in 2016, so we want to get back there. That’s the goal. We know that there’s a lot of work that goes into that,” assistant coach Kayce Nieto said.

Nieto graduated from Mercy in 2012 and played softball at the University of Utah.

Libby Bartels named 2019 Miss Hockey; girls’ all-state teams announced

FARMINGTON HILLS – First a state championship, now the top individual award for girls’ high school hockey.

It’s been a good March for Libby Bartels.

The Mercy captain was named the 2019 Miss Hockey award winner Sunday.

Bartels, a senior, led Mercy to a Michigan High School Girls Hockey League state championship, helping the Marlins to a win over defending champion Grosse Pointe South in the final.

The Miss Hockey winner recorded 36 points on the season, per the MHSGHL official website.

Heart of Mercy 2019

Mercy High School rejoices for 2019 Heart of Mercy Award recipients Maggie Dwyer ’19 and English Teacher Mr. Steve Morgan who live out the values of Human Dignity, Service, Justice, Mercy, and Option for the Poor. Congratulations and thank you for being faithful and compassionate people of God who make a difference to everyone in our Mercy family! 

Reflections about Maggie:

Holly Markiecki-Bennetts in the News

With the breaking national college admissions scandal, our very own Mercy Counselor Holly Markiecki-Bennetts is in the media spotlight! 
Holly, as president of MACAC (Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling), was asked to speak to the issues and inequities posed by the college admissions national scandal. We are so very proud of Holly's poise and expertise in representing Mercy High School, and congratulate her on this professional acknowledgement from the larger community!
You can see Holly's interviews here: