Mercy volleyball earns regional title, beats Cass Tech

After a thrilling five-set win against Bloomfield Hills Marian in the semifinal, Farmington Hills Mercy seemed to play like it had something to prove in the regional final against Cass Tech. 

The Marlins looked a lot like the team that swept through the district level of the MHSAA volleyball playoffs in the final, winning three-straight sets against the Technicians (25-9, 25-14, 25-14), securing the regional championship and a quarterfinal bid. 

Mercy will take on Macomb L'Anse Creuse North at St. Clair County Community College in the quarterfinal Tuesday. 

"We're just thrilled," Mercy head coach Loretta Vogel said. "In the season, you look for that next challenge. For us, it's wonderful." 

Top-ranked Mercy survives five-set scare against Marian in regional semifinal

FARMINGTON >> For the better part of the past decade, postseason success for the Farmington Hills Mercy and Birmingham Marian volleyball programs has tended to come at the other’s expense. One usually knocks the other out.

And though all five regular season meetings between the Marlins and Mustangs went decidedly in favor of No. 1-ranked Mercy this year, none of those matches resembled what took place Tuesday in a Division 1 regional semifinal.

Mercy High performs 'You're Only Young Once'

The Mercy High School performing arts department will take to the stage this weekend for its fall 2019 production is "You're Only Young Once."

This light and charming comedy is about the sheer insanity of high school life and its societies. The plot is a simple one of life's little complications, romantic entanglements and academic pressures. The real delights are the almost allegorical types the characters portrayed. There's the principal, the coach, the English teacher, the athletic star, the honors student, the ladies' man, the president of the PTA and many others.

The setting is the principal's office on the morning of the big game, and all kinds of confusion ensue.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Nov. 8-9) and 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 10.

Mercy volleyball sweeps Stevenson in first round of districts

Mercy senior Jess Mrusik lines up next to Genevieve Sale against Livonia Stevenson in the first round of the MHSAA volleyball playoffs. (Photo: Colin Gay |


The Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team stepped into the Farmington gym Monday night confident. 

The Marlins came into the playoffs having been beaten in the state semifinals in the past two seasons, warming up with a sense that they expected to get there and, eventually, get past that point in 2019. 

It did not take long for Mercy to get to the district semifinal, sweeping Livonia Stevenson in three sets (25-9, 25-18, 25-19). 

Mercy volleyball continues strong run with win over Marian in CHSL tourney final

Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball coach Loretta Vogel admits she doesn’t keep track of the championships her team wins.

Nevertheless, the Marlins added another Catholic High School League tournament title to their trophy case with a 3-0 win over Bloomfield Hills Marian Oct. 29 in the CHSL Bishop tournament final at Madison Heights Bishop Foley.

“We really do just take it one game at a time,” said Vogel, whose team moved to 50-1 on the season with the win. “It’s always nice for us to be here and to be in a position to win these matches and compete for championships, but our focus is always on just improving with each game.”

Mercy has now won three straight CHSL tournament titles and 10 since 1975. 

Mercy Named Apple Distinguished School

Farmington Hills, MI October 22, 2019 - Mercy High School is pleased ​to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019 - 2022 for our integration of technology across the curriculum and school life.​
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

Mercy volleyball taking things game by game

FARMINGTON HILLS — With the amount of talent the Farmington Hills Mercy volleyball team has, it can be easy to look ahead and focus on other things.

But that’s exactly what the Marlins are trying to avoid, as they’ve tried to stay focused on one game at a time. That philosophy had the Marlins sitting at 33-1 overall at press time, with their only loss coming back on Sept. 14 to Lowell High.

“We kind of have that business mentality of just taking it game by game,” senior Jess Mruzik said. “We don’t really know what the next game is going to hold or how the other team’s going to play or how we’re going to play, so we just have to take it point by point and focus on our side, and we’ll be fine.”

Mercy’s Diane Dietz inducted into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

FARMINGTON HILLS — When Diane Dietz got the call letting her know that she was being inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, she thought it could be a prank.

A former colleague of hers, Matt Friedman, who is now a director for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, was the one to give her the call, but he was not joking around.

The former Farmington Hills Mercy and University of Michigan basketball star was shocked, but excited to hear the news.

“I honestly remember everything stopping for a moment, because I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. It was crazy,” Dietz said.

It may be crazy to Dietz, but if you take a look at her numbers throughout her career, it should come as no surprise that she received the honor.

Mercy laps the field to win another Oakland County title

The Farmington Hills Mercy Marlins celebrate their 2019 Oakland County Swim Championship held on Saturday October 5, 2019 at Lake Orion HS.  The Marlins scored 450.5 points to outdistance Novi who had 275.5 and Rochester Adams placed third with 239 points.  (MediaNews Group photo by Ken Swart)

LAKE ORION >> The Farmington Hills Mercy girls swim team continued to rule over Oakland County on Saturday, as the Marlins claimed another county championship at Lake Orion High School.

Mercy bested the field by nearly 200 points, as the Marlins scored 450.5 for first place while Novi came in second with 275.5 and Rochester Adams was third with 239.