Sister Pie Bakes Up Winning Recipe To Be $50K Hatch Winner

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – Lisa Ludwinski has been baking since she was a child, making unique creations in professional kitchens and her own home.

Now, after winning  the 2014 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest presented by the Detroit Lions Wednesday, she will be able to bring her hand-made, seasonal pies and cookies to a larger audience through her bakery Sister Pie.

“I am just so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to be in such an amazing contest,” said Ludwinski, who credited the contest for focusing her dream for Sister Pie. “I have learned so much about what I want Sister Pie to be, and what it will continue to be when we open our  doors.”

Marlins get early start in swim pool

Defending state champion Mercy High School got an early jump on the competition and the 2014 girls swim season Wednesday morning.

When the clock struck midnight, the Marlins hit the water at the earliest possible moment on the first official day of practice.

The event was meant to build team unity and an esprit de corps among the 60 athletes--more than a third of whom are freshmen.

"They're young and impressionable and they want their first impression of an organization to be a lasting one," coach Shannon Dunworth said.

"We didn't invent this idea. College basketball teams have been doing it forever. It's a way to jump-start the season. We'll hae some fun with that."

Miss Farmington: Mercy junior Emma Feeheley will wear 2014 crown

Mercy High School junior Emma Feeheley was crowned Miss Farmington 2014 during the annual pageant ceremony Wednesday night at the Civic Theater.

Sponsored by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Feeheley, 16, had little time to enjoy the honor as she is expected to be visible and working during the Farmington Founders Festival, during which she will be seen in the Saturday morning festival parade.

“I’m so excited,” Feeheley said, Wednesday night as the other six Miss Farmington contestants gathered around her on the Civic Theater stage. “I had no ideas this was going to happen.”

Chosen as first runner up was Lea Cane, 17, and second runner up was Emily Trombly, 17, a Farmington High School senior.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Jones' last-second steal swipes CHSL title for Mercy

One coach gambled, and it resulted in a league title. One coach gambled, and it backfired.

Placed on the inbounder by her coach because of her long arms, Taylor Jones stole the ball with 4.2 seconds left in Sunday’s Catholic League A-B championship game, and swiped a CHSL title for the Farmington Hills Mercy Marlins.

The ball landed in her bread basket, right underneath the hoop, and her layup beat the buzzer, sending the No. 4-ranked Marlins to a 55-54 win over No. 3 Birmingham Marian.

“Ohhh, it was great. I was so happy. My happiest moment,” said Jones, who’d been on the roster for the title game two seasons ago, but did not play in the game at the University of Detroit’s Calihan Hall.

Mercy High wins national Apple award for innovative use of iPad in curriculum

While more and more schools throughout metro Detroit are using iPads in the classroom, Mercy High School in Farmington Hills has been recognized for its innovative adoption of the portable tablet.

The school’s pairing of two courses — speech and a digital art class — shows how the iPad is enhancing both of the traditional subjects at Mercy and giving students technology skills, said associate principal Laurence Baker.

Mercy High School Named Apple Distinguished School

Farmington Hills, MI - Mercy High School is pleased to announce that we have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013 to 2015 for our integration of technology across the curriculum and school life. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear and consistent vision of exemplary learning environments.

“Mercy has a decade of experience as a 1:1 computing school. Using Apple technology provides students with concepts and experiences that will prepare them for higher education and future careers,” Carolyn Witte, Principal.

Falcons, Marlins in district final again?

If all goes well for the hometown teams, Farmington and Mercy high schools will meet for the fourth straight year in the final round of a district volleyball tournament next week.

Mercy has won the previous three meetings and will try to win its 11th consecutive district championship in the Class A tournament at Southfield High School.

Each team drew a first-round bye and will play a semifinal match Wednesday, creating the possibility of another all-Farmington final at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Marlins, who have won a district title in 23 of the last 26 years, swept the Falcons in three games last year in the Farmington gym, 12-15-16.

Mercy rallies to defeat Marian

Jenna Reinhold’s 17th birthday was made extra special by what she and her Farmington Hills Mercy teammates accomplished Thursday on the volleyball court.

The senior rightside hitter was one of the team’s top performers as the Marlins staged an impressive come-from-behind victory over rival Birmingham Marian.

After losing the first set, 29-27, the host Marlins showed great resiliency and dominated the next three to win the match, 25-15, 25-15, 25-16.

“It was great, especially since today is my birthday,” Reinhold said. “ It was senior night; it was a great win. I’m so proud of how everybody played. It was just a great night. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”

Marlins run past Mustangs

Mercy's 80-48 victory over host Birmingham Marian in girls track and field was largely due to its ability in the hurdles and distance races Tuesday.

The Marlins dominated those events in the Catholic League meet at Brother Rice High School and evened their dual record at 2-2.

“I've got to hand it to our hurdles crew,” Mercy coach Gary Servais said. “We swept both hurdle races, so that was key. Our distance crew swept the mile; we went one-two in the half mile and two mile, and we won the two-mile relay. That was pretty dominating.”

Mercy started on the track with Teagan Dillon, Katelyn Toloff, Celeste White and Mary Haapala winning the 3,200-meter relay in 11:01.

Marlins anticipate more offense

Coach Butch Babler believes the Mercy High School soccer team has the potential to be much better offensively in 2011.

If that proves to be the case, the Marlins could have a very good year.

“For us this year, the key is I think we're actually going to score goals, which has always been a problem for us,” Babler said, adding the Mercy defense will be solid.

The team leaders are senior captains Whitney Morey and Kirstie Racinski. Junior Mackenzie Williams is a third captain.

Morey will start on defense and Racinski at forward, although the two are interchangeable depending on what the team needs, Babler said. Williams will anchor the midfield.