Marlins march past Chandler Park for 56-41 win

Farmington Hills Mercy started fast and never looked back Thursday night as it cruised to a 56-41win over host Harper Woods Chandler Park in girls basketball.

The Marlins posted 25 points in the first eight minutes and outscored the Eagles in the second quarter, 11-5, for a commanding lead at halftime, 36-16.

"I liked the energy we came out with, and we played really defensively," Mercy coach Gary Morris said. "Our defense led to some good offense and easy conversions. We followed it up with a solid second quarter."

"In the second half, we weren't quite as efficient defensively. That prevent- ed us from stretching the lead from where it was at the half."

Mercy evens basketball score with Divine Child, 52-42

Farmington Hills Mercy avenged an earlier loss when it defeated Dearborn Divine Child on its own floor Tuesday in girls basketball, 52-42.

Senior Taylor Jones poured in a game-high 26 points to lead the Marlins, who were on the short end of a 52-43 score when the teams played earlier this month at Mercy.

Seniors Zora Pullen and Sierra Wangler added 12 and eight points, respectively, to help Mercy improve to 4-2 in the Catholic League Central Division and 10-2 overall.

Jones also had a team-high nine rebounds; Wangler had eight rebounds and six assists. The Marlins rebounded well with Claire Murray, who added four points, also getting six and Pullen five.

Marlins whitewash Wild for sixth straight victory, 3-0

Farmington Hills Mercy capitalized on its considerable depth, as well as its obvious talent, to win yet another girls hockey game Monday night.

The Marlins skated to their sixth consecutive victory with a 3-0 triumph over the visiting Walled Lake Wild at Eddie Edgar Arena.

Mercy (9-1-1) was in control of the puck and putting pressuring the opposing net for much of the game, outshooting the Wild by a wide margin.

"I think we've got a very deep team," coach Joe Jones said. "We've got a lot of players who can play, so we're able to take advantage of that depth.

"We played three lines all night long. We played six or seven 'D' the entire night, so we're going to keep our players fresh. I think that was the key to the game."

Marlins dominate rival Blazers to get seventh hoops win

Farmington Hills Mercy got back on the winning side of the score Tuesday with a 60-25 romp past visiting Livonia Ladywood in girls basketball.

The Marlins, who had their first loss Friday to Dearborn Divine Child after starting the season with six straight wins, rolled out to a 23-5 lead after one quarter.

Mercy held the Blazers to single-digit scoring in every quarter. The Marlins extended their lead to 35-11 at halftime and 51-20 through three periods.

"I thought we came out focused and ready to play," Mercy coach Gary Morris said. "Consequently, we got off to a good start.

"The really nice thing about tonight's game was we were able to give some extended minutes to kids who haven't had many minutes so far this season."

Mercy stops Regina rally to remain perfect in hoops

Farmington Hills Mercy won another close game Tuesday in its Catholic League Central Division opener as it held off host Warren Regina down the stretch for a 58-54 victory.

The Marlins, who are 6-0 overall, ran out to a 16-2 lead in the first quarter, but the Saddlelites closed the margin to seven at the end, 22-15, and made a game of it after that.

Mercy was up 34-30 at halftime and 45-38 after three periods. Regina tied the score at 54-all, but senior guard Taylor Jones converted a three-point play and scored the final four.

"We bothered them with pressure early, but they started hitting some shots and came storming back," Mercy coach Gary Morris said, adding the Saddlelites played hard all the way.

College-bound Marlins

Nineteen seniors at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills are college-bound athletes who will continue playing their primary sports at the next level. They include (front row, from left) Madeline Loniewski, swimming, Georgetown University; Christine Clayton, volleyball, Beloit College; Jordan Johnson, softball, Adrian College; Monica Shuk, volleyball, Albion College; Marge Terhune, soccer, St.

Mercy rallies again, this time to beat Canton

Never count out the Mercy Marlins, who came from behind to win for the fourth time in five games Monday night in girls basketball.

Down by as many as nine points in the third quarter, they rallied in the fourth to defeat visiting Canton, 39-37.

Mercy finished the 2014 part of its schedule with a 5-0 record, having staged comeback wins against Waterford Mott, Salem and Goodrich, too.

"The one thing we've done in each of our games is play a strong fourth quarter," Mercy coach Gary Morris said. "Tonight it was 13-4. Obviously, Taylor (Jones) hit the shots, primarily in the fourth."

Thanks to you, Miss Linskey

Sitting in a booth at Beverly Hills Grill a few Sundays ago, Jonell Linskey worried she wouldn’t recognize her dinner guest when she arrived.

After all, it had been almost 40 years since she’d taught Margaret Dimond religious studies at Mercy High School.

Linskey retired last summer after an astonishing 47 years at the all-girls Catholic high school in Farmington Hills, a community she described as “a very close family, just a wonderful environment in which to relate, learn and grow.”

Back in 1974, Dimond was then a 17-year-old junior, a self-described “class clown” who insists she spent more time in “quarantine” than in class. For all Linskey could remember, she was one in a sea of a thousand young faces.