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.
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 — 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.
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.
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:
Mercy’s hockey team has supplanted itself as one of the best squads in the history of the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League after beating perennial state power Grosse Pointe South 4-2 in the championship game Saturday afternoon at Fraser Hockeyland.
The Marlins, winners of 20 games this season, needed a come-from-behind effort to knock the defending champs off the thrown.
“We got much stronger defensively as the game went on,” head coach Dave Roegner said. “Once we got a feel for South’s speed, we made adjustments and played better.” The Blue Devils led 2-1 after the first period. They scored in the first 80 seconds of the game to lead 1-0, but freshman Elise Brown tied it a little more than a minute later. Sophomore Gabriella Berker had an assist.
This year's spring musical at Mercy High School has been in the works for nearly seven years.
It started after Anne MacDougall, the school's performing arts chair, saw "Newsies" when a traveling production came to Detroit in 2012. She then knew her students just had to perform the show.
"I have had my eye on this show since Broadway did it. I really, really wanted to do it," she said. "So I started calling Music Theatre International, who we get the rights to do the show through, and I said 'When is it going to be available?' And they said, 'At the earliest, 2018.'