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Swim & Dive CHSL 2017 Champs

Congratulations to Marlin Swim & Dive Team for capturing the 2017 Catholic High School League Championship!

Special shout-out swim wins:

200 Medley Relay champs with a time of 1:48.83

200 free champ is Minnich with a time of 1:51.62

200 IM champ is Goit from with a time of 2:09.76

Dive champ is McCliment

100 Free champ is Connolly with a time of 52.76

Mercy stops Stevenson in Class A regional final

With heavy hitters all over the place, Farmington Hills Mercy put the hammer down against Livonia Stevenson in Thursday’s Class A regional girls volleyball final.

The Marlins rolled to a 25-9 win in the opening set and continued their relentless attack in Game 2, prevailing 25-10 despite a nice string of serves by Spartans sophomore Erin Pietruszka.

In the third set, Mercy faced some trials and tribulations — with Pietruszka again serving up a couple aces to get the Spartans out to a short-lived 3-0 lead — before closing things out with a 25-18 win.

Going up for the clinching block were senior Lauren Hunter and freshman Charli Atiemo, triggering a happy celebration on the court at Farmington High School.

Mercy, Stevenson set for regional final

With a lethal and varied attack that rarely takes a break, Farmington Hills Mercy blew past Grosse Pointe South in Tuesday’s Class A volleyball regional semifinal at Farmington High School.

The Catholic League champion Marlins might be sneaking a peek at what nemesis Bloomfield Hills Marian might be doing during the state tournament — the teams could meet in a semifinal on Nov. 16 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

Veteran coach Loretta Vogel would like to stop what she said is a recent trend of opponents going on to the championship after knocking her team out of the tournament. That happened last year when Novi ousted Mercy and then won it all.

Parental guidance: Mom's fave inspires Mercy actor

Julia Twigg grew up hearing about and watching, "Anne of Green Gables," the 1908 novel (later play) by Lucy Maud Montgomery, because her mother loved the story.

So when the Mercy High School senior saw the school's drama program was producing "Anne" for its fall show, she did something she'd never done in her high school drama career: Tried for (and got) a speaking part.

And not just any speaking part; she's playing Anne.

"'Anne of Green Gables' has always been my mother's favorite story," said Twigg, a transfer student from the International Academy. "I figured I'd go out of my senior year with a bang and I managed to get the lead. It still blows my mind."

Mercy reclaims Catholic League volleyball crown

Farmington Hills Mercy's volleyball team again reigns supreme in the Catholic League.

The Marlins defeated arch rival Bloomfield Hills Marian to capture their first Catholic League tournament title in six years Monday night at Madonna University. Mercy needed four games -- two of which went overtime -- to get past the Mustangs, 25-19, 27-25, 29-31, 25-13.

Mercy's last two Catholic League titles -- in 2011 and 2010 -- were also against Marian. The Marlins now own eight tournament crowns in program history.

Veteran head coach Loretta Vogel said it is a very satisfying feeling to have regained the Catholic League title.

Mercy Named Apple Distinguished School

Mercy High School named Apple Distinguished School

Farmington Hills, MI October 17, 2017 - Mercy High School is pleased ​to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017 - 2019 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.

Farmington Hills Mercy edges Birmingham Marian in five sets

It took five hard fought sets Wednesday night to determine who would be sitting atop of the CHSL Central Division but in the end, Farmington Hills Mercy was able to squeak by Marian 25-20, 20-25, 17-25, 27-25 and 15-7 to take the 3-2 victory and move to 4-0 in the league.

In the first set, Mercy opened up a 21-14 lead but Marian slowly began to chip away at the lead closing the gap to 24-20 before eventually falling 25-20 to the Marlins.

Related: Photo gallery from Mercy vs. Marian

Mercy head coach Loretta Vogel wasn’t happy with her team’s performance even after the first set victory.

Go Blue! Katie Minnich takes pool prowess to University of Michigan

Katie Minnich recently took a trip to the University of Michigan to check out the school and its swim program.

Farmington Hills Mercy's all-state swimmer was impressed enough that she decided Ann Arbor is where she wants to continue her education while developing her swim talents.

Minnich made a verbal commitment to attend Michigan last week and couldn't be happier with her decision. She has also took official visits to the University of Virginia and University of Florida.

Marlins the team to beat at annual Oakland County meet

"The mindset for us is going in and swimming the way we are capable of swimming," second-year Mercy head coach Mike Venos said. "We want to treat it as if it were the state meet. It's as much a mindset as it is anything else.

"Our girls have to race in a championship setting against, let's face it, some of the best swimmers in the Midwest, if not the nation," he added. "This meet has always been, for the 20-some years I've been at Oakland County, a great gauge for how we're going to do at states."

A fast meet expected

Seaholm head coach Karl Hodgson agrees that the meet is one of the fastest outside of the state championship meet.

"We live in a fast county and I expect this meet to reflect that," Hodgson said. "Mercy should be the favorite this year.

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