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Inside look at high school and Oakland University sports from Oakland Press sports writer Dave Pemberton.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The final installment

My final installment of the top teams in each sport during my time at The Oakland Press. The most accurate list of its kind on the Internet I might add.

Spring sports
Baseball — 2007 Lake Orion. The Dragons won the Division 1 state title in dramatic fashion against OAA I rival Farmington. The Lake Orion team had it all: solid hitting, pitching and defense. It was close between the ’07 Lake Orion team and this year’s Brother Rice squad, but I’ll give the nod to the Dragons.

Others I considered (in no order): ’08 Birmingham Brother Rice; ’07 Farmington; ’06 Lake Orion; ’06 Clarkston

Softball — 2007 Lakeland. The Eagles went 44-0 before falling to Harper Woods Regina in the Division 1 championship game. Regina just seemed to have the Eagles’ number, eliminating them three years in a row, twice in the finals and once in the semifinals. But the ’07 Lakeland team was special. Lauren Memmer was dominant all season long and broke several state records. I was surprised to hear she is playing lacrosse now, but she was a great high school pitcher.

Other I considered (in no order): ’05 Troy; ’06 Lakeland; ’05 Lakeland; ’07 Troy; ’08 Pontiac Notre Dame Prep; ’06 Milford

Soccer — 2005 Novi. The Wildcats were dominant in 2005 going 24-0-1 on way to winning the Division 1 state title. The state title was the first of three straight for Novi. The Wildcats didn’t allow a goal the entire playoffs and dominated most of the play in all of their games. The team featured Miss Soccer winner Kristi Timar and future Miss Soccer winner Emily Esbrook, and nearly the entire team went on to play college soccer.

Other I considered: ’07 Rochester; ’06 Novi; ’07 Novi; ’06 Bloomfield Hills Lahser; ’05 Troy; ’08 Troy Athens; ’06 Detroit Country Day


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