Highlight Reel: Brother Rice, Country Day Bring Home Wins in Lacrosse, Golf

State titles help offset rough regionals round for Birmingham-area baseball and softball teams.

It was a busy but successful week for many Birmingham area sports teams, with Brother Rice and Country Day bringing home two lacrosse championships. Meanwhile, a golfer and the team from Brother Rice will be heading to state golf finals this Friday and Saturday.

Lacrosse Finals

Brother Rice

  • , winning the Division 1 championship easily with a 15-4 win at Seaholm High School.

    The Warrior defense didn’t allow a single goal in the first half, helping Brother Rice take a 10-0 lead into halftime. And it was over right there. The Warriors' pressure on defense and precision on offense was too much for a Forest Hills team making its first appearance in the state finals.

Detroit Country Day (boys)

  • Detroit Country Day had a similar day in Division 2. in the late game at Seaholm.

    The Yellowjackets won 11 straight games to end the season and give coach Bryon Collins a title in his first year as head coach.

Academy of the Sacred Heart (girls)

  • The Gazelles have nothing to hang their heads about. at Troy Athens Saturday. The teams were so evenly matched they almost needed a third overtime period to settle things.

    Anna Pearson and Katie Mezwa each scored seven goals for the Gazelles in the loss.


  • The Mustangs survived a scare in the Division 1 regional finals against Birmingham United, but they weren’t so lucky in the tournament semifinals against Brighton last Wednesday at South Lyon.

    Marian and Brighton were tied 11-11 with only a little more than eight minutes to go in the game. Brighton's Jenessa Staruch scored on a penalty shot with minutes left, giving her team a 12-11 edge and effectively ending the game. Brighton spent much of the final minutes playing keep away.

    Brighton went on to win the state finals over Ann Arbor Pioneer on Saturday 17-15.

Golf Regionals

Brother Rice

  • The Brother Rice golf team won the Division 1 regional tournament at the Lyon Oaks course in Wixom June 9, winning by 8 strokes (293) over Novi Catholic Central (301). The Warriors' top four scores were from Sean Friel (71), Lucas Belanger (72), Nick Dennis (74) and Jeremy Ball (76).


  • Seaholm’s Francesco Ruffino provided the Division 1 tournament with the best score of the day with a 69. The phenom’s score June 9 was four strokes better than any of the region's other golfers.

    As a team Seaholm finished in fifth place with a score of 318. The rest of the Maples shot in the 80’s. For a full recap, .

Country Day

  • Country Day won the Division 3 regional tournament with a team score of 321 at The Fortress in Frankenmuth June 9. Senior Michael Zausmer’s 73 tied for the best score on the course and Tyler Murray also shot under 80 on the day (78) to help the Yellowjackets move on. 

Soccer Regionals

Country Day

  • A physical and aggressive defense helped propel the Yellowjackets through the Division 3 regional tournament last week.

    Country Day beat Riverview Gabriel Richard 3-1 in the regional semifinals on June 7. The team grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first half and was able to hold on for the win.

    The lady Yellowjackets then moved on to the regional finals at Notre Dame Prep for a game against Williamston on Friday. Michelle Manning scored late in the first half to put the Yellowjackets up 1-0. Alleina Szydlowski scored an insurance goal halfway through the second half.

    A game against Flint Powers Catholic is on deck for the girls this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Williamston. The other side of bracket features a semifinals matchup between Muskegon Orchard View and Hudsonville Unity Christian at Holton on Wednesday.

Softball Regionals


  • The Division 1 regional semifinals on Saturday didn’t go as planned for the Falcons at Novi.

    Groves didn’t score a run against Canton, resulting in an 8-0 loss that booted them out of the tournament. Canton went on to steamroll North Farmington in the regional finals 11-1.

    The Falcons just couldn’t get anything going against Canton pitcher Alyssa Boucher. Boucher pitched a complete game shutout with six strikeouts. Groves' Mamie Talty had two of her team’s four hits.

    Groves starter Keely Nowland also pitched a complete game, but she gave up all eight runs. Only a junior, Nowland will get the chance to rebound next year.

Country Day

  • The final score didn’t quite reflect how the lady Yellowjackets played in the Division 3 regional semifinals Saturday.

    Armada beat Country Day 9-1 to advance, but the game was close until the final two innings. The game was tied 1-1 going into the fifth, however Armada scored two runs and then shut the door on the Yellowjackets with five more in the sixth.

    The late surge helped Aramada's Erin Kownacki get the win for Canton. The pitcher only allowed two hits against Country Day and struck out nine batters. Armada ended up winning the regional with a 10-0 win over Notre Dame Prep.

Baseball Regionals

Brother Rice

  • The Warriors lost to a familiar foe in the Division 1 regional finals on Saturday.

    Their Catholic League rival Detroit Catholic Central ended Brother Rice’s season with a 7-4 win. This is the was the fourth time this season Catholic Central has beaten the Warriors this season.

    Things looked good for Brother Rice early in the game. The team scored twice in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. After Catholic Central answered in the second, Jimmy Pickens hit a home run to give his team the lead right back at 3-2.

    But the Warriors pitching staff couldn’t hold it together. Catholic Central came right back and scored three runs in the third inning. Brother Rice never regained the lead.

    Brother Rice did win its early game in the regional semifinals 4-2 over Canton to set up the all-Catholic League regional final. 

Country Day 

  • In the Division 2 regionals, the Yellowjackets ran into the juggernaut known as St. Clair.

    The Saints crushed Country Day 11-1 in six innings to advance to the quarterfinals for a second straight year. The Yellowjackets just couldn't keep St. Clair’s lineup off the bases. The Yellowjackets allowed nine hits, including a two-run home run from Cam Ciaciuch.


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