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Jason Schmitt is the editor of, the high school sports website for The Oakland Press. He has served as the sports editor for a number of newspapers, including the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak and the Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens. In his time in the industry, he has covered every high school sport and has served a a beat writer for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, hockey, wrestling, bowling and cross country.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Impressive showing by Oakland County

I've got to say, I don't think anyone here on our staff thought Oakland County would have four teams playing at Ford Field next weekend. Sure the talent is always there. But quite often geography is the biggest obstacle for the county's teams.
But just like last year, the teams that had to go west and get wins did just that. St. Mary's gave Battle Creek Harper Creek no chance to move on and Catholic Central took care of business (against Rockford), denying the Rams a chance to move on to another D1 Final. Country Day did what it had to do to the north, and Brother Rice dominated to the south.
In all, four county teams will be playing for state championships in Detroit. That's one more than Kent County, which has three teams playing (in divisions 3-4-5). And four Catholic League teams will be at Ford Field. That's the same amount of teams as the Ottawa-Kent Conference is sending. Congrats to the Catholic League Central division, with its three powerhouse programs representing.

Division 1
Novi Detroit Catholic Central (Oakland) vs. Detroit Cass Tech (Wayne)
Division 2
Muskegon (Muskegon) vs. Birmingham Brother Rice (Oakland)
Division 3
Grand Rapids Christian (Kent) vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary's (Oakland)
Division 4
Grand Rapids South Christian (Kent) vs. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (Oakland)
Division 5
Grand Rapids West Catholic (Kent) vs. Portland (Ionia)
Division 6
Ithaca (Gratiot) vs. Constantine (St. Joseph)
Division 7
Ishpeming (Marquette) vs. Detroit Loyola (Wayne)
Division 8
Beal City (Isabella) vs. Harbor Beach (Huron)

Breakdown by Conference
Catholic Central - Catholic League (Central)
Detroit Cass Tech - PSL (West)
Muskegon - O-K (Black)
Brother Rice - Catholic League (Central)
GR Christian - O-K (White)
St. Mary's - Catholic League (Central)
GR South Christian - O-K (Gold)
Detroit Country Day - Independent
GR West Catholic - O-K (Bronze)
Portland - CAAC (White)
Ithaca - Tri-Valley (West)
Constantine - Kalamazoo Valley
Ishpeming - Mid-Peninsula
Detroit Loyola - Catholic League (Intersectional)
Beal City - Highland
Harbor Beach - Greater Thumb-East


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