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CONFERENCE PREVIEWS: OAKLAND ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION WHITE DIVISION TEAM CAPSULES




OAKLAND ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION—WHITE DIVISION


Below are the team capsules for the Oakland Activities Association White Division. Rounds of Emails were sent to the athletics departments and coaching staffs of every girls soccer program in the state where coaches emails were available in March. To submit information for missing schools, submit additional information, or to make corrections, please email Web and Content Editor Dan Stickradt at stickradt@michigansoccernetwork.com or text to (248) 884-1051.


Teams – Berkley, Birmingham Groves, Birmingham Seaholm, Farmington, Lake Orion, North Farmington, Oxford, Royal Oak


SCHOOL: Berkley

HEAD COACH: Zachary Hobson

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 10-7-2, 4-3-0 OAA White Division (fourth)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Warren Mott (8-0); lost to Troy (4-0) in D-1 districts semifinals.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Maeve Nolan, jr. M (All-District, All-League, 11 goals and 11 assists last season); Alana Blatt, sr. D/M (All-League); Bella Tolly, sr. F; Ava Sillars, jr. D; Paige Charlton, sr. D; Haley Stephenson, sr. D; Maddie Welsh, jr. G

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Addison Hambright, jr. F; Sarah Cantor, sr. D/M; Elie Schulz, jr. D

KEY NEWCOMERS: Alana Horwitz, soph. M; Veah Green, soph. M; Madi Bonsall, soph. M; Hailey Kirkwood, soph, M; Nora Sleeman, soph. M; Jessie Burns, soph. D/M; Danielle Nodler, soph. D

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: Berkley is one of five teams that should contend for the OAA-White crown, along with Birmingham Seaholm, Birmingham Groves, Oxford and Lake Orion. There are seven returning starters, 10 total returnees and a very strong sophomore class looking to make an impact. Berkley started the campaign 4-1-1 through April 18, outscoring the opposition 14-1 in that stretch. “We have an experienced spine supported by hungry and dynamic underclassmen. The objective is to win the OAA-White,” said coach Zachary Hobson.


SCHOOL: Birmingham Groves

HEAD COACH: Greg Decourval, first season

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 8-9-2, 3-3-1 OAA White Division (fifth)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Lost to Troy (2-0) in D-1 pre-districts.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: 1998

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Kirsten Jasinski, sr. G (All-League); Isabella Shebib, sr. F; Kendall Gaines, jr. F; Alli Jasinski, sr. D; Cabrey O’Gorman jr. M; Camryn Pepper, jr. D; Morgan Perry, soph. D

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Delphine McLaughlin, jr. D; Lilia Chung, jr. M; Ava Brown, soph. M; Mikayla Benavides, jr. D; Kate Nemeth, jr. M; Laila Loiselle, sr. M

KEY NEWCOMERS: Ava Loiselle, soph. G; Lauren Stehney, sr. G/F; Elise Everett, soph. M; Sophie Bell, jr. M; Clara San Juan, sr. F; Kyndal Bambrough, sr. D

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: After starting 0-2-0 and being outscored 8-0 in that stretch, Groves has rebounded with a 3-3-0 start with a pair of shutouts. The young Falcons hope to compete in the upper echelon of the OAA-White along with Lake Orion, Oxford, Birmingham Seaholm and Berkley. There are 13 total players back and seven which were regular starters a year ago.


SCHOOL: Birmingham Seaholm

HEAD COACH: Manuel Rodrigues

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 10-6-3, 5-1-1 OAA White Division (second)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Royal Oak (2-0); lost to Troy Athens (1-0) in D-1 districts semifinals.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: 1995

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

FINAL FOUR-REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: 1995, 2001

RETURNING STARTERS: Ava David, sr. D/M (All-League; All-State Honorable Mention); Samantha Sickinger, jr. F; Camryn Geller, jr. F; Lexi Beckman, sr. M; Allie Adams, sr. D; Sadie Green, sr. D; Gabriella Gonzales, sr. G

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Paige Green, soph. F; Taylor Hartwig, soph. M; Leah Henry, sr.; Kate Lund, sr.; Elena Reyes, sr.; Eloise Roberts, sr.; Macy Rothweil, sr.; Caitlin Spurlock, sr.; Carly Stillwagon, sr.; Maxime Vincent, sr.; Maggie Graves, jr.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Avery Schwartz, fr. F

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: After finishing second in the OAA-White Division last season, Seaholm opted to remain in that middle-tier division. OAA-White winner Oxford opted to stay as well with third-place Clarkston opting to move up to the OAA-Red and Lake Orion coming back down. Seaholm, despite an 0-1-3 start, should battle with Oxford, Lake Orion, Berkley and Birmingham Groves for top honors in the league. There are 14 seniors on this year’s roster and a hungry group who are looking to contend for league and district crowns.

SCHOOL: Farmington

HEAD COACH: Timothy Russell

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 4-12-3, 1-5-1 OAA White Division (seventh)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Walled Lake Western (4-1); lost to Farmington Hills Mercy (5-0) in D-1 districts semifinals.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

FINAL FOUR-REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: 1989

RETURNING STARTERS: Katherine Bergman, sr. D (All-League; signed with Calvin University); Taylor Burney, jr.; Mackenzie Bushey, jr.; Ella Hanson, sr.; Kaitlyn Ignasiak, sr.; Lilly Penner, sr.; Josie Puhl, soph. (All-District); Alessia Rroku, jr.; Maddy Sypitkowski, soph.; Teah Tremonti, jr.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Lydia Kamm, fr. F/M

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: A 0-5-1 start is an indicator that the Falcons are going through the rebuilding campaign blues. Farmington has been outscored 18-3 in its first six games and are having a difficult time generating chances in the offensive third. The Falcons have yet to score more than one goal in a game and have been shut out three times through April 15.


SCHOOL: Lake Orion

HEAD COACH: Co-coaches Chris Corteg (40-plus years of coaching high school, club, semi-pro and amateur soccer) and Amanda Hutchinson (starter on Rochester Adams’ 1999 state championship team)

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 11-8-3, 0-6-0 OAA Red Division (seventh)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Flushing (2-0); def. Oxford (1-0, district finals); lost to Bloomfield Hills (4-2) in D-1 regional semifinals

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Brook Blackstock, jr. CB (All-State Second Team; committed to Oakland University); Whitney Acker, sr. M; Ana Wandrie, sr. M (signed with NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina); Grace Sullivan, sr. D; Audrey Llewelyn, sr. M/F; Erin Regalia, jr. M; Kylie Kopitzke, soph. G

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Makenzie Tabish, soph. F; Dylan Verlindin, soph. F

KEY NEWCOMERS: Gabby Butki, fr. M; Addie Verlindin, fr. F; Mallory Divozio, soph. M

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: Even though Lake Orion did not win a conference game last season, the Dragons still found time to win a second straight district title. This season Lake Orion drops down to the OAA White Division where it expects to be a top tier team in that division and then contend again for another district title. So far this season the Dragons have outscored the opposition 11-3 and started 3-1-1 overall.


SCHOOL: North Farmington

HEAD COACH: Erika Rust

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 8-6-2, 8-0-2 OAA Blue Division (first, co-champs)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Lost to Farmington Hills Mercy (6-0) in D-1 pre-district.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Makenna Fetzer, sr. D; Caitlyn McLane, jr. M/CB.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES:

KEY NEWCOMERS:

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: After sharing the OAA Blue Division crown with Auburn Hills Avondale last season, the Raiders will find it more difficult in the OAA-White this spring as an 0-5-0 start indicates. All of North Farmington’s victories last season were against OAA-Blue opponents and the Raiders were shut out in the district opener.


SCHOOL: Oxford

HEAD COACH: Gabby Schriver, first season

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 14-5-2, 6-1-0 OAA White Division (first)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Clarkston (4-3, 2OT); def. Davison (4-1); lost to Lake Orion (1-0) in D-1 district finals

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Ella Boyd, jr. M/F (All-League; last year’s leading scorer); Lexi Owens, sr. M; Alyssa Kuhl, sr. M (signed with Mars Hill University); Anna Terenzi, soph., M/F; Amelia Brown, soph. M; Samantha Zeiter, soph. F; Alexandria Dawood, sr. M.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Korinne Ihrke, jr. G; Kayla Fox, jr. D; Kiley Myrand, sr. M; Maggie Casper, jr. D.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Sierra Owens, fr. D; Madelyn Boyd, fr. M/F; Julia Marsh, sr. D; Madison Mauser, jr. M; Paige Rushlow, jr.; Vivian Cruz, soph.; Allison Hufstedler, soph.; Ryan Walters, soph.

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: Gabby Schriver takes over the helm from John Tayler in a program that captured an OAA-White league crown last season but graduated 13 total players from a squad that won 14 games. There is still plenty of holdover talent and some promising newcomers that should keep this squad in contention.


SCHOOL: Royal Oak

HEAD COACH: Tom Pavlovich

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 3-12-4, 2-3-2 OAA-White (sixth)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Lost to Birmingham Seaholm (2-0) in a Division 1 pre-districts match

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

FINAL FOUR-REGIONAL CHAQMPIONSHIP SEASONS: 2002 (as Royal Oak Kimball)

RETURNING STARTERS: Ella Kaszeta, sr. CB (All-League, All-District; signed with California University of Pennsylvania); Kathryn Eckels, sr. M; Isabelle Fairless, sr. M; Gillian Iles, sr. F; Jessica Jenkins, sr. D; Amelia Kockis, sr. D; Finja Moellenhoff, sr. F; Gabrielle Smida, sr.; Scarlett Van Emery, sr. D; Jaiden Webster, sr. D/M (Olivet College)

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Hailey Barnwell, soph. OB/M; Gracie Jagodzinski, soph. M/F.

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: A reasonably large senior class of 10 hopes to keep Royal Oak in the OAA-White title chase after a rebuilding campaign a year ago that saw the Ravens only win three games. Two seniors have already committed to colleges and this team has experience at the varsity level with 12 total returnees.

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