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Multiple Teams · Coach in the Spotlight


This months coach in the spotlight is Boys Varsity Soccer coach Chris Purgatori. Chris is an outstanding part of the Rochester Athletic Department, and has been a staple in the soccer program for going on a decade. This past season Chris led his team to District and Regional titles, while also appearing in the State-Semi Final game. In the State-Semi Final, Purgatori led the Falcons against conference power and rival Troy Athens. Athens is Coached by former Rochester coach, Todd Heugh. Heugh also coached Purgatori (an RHS alumni) while serving as the varsity coach at Rochester. The Falcons took Athens to double overtime, until the eventually lost on penalty kicks. Despite the loss, Purgatori was named both District and Regional Coach of the Year.

Rochester Athletic Director Luke Beach said this about Chris, “Chris really is an outstanding coach. I really admire his ability to establish relationships with student-athletes and mold them into better players and people. Chris has a passion for professional growth, and is always striving to learn more about his craft. Most importantly, Chris is a great person, and he understands what our vision for our student-athletes is here at Rochester. He wants his players to be better people when they leave his program”.

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Chris will enter his 10th season leading the Rochester Boys Soccer Program next year.

 


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Multiple Teams · Girls Basketball Drops Road Game to Linden


Rochester went on the road to take on Linden, and despite cutting the lead to just four with three minutes left in the game, the Falcons were forced to foul and Linden won the game at the free throw line 40-28. Paola Barazza led Rochester with 8 points while dishing out 5 assists, and freshmen Jordan Banks netted 6 points for the Falcons, and brought down 13 boards and 2 blocks. Rochester will return home Friday, to take on Henry Ford, and the annual Falcon Cup. It is also middle school night, where all middle school students receive free admission to the game.


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Multiple Teams · Updated Program Info


For more information regarding Rochester girls soccer please click on the following links

www.rocsoccer.weebly.com
Twitter handle: @ROC_Soccer


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Multiple Teams · Boys Basketball Gets 20 Point Win


Rochester used a solid defensive effort to knock off the visiting Eagles from Linden.  The score was knotted up at 22-22 at halftime, but Rochester found its offense in the second half.  The Falcons were led by Junior guard Hunter Schattler who poured in a career high 34 points, including 9 made three point shots.  Junior forward LaMarcko Gulledge also chipped in 14 points to go along with his 18 rebounds.  The Falcons return to action Thursday night when they travel to Berkeley.

*Photo courtesy MIPrepZone


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Falcons News · All Teams Schedule: Week of December 12 – December 18


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Rochester High School, December 12 – December 18

MONDAY

December 12, 2016

No events happening

TUESDAY

December 13, 2016

4:00 PM Boys Freshman Basketball
vs. Linden High School
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls Freshman Basketball
@ Linden High School
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
@ Linden High School
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
vs. Linden High School
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
@ Linden High School
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Linden High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

December 14, 2016

No events happening

THURSDAY

December 15, 2016

4:00 PM Boys Freshman Basketball
@ Berkley High School
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
@ Berkley High School
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Swimming
Meet @ Rochester High School
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Berkley High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

December 16, 2016

9:00 AM Boys Varsity Wrestling
Oakland Co. Tourn/Meet @ TBA
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls Freshman Basketball
vs. Henry Ford II High School
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
vs. Henry Ford II High School
SCHEDULE
6:30 PM Girls Varsity Competitive Cheer
OAA Jamboree @ Athens High School
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
vs. Henry Ford II High School
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

December 17, 2016

No events happening

SUNDAY

December 18, 2016

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Falcons News · Event Recap: Week of December 3 – December 9


Saturday, Dec 3rd

Boys Varsity Basketball
vs. Tba
N/A

Sunday, Dec 4th

No event results

Monday, Dec 5th

Girls Freshman Basketball
vs. Stoney Creek High School
N/A

Tuesday, Dec 6th

Girls Freshman Basketball
@ West Bloomfield High School
W 16 – 35
Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
@ West Bloomfield High School
L 46 – 30
Girls Varsity Basketball
@ West Bloomfield High School
L 39 – 25

Wednesday, Dec 7th

Boys Varsity Wrestling
Quad @ Rochester High School
N/A

Thursday, Dec 8th

Girls Freshman Basketball
vs. Walled Lake Northern High School
N/A
Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
vs. Berkley High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Swimming
Meet @ Adams High School
N/A
Girls Varsity Basketball
vs. Berkley High School
N/A

Friday, Dec 9th

Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
@ Novi High School
N/A
Boys Freshman Basketball
@ Novi High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Basketball
@ Novi High School
N/A

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Multiple Teams · Girls Basketball Falls to Berkley at Home


The Rochester Girls Basketball team have had a tough road in the early season. After falling narrowly to still undefeated Yale in the opener, the Falcons dropped a road game to West Bloomfield, who just suffered their first loss, and another to Berkley, who has yet to lose. Sophomore point guard Tori Hawkins led Rochester with 7 points, while junior guard Paloa Barazza added 6 points to pace the Falcons in a 51-31 loss. Rochester will travel to Linden on Tuesday, looking for their first win on the young season.


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Falcons News · Winter Captains Club Giving Back


Each sports season The Rochester Athletics Captains Club seeks out opportunities to give back to the community. Each winter season the captains volunteer to pack backpacks for Blessings in a Backpack. This year, several of our captains took some time out of their day to serve others. Pictured from left to right are Boys Basketball Captains Chris Crawford, Ivan Barazza, Ben Compton, and Hunter Schatler. The winter captains will also be helping to raise funds for cancer research this winter.


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Multiple Teams · Girls Basketball Falls to Yale Close


It’s a new season of Rochester Girls Basketball, but unfortunately the result against visiting Yale was not the result they were looking for. Rochester trailed 32-16 at one point, but battled back to get the score within 2, at 43-41. However, the Falcons couldn’t get the lead and go down at home 51-47. Tori Hawkins and Paola Barazza led the Falcons with 10 points apiece. Rochester will return to action on Tuesday, as they visit West Bloomfield.


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Girls Junior Varsity Golf, Girls Varsity Golf · Girls Golf Earns All-County Honors


Article Courtesy of the MIPrepZone

If ever there was a season of dominance in girls golf, this was it.

For Oakland County teams that is.

Rochester left nothing to chance in 2016, as the Falcons won every tournament they entered, including the Division 1 state finals – where they destroyed a loaded field by 21 shots. Their Friday and Saturday team scores (310 and 308) were both better than the 17-team field’s 34 daily team scores. Only Novi’s 312 on Day 2 came close. And that helped the Wildcats finish runner-up.

Rochester won the Hartland, Lady Falcon, Troy, Holt, OAA #1 and OAA #2, Rochester, Oakland County Division I and regional tournaments en route to the school’s fourth state championship. It fired a state record 289 in its regional victory at Twin Lakes.

How did the Falcons do it? With great individual play of course. All five of the team’s regulars earned all-county honors, led by Dream Team members Brooke Busse and Veronica Haque.

They weren’t alone. The Dream Team is loaded with talent from top to bottom. Stoney Creek’s Lauren Ingle was a five-time medalist this season. Bloomfield Hills sophomore Mikaela Schulz was perhaps the hottest golfer in the state down the stretch, finishing top two at the county, regional and state tournaments. Novi’s Alexa Hatz, Lake Orion’s Moyea Russell and Farmington Hills Mercy’s Mia Sooch all led their teams to the state finals, where they all finished among the top 11 teams.

And let’s not forget Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s Danielle Staskowski, the Division 3 individual state champion. She capped off her season in style.

Here is the squad, as selected by the Oakland County Golf Coaches Association:

ALL COUNTY GIRLS GOLF

Dream Team

Brooke Busse (Sr.), Rochester (Co-Player of the Year) – The senior got better as the season went along. Busse was medalist at the Lady Falcon Invite, co-medalist at the Rochester Invite and also topped the field at the regional tournament – shooting a 69. Busse was runner-up at Hartland and at the first OAA Red tourney, and finished third at the second league tournament. She was fifth overall at the Division 1 state tournament. Her stroke average for 18 holes (73.36) was second best in Oakland County. She was named to the state Super Team (top eight).

“Brooke is one of the toughest competitors I’ve had the opportunity to coach,” Rochester head coach Jeff Haney said. “She is a great team player and is the perfect example of setting goals and giving everything you have to achieve them. She had one of the best seasons in school history and I’m thankful I’ll get to continue following her golf career as she plays for Wayne State University next year.”

Lauren Ingle (Sr.), Stoney Creek (Co-Player of the Year) – Ingle started off the 2016 season on a torrid pace, earning medalist honors in four of the first five tournaments she competed in (OAA White, Troy, PCCS, Farmington). She was also co-medalist at the Rochester Invite, finished fourth at the regional, eighth in the county and ninth at the Division 1 state finals. Her 18-hole average of 72.50 was tops in the county, by nearly a stroke. She earned first team all-state honors in Division 1.

“Lauren will be remembered as one of the best golfers to ever graduate from Stoney Creek,” said her coach, Tony Lafferty. “Her four-year record while a student at Stoney Creek remains one of the most impressive high school careers in the history of girls golf within the state of Michigan.”

Veronica Haque (Sr.), Rochester – One of the mainstays on the state champion Falcons, Haque broke 70 twice while averaging 71.3 in her team’s first five tournament wins this fall. She finished with a 73.82 average for the season. Her pair of 69s earned her medalist honors at Hartland and Holt and she was top-five at both OAA Red tournaments, as well as at the Troy, Lady Falcon and Rochester tournaments. Haque was also a regional runner-up and finished eighth at the Division 1 state finals, and went on to earn first team all-state honors in Division 1.

“Veronica finished up one of the best careers in school history with another tremendous season,” Haney said. “Her mental toughness and work ethic have been a great example in our program over the past four years. I am thankful she’s playing college golf close to home at Oakland University next year so I can continue following her career.”

Alexa Hatz (Sr.), Novi – The senior started the season as consistent as can be, and ended it about as hot as one could be. She was medalist at the first KLAA Kensington tournament, helping her team to the win. She also led the Wildcats to the Lober City Classic (Traverse City) title after shooting a two-day total of 149. Hatz, who will play her college golf at the University of Detroit Mercy, was a regional runner-up and was fourth at the Division 1 state finals, firing a two-day total of 147. She was first team all-state.

“Alexa’s best quality as a golfer is how mentally tough she is,” said her coach, Megan Henry. “She never gives up and has high expectations for herself. She reaches every goal she sets because of this toughness.”

Moyea Russell (Sr.), Lake Orion – A mainstay on the Dragons for four years, Russell earned all-state honors every year she played. This season, she was a first team all-state selection after finishing the season with seven top-five finishes. Russell was the medalist at two different tournaments, one of which was the regional. She was runner-up at the Oakland County Division 1 tourney and was ninth at the Division 1 state finals. Set to play college golf at Southern Illinois University next year, Russell averaged 75.40 per 18 holes in 2016.

Mikaela Schulz (So.), Bloomfield Hills – Consistently near the top of the leaderboard, Schulz proved to be an elite golfer playing against some of the best competition in the state this fall. She finished first and fourth at the two OAA Red league tournaments, and was runner-up at the Oakland County, regional and Division 1 state tournaments. Schulz won the Highlanders Warm-up and was runner-up at the Lapeer Lightning tourney. The sophomore averaged 73.63 per tournament and earned 2016 state Super Team honors as one of the top eight players in the entire state..

“Mikaela is an incredible leader on and off the course, often giving her teammates the boost they need at key moments,” Bloomfield Hills coach Brendan Harrington said. “This girl has it all. Aside from being a fierce competitor on the course, she is one of the most kind-hearted, fun kids around.”

Mia Sooch (So.), Farmington Hills Mercy – Sooch came up big in some of the biggest tournaments her Marlins played in this season. She won Catholic League medalist honors, beating the field by four strokes – and helping her team to the championship. She was also a regional finalist, shooting a 72 to top the field at the Dearborn Country Club. Sooch finished top five at the Troy Invite and PCCS Classic and was top 10 at both the Farmington Invite and Oakland County Tournament. She earned first team all-state honors in Division 1.

“She knew how to complete after learning the high school team game in her freshman year,” Mercy coach Vicky Kowalski said. “We look forward to having Mia on Mercy’s varsity golf team for two more years.”

Danielle Staskowski (So.), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep – The only player who can claim an individual state championship on this year’s all-county team, Staskowski topped the field at the Division 3 finals in Battle Creek. She was also tops at the regional tournament, firing a 74. The sophomore was co-medalist at the Charger Invite and was second at the Orange Theory tournament. She earned first team all-state honors this fall.

“Dani has a refined knowledge of her swing and is consistently able to adjust accordingly to the demands of her game,” Prep coach Kyle Lilek said. “Her mental game is built upon positive self talk and her fluid pre-shot routine. She is a strong individual competitor and a positive role-model on her team.”

Coach of the Year

Jeff Haney, Rochester – His season resume can be summed up in one word: Spectacular. Read what the team did above. He led the way, helping the school to its fourth state title – and third under his guidance. He was voted Oakland County Coach of the Year by his peers and went on to earn Division 1 Coach of the Year as well.

First Team

Meghan Deardorff (Sr.), Clarkston – Was the co-state runner-up at Division 1 finals. Also top-five at Oakland County and regional tournaments. Was first team all-state.

Savannah Haque (Fr.), Rochester – One of the best freshmen in the state, she averaged 78.8 per 18 holes. Haque finished top 10 at the county tourney and was a regional runner-up.

Elizabeth Harding (Jr.), South Lyon – A first team all-state selection in Division 2, Harding had top five finishes six times this season, including a second place finish at the regional tournament.

Shikha Jha (Jr.), Troy Athens – The Oakland County individual champion averaged 78.3 per round this season. She also had top six finishes at the Lady Falcon, Davison and regional tournaments.

Alana Jones (Jr.), North Farmington – Won the first OAA White tourney (70) and was co runner-up at the Farmington Invite. She was seventh at the regional and was honorable mention all-state.

Abby Livingston (Jr.), Novi – Helped her team to a runner-up finish in Division 1. Livingston finished top 10 at two-day state tournament (151). She earned first team all-state honors.

Shana Murphy (Sr.), Walled Lake Western – A first team all-state selection in Division 2, Murphy was fifth at the state tournament after winning her regional. She was also top five at the KLAA and Oakland County Division 2 tourneys.

Abbey Pierce (Sr.), Bloomfield Hills – Helped her team to a top-three finish at the Division 1 state finals, firing a 76-79 over two days. Pierce was medalist at the second OAA Red tournament, fourth at the regional and top 10 at the Oakland County tourney.

Erika Yang (Sr.), Rochester – Had top 10 finishes at the Troy, Lady Falcon, Hartland, Holt, OAA Red and regional tournaments. Her 78.9 average per 18 holes helped her earn all-state honorable mention honors

Second Team

Mallika Brar (Sr.), Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Kate Cao (Jr.), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood

McKenzie Chaisson (Sr.), Oxford

Carmen Chan (Jr.), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood

Jessica Niemiec (Sr.), Milford

Alexandra Robb (Jr.), Birmingham Marian

Sahiba Singh (Sr.), Troy

Sophie Vanderweele (So.), Farmington Hills Mercy

Honorable Mention

Avery Bruno (Jr.), Clarkston Everest; Cameron Coltrin (Jr.), Lake Orion; Elle Greenlee (Sr.), Farmington; Cate Joelson (Jr.), Birmingham Seaholm; Mia Korns (So.), Clarkston Everest; Julia Kraus (Sr.), Birmingham Marian; Lucy Liu (Jr.), Birmingham Detroit Country Day; Marissa Lobbia (Sr.), Farmington Hills Mercy; Hailey Roovers (So.), Birmingham Seaholm; Kiersten VanNorden (Jr.), South Lyon East; Keri Yang (Jr.), Rochester