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Hannah Drys, a member of the MHS Varsity Bowling Team, bowled in the Junior Gold Qualifier at Skore Lanes for a chance to qualify to bowl in the Championship in Las Vegas in July. Not only did she qualify, she came in 1st place in her division! This is a huge achievement for young bowlers and it will be a nationally televised event....

11/7/2019

PONTIAC, Mich. -- Sometimes, high school sports can be really great, even if a game is played in a soaking autumn rain storm with the temperature reading 45 degrees. Just ask the Melvindale boys soccer team. Despite the unfavorable conditions on Wednesday night at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s stadium, a hurricane could have not put a damper on the enthusiastic celebration the Cardinals had after a 4-1 overtime win over Fenton in the Division 2 state semifinals. For the first time ever, Melvindale (16-3-2) is going to a soccer state championship game. The Cardinals continue their season at noon on Saturday at Novi High School and will face undefeated Grand Rapids Forest Hill Northern (22-0-1). “This is big,” Melvindale coach Tomas Belba said. “This is huge. This is the first time ever we’re going to the state finals so it’s -- I mean, there are no words to describe how I feel right now. All hard work to those boys. Thanks to Fenton for playing a great game. “State finals, baby.” In the cold October evening, the Cardinals players and coaches could bask in the warmth of victory as Melvindale students poured onto the field and lifted up players into the air. Chants of “Melvindale” rang out repeatedly. “Oh my god, it’s crazy,” said senior Carlos Huerta, who netted two goals on the night. “I love our city. They always come and support no matter what. I bet you we could play in Texas and they would still all come and support us. I love this community.” Melvindale was able to make history thanks to scoring three goals in the two mandatory overtime periods. Entering the first overtime period tied with Fenton (16-6-1), 1-1, Melvindale senior Abdul Hafed Omer scored off of a corner kick from fellow senior Alhasan Yahya in the sixth minute to put Melvindale up 2-1. With 6.6 seconds left in the first overtime period, it was Yahya’s turn to score as he found the back of the net on a great individual effort. where he beat a defender just beyond midfield and then rifled a shot in off the goalie for a goal, making it 2-1 and sending the Melvindale fans into a frenzy in the stands. “We felt it at the end of the second half,” Belba said. "We felt it. It was coming, it was coming, it was coming. It was just pure, pure hard work Huerta, who scored the opening goal of the game in the first half, bookended the game with his second goal of the night with 5:16 left to play in the second overtime period. “It feels amazing,” Huerta said. “I worked very hard freshman year, sophomore year, the whole high school career for this moment. Thankfully, I made two goals and helped my team out.” Melvindale did not get many chances to create offense in the first half but they made sure to make the most of its best opportunity. Huerta was running down the right side and took a long pass from Alhasan Yahya. Controlling the pass in stride on one touch, Huerta let it rip from 25 yards out. Although Fenton goalie Gannon Welch got his hands on the ball, it still found the back of the net. “(Alhasan) always lifts his head up at the end,” Huerta said. “He’d seen me and I made the run. When I made the run, just he set me up perfectly, one touch.” Melvindale took a 1-0 lead into the half, despite a strong start from Fenton. Melvindale goalie Julian Castillo was forced to make big saves early and throughout the opening half. “Best goalie in the state,” Belba shouted. “I don’t know how else to put it. He’s amazing, man. He puts in more work than any of us. It pays off. Pays off. Great save right in crucial times too and, you know, it worked in our favor.” Yet, Fenton’s persistence paid off as the Tigers got on the board with 26:05 left in regulation. Jimmy Myer took a cross along the ground and buried the one-timed shot in from 10 yards out, tying the game at 1-1. Melvindale was able to raise its intensity after the Fenton goal as the play was more even through the rest of regulation. “Fenton got one in and then we had to step our game up from an eight to a 15,” Belba said. “We had to double up the work and here we go. All the hard work, I love it.” Fenton made it to the semifinals for only the second time ever and first since 2016, but heads home short of a state title once again. “It’s just about the fact that, come tomorrow, we got to go home and we don’t get to be with each other,” Fenton coach Matt Sullivan said. “You learn from that. Next year, they’ll work even harder to make it last even longer. That’s all you can do.”...

10/31/2019

The Melvindale Varsity Volleyball team finished 2nd in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference for the 2019-2020 season. This finish is the team's best league finish since the 2006-2007 school year. Congratulations Lady Cardinals!...

10/30/2019

After defeating Tecumseh in the regional semifinals on Wednesday, Melvindale returned to action on Friday at Meadows Stadium in Novi for the regional championship match. The Cardinals battled with Parma Western, who ousted Dearborn Divine Child in the other semifinal on Wednesday. For the first time in school history, Melvindale is a regional champion in boys’ soccer. They Cards knocked out state-ranked Western by a final of 2-1. Both goals for Melvindale (15-3-2) came in the first half and both were generated by Alhusain Yahya and Carlos Huerta. In the 25th minute, Huerta assisted Yahya to open up the scoring. The Cardinals made it a 2-0 lead over Western (18-4) going into halftime as Yahya and Huerta traded roles, with the former delivering a cross-field pass to the latter in front. Melvindale had another prime scoring chance in the 56th minute but it was squandered due to an offsides call. Western's Trey Cottingham, who scored in the Panthers' 5-2 win on Wednesday, saw a scoring opportunity go by the wayside in the 43rd minute when a shot sailed left of the net. Cottingham, however, would get another chance in the 75th minute after Melvindale was called for a penalty in the box. Cottingham would not miss this time, ending the Cards' bid for a shutout and cutting the Panthers' deficit to 2-1 at the time. Eventually, though, the clock would run out and Melvindale finished on top. The Cards have beaten their five postseason opponents by a combined score of 17-4 and no team has managed more than one goal against them during that run. Up next for Melvindale is the Division 2 state semifinals, which are to be played at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Pontiac. The Cards' next opponent is Fenton (16-5-1) out of the Flint Metro League. The Tigers, who took out another state-ranked foe in Detroit Country Day in their respective regional final on Thursday, have won four in a row and eight of their last nine overall. Melvindale will face Fenton on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Prep. The winner will play for the D2 state championship on Nov. 2 and will face either Mattawan or the winner of the Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern vs. Byron Center regional championship game. Facebook Twitter Email Print Save MORE INFORMATION +2Melvindale boys' soccer tops Tecumseh; advances to regional final w/ PHOTO GALLERY Melvindale boys' soccer tops Tecumseh; advances to regional final w/ PHOTO GALLERY Melvindale returned to action on Wednesday in a Division 2 regional semifinal at Meadows Stadium in Novi. The Cardinals continued their playof… Melvindale boys' soccer edges Allen Park for district title w/ PHOTO GALLERY Melvindale boys' soccer dominates Cesar Chavez in playoff opener w/ PHOTO GALLERY Melvindale, Allen Park set to battle for boys' soccer district title w/ PHOTO GALLERY The News-Herald week in review, October 20-26...

10/28/2019

Melvindale returned to action on Wednesday in a Division 2 regional semifinal at Meadows Stadium in Novi. The Cardinals continued their playoff push, advancing to the championship game with a 3-1 victory over Tecumseh. While Tecumseh (11-9-1) controlled the majority of possession throughout the game, it was Melvindale (14-3-2) that was able to cash in on some quick-strike opportunities after fending off such chances for the Indians. Sign up for our daily morning newsletter The Cardinals first got on the board in the 14th minute with the first of two scores from Alhusain Yahya. The goal was originally ruled offsides by the linesman but then overturned and ruled a good goal by the head official. Melvindale carried that 1-0 edge into halftime before scoring twice in a three-minute span. Alhusain Yahya tallied his second of the contest in the 47th minute and two minutes later Alhasan Yahya made it a 3-0 game in favor of the Cards. Defensively, Melvindale was active in front of the net detering various scoring chances by Tecumseh, particularly from some set plays like corner and free kicks. The Indians did end the Cards' bid for a shutout in the final minute of play by hammering home a loose ball in front. Nonetheless, Melvindale coach Tomas Belba was pleased with the defensive effort his team put forth against Tecumseh. "If you've seen Tecumseh, you know that they like to play aggressive," Belba said. "Whether they play five or six up top, you have to have some defensive mindset. You have to play clean and be concentrated, it is the only way you're going to stop a team like that." Prior to Wednesday, it had been six days since both Melvindale and Tecumseh last played and won their respective district championship contests. Belba says even in the playoffs, they try to keep things relatively simple when having that much time off in between games. Conversely, Belba also knows that fresh legs will certainly be a big focus ahead of the regional final match on Friday against Parma Western. He emphasized having a very clean and hopefully injury-free practice on Thursday before returning to game action. Parma Western ousted Dearborn Divine Child by a score of 5-2 in the first semifinal on Wednesday in Novi. Belba was impressed with Western in the little bit he got to see Wednesday night. "They looked like a very tough team," he said. "They have a group of really good-looking players and were good at staying within their shape and formations. We'll see how it goes." Game time was set for 7 p.m....

10/25/2019

After playing in the Downriver League since 2009, Melvindale has joined the Western Wayne Athletic Conference. The move sets up the Cardinals with a brand new slate of regular-season opponents. Beginning this year, they will see likes of Dearborn Heights Crestwood, Redford Thurston and Garden City on the gridiron. (Read the rest at the link)...

8/25/2019

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