Over the next five weeks or so, Catholic League student-athletes will have little spare time.
On the “students” side, final exams are looming. Seniors will be counting down the remaining days of their high school experience, capped by graduation and all the festivities surrounding that momentous moment.
On the “athletes” side, the regular season is winding up heading to a series of playoffs to qualify for spring CHSL championships in five girls sports and four boys sports.
Here's what's coming up:
Saturday, May 11
The boys and girls Division 1 and 2 track and field championships. Dearborn Divine Child won both titles last year, the boys for the first time in school history, the girls for the fourth time in a row.
The boys lacrosse championship. The Division 1 contest should be a lulu. Catholic Central will be out to defend the title, which it took away from Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice last year, breaking a 20-year stranglehold Rice had on the title. The Warriors trounced CC six weeks ago, 15-6, in a regular season match.
The girls lacrosse championship. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood and Bloomfield Hills Marian are perennial contenders.
The Girls tennis championship. Wixom St. Catherine of Siena is the defending Division 3-4 champion.
Monday, May 13
The boys golf championship. Catholic Central and Clarkston Everest Collegiate in Division 1 and 2 respectively usually come up with strong teams.
Saturday, May 18
The girls soccer championship. Marian will be seeking its third straight title.
Monday, May 20
The girls softball championship. Warren Regina is the defending Division 1-2 champion. Allen Park Cabrini seems poised to take the Division 3-4 crown.
Wednesday, May 22
The boys and girls Division 3-4 track and field championship. Detroit Loyola will be trying to win its fifth boys title in a row, Royal Oak Shrine for the third consecutive girls crown.
Friday, May 24
Baseball championship at Comerica Park. Brother Rice, Catholic Central and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep are favorites for the A-B title; Riverview Gabriel Richard (defending state Class 3 champs) and Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in the C-D division feature powerful lineups and strong pitching.
In the background, while all of this is going on, the MHSAA state tournament will be getting underway with finals scheduled for June.