Longtime friends share state championship dreams

Merz, Orm each guide teams to state titles
Matt DeYoung
Mar 21, 2013


Amanda Merz and Autumn Orm have been friends since their early elementary school days at the Voyager School in Grand Haven.

Even when Orm and her family moved out of town, the two girls remained friends.

Now, both are state champions.

Merz, a sophomore, helped guide the Buccaneers’ girls basketball team to the Class A state championship on Saturday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

Merz had a fantastic game for the Bucs. Despite standing just 5-foot-4, she led the team with eight rebounds. She added nine points, including four key free throws for the Bucs. And most important, against Grosse Pointe South’s hectic pressure defense, Merz, the Bucs’ point guard, turned the ball over only three times.

Before she and the Buccaneers took the floor, Merz had the chance to watch Orm and her current school, St. Ignace, to the Class D state crown.

Orm is a backup guard for St. Ignace. She played three minutes in her team’s 59-44 win over Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes. She missed her two shot attempts.

Both Grand Haven and St. Ignace finished with undefeated records this winter.



I'm not sure the stats for Orm are necessary to convey the sentiment of the article...


Oh what a nice story about two lifelong friends...
Oh by the way, one of them happend to have a less than stellar game...
Nice one Tribune!


Matt Deyoung shoots and misses AGAIN!


What a way to turn a nice story about long time friend ship into let's see who got more playing time and better stats. I don't know these girls but to think two life long friends winning State Champs for different schools on the same day that is awesome and there is your story.


Congratulations to both girls! Look at them in this picture, this is the happiest day of their lives. And they get to share it! How great is that! Memories for life.

People, don't hate on Matt, he did his job. Hard to embellish all stats. I guess he could have said they both had 'playing time' just to keep it a level playing field.


Don't hate Matt just think he could have done a better job. He has written nice stories before he just screwed this one up. He didnt need to say anything about playing time that is not what this story should be about.


Matt is a sports writer, stats are the business. You can't change stats (playing time, shots, etc). He is not Paul Harvey, Good Day!


Then maybe he shouldn't tried to cover a human interest piece. Good day


Is that what this is??? Sorry Glo, I see it listed under 'Sports'! Maybe you should go read the 'human interest' section then.


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