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Mason, Okemos Score for a Cure

Mason, Okemos Score for a Cure
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Three weeks remain in the MHSAA’s 2014 fall season, and we’ve collected a few notes to pass along as we wind down the final three sports before moving inside (except for skiing) for the winter.
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All Saints Celebrates on Big Screen

All Saints Celebrates on Big Screen
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Forty years ago, Bay City All Saints brought its hometown the first of two straight MHSAA boys basketball championships – which continue to stand as the only ones won by a Bay City school. As part of the Class of 1974’s 40-year reunion this weekend, organiz...
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No Track, No Problem for Champion Dux

No Track, No Problem for Champion Dux
Monday, June 9, 2014
Phil Hoover is looking forward to returning to Zeeland’s renovated stadium for the 2015 track and field season. But his Zeeland West boys team – which shares the stadium each spring with neighboring Zeeland East and one of the district’s middle schools...
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Paying Tribute with Diamond Donation

Paying Tribute with Diamond Donation
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Rochester Adams and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood baseball players and coaches both had loved ones on their minds when they took the field at Comerica Park earlier this month. Read on to find out why, plus learn about the leading scorer in MHSAA girls soccer his...
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AD Inducted to National Hall of Fame

AD Inducted to National Hall of Fame
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Winter gets hectic so quickly that we’re forced to save some intriguing news and notes that come our way for a sunnier day – and that day is today.
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Mourning Those Who Contributed Much

Mourning Those Who Contributed Much
Monday, April 14, 2014
This weekend was a sad one for those who work in Michigan high school athletics or have appreciated the contributions from three who gave significantly to our games but died after long fights with cancer.  Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart's Keisha Brown, Grand Haven's ...
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Divine Child's Nemes Makes 'Miracle' Run

Divine Child's Nemes Makes 'Miracle' Run
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Hundreds of runners including those on the Dearborn Divine Child’s girls cross country team competed at Saturday’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Finals at Michigan International Speedway. But one of the team’s most special moments this fall came a few days be...
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History in the Making - New and Old

History in the Making - New and Old
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Last week’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Girls Golf Finals marked the 42nd anniversary of the association’s sponsorship of the sport, and we've been researching some of the first and finest performances from the tournament's history – coincidentally, as a cur...
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Irish Celebrate Homecoming Sky High

Irish Celebrate Homecoming Sky High
Friday, October 4, 2013
This week's First Pitch includes aerial video footage from Pontiac Notre Dame Prep's Homecoming football game, a shout to a long-time TV supporter of MHSAA sports plus a touching story of neighborly assistance and the honoring of a longtime contributor on the basketball...
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Calumet Invite Produces Northern Stars

Calumet Invite Produces Northern Stars
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Calumet Invitational dates back roughly 30 years as an annual staple of the cross country schedule for schools at the northernmost tip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A creative move by the Copper Kings last year added some statewide prestige to the event. ...
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Howell Puts Heart Into Memorial Meet

Howell Puts Heart Into Memorial Meet
Thursday, August 29, 2013
An online tribute to Mackenzie Watts describes how she “made the people and world around her better.” The Howell swimming and diving community continues to work so that her memory makes those who come after her safer as well. Also in this week's "First Pitc...
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Did you lose this medal?

Did you lose this medal?
Monday, August 19, 2013
It’s not quite a needle in a haystack. But it could turn into a great story. This 1984 MHSAA Regional medal, pictured above, was found recently in Massachusetts with a metal detector. The finder, coincidentally a former collegiate track and field coach, hopes to ...
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Michel Finishes with Story to Tell

Michel Finishes with Story to Tell
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Andrew Michel received the heart-breaking news only moments before leaving his golf team’s Regional on Friday to get ready for that night’s Brownstown-Woodhaven prom. But missing making the MHSAA Finals by a stroke was not the first thing he shared with tho...
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Get Prepped for a Fantastic Finale

Get Prepped for a Fantastic Finale
Friday, May 24, 2013
We love this time of year. And not just because school is nearly out for summer. There’s little argument that the week ahead is the most exciting of each MHSAA school year. Read on for what's in store on MHSAA.com and Second Half, plus some further explanation o...
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Eventually, the sun will shine ...

Eventually, the sun will shine ...
Thursday, April 25, 2013
We all believe that, right? Rain – and snow for some – has been the buzzword of this spring sports season. Read on for some of the options teams have while trying to reschedule games, plus another way to look at our class setup for 2013-14 and an update on ...
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Former MHSAA Coach Lands in NHL

Former MHSAA Coach Lands in NHL
Friday, April 5, 2013
This week in the year 2000, Jon Cooper had just finished his first season coaching at any level, having guided the Lansing Catholic hockey team to its first Regional championship in 25 seasons. Thirteen years later, he's running the Tampa Bay Lightning. Cooper's incred...
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Keep on Coaching

Keep on Coaching
Friday, February 1, 2013
A few weeks ago, I finally got my first chance this season to watch a friend coach his basketball team. After guiding some others at the lower levels, this is his first time running the varsity – something he wasn't sure he wanted to do with a 1-year-old...
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Rivaling for a Cause

Rivaling for a Cause
Friday, January 25, 2013
It’s impossible to include all the perspective we gain from every “Battle of the Fans” visit.  But a story of two rivals doing a great thing together, plus two more rivals doing the same, are worthy anecdotes worth passing on. 
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Thank You from Second Half

Thank You from Second Half
Friday, January 25, 2013
Next week will mark the one-year birthday of Second Half, our place to tell your high school sports stories. And I thank you for helping us to such a great start.
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Redwings Ready to Open New Nest

Redwings Ready to Open New Nest
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Those who have watched a football game at St. Johns High School in the past easily could get lost trying to find the Redwings' home this fall. That's tongue-in-cheek, of course. But it is not an exaggeration on how much the school has improved its stadium, which will ...
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