By The Book

By The Book
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The rule, as written, with 15 pretty cut-and-dried exceptions, is consistently applied.
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BOTF Semifinalists: Accept the Challenge

BOTF Semifinalists: Accept the Challenge
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The bigger battle is coming. Contenders now must prove they are up to the challenge. Nine student cheering sections from MHSAA member schools have been selected to continue on in this year’s “Battle of the Fans VII” contest by taking part in an inaugu...
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Countdown to Calvin: Girls Report Week 7

Countdown to Calvin: Girls Report Week 7
Monday, January 15, 2018
Picking the five most impactful girls basketball results from last week was a challenge. Picking this week’s most intriguing five next Monday could prove even tougher.
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Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 6

Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 6
Monday, January 15, 2018
We’re heading into the midpoint of this boys basketball season, and the surprises keep coming. Detroit Henry Ford and Grand Ledge were full of them last week, and Berkley has been one of the state’s most intriguing all season. We touch on those a little bit...
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Brother Rice's Venos Honored by NFHS

Brother Rice's Venos Honored by NFHS
Friday, January 12, 2018
One of the most successful boys swimming & diving coaches in MHSAA history was honored Thursday by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.
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This Week in High School Sports: 1/12/18

This Week in High School Sports: 1/12/18
Friday, January 12, 2018
This week’s show previews the upcoming Women In Sports Leadership conference, passes out Game Balls to Lexi Niepoth of Bellaire in girls basketball and Derek Maas of Holland West Ottawa in boys swimming, talks about safety in ice hockey in the "Be The Referee" seg...
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Today in the MHSAA: 1/12/18

Today in the MHSAA: 1/12/18
Friday, January 12, 2018
We have at least one new MHSAA championship favorite after a night that saw pairs of the state's best meet in girls basketball and boys swimming & diving.
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Schmitz Makes Most of Many Opportunities

Schmitz Makes Most of Many Opportunities
Friday, January 12, 2018
When Madysen Schmitz was a freshman in high school, she told Morenci athletic director Kay Johnson she was going to earn 16 varsity letters with the Bulldogs. Schmitz was wrong. If all goes as planned, she’ll earn 18.
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Misspent Money

Misspent Money
Friday, January 12, 2018
More pressure means less enjoyment. As kids enjoy sports less, their motivation goes down.
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Performance: Bellaire's Lexi Niepoth

Performance: Bellaire's Lexi Niepoth
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Bellaire’s Lexi Niepoth added another memorable accomplishment to a high school career she expects to finish this spring with 11 varsity letters across three sports. The 5-foot-8 forward, a Class D all-state honorable mention a year ago, grabbed 27 rebounds to go...
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Today in the MHSAA: 1/11/18

Today in the MHSAA: 1/11/18
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Wednesday's biggest newsmakers were on the wrestling mat, where two of the state's best matched up and another top team helped its coach reach a milestone.
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Be the Referee: Ice Hockey Safe & Sound

Be the Referee: Ice Hockey Safe & Sound
Thursday, January 11, 2018
In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl notes how rules changes have helped make one of the most exciting high school sports safer.
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23rd WISL Conference Set for Feb. 4-5

23rd WISL Conference Set for Feb. 4-5
Thursday, January 11, 2018
The first, largest and longest-running program of its type in the country, the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Women In Sports Leadership Conference will take place Feb. 4-5 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West.
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Branstrom-Led Mid Pen Built to Play Big

Branstrom-Led Mid Pen Built to Play Big
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Mark Branstrom was a prolific scorer when he played at Perkins High School more than 40 years ago. Now, as coach of the Mid Peninsula Wolverines – the consolidated school that grew out of Perkins and Rock high schools in 1977 – defense has been the calling ...
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Today in the MHSAA: 1/10/18

Today in the MHSAA: 1/10/18
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
A pair of upsets topped a list of high-flying basketball results (with a key boys swimming & diving meet mixed in) from Tuesday night. 
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Young's Magic Will be Missed in Muskegon

Young's Magic Will be Missed in Muskegon
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Muskegon High School’s historic Hackley Stadium was not an easy place for Gene Young to navigate in recent years, with his hulking 6-foot-6 frame slowed by neuropathy in both feet and worsened this past fall by a nasty infection on his left heel. But few people h...
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MHSAA Minute Returns This Week

MHSAA Minute Returns This Week
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
With the winter sports season fully underway, StateChamps! High School Sports Show returns with new weekly editions debuting each Sunday at 9 a.m. on Fox Sports Detroit – featuring a fresh series of messages called the MHSAA Minute.
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NFHS's Gardner Announces Retirement

NFHS's Gardner Announces Retirement
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Bob Gardner, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) since May 2010, has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 1, 2018. Gardner notified the NFHS Board of Directors of his retirement plans at the NFHS Winter Meeting on J...
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Today in the MHSAA: 1/9/18

Today in the MHSAA: 1/9/18
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Some of the best skiing programs in our state took their first runs of the 2017-18 season Monday, while a pair of football coaches ended successful runs at their respective schools. 
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3rd-Year Standouts Have Howell Rolling

3rd-Year Standouts Have Howell Rolling
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
For the best players on Howell’s boys and girls basketball teams, the third year has been the charm. Those players, Josh Palo and Lexie Miller, have combined talent and experience with confidence while leading their teams to fast starts this winter.
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