Entries for October 2012

Greenhills Succeeds in Drive for 5

Greenhills Succeeds in Drive for 5
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Coach Eric Gajar knew his Ann Arbor Greenhills team needed just one win on the second day of competition to clinch its fifth consecutive MHSAA Lower Peninsula title, but that was one fact he tried to keep from his players. “We didn’t tell those guys that, b...
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Shores Core 4 wins Fourth MHSAA Title

Shores Core 4 wins Fourth MHSAA Title
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Repeating was the theme of the weekend at the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 Girls Golf Final. Not only was Muskegon Mona Shores looking for a fourth straight team championship, but Okemos junior Elle Nichols had her sights set on repeating as the individual medalist...
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Cougars' Third Title 'A Lot More Special'

Cougars' Third Title 'A Lot More Special'
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The last two seasons, Lansing Catholic cruised to MHSAA Finals wins of 38 and 63 strokes, respectively. In 2010, the Cougars placed all five players among the top eight individuals, and last year they put four among the top 10. But only three of those high placers rem...
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Plymouth Celebrates School's First Girls Title

Plymouth Celebrates School's First Girls Title
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Kelsey Murphy knew Saturday afternoon who she’d call first after the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 1 Final – her grandmother Erma Murphy, who introduced her to golf when she was 12. The Plymouth senior just wasn’t sure which bit of history-making ne...
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DCDS Claims D3 in Record-Tying Fashion

DCDS Claims D3 in Record-Tying Fashion
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Max Fliegner served up a memorable first experience with high school tennis. One of the nation's top young players helped Detroit Country Day repeat as MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 champion on Saturday, winning his No. 1 singles flight to lead a Yellow Jackets do...
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Freshman leads Sault Ste. Marie to Win

Freshman leads Sault Ste. Marie to Win
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Sault Ste. Marie freshman Parker Scott had been setting school records quite regularly throughout this cross country season. Although his 16-minute, 50.5-second clocking on the 3.1-mile course at Pictured Rocks Golf & Country Club during Saturday’s Upper Pen...
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Forest Hills Eastern Rises at D3 Final

Forest Hills Eastern Rises at D3 Final
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The pain in Kelsey Sands’ shoulder Saturday morning had her thinking she would not be playing in the final round of the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 golf tournament. Sands not only teed it up, her huge improvement from Friday’s first round typified her ...
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Calumet's Kiilunen Wins 4th U.P. Final

Calumet's Kiilunen Wins 4th U.P. Final
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Tara Kiilunen was nearly overcome with emotion shortly after the conclusion of the Division 1 race at Saturday’s Upper Peninsula Cross Country Finals at Pictured Rocks Golf & Country Club. The Calumet High School senior became the first girl to be crowned U.P...
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It's Huron Again at Division 1 Tennis Final

It's Huron Again at Division 1 Tennis Final
Saturday, October 20, 2012
For Ann Arbor Huron, some of the faces were new. But the end result was the same at Saturday’s MHSAA Division 1 Tennis Final. The River Rats reached finals in six of eight flights and won three flight championships en route to compiling 33 points and claiming t...
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Dow Dynasty Continues at Division 2 Final

Dow Dynasty Continues at Division 2 Final
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Mark Gorte did more this fall than just help Midland Dow capture a fourth straight MHSAA Lower Peninsula tennis championship. He made some lifelong friendships that despite winning an MHSAA title made it tough to see this fall come to an end.
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Everett 'family' sticks together, wins together

Everett 'family' sticks together, wins together
Friday, October 19, 2012
At the end of Thursday’s practice, another chance at history only 24 hours away, Lansing Everett’s football team met for a players-only “family meeting” in the shadow of Archie Ross Stadium’s high concrete bowl. These brief night-before-g...
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Inside Selection Sunday: Mapped Out

Inside Selection Sunday: Mapped Out
Friday, October 19, 2012
After nearly nine weeks of games to get to this point, the MHSAA football brackets will be constructed and released Sunday.  This is a re-publish of an explanation of last season's selection process, and the steps we take in lining up the final five weeks of the s...
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System Failure

System Failure
Friday, October 19, 2012
There are good reasons that, in school sports, we attempt to restrain the hype and deflect attention from individual to team.
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A Game for Every Fan: Week 9

A Game for Every Fan: Week 9
Friday, October 19, 2012
Most of this weekend is about numbers for hopeful MHSAA football teams.  There are still a few league titles to determine. Some of those are listed below. But much of the focus is on the 256-team playoff field that will be determined Sunday. As of this morning, 17...
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Quick Study Becomes Three-Time Champ

Quick Study Becomes Three-Time Champ
Thursday, October 18, 2012
At the end of every fall, Escanaba native Denny Lueneberg heads back to California after another summer in his hometown and fall coaching the Eskymos girls tennis team. A tennis instructor in Palm Springs who played at Western Michigan University, he’s seen plen...
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Fearless Approach, Memorable Finish

Fearless Approach, Memorable Finish
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Billy Heckman has known Davis Crocker for a while. And to be honest, Heckman remembers being a little afraid of Davis’ game – the big serve and big volleys that helped the Kalamazoo Loy Norrix senior win the MHSAA Division 2 championship at No. 1 singles las...
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Finals Preview: Pushing the Powers

Finals Preview: Pushing the Powers
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Midland Dow has won three straight MHSAA tennis championships. Ann Arbor Greenhills has won four. And Detroit Country Day has finished among the top two in each of the last four seasons. To find them as favorites again at this weekend's Lower Peninsula Finals is no su...
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A Hero Comes Home to Vassar

A Hero Comes Home to Vassar
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Homecoming is about many things to high school students. But this year it got a whole lot bigger when word got out that Travis Mills, paratrooper of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, was coming home. Vassar High School seniors Alex Leveille and Tyler Langley tell us about h...
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Finals Preview: Champs Go For More

Finals Preview: Champs Go For More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Muskegon Mona Shores and Lansing Catholic haven't finished below first place in an MHSAA Final this decade. They're favored to continue those impressive runs at this weekend's Lower Peninsula Finals, while a number of strong Division 1 and 3 teams are expected to forc...
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High 5s - 10/17/12

High 5s - 10/17/12
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
We love to recognize first-time accomplishments (or first time in a long while), and this week's High 5s go out to some of the best this season in swimming, tennis and football.
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