Entries for June 2012

Howell Ace Waits Turn, Makes History

Howell Ace Waits Turn, Makes History
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Given Josh Vyletel’s numbers this spring – most notably, his 15-2 record – Howell's senior ace had to have a pretty big junior year as well. But in fact, he threw only seven innings and spent the rest of 2011 cheering on his older teammates.
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High 5s: 6/12/12

High 5s: 6/12/12
Thursday, June 14, 2012
A few thousand teams began this spring on MHSAA fields and courts. Heading into the final weekend of the 2011-12 school year, that number is down to 100 and change. Below are an athlete and team who will be looking to finish this season with one last win.
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Four Selected for MHSAA Bush Awards

Four Selected for MHSAA Bush Awards
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Four athletic administrators who additionally have made significant contributions at the league, state and MHSAA tournament levels – Robin Dilday of Utica, Robert Dowd of Troy, Curt Ellis of Saline and Greg Lattig of Mason – have been named the recipients of...
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Baseball Finals: Here Comes the Hit Parade

Baseball Finals: Here Comes the Hit Parade
Thursday, June 14, 2012
More than half of the teams in this weekend's MHSAA Baseball Finals field will play their first Semifinals ever Friday at Battle Creek's Bailey Park. But will one also win its first championship? That's a tougher question to answer. Read on for a look at all 16 teams, ...
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Softball Finals: Champs are Here

Softball Finals: Champs are Here
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Three of last season's MHSAA softball champions will return to Battle Creek's Bailey Park on Friday looking to make it two -- or in Petersburg-Summerfield's case, three -- in a row. Get up to speed by checking out this weekend's schedule, followed by a look at each of ...
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SAC Sound-Off: Seniors Say Good-Bye

SAC Sound-Off: Seniors Say Good-Bye
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
All over Michigan during the last three weeks, seniors have been finishing up their high school athletic careers -- some to next play at the college level, most to continue as students only, but armed with a book full of memories and lessons learned on the field.
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Golf Finals: Plenty of Familiar Faces

Golf Finals: Plenty of Familiar Faces
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The 2011 MHSAA Lower Peninsula Boys Golf Finals featured a number of outstanding performances from younger players still looking forward to one or more seasons left in their high school careers. And that means this weekend's Finals will be filled with veterans and like...
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Headed Toward A History-Making Finish

Headed Toward A History-Making Finish
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Nine Grandville Calvin Christian seniors faced their final high school season this spring, and with it exciting possibilities. Their team had won four straight league titles and looked good for a fifth. The Squires also had moved  into a different MHSAA division,...
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The Good Old Days?

The Good Old Days?
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
One might pick a school year in the mid 1950s as the peak of prominence for school sports in America.
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Menominee football's Hofer retires

Menominee football's Hofer retires
Monday, June 11, 2012
Longtime Menominee football coach Ken Hofer retired today. He finished with a career record of 342-136-3 and led his team to three MHSAA championships. But he is best known as the state's guru of the single win offense, which doesn't include a traditional quarterback a...
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Did you see that?

Did you see that?
Monday, June 11, 2012
The second weekend of this spring's MHSAA Finals is behind us, with four more champions awarded in girls and boys lacrosse.  Below is our sampling of what struck us most from last week's many highlights as we kick off the final week of the 2011-12 school year.
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Birmingham, EGR finish title runs

Birmingham, EGR finish title runs
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Birmingham United needed overtime but won its first MHSAA championship Saturday since 2009, while East Grand Rapids won its first girls lacrosse title and finished a perfect season. Click for game summaries and links to the box scores. 
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Brother Rice continues D1 dynasty

 Brother Rice continues D1 dynasty
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice remains the only Division 1 boys lacrosse champion in MHSAA history. But not without having to withstand pesky Ann Arbor Pioneer in Saturday’s Final at Seaholm High.
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Comeback Rangers Regain Top Spot

Comeback Rangers Regain Top Spot
Saturday, June 9, 2012
First, Trent Bohrmann’s stick flew high into the air. Then his right glove, followed by his left. Finally, Bohrmann tossed his helmet to one side before being embraced by another mohawk-shaved teammate coming toward him from the other. The senior goalie wouldn&rs...
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Seaholm tennis title a true team effort

Seaholm tennis title a true team effort
Friday, June 8, 2012
Birmingham Seaholm’s MHSAA Division 2 championship Saturday was the “terminus in the odyssey of our souls,” as coach Scott Ransome described it at the team’s banquet earlier this week. In other words, it was quite a trip – punctuated by t...
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On the Move

On the Move
Friday, June 8, 2012
Dring the past quarter century, the clientele of high school athletics has become five times more mobile.  It’s one of school sports’ greatest challenges.
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MHSA(Q&)A: Norway track champion Dani Gagne

MHSA(Q&)A: Norway track champion Dani Gagne
Friday, June 8, 2012
Norway senior Dani Gagne might not be a familiar name among the Lower Peninsula track and field community. But in the Upper Peninsula, she's built a legacy that will be talked about for years to come.
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Lots of Fight in Pontiac Notre Dame Irish

Lots of Fight in Pontiac Notre Dame Irish
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Last week was the busiest on the MHSAA school schedule. And it was a great one for Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.
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Reed City's Sami has Spring in her Step

Reed City's Sami has Spring in her Step
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Sami Michell knows her starts could be better. And she's sure she can improve her arm positions when she’s going over hurdles. The Reed City junior is a self-admitted perfectionist. And she’s already thinking about next season. The rest of Michigan should ...
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High 5s: 6/5/12

High 5s: 6/5/12
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
A four-time track champion and a longtime state tennis power once again at the top make up this week's list of high achievers.
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