Entries for March 2014

Breslin Bound: Boys A-B Semis Preview

Breslin Bound: Boys A-B Semis Preview
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Winning an MHSAA championship Saturday will be thrilling enough for whichever teams emerge from eight Class A and B semifinalists heading to the Breslin Center on Friday.  But the two that finish this weekend as champions will be able to celebrate some additional ...
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Breslin Bound: Boys C-D Semis Preview

Breslin Bound: Boys C-D Semis Preview
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
One contender at Thursday’s MHSAA Class C and D Semifinals is hoping to finish this weekend with a third straight championship.  Another is hoping to begin a three-season winning streak at the Breslin Center.
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The Social Setting

The Social Setting
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
If we neglect the social media component . . . we operate with at least one hand tied behind our back.
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Breslin Bound: Boys Quarterfinal Preview

Breslin Bound: Boys Quarterfinal Preview
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
1927. 1948. 1953. 1955. 1968. A number of boys basketball teams playing in MHSAA Quarterfinals tonight are celebrating returns to the final week of the season for the first time in seemingly forever. And for a few others, tonight will mark the first time, ever, they've...
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Voice of Athletes Heard, Recognized

Voice of Athletes Heard, Recognized
Monday, March 17, 2014
For more than 40 years, Escanaba’s Dan Flynn has served in just about every role possible in educational athletics. He’s lent his expertise to every group involved with sports at the high school level. But above all, he’s made sure to advocate for tho...
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March Magic Hoopfest Returns to MSU

March Magic Hoopfest Returns to MSU
Monday, March 17, 2014
March Magic Hoopfest will return to Jenison Field House for this weekend’s Michigan High School Athletic Association Boys Basketball Finals, marking the fifth championship weekend the event has run concurrent with the games being played at Michigan State Universit...
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Unranked Eaton Rapids Ends on Top in B

Unranked Eaton Rapids Ends on Top in B
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Dittmer was the difference. Grand Rapids South Christian came into Saturday's MHSAA Class B championship game ranked No. 1 and with a 26-game winning streak. But the Sailors had never faced an inside force like 6-foot-1 senior post player Allie Dittmer of Eaton ...
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Nouvel Takes Next Step as Class C Champ

Nouvel Takes Next Step as Class C Champ
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Saginaw Nouvel holds daily school Mass in its gymnasium, allowing Rachel McInerney and her teammates to reflect on a few things – including photos of the Panthers’ 2006 and 2008 MHSAA championship teams staring back at them. “And every day in practic...
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Marian Keeps Celebrating With 5th Title

Marian Keeps Celebrating With 5th Title
Saturday, March 15, 2014
With all of the hoopla and postgame celebrating after Bloomfield Hills Marian's emotional MHSAA Class A Semifinal victory over rival Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday afternoon, it's no wonder veteran coach Mary Cicerone was worried about a letdown. Especially when the...
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Sacred Heart Shows in Class D Comeback

Sacred Heart Shows in Class D Comeback
Saturday, March 15, 2014
A high school senior known statewide finished an incredible career Saturday during the MHSAA Class D championship game at the Breslin Center. But it was the lone senior on the other side of the floor who accepted the winner’s trophy as her classmates chanted &ld...
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Eaton Rapids Adds to History-Making Run

Eaton Rapids Adds to History-Making Run
Friday, March 14, 2014
Bailey Baker plans to graduate from Eaton Rapids this spring with 16 varsity letters won in four sports. Like others on her basketball team, she’s had plenty of success on others as well. But there’s something special about what the Greyhounds have accompl...
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Senior Sailors Find Way to Final

Senior Sailors Find Way to Final
Friday, March 14, 2014
Both teams playing in the first MHSAA Class B Semifinal on Friday had learned valuable lessons from their trip to the Breslin Center – and Semifinal defeat – the year before. But only one could move on to Saturday night’s championship game.
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Marian Finishes Familiar Foe to Advance

Marian Finishes Familiar Foe to Advance
Friday, March 14, 2014
As all-girls schools located 7.2 miles apart in the Detroit suburbs, Bloomfield Hills Marian and Farmington Hills Mercy have plenty in common. And then there’s the basketball rivalry they took up a level this winter.
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Canton Corrals Comets in Class A Semi

Canton Corrals Comets in Class A Semi
Friday, March 14, 2014
The way Canton wins would be easy to overlook, if not for the key word in that statement. It’s become impossible to ignore the defensive-minded Chiefs, who entered this postseason as only an honorable mention in the final Associated Press Class A poll – an...
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BOTF

BOTF
Friday, March 14, 2014
When MHSAA staff asked our Student Advisory Council, “How do we have a sportsmanship program that isn’t boring?”
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Strong Finish Sends Forest Park to Final

Strong Finish Sends Forest Park to Final
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Lexi Gusset finally got to smile with about five seconds left in Friday’s last Class D Semifinal at the Breslin Center. Her frustration melted, she yelled “Let’s go! One more game,” before being enveloped by a similarly relieved group of teamma...
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Terwilliger Shines in Leading Irish

Terwilliger Shines in Leading Irish
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Marine City Cardinal Mooney knew about point guard Sara Hansen, the Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart’s only senior. It had a plan for 6-foot-3 sophomore center Averi Gamble, and it worked well at the start of Thursday’s Class D Semifinal. But Cardinals’ c...
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Saints Survive to Earn Repeat Try

Saints Survive to Earn Repeat Try
Thursday, March 13, 2014
St. Ignace senior Kelley Wright set an MHSAA record by being part of her 102nd high school basketball victory Thursday at the Breslin Center. This had to be one of the ugliest – but could end up one of the most meaningful as well.
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Nouvel Books Return to C Final

Nouvel Books Return to C Final
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Just about every team that reaches an MHSAA championship game and leaves with a runner-up trophy makes plans, rather immediately, to return the following season and finish the title run.   Easier said than done, obviously. But Saginaw Nouvel gave itself no other ...
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Breslin Bound: Girls A-B Semis Preview

Breslin Bound: Girls A-B Semis Preview
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The most fun angle to this weekend's Class A and B Girls Basketball Finals at the Breslin Center is that none of the eight teams still alive in those classes has won an MHSAA championship since at least 1998.  In fact, four of the eight have never played in an MHS...
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