Entries for November 2016

Today in the MHSAA: 11/23/16

Today in the MHSAA: 11/23/16
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
The winter sports season is underway on the hockey rink, and in addition to coverage of Tuesday games we’ve got the awarding of a top football player and reorganization of an east-side league.
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Glen Lake Blazes Trail Back to Finals

Glen Lake Blazes Trail Back to Finals
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Congratulatory messages streamed in Saturday after Maple City Glen Lake defeated Leroy Pine River 34-20 in a Division 6 football Semifinal at snow-covered Thirlby Field – a win that secured the Lakers’ first MHSAA Finals appearance in 20 years. Head coach J...
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Performance: Novi's Ally Cummings

Performance: Novi's Ally Cummings
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
As the lone four-year varsity player on Class A champion Novi's roster, Ally Cummings has played a special role in helping the program rise to elite. Cummings – the Wildcats' right-side hitter and the state's Miss Volleyball Award runner-up this fall &n...
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Drive for Detroit: 11-Player Finals Preview

Drive for Detroit: 11-Player Finals Preview
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Each day of this weekend's MHSAA 11-Player Football Finals at Ford Field will have its own distinct theme. Friday features the only first-time football finalist this season, Ottawa Lake Whiteford in Division 8, plus three teams seeking their first championships since t...
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Questions for 8-Player Football

Questions for 8-Player Football
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
We must keep in mind that every enhancement of the 8-player experience invites more conversions from the 11-player to 8-player game ...
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Today in the MHSAA: 11/22/16

Today in the MHSAA: 11/22/16
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
As we move into the final days of the Fall 2016 season, here's a look at this past championship weekend in video, plus a story of being a great teammate you don't want to miss.
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Drive for Detroit: Semifinals in Review

Drive for Detroit: Semifinals in Review
Monday, November 21, 2016
After nearly four months, this drive for Detroit is nearly complete.  Sixteen teams remain for this weekend's eight MHSAA 11-Player Finals at Ford Field in Detroit. Below is a glance at how all 16 earned their end-of-season trips, with a number of them frequent vi...
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Today in the MHSAA: 11/21/16

Today in the MHSAA: 11/21/16
Monday, November 21, 2016
The MHSAA volleyball and girls swimming & diving tournaments finished Saturday with seven championships awarded to teams from across the Lower Peninsula and coverage provided of each Final by Second Half correspondents.
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Football Finals Protocols Announced

Football Finals Protocols Announced
Monday, November 21, 2016
To provide for the convenience and safety of spectators attending the Michigan High School Athletic Association 11-Player Football Finals – presented by the Michigan National Guard – at Ford Field in Detroit, Nov. 25 and 26, attendees are being advised of a ...
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Seaholm Finds Next Gear After Fast Start

Seaholm Finds Next Gear After Fast Start
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Four events into the preliminaries Friday, Birmingham Seaholm girls swimming coach Karl Hodgson knew something special was brewing. On Saturday, his pot boiled over as the Maples won the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 championship at Michael H. Jones Natatorium on th...
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Rockford Wins 1st Finals on Last Event

Rockford Wins 1st Finals on Last Event
Saturday, November 19, 2016
During the final climactic moments of Saturday’s drama-saturated MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 1 Girls Swimming and Diving Championship Meet, possibly the coolest customer in the jam-packed Oakland University natatorium was the one bearing the most pressure &ndas...
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'Best Ever' East Grand Rapids Wins 20th Title

'Best Ever' East Grand Rapids Wins 20th Title
Saturday, November 19, 2016
East Grand Rapids swim coach Butch Briggs has won numerous MHSAA Finals championships over his 42 years of coaching the powerhouse program. But this year’s group has a special place in his gallery of champions. The Pioneers captured their 20th MHSAA title sin...
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North Branch Prevails Over Familiar Foe

North Branch Prevails Over Familiar Foe
Saturday, November 19, 2016
A championship rubber match between North Branch and Lake Odessa Lakewood closed the 2016 volleyball season Saturday night. Twice before, these perennial powers had met for the Class B title. Lakewood beat the Broncos for the 2012 championship in three games, whil...
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Novi Holds On to Claim Class A Again

Novi Holds On to Claim Class A Again
Saturday, November 19, 2016
At the start of the second set Saturday, just like many times this season, Novi senior Ally Cummings stood surrounded on the court by teammates who still have another season of high school volleyball ahead of them. During those rotations, Cummings was the only player ...
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Bronson Bounces Back to Clinch Repeat

Bronson Bounces Back to Clinch Repeat
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Last year, the Bronson volleyball team swept its way to the Class C championship. The Vikings found out early Saturday that this would be different, as Brown City offered an early wakeup call by winning the first game of their MHSAA Final match at Battle Creek's Kello...
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'Better' Plymouth Christian Becomes Best

'Better' Plymouth Christian Becomes Best
Saturday, November 19, 2016
“Better the ball” as a volleyball phrase means adding something to improve a volley with every touch. But it also was appropriate as Plymouth Christian’s adopted rallying cry this fall.
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Powers North Central Extends Title Legacy

Powers North Central Extends Title Legacy
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Their parents are taking credit for this, and for many reasons, rightfully so. But the moms and dads who birthed the athletes rolling through Powers North Central’s football and boys basketball programs these last few years never stacked championships like this....
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Drive for Detroit: Semifinals Preview

Drive for Detroit: Semifinals Preview
Friday, November 18, 2016
Ford Field is only one more win away for 32 teams playing in MHSAA Semifinals on Saturday. Five of eight reigning champions are playing to get back. Twice as many teams are playing to reach the final round for the first time.
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This Week in High School Sports: 11/18/16

This Week in High School Sports: 11/18/16
Friday, November 18, 2016
The latest edition of "This Week In High School Sports" features Pewamo-Westphalia running back Jared Smith, passes out two Game Balls, discusses automatic first downs on Be The Referee and finishes with an MHSAA Perspective on behind-the-scenes heroes.
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The Specialty of School Sports

The Specialty of School Sports
Friday, November 18, 2016
When rushed into early and intense specialization in a single sport, youth may not be ready for the rigors of that sport.
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