Entries for November 2016

East Kentwood Prevails in D1 Shootout

East Kentwood Prevails in D1 Shootout
Saturday, November 5, 2016
It wasn't a shocker that the MHSAA Division 1 Boys Soccer Final went through regulation and two overtimes scoreless. Not with a pair of goalies that were on average giving up about a half a goal a game with 15 shutouts each heading into Saturday's championship game at...
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GR Catholic Central Clinches 1st Title

GR Catholic Central Clinches 1st Title
Saturday, November 5, 2016
There’s a ton of pressure being ranked No. 1 in the state, a target for every opponent to try to knock off the perch. There’s ample pressure just being ranked in the top 20 in one of the state’s four divisions. Top-ranked Grand Rapids Catholic Centra...
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Ackley, St. Francis Hold off Charging Cougars

Ackley, St. Francis Hold off Charging Cougars
Saturday, November 5, 2016
The finish line couldn’t arrive soon enough for Hart sophomore Adelyn Ackley. There was no one in front of her at Michigan International Speedway as she sprinted down the final stretch Saturday in the MHSAA Division 3 cross country meet. It’s what was behin...
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Repeat Champ Soldiers Finish D4 Shutout

Repeat Champ Soldiers Finish D4 Shutout
Saturday, November 5, 2016
There is always a question posed to a team that has just won consecutive championships – a question that is sometimes not that easy to answer. Is it harder to win that first title, or harder to defend?
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Sacred Heart, Strenge Surge Again

Sacred Heart, Strenge Surge Again
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Ava Streng and Bailley McConnell both got what they came for Saturday. Streng, a Battle Creek St. Philip senior, reclaimed the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 4 individual cross country championship with a powerful front-running performance at Michigan International Sp...
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Albrecht, Saugatuck Power Through D3

Albrecht, Saugatuck Power Through D3
Saturday, November 5, 2016
It was a race that took a toll on the front-runners. Caro sophomore Yami Albrecht appeared just fine after winning the MHSAA Division 3 boys cross country championship Saturday, until a fellow competitor congratulated him with a hug. Albrecht staggered back a bit and c...
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Stimpfel, P-W Rise Above New Competition

Stimpfel, P-W Rise Above New Competition
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Moving down a division helped, but there’s no substitute for good old-fashioned hard work. So, even though Cass City junior CarLee Stimpfel was racing runners from smaller schools, it was still his personal improvement that put him in a position to win the MHSAA...
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Preview: Perfect Time to Peak

Preview: Perfect Time to Peak
Friday, November 4, 2016
Four of eight finalists at Saturday's MHSAA Boys Soccer Finals are playing to take home the champion's trophy for the first time in their programs' histories. And considering that none of seven teams that play in leagues won them this fall, claiming the highest title w...
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Preview: Taking The Final Step to 1st

Preview: Taking The Final Step to 1st
Friday, November 4, 2016
The 991 racers at Saturday’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Boys Cross Country Finals include more than a few who have come close to claiming championships the last few seasons, but are seeking their first. Corunna’s Noah Jacobs has won every race this season, but i...
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Preview: Champs Return as Favorites

Preview: Champs Return as Favorites
Friday, November 4, 2016
A total of 987 girls will launch from the starting line during four MHSAA Lower Peninsula Cross Country Finals on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. And a number of those athletes have plenty of experience crossing the finish line first over the last few seas...
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This Week in High School Sports: 11/4/16

This Week in High School Sports: 11/4/16
Friday, November 4, 2016
The latest edition of "This Week In High School Sports" features Friday’s 8-Player Football Playoff showdown between Powers North Central and Crystal Falls Forest Park, pass out two Game Balls, discuss returns from the end zone in Be The Referee and finishes ...
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Locker Room Talk

Locker Room Talk
Friday, November 4, 2016
The vulgar, victimizing language we heard from a presidential candidate in a 10-year-old recording is NOT “locker room talk.”
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Today in the MHSAA: 11/4/16

Today in the MHSAA: 11/4/16
Friday, November 4, 2016
A number of District volleyball tournaments finished Thursday, with a number of champions winning for the second, third or fourth straight time. But there also was a 10-time champion crowned again – and three teams winning titles for the first time in at least 15 ...
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Performance: Mattawan's Casey Kirkbride

Performance: Mattawan's Casey Kirkbride
Friday, November 4, 2016
Casey Kirkbride watched Mattawan’s run to the Division 2 Semifinals last season from the sideline – as a junior on the junior varsity, and one of two goalkeepers on that team at that.  But the 6-foot-1 senior has made himself into a player capable of h...
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Drive for Detroit: Playoff R2 Preview

Drive for Detroit: Playoff R2 Preview
Friday, November 4, 2016
It's predictable perhaps – and yet still intriguing – how the MHSAA Football Playoffs just a week into the five-week run. Of 38 teams selected for at-large bids to the 256-team 11-player field, only seven remain. Of 36 undefeated teams at the end of the re...
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Coach Inspires 'Attack' as Team Surges On

Coach Inspires 'Attack' as Team Surges On
Friday, November 4, 2016
When the going gets tough for the Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central volleyball team, all the players have to do is look over to the bench to see a symbol of strength and courage and the will to fight and never give up. Second-year head coach Karen O'Brien is battling o...
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Writer-Turned-Coach Enjoys Debut

Writer-Turned-Coach Enjoys Debut
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Sam Eggleston has seen high school football from two drastically different viewpoints. Now, even though he is an unpaid volunteer, he enjoys being on the sideline as a coach. But Eggleston was a sportswriter first, giving him different perspectives to watching the same...
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Study: Single-Sport Athletes Injured More

Study: Single-Sport Athletes Injured More
Thursday, November 3, 2016
A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and funded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Foundation revealed that high school athletes who specialize in a single sport sustain lower-extremity in...
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Northern Stars Seek Elusive D1 Title

Northern Stars Seek Elusive D1 Title
Thursday, November 3, 2016
After dominating the Big North Conference, and running away with Regional crowns, Alpena’s Mitchell Day and Traverse City Central’s Sielle Kearney are in position to set a new benchmark in northern Michigan. They will run to become the first northern Michig...
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Be the Referee: The Goal Line

Be the Referee: The Goal Line
Thursday, November 3, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses how rules regarding the football goal line are at times the same and differ from those at other levels of the sport.
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