Entries for November 2017

Pioneer Closes Finals with D1 Sweep

Pioneer Closes Finals with D1 Sweep
Saturday, November 4, 2017
On top of the normal pressure of racing in the MHSAA Cross Country Finals, runners in the boys Division 1 meet Saturday had to wait through two weather delays before taking the course at Michigan International Speedway. Every team and every runner had different ways of...
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Aljabaly, Chelsea Take Winning Steps

Aljabaly, Chelsea Take Winning Steps
Saturday, November 4, 2017
They were racing to beat each other and racing to beat the weather. When thunder was heard with the runners about to head down the stretch in the MHSAA Division 2 boys cross country race, the leaders were oblivious to the ominous conditions.
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This Time, Powers Leaves as Champion

This Time, Powers Leaves as Champion
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Mason Smith and the Flint Powers Catholic boys soccer team were not about to have the same ride home this year. Last year the Chargers dropped a heart-breaking one-goal loss in the Division 3 Final, and Smith remembers how he and his teammates felt after their loss to ...
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Troy, Rockford Leader Make Title Jumps

Troy, Rockford Leader Make Title Jumps
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Finally, a pleasant memory at Michigan International Speedway for Rockford junior Ericka VanderLende. Her first two trips around the cross country course at MIS were OK, but weren’t indications of the greatness that awaited her.
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Theis Leads Cougars, Leaves a Legend

Theis Leads Cougars, Leaves a Legend
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Of the thousands of girls who have run in the MHSAA Cross Country Finals at Michigan International Speedway, only one had ever broken the 17-minute barrier. Winning the 2009 Lower Peninsula Division 1 meet in 16:54.8 just a month before winning the national Foot Locker ...
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Holland Rides 2nd-Half Surge to 1st Title

Holland Rides 2nd-Half Surge to 1st Title
Saturday, November 4, 2017
When describing his senior all-state forward, Holland boys soccer coach Greg Ceithaml says Daniel Arellano is 'electric'. It took Arellano just over a half to put a charge into his team and lead the Dutch to the school's first MHSAA Finals championship.
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DCC Wins Matchup of 1st-Time Finalists

DCC Wins Matchup of 1st-Time Finalists
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Ryan Pierson entered the Division 1 Boys Soccer Final having scored 31 goals already on the season for Detroit Catholic Central. However, number 32 turned out to not only be more meaningful than the other 31 combined, but the most important goal of the entire season.
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Caro Star Repeats, but Comets Prevail

Caro Star Repeats, but Comets Prevail
Saturday, November 4, 2017
There’s more than one way to be a champion in a sport like cross country. Caro junior Yami Albrecht had already experienced becoming an individual title winner last year at the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 Final. It was obvious which championship would mean t...
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Stimpfel Repeats, MPSH Completes Sweep

Stimpfel Repeats, MPSH Completes Sweep
Saturday, November 4, 2017
CarLee Stimpfel of Cass City had to spend some extra time walking around in the chute area before he could collect his breath and talk with reporters Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. There was a physical and mental toll in repeating as MHSAA Lower Peninsula...
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Repeat Champ Paces Hart's 1st Title Run

Repeat Champ Paces Hart's 1st Title Run
Saturday, November 4, 2017
The arrival of four girls from the same family at Hart High School resulted in a day the Pirates have never experienced in any sport. With four Ackley girls finishing in the team’s top four spots, Hart won the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 cross country champi...
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Concord Senior Rises, Irish Stay on Top

Concord Senior Rises, Irish Stay on Top
Saturday, November 4, 2017
When Samantha Saenz of Concord needs training partners or racing advice, she leans upon the school’s boys team. “I don’t have many girls on my team, so I train with the boys, so that helps,” she said. “They’re fast.”
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This Week in High School Sports: 11/3/17

This Week in High School Sports: 11/3/17
Friday, November 3, 2017
This week’s show features Anika Dy of Traverse City West’s girls golf team, passes out Game Balls to the girls volleyball team at Coldwater and longtime wrestling official James McCloughan, talks about a nationwide survey of amateur sports official...
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Today in the MHSAA: 11/3/17

Today in the MHSAA: 11/3/17
Friday, November 3, 2017
District titles were celebrated on volleyball courts all over Michigan on Thursday, so we picked 10 headlines that seemed to jump out most – topped by a pair announcing first-time champions.
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Performance: LCN's Karenna Duffey

Performance: LCN's Karenna Duffey
Friday, November 3, 2017
Macomb L'Anse Creuse North senior Karenna Duffey, coming off her fourth Macomb County championship and a repeat Macomb Area Conference Red title as well, ran the state’s fifth-fastest time of last weekend to win her third Regional title and earn the Michigan Army ...
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Current Events

Current Events
Friday, November 3, 2017
I rediscovered that in the fall of 2009, I was writing about topics that remain current today. 
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Friendship Binds Champion Sister Acts

Friendship Binds Champion Sister Acts
Friday, November 3, 2017
Former college teammates Calvin Ackley and Rob McConnell used to joke that if their seven “little girls” ever took up cross country, and ran on the same team one day, that maybe, just maybe, they could win an MHSAA Finals championship.  The one team th...
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Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 2 Preview

Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 2 Preview
Friday, November 3, 2017
The first week of the 2017 MHSAA Football Playoffs was one of the most memorable in recent memory with a collection of twists and turns, late-game heroics and bracket-shaking upsets. Welcome to the encore.
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At Hudson, Winning Starts with the 'Ride'

At Hudson, Winning Starts with the 'Ride'
Thursday, November 2, 2017
It was a couple hours before kickoff for the Hudson Tigers, and head coach Tom Saylor didn’t think his team was focused enough. “It was early on in our winning streak,” said Saylor. “Everybody was kind of laughing and just not thinking about the...
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Preview: Seeking Storybook Endings

Preview: Seeking Storybook Endings
Thursday, November 2, 2017
We’ll have a first-time Division 1 champion this fall. It’s guaranteed. We could have first-time winners in Divisions 2 and 4 as well. And if one of the four past champions playing in Saturday’s MHSAA Boys Soccer Finals wins again, they all have great...
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Preview: Favorites Poised to Blaze Paths

Preview: Favorites Poised to Blaze Paths
Thursday, November 2, 2017
If the projections are correct, two Michigan high school boys cross country teams will be celebrating MHSAA championships for the first time this weekend. Chelsea and Hanover-Horton are the top-ranked teams in their divisions, and both are seeking to win Finals titles ...
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