Entries for June 2018

Unranked GP South Caps 'Magical' Rise

Unranked GP South Caps 'Magical' Rise
Saturday, June 16, 2018
As soon as he saw the signal to intentionally walk teammate Davis Graham, Grosse Pointe South first baseman Anthony Dermanulian knew he had to buckle down and come through for his team. With the bases loaded and the MHSAA Division 1 championship game against Brownstown...
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Escanaba Follows Ace to Historic Finish

Escanaba Follows Ace to Historic Finish
Saturday, June 16, 2018
South Haven managed three hits Saturday, so it wouldn’t be accurate to say Escanaba sophomore Gabi Salo was unhittable in the MHSAA Division 2 softball championship game. But the University of Wisconsin recruit was pretty close.
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Powers Withstands Freeland's Late Strike

Powers Withstands Freeland's Late Strike
Saturday, June 16, 2018
The Flint Powers Catholic girls soccer team hadn’t experienced a figurative bolt of lightning like this during its MHSAA Tournament run.  Holding on to a one-goal lead and just over 20 minutes from clinching another title – and having not allowed a goa...
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Caledonia Completes Championship Climb

Caledonia Completes Championship Climb
Saturday, June 16, 2018
A 2009 Regional Semifinal loss to eventual state champion Hudsonville is the moment Caledonia softball coach Tom Kaechele points to as putting his program on the map. Sammie Gehrls was in the stands that day, watching her sister Alexa pitch in the 2-1, 14-inning thrill...
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Small Ball, Brawley Come Up Big in Repeat

Small Ball, Brawley Come Up Big in Repeat
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Never underestimate the importance of defense – especially when it comes down to one final game to decide it all. Stevensville Lakeshore played solid defense and took advantage of four Saginaw Swan Valley errors, and enjoyed a stellar pitching performance by seni...
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Foley, Richard to Meet Again in D3 Final

Foley, Richard to Meet Again in D3 Final
Friday, June 15, 2018
It’s not the way the winning team would like to finish a game. But all the same, Madison Heights Bishop Foley did win, and the Ventures will play for a second consecutive Division 3 title.
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Coleman, Centreville Post Semis Shutouts

Coleman, Centreville Post Semis Shutouts
Friday, June 15, 2018
Autumn Tubbs swears that “darn it” was as profane as she allowed herself to get. The Coleman senior shortstop was visibly frustrated with herself after turning out of the way of an inside pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning of a ti...
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'Unexpected' Novi Takes Home Title Again

'Unexpected' Novi Takes Home Title Again
Friday, June 15, 2018
The first unexpected development in the eyes of many was that the game was about to go into overtime. The next unexpected development was that it didn’t.  Finally, the last unexpected development was that the team many figured would take home the runner...
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Senior's Parting Goal Seals Pilgrims' Repeat

Senior's Parting Goal Seals Pilgrims' Repeat
Friday, June 15, 2018
Lansing Christian senior Kasey Jamieson scored nearly 200 goals during her terrific high school career. But it’s pretty obvious which one she’ll remember most: The last.  Playing in her final high school game Saturday, Jamieson scored what turned out t...
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Beal City Sets Tone, USA Enjoys Prime Time

Beal City Sets Tone, USA Enjoys Prime Time
Friday, June 15, 2018
The moment. The venue. It all got to Beal City’s Keegan Haynes as he took the mound to begin his team’s Division 4 Semifinal against Gaylord St. Mary on Saturday. Haynes retired the first batter, gave up a base hit and proceeded to throw 10 straight balls w...
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1st-Time Title Winner On Deck in D3

1st-Time Title Winner On Deck in D3
Friday, June 15, 2018
Gabbie Sherman never flinched Friday.  The Millington junior pitched her way out of three tight spots, including a tense bottom of the seventh inning, to lead the Cardinals to a 5-3 win against Sanford Meridian in an MHSAA Division 3 Softball Semifinal at Michigan...
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Performance: NorthPointe Christian's Erik Fahlen Jr

Performance: NorthPointe Christian's Erik Fahlen Jr
Friday, June 15, 2018
Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian ace Erik Fahlen Jr. fired a two-day 71-67-138 to win the individual championship at last weekend’s Lower Peninsula Division 4 Final at Forest Akers East, leading the Mustangs to their first team title since 1996 in earning the Mi...
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Leadership Impressions - #3 (Embracing Interruptions)

Leadership Impressions - #3 (Embracing Interruptions)
Friday, June 15, 2018
I was once told that “the job is the interruptions” – to look at an interruption not as something that detracts from my work but rather is the work.
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1st-Time Champ Guaranteed in D2

1st-Time Champ Guaranteed in D2
Friday, June 15, 2018
The Escanaba softball team that returned to Secchia Stadium on Thursday may not be too different from those that made trips to the Division 2 Semifinals in 2016 and 2017 as well. But a couple of notable characteristics have the Eskymos sticking around for a few more da...
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Woodhaven, GP South Slug to Semifinal Wins

Woodhaven, GP South Slug to Semifinal Wins
Thursday, June 14, 2018
The best season in Brownstown Woodhaven’s history just got better. Woodhaven, which had never won a District baseball title before this spring, defeated perennial powerhouse Birmingham Brother Rice 7-3 in a MHSAA Division 1 Semifinal on Thursday at McLane Stadium...
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Preview: Ramping Up for Rematches

Preview: Ramping Up for Rematches
Thursday, June 14, 2018
This weekend will feature a first-time scenario in MHSAA girls soccer, and one certainly rare in any sport at any level: The Division 2, 3 and 4 championships games Friday or Saturday at Williamston High School will be rematches of the same Finals from 2017. Grand Blan...
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Caledonia, Hartland Earn Finals Return

Caledonia, Hartland Earn Finals Return
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Welcome back, Caledonia and Sammie Gehrls. Three seasons after finishing her freshman year at Secchia Stadium, the Fighting Scots’ ace once again has her team one more win from its first MHSAA softball championship.
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Finalists Cash In on Clutch Performances

Finalists Cash In on Clutch Performances
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Oli Carmody had been in pressure situations before, but nothing compared to what confronted the sophomore from Stevensville Lakeshore on Thursday. Back in November, Carmody – playing his first season as goalkeeper on the soccer team – made a diving stop of ...
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Preview: Opportunities to Celebrate

Preview: Opportunities to Celebrate
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Two reigning champions will return this weekend to the MHSAA Baseball Finals at Michigan State University. They’ll be joined at McLane Stadium in part by seven teams seeking their first title in this sport – and with Division 3 guaranteed to offer one of th...
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Preview: Welcoming Contenders New & Old

Preview: Welcoming Contenders New & Old
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Among Michigan’s smallest high school powers, this season’s MHSAA Softball Tournament has rolled along much as expected. But among the bigger schools, it’s been three weeks of surprises as we head into the season’s final weekend at Michigan Stat...
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