Entries for October 2011

Playoffs: Pre-Districts in Review

Playoffs: Pre-Districts in Review
Monday, October 31, 2011
A total of 272 MHSAA playoff football teams has been cut in half heading into this weekend's District finals. Here's one take on the highlights from the opening weekend of the postseason – and a look at some matchups to watch as we move on to the next round.
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Prep Zone: Pre-District Previews

Prep Zone: Pre-District Previews
Friday, October 28, 2011
  A total of 272 Michigan high school football teams will begin driving this weekend for one of nine MHSAA state championships next month. And each week through the 11-player semifinals, the MHSAA Network will produce four games to be streamed live on FoxSportsDet...
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Criticism

Friday, October 28, 2011
Over the years I watched a lot of administrators of schools and school sports throw in the towel as they’ve watched their ideas and ideals get bruised and battered, and as they suffered constant and frequently unfair criticism.
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Ice Man: Skyline's Copp sets records, leaves legacy

Ice Man: Skyline's Copp sets records, leaves legacy
Thursday, October 27, 2011
  Eventually, Andrew Copp may be best-known as a hockey star. His spot on the USA under-18 national team development program squad marks him as one of the top players his age in the country. But he’ll be remembered as one of Ann Arbor Skyline’s first ...
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Battle Creek All-City Tournament

Battle Creek All-City Tournament
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
BATTLE CREEK -- For 34 seasons, five Battle Creek teams -- Central, Lakeview, Pennfield, Harper Creek and St. Philip -- annually play for the Mick Haley trophy at the All-City Tournament. St. Philip defeated Lakeview to win this season's event on Oct. 15 at Pennfield...
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A Service Ace

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
But no sport we administer gives us more headaches (than tennis).  Too often we encounter overly-involved parents and under-involved school administrators; and we're not certain if one doesn’t cause the other.
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Inside Selection Sunday: Mapping the Playoffs

Inside Selection Sunday: Mapping the Playoffs
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sitting on the other side of this process for a number of years, I can admit to occasionally scratching my cynical head over some of the matchups that have come out of Selection Sunday. How could teams so far from each other play in the same district? Why would two ...
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Fixing Things

Friday, October 21, 2011
Leaders of schools and school sports have rarely been asked to do more with less than is demanded of them today. 
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No Damper on this Rivalry

No Damper on this Rivalry
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Ovid-Elsie and Ithaca boys soccer teams play each other at least twice a season as members of the Tri-Valley Conference, and often again during the postseason. Usually those games are meaningful – both regularly are among the best in their league as well as distr...
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34 Seasons of Volleyball Battles

34 Seasons of Volleyball Battles
Thursday, October 20, 2011
There’s a good deal of talk that goes around Battle Creek’s volleyball community every fall.  And with a significant amount of talent concentrated in such a small area, there’s plenty to say. Starting in 1979, the last words for a season often have come at Batt...
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Wounded Warrior Project: DeWitt vs Portland

Wounded Warrior Project: DeWitt vs Portland
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The meeting of two state-ranked teams always will ratchet up a typical football night. Both communities, naturally, want to see which is better on the field. But during the hour before the opening kickoff Oct. 14 of DeWitt’s game against Portland, those teams and...
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In Search of a Quarterback

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
As America works and wanders its way through the messiness of choosing its presidential candidates, I look around for ones that I wish were available, and I find the choices quite limited and disappointing. 
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Outside View

Friday, October 14, 2011
It’s all well and good that our rules are correct in their philosophy; but if they don’t make sense to end-users or don’t work in practical application, we may have problems.  Same is true for our events, and for our technology.
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Skepticism

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Of course, it is easier for a person with a job, insured benefits and a retirement program to question the obsession with economic growth; but a job without clean air to breathe and water to drink will not be satisfying for long. 
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Family Practice

Friday, October 7, 2011
During my first winter on the job with the MHSAA I took my 4th-grade son to his first basketball practice, and I watched uncomfortably when his coach directed him to set a pick.  My son didn’t have a clue what that meant, and was embarrassed; and I felt like a comp...
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Weighing Change

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The national high school wrestling rules committee changed the weight classes for the 1994-95 season; and it changed them back for the 1995-96 season. This is one of several reasons why Michigan has not adopted the national committee’s changes for the 2011-12 season....
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