Entries for November 2011

A Day in the Life of High School Sports

A Day in the Life of High School Sports
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
A pile of shoes clutters a doorway. A man teaches algebra to 9th-graders who have the weekend on their minds. A woman screenprints another T-shirt in her basement. A man brooms dead flies from a countertop. Riverting scenes, for sure.
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Football Playoffs: Finals in Review

Football Playoffs: Finals in Review
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Game over. But what a way to finish. How should we end a four-month MHSAA football season? With 26 hours worth of Finals over the course of two days, viewable from the comfy confines of Detroit's Ford Field. Following are my final takes from our Finals weekend.
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Our Narrative

Our Narrative
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Those responsible for school sports . . . should stop to consider how all the projects and programs we contemplate either do or do not help us tell the story of educational athletics in Michigan. 
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Division 1 Final: Right at Home in Detroit

Division 1 Final: Right at Home in Detroit
Saturday, November 26, 2011
For a year, Royce Jenkins-Stone and his teammates were reminded, if not haunted, by the playoff run that should’ve been a year ago but ended one game short. On Saturday, the Technicians finished what they didn’t in 2010 – and stunned one of the state&...
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Division 3 Final: Eaglets Fly Again

Division 3 Final: Eaglets Fly Again
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The final night of September was cold, wet and especially disappointing for Flint Powers Catholic. Chargers coach Bob Buckel sensed that frustration as the bus rolled to to a stop after 6-0 loss and then silent ride home from Davison. Powers already was 2-3 heading int...
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Division 5 Final: Powers Up

Division 5 Final: Powers Up
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The final night of September was cold, wet and especially disappointing for Flint Powers Catholic. Chargers coach Bob Buckel sensed that frustration as the bus rolled to to a stop after 6-0 loss and then silent ride home from Davison. Powers already was 2-3 headi...
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Division 7 Final: Blue Streak

Division 7 Final: Blue Streak
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Only a few drives into the MHSAA Division 7 Final, Bennett Lewis came to Saginaw Nouvel coach Mike Boyd with a request. Give me the ball until Pewamo-Westphalia stops me. Never happened.
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Division 8 Final: Elite 11

Division 8 Final: Elite 11
Friday, November 25, 2011
All Mendon, all the time. That was the story of Friday morning’s Division 8 Football Final at Ford Field. It’s also the best way to describe the Hornets’ season, which ended with a 33-0 win over Fowler to claim their 11th MHSAA football championship.
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Division 4 Final: No. 2 Becomes No. 1

Division 4 Final: No. 2 Becomes No. 1
Friday, November 25, 2011
Subtract an injured star linebacker, and what did Zeeland West get? An inspired performance from his teammates -- and this fall’s MHSAA Division 4 football championship.
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Division 6 Final: Play it Again, Yellowjackets

Division 6 Final: Play it Again, Yellowjackets
Friday, November 25, 2011
And so continues an incredible run by one of Michigan’s newest football powerhouses. The Yellowjackets pushed their winning streak to 28 and claimed their second straight MHSAA championship by downing Constantine 42-14 in tonight’s Division 6 Final.
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Division 2 Final: 'Anything is Possible'

Division 2 Final: 'Anything is Possible'
Friday, November 25, 2011
That was the motto of Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice’s football team this season. And the Warriors had to believe it in order for Friday’s dream finish to become possible.
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Help Wanted

Help Wanted
Friday, November 25, 2011
You probably wouldn’t be much attracted to a “Help Wanted” posting in the classified ads of your local newspaper that read: Help Wanted! Long hours. Late nights.  Low pay. Frequent criticism.
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Final Countdown

Final Countdown
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ford Field, here we come. The 37th MHSAA Football Finals need little more introduction than that. Over nearly four months, more than 600 teams were boiled down to 256, with that field then cut in half every week for a month as a fortunate few continued on in hopes o...
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Linked Up: 11/22/11

Linked Up: 11/22/11
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Thanksgiving week means a short one for most -- and more time for family, shopping, relaxation, watching the MHSAA Football Finals and hopefully a little additional reading. Here are some suggestions from the last week and as we get ready to leave the fall ...
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Our Times

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
While it may be true that recent times in Michigan have seen a deeper and longer recession than most people have lived through before, it is not true that these are the worst times ever for school sports.
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Playoffs: Semifinals in Review

Playoffs: Semifinals in Review
Monday, November 21, 2011
It’s always hard to wave good-bye to another high school football season. But stories of this fall’s playoffs will no doubt be retold a few times this winter -- especially after one of the most memorable Semifinals weekends in recent memory,
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2011 Finals: Beware Falling Finals Records

2011 Finals: Beware Falling Finals Records
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Two 2010 MHSAA swimming and diving runners-up took the final step and claimed first-ever championships at Saturday’s Finals in Holland and Rochester.  The third MHSAA champion, Farmington HIlls Mercy, added a fifth-straight title despite moving up to Div...
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2011 Finals: Instant Classics

2011 Finals: Instant Classics
Saturday, November 19, 2011
 Alexis Huntey will now be in the conversation when sister Ashley reminisces about her MHSAA Class C Volleyball title in 2007. The 6-2 senior outside hitter led Morley-Stanwood to the school's second championship Saturday, and the first since her older siste...
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8-player Final: Road to Marquette

8-player Final: Road to Marquette
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Rapid River and Carsonville-Port Sanilac are 382 miles apart, but they faced off Saturday to decide the inaugural MHSAA 8-player Football Final at Northern Michigan University's Superior Dome. Take a quick ride with us over Mackinaw Bridge, past Rapid River High School...
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Prep Zone: Semifinals Preview

Prep Zone: Semifinals Preview
Friday, November 18, 2011
And then there were 32. That's all that remains from the original 256 MHSAA playoff football teams heading into Saturday's Semifinals. This week's Prep Zone games feature three top-ranked contenders and four that remain 12-0 with only two possible gam...
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