Entries for November 2012

Harris Flies Like a Record-Setting Eagle

Harris Flies Like a Record-Setting Eagle
Friday, November 30, 2012
Drake Harris may not have expected the full force of the performance he put up Saturday to cap an incredible junior season for Grand Rapids Christian. But he had a pretty good idea at the start that it could turn into a special night.
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Coming up on 2H (12/1-12/2)

Coming up on 2H (12/1-12/2)
Friday, November 30, 2012
Winter is upon us, and we're also in the midst of transitioning our Second Half coverage from one set of sports seasons to the next. Both will be highlighted this weekend. 
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What Kind of Person?

What Kind of Person?
Friday, November 30, 2012
If they had only asked, “What kind of person do I want to be when I’m done with this experience?”
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Portland Makes Right Moves for March

Portland Makes Right Moves for March
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Dylan Carroll and Adam Goodman knew the request was coming long before coach John Novara asked them to make a big change for their senior seasons on the Portland football team. The writing was on the scale, so to say. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Carroll was among the t...
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High 5s: 11/28/12

High 5s: 11/28/12
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The final MHSAA championships of the Fall 2012 season give us our final High 5s before heading into winter. This week, we recognize both an individual and a team that achieved new heights. 
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Drive for Detroit: Finals in Review

Drive for Detroit: Finals in Review
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Champions representing five regions of our state. The fifth to win three-straight MHSAA titles. Two more repeat champions, and three teams that hoisted trophies for the first time. Plus four games decided by a touchdown or less, including a Final won on an overtime...
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Involvement vs. Meaningful Involvement

Involvement vs. Meaningful Involvement
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
As I've worked with the MHSAA in student leadership development and through my role in performance consulting and mental training, a number of coaches and athletes have asked me how to “get kids to buy in” or see the vision of their coach/captain, ...
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Soccer’s Shifting Sands

Soccer’s Shifting Sands
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
It is disconcerting that US Soccer now plans to descend to an even younger level of athlete for its boys development academy and to start a similar program for girls soccer.
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Did you see that? (Winter begins)

Did you see that? (Winter begins)
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Fall has ended and winter has begun. And every Monday we'll post here some of the most headline-worthy results and major news coming from all over our state. 
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Harris Soars, Eagles Fly to D3 Championship

Harris Soars, Eagles Fly to D3 Championship
Sunday, November 25, 2012
A funny thing happened on Drake Harris’ way to hoops stardom. He discovered he’s even greater on the gridiron. The junior wide receiver didn’t intend to play high school football at Grand Rapids Christian, but now figures that’s his meal ticket ...
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Portland Wins Final in Portland Style

Portland Wins Final in Portland Style
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Half of Portland’s division of the Capital Area Activities Conference has made it to the MHSAA Finals over the last three seasons. So before bringing the Raiders to Ford Field this week, coach John Novara spoke with a number of coaches who had occupied the spot h...
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Cass Tech, Campbell's Glories Grow

Cass Tech, Campbell's Glories Grow
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Thomas Wilcher is a former Detroit Public School League football star who has become one of the most successful coaches in the state.  Perhaps such a future awaits the city’s brightest current star, Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell. 
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Ishpeming 'Makes Way' to MHSAA Title

Ishpeming 'Makes Way' to MHSAA Title
Saturday, November 24, 2012
When Ishpeming coach Jeff Olson watched film this week of Saturday opponent Detroit Loyola, he saw a team that continuously “demoralized” its opponents. By midway through the second quarter of the MHSAA Division 7 Final, his players understood what he meant...
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Back-up QB Sails South to D4 Title

Back-up QB Sails South to D4 Title
Friday, November 23, 2012
The Grand Rapids South Christian community wouldn't allow Derek Woltjer to feel nervous or unsure of himself. As soon as it became apparent that he would start for injured star quarterback Jon Wassink in the MHSAA Division 4 championship game, Woltjer was bombarded w...
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Ithaca Finds a Hero in Hessbrook

Ithaca Finds a Hero in Hessbrook
Friday, November 23, 2012
Logan Hessbrook started at quarterback for Ithaca’s junior varsity last season as a sophomore, and probably would start for a few hundred teams that don't have the luxury of all-state quarterbacks every season. But neither takes away from the fact that ...
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Brother Rice Finds Championship Burst

Brother Rice Finds Championship Burst
Friday, November 23, 2012
Jason Alessi appeared to be running out of gas.  For someone who spent the day chasing Muskegon's speedy backs, who could blame him if fatigue was setting in? With a championship on the line, however, Alessi still had the dream of a lifetime within him.
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Harbor Beach is Title Town

Harbor Beach is Title Town
Friday, November 23, 2012
Harbor Beach always has considered itself a football town. Beginning with its last run to an MHSAA championship game in 1991, the Pirates have amassed six seasons with at least 10 wins – including four over the last decade. But the 1,600 residents living along th...
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Coming up on 2H (11/24-11/25)

Coming up on 2H (11/24-11/25)
Friday, November 23, 2012
The fall season finishes up this weekend at Ford Field with eighth MHSAA 11-player Football Finals, even-numbered divisions playing Friday and odds Saturday. And there are a variety of ways to follow the action. 
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Head Trauma and Learning

Head Trauma and Learning
Friday, November 23, 2012
22 percent of athletes in contact sports had lower results on learning and memory skills tests after their season.
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High 5s: 11/21/12

High 5s: 11/21/12
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
With the Thanksgiving holiday mid-week and nearly every fall sport done, we'll give out just one High 5 today. But it goes to a team that's been among the elite for half a decade and could be just getting started.
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