Entries for November 2013

Zeeland West Puts 'T' in 3rd MHSAA Title

Zeeland West Puts 'T' in 3rd MHSAA Title
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Danny Bauder would rather trade touches for trophies.  In most other offenses, a player of Bauder's ability would be a featured running back. What team wouldn't want to keep feeding the rock to a kid who ran for 1,796 yards and 28 touchdowns this season?
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Falcons Soar From Brink to D5 Peak

Falcons Soar From Brink to D5 Peak
Saturday, November 30, 2013
There were more moments than he and his teammates might’ve expected this fall when Drake Wooten sensed his high school career could soon come to an end.  That wasn’t supposed to be the scenario after Grand Rapids West Catholic advanced to the Division...
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Eriksen, Clarkston Finish 'Dream' Run

Eriksen, Clarkston Finish 'Dream' Run
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Ian Eriksen came into his senior year with Achilles and ankle injuries, then underwent arthroscopic surgery for a partially torn meniscus in his right knee on Sept. 19. Four Friday nights passed with Eriksen in street clothes, unsure of when — or if — he'd...
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Familiar Story Ends With Ishpeming Title

Familiar Story Ends With Ishpeming Title
Saturday, November 30, 2013
The knowledge gap covering 466 miles between Ishpeming and Detroit Loyola certainly was bridged when the two met in last season’s Division 7 Final.  Ishpeming – winner that day 20-14 – knew what Loyola had coming back this fall, and heard about ...
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Marine City, Mathison Make Right Moves

Marine City, Mathison Make Right Moves
Saturday, November 30, 2013
When Jarrett Mathison was told he wouldn't be Marine City's quarterback this season, he could've taken the news the wrong way. Instead, Mathison handled the change with a team-first attitude, even though he had no clue what his role would be with the Mariners.
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Finals Four: Ithaca Adds to Title Streak

Finals Four: Ithaca Adds to Title Streak
Friday, November 29, 2013
As the final seconds ticked down in Friday’s Division 6 Final, Ithaca’s players predictably began throwing four fingers into the air – signifying their fourth straight MHSAA title. But the Yellowjackets could’ve chosen instead to press a thumb ...
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Rice Sends Out 'Coach' on Winning Note

Rice Sends Out 'Coach' on Winning Note
Friday, November 29, 2013
What do you get the football coach who has everything?  How about a perfect 14-0 season? Better yet, how about a third straight MHSAA championship as a nice going-away present? 
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Muskegon Catholic Earns Photo Finish

Muskegon Catholic Earns Photo Finish
Friday, November 29, 2013
Muskegon Catholic Central’s players emerged from the Ford Field tunnel Friday morning for the first time, in shirts and ties and with awe over their faces. The Crusaders as a community are used to making this trip, with 11 MHSAA Finals appearances and eight titl...
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Attending to Football

Attending to Football
Friday, November 29, 2013
I very much doubt that the absence of football would have improved my life or the schools and communities I’ve been a part of. It’s a sport that needs our attention, not its extinction.
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Let's Get Ready for Ford Field

Let's Get Ready for Ford Field
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The MHSAA fall sports season will close this weekend with our most popular Finals as 16 teams play for eight 11-player football championships Friday and Saturday at Ford Field.  Here's a little something we cooked up to help you recall last season's games and prep...
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Finals Preview: Champs' Stories Unfold

Finals Preview: Champs' Stories Unfold
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
If you're looking for a few good stories to finish off this high school football season, make sure you're glued to this weekend's MHSAA 11-Player Finals at Ford Field. Read on for previews of all eight games including the best wins this season and players to watch from...
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Mixed Messages

Mixed Messages
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The public is getting mixed messages about school-sponsored football. The problem of college and professional football is not the problem of school-sponsored football.
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Drive for Detroit: Semifinals in Review

Drive for Detroit: Semifinals in Review
Monday, November 25, 2013
We finally have answers to some of the questions that have been asked all season.  Four 2012 MHSAA champions earned the opportunity Saturday to play for titles again this weekend. Five teams that finished runners-up at Ford Field last season will get another chanc...
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Parking, Entrance Protocols Announced For Ford Field

Parking, Entrance Protocols Announced For Ford Field
Monday, November 25, 2013
To provide for the convenience and safety of spectators attending the Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Finals at Ford Field in Detroit, Nov. 29 and 30, attendees are being advised of a variety of items related to transportation and security – inc...
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Mercy Regains Top Spot in Division 1

Mercy Regains Top Spot in Division 1
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The Marlins are back. Back on top. Farmington Hills Mercy reasserted its status as MHSAA champion by out-swimming the competition at the Lower Peninsula Division 1 Final on Saturday at Oakland University.
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Garcia, 'Perfect' Again, Keys Holland

Garcia, 'Perfect' Again, Keys Holland
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Holland High School junior Taylor Garcia had a perfect day Saturday at the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 girls swimming and diving championships. Again. One year after winning four titles (two individual and two relay), Garcia successfully defended all four champion...
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Another EGR Championship Unfolds in D3

Another EGR Championship Unfolds in D3
Saturday, November 23, 2013
East Grand Rapids' Emily Lundquist has dedicated more than 10 years to the pool. On Saturday afternoon, the perfect scenario unfolded to close out her high school career.
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Irish Cap Dominating Run to Class B Win

Irish Cap Dominating Run to Class B Win
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep volleyball coach Betty Wroubel has won 772 matches over the last 20 seasons. She had brought one other team to an MHSAA championship game, the eventual Class B champion in Fall 2007. But it’s a fair argument none of her best dominated quit...
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Pioneers Conquer Title Territory

Pioneers Conquer Title Territory
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The East Grand Rapids High School trophy case is so full, it’s reserved for awards celebrating only those teams that win MHSAA championships. There are more than 120 trophies already in the case. And the Pioneers’ volleyball team finally can claim a spot am...
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Covenant Christian Stands Tall in Class C

Covenant Christian Stands Tall in Class C
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Denise Uittenbogaard felt all season she had a special team. But not until Grand Rapids Covenant Christian eliminated No. 2 Morley-Stanwood in the Regional Final did the Chargers’ coach begin to understand what could be accomplished. By the time Uittenbogaard and...
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