Entries for December 2015

Not Good Enough

Not Good Enough
Thursday, December 31, 2015
When Frank Lloyd Wright was asked to choose his best project, he replied – in his 80s – “My next one.”
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Be the Referee: Respect for Referees

Be the Referee: Respect for Referees
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl discusses the importance of respecting the referees who are learning as well while working with our youngest athletes.
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'Ville' Coach Driven to Make Difference

'Ville' Coach Driven to Make Difference
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
It’s unlikely. But if Juan Rickman ever gets bored, he would be a prime candidate to participate in a sleep-deprivation study. A graduate of Detroit Cass Tech and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Rickman is driven. Achievement is the driving force that suppli...
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The MHSAA Model

The MHSAA Model
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Each time I perform this task, I am reminded how differently school sports operates in Michigan compared to non-school sports.
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Snow or No, Skiers Prep for Races Ahead

Snow or No, Skiers Prep for Races Ahead
Saturday, December 26, 2015
With the sun shining, and the mercury inching into the 40s, Carlee McCardel was enjoying what felt like a spring day of skiing Dec. 20 on the two slopes that were open at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Except this was late December, just days before Christm...
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This Week in High School Sports: 12/25/15

This Week in High School Sports: 12/25/15
Friday, December 25, 2015
This edition of "This Week In High School Sports" talks about the now-annual MHSAA Battle of the Fans competition, passes out Sparrow Health Game Balls and finishes with a commentary on the importance of glorifying we over me in athletic competition.
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Not Acting Like Grownups

Not Acting Like Grownups
Thursday, December 24, 2015
What I’d like you to see – what I’m most proud of – is the behavior of the players.
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Be the Referee: Basketball Replay

Be the Referee: Basketball Replay
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains the use of instant replay in basketball only for MHSAA Semifinals and Finals.
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Grandville Cheer Raises Bar in Repeat Bid

Grandville Cheer Raises Bar in Repeat Bid
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Grandville has had one of the elite competitive cheer programs in the state since the sport became MHSAA-sponsored in 1994. Six championships in Division 1/Class A and eight runner-up finishes over the past 21 years provide undeniable proof of the program’...
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The Work I Want

The Work I Want
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
I would much rather see school sports tackle a half-dozen difficult health and safety issues than spend a half-minute debating national travel and tournaments.
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Veteran Coach, Huskies Eye Comeback

Veteran Coach, Huskies Eye Comeback
Monday, December 21, 2015
Although his hockey team skidded to the worst start during his 30-year coaching career, JD Kalleward and his Portage Northern Huskies still have that positive vibe going. “We don’t want to keep losing,” senior co-captain Jack Budnick said last week a...
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Gee, Mason ... What a Run for Stockbridge

Gee, Mason ... What a Run for Stockbridge
Friday, December 18, 2015
Stockbridge averaged 45 points per game in building a 13-7 record over the last two seasons, mostly on the arm of quarterback Mason Gee-Montgomery and top receivers Austin Cimala and Kolby Canfield. Their achievements are among those added...
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This Week in High School Sports: 12/18/15

This Week in High School Sports: 12/18/15
Friday, December 18, 2015
This edition of "This Week In High School Sports" discusses recently-released preliminary concussion reporting data gathered by the MHSAA, passes out two Game Balls and explains how no accomplishment is too old to be submitted for the MHSAA record book.
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Our Drop in the Ocean

Our Drop in the Ocean
Friday, December 18, 2015
This country is unique in the world. And school-sponsored sports exist in this country like no other place on earth.
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Today in the MHSAA: 12/18/15

Today in the MHSAA: 12/18/15
Friday, December 18, 2015
Holiday break is nearly upon us, but heroics of December, these few included, are setting up what should be an interesting January and February for a number of teams all over the state.
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Be the Referee: Communication

Be the Referee: Communication
Thursday, December 17, 2015
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains the expectations for officials working with coaches during basketball games.
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Today in the MHSAA: 12/17/15

Today in the MHSAA: 12/17/15
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Three of the strongest rivalries in Michigan high school ice hockey played out Wednesday night, while girls basketball and wrestling also saw results with statewide implications.
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Let's Not Forget These Winning Coaches

Let's Not Forget These Winning Coaches
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Buried deep within the MHSAA’s list of coaches with 200 career football wins is the name Oscar Johnson. Sharp eyes will note that Johnson began his coaching career in 1925 – 90 years ago. In 1975, his was the lone name that would have appeared on the MHSAA&...
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Football Finals Re-Air Christmas Eve, Day

Football Finals Re-Air Christmas Eve, Day
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Eight presents await high school football fans on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as FOX Sports Detroit will re-air the championship games from the 2015 MHSAA 11-Player Football Playoffs – presented by the Michigan Army National Guard.
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Today in the MHSAA: 12/16/15

Today in the MHSAA: 12/16/15
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Basketball was the game, and late heroics the theme of many of the most exciting contests statewide Tuesday.
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