Entries for December 2016

'Retro' Award Rewards 1st Hoops Legends

'Retro' Award Rewards 1st Hoops Legends
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Before the start of the MHSAA’s 2009 Boys Basketball finals, Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan director Tom Hursey stopped by Ron Pesch's seat at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center to say hello.  Their chat would alter a decade of Mich...
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Northern MI Officials Honor 'Pioneer'

Northern MI Officials Honor 'Pioneer'
Friday, December 30, 2016
Barb Beckett was in a familiar spot – center circle at the Traverse City St. Francis gymnasium – for a boys varsity basketball game.  The longtime Michigan High School Athletic Association referee was not tossing up another ball to start the Dec. 17 c...
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Staskowski Finds New Home at DeLaSalle

Staskowski Finds New Home at DeLaSalle
Friday, December 30, 2016
A passion for hockey runs through the Staskowski family. And this past spring, Craig Staskowski saw an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. The varsity coaching position at Warren DeLaSalle opened, and Staskowski was hired in May. As difficult as it was to leave his ...
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The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects
Friday, December 30, 2016
This is a cautionary tale for those who desire that the number of classifications and divisions be expanded in MHSAA tournaments for other sports.
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A Different League

A Different League
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
What is happening in Auburn Hills is, quite literally, in an entirely different league.
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Boys Aim to Add to Vandercook Lake Legacy

Boys Aim to Add to Vandercook Lake Legacy
Friday, December 23, 2016
At Vandercook Lake, bowling is family. The girls coach has a son and a nephew on the boys team. The boys coach has a daughter who was part of three girls teams that won MHSAA Finals championships.
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This Week in High School Sports: 12/23/16

This Week in High School Sports: 12/23/16
Friday, December 23, 2016
The latest edition of "This Week In High School Sports" features the MHSAA's "Battle of the Fans VI", passes out two Game Balls, further discusses video review in its Be The Referee segment, and finishes with an MHSAA Perspective on the gifts we all enjoy including some...
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Attendance on the Rise

Attendance on the Rise
Friday, December 23, 2016
Among proof of the enduring importance and high profile of school-sponsored sports is that MHSAA tournament attendance continues to climb ...
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Be the Referee: Video Replay - Part 2

Be the Referee: Video Replay - Part 2
Thursday, December 22, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains some of the main obstacles standing in the way of increased use of replay at the high school level.
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Today in the MHSAA: 12/22/16

Today in the MHSAA: 12/22/16
Thursday, December 22, 2016
This final “Today” of 2016 highlights notable results in girls and boys basketball and hockey from Tuesday. We’ll pick back up our daily posting of headlines from around the state Jan. 3.
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Lowell Begins Work to Extend Title Run

Lowell Begins Work to Extend Title Run
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Wrestling coach R.J. Boudro gets a chuckle every time he hears other people talk about Lowell High School athletes: “Those kids are huge. What are they feeding those kids?” Boudro prefers to see his championship-winning Red Arrows a different way: "The...
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Today in the MHSAA: 12/21/16

Today in the MHSAA: 12/21/16
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The last busy night in Michigan high school sports before Christmas featured some giant basketball battles as contenders in Class A boys and Class A and B girls faced off.
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Przystas Helps 'Shape' Fitness for Future

Przystas Helps 'Shape' Fitness for Future
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Scott Przystas had plans earlier this week to “crash” a Grand Haven schools party with vegetables grown in his classroom’s hydroponic garden. It may be winter outside, but in his physical education class, it’s time to harvest. But the Michigan c...
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Football Finals Re-Air for Christmas

Football Finals Re-Air for Christmas
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
FOX Sports Detroit will present Michigan high school football fans with eight presents on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, re-airing the championship games from the 2016 MHSAA 11-Player Football Playoffs – presented by the Michigan Army National Guard.
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Seniors Shoulder Decatur Title Hopes

Seniors Shoulder Decatur Title Hopes
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
When he was young, Coy Helmuth broke both sides of his collarbone and almost gave up wrestling. Logan Kennedy is looking to add more MHSAA Finals honors to the family tree. Fritz Williamson’s brothers told him he’d never make it as a wrestler. That trio pro...
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The “Extra” Ingredient

The “Extra” Ingredient
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Competitive interscholastic athletic programs can be educational without being part of the school’s curriculum.
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Today in the MHSAA: 12/20/16

Today in the MHSAA: 12/20/16
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Powers North Central jumped a significant hurdle Monday in its run at the boys basketball record of 65 straight victories.
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Breslin Bound: Girls Report Week 3

Breslin Bound: Girls Report Week 3
Monday, December 19, 2016
The theme of this week’s Breslin Bound Girls Report – powered by MI Student Aid – is teams that were solid a year ago looking like they might be even better this winter. Be it those we highlighted in last week’s five most intriguing games, or th...
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Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 2

Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 2
Monday, December 19, 2016
Basketball season generally is broken down into three sections – and we’re in the midst of an exciting first as schools prepare for a break from class but not the action on the court. The first month of the season features nonleague tilts between top teams ...
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Today in the MHSAA: 12/19/16

Today in the MHSAA: 12/19/16
Monday, December 19, 2016
Sports will slow down over the next two weeks as schools go on break and we roll in 2017. But in advance, take a look at a ton of coverage from the busiest weekend of this winter season so far.
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