Entries for February 2013

Finals Preview: A Decade of Pinfalls

Finals Preview: A Decade of Pinfalls
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Beginning with Friday's Team Finals, the MHSAA will cap a decade of bowling as a sponsored sport by awarding 16 champions over a 30-hour period. All Team Finals are Friday, and Individual Finals are Saturday. And Second Half will have coverage of them all. 
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Finals Preview: Familiar Competition for No. 1

Finals Preview: Familiar Competition for No. 1
Thursday, February 28, 2013
A year ago, Southgate Anderson capped the MHSAA Division 1 Competitive Cheer Final with its first championship.  This weekend, 22 of the 32 teams competing at the Grand Rapids DeltaPlex also made the Finals last year. But 20 are aspiring to become first-time champ...
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D4 Preview: Veterans of the Medal Stand

D4 Preview: Veterans of the Medal Stand
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
If you're a Division 4 wrestling fan, you're going to recognize more than a few faces taking the mat this weekend.  Carson City-Crystal's Kenneth Dittenber will attempt to finish his high school career with a third-straight title. Five more 2012 champs also are ba...
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D3 Preview: Back For a Final Shot

D3 Preview: Back For a Final Shot
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A total of 11 wrestlers – or nearly half of last season's finalists – will return to The Palace of Auburn Hills this weekend for another run at Division 3 championships.  Consider that a total of 11 wrestlers in this division also enter undef...
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D2 Preview: On the Cusp of History

D2 Preview: On the Cusp of History
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A year ago, Fowlerville's Adam Coon shared The Palace of Auburn Hills spotlight with the latest wrestler to win four MHSAA individual championships, St. Johns' Taylor Massa.  This weekend, Coon will attempt to become the 17th to accomplish that historical feat.&nb...
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D1 Preview: Ready to Repeat

D1 Preview: Ready to Repeat
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Detroit Catholic Central and Davison dominated MHSAA Division 1 wrestling all season before meeting in Saturday's team championship match, which the Shamrocks won to claim their second straight MHSAA title.  So it's little surprise that they combine to bring back ...
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Trail-Blazing Beckett Leads On

Trail-Blazing Beckett Leads On
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Barbara Beckett had an idea this was going to be big.  But until she arrived in East Lansing for the 1995 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals, she had no idea how major a deal her next assignment would be.
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Petoskey Climbs to D2 Championship

Petoskey Climbs to D2 Championship
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
There is plenty of opportunity for high school skiers to sharpen their skills in Emmet County with such facilities as Nub’s Nob and Boyne Mountain nearby. It appears the Petoskey and Harbor Springs girls are taking advantage as they occupied the top two spots for...
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Northmen Kings of the Mountain Again

Northmen Kings of the Mountain Again
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Petoskey boys were nearly in top form Monday, earning their third straight MHSAA Division 2 ski title at Marquette Mountain with 39 points.
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Dangerous Plays

Dangerous Plays
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The MHSAA’s fourth health and safety thrust . . . intends to locate the most dangerous plays in each sport and to try to reduce their frequency.
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TC Central Takes Back Top Spot

TC Central Takes Back Top Spot
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Traverse City Central coach Jerry Stanek just smiled when he was congratulated after his girls ski team won the MHSAA Division 1 championship Monday at Boyne Mountain. After five straight second-place finishes at Finals, the Trojans hoisted the championship trophy for ...
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Marquette Peaks in D1 Final

Marquette Peaks in D1 Final
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Marquette is back as MHSAA Division I Boys Skiing champions after the Upper Peninsula school ended competition Monday with a combined score of 57 points to finish ahead of defending champion Clarkston’s 74 at Boyne Mountain. The championship was the Redmen’...
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Dundee Ends Richmond Streak in D3

Dundee Ends Richmond Streak in D3
Saturday, February 23, 2013
A few minutes after winning the MHSAA Division 3 championship on Saturday, some members of the Dundee wrestling team picked up Sean Kelitz and put him on their shoulders. Was Kelitz an unlikely hero? Certainly. A junior, he came into his match at 119 pounds with an 18-...
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Shamrocks Make it 10 with D1 Repeat

Shamrocks Make it 10 with D1 Repeat
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Rematches are always fun. But they don’t get any better than when they are between the top two teams, and in the MHSAA Finals.
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Hudson Finishes Drive for 5 in D4

Hudson Finishes Drive for 5 in D4
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Since 2009, Battle Creek has been like a second home to Hudson High School wrestling coach Scott Marry. His Tigers know the city well, as Hudson had bused back north holding the MHSAA Division 4 championship trophy every season over the last four. But on Saturday, they...
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Redwings Seniors Finish with 4

Redwings Seniors Finish with 4
Saturday, February 23, 2013
St. Johns’ seniors heard most of it and read the rest over the last year. Those last three MHSAA team wrestling championships simply were "a fluke," or if nothing more the product of seniors who graduated last spring. But these seniors – including five who ...
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Double Win Practice Policies

Double Win Practice Policies
Friday, February 22, 2013
Here we will be especially interested in finding “double wins,” that is, policies that simultaneously enhance acclimatization and reduce head contact.
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And the 2013 BOTF winner is ...

And the 2013 BOTF winner is ...
Friday, February 22, 2013
Josh Money had gone to just about every Buchanan boys basketball game during his first three years of high school, usually one in a semi-full section of stands. But as the senior “Trophy Buck” stood in front of his school’s newly-created “Herd&r...
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Division 1: Powers Clash in Battle Creek

Division 1: Powers Clash in Battle Creek
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The eight teams wrestling in Division 1 this weekend at Battle Creek's Kellogg Arena have combined for 34 MHSAA team championships.  Some like Temperance Bedford going for a dozen or reigning champion Detroit Catholic Central trying to make it 10 titles, are plent...
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Division 2: Redwings Look to Soar for 4

Division 2: Redwings Look to Soar for 4
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Only three wrestling teams have won at least four straight championships since the first MHSAA Team Finals in 1988. This weekend, St. Johns will seek to become the fourth to pin down that accomplishment.  But this might be the Redwings toughest road to finishing t...
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