Entries for March 2013

Hit Again

Hit Again
Friday, March 29, 2013
Education reform needs a Mulligan. A do-over. The opportunity to go back to “Go” and start over. For example . . .
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Shooters Rain Supreme at Breslin Center

Shooters Rain Supreme at Breslin Center
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan awarded its top 3-point and free-throw shooters at the championship game halftimes during the Boys and Girls Basketball Finals over the last two weekends. Four champions were crowned, while the same player finished runner-...
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The Changing Face(book?) of Coaching

The Changing Face(book?) of Coaching
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
From online video exchange programs such as hudl.com to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, the face of coaching and communicating with teams is ever-changing. How much is too much, and how are the new tools being used by the old guard? This is...
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Council Adopts Heat Management Policy

Council Adopts Heat Management Policy
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The adoption of a heat management policy for MHSAA tournaments and a detailed model policy to be submitted to member schools for suggested use during practice and regular-season competition was the main focus of the Representative Council during its annual Winter Meetin...
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Shared Responsibility

Shared Responsibility
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
My counterpart in Georgia has a nice way with words, and recently used that talent to add his perspective to topics like those we’ve been addressing here in Michigan.
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Guards Answer Call for Country Day

Guards Answer Call for Country Day
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Before Saturday’s MHSAA Class B Final, Kurt Keener challenged guards Edmond Sumner, Mory Diane and Austin Price to carry Detroit Country Day to one more win. In the recent past, Keener might’ve asked something similar of guys like 6-foot-11 Amir Williams or...
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Senior's Steal Seals 2nd Straight Title

Senior's Steal Seals 2nd Straight Title
Saturday, March 23, 2013
When Jalen Pettes was disappointed with limited playing time early last season, Flint Beecher coach Mike Williams had to talk the then-junior into sticking with the program. Pettes stayed on, and his tenacious defense is one of the key reasons Beecher is ...
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Finally ... Romulus Reigns in Class A

Finally ... Romulus Reigns in Class A
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Romulus coach Nate Oats called it abnormal rather than rare for his players to show up at school at 6 a.m. this season to take extra shots before class.  Point guard Wesley Clark made himself familiar with a few hills too as he took the extra steps necessary to av...
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Freshman Shines As Eagles Repeat in D

Freshman Shines As Eagles Repeat in D
Saturday, March 23, 2013
There was no need for Eugene Brown to sit quietly in the background and ease his way into a prominent role on Southfield Christian's basketball team. One game was all it took for the freshman guard to prove he belonged on the defending MHSAA Class D Finals champion.
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Rough Start Turns into Breslin Ending

Rough Start Turns into Breslin Ending
Friday, March 22, 2013
Some may consider it ironic that Detroit Community will play for the Class B championship Saturday despite nine losses this season. But the Hurricanes are the first to explain those losses are why they’ll play in their first MHSAA Final.
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Country Day Will Play for 9th Title

Country Day Will Play for 9th Title
Friday, March 22, 2013
Detroit Country Day coach Kurt Keener said he doesn’t get hung up on numbers, like the ninth MHSAA title his team could claim Saturday. For this group of Yellowjackets, it would be the first. And that’s what counts most of all.
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Southeastern Makes Final Minute Count

Southeastern Makes Final Minute Count
Friday, March 22, 2013
Jovone Haynes saw a “weakness,” went after it, and Detroit Southeastern will play Saturday for the MHSAA Class A title. Simple as that … and not at all.
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No Super-Sizing Needed

No Super-Sizing Needed
Friday, March 22, 2013
School sports is not engaged in the never-ending addiction to add layers of competitions and levels of championships.
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No Close Call This Time for Romulus

No Close Call This Time for Romulus
Friday, March 22, 2013
Romulus made three trips to the MHSAA Semifinals from 2008-12, and missed out on three championship game berths by a combined five points. How focused are the Eagles on finishing the job this time around? Consider how they started and finished Thursday’s 76-67 Se...
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Southfield Christian Earns Return

Southfield Christian Earns Return
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Damarco White was not part of Southfield Christian’s run to the Class D championship last season. But he got an earful from teammates Bakari Evelyn and Lindsey Hunter IV about what to expect Thursday at the Breslin Center. Not that he didn't believe them. But it ...
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Defenders Rise Again at Breslin

Defenders Rise Again at Breslin
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wyoming Tri-unity Christian on its own has been plenty to contend with for Class D opponents over the last two decades. At Michigan State University’s Breslin Center, the Defenders have been nearly unbeatable – which wasn’t good news for first-timer P...
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Buzzer Beater Sends Laingsburg to Final

Buzzer Beater Sends Laingsburg to Final
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Had the final second of Thursday’s Class C Semifinal ended differently, Shaun McKinney surely would’ve felt worse about three lay-ins he missed during the game’s first 31 minutes. Good thing he got one more chance to score the most meaningful points i...
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Beecher Pulls One Win Closer to Repeat

Beecher Pulls One Win Closer to Repeat
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Monte Morris returned to the Breslin Center on Thursday for the start of his fourth and final trip as a member of the Flint Beecher basketball program. The group on the court with him was, for the most part, different than the one that last season won the MHSAA Class C...
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Erik O, Legend on the Microphone

Erik O, Legend on the Microphone
Thursday, March 21, 2013
One of Erik O. Furseth’s favorite moments every March – perhaps the one he looks forward to most – comes during the hour before each MHSAA Basketball Semifinal. From his familiar seat on press row, Furseth has called hundreds of Michigan State Univers...
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Breslin Bound: Boys A-B Semis Preview

Breslin Bound: Boys A-B Semis Preview
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Some semi-ancient history is at risk of being updated during the Class A and B Finals this weekend at Michigan State University's Breslin Center.  Detroit Southeastern is seeking is first title since 1926 and Grand Rapids Christian since 1938. Wyoming Godwin Heigh...
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