Entries for April 2014

Hall of Fame Heritage

Hall of Fame Heritage
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Last month in Austin, Texas, NISCA inducted Ann Arbor-Pioneer’s legendary coach Dennis Hill into its Hall of Fame.
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Many Big Changes Ahead

Many Big Changes Ahead
Friday, April 25, 2014
Even if the Representative Council makes no changes at its May 4 and 5 meetings, the fall of 2014 will be the busiest I’ve been a part of in 29 years.
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Pioneer's Hills Leave 'Lasting Impression'

Pioneer's Hills Leave 'Lasting Impression'
Friday, April 25, 2014
More than 40 years coaching some of Michigan’s top high school athletes has earned Denny and Liz Hill thank-yous from a variety of sources now that they've announced their job is finally done. There are few who have helped push an entire sport, statewide, to an e...
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A Bright Spot

A Bright Spot
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
One of the most foolish moves school districts have made as funding for their schools has been reduced, or redirected to various mandates, is to eliminate the position of full-time athletic administrator.
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Kraatz Passes Turner on Assist List

Kraatz Passes Turner on Assist List
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Arguably the biggest individual headline this boys basketball season was made by Allen Park Inter-City Baptist senior Evan Kraatz. Also one of the all-time assist leaders in MHSAA boys soccer history, Kraatz broke the boys basketball career assists record that had stoo...
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A Map for Getting Lost

A Map for Getting Lost
Friday, April 18, 2014
Treating intercollegiate athletes as employees is a natural but still misguided next step on this road in the wrong direction.
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#TBT: Leland's Glass Continues to Shine

#TBT: Leland's Glass Continues to Shine
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Alisha Glass’ 48 kills in the 2006 MHSAA Class D Volleyball Final remains a seemingly unbreakable record. And her legendary status has continued to grow with successes at the collegiate and now national team levels as well. This week's Throwback Thursday looks at...
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Mona Shores Rides Air Show to Playoffs

Mona Shores Rides Air Show to Playoffs
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Muskegon Mona Shores made the MHSAA football playoffs for the first time in 2013, boosted by the highest-scoring offense in school history. Two of the top contributors now appear on the MHSAA records lists as well, with more sure to come this fall for the one running t...
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Once A Coach

Once A Coach
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
There are very many very important ingredients in educational athletics . . . but the key ingredient always has been and still is the coach.
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MHSAA Seeks SAC Nominations

MHSAA Seeks SAC Nominations
Monday, April 14, 2014
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is seeking student-athletes to become members of its Student Advisory Council beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
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Mourning Those Who Contributed Much

Mourning Those Who Contributed Much
Monday, April 14, 2014
This weekend was a sad one for those who work in Michigan high school athletics or have appreciated the contributions from three who gave significantly to our games but died after long fights with cancer.  Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart's Keisha Brown, Grand Haven's ...
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Tipping Point

Tipping Point
Friday, April 11, 2014
In 2012, there were more J-1 visa students enrolled through CSIET-approved programs in Michigan secondary schools than in any other state.
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Standouts Finish on Record Kicks

Standouts Finish on Record Kicks
Friday, April 11, 2014
Never underestimate the value of a talented kicker on a high school football team. This season’s MHSAA Finals showed again just how much that unheralded player can contribute to a championship effort.
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Kraatz' Goal: Set Teammates Up to Score

Kraatz' Goal: Set Teammates Up to Score
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Allen Park Inter-City Baptist's Evan Kraatz will graduate this spring as the most accomplished passer in MHSAA history.  And that's not just because of Kraatz' publicized accomplishment this winter.
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#TBT: Sticks’ Record 50 Still Stands

#TBT: Sticks’ Record 50 Still Stands
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Last month marked the 58th anniversary of the longest-standing individual record in MHSAA Basketball Finals history.  In 1956, Battle Creek Lakeview center Bob “Sticks” Bolton scored 50 points in a Quarterfinal against Kalamazoo State High School. His ...
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No Denying Timko in Run to 100 Goals

No Denying Timko in Run to 100 Goals
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The grinding force of Taylor Timko's attacks on the soccer goal comes out in her coach Jim Stachura’s voice as he describes them. It’s not so much something technical – although the Pontiac Notre Dame Prep senior has plenty of skill – ...
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Baby Steps

Baby Steps
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Two first, small steps have been taken in the direction of making school-sponsored sports for junior high/middle school-age athletes more attractive to these students and their parents.
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Norris Winner Jewell an Officiating Gem

Norris Winner Jewell an Officiating Gem
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
When Hugh Jewell looks at the list of past Vern L. Norris Award winners, his eyes are drawn to 1992 honoree Ted Wilson of East Detroit and Redford’s Bob Williams, who earned the MHSAA officials accolade in 2011. Both rank highly among those who have mentored Jewel...
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Ithaca's Smith Stands Among Top QBs

Ithaca's Smith Stands Among Top QBs
Monday, April 7, 2014
Ithaca, and quarterback Travis Smith in particular, are all over the MHSAA football record book after extending the program’s winning streak to 56 straight games in 2013. Read on to see some of his incredible totals, plus recently-added record setters i...
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Classes or Divisions

Classes or Divisions
Friday, April 4, 2014
Never is the continuous cycle of school sports more obvious to me than at this time of year.
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