Entries for April 2016

Performance: Holland Christian's Mike Mokma

Performance: Holland Christian's Mike Mokma
Friday, April 29, 2016
Mike Mokma has accomplished more than most during a varsity career now in its fourth season. But until recently, he’d never achieved perfection.  The 6-foot-6 right-hander struck out eight of the first nine Holland batters he faced April 19 in tossing his fi...
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Lehman's Concord Run Nears Final Turn

Lehman's Concord Run Nears Final Turn
Friday, April 29, 2016
Lindsey Lehman was just 4 years old when the family dog went on a full-speed run – with her trying to hold on – and she did a good job of keeping up with it. “Those little legs kept up with that dog, and I thought then about how fast she ran across th...
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Bathroom Breaks

Bathroom Breaks
Friday, April 29, 2016
Restrooms and locker rooms have become the front line of the latest civil rights battle in America, with collateral damage to school sports possible.
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Today in the MHSAA: 4/29/16

Today in the MHSAA: 4/29/16
Friday, April 29, 2016
Thursday’s rain couldn’t wash out a record-breaking performance and a league title celebration in April.
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Boyne Falls Star Rises on Record Lists

Boyne Falls Star Rises on Record Lists
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Marcus Matelski finished his brilliant high school basketball career at Boyne Falls this winter among the all-time leaders in MHSAA history in both points and steals. Click below for more on the 6-foot-2 guard’s accomplishments and other recent additions to MHSAA...
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Be the Referee: Vern L Norris Award

Be the Referee: Vern L Norris Award
Thursday, April 28, 2016
This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl offers praise for Linda Hoover, this year's MHSAA Vern L. Norris Award winner.
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Today in the MHSAA: 4/28/16

Today in the MHSAA: 4/28/16
Thursday, April 28, 2016
An epic finish by a past MHSAA Finals star highlighted a day of records and rematches across Michigan on Wednesday.
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Summer Swing Fuels Traverse City Hopefuls

Summer Swing Fuels Traverse City Hopefuls
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Consider this: Four Traverse City area schools have captured eight of the last 16 MHSAA Division 4 boys championships. When Todd Hursey talks about all the MHSAA Finals golf champions that have come out of the Traverse City area in recent years, he cites one common de...
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Hudsonville Adds to Diamond Milestones

Hudsonville Adds to Diamond Milestones
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
At the end of last season, longtime Hudsonville baseball coach Dave Van Noord was on the brink of reaching a career milestone – one he and his community finally celebrated last week. His 500th career victory was another achievement for one of the state&rsquo...
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Turnaround Coaches: Study their Steps

Turnaround Coaches: Study their Steps
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Turnaround leadership is often a popular topic within sports conversations, as many coaches are revered for their ability to transform a struggling team into a “winner.”
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Today in the MHSAA: 4/27/16

Today in the MHSAA: 4/27/16
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
A southwest Michigan pitcher threw a second straight no-hitter Tuesday, but balls were flying out of the park in that corner of the state’s softball diamonds.
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Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Research is inconclusive if specialization is the path to the elite level of sports, but it is conclusive that specialization is the path to chronic, long-term negative effects.
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Today in the MHSAA: 4/26/16

Today in the MHSAA: 4/26/16
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Some of the best play on the diamonds statewide happens in Macomb County, and top matchups in baseball and softball from that area highlight Monday’s action.
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Gull Lakes Builds on Variety of Experiences

Gull Lakes Builds on Variety of Experiences
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Military training is not the usual workout for the Richland Gull Lake soccer team. But that was just one of the girls’ team-building exercises this month to prepare for their run at a fourth consecutive MHSAA Division 2 title.
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Today in the MHSAA: 4/25/16

Today in the MHSAA: 4/25/16
Monday, April 25, 2016
An intriguing tournament format, track and field dominance by a statewide power and the return to baseball by one of our Upper Peninsula schools were among events gaining notable headlines over the weekend.
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Standout Dunn Does it All for Saugatuck

Standout Dunn Does it All for Saugatuck
Friday, April 22, 2016
At times, he wears a uniform under his uniform. The attire that rests inside his baseball jersey has an “S” on the chest. The “S” should stand for Superman. For Saugatuck multi-athlete Blake Dunn, he doesn’t think playing four varsity spor...
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Alcona Keeper McCoy Has Net Covered

Alcona Keeper McCoy Has Net Covered
Friday, April 22, 2016
Only a sophomore, Conner McCoy is an MHSAA record holder after a busy fall patrolling the net for the Lincoln Alcona boys soccer team. Click below to find out more about his milestone and see other recent record book additions for boys and girls basketba...
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Political Fallout

Political Fallout
Friday, April 22, 2016
Shallow, spiteful politics is doing deep damage to America, even to school sports.
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Today in the MHSAA: 4/22/16

Today in the MHSAA: 4/22/16
Friday, April 22, 2016
A top Michigan high school football coach will say good-bye while another longtime winner in tennis has celebrated a milestone win.
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Sargent Takes Charge as Elite Thrower

Sargent Takes Charge as Elite Thrower
Friday, April 22, 2016
If Nikole Sargent decided early on to specialize in her favorite sport, she never would've discovered her best sport. Track and field, actually, ranked no higher than third on her list when she began competing in high school.
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