Entries for June 2012

Menominee's Man Among Maroons

Menominee's Man Among Maroons
Friday, June 29, 2012
Ken Hofer walked high school football sidelines as a head coach  for nearly a half-century. That, in itself, is an incredible accomplishment. But Menominee's recently-retired and legendary coach packed plenty of success into his 48 seasons, a tenure that began in ...
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MHSA(Q&)A: Menominee football coach Ken Hofer

MHSA(Q&)A: Menominee football coach Ken Hofer
Friday, June 29, 2012
Ken Hofer has been nothing short of legendary during more than three decades as Menominee’s head football coach -- a tenure that came to an end earlier this month when he announced his retirement.  
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Over Our Heads

Over Our Heads
Friday, June 29, 2012
"Let’s demand that our leaders get in over their heads, that they remain a little bit naïve about what they’re getting into."
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Officials Sharpen Skills at MHSAA Clinic

Officials Sharpen Skills at MHSAA Clinic
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Frequently in pairs, they lined up beside linebackers, ran the sidelines and monitored the goallines earlier this week, next to many of Michigan's best recently-graduated high school football players. The athletes were practicing for Saturday's Michigan High School Foo...
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Rep Council Wrap-Up: Spring 2012

Rep Council Wrap-Up: Spring 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
In addition to authorizing a vote of its membership to allow for waiver of its maximum age rule under certain circumstances, the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association also approved a variety of regulations and sports activities policies...
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Follow the 2011-12 Parade of Champions

Follow the 2011-12 Parade of Champions
Thursday, June 28, 2012
A total of 97 schools won one or more of the 127 team Finals championships awarded by the Michigan High School Athletic Association during the 2011-12 school year. Four schools – Grosse Pointe South, Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, Marquette and Houghton – ...
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Participation Fee Numbers Hold Steady

Participation Fee Numbers Hold Steady
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Although the use of participation fees to help fund interscholastic athletics in Michigan high schools has doubled during the last nine years, the percentage of schools assessing them has held steady over the last two, according to surveys taken by the Michigan High Sch...
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High 5s: More to come this fall

High 5s: More to come this fall
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The end of the 2011-12 school year also signaled our final High 5s until the fall season begins. Check back in mid-August for our first High 5s of 2012-13.
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Our End of the Pool

Our End of the Pool
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
“Courage in leadership is very difficult, especially in today’s world, where the media doesn’t take time to really understand you.”
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Participants fall 1.5%, but 4 records set

Participants fall 1.5%, but 4 records set
Monday, June 25, 2012
For the first time in eight years, participation in high school sports in which postseason tournaments are sponsored by the Michigan High School Athletic Association dropped below the 300,000 mark during the 2011-12 school year, but the decrease was still slower than th...
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Did you see that? (Summer Break)

Did you see that? (Summer Break)
Monday, June 25, 2012
We've reached the end of the 2011-12 school year. But keep visiting Second Half this summer for more news and features, and return to "Did you see that?" once the 2012-13 fall season begins in August.
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MHSA(Q&)A: Midwest League Umpire John Libka

MHSA(Q&)A: Midwest League Umpire John Libka
Friday, June 22, 2012
As a high school junior eight years ago, John Libka began his officiating career as part of the MHSAA Legacy Program. Now 24, Libka -- who grew up in Mayville and attended school at Juniata Christian in Vassar -- is a baseball umpire in the Class A Midwest League.
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Dansville Believes – And Achieves

Dansville Believes – And Achieves
Friday, June 22, 2012
It's likely that few gave the Dansville softball team a shot to win the Division 4 championship last weekend, given the two-time reigning champion sitting on the opposite side of the bracket. But the Aggies thought they had a chance. And that’s what longtime coac...
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Generations of Girls Tournaments

Generations of Girls Tournaments
Friday, June 22, 2012
The MHSAA will have its “40th Anniversaries” for seven of its girls sports tournaments during the next three school years . . .
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Westwood's Aces Finish with Four

Westwood's Aces Finish with Four
Friday, June 22, 2012
Neither Megan Manninen nor Berkley LaFreniere had seen their complete body of work all in one place before coach Jared Koski laid it out on a table at Ishpeming Westwood’s girls golf team banquet earlier this month. Standing tall among a number of accolades the ...
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High 5s - 6/19/12

High 5s - 6/19/12
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A pair of Ishpeming Westwood golfers and the Dansville softball team receive the final Second Half High 5s of the 2011-12 school year.
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SAC Sound-Off: Now we're the seniors

SAC Sound-Off: Now we're the seniors
Thursday, June 21, 2012
For our final Student Advisory Council Sound-off of the 2011-12 school year, we asked our juniors -- now seniors-to-be -- what they are looking forward to most about 2012-13.
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Sports Specialization

Sports Specialization
Thursday, June 21, 2012
In pursuit of this dream, they push their children harder, drive them further and pay increasing amounts to get them on the most elite teams.
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Nonfaculty Coaches

Nonfaculty Coaches
Monday, June 18, 2012
While the number of sports and levels of teams have greatly expanded these past five or six decades, the coaching pool within the faculty of a school district has not.
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D3 Soccer Final: Title Crusade Compete

D3 Soccer Final: Title Crusade Compete
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Flint Powers Catholic attacked Hudsonville Unity Christian’s defense Saturday with a physicality and aggression the Crusaders had not seen this spring in assembling one of the best defensive seasons in MHSAA history. But winning in June has been Unity Christian&r...
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