Entries for June 2013

Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden
Friday, June 28, 2013
A minor repair to a vocal cord forced me into 48 hours of silence recently. I rather enjoyed it and, frankly, was a little sorry to see it end.
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Athletic Directors Deliver

Athletic Directors Deliver
Friday, June 28, 2013
During the past year I have had some interesting speaking engagements that took me to some other states and even to a far-away nation; but the two speaking assignments I have every year that I look forward to the most and work on the hardest are here in Michigan –...
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10 to Remember: 2012-13 Finals

10 to Remember: 2012-13 Finals
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Championships are culminations of season-long journeys, concluding with the most exciting competitions of the year but steeped in back stories that make those crowning achievements mean so much more. The Michigan High School Athletic Association awards 127 team cha...
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10 to Remember: Spring 2013

10 to Remember: Spring 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Nine teams won their first MHSAA championships this spring. Birmingham Brother Rice's boys lacrosse team won its ninth in a row.  And those are only among the toppers of the long list that made memorable moments during this season's Finals, which finished up t...
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Why There Are Rules

Why There Are Rules
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Without rules, and opponents playing by the same rules, there is no validity in moving the ball to the goal.
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6 Schools Win First Titles in 2012-13

6 Schools Win First Titles in 2012-13
Monday, June 24, 2013
A total of 101 schools won one or more of the 127 team Finals championships awarded by the Michigan High School Athletic Association during the 2012-13 school year – with six programs winning the first MHSAA team titles in any sport for their respective schools.
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Disappointing Seasons

Disappointing Seasons
Friday, June 21, 2013
It is appropriate to take the longest day of the year to address one of the long tails of the longest lawsuit in MHSAA history.
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Wake-Up Call

Wake-Up Call
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Dropouts, delinquency and discipline problems in our schools are not addressed at all by standardized tests. In fact, the focus on such testing probably adds to each problem.
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MHSAA Officials Registration Open

MHSAA Officials Registration Open
Monday, June 17, 2013
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2013-14 school year and hopes to build on a program started last year and aimed at recruiting new officials from high schools’ current graduating...
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Catch Finals Replays on Comcast

Catch Finals Replays on Comcast
Monday, June 17, 2013
MHSAA Championships in baseball, softball and girls soccer will be shown on Comcast Channel 900 on a delayed basis several times over the next few weeks.
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Gull Lake Returns to State's Elite

Gull Lake Returns to State's Elite
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Can one save change a soccer season? It certainly can alter a championship game, as Maggie Harma and Richland Gull Lake found out Saturday afternoon in Williamston.
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Liggett Outlasts Beal City in D4 Classic

Liggett Outlasts Beal City in D4 Classic
Saturday, June 15, 2013
An absolute gem of a high school baseball game, and a shame that one team had to come out on the losing end. That’s sports, and that’s baseball.
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This Time, Troy Takes Champion's Trophy

This Time, Troy Takes Champion's Trophy
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Alison Holland might have worried a bit after Grandville’s Sydney Blitchok scored a little more than 14 minutes into Saturday’s Division 1 Final at Williamston. Holland, Troy’s senior goalkeeper, would even admit to that – given that Troy was m...
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Five proves key for Cougars in D3

Five proves key for Cougars in D3
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Five was the key number during the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 Boys Golf Final at the Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek. Division 3 powerhouse Jackson Lumen Christi was aiming for its fifth straight championship, while Lansing Catholic was looking to s...
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Maves, Tecumseh Finish 'Brilliant' Run

Maves, Tecumseh Finish 'Brilliant' Run
Saturday, June 15, 2013
It’s natural for coaches to worry about the unknown as their teams venture deeper and deeper into the postseason. Tecumseh softball coach Jeff Nowak is no different.
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Hackett Dominates Again in D4

Hackett Dominates Again in D4
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Father’s Day came early this year for Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central golf coach Steve Rider. The first gift came from his team, which brought home Hackett’s third MHSAA championship in the past five seasons at Saturday’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Div...
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Calvin Christian Wins Rematch of Titans

Calvin Christian Wins Rematch of Titans
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Midway through the first half of Saturday’s Division 4 Final, the Grandville Calvin Christian girls soccer team was behind for the first time in 17 games. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes/Clarkston Everest had a one-goal lead and was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in ...
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Foley Becomes Baseball's 1st to Win 3 Straight

Foley Becomes Baseball's 1st to Win 3 Straight
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Be it with the bunt, the big hit or anything in between, Madison Heights Bishop Foley showed – once again – it can beat an opponent myriad ways. The Ventures pounded out 12 hits including four doubles Saturday in topping Grandville Calvin Christian, 12-5, ...
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Mattawan, Havers Write Winning Story

Mattawan, Havers Write Winning Story
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Allie Havers is an overpowering presence on the softball field. But the situation called for finesse. Mattawan’s 6-foot-5 senior was perfectly capable of switching gears.
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South Christian Scores 1st MHSAA Title

South Christian Scores 1st MHSAA Title
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Grand Rapids South Christian girls soccer coach Jason Boersma likes to shift senior Kayla Diemer between playing defense and forward. Boersma let out a hearty laugh Saturday afternoon when Diemer was asked which position she preferred. He anticipated the response.
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