Entries for June 2016

Participation Rises in 2015-16

Participation Rises in 2015-16
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Despite another slight decline in enrollment at member high schools for the 2015-16 school year, participation in sports rose for the first time since 2010-11 as a total of 284,227 participants took part in the 28 sports for which postseason tournaments are sponsored by...
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Through the Years: Softball 1975-2015

Through the Years: Softball 1975-2015
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
For more than three decades, the MHSAA Softball Finals have helped finish off another year of high school athletics in Michigan.  But as we begin this summer series of features on MHSAA tournaments from our spring issue of benchmarks, we'll kick off with a look ba...
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Flashback: Chris Coles Sinks 'The Shot'

Flashback: Chris Coles Sinks 'The Shot'
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
A 54-foot rainbow launched by Chris Coles at the buzzer of the 1986 Class B Boys Basketball Final is still remembered as "The Shot" in MHSAA history and is available to see again as the kickoff to this summer's MHSAA.tv "80's Finals Flashback" series.  Coles' long...
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Spring Preliminary Concussion Data Announced

Spring Preliminary Concussion Data Announced
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Similar to information gathered after the first two seasons of the 2015-16 school year, the Michigan High School Athletic Association has found through collection of preliminary data that fewer than one percent of its more than 100,000 spring student-athletes experience...
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Best Practices

Best Practices
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Michigan was among the handful of states to restrict contact in practice, in 2014, a full season prior to recommendations from the National Federation of State High School Associations ...
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Performance: Lakeview's Andrew Walker

Performance: Lakeview's Andrew Walker
Monday, June 27, 2016
Battle Creek Lakeview's Andrew Walker finished his high school career June 11 with his second straight MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 1 Finals championship, shooting a two-day 143 and then edging Plymouth’s Jack Boczar in a one-hole playoff at The Meadows at Grand...
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2016-17 Officials Registration Underway

2016-17 Officials Registration Underway
Monday, June 27, 2016
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2016-17 school year.
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The Whole Body of Work

The Whole Body of Work
Friday, June 24, 2016
So, when there was recent criticism that our football practice policy wasn’t progressive enough, that it allows (in theory only) too much time for contact drills, my response is: Look at the entire body of work.
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Parade of Champions 2015-16

Parade of Champions 2015-16
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Seven schools hoisted Michigan High School Athletic Association team championship trophies for the first time this school year, as 99 schools total won one or more of the 130 Finals championships awarded during 2015-16.
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Money, Money Everywhere, But ...

Money, Money Everywhere, But ...
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
In sports as in most other aspects of American society, ours is a free-market system that allows the rich to get richer, with little regard for the consequences.
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2016 Bush Awards Honor Valued Educators

2016 Bush Awards Honor Valued Educators
Monday, June 20, 2016
Three educators who have combined for more than a century of service to high school athletics – Adrian Madison’s Kristen Isom, Holly’s Deb VanKuiken and Battle Creek’s Jim Cummins – have been named recipients of the Michigan High Schoo...
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Highlight Reel: Soccer, Baseball/Softball Finals

Highlight Reel: Soccer, Baseball/Softball Finals
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The 2015-16 high school sports year concluded early Saturday evening at Old College Field on the Michigan State University campus, as the last champions of MHSAA Tournaments were crowned in Baseball, Softball and Girls Soccer.
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Fairy-tale Finish Fits Notre Dame Prep Fine

Fairy-tale Finish Fits Notre Dame Prep Fine
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep senior midfielder Rosella LoChirco called her team’s victory Saturday in the MHSAA Division 2 girls soccer championship game “a Cinderella story.” It’s doubtful that Cinderella would put up any sort of dispute.
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USA Fearlessly Eludes Scare in D4 Repeat

USA Fearlessly Eludes Scare in D4 Repeat
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Another pitcher might have backed down and avoided the threat altogether. But Nikki Bauer of Unionville-Sebewaing isn't just an ordinary pitcher.
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Liggett Caps Memorable, Meaningful Run

Liggett Caps Memorable, Meaningful Run
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Dan Cimini led Grosse Point Woods University Liggett to its fourth MHSAA baseball championship Saturday. None of the previous three could come close to matching the emotion of this one.
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Parkway Runs Away for 1st Championship

Parkway Runs Away for 1st Championship
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Sterling Heights Parkway Christian baseball coach Rich Koch worried heading into the MHSAA tournament about run production.  His concerns were clearly unfounded.
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Monroe St Mary Repeats, Pitch Perfectly

Monroe St Mary Repeats, Pitch Perfectly
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The best Division 3 softball teams still haven't found a way to solve Meghan Beaubien. Unfortunately for them, they'll have to undertake that frustrating task for one more year.
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Unity Shuts Down Powers, Adds to Streak

Unity Shuts Down Powers, Adds to Streak
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Hudsonville Unity Christian junior goalkeeper Emily Ponstein had both arms around the championship trophy and clutched it to her chest. Ponstein wasn’t going to let go of the trophy, much like she didn’t let go of any ball that was sent in her direction S...
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Richmond Follows Freshman into History

Richmond Follows Freshman into History
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The pitching circle is Erin Shuboy's comfort zone. It doesn't matter if it's an MHSAA championship game against a team with a .433 batting average and a full set of bleachers on either side of her. Pitching is easy for Shuboy. Talking about it? That's when the nerves ...
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Early Bumps, Smooth Landing for DeLaSalle

Early Bumps, Smooth Landing for DeLaSalle
Saturday, June 18, 2016
A bunch of young Warren DeLaSalle Pilots earned their wings Saturday. And from the looks of it, DeLaSalle baseball could be flying high for a while.
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