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D3 Baseball Final: Ventures Victorious Again

D3 Baseball Final: Ventures Victorious Again
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Brett Sunde’s only official at bat of the Division 3 Final came in the first inning. But with one swing, Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s senior catcher got his team rolling on its second straight MHSAA championship.
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D2 Baseball Final: Redemption for GRC

D2 Baseball Final: Redemption for GRC
Saturday, June 16, 2012
“Redemption” was the word used by Grand Rapids Christian junior Alex VandeVusse on Friday to describe how the Eagles hoped to finish this season with a win after ending 2011 with a loss in the Division 2 Final. Consider them redeemed.
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D1 Baseball Final: Eagles Take Flight

D1 Baseball Final: Eagles Take Flight
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Hudsonville scored the first run of Saturday’s Division 1 Final, and rallied for four more in the top of the sixth to win its MHSAA title in its first championship game appearance, 9-6 over Warren DeLaSalle. The Eagles entered the tournament ranked No. 6 in the s...
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D4 Baseball Final: Raiders Take 4th Title

D4 Baseball Final: Raiders Take 4th Title
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Few had gotten to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett the last two seasons. But Decatur, and especially junior outfielder T.J. Stambeck, found a way in Saturday’s Division 4 Final.
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D3 Baseball: All Eyes on Saturday

D3 Baseball: All Eyes on Saturday
Saturday, June 16, 2012
As Lansing Catholic finished off its 8-1 MHSAA Semifinal win over Mancelona on Friday, the Cougars quietly shook hands, congratulated each other, and moved on. A more boisterous celebration might’ve been expected, given the team advanced to its first championship...
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D2 Baseball: Memories Pay Off in Motivation

D2 Baseball: Memories Pay Off in Motivation
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Grand Rapids Christian’s line-up returned nearly intact this season after finishing runner-up in Division 2 a year ago. And every player on the field after that 4-1 loss remembers St. Clair piling on each other in celebration of the ultimate championship.
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D1 Baseball: Pilots Fly High Again

D1 Baseball: Pilots Fly High Again
Friday, June 15, 2012
When Warren DeLaSalle began this season 3-14-1, coach Matt Cook had little choice but to simply look ahead to the next practice, the next game. But he promised the Pilots if they stayed the course, the tough times wouldn’t last forever. Kevin Carroll and his clas...
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D4 Baseball: Decatur Strikes Late

D4 Baseball: Decatur Strikes Late
Friday, June 15, 2012
Decatur baseball coach Ben Botti knew from experience his team likely would need to “dodge a bullet” to have a chance to win this season’s MHSAA Division 4 championship. That moment came in Friday’s Semifinal against Muskegon Catholic Central. A...
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Howell Ace Waits Turn, Makes History

Howell Ace Waits Turn, Makes History
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Given Josh Vyletel’s numbers this spring – most notably, his 15-2 record – Howell's senior ace had to have a pretty big junior year as well. But in fact, he threw only seven innings and spent the rest of 2011 cheering on his older teammates.
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High 5s: 6/12/12

High 5s: 6/12/12
Thursday, June 14, 2012
A few thousand teams began this spring on MHSAA fields and courts. Heading into the final weekend of the 2011-12 school year, that number is down to 100 and change. Below are an athlete and team who will be looking to finish this season with one last win.
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Baseball Finals: Here Comes the Hit Parade

Baseball Finals: Here Comes the Hit Parade
Thursday, June 14, 2012
More than half of the teams in this weekend's MHSAA Baseball Finals field will play their first Semifinals ever Friday at Battle Creek's Bailey Park. But will one also win its first championship? That's a tougher question to answer. Read on for a look at all 16 teams, ...
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High 5s: 5/29/12

High 5s: 5/29/12
Thursday, May 31, 2012
This week's individual High 5 recipients will finish their MHSAA careers Saturday hoping to add to championship resumes -- while our team honoree is hoping to take the first step this weekend toward a first Finals title in program history.
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Gull Lake Rallying for Another Run

Gull Lake Rallying for Another Run
Thursday, May 31, 2012
A year ago, Richland Gull Lake coach Bill Blakely looked across C.O. Brown stadium and saw five sophomores battling through the nerves of playing in an MHSAA Division 2 Semifinal. This spring, the Blue Devils’ coach sees a team filled with big-game experience an...
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Cowboys hoping to ride into Battle Creek

Cowboys hoping to ride into Battle Creek
Friday, May 18, 2012
At least once a week, former longtime Detroit Western baseball coach Ziggy Gonzalez stops in to Cowboys practice to offer a taste of the program’s history. “I tell these guys, we don’t know where we’re going if we don’t know where we’...
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High 5s: 5/15/12

High 5s: 5/15/12
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This week's honorees include arguably Michigan's top distance runner, top lacrosse player, and a baseball team looking to assert itself at the top while representing the state's largest city.
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Going out in Stiles

Going out in Stiles
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Not to call it effortless, but pitching has been a pretty smooth part of Nick Stiles’ high school career. He holds multiple school Bath records, including for single-season and career strikeouts, and his career ERA is under 1.00. But the school record he’s ...
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High 5s - 4/17/12

High 5s - 4/17/12
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A couple record-setting pitchers and one of this season's golf championship contenders received this week's Second Half High 5s.
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