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A Game for Every Fan: Week 4

A Game for Every Fan: Week 4
Friday, September 20, 2013
Welcome to fall, Michigan. Be sure to bring a coat and umbrella when you venture out to watch your favorite football team this weekend. And what better way to spend a fall evening than watching one of the many 3-0 vs. 3-0 matchups dotting our state as we head into the ...
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Drive for Detroit: Week 3 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 3 in Review
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Swartz Creek and Flint Kearsley combined for 137 points in Week 3, second most in MHSAA history for two football teams when the losing team scores at least 40 (Swartz Creek won 77-61). Reigning Division 7 runner-up Detroit Loyola dropped reigning Division 4 runner-up De...
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A Game for Every Fan: Week 3

A Game for Every Fan: Week 3
Thursday, September 12, 2013
This week has some of the best of everything for the Michigan high school football fan. Two powers meet again in one of the most followed rivalry games in the state. Two neighbors face off in another that should draw an entire town. On perhaps a sadder but immediately ...
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Drive for Detroit: Week 2 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 2 in Review
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The definition for "rivalry game" has grown pretty broad over the history of high school athletics.  Some are considered rivalry games based purely on the fact they've been played for years. Others have been around for only a few, but the competition has become so...
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A Game for Every Fan: Week 2

A Game for Every Fan: Week 2
Friday, September 6, 2013
Most will agree that the first week of high school football season generally is a little sloppy, with players excitedly shaking off the rust in a game that matters for the first time in nearly nine months. This week they'll operate a little more smoothly – a...
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Drive for Detroit: Week 1 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 1 in Review
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Let’s start our first weekly review of MHSAA football action with some of the results you won’t see among our list of most significant from opening weekend.  All are big-time results, no doubt. But instead, here are five more from each region of our st...
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A Game for Every Fan: Week 1

A Game for Every Fan: Week 1
Thursday, August 29, 2013
It's opening night of another MHSAA football season. Not much more needs to be said to describe why athletes, coaches and communities are stepping a little higher with the first varsity kickoffs only a few hours away. Every game and every team has a story. And each wee...
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Football Practice Proposals

Football Practice Proposals
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
During 2013, a Football Task Force has been working on revisions to practice policies that might simultaneously improve acclimatization of players and reduce head trauma.
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Committees Fail Critical Issues

Committees Fail Critical Issues
Friday, June 7, 2013
Over the years I have become increasingly impatient with the MHSAA’s committee process. . . it's too often a superficial process that seems indifferent to or incapable of dealing with the most important issues of school sports.
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Playoff Proposal Pauses

Playoff Proposal Pauses
Friday, May 10, 2013
There was initial excitement that we might be onto something, but that brief infatuation began to wane as we dug deeper and discussed the plan more widely.
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Oakridge's Schugars Always To Be 'Coach'

Oakridge's Schugars Always To Be 'Coach'
Monday, April 22, 2013
Jack Schugars led five Muskegon Oakridge teams to MHSAA football championship games during his 32 seasons running the program. He finished his high school coaching career in 2010 with a record of 262-78.  And of course, he impacted hundreds of lives in a communi...
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The Boomerang Effect

The Boomerang Effect
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The NFL has administered a self-inflicted wound, shot itself in the foot, and made FOOTBALL the face of America’s youth sports concussion problem.
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We’ve Got This Right

We’ve Got This Right
Friday, March 1, 2013
This year's Super Bowl was an occasion for an unusual amount of commentary on the state of football safety, especially concussions.
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Harris Flies Like a Record-Setting Eagle

Harris Flies Like a Record-Setting Eagle
Friday, November 30, 2012
Drake Harris may not have expected the full force of the performance he put up Saturday to cap an incredible junior season for Grand Rapids Christian. But he had a pretty good idea at the start that it could turn into a special night.
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Portland Makes Right Moves for March

Portland Makes Right Moves for March
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Dylan Carroll and Adam Goodman knew the request was coming long before coach John Novara asked them to make a big change for their senior seasons on the Portland football team. The writing was on the scale, so to say. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Carroll was among the t...
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Drive for Detroit: Finals in Review

Drive for Detroit: Finals in Review
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Champions representing five regions of our state. The fifth to win three-straight MHSAA titles. Two more repeat champions, and three teams that hoisted trophies for the first time. Plus four games decided by a touchdown or less, including a Final won on an overtime...
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Harris Soars, Eagles Fly to D3 Championship

Harris Soars, Eagles Fly to D3 Championship
Sunday, November 25, 2012
A funny thing happened on Drake Harris’ way to hoops stardom. He discovered he’s even greater on the gridiron. The junior wide receiver didn’t intend to play high school football at Grand Rapids Christian, but now figures that’s his meal ticket ...
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Portland Wins Final in Portland Style

Portland Wins Final in Portland Style
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Half of Portland’s division of the Capital Area Activities Conference has made it to the MHSAA Finals over the last three seasons. So before bringing the Raiders to Ford Field this week, coach John Novara spoke with a number of coaches who had occupied the spot h...
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Cass Tech, Campbell's Glories Grow

Cass Tech, Campbell's Glories Grow
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Thomas Wilcher is a former Detroit Public School League football star who has become one of the most successful coaches in the state.  Perhaps such a future awaits the city’s brightest current star, Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell. 
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Ishpeming 'Makes Way' to MHSAA Title

Ishpeming 'Makes Way' to MHSAA Title
Saturday, November 24, 2012
When Ishpeming coach Jeff Olson watched film this week of Saturday opponent Detroit Loyola, he saw a team that continuously “demoralized” its opponents. By midway through the second quarter of the MHSAA Division 7 Final, his players understood what he meant...
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