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Flashback: Midland Makes '68 Title Play

Flashback: Midland Makes '68 Title Play
Sunday, August 26, 2018
It was a sunny, cool late August morning as high school football practice kicked off around the state. The Detroit Tigers were in the midst of a four-game losing streak, their longest to date that World Series-winning season. With 32 games to go, their lead over the Bal...
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Drive for Detroit: Week 1 Preview

Drive for Detroit: Week 1 Preview
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
The lights are ready to shine again at high school football stadiums all over Michigan. We kick off the 2018 season this weekend with anticipation – not to mention multiple matchups of reigning MHSAA Finals champions and a third game between teams that closed las...
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FHC's Hallock Shines in Green & White

FHC's Hallock Shines in Green & White
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Tate Hallock would eventually wind up wearing green and white. The Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central senior receiver already has had plenty of success wearing those colors, and he’s always wanted to follow in the foot...
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Sand Creek's Muck Making His Move

Sand Creek's Muck Making His Move
Friday, August 17, 2018
Alec Muck doesn’t take for granted that he’s one of the fastest athletes in the state. It just makes him want to become faster.
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Port Huron Scores with 'Victory Day'

Port Huron Scores with 'Victory Day'
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
The first touchdown of the football season has already been scored at Port Huron High School’s Memorial Stadium. In fact, nearly 60 were scored two weeks before the Big Reds are set to take the field in Week 1 against Flint Carman-Ainsworth, and it will be tough ...
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Smith Takes on Next Challenge at Everett

Smith Takes on Next Challenge at Everett
Monday, August 6, 2018
On a frequently stormy Monday in the shadow of iconic Archie Ross Stadium, the sun broke in for the end of Lansing Everett’s first football practice – just in time for coach Mike Smith to remind his players they have an opportunity to accomplish great things...
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Summer Football Safety

Summer Football Safety
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Required precautions of the school season are generally ignored at non-school summer camps.
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Sweating the Small Stuff - #3

Sweating the Small Stuff - #3
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
... when we are dealing with more than 600 high school programs and a physically demanding sport with fewer regular-season contests permitted than in any other sport, one cannot be too careful. 
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It’s About the Base

It’s About the Base
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
It is this base of the game, not the few at the pinnacle, that is the future of a game under siege in dozens of courthouses and state houses across the U.S. ...
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Kicking Bad Habits

Kicking Bad Habits
Friday, May 4, 2018
So, as the world of football from youth levels to the pros is eliminating kickoffs or altering rules to reduce their frequency, I write smugly, “What took you so long?”
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Bush Legacy: Culture of Opportunity

Bush Legacy: Culture of Opportunity
Friday, April 6, 2018
For the first time as Chelsea High School athletic director, Brad Bush has to hire a football coach.  What’s more, he has the unenviable task of replacing himself.
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Young's Magic Will be Missed in Muskegon

Young's Magic Will be Missed in Muskegon
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Muskegon High School’s historic Hackley Stadium was not an easy place for Gene Young to navigate in recent years, with his hulking 6-foot-6 frame slowed by neuropathy in both feet and worsened this past fall by a nasty infection on his left heel. But few people h...
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Whiteford Completes Championship Climb

Whiteford Completes Championship Climb
Friday, December 15, 2017
Ottawa Lake Whiteford football had been building toward this. And yet, for the bulk of this season Whiteford still had to look up at a few others, relatively speaking.
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Nightmare Ends with Shanks' Dream Finish

Nightmare Ends with Shanks' Dream Finish
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
The media were fixated on La’Darius Jefferson, and who can blame them? But the best story coming out of Muskegon’s recently-won Division 3 title belonged to senior cornerback Willie “Bo” Shanks – a tale that started with heartbreak, which ...
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#TBT: Reeths-Puffer Legends Born

#TBT: Reeths-Puffer Legends Born
Thursday, November 30, 2017
The “Legends of the Game” program returned to the MHSAA Football Finals this past weekend, as members of the 1992 Muskegon Reeths-Puffer football team and cheerleaders from that fall were honored at Ford Field. The Rockets won the Class A championship game ...
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Great Clips of the Week: 11/30/17

Great Clips of the Week: 11/30/17
Thursday, November 30, 2017
This edition of “Clip of the Week” sponsored by Great Clips features one of the most brilliant catches from last weekend's MHSAA 11-Player Football Finals. 
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Performance: Muskegon's La'Darius Jefferson

Performance: Muskegon's La'Darius Jefferson
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Muskegon quarterback La'Darius Jefferson ran 32 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Big Reds to a 28-10 win over Farmington Hills Harrison in Saturday’s Division 3 Final, earning him the Michigan Army National Guard “Performance of the Week.&...
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Farewell Silverdome; Our Memories Live On

Farewell Silverdome; Our Memories Live On
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Farewell Pontiac Silverdome. In early December, more than 15 years after the Detroit Lions played their last game beneath its air-supported Teflon-paneled roof, the “Dome” will take a last breath and then depart.
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Drive Complete: 2017 Finals in Review

Drive Complete: 2017 Finals in Review
Monday, November 27, 2017
Every November, the MHSAA Football Finals give players, coaches and fans an opportunity to see what everyone else has been talking about.  These last two weekends were no different.
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Jefferson Helps End Muskegon's Heartache

Jefferson Helps End Muskegon's Heartache
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Muskegon had lost in MHSAA Division 3 Finals four of the last five seasons. And when Ben Williams of Farmington Hills Harrison returned Saturday’s opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, the hearts of Big Reds fans sank a bit. No reason to be concerned. Senior ...
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