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Jake Witt: the UP's Best-Kept Secret

Jake Witt: the UP's Best-Kept Secret
Friday, December 22, 2017
You would think it difficult to be a 6-foot-7 athlete and weigh 235 pounds and not be known outside your home area. It can happen. And it did happen.
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Bingham's Game Grows with Size, Skills

Bingham's Game Grows with Size, Skills
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Standing 6-foot-10, Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Marcus Bingham, Jr., has a rare combination of size, length and skill. However, another asset in his overall game has come to the surface during the early weeks of this season.
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Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 2

Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 2
Monday, December 18, 2017
It's difficult to draw much from the first two weeks of a four-month basketball season.  But it doesn't take long to sense a turnaround coming (see Detroit Mumford below) or a new championship contender on the rise (hello Grand Rapids Catholic Central?). This week...
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Starkey's Petoskey Ready to Shine Again

Starkey's Petoskey Ready to Shine Again
Friday, December 15, 2017
Dennis Starkey remembers it like it happened yesterday. Thirty-five years ago, at the age of 23, Starkey made his varsity head coaching debut with the Boyne City Ramblers. Now, starting his 31st season as coach of the Petoskey Northmen, the 58-year-old is among th...
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Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 1

Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 1
Monday, December 11, 2017
One of the best parts of boys basketball season is how quickly the state’s elite teams begin testing themselves against each other to get an idea where they stand coming into the winter. We saw plenty of those titanic matchups last week – although the first...
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Glen Lake Hoops Ready to Make Impression

Glen Lake Hoops Ready to Make Impression
Friday, December 1, 2017
When the Glen Lake boys basketball team went on a team-building retreat, coach Rich Ruelas asked his players to pick a word that would be their mantra for the season. Cade Peterson chose “footprint.”
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Like Parents, Ayrault Twins 'Born to Play'

Like Parents, Ayrault Twins 'Born to Play'
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Kim Ayrault and her husband Andy were careful not to overly encourage their children to play sports, specifically basketball, the sport they played so well for so long. But if their children did decide to play, they would teach them to play the right way and be there e...
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Calling All Hoops: Schedules & Scores

Calling All Hoops: Schedules & Scores
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Basketball is back, and we’re again providing an opportunity to follow the schedules and scores of all 1,400+ girls and boys high school varsity teams in Michigan this winter. Of course, to make this a 100-percent success, we would love your help.
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Before the Bridge: Class E & the UP

Before the Bridge: Class E & the UP
Monday, July 31, 2017
The stories are worthy of the silver screen. Long lost legends of lore, forgotten by most in the Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan. Absurd anecdotes of basketball played behind glass, and out-of-bounds lines painted on walls. Tales of overlooked places like Trena...
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BCAM Names '7s' Retro Mr Basketball Winners

BCAM Names '7s' Retro Mr Basketball Winners
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Forty years after scoring his last basket at the high school level, Earvin “Magic” Johnson is finally a BCAM Mr. Basketball.
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Jets' Record: Never to be Broken

Jets' Record: Never to be Broken
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The North Central Jets are champions. Of the billions of words longtime Upper Peninsula reporter and editor Dennis Grall has typed on keyboards over the years, he says none are more appropriate or more true than "The North Central Jets are champions."
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Performance: New Haven's Romeo Weems

Performance: New Haven's Romeo Weems
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Romeo Weems, considered by many the top sophomore in Michigan, played a starring role as New Haven won its first MHSAA boys basketball championship Saturday, earning the Michigan Army National Guard “Performance of the Week” as the Rockets downed Benton Harb...
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New Haven Locks Down, Lifts Class B Trophy

New Haven Locks Down, Lifts Class B Trophy
Saturday, March 25, 2017
The New Haven boys basketball team has made a habit of lighting up scoreboards with explosive offensive performances. But in their biggest game of the season, when pulled into a slowed-down game by Ludington, the Rockets dug deep and won with defense.
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Senior Bucs Lead 3rd Straight Title Run

Senior Bucs Lead 3rd Straight Title Run
Saturday, March 25, 2017
The generations of Flint Beecher basketball rolled over again Saturday at the Breslin Center. From the stands, stars of recent championships Monte Morris and Aquavius Burks cheered on the current Bucs, whose seniors were finishing the most impressive run in the program...
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Finally, Clarkston Celebrates in Class A

Finally, Clarkston Celebrates in Class A
Saturday, March 25, 2017
After 35 years, nearly 700 wins and three high school gyms, Dan Fife has brought an MHSAA title to his alma mater. Fife’s Clarkston boys basketball team defeated Grand Rapids Christian 75-69 on Saturday in the Class A Final at the Breslin Center for the first boy...
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North Central Finishes 3-Peat Perfectly

North Central Finishes 3-Peat Perfectly
Saturday, March 25, 2017
For the last three seasons and 83 straight games, Powers North Central’s boys basketball team has been perfect. And for the first eight minutes Saturday, as these Jets played together for the last time, they couldn't have been much better.
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Stunner Sends Ludington to Saturday

Stunner Sends Ludington to Saturday
Friday, March 24, 2017
If older brother is right, Joshua Laman might not remember much of the aftermath of his first 3-pointer this season. But it’s a shot Ludington – and probably River Rouge – will never forget.
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New Haven Grows into Class B Contender

New Haven Grows into Class B Contender
Friday, March 24, 2017
Eric Williams, Jr., has learned a lot about becoming a champion these last few seasons. And as Williams has grown, so too has New Haven’s success on the basketball court.
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GR Christian Ends 80-year Finals Wait

GR Christian Ends 80-year Finals Wait
Friday, March 24, 2017
Xavier Tillman stood taller, literally, than anyone else on the court during his team’s Class A Semifinal on Friday at the Breslin Center. Figuratively as well, the Grand Rapids Christian senior has stood as tall as any of the giants who have dominated the floor ...
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Clarkston Earns 1st Shot at Dream Finish

Clarkston Earns 1st Shot at Dream Finish
Friday, March 24, 2017
Dan Fife dreamed of playing for an MHSAA basketball championship at Jenison Field House while a student at Clarkston 50 years ago. Thursday afternoon, the current Wolves made similar dreams come true – and offered their coach that opportunity he never was able to...
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