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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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QB Leads Falcons to Record-Tying Title

QB Leads Falcons to Record-Tying Title
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Yes, Grand Rapids West Catholic was well aware of Saturday’s history-making opportunity at Ford Field. And yes, becoming only the third program to win five straight MHSAA football championships has been an honor, but also a heavy expectation to uphold.
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Low-Scoring Rematch Goes to Clarkston

Low-Scoring Rematch Goes to Clarkston
Saturday, November 25, 2017
The final score of the Clarkston-West Bloomfield Division 1 Final might cause many football purists to cringe and scoff in disbelief.  But Clarkston coach Kurt Richardson offered no apologies.
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'Next Up' Help P-W to Next Championship

'Next Up' Help P-W to Next Championship
Saturday, November 25, 2017
The Pewamo-Westphalia football program finished a second straight season hoisting a championship trophy at Ford Field on Saturday, thanks to the “next man up” … and the next man … and the next man after that.  This time, the Pirates prove...
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Fugate Carries CC On 1 More Trophy Run

Fugate Carries CC On 1 More Trophy Run
Saturday, November 25, 2017
As classmates and fans screamed his name from the Ford Field stands Friday night, Nolan Fugate put the focus on his teammates. “I cannot thank my offensive line and my outside receivers enough,” the Grand Rapids Catholic Central senior running back said. &l...
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Lumen Repeat 'Club' Inducts Newest Class

Lumen Repeat 'Club' Inducts Newest Class
Friday, November 24, 2017
The challenge came one more time over text Thursday night, from a pair of assistant coaches who had something their players desperately wanted.  Tony Panici and Tyler Aldridge were part of Jackson Lumen Christi’s repeat Division 5 champions in 2003 and 2004,...
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Fast Start Sends DeLaSalle Soaring

Fast Start Sends DeLaSalle Soaring
Friday, November 24, 2017
Brendan Madigan kept his promise. He was on the field as a freshman in 2014 when Warren DeLaSalle won its first MHSAA Division 2 football championship. And he enjoyed it so much, he told himself he would come back and do it again.
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Whiteford Scores 1st Title with Epic Offense

Whiteford Scores 1st Title with Epic Offense
Friday, November 24, 2017
Next time, no one will leave Ottawa Lake Whiteford out of the conversation. It wasn’t like the Bobcats felt overlooked. But coming into this season’s Division 8 playoffs, it was pretty easy to pencil in four-time reigning champion Muskegon Catholic Central ...
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