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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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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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Drive for Detroit: 11-Player Finals Preview

Drive for Detroit: 11-Player Finals Preview
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
This weekend’s MHSAA 11-Player Football Finals are teeming with stories just waiting to be told by all 16 teams as Friday and Saturday’s games play out. For starters, Edwardsburg, Saginaw Swan Valley and West Bloomfield will be making the championship game ...
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Drive for Detroit: 11-Player Semis Review

Drive for Detroit: 11-Player Semis Review
Monday, November 20, 2017
The countdown is on for our annual voyage to Detroit’s Ford Field.  West Bloomfield, Saginaw Swan Valley and Edwardsburg earned first-time MHSAA Finals berths Saturday, while a handful of surprises also helped shape an intriguing championship field.
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2017 Football Finals Protocols Announced

2017 Football Finals Protocols Announced
Monday, November 20, 2017
To provide for the convenience and safety of spectators attending the Michigan High School Athletic Association 11-Player Football Finals – presented by the Michigan National Guard – at Ford Field in Detroit, Nov. 24 and 25, attendees are being advised of a ...
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Forest Park Tradition Gains Another Title

Forest Park Tradition Gains Another Title
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Fans wearing black and red chanted “U.P. Power” while their favorite team ran for nearly 500 yards without throwing a pass Saturday at the Superior Dome. This was Crystal Falls Forest Park football. And it didn’t matter how many players were on the fi...
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Quick Study Central Lake Clinches 1st Title

Quick Study Central Lake Clinches 1st Title
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Central Lake may not have been totally sure what it got itself into switching to 8-player football heading into this fall. Clearly it didn’t take the Trojans long to figure things out.
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