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Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 6

Breslin Bound: Boys Report Week 6
Monday, January 15, 2018
We’re heading into the midpoint of this boys basketball season, and the surprises keep coming. Detroit Henry Ford and Grand Ledge were full of them last week, and Berkley has been one of the state’s most intriguing all season. We touch on those a little bit...
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Branstrom-Led Mid Pen Built to Play Big

Branstrom-Led Mid Pen Built to Play Big
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Mark Branstrom was a prolific scorer when he played at Perkins High School more than 40 years ago. Now, as coach of the Mid Peninsula Wolverines – the consolidated school that grew out of Perkins and Rock high schools in 1977 – defense has been the calling ...
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3rd-Year Standouts Have Howell Rolling

3rd-Year Standouts Have Howell Rolling
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
For the best players on Howell’s boys and girls basketball teams, the third year has been the charm. Those players, Josh Palo and Lexie Miller, have combined talent and experience with confidence while leading their teams to fast starts this winter.
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Breslin Bound: Boys Report Post-Break

Breslin Bound: Boys Report Post-Break
Monday, January 8, 2018
The holiday break across our state is over, and the drive toward March will click into a second gear as most teams this week jump into the heart of league play. Today’s Breslin Bound takes a look at a number of contenders that made impressive strides over the las...
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Cass Tech Continuing Rise to Hoops Elite

Cass Tech Continuing Rise to Hoops Elite
Thursday, January 4, 2018
When you think of Detroit Cass Tech, one would probably think of its football program. Why not? The program coach Thomas Wilcher has built there has been arguably the best in the state the past dozen years.
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Film Fills In Picture of 'Fennville Flash'

Film Fills In Picture of 'Fennville Flash'
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Here, the basketball life of the athlete known as the “Fennville Flash” delivers on many levels. Yes, there is a Richie Jordan. JordanVille, a documentary by John Mooy & Anne Colton, recalls a time when legend spread via word of mouth, newsprint and AM ...
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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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