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WISL Honoree Leads by Making Connections

WISL Honoree Leads by Making Connections
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Nikki Norris received her life’s education from professional educators. Her father Howes Smith served as an assistant principal and then principal at Ithaca High School, and her mother Maple was a teacher. Howes’ mom also taught. Their influence and example...
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Armada's Fredette Receives NFHS Honor

Armada's Fredette Receives NFHS Honor
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Longtime Armada tennis coach David Fredette has been named one of 23 National Coaches of the Year for 2018-19 by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NHFS) Coaches Association.
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UP Schools Big & Small Find Multi-Sport Success

UP Schools Big & Small Find Multi-Sport Success
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
It should not come as a surprise that the Class A school with the highest percentage of multi-sport athletes has an athletic director who lived that life. Alex Tiseo, athletic director at Marquette High School, received 15 varsity letters while he was a student at the ...
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NFHS Voice: Find Answers at Youth Level

NFHS Voice: Find Answers at Youth Level
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Are there long-term solutions to increasing the number of participants in high school sports and improving parental behavior at high school contests? The answer to both questions might start at the youth sports level.
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3 Michigan Coaches Earn NFHS Honor

3 Michigan Coaches Earn NFHS Honor
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Three Michigan high school coaches with long histories of championship success were honored Wednesday with 2018 National Coaches of the Year awards presented by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NHFS) Coaches Association.
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Family Coaching Tree Grows to 3 Generations

Family Coaching Tree Grows to 3 Generations
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Like father like son, like grandson. The Grignon football family continued its progression in the coaching ranks this season when Alex Grignon got his shot at being a head coach at Walled Lake Western.  He represents the third generation from a family of past...
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Fund Helps Love for Comstock Live On

Fund Helps Love for Comstock Live On
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Several years ago, Josh Whitfield and his sister, Mandy Hanson, were sitting around a bonfire just chatting when they touched on a subject that fired up the normally easy-going Comstock High School graduate. Whitfield was helping coach the girls soccer team and recentl...
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Coach Taught Athletes to Enjoy Sports

Coach Taught Athletes to Enjoy Sports
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
There are to be no ties worn Saturday at the memorial service for George Richardson. He didn't like funerals, so Algonac Muskrats and Michigan State Spartans gear is encouraged. And while some sadness is inevitable, people should be having fun telling stories of the ...
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Serving a Balanced School Sports Diet

Serving a Balanced School Sports Diet
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Promoting multi-sport participation, and doing so before students reach high school, is a documented MHSAA priority. We believe it’s good for students, schools and society. By encouraging participation but not specialization, balanced multi-sport participation pr...
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Neighbors, Friends & Coaching Legends

Neighbors, Friends & Coaching Legends
Friday, April 27, 2018
When Kris Hubbard was asked to coach the fledgling Ottawa Lake Whiteford softball team in the late 1970s, the first person she went to for advice was her neighbor, Kay Johnson. Three decades later, the close friends have combined for more than 1,700 victories as two of...
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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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Opportunity at Heart of Ellis' Service

Opportunity at Heart of Ellis' Service
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Gary Ellis has received various awards over a career that’s stretched nearly a half century and included various contributions to high school athletics in our state and tennis in particular. But one of his most recent honors says perhaps the most about Ellis&rsqu...
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Seng Leads, Coaches Others to do Same

Seng Leads, Coaches Others to do Same
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Meg Seng misses coaching – in her words, “those relationships really are what it’s all about … stronger than just about anything other than family.” But the coach in Seng continues to show the way in her work every day.
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Brother Rice's Venos Honored by NFHS

Brother Rice's Venos Honored by NFHS
Friday, January 12, 2018
One of the most successful boys swimming & diving coaches in MHSAA history was honored Thursday by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.
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New Field Next Step in Glen Lake Surge

New Field Next Step in Glen Lake Surge
Friday, September 1, 2017
With school about to begin, Glen Lake will be hosting perhaps its biggest event of the school year tonight. The two teams will not be playing in the sand. They’ll be playing on a new synthetic field, the latest positive for the school's athletic program.
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2017 Bush Awards Honor Trio of Leaders

2017 Bush Awards Honor Trio of Leaders
Monday, June 26, 2017
Three athletic directors who have taken leading roles in important areas of educational athletics – Rockford’s Tim Erickson, Bay City Central’s Morley Fraser and Mattawan’s Ken Mohney – have been named recipients of the Michigan High School...
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Joseph Coaching Tree Continues to Bloom

Joseph Coaching Tree Continues to Bloom
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Annis Joseph coached for 53 years, and most of his time as a coach was spent on a baseball diamond in Ferndale.  He and his wife, Josephine, raised seven children, four boys and three girls, and all of the boys played a variety of sports throughout high school. Al...
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Get on Your Feet for Our Great Games

Get on Your Feet for Our Great Games
Friday, January 27, 2017
Somewhere along the winding road in the long history of interscholastic athletics, gradual change has brought our product to a crossroads. Ultimately, how we got here no longer matters. It’s what we do next.
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Przystas Helps 'Shape' Fitness for Future

Przystas Helps 'Shape' Fitness for Future
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Scott Przystas had plans earlier this week to “crash” a Grand Haven schools party with vegetables grown in his classroom’s hydroponic garden. It may be winter outside, but in his physical education class, it’s time to harvest. But the Michigan c...
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Southwest Schools Begin League Shuffle

Southwest Schools Begin League Shuffle
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Just when it seemed that the waters had calmed concerning conference realignment in Southwest Michigan, two area leagues are expected to lose a chunk of their respective memberships with the berth of a new alliance. Three members of the Berrien-Cass-St. Joseph League a...
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