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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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Task Force Building Multi-Sport Message

Task Force Building Multi-Sport Message
Friday, November 11, 2016
The MHSAA's Multi-Sport Task Force met for the third time Oct. 27, charged with developing a message on the benefits of playing multiple sports, packaging it in the most digestible formats, and delivering it to the key decision-makers to benefit athletes at the age wher...
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Gladstone Coach Smith Built Champions

Gladstone Coach Smith Built Champions
Monday, October 24, 2016
Gerry Smith put his life into helping area youngsters get a foot into the athletic doorway, and in the process touched the lives of so many people. “Smitty” died Oct. 15 following a lengthy illness. “God got a great softball coach,” said retired...
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In Memoriam: Haack, Locke, Newton

In Memoriam: Haack, Locke, Newton
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
From time to time, we receive news of the passing of people who have played major roles in the near-century history of MHSAA athletics. Click to find out more about a few who left us this summer but made major contributions.
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Turnaround Coaches: Study their Steps

Turnaround Coaches: Study their Steps
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Turnaround leadership is often a popular topic within sports conversations, as many coaches are revered for their ability to transform a struggling team into a “winner.”
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Coaches Return With College Knowledge

Coaches Return With College Knowledge
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Some coaches, like John Beilein at University of Michigan, start out coaching at the high school level, move on to college and remain there. A number of others statewide have taken paths similar to that of North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian. LaMonta Stone at River...
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