Entries for 'Mid-Michigan'
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
By pure coincidence, it happened to be Valentine's Day.
However, that date on the calendar served as the perfect backdrop when two schools and two officiating crews paired up for a "Coaches for Cancer" girls and boys basketball doubleheader Friday at Haslett High Schoo...Continue Reading
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Owosso seniors Hunter and Colton Blaha, born 11 months apart, have been competing with each other nearly every day of their lives.
The Blaha brothers have channeled that competitiveness into a work ethic and sense of community that has helped lift the Owosso High Schoo...Continue Reading
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Two struggling hockey leagues found a perfect match, thanks to the behind-the-scenes work of commissioners, athletic directors and coaches.
The Capital Area Activities Conference, a multi-sport league, had just four hockey teams. The Southwest Michigan High School Hock...Continue Reading
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Every team refers to itself as a family in athletics. But the Byron girls basketball team takes that concept to a new level.
There are two sets of sisters, a set of cousins, and three of the four coaches on the team coach their own daughters.Continue Reading
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Bob Reason has been the voice of Pinckney High School football and basketball for more than 30 years.
It’s his voice you heard over the public address system, good times and bad, through wins and losses.Continue Reading
Friday, October 18, 2019
The end of last season gave the Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg girls golf team a pretty good idea of what the future might hold.
The Trojans finished runners-up in the Ottawa-Kent Conference Gold, fourth at their Regional and were returning everyone the following seaso...Continue Reading
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Larry Prout, Jr., who wears Pinckney football jersey number 6, stands 4-foot-8 and 85 pounds.
Or slightly less than one pound for each of the 105 surgeries he’s had in his young life.Continue Reading
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The 50 or so students chanting “Schmitt! Schmitt! Schmitt!” during the earliest minutes of Monday morning know him mostly as a high school math teacher.
Which makes sense – the oldest probably had just turned 3 when Andy Schmitt was locking down his l...Continue Reading
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Zach Hopman has heard of Drew Henson, of course.
You can’t play for Brighton and not see Henson’s list of accomplishments during a stellar baseball career at Brighton a generation ago.Continue Reading
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Hopefully Brandon Scheurer always remembers his most thrilling five minutes in high school baseball like they were five minutes ago.
Two years ago, just a sophomore but already playing shortstop for the second time in a Division 4 championship game, Scheurer awaited th...Continue Reading
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Jay Thrush was a promising wrestler at Farwell High School three years ago, finishing eighth in his class at the 2016 Division 4 Individual Finals. He followed that up with another Finals trip as a sophomore.
But that momentum was stopped when Farwell canceled th...Continue Reading
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Tanner Astrauskas is back on track to achieve his goal of becoming an MHSAA Finals champion.
Tragedy almost prevented him from realizing that dream.Continue Reading
Friday, August 31, 2018
Nick Archer may have stepped away this spring after a championship-filled 41-year career leading East Lansing soccer.
But the mystique he cultivated remains strong – celebrating the coach who started the Trojans’ boys and girls programs and won n...Continue Reading
Thursday, August 30, 2018
If you got the impression that John Dukes has been around Howell football forever, you wouldn’t be far off.
His association with the program began before high school.Continue Reading
Monday, August 6, 2018
On a frequently stormy Monday in the shadow of iconic Archie Ross Stadium, the sun broke in for the end of Lansing Everett’s first football practice – just in time for coach Mike Smith to remind his players they have an opportunity to accomplish great things...Continue Reading
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Team-building, and self-sacrifice for those teammates, are among the many lessons taught through educational athletics.
Portland junior golfer Ethan Getchell has picked them up quickly.Continue Reading
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Never has a basketball player looked forward this much to shooting an airball.
That’s what Carson Vincent is expecting two months from now, when he gets to fire with his right hand again, just like he has most of his life – until breaking a bone in hi...Continue Reading
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
When asked how many seasons he’s coached basketball, Don Palmer always is up front.
The reactions are variations of shock and awe.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Midway through the 2016 season, Marcus Ford was frustrated. He was on the Pinckney football team, but not playing much.
A big part of that was due to his size — 6-foot-5 and over 400 pounds — but then-defensive coordinator Rod Beaton sensed there was more.Continue Reading