Entries for 'Mid-Michigan'
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
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Kellie Rowland doesn’t sugarcoat anything when it comes to the hundreds of players she has coached and mentored over 23 seasons.
The longtime Lakewood High School volleyball coach lets players know exactly what she thinks, and it’s a style that has served h...Continue Reading
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
They were running in the dark – a key scene-setting detail to keep in mind.
So being familiar with the course surely gave St. Johns’ cross country runner Taryn Chapko an edge during her school’s Under the Lights Invitational on Aug 18.Continue Reading
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Deep in the woods, so far west of municipal Mount Pleasant you’d think you’d gone too far, findable only by invite and the line of cars parked alongside the road, Michigan’s most intriguing cross country team is getting ready to show why.
Well, that m...Continue Reading
Monday, August 7, 2017
Swirling around in the back of his mind, Tanner Orweller sees what the most historic moment in Perry football history will look like.
The Ramblers, after coming so close so many seasons before, will make the playoffs for the first time. The entire town will turn out fo...Continue Reading
Friday, June 2, 2017
It’s not hard to pick out the Weatherly boys on a baseball field. Sam, the senior, is 6-foot-3. Ty, a junior, is an inch taller. It’s a little tougher to realize Howell co-coach Mike Weatherly is their dad. He's shading just north of 6 foot.
But watch close...Continue Reading
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
When talking about perennial girls soccer powerhouses in the Grand Rapids area, Middleville Thornapple Kellogg might not be the first that comes to mind.
However, the rural school located south of the big city is beginning to make a name for itself on the pitch.Continue Reading
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Dawson Block has his seven varsity letters earned over the last 2½ years piled on a table in his bedroom.
They aren’t in any particular order or out for display. In fact, they’re probably the most disorganized part of an incredibly organized gu...Continue Reading
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Jared Smith saw the parking lot full and cars lining Clintonia Road to the west and Centerline Road south of Pewamo-Westphalia’s stadium Saturday as his Pirates prepared to kick off their District Final against Saugatuck.
He knew once again there was no place els...Continue Reading
Friday, September 30, 2016
Brendan Garfield plays for one of his town’s most storied sports teams.
But someday, he may be known as an author of another successful chapter in Grand Ledge athletics.Continue Reading
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Lexi Nordmann had a hard time finding her place at first after joining DeWitt’s varsity volleyball team four seasons ago.
A rare freshman playing for one of mid-Michigan’s top programs, Nordmann played the middle, just like then-junior Abby Nakfoor &ndash...Continue Reading