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Finals Flashback: Remembering the '9s'

Finals Flashback: Remembering the '9s'
Friday, November 29, 2019
This weekend’s MHSAA 11-Player Football Finals at Ford Field will conclude another decade for the most played and watched high school sport in Michigan. We’ll roll into this year’s games remembering some decade-enders of the past from 1979, 1989, 1999...
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Early Wins Leader Maskill Built Champions

Early Wins Leader Maskill Built Champions
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The long shadows of “midcentury modern” coaching legends have mostly disappeared from the gridirons of Michigan. One more vanished in late October at the age of 96.
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Marysville, Fruitport Wage 8-Year War

Marysville, Fruitport Wage 8-Year War
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
The history of girls volleyball in Michigan is filled with stalwarts, streaks and change. Certainly, one of the most captivating streaks was Marysville’s between 1997 and 2006.  The Vikings, guided by coach John Knuth, won nine Class B titles during that 10-...
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Memorable Wakefield Run Won't Be Forgotten

Memorable Wakefield Run Won't Be Forgotten
Monday, September 30, 2019
When it comes to football, Russ Maki wears his heart on his sleeve. A 1971 graduate of Wakefield High School, he’s on a mission. As a 7-year-old, he fell in love with the sport and, in particular, with a team. 
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1979: Rice Meets Moeller in 'Biggest Game Ever'

1979: Rice Meets Moeller in 'Biggest Game Ever'
Friday, August 30, 2019
DATELINE: Cincinnati, Ohio, 1979 “The Brother Rice-Moeller game is the biggest game any Michigan high school football team has ever played.” -- Hal Schram – 'The Swami’ – for the Detroit Free Press
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Brimley Jumper's Leap Soars On as Finals Best

Brimley Jumper's Leap Soars On as Finals Best
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Thirty years ago this spring, John Payment became an unlikely part of Michigan high school track & field history. In some respects, it almost seems like yesterday the Brimley High School senior soared 7-feet, 1 inch, to set an MHSAA Finals high jump record that sti...
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Hayes Jones: Olympic Hero Built in Pontiac

Hayes Jones: Olympic Hero Built in Pontiac
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
At the age of 80, Hayes Jones is happy to share the details of his life. Especially when the conversation offers the occasion to remember the people and places that most impacted his being.  The conversation, as it always has, includes stories about mentors. These...
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Final 'Retro' Mr Basketball Class Named

Final 'Retro' Mr Basketball Class Named
Friday, April 12, 2019
With the completion of the 2018-19 prep basketball season, the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan proudly wraps up its decade-long “Retro” Mr. Basketball project with the announcement of the final six honorees.
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2018-19 Stacking Up With Best on Records

2018-19 Stacking Up With Best on Records
Sunday, March 31, 2019
What a sports year. There certainly have been some amazing athletic feats over the 2018-19 high school season in Michigan, and it’s just two-thirds of the way complete.
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Hockey Owns Long History in Michigan HS Lore

Hockey Owns Long History in Michigan HS Lore
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Growth in Michigan high school hockey since 1972 had been spectacular. During the 1972-73 school year, according to Michigan High School Athletic Association assistant director Warren McKenzie, there were 32 high school teams playing varsity schedules. In 1973-74, there...
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Lessons From Banner Run Still Ring True

Lessons From Banner Run Still Ring True
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
With one stoplight and a host of small businesses that line Main Street, Mio is well known for its access to the AuSable River and its high school sports team.  And like so many small towns across America, the school is the main focal point of the community. Mio i...
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As Soules Guided, East Catholic Reigned

As Soules Guided, East Catholic Reigned
Thursday, January 31, 2019
“I’m surprised to be this far. Some nights we play very good and some nights we play very bad. I just didn’t think we’d be consistent enough to get this far.” The words were spoken by varsity basketball coach Dave Soules of Detroit East Ca...
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Walkerville Earns Back-to-Back Title Trips

Walkerville Earns Back-to-Back Title Trips
Monday, December 31, 2018
Holton’s trip to the 2018 MHSAA Division 8 Football Semifinals was another return to the past of sorts for Angela Slowik. Her youngest son, Nathan, was the kicker on the Red Devils football team. The little city celebrated the school’s deep run with public ...
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Michigan Boys Take the Swimming Plunge

Michigan Boys Take the Swimming Plunge
Friday, November 30, 2018
It was late March. Dressed in his black silk swimsuit adorned with an orange letter “J,” James Dingman stood 18 inches above the waterline, perched on a spring-less board.  In 60 seconds it would be over.
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2008 Muskegon's Lesson: Keep the Faith

2008 Muskegon's Lesson: Keep the Faith
Friday, October 26, 2018
Faith. The word has always been a complex recipe of conviction, trust, belief and loyalty. Sometimes it brings ecstasy, while other times it brings heartbreak. Sometimes it carries surprise. On a beautiful autumn day 10 seasons ago, Muskegon Big Reds football pl...
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50 Years Later, 'Charlie' Remains Legendary

50 Years Later, 'Charlie' Remains Legendary
Sunday, September 30, 2018
There is no official record of the proceedings, only a short newspaper recap of the event that was hosted 50 years ago at Michigan State’s Kellogg Center. In attendance was a who’s who of high school sports administrators. They were there to honor the man, a...
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Radio Neighbors Begin 77th Years in HS Sports

Radio Neighbors Begin 77th Years in HS Sports
Friday, September 7, 2018
Local radio coverage of high school sports can still be found in a lot of places these days – and for a couple of stations, they’re celebrating 77 years of service to school sports in 2018-19. WTCM-AM in Traverse City and WJMS-AM in Ironwood are literally a...
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Flashback: Midland Makes '68 Title Play

Flashback: Midland Makes '68 Title Play
Sunday, August 26, 2018
It was a sunny, cool late August morning as high school football practice kicked off around the state. The Detroit Tigers were in the midst of a four-game losing streak, their longest to date that World Series-winning season. With 32 games to go, their lead over the Bal...
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#TBT: Hoops Titans Meet in Class A Final

#TBT: Hoops Titans Meet in Class A Final
Thursday, July 26, 2018
The talk of the 1998-99 high school boys basketball season in Michigan revolved around a pair of Class A stars who went on to meet in one of the most highly-anticipated MHSAA championship games in recent memory. It’s been two decades since Lavell Blanchard led An...
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Hope Rained Eternal During 1978 Finals

Hope Rained Eternal During 1978 Finals
Thursday, May 31, 2018
“If the weatherman is in a co-operative mood, Michigan’s high school athletes, both boys and girls, will wind up another competitive school year Saturday,” wrote Detroit’s premier high school sports scribe, Hal Schram, 40 years ago just prior to ...
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