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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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Michigan's Most Vital Prep Sports Moment

Michigan's Most Vital Prep Sports Moment
Monday, April 30, 2018
Did you ever hear the one about an Ypsilanti lawyer, two girls from Ann Arbor – one 18 and one 17 – and a judge from Detroit? Well, pull up a chair. You might never look at a tennis ball, a pair of track cleats, or a softball in the same manner after this o...
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'Over Here,' Athletes Gave to WWI Effort

'Over Here,' Athletes Gave to WWI Effort
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
In a nation at war, the needs of many outweigh the desires of a few. Among the many noble sacrifices for the greater good was Michigan’s spring high school sports season of 1918.
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Hoops History Filled with District Stunners

Hoops History Filled with District Stunners
Friday, March 9, 2018
Despite healthy eating habits, lots of exercise, plenty of sleep, appropriate amounts of water, brain teasers, and blood pressure medicine – all those things that should, hopefully, extend a life – occasionally, our last breath arrives before the awarding of...
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1st Miss Basketball Recalls Marvelous Rise

1st Miss Basketball Recalls Marvelous Rise
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Today, the mother of three, Julie Swanson excitedly reminisced recently about early days when she was known as Julie Polakowski. As a kid, she saw herself without borders. She could become an artist, or a writer, or a woodworker. As time passed and her interests grew, s...
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Film Fills In Picture of 'Fennville Flash'

Film Fills In Picture of 'Fennville Flash'
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Here, the basketball life of the athlete known as the “Fennville Flash” delivers on many levels. Yes, there is a Richie Jordan. JordanVille, a documentary by John Mooy & Anne Colton, recalls a time when legend spread via word of mouth, newsprint and AM ...
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#TBT: Reeths-Puffer Legends Born

#TBT: Reeths-Puffer Legends Born
Thursday, November 30, 2017
The “Legends of the Game” program returned to the MHSAA Football Finals this past weekend, as members of the 1992 Muskegon Reeths-Puffer football team and cheerleaders from that fall were honored at Ford Field. The Rockets won the Class A championship game ...
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Farewell Silverdome; Our Memories Live On

Farewell Silverdome; Our Memories Live On
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Farewell Pontiac Silverdome. In early December, more than 15 years after the Detroit Lions played their last game beneath its air-supported Teflon-paneled roof, the “Dome” will take a last breath and then depart.
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Epler's 6, 8-Player Game Lives On

Epler's 6, 8-Player Game Lives On
Friday, November 10, 2017
Constructed in 2003 in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon, the 130-unit Stephen E. Epler Residence Hall is a belated tribute to “the founder of the Vanport Extension Center — the beginning of today's Portland State University.” The recognition f...
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Brighton Memories Close to Henson's Heart

Brighton Memories Close to Henson's Heart
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Drew Henson admits he'll still sneak an occasional peak at the record book. After 20 years and professional careers in two sports, a quick glance isn't about vanity for Henson. The former Brighton football and baseball star said he's simply curious whether his myriad r...
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Pioneer's Huff Blazed Cross Country Trail

Pioneer's Huff Blazed Cross Country Trail
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Today, you’ll find her seated behind a desk in Denver.  A CPA and the mother of three, including a former Olympic speed skater, Beth Jurgensmeyer still runs. The MHSAA’s first girls individual cross country champion, she was introduced to the spor...
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Football Kicks Off Again, 129 Years Later

Football Kicks Off Again, 129 Years Later
Monday, August 28, 2017
Buried in the text on the fourth page of the Saturday, October 27, 1888, Detroit Free Press is a single, concise sentence bearing a minimum amount of detail: “The Windsor foot ball team will play the Detroit High School team this afternoon at 3.” ...
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1977 Baseball, Softball Finals Full of Firsts

1977 Baseball, Softball Finals Full of Firsts
Monday, June 5, 2017
This season’s MHSAA Baseball and Softball Finals will be played in two weeks, June 15-17 at Michigan State University. As we begin to turn our attention to that grand finale for the school year, MHSAA historian Ron Pesch takes on a recollection of the diamond cha...
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