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Ratings, Polls & Birth of State's 'Top Ten'

Ratings, Polls & Birth of State's 'Top Ten'
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
By December, with the annual announcement of Michigan’s All-State football team, the intense pressure of the 1951 season had disappeared for two of the state’s finest high school coaches. Stresses of competing for consideration as Michigan's best high schoo...
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Old 5-A League Fueled Wrestling's Rise

Old 5-A League Fueled Wrestling's Rise
Monday, June 29, 2020
For all intents and purposes, the earliest days of the MHSAA wrestling state championships served as a glorified meet for the members of the 5-A Conference.  Greater Lansing established a stronghold on the sport that would last those first 13 years.
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Flashback 1980: Thrilling Conclusions

Flashback 1980: Thrilling Conclusions
Sunday, May 31, 2020
With all Spring sports canceled for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been a season of recalling fond memories as we all sit and wait for the return of high school athletics in Michigan. This time we’re diving 40 years deep to the Baseball and Sof...
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The Last Time MHSAA Finals were Canceled

The Last Time MHSAA Finals were Canceled
Monday, April 27, 2020
A labor shortage caused by World War I had taken out spring high school sports in Michigan in 1917. The global spread of a devastating strain of influenza interrupted the football season in Michigan in 1918. But prep athletics would roar through the 1920s and survi...
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1918 Pandemic, WWI Threatened HS Sports

1918 Pandemic, WWI Threatened HS Sports
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Into a world filled with the challenges of World War I, a new menace arrived It didn’t wear colors or plead allegiance to a flag. It held no prejudice. It knew no borders.
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60 Years Later, Co-Champ Rediscovered

60 Years Later, Co-Champ Rediscovered
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Nicholas “Mickey” Turcheck tells a wild story. It involves a coin flip, and a medal honoring his MHSAA pole vault championship performance on what became a windy 1960 Finals day in Ann Arbor at University of Michigan’s old Ferry Field.  But there...
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Skiing Climbs Toward 70 Years on Slopes

Skiing Climbs Toward 70 Years on Slopes
Friday, January 31, 2020
A glance at the MHSAA record books shows 45 years of MHSAA skiing championships, beginning in 1975. But did you know the Association has sanctioned an Upper Peninsula Regional meet since 1952? And a Lower Peninsula Regional was added in 1954?
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Hoops Finds Annual Home During Holidays

Hoops Finds Annual Home During Holidays
Friday, December 27, 2019
Nothing says the Holidays like a high school basketball tournament. It started, like many things do, with a drip. Well, make that a dribble.
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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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