Entries for '2016-17 Finals'

St Patrick Return Ends in 1st-Time Celebration

St Patrick Return Ends in 1st-Time Celebration
Saturday, June 17, 2017
A team that took a year to complete the journey against one that could be starting down the same path.  A year ago, Portland St. Patrick lost in the Division 4 Final. On Saturday, the Shamrocks delivered.
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St Mary's Wins Again to Cap Ace's Career

St Mary's Wins Again to Cap Ace's Career
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Something had to give in Saturday’s Division 3 Final between Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central and Napoleon. All-state pitcher Meghan Beaubien, in 33 innings at Michigan State in Semifinal and Finals action over the last three seasons before Saturday, had allowed ...
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Top-Ranked Rangers Finish Run to #1

Top-Ranked Rangers Finish Run to #1
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central girls soccer coach Jeremy Stacy technically had an MHSAA championship on his coaching resume before Saturday, but he wasn’t there that day to experience it. In his first year leading the Rangers’ program back in 2008, Stacy...
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Finals Pitchers' Duel Falls Foley's Way

Finals Pitchers' Duel Falls Foley's Way
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Mason Minzey’s two-out, two-run triple in the fifth inning was the difference Saturday as Madison Heights Bishop Foley defeated Traverse City St. Francis, 3-0, in the Division 3 Final at McLane Baseball Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University. It was t...
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No Just-Miss This Time for Champ Inland Lakes

No Just-Miss This Time for Champ Inland Lakes
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Indian River Inland Lakes didn’t want to leave Michigan State with that same feeling it had a year ago after falling 1-0 to Unionville-Sebewaing in the Division 4 Final. This time around, the Bulldogs combined extra-base power with more solid pitching to claim th...
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Pilgrims Convert, Claim Elusive Soccer Prize

Pilgrims Convert, Claim Elusive Soccer Prize
Saturday, June 17, 2017
About three weeks ago, Lansing Christian girls soccer coach Joel Vande Kopple said junior goalkeeper Lynn Cullens came to him at practice with what couldn’t have been classified as uplifting words. “She says, ‘Coach, we are not going to win a state ch...
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Pitching Aces Deliver Lakeshore Title

Pitching Aces Deliver Lakeshore Title
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Baseball purists would have loved it. Almost as much as Stevensville Lakeshore coach Mark Nate did. Max Gaishin won a classic pitchers’ duel with Alex Dingee on Saturday as Lakeshore defeated Bay City John Glenn, 1-0, in the MHSAA Division 2 championship game at ...
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Return Trip Ends with Dakota's 1st Title

Return Trip Ends with Dakota's 1st Title
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Macomb Dakota had unfinished business at the Division 1 Softball Final against Grandville on Saturday at Michigan State. The Cougars lost in last year’s Final, 4-0, to Farmington Hills Mercy while pursuing their first MHSAA title. But they earned another shot thi...
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This Time, It's Saline's Time to Top D1

This Time, It's Saline's Time to Top D1
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Five times, Scott Theisen had brought a team to an MHSAA championship game.  Five times, his Saline Hornets had come up empty.
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Down to Last Out, Ida Rallies to Win D2

Down to Last Out, Ida Rallies to Win D2
Saturday, June 17, 2017
It took coach Howard Stuart 38 years to lead the Richmond High School girls softball team to an MHSAA Finals title. He was one out away from getting his second against Ida.
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First-Time Title Winner Guaranteed in D4

First-Time Title Winner Guaranteed in D4
Friday, June 16, 2017
Coach Bryan Scheurer figured his Portland St. Patrick team couldn’t play much worse.  The Shamrocks committed four errors over the first four innings of their Division 4 Semifinal and trailed Unionville-Sebewaing 8-4.
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D3 Powers Book Championship Matchup

D3 Powers Book Championship Matchup
Friday, June 16, 2017
Everyone who follows high school softball in Michigan expected another dominating Meghan Beaubien performance in Friday’s first Division 3 Semifinal. But few expected a pitchers dual – broken up only by Beaubien the hitter as Monroe St. Mary Catholic Centra...
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Marian Rallies, Achieves Perfection

Marian Rallies, Achieves Perfection
Friday, June 16, 2017
The last time Bloomfield Hills Marian was in the Division 2 girls soccer championship game in 2014, Ellie Deconinck as a freshman scored its lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Richland Gull Lake. Now a senior who made a return trip with Marian to Williamston for the 2017 title...
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Powers Learns, Returns, Wins D3 Title

Powers Learns, Returns, Wins D3 Title
Friday, June 16, 2017
Kennedy Myers didn’t want to forget the images, even if they were still like piercing wounds. A sophomore forward for the Flint Powers Catholic girls soccer team, Myers had flashbacks of last year’s Division 3 title game loss to Hudsonville Unity Christian ...
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D3 Contenders Hold On for 1-run Wins

D3 Contenders Hold On for 1-run Wins
Friday, June 16, 2017
It looked like a mismatch. Madison Heights Bishop Foley, an annual powerhouse with plenty of pitching that had breezed through the tournament, against a sub-.500 team with little past tournament success. It was anything but.
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D4 Finalists Step Closer to Long-Awaited Title

D4 Finalists Step Closer to Long-Awaited Title
Friday, June 16, 2017
Over the last two seasons, Indian River Inland Lakes has emerged from its cozy spot tucked 30 miles south of Mackinac Bridge to join the elite of Michigan high school softball. On Thursday, the top-ranked Bulldogs downed seven-time title winner Kalamazoo Christian in a...
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Lakeshore, John Glenn Win Big in D2

Lakeshore, John Glenn Win Big in D2
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Stevensville Lakeshore trailed 1-0 and did not have a hit until leadoff batter Ryan Remus stepped to the plate to open the bottom of the third inning of Thursday’s Division 2 Semifinal against Chelsea. That’s when the game changed. Remus singled, went to se...
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Grandville, Dakota Follow Veterans' Leads

Grandville, Dakota Follow Veterans' Leads
Thursday, June 15, 2017
A powder puff football game was not going to keep the Grandville softball team from making history this season. Ellie Muilenburg made sure of that. The Bulldogs had big plans, but needed her to keep them.
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Northville, Saline Earn Shot at 1st Title

Northville, Saline Earn Shot at 1st Title
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Connor Ziparo kept things simple for Northville on Thursday. Chances are good that things will become more complicated for the Mustangs on Saturday, as they and Saline play each other both seeking a first MHSAA championship.
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Richmond, Ida Earn Saturday Return

Richmond, Ida Earn Saturday Return
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Even reigning champions get a little nervous returning to the diamond of their greatest accomplishment. But it took Richmond only a couple innings to get comfortable again at Secchia Stadium while kicking off Thursday’s Division 2 Semifinals.
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