Entries for 'River Rouge'
Saturday, April 18, 2020
After three years without a championship, River Rouge returned to the Class B Final in 1969 and won its sixth title of the 1960s by defeating Kalamazoo Hackett 83-50.
The Panthers finished 25-2 for the season, and the championship began another string of four straight ...Continue Reading
Friday, April 17, 2020
After setting the Lower Peninsula record the season before, River Rouge completed the streak that remains the standard for boys basketball programs with a fifth-straight MHSAA Finals title in 1965.
The Panthers won Class B for the fifth-consecutive season by downing So...Continue Reading
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Willie Betts remains the only athlete in Michigan high school history to play on four MHSAA championship basketball teams, a feat he completed as part of River Rouge's fourth-straight Class B title winner in 1964.
This time, Betts helped the Panthers to an 86-67 win ov...Continue Reading
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
We continue with our third day of "Rouge Week" with River Rouge's third-straight Class B championship during the 1960s, clinched with a 59-49 victory over Hudsonville Unity Christian in the Final.
Unity, ranked just behind the Panthers at No. 2 in Class B heading into ...Continue Reading
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Ken Wilburn solidified his legend status in leading River Rouge to a repeat Class B boys basketball championship in 1962, playing what legendary coach Lofton Greene called after Wilburn's "best game ever today."
The 6-foot-5 senior forward had 26 points, 15 rebounds an...Continue Reading
Monday, April 13, 2020
Nearly 70 years after its first championship, the River Rouge boys basketball program remains the standard at the Finals level of its sport with 20 appearances in MHSAA championship games and 14 titles.
From 1960-69, Rouge appeared in Finals seven times and won six cha...Continue Reading
Sunday, March 29, 2020
With 14 MHSAA Finals championships, River Rouge remains the historic standard for Michigan high school boys basketball. And until just a few seasons ago, legendary coach Lofton Greene topped the state’s all-time wins list in this sport.
Rouge again met Muskegon H...Continue Reading
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Ludington’s Joshua Laman couldn’t have picked a better time to drill his first 3-pointer of the 2016-17 season.
Today’s #MHSAAMoments highlight relives a shot we said the Orioles, and River Rouge, likely would never forget. Continue Reading
Friday, December 6, 2019
Mareyohn Hrabowski has become the state’s most-discussed emerging star from last weekend’s MHSAA 11-Player Football Finals after leading River Rouge to an arguably unexpected 30-7 win over Muskegon in the Division 3 championship game.
The Panthers&rsq...Continue Reading
Sunday, December 1, 2019
River Rouge wasn’t intimidated by Muskegon’s national acclaim or 859 football victories, the most by any Michigan high school.
If anything, the chance to knock off the unbeaten and top-ranked Big Reds brought out the absolute best in the Panthers.Continue Reading
Thursday, November 28, 2019
There will be no appetizers for this weekend’s MHSAA 11-Player Football Finals at Ford Field.
Show up early and stay late – every game both days has a story, ranging from two first-time finalists playing for the Division 1 title to two of the most successf...Continue Reading
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Noah Wiswary answered quickly when asked Saturday night if he had planned on winning multiple MHSAA championships during his senior season.
“No,” the Hudsonville Unity Christian guard said shaking his head. “Not at all. When we started...Continue Reading
Friday, March 15, 2019
At River Rouge, 14 MHSAA championship banners tell of one of the most storied programs in Michigan high school boys basketball history.
They don’t hang banners there for making the Semifinals or finishing runner-up.Continue Reading
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Anything is possible during the basketball postseason, and this weekend's Division 2 bracket tells some of that story with at least a few surprises in contention for this season's championship.
But there’s no debating this weekend’s contenders haven&r...Continue Reading
Friday, March 23, 2018
Benton Harbor is wearing the weight of history, with the last name of Don Farnum across the chests of the team’s warm-up T-shirts.
But this season’s Tigers have been aiming to add to their school’s long legacy of boys basketball success – and be...Continue Reading
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Class B could feature the most entertaining matchups of this weekend’s Boys Basketball Finals at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center.
From one side of the bracket will emerge a longtime power. From the other, a contender led by one of the state's bri...Continue Reading
Friday, March 24, 2017
If older brother is right, Joshua Laman might not remember much of the aftermath of his first 3-pointer this season.
But it’s a shot Ludington – and probably River Rouge – will never forget.Continue Reading
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Dating back more than 90 years, the MHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament allows us to conjure up “first time since” statements that truly speak to the event’s lengthy and rich history.
Three of eight Class A and B semifinalists this weekend are playing fo...Continue Reading
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
One of the captains from the legendary boys basketball teams of the early 1960s at River Rouge passed away earlier this month.
Ken Wilburn, 72, a forward on the 1961 and 1962 teams that were part of a since-unequaled streak in Michigan high school basketball – fi...Continue Reading
Thursday, March 24, 2016
The 2016 Boys Basketball Finals are hours from tip off with Class C and D Semifinals today and Class A and B Semifinals on Friday.Continue Reading