Entries for 'Southwest Corridor'

Loy Norrix Swim & Dive Rooted in Community

Loy Norrix Swim & Dive Rooted in Community
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
When Paul Mahar was hired to coach at Loy Norrix High School, he had nine returning swimmers on a team of just 14 girls. That was in 2004, and the program was on the verge of becoming a co-op with Kalamazoo Central High School. But Mahar turned the girls swimming &...
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Longtime Coach Has Marshall Aiming High

Longtime Coach Has Marshall Aiming High
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
When Dick Hamilton signed on to coach the Marshall girls golf team, never in his wildest dreams did he think he would still be doing so 40 years later. “I’m just glad to be alive 40 years later,” he said, laughing.
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Reigning D4 Champ Finding Title Mix Again

Reigning D4 Champ Finding Title Mix Again
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Losing half its roster following a Division 4 championship season presented plenty of challenges to the Mendon varsity volleyball program this fall. But the resourceful Hornets, led by second-year head coach Heather Bowers, have managed to compete at a high level while...
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Junior Hitter's Spirit, Skill Give Lawton Lift

Junior Hitter's Spirit, Skill Give Lawton Lift
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Olivia Cramer wears her friends proudly — on her leg. When she is not wearing a blade to play volleyball or basketball, the Lawton High School junior wears a prosthetic, but it’s not just any leg.
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Colleagues Connect in Classroom, Coaching

Colleagues Connect in Classroom, Coaching
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
When students enter one of the social studies rooms at Mattawan High School, they should not be surprised to see a white board full of Xs and Os. It is not a game of tic-tac-toe, just a series of football plays.
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White Pigeon Building On 2018 Surge

White Pigeon Building On 2018 Surge
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
There won’t be any halftime ceremonies years from now celebrating the White Pigeon football team’s accomplishments in 2018. There’s no engraved award to display in the trophy case.  But the Chiefs’ 7-3 season certainly rejuvenated the progr...
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Alwine's Risk Rewarded with Top Vault

Alwine's Risk Rewarded with Top Vault
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Wyatt Alwine was one more failed attempt away from having a very bad day at last Saturday’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 Track & Field Finals. With some of his adrenaline reserve drained from a long rain delay, the Constantine junior — seeded No. 1 ...
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Courageous Carpenter Serving Winners Again

Courageous Carpenter Serving Winners Again
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
With her bubbly personality and bright smile, Abby Carpenter looks like any other tennis player trying to win points for her team. But the Portage Central sophomore's path to return to play for one of the state's top teams has been anything but typical.
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Self-Taught Overholt Firing Record Tosses

Self-Taught Overholt Firing Record Tosses
Friday, May 10, 2019
We’re all students at YouTube University now, with information — some useful — accessible from experts around the globe. Centreville senior Tyler Overholt stumbled upon Poland’s two-time Olympic silver medalist in the discus, Piotr Malachowski. ...
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South Haven Building on Memorable Run

South Haven Building on Memorable Run
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
When A.J. Jeffries injured her shoulder during basketball season, she was devastated, afraid that she would be watching her teammates instead of playing this softball season. But the South Haven junior catcher opted for physical therapy instead of surgery and, although...
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Baldwin Makes Wise Choice to Try Track

Baldwin Makes Wise Choice to Try Track
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Three years ago, Heath Baldwin was sitting in the stands watching his sister, Hope, play volleyball when he started chatting with head coach Lauren Cholometes’ husband. The current Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Prep senior had no clue that chitchat would turn into a...
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Zarycki Leaves as Top Scorer, Big Winner

Zarycki Leaves as Top Scorer, Big Winner
Monday, March 25, 2019
She didn’t envision 79 varsity victories, three District championships, three league titles or a program scoring record at the time. As a young girl in her driveway years ago, Edwardsburg’s Kaitlyn Zarycki just wanted to master dribbling between her legs an...
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Coldwater's McGuire Focused on Final Goal

Coldwater's McGuire Focused on Final Goal
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Four year ago, Gage McGuire sat down with his mother, Carrie, and made a list of high school basketball goals. That piece of paper is still hanging on his bedroom wall, and nearly all the items have been checked. “Looking back on it, I can’t thank her enoug...
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In Her Fight, Inman Seeks to Provide Hope

In Her Fight, Inman Seeks to Provide Hope
Thursday, January 24, 2019
The silver lining from tragedy can take a while to come into focus. Searra Inman might not have been searching for it in the days that followed a motorcycle accident that would forever change her life.
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Twins X 2 Boost Unbeaten Mattawan

Twins X 2 Boost Unbeaten Mattawan
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Jaden and Kelby Mabin are fraternal twins, but Matthew and Luke Pelak are identical. All four play on the undefeated Mattawan boys basketball team.  Telling the latter two apart was never much trouble for coach Ward Helakoski, a Mattawan Middle School counselor wh...
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House's Letters Spell R-E-C-O-R-D

House's Letters Spell R-E-C-O-R-D
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
As a freshman, Abby House could not decide whether to play volleyball or golf, so she compromised and did both. Little did she know that first dual-sport fall season would put her on track to Comstock High School history.
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Bloomingdale Racers Achieve Historic Goal

Bloomingdale Racers Achieve Historic Goal
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
High fives, music and a hallway full of students gave the Bloomingdale cross country teams an enthusiastic sendoff as they departed for the MHSAA Finals at Michigan International Speedway two weeks ago. The best part? The girls team already had carved out a place in th...
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Climax-Scotts '11' Playing for 1 More Run

Climax-Scotts '11' Playing for 1 More Run
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Braden Butler plans to make history twice at Climax-Scotts High School – and he is already halfway there. Butler and his teammates are part of the last 11-player football team at the school.
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Undefeated Colon Turning Work into Wins

Undefeated Colon Turning Work into Wins
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Monday Run Day for the Colon varsity football team is far from a fun day. But the Magi have embraced the burning in their lungs, the cramps and the piercing sound of the next whistle sure to bring on more agony. The grueling session of sprints follows study hall and we...
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Chain Gang Linked by Decades of Down & Distance

Chain Gang Linked by Decades of Down & Distance
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Skip Fox figures he and his buddies have the best seats in the house when it comes to Schoolcraft football. And the four have had them for a combined 167 years.
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