Entries for 'Team of the Month'
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Don Palmer has coached high school varsity basketball a combined 71 seasons, leading teams to 963 wins through Friday – the most in Michigan high school history.
So when he says this season’s Hartland girls basketball team is the most talented he&rsqu...Continue Reading
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Bridgman girls cross country coach Spencer Carr couldn’t recall his team having a bad meet this fall.
And there were a couple of especially good showings that seemed to forecast the Bees’ historic season-ending finish.Continue Reading
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Allegan’s championship story began nearly a half-century ago.
A longtime coach retires after 45 years building one of the state’s strongest tennis programs, even receiving national recognition for his work spreading love for the game – but he never wo...Continue Reading
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Dynasty and dominance too often are used to describe long-term success in sports. And assigning them to shorter-term accomplishments often takes away from teams that might be deserving of such high praise.
But when it comes to Ishpeming Westwood tennis, there aren&rsqu...Continue Reading
Thursday, June 27, 2019
When they were younger, “they weren’t the best,” Millington softball coach Greg Hudie admitted Thursday in recalling the group that became the core of his varsity the last four seasons.
But these Cardinals made themselves into so much more. While all ...Continue Reading
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
With Gladstone’s boys track & field team set to begin competition two months ago, longtime coach Gary Whitmer described his team in a local newspaper preview as a mystery.
There were signs it could be a special spring.Continue Reading
Friday, May 17, 2019
Few would argue that the formula for a successful high school baseball team usually includes hard throwers, slick fielders and a lineup stacked with guys who can move runs across the plate.
But team chemistry is an often-overlooked part of that formula that this spring...Continue Reading
Sunday, March 31, 2019
They’re going to be talking about the final second of this swimming & diving season for a long time at Holland West Ottawa.
By sixth hundredths of that second, the Panthers edged Detroit Catholic Central to finish first in the 400-yard freestyle relay at the ...Continue Reading
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Lowell wrestling has had more to celebrate than most teams over the last six winters.
But something a little extra has accompanied the buzz after the Red Arrows won their record sixth-straight MHSAA Finals team championship Feb. 23 at Wings Events Center.Continue Reading
Monday, February 18, 2019
Seniors on the Farmington United gymnastics team haven’t lost a dual meet during their high school careers.
So when longtime coach Jeff Dwyer rested some of his standouts against Grosse Pointe United two weeks ago, and his team then found itself locked in a meet ...Continue Reading
Friday, January 18, 2019
Wrestling Team Districts are in three weeks. Two weeks later, Michigan’s best teams will converge for the Finals at Kalamazoo’s Wings Stadium.
Teams at the elite level like Warren Woods-Tower point to those championship opportunities all season. And the Tit...Continue Reading
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Rochester Adams girls swimming & diving program had known plenty of success before this season.
On Nov. 17 at nearby Oakland University, the MHSAA/Applebee's "Team of the Month" for November finished the climb by earning the first MHSAA Finals championship in t...Continue Reading
Friday, November 9, 2018
The most memorable season in Leland boys soccer history did not have the most championship-caliber beginning.
As the team’s annual three-night summer boot camp came to a close, it was obvious the Comets weren’t all physically ready for the rigors of the upc...Continue Reading
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
The Pickford football team has relished the opportunity to learn the last two seasons.
The Panthers’ 2016 run ended in the 8-Player Semifinals with a loss to eventual repeat champion Powers North Central. Last season, Pickford didn’t lose a game until the 8...Continue Reading
Monday, September 17, 2018
Stick with it. Work hard. Have faith in yourself, and good things will happen.
The Northville girls golf team has been making good on those promises – and putting it lightly, lots of good things have come their way over the first month of this fall season.Continue Reading
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Relative to the other 15 softball teams playing in the MHSAA Semifinals two weekends ago at Michigan State University’s Secchia Stadium, the Escanaba contingent was far from home.
But the Eskymos also felt much more at home making the trip to East Lansing of the ...Continue Reading
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Brownstown Woodhaven baseball coach Corey Farner was reading last month about Homer breaking its 2005 record for consecutive innings without giving up a run, and he had an idea.
"I started thinking to myself," Farner recalled, "'we've had quite a few shutouts in ...Continue Reading
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The win was only one and came now a month ago, and the first of two possible rematches is Saturday.
So everything about this Detroit Catholic Central boys lacrosse season hasn’t been and shouldn’t be about a 10-9 overtime victory April 10 over Birmingham Br...Continue Reading
Thursday, April 12, 2018
In the moment, Brighton’s run last month to its latest Division 1 ice hockey championship felt a lot like the successful title chases in 2012, 2013 and 2017.
But now that the most recent victory has had some time to marinate, there’s no question – wha...Continue Reading
Friday, March 16, 2018
There are communities all over Michigan known for nurturing their athletes from the youngest levels through high school – football towns, basketball towns, volleyball towns, etc.
Marquette is a skiing town, with a decades-old infrastructure that would seem ...Continue Reading