Final Countdown

Final Countdown
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ford Field, here we come. The 37th MHSAA Football Finals need little more introduction than that. Over nearly four months, more than 600 teams were boiled down to 256, with that field then cut in half every week for a month as a fortunate few continued on in hopes o...
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Linked Up: 11/22/11

Linked Up: 11/22/11
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Thanksgiving week means a short one for most -- and more time for family, shopping, relaxation, watching the MHSAA Football Finals and hopefully a little additional reading. Here are some suggestions from the last week and as we get ready to leave the fall ...
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Our Times

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
While it may be true that recent times in Michigan have seen a deeper and longer recession than most people have lived through before, it is not true that these are the worst times ever for school sports.
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Playoffs: Semifinals in Review

Playoffs: Semifinals in Review
Monday, November 21, 2011
It’s always hard to wave good-bye to another high school football season. But stories of this fall’s playoffs will no doubt be retold a few times this winter -- especially after one of the most memorable Semifinals weekends in recent memory,
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2011 Finals: Beware Falling Finals Records

2011 Finals: Beware Falling Finals Records
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Two 2010 MHSAA swimming and diving runners-up took the final step and claimed first-ever championships at Saturday’s Finals in Holland and Rochester.  The third MHSAA champion, Farmington HIlls Mercy, added a fifth-straight title despite moving up to Div...
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2011 Finals: Instant Classics

2011 Finals: Instant Classics
Saturday, November 19, 2011
 Alexis Huntey will now be in the conversation when sister Ashley reminisces about her MHSAA Class C Volleyball title in 2007. The 6-2 senior outside hitter led Morley-Stanwood to the school's second championship Saturday, and the first since her older siste...
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8-player Final: Road to Marquette

8-player Final: Road to Marquette
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Rapid River and Carsonville-Port Sanilac are 382 miles apart, but they faced off Saturday to decide the inaugural MHSAA 8-player Football Final at Northern Michigan University's Superior Dome. Take a quick ride with us over Mackinaw Bridge, past Rapid River High School...
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Prep Zone: Semifinals Preview

Prep Zone: Semifinals Preview
Friday, November 18, 2011
And then there were 32. That's all that remains from the original 256 MHSAA playoff football teams heading into Saturday's Semifinals. This week's Prep Zone games feature three top-ranked contenders and four that remain 12-0 with only two possible gam...
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2011 8-Player Final: Carsonville-Port Sanilac Wins Inaugural Title

2011 8-Player Final: Carsonville-Port Sanilac Wins Inaugural Title
Friday, November 18, 2011
Carsonville-Port Sanilac sophomore Dan Rickett emerged from his team’s final huddle of this season, pulled close to an assistant coach and said, “This one says MHSAA this time.” His Tigers also celebrated a championship last season – a perfect season in fact, but ...
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8 is More than Enough

8 is More than Enough
Friday, November 18, 2011
Carsonville-Port Sanilac has been all in since the beginning of 8-player football as an MHSAA sport three seasons ago. Rapid River made the switch just this season. But heading into tonight's first-ever MHSAA Final for the sport, both programs can claim similar...
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MHSAA Finals primer

MHSAA Finals primer
Friday, November 18, 2011
East Grand Rapids, Holland and Farmington Hills Mercy are among the usual contenders who should again make runs at MHSAA girls swimming and diving championships this weekend. But competitors from places like Dundee, Walled Lake Western and Waterford will be pushing ...
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'Coach' Never Far from Marysville Title Dreams

'Coach' Never Far from Marysville Title Dreams
Friday, November 18, 2011
The same dreams have made their way around the Marysville volleyball team the last two months. A player woke up in the middle of the night saying “Coach, Coach,” thinking she’d heard the voice of John Knuth.
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Lift

Friday, November 18, 2011
The pilot said that to get such a huge weight off the ground you don’t go with the wind.  You go against it.  He said, “What pushes against us, lifts us up.”
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Ready, Set, MHSAA Finals!

Ready, Set, MHSAA Finals!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This weekend’s MHSAA Volleyball Finals field includes teams that seem to show up in the championship rounds every season. Battle Creek St. Philip will be at Kellogg Arena, going for its sixth straight championship. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central also is a reigning ...
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Linked Up: 11/15/11

Linked Up: 11/15/11
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
We're heading into the final two weeks of the MHSAA fall season, which means playoffs for a few more sports, first practices for many others, and some catch-up on good stories that have made their way into my e-mail or onto my desk. Here are five more I've run acro...
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Urgency

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Expectations and efforts will be in continuous crescendo no matter how close the goal line gets.  In fact, as it is with any good football team in the “red zone,” the closer the goal line looms, the greater the sense of urgency there will be.
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First and 20 for Lansing Catholic's Rush

First and 20 for Lansing Catholic's Rush
Monday, November 14, 2011
If Lansing Catholic’s Cooper Rush would’ve thrown that late second-quarter pass just a litter farther Friday, his receiver probably would’ve had time to run under and catch it. But it was hard for the Cougars’ senior quarterback to be disappointed. His fir...
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Playoffs: Regional Finals in Review

Playoffs: Regional Finals in Review
Monday, November 14, 2011
The first MHSAA football champion of 2011 will be crowned Friday, and by the end of Saturday we’ll know who will play for the rest Thanksgiving weekend at Ford Field. Here’s one take of the most significant results from the postseason’s third weekend, plus links to ...
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Fly Like an Eagle

Fly Like an Eagle
Friday, November 11, 2011
Nicole DeGrace knew that with her father Chip as Frankenmuth’s volleyball coach, the Eagles would go places. But when he told them where he thought they were headed, she didn’t believe him.  
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Resilience

Friday, November 11, 2011
In what could have been our bleakest years, we’ve had our best.  We accelerated our learning and expanded our services. Expenses went down and revenues went up, without increasing our basic tournament ticket prices.
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