Moment: Owens Rings in Repeat Celebration

Moment: Owens Rings in Repeat Celebration
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Eric Solberg tied the MHSAA Final record with six goals to set up East Grand Rapids to repeat as Division 2 champion in 2018. And Chris Owens’ bouncer into the net with 2:04 left in second overtime finished the perhaps unexpected 11-10 Pioneers’ win over Gr...
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Moment: Scoring Last, Cranes Finish 1st

Moment: Scoring Last, Cranes Finish 1st
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
East Grand Rapids had won five straight Division 2 girls lacrosse championships when it met Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood in the Final for the third-straight season June 10, 2017. The victory wasn’t exactly “sudden” as the Cranes needed nearly ...
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Moment: 'Back-to-Back Mek' Paces Rams

Moment: 'Back-to-Back Mek' Paces Rams
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The Vander Molen sisters have been constants over Rockford’s record string of seven consecutive Division 1 girls lacrosse championships.  The 2016 Final was the last high school game for oldest sister Alexandra. And middle sister Mekenzie made sure her mento...
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Moment: Nordstrom Sends Hancock to Final

Moment: Nordstrom Sends Hancock to Final
Monday, May 25, 2020
Alex Nordstrom had quite a hockey season during the winter of 2015-16, and put a giant exclamation point on the end with his performance during Finals weekend at USA Hockey Arena. He’d finish his freshman campaign with 33 goals and 26 assists, including a pair of...
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Moment: 2 Years Later, Similar Cranes Capper

Moment: 2 Years Later, Similar Cranes Capper
Friday, May 22, 2020
The final half-minute of the 2015 Division 2 boys lacrosse championship game played out in an unbelievably similar fashion to the concluding 30 seconds just two seasons before for Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood. Once again, the Cranes faced a 9-9 tie as they gath...
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NFHS Voice: 'New Normal' Sportsmanship

NFHS Voice: 'New Normal' Sportsmanship
Friday, May 22, 2020
While the social-distancing and no-contact guidelines are necessary – at least for the short term – to diminish the spread of the virus, they should not dampen the enthusiasm and emotion by everyone involved with high school sports.
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Moment: Close Finish Goes Cranes' Way

Moment: Close Finish Goes Cranes' Way
Thursday, May 21, 2020
The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood boys lacrosse team finished 17-6 in 2013, with five of those losses by one goal apiece. But the Cranes’ one-goal win on the last day of the season surely made those defeats almost immediately forgettable.
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Moment: Birmingham Keeps Coming Back

Moment: Birmingham Keeps Coming Back
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Eight times, Birmingham United’s girls lacrosse team had to come back against Hartland during the 2012 Division 1 Final. Finally, with eight seconds to play in overtime, Kathy Quigley put Birmingham ahead to stay.
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Moment: GRCC Nets Goal-fest Winner in OT

Moment: GRCC Nets Goal-fest Winner in OT
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Nearly a decade later, the 2011 Division 2 Final between Grand Rapids Catholic Central and Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart remains tied for the highest-scoring in the MHSAA’s 15-year girls lacrosse history. And Haley Brennan’s goal with 6.4 sec...
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Moment: 1st Lead Only Lead EGR Needs

Moment: 1st Lead Only Lead EGR Needs
Monday, May 18, 2020
East Grand Rapids never led during regulation of the 2009 Division 2 Boys Lacrosse Final, trailing Orchard Lake St. Mary’s at most by six goals during the second period. But with the end of overtime staring the Pioneers down, Josh Drummond gave his team the only ...
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Moment: Officiating Message Unchanged

Moment: Officiating Message Unchanged
Sunday, May 17, 2020
A segment on recruiting officials was broadcast as part of coverage of the MHSAA's 1988 Boys Basketball Finals.  Had that segment run this season, the messages would have been just as relevant.
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Moment: USA Win Unforgettable as 1-2-3

Moment: USA Win Unforgettable as 1-2-3
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Unionville-Sebewaing was two runs ahead and three outs away from clinching last season’s Division 4 championship. But with runners on first and second base, Kalamazoo Christian was still very much in pursuit of a comeback.
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2020 Class Honored Together, from Afar

2020 Class Honored Together, from Afar
Friday, May 15, 2020
This March, in an instant, the 2019-20 school year – and with it all MHSAA sports across the state – had come to a halt. And two months later, the high school world and its sports community continue to wait for bits of normalcy to return. On Wednesday, we w...
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NFHS Voice: Reading the Crystal Ball

NFHS Voice: Reading the Crystal Ball
Friday, May 15, 2020
Along with leaders of youth-level sports and the NCAA, the NFHS and its member state associations are exploring all options for conducting sports this fall. And while we all want answers, the truth is that there are more questions than answers at this point.
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Moment: Regina Walks Off as Division 1 Champ

Moment: Regina Walks Off as Division 1 Champ
Friday, May 15, 2020
When Adriana James finishes her Warren Regina softball career in two years, there’s a chance her most tense at bat will have come on the final day of her freshman season. That afternoon, the last of last spring, saw the freshman James bring home the winning run i...
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Moment: Kamin Powers Escanaba to Final

Moment: Kamin Powers Escanaba to Final
Thursday, May 14, 2020
A number of key moments go into each championship season.  And Nicole Kamin’s during last season’s Division 2 Softball Semifinals may have been the most key in Escanaba finishing its repeat title run.
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Norris Honoree Adding to 60-Year Legacy

Norris Honoree Adding to 60-Year Legacy
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Already recognized prestigiously for his leadership as a coach and administrator, Hugh Matson made lasting impacts on Michigan high school sports serving those duties over a career stretching four decades.  And more than 20 years after retiring from that work, Mat...
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Moment: Dakota Capitalizes in Return

Moment: Dakota Capitalizes in Return
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Macomb Dakota’s first trip to an MHSAA Softball Final in 2016 ended with a shutout loss to a powerhouse Farmington Hills Mercy team that has gained much from a Semifinals trip the season before. A year later in 2017, a more experienced Cougars team also put itsel...
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Moment: Tinner Proves Strong as Steel

Moment: Tinner Proves Strong as Steel
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
An injured ankle couldn’t keep Tinner Sharon from carrying Gladstone into the 2014 Division 3 Softball Final. Nor could surrendering back-to-back home runs and a three-run lead when needing just one more out to secure a Semifinal win – a scenario that surel...
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Moment: Ewing Swings Dundee Title Hopes

Moment: Ewing Swings Dundee Title Hopes
Monday, May 11, 2020
Unionville-Sebewaing was one out away from another chance to score just one run and end the 2013 Division 3 Softball Final. Over the next many minutes, and in multiple ways, Vanessa Ewing took that opportunity away.
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