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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Prep Zone: Regional Final Previews

Prep Zone: Regional Final Previews
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Two top-ranked teams and four of the best from metro Detroit highlight tonight's Prep Zone football games streamed live on FoxSportsDetroit.com. This is the final week of home field advantage for any opponent. Next week’s Semifinals and 8-player Final all will be...
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Linked Up: 11/8/11

Linked Up: 11/8/11
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
My online travels over the last 10 days have taken me to just about every media entity in Michigan as we've been tracking down football, volleyball and soccer results. Below are some of the intriguing stories I happened upon that you might want to check out as wel...
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We Get It

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
We should be excited about our programs and encouraged by their historical popularity and continuing growth.  But clearly, we are not.  In fact, we are a discouraged bunch.
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Southfield's Ware on Point

Southfield's Ware on Point
Monday, November 7, 2011
At 15-0, Jade Ware began to realize where Friday’s second game against Southfield might be headed. At 20-0, her Southfield volleyball coach Dana Cooper did too. At 23-0, the Bluejays’ fans were about the boil over. Two points later, they did.  
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Playoffs: District Finals in Review

Playoffs: District Finals in Review
Monday, November 7, 2011
Three weeks remain in this MHSAA football season, and just two for our 8-player teams. That means we’re down to 68 total still practicing and pursuing championships either in two weeks at the Superior Dome or three at Ford Field. Here’s a look at some of the best fr...
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Following Olling's Championship Run

Following Olling's Championship Run
Monday, November 7, 2011
The MHSAA Lower Peninsula Cross Country Finals were run Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. We followed Breckenridge sophomore Kirsten Olling as she won her second straight Division 4 championship. She won in 18:02.7, giving her four MHSAA championship...
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2011 Finals: Detroit Domination

2011 Finals: Detroit Domination
Saturday, November 5, 2011
One team won an MHSAA title for the first time, another for the first in nearly two decades. And two more added to a significant pile of soccer championship trophies. But the tie that binds all four of this season's Finals champions is location -- all four...
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2011 Finals: Dream Finishes

2011 Finals: Dream Finishes
Saturday, November 5, 2011
West Bloomfield junior Erin Finn said she dreamed of winning an MHSAA cross country championship since she first learned to walk. But it took a few more seconds Saturday to realize she’d actually done it.
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