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Tigers News · Top Stories This Week in the MHSAA


The following is a compilation of top stories from this week surrounding high school sports in Michigan gathered by our friends at MHSAA Second Half (source)

 

Volleyball:

1. A weather delay pushed this Regional Final to Friday, and No. 7 Rudyard rose to a challenge coming back from dropping the first set to down Pellston in four in Class D – Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

2.  Also pushed to Friday, honorable mention Munising came back after losing the first two sets to defeat Carney-Nadeau in five in Class D – Escanaba Daily Press A weather delay pushed this Regional Final to Friday, and No. 7 Rudyard rose to a challenge coming back from dropping the first set to down Pellston in four in Class D – Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

3.  Novi’s Erin O’Leary was named this season’s Miss Volleyball Award winner on the eve of her team’s Class A Quarterfinal against honorable mention Temperance Bedford; Novi is the reigning champ and ranked No. 2 – Observer & Eccentric

4. Class C top-ranked Bronson is plenty familiar with tonight’s Quarterfinal opponent, No. 2 Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central – Sturgis Journal

5. Class B No. 4 Niles is hoping to add to its first District and Regional titles with a first Quarterfinal win, over No. 3 Lake Odessa Lakewood – Niles Daily Star

6. Class A No. 3 Grand Rapids Christian downed top-ranked Rockford in the Regional, a big step as the Eagles pursue their first MHSAA championship in the sport with No. 4 DeWitt up next – FOX17

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Girls Golf:

Traverse City West’s Anika Dy was named Miss Golf for the second time by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association – Traverse City Record-Eagle

 

Cross Country:

Coldwater’s Shuaib Aljabaly and Lansing Catholic’s Olivia Theis were named Mr. Cross Country and Miss Cross County, respectively, by the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association – Coldwater Daily Reporter

 

Hockey:

1. The first games of the season can be played today, and Petoskey is among teams anticipating a return to the ice – Petoskey News-Review

2. As part of its hockey preview, the Livingston Daily Press & Argus highlighted Mr. Hockey candidates Josh Albring of Hartland and Adam Conquest of Brighton – Livingston Daily Press & Argus

3. Allen Park Cabrini enjoyed a productive opener, downing Flat Rock/Airport 6-2 – Southgate News Herald

 

Girls Swimming & Diving:

1. Honorable mention Spring Lake will send 10 athletes to the Lower Peninsula Division 3 Finals, including three divers – Grand Haven Tribune

2. Hamilton standout Paige Kuhn is banking on a strong finish in the final meet of her high school career – Holland Sentinel

3. Gaylord sophomore Grace Wambier is a school record holder and hopes to add to her accomplishments at the Division 3 Finals – Gaylord Herald Times

4. No. 7 Brighton is aiming to claim the Division 1 team championship with arguably its strongest assemblage of experienced contenders under coach Jason Black – Livingston Daily Press & Argus

 

Boys Soccer: 

Longtime coach Thaier Mukhtar has resigned as Fraser’s boys coach with nearly 600 wins there and at Warren DeLaSalle – MLive-Detroit

 

Boys Basketball:

We’ve posted a few girls basketball previews, and this look at Holland West Ottawa is the first boys hoops story we’ve seen this fall; practice began Monday – FOX17

 

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Tigers News · Where Are the Toughest Places to Play? Nominate Now:


We here at VNN are doing a feature for our national media site highlighting the toughest places to play in all of high school sports and we want to hear from YOU what Stadium/Field/Gym/Course/Venue is the toughest to play and why?

Be on the lookout for the final feature coming soon on VNNsports.net!

 

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Tigers News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN


New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)

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Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)

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Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)

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To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Tigers News · MHSAA Fall 2017 Key Dates – Presented by VNN


Even though it’s only halfway through Summer, we’ve compiled a handy reference guide to the key dates coming for this Fall season from the MHSAA 2017-2018 Calendar. Feel free to bookmark!

Cross Country: Lower Peninsula

FIRST PRACTICE DATE – August 9

FIRST CONTEST DATE – August 18

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REGIONALS – October 27 or 28

FINALS – November 4

 

Cross Country: Upper Peninsula

FIRST PRACTICE DATE – August 9

FIRST CONTEST DATE – August 18

MHSAA TOURNAMENT

FINALS – October 21

 

Football – 8 Player

FIRST PRACTICE DATE – August 7

FIRST CONTEST DATE – August 24

MHSAA TOURNAMENT

REGIONALS – October 27 or 28 and November 3 or 4

SEMI-FINALS – November 11

FINALS – November 17 or 18

 

Football – 11 Player

FIRST PRACTICE DATE – August 7

FIRST CONTEST DATE – August 24

MHSAA TOURNAMENT

DISTRICTS – October 27 or 28 and November 3 or 4

REGIONALS – November 10 or 11

SEMI-FINALS – November 18

FINALS – November 24 and 25

 

Golf: Lower Peninsula Girls

FIRST PRACTICE DATE – August 9

FIRST CONTEST DATE – August 16

MHSAA TOURNAMENT

REGIONALS – October 11, 12, 13 or 14

FINALS – October 20 and 21

 

Soccer: Lower Peninsula Boys

FIRST PRACTICE DATE – August 9

FIRST CONTEST DATE – August 18

MHSAA TOURNAMENT

DISTRICTS – October 16-21

REGIONALS – October 24-28

SEMI-FINALS – November 1

FINALS – November 4

 

Swimming: Lower Peninsula Girls

FIRST PRACTICE DATE – August 9

FIRST CONTEST DATE – August 18

MHSAA TOURNAMENT

REGIONALS – Diving: November 9

FINALS – November 17-18

 

Tennis: Lower Peninsula Boys

FIRST PRACTICE DATE – August 9

FIRST CONTEST DATE – August 16

MHSAA TOURNAMENT

REGIONALS – October 12 or 13 or 14

FINALS – October 20 and 21

 

Tennis: Upper Peninsula Girls

FIRST PRACTICE DATE – August 9

FIRST CONTEST DATE – August 16

MHSAA TOURNAMENT

FINALS – September 27-30

 

Volleyball

FIRST PRACTICE DATE – August 9

FIRST CONTEST DATE – August 18

MHSAA TOURNAMENT

DISTRICTS – October 30- November 1, November 2 or 3 or 4

REGIONALS – November 7 & 9

QUARTERFINALS – November 14

SEMI-FINALS – November 16-17

FINALS – November 18

 

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Girls Junior Varsity Tennis, Girls Varsity Tennis · Girls Tennis: Babbitt & Rizqallah named All-State


(Jr.) Mollie Babbitt and (Sr.) Adrian Rizqallah have been named to the 2017 Girls Tennis Division III All-State Team announced by the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association. The #1 Doubles team went 27-2 this past season winning conference & regional titles and reaching the state semifinals.


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Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer · Girls Soccer: Hitchcock named Honorable Mention All-State


Picture (L-R): Joy Hunziker (All-District), BrookAnn Hitchcock (HM All-State), and Haylie Curtiss (All-District) were honored by the MIHSSCA.

(Jr.) BrookAnn Hitchcock has been named Division II Honorable Mention All-State by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association. Hitchcock had 27 goals and 8 assists this past season. Hitchcock’s 27 goals were two shy of the school record she set last year with 29.

(Sr.) Joy Hunziker and (Sr.) Haylie Curtiss were named Division II All-District selections. Hunziker set the school record this past season for assist in a career with 47 (2014-17) and last year points in a season (49). Curtiss set the school record for most assist in a season (23) this year. Hunziker (Kalamazoo College) and Curtiss (Siena Heigths) are both headed to school next year to play soccer.


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Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer · Girls Soccer: Tigers earn MIHSSCA All Academic Award


Congratulations to the Girls Soccer team on earning the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association (MIHSSCA) All Academic Award. The MIHSSCA awards the honor to teams that have a combined G.P.A. average over 3.3.


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Boys Junior Varsity Baseball, Boys Varsity Baseball · Baseball: Sousley selected All-Conference


(Sr.) Lane Sousley has been named Honorable Mention All-Conference by the Wolverine Conference baseball coaches. Sousley played first base, was a starting pitcher, and the backup catcher.


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Girls Junior Varsity Softball, Girls Varsity Softball · Softball: Maka & McKee selected All-Conference


Picture (L-R): Jordan Maka and Kate McKee earned All-Conference honors in Softball.

The Wolverine Conference has announced the 2017 Softball All-Conference Teams and the Tigers had two players honored: (Jr./P) Jordyn Maka has been named to the 2nd Team and (Sr./C) Kate McKee was Honorable Mention All-Conference.


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Girls Junior Varsity Tennis, Girls Varsity Tennis · Girls Tennis: Tigers earn Division III All Academic Award


Congratulations to the 2017 Varsity Girls Tennis Team. The team has earned the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association All-Academic Award, Division III. This award honors student athletes for their many hours of work and dedication in maintaining high academic achievement while being part of a competitive athletic team. Teams were honored with All-Academic status by posting an average grade point average of 3.25 or higher.