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Comets 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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Comets 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?

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Comets 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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Comets News · How much do you know about staying hydrated? Presented by VNN


Staying hydrated is important to your health, and is one of the best ways to ensure that you are playing your best. Unfortunately, many athletes overlook just how important water is in maintaining top-level performance.

Think you know everything there is to know about proper hydration? Take the quiz below sourced from Active.com’s 15 Hydration Facts for Athletes and find out:

 

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Comets 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

MHSAA TOURNAMENT

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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Comets News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

 

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Comets News · Vote for Michigan’s Top Record-Breaking Performances – Presented by VNN


Who had the best record-breaking performances in Michigan this season? We took your nominations over the past week and here are the finalists.

Vote below for each sport on the next few pages. Voting closes at Midnight EST on June 5th.

Boys Track and Field

Cody Moyer – Gaylord

Discus – 160’11 1/2 – Cody’s throw in the discus shattered Gaylord’s previous school record set by John Knack in 1989 (146-10). “Honestly, it’s kind of funny now that I think about it,” Moyer said. “The guys I’ve thrown with have always said they wanted to be a legend like John Knack some day. Read more in the Petoskey News.

Chris Davis – Fowlerville

3200m – 9:47 – Davis’ record-setting run beat the school’s 1987 record of 9:48, broken by 1 sec on 1st try. He also ran a 1:56 800m split to come from behind and win the 4X800 at the start of the same meet.

Trey Hall – Jackson Northwest

Long Jump – 21’3″ – Record was set in 2007.

Zach Wright – Potterville MS

800M- 2:14.5, 1600M – 4:59.1 – Zach broke both the 800m and 1600m school record this season, both previously set back in 2002. Zach now holds 3 school records, the third being the 3200m @ 10:58 set last year as a 7th grader.

Mason Philips – Salem

Long jump – 24′ 1″ – Mason Phillips has been breaking his own long jump record over and over this season – this jump of 24′ 1″ was the third time he set the school record last set in 1985 this season, tying the MHSAA (Michigan) state record in the process.

Michigan’s Top Boys Track Performance

Cody Moyer – Gaylord
Chris Davis – Fowlerville
Trey Hall – Jackson Northwest
Zach Wright – Potterville MS
Mason Philips – Salem

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Girls Track and Field

Ryen Draper – Plymouth

400M Dash – 54.97s, 200M Dash, 24.55 – At the KLAA Conference Meet, senior sprinter Ryen Draper rebroke her own school and PCEP record in the 400M Dash, with a time of 54.97. It is the fastest time in the 400 run in the state this year, and makes her only the 17th girl in state history to run under 55 seconds. At the meet, Ryen also broke the school and PCEP record in the 200M Dash.

Anavia Battle – Wayne Memorial

100M – 11.85

Mallory Barrett – Milford

1600M, 4:54 – An expectional runner whose talents extend far beyond one event, Mallory Barrett is ranked in the top ten for 3 different events including the 1600, 800, and High Jump.

Mariyah Lewis – East Lansing

Discus, 124’9″

Meagan Lange – Forest Area Middle School

800M – 2:38.7, 1600M – 6:05, 400M Relay – 59.7, 1600M Relay – 4:51.5 – Meagan has broken four middle school records as a 6th grader, running against 7th & 8th graders, in her first season in track and field, and is only a handful of seconds from breaking varsity records in each event.

Michigan’s Top Girls Track Performance

Ryen Draper – Plymouth High School
Anavia Battle – Wayne Memorial
Mallory Barrett – Milford
Mariyah Lewis – East Lansing
Meagan Lange – Forest Area Middle School

Survey Maker

Baseball / Softball

Jakob Selich – Baseball – Millington High School

Career Runs Scored (93), Season Runs Scored (38) – Both records were held since 1979.

Lena Jackson – Softball – Stockbridge High School

Career Home Runs (8) – Lena has hit most home runs in the entire history of Stockbridge High School Varsity Softball Program and is only a sophomore. In addition, on one outing, she hit three over the fence.

Brianna Robeson – Softball – Hartland High School

Consecutive game hitting streak (29 games from 5.18.16 to 5.10.17) –  A base hit in 29 consecutive games currently ties for 10th place overall with two other players in MHSAA records.

Rebecca Alway – Grosse Pointe North High School

Career Home Runs (6)

Michigan’s Top Baseball/Softball Performance

Jakob Selich – Baseball – Millington High School
Lena Jackson – Softball – Stockbridge High School
Brianna Robeson – Softball – Hartland High School
Rebecca Alway – Grosse Pointe North High School

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This Spring, we’ve seen several state and school records fall across the network. Who was the best in Michigan? Nominate your favorite with the form below.

Nominations close on May 22 at 12pm EST, and voting begins on Tuesday, May 23.

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Comets News · Best of the Best: Michigan’s Top Sports Story – Presented by VNN


This month’s top story from across Michigan comes from South Christian High School in Grand Rapids, by way of Hudsonville, where AD Kevin Wolma gives some good advice for parents.

After The Game: What Do You Say?

Originally posted on southchristiansports.com

By Kevin Wolma
Hudsonville Athletic Director

 

“I love to watch you play.” Those are the six words a son or daughter wants to hear from his or her parents after a game.

What if your child does not play? What do you say then? Parents can’t say, “I love to watch you play” when your child does not play, nor can they say other post-competition statements like: “Did you fight like a dog?”

“Did you have fun?”

It is hard to fight like a dog when not given the opportunity, and we all know players have more fun when they play in the game. When you google the phrase, “what to say after a game,” there are all sorts of articles written with some of them backed by research. However, when you google the phrase – “what to say when your kid does not play” – very little comes out of that search.

Why?

This is a hard and very sensitive area for most parents to come up with the right thing to say.

Before we talk about what to say in this situation, it may be more important to discuss what not to say after a game where your child does not play. Some of the comments all parents should avoid are:

“Why have you not played in the last three…

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Boys Varsity Track, Girls Varsity Track · Michigan Track and Field Records – Presented by VNN


As the Spring Season hits full swing, state records start falling.

How do you match up against the best of the best?

Here’s Michigan’s Track and Field State Meet Records, courtesy of the MHSAA:

MHSAA Boys Track and Field Record Book

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