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Vandercook Falls in Five Sets in Regional Volleyball Final

  • November 14, 2019

Kaely Howard, middle, of Vandercook Lake High School returns the volleyball during the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 regional final at Leslie High School.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Two high school volleyball teams with a wait-until-next-year mentality – until recently – met for the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 regional title in Leslie. In the end, the team with the biggest hitter won. Hudson High School defeated Vandercook Lake in five sets, 25-13, 25-18, 12-25, 19-15, and 15-10, at Leslie High School on Thursday night. With the win, the Tigers claimed the school’s first regional title after winning the first district volleyball title in 22 years. Vandercook Lake won its first district title in 35 years in 2018 and repeated this year. Hudson advances to play in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Adrian Madison High School against Monroe Catholic Central at 6 p.m. Vandercook finishes the season at 35-10-4. “These girls have worked hard to get here,” Hudson Coach Shelly Hoard said. “They are good at performing in their roles.” Vandercook Lake Coach Kenny Brokaw said the Jayhawks did not show up until the third set, but proved they were…

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Nineteenth Year of High School Football Coming on JTV

  • August 5, 2019

JTV Sports will return with presentations of High School Football this year. This will be JTV's 19th year of consecutive coverage of varsity athletics throughout Jackson County. JTV Sports | August 5th, 2019 | JTV Sports Staff JTV Sports’ nineteenth season of High School Football coverage begins at the end of this month. Since JTV began coverage of High School Sports in 2000, nearly 50,000 high school student-athletes have appeared in over 3,000 games telecast on JTV.   JTV offers complete game coverage, as well as programs like The Locker Room, Aspen One-Hour Football Show, Thursday Night Hoops and other specials. JTV has earned the distinction of being “The World Leader in Local High School Sports Television.” Each week during the regular and post-season, JTV covers 3 to 4 games, with play-by-play and color commentators, instant replays, graphics and several in-game features. Games played throughout the week air Saturday and Sunday in rotation at 1, 3, 7 and 9pm on JTV and JTV.TV. https://twitter.com/JTV_Sports/status/1131249170076098562 JTV’s award-winning sports programming includes online video highlights and features throughout the season on JTV.TV.  Additional content online includes Orthopedic Rehab Specialist Photo Galleries, which last year presented over 15,000 photos from high school games and…

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Lumen Christi’s Keegan Smith commits to CMU football

  • June 25, 2019

Lumen Christi offensive lineman Keegan Smith has committed to play in Mount Pleasant for Central Michigan University's football program. Lumen Christi's football program is coming off of their third straight state championship win. JTV Sports | June 25th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Keegan Smith will become a Chippewa and play for Central Michigan University's football program, he announced via Twitter. New head coach Jim McElwain will benefit from his verbal commit to the program, as he will become a member of the 2020 recruiting class for the University. 57-year-old McElwain was 22-12 over parts of three seasons at Florida. He won 19 games and earned SEC Coach of the Year honors. At Colorado State, he turned the Rams into a 10-win program and second-place finisher in the Mountain West Conference. At Alabama he served as offensive coordinator and formed a relationship with CMU athletic director Michael Alford. he also coached at Michigan State from 2003 to 2005. He’ll be hoping to turn around a Chippewas football team that went a program-worst 1-11 in their 2018 campaign. Smith, who already holds a number of scholarship offers, will have a chance to return Lumen Christi to Ford Field this fall. The school…

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2018-19 MHSAA Parade of Champions

  • June 20, 2019

A total of 105 schools won one or more of the 128 Michigan High School Athletic Association team championships awarded during 2018-19, with two teams earning the first Finals championship in any sport in their schools’ histories. JTV Sports | June 20th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Ypsilanti Lincoln celebrated its first MHSAA Finals championship by winning the Division 1 boys basketball title in the winter, and Millington claimed its first by earning the Division 3 softball championship this spring. A total of 19 schools won two or more championships this school year, paced by two schools winning four: Pewamo-Westphalia won in boys basketball, girls basketball, competitive cheer and girls track & field; and Marquette won in boys skiing, girls skiing, girls swimming & diving and girls track & field. Five schools won three MHSAA Finals championships: Bronson, Detroit Country Day, East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern and Hudsonville Unity Christian. Winning two titles in 2018-19 were Chassell, Detroit Catholic Central, Houghton, Ishpeming, Ishpeming Westwood, Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Prep, Lake Orion, Negaunee, Ontonagon, Sault Ste. Marie and West Iron County. Farmington Hills Harrison – in its final school year before closing this summer – also was part of two…

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Two Michigan Center Students Sign to Play Baseball at Glen Oak

  • May 31, 2019

Two Michigan Center student athletes have signed to attend Glen Oaks. Cardinals baseball players Jordan Cooper and Andy Piloske will now be playing for the Vikings in Centreville, Michigan. JTV Sports | May 31st, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– Two Michigan Center student athletes have signed to attend Glen Oaks and play baseball for the Vikings. The Cardinal baseball players, Jordan Cooper and Andy Piloske will now be playing in Centreville, Michigan. Jordan Cooper both pitches and plays first base. Andy Piloske plays second base. Both of them will now be playing same positions at the next level. Cooper is in a rare situation, where he'll be playing both. Piloske is currently hitting an impressive .384. That figure is good for 10 doubles and 3 triples on the year. Cooper is hitting .493 overall. Good for 11 doubles and five home runs, as well as a total of 36 RBIs. He has pitched 52.2 innings and maintains a record of 9-1. With 80 total strikeouts, he currently has a 1.72 ERA. "Andy and Jordan have been key contrinuters to this program for the past few years," said HC Jerry Slack. "It's a great day when two student athletes can…

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Jets Golfer named honorable mention All-American

  • May 30, 2019

Jackson College Jets golfer Riley Hestwood has been named an honorable mention All-American following last week’s National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Nationals. JTV Sports | May 30th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– Jackson College Jets golfer Riley Hestwood has been named an honorable mention All-American following last week’s NJCAA Division II Nationals. Hestwood, a freshman at Jackson College, finished in a tie for 24th place out of a field of 132 total golfers. After four days of golf, eight games in four rounds, Hestwood finished at 17 over par. “Riley did an excellent job playing the four days under difficult conditions at times,” said Walt Paszkiet, head coach of the Jet's program. “He managed his game very well. Jackson can be very proud of this young man” All-America honors are presented to the top 26 finishers (plus ties) at the NJCAA DII Men's Golf Championship. It is the mission of the NJCAA to foster a national program of athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges. For more local sports news and information, you can connect with JTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This article was written by JTV’s Gabriel Schray. He…

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Northwest Baseball Sweeps Manchester

  • May 30, 2019

Northwest's Baseball team swept Manchester in a pair of contests on their Senior night. The Mounties won by tallies of 8-0 and 10-2. This was also their final pair of home contests this year. JTV Sports | May 30th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– Northwest High School's baseball team closed out their home appearances this season in proper fashion, sweeping a pair of contests against Manchester. Not only was it the Mounties final pair of home games for the year, but it was also Senior Night for the program. The Northwest Mounties won the first contest by a tally of 8-0. The second win came more easily, with a final of 10-2. Seniors closing out their playing careers included Dakota Hitt, Gibson Wait, Sawyer Epstein, Brandon Bostwick, and Bailey Bostwick. Gibson Wait pitched seven innings, allowing zero runs on three hits, striking out four and walking one in the first contest. Sawyer Epstein pitched for Northwest in the second game. He allowed one hit and one run over three innings, striking out one and walking zero. Dakota Hitt threw two innings out of relief.  Several Mounties including Connor Schefferly (2), Brandon Bostwick, Bailey Bostwick, and Joe Fredrickson came up…

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