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Jackson College Hires Travis Wobrock as Volleyball Coach

Jackson College has announced the hiring of Travis Wobrock as coach of the Jackson College Jets volleyball program. Wobrock comes from Onsted where he served as the head coach for junior varsity and was the varsity assistant coach. Prior to that, he spent one year as varsity coach at Addison High School. Wobrock has coached club volleyball at Tru Sports Volleyball Academy, Premier Academy and Glass City Volleyball.  “This is a program that has great potential and I can’t wait to build a program here. Having the opportunity to invest in a program so close to home is an honor to me,” Wobrock said.  A former defensive specialist and libero from Adrian College, he will specialize with his backcourt. Wobrock was a part of the Adrian College men’s volleyball program for three years. During his time at Adrian, he helped guide the Bulldogs to an eighth, ninth, and 13th place finish in the NCVF National Tournament. He was also named the team MVP after the 2014 season.  Wobrock graduated from Adrian College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health education. He is currently earning his master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration at the University of…

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Cascades Golf Course Spring Thaw

Jackson Golf: City Championship Open to More Golfers, Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

The City Championship will be open to more golfers when the tournament’s 94th edition is played Aug. 3-10 at Cascades Golf Course. In addition to all Jackson County residents being eligible, the Jackson Golf Committee announced that the tournament will for the first time be open to golfers who are not Jackson County residents. Those living outside the county can enter if they meet one of three criteria: They graduated from a Jackson County high school or college; previously played in a Jackson Masters or City Championship; or are employed in the county. In addition, there is no longer a handicap limit. The qualifying round will be played Aug. 3 to set the 32-player match play field, with match play beginning Aug. 4 leading to the 36-hole championship match Aug. 10. Entry fee is $75, or $30 for high school students. Those who do not qualify for match play will receive an additional 18-hole round to be played any time before the end of the year. Entry forms are available at the Country Club of Jackson, Cascades, Sharp Park, and Arbor Hills pro shops, and registration can be made on-line at jacksongolf.net. Entry deadline is July 31 at 5 p.m.…

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Jackson Junior Golf Tour Calderone

Mercer Junior Golf Tour Results for July 8th, 2019

Player Division Score Brandon Kulka Boys 10 & Under 9 Holes 49 Blayden Steller Boys 10 & Under 9 Holes 50 Parker Gough Boys 10 & Under 9 Holes 56 Jayce Swihart Boys 10 & Under 9 Holes 58 Jack Sturgill Boys 10 & Under 9 Holes 59 Sam Baxter Boys 10 & Under 9 Holes 80 Bentley Coon Boys 11,12,& 13 9 Holes 39 Charlie Saunders Boys 11,12,& 13 9 Holes 44 Levi Browning Boys 11,12,& 13 9 Holes 44 Anthony Kulka Boys 11,12,& 13 9 Holes 52 Peyton Thorne Boys 11,12,& 13 9 Holes 58 Eli Bowman Boys 11,12,& 13 9 Holes 59 Mason Herney Boys 11,12,& 13 9 Holes 63 Colin Norton Boys 13 & 14 76 Duncan Moffitt Boys 13 & 14 86 Ryder Pickering Boys 13 & 14 98 Jack Swihart Boys 13 & 14 100 Calvin McMurtrie Boys 13 & 14 109 Jacob Beer Boys 13 & 14 110 Ben Baker Boys 13 & 14 145 Brady Applegate Boys 13 & 14 WD Will Fex ll Boys 14 & Up - 9 Holes 52 Anthony Donnelly Boys 14 & Up - 9 Holes 69 Justin Bunch Boys 15 & 16 71 Evan Brzyski Boys…

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Tom Butterfield Lyle Ambs Champion

Butterfield returns to form with Lyle Ambs victory

By Gary Kalahar, JTV Sports   A more stable life has helped Tom Butterfield re-establish a firm grip on his golf game. “Life is more settled now and that’s led to better golf, that’s a perfect way to say it,” Butterfield said Sunday after re-claiming a spot as one of Jackson’s top golfers with a victory in the Lyle Ambs Memorial at Sharp Park Golf Course. Butterfield capped off four victories over two warm, taxing days with a 2-and-1 triumph over two-time champion Mike Brockie. It was the sixth major local championship for Butterfield, but the first since 2014. That year, he won two titles and lost a playoff for a third while capturing Player of the Year honors. But he has played in just a few tournaments since then. “Just circumstances, I didn’t get a chance to play much,” Butterfield said. In addition to putting that behind him, Butterfield has settled into a new career that not only has him more comfortable but has benefitted his game. After being in business for 15 years, he decided to put his master’s degree in education to proper use. He moved into a job last fall teaching science at Northwest Alternative School.…

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Stuard Finishes in Top 5 at PGA Tour Event

In the final round of the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic, Brian Stuard sinks a 16-foot putt to make birdie at the par-4 1st hole.  Photo courtesy PGA Tour. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Napoleon High School graduate Brian Stuard finished the Rocket Mortgage Classic Tournament on the PGA Tour with a 4-under par 68 on Sunday at Detroit Golf Club. Stuard moved up four spots from Saturday and moved up into the top 70 in FedEx Cup Series points with the finish. He is expected to earn approximately $238,000 with his tie for fifth-place in Detroit. Stuard played well again on the front nine with a 4-under par 32 on the first nine holes. He birdied holes 1, 6, 7, and 9 to pull up to second place at one point. Stuard had a bogey on 16 and finished his round with an 11-foot birdie on No. 18. The Jackson native earned his third top-10 finish and seventh top-25 finish of the season. Stuard has now earned more than $1.2 million for the 2018-2019 PGA Tour season. Third-round leader Nate Lashley earned a six-stroke victory with a 70 on Sunday. Interview notes following Sunday’s round: Q. Brian, just get some…

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UPDATED: Putter Gets Hot for Stuard on PGA’s “Moving Day”

Brian Stuard tees off during the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.  Photo:  Andy Hawley, JTV Sports   By Jeff Steers JTV Sports   The putter got hot for Jackson native Brian Stuard at the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic Tournament on Saturday. Generally known as moving day on the Tour, Stuard fired a 65 to move up more than 40 spots at the completion of his round. The leaders were just teeing off as Stuard posted his 65, moving to 13 under par for the week. Unlike Friday, the Napoleon High School graduate started hot with a 31 on the front side. Friday he was 3 over par on the first two holes, but on Saturday he birdied both of the starting holes. Stuard birdied the last three holes on the front nine making putts of 4, 36, and 36 feet respectively. He birdied No. 10 for his fourth consecutive birdie, advancing to 12 under par at the time. A bogey on No. 13 was his only blemish on the card today. Stuard made putts of 14 and 16 feet respectively on holes No. 17 and 18 to finish 13 under par for three days. Overnight leader Nate Lashley…

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Tough Start Slows Stuard at PGA Event

Brian Stuard during ProAm event Wednesday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports An auspicious start Friday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic Tournament on the PGA Tour slowed Jackson-area golfer Brian Stuard. The 2001 Napoleon High School graduate was 3-over-par after two holes, but rebounded for an even par 72 on Friday at Detroit Golf Club. He finished his round in 43rd place, 6-under-par for the first two rounds. There were still golfers on the course with Stuard finishing at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. He easily made the cut which is projected at 4 under par. Stuard bogeyed the first hole and double-bogeyed the second after taking a penalty stoke following his drive on hole No. 2. He rebounded to birdie five of eight holes beginning at hole No. 4.  Stuard started the day in 11th place, but slipped due to his round of 72.  First-round leader Nate Lashley was at 14-under par and Cameron Champ finished the day in second place at 13-under.  Stuard is only three shots out of a top-10 finish. Play will continue Saturday with the final round scheduled for Sunday at Detroit Golf Club.  Brian Stuard…

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Brian Stuard Rocket Mortgage Classic

Stuard Opens with 66 at Rocket Mortgage Classic

Photo/Coverage by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports Detroit - Napoleon native Brian Stuard shot a 6 under par 66 on the PGA Tour Thursday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.  Stuard birdied five holes on the front nine for a 31.  He ended the round tied for second place.  Stay tuned for more updates.  

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Stuard Ready for Home-state Tournament

Brian Stuard tees off in the Delta Dental Pro-Am at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Detroit Country Club.  June 26, 2019.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports While Rickie Fowler is the posterchild for the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit this week, Napoleon High School graduate Brian Stuard may be the hometown crowd favorite. Fowler is a spokesman for the Michigan company, while Stuard has the blue-collar attitude that keeps him on the tour year after year. He will be one of 156 players who will hope to hoist the Rocket Mortgage Classic trophy on Sunday. Rounds begin today (Thursday) and the top 70 and ties advance to play on the weekend. Consider the facts about Stuard. There are only three golfers playing at the Detroit Golf Club this weekend in the first PGA Tour event in Michigan in a decade. Stuard is by far the most successful on the Tour of the three. In eight short seasons, Stuard has earned more than $9 million – including five seasons of more than $1 million. He has one win on the tour and has made the cut in three of eight majors over the years. But it…

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Lumen Christi Football

Lumen Christi’s Keegan Smith commits to CMU football

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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