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JAOA and Family Create Legacy Scholarship

  • May 18, 2020

Members of the Jackson Area Officials Association will wear this patch to honor Kerry Lehman during the 2020-2021 season. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (May 18, 2020 8:58 PM) The Lehman family, in conjunction with the Jackson Area Officials Association and the MHSAA, has created the Kerry Lehman Legacy Official Scholarship. The scholarship is in its early stages of planning and coordination. Once the organization has more details, they will be shared with the general public. During a March 11 boys’ district basketball tournament contest, Lehman and another official came down with an illness. Both men later tested positive for COVID-19 and were treated at Henry Ford Allegiance Health. The other official recovered, but Lehman entered a month-long battle with the virus. He died on April 22, 2020, at the age of 62. Lehman was survived by his wife and three children. Lehman was a graduate of Northwest High School and ITT Fort Wayne. He worked as a client specialist for the State of Michigan for more than 20 years. Lehman found has passion later in life as an official for local high school sports. In addition to the legacy scholarship, the JAOA has received approval from the MHSAA for…

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Hill Looks to Marines or Football for Next Move

  • May 17, 2020

Onsted High School running back Travis Hill (5) makes a move during the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 6 semifinal football game last fall. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Onsted High School senior Travis Hill knows a thing or two about comebacks. He was injured most of his junior season, watching the Wildcats struggle to a 3-6 season in football. The Wildcats went on an eight-game winning streak in football after losing a pair of Lenawee County Athletic Association games early in the 2019 season. And the senior recently failed a hearing test for enlistment into the Marines, but hopes that subsequent tests will get him back into the military life. Lessons about comebacks may have helped Hill deal with the cancellation of his final baseball season as a senior. The COVID-19 pandemic postponed the spring sports season in March and permanently closed the book on Hill and other seniors in early April when schools were closed for the year. When the Michigan High School Athletic Association followed suit a couple of days later, the highly successful sports career for Hill was over. “When it first happened, I thought were going to take…

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Five CCHS Seniors Lose Final Baseball Season

  • May 12, 2020

Aiden Adams.  Courtesy photo. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Three returning players and a transfer student who earned all-state honors a year ago gave the Columbia Central High School varsity baseball team high hopes for 2020. Instead, five seniors from CCHS will have to wonder “what if” when they think about the spring of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in early April and the Michigan High School Athletic Association canceled the 2020 spring season a couple of days later. Seniors Aiden Adams, Lucas Mendez, and Levi Meyers had multiple years of experience playing baseball for the Golden Eagles. Transfer student Adam Wilding was an all-state selection according to information sent by CCHS coaches. Mathew Mackenzie was returning to the sport of baseball after taking time off. Adams was a four-year player for the Golden Eagles and was a career .400 hitter. “Aiden was going to be a team captain and looked forward to being a leader this season,” CCHS Coach Steve Tompkins said. “He is one of the most coachable players I’ve had.” Mendez is a mainstay in left field and was expected to be a pitcher for the Golden Eagles this season. “Lucas is a hard worker who…

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Hestwood Earns Spring Thaw Golf Win

  • May 10, 2020

Riley Hestwood hits out of a bunker on the final hole during the Spring Thaw Golf Tournament Sunday at Cascades Golf Course. Hestwood won the event with a two-day total of 148.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports A year after finishing second in a pair of major tournaments in Jackson County, Riley Hestwood finally broke through with a win Sunday at the Spring Thaw Golf Tournament at Cascades Golf Course. It was a big win for the golfer who has only played the sport for a handful of seasons. Hestwood shot rounds of 74 and 74 for 148 to win the tournament by one stroke over Tom Butterfield. Cody Lysher finished third (150), Conner Spencer was fourth (151), David Crandall finished fifth (152), and Sean Vann placed sixth (153). The left-handed Hestwood said his experiences last year helped him win the Spring Thaw this season. “I felt like I was going to get it done,” Hestwood said after the round. “There were not any nerves today.” Hestwood spent his high school years playing hockey at Lumen Christi Catholic High School. He started playing golf as a junior in high school. “All of my friends…

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2020 Spring Thaw Final Round | Photo Gallery

  • May 10, 2020

Spring Thaw Golf Tournament at Cascades Golf Course, Sunday, May 10, 2020.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here. Spring Thaw Golf Tournament at Cascades Golf Course, Sunday, May 10, 2020.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here.

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Three Tied for Lead at Spring Thaw

  • May 9, 2020

Shane and Andrea Clark give one another a 2020 high-five following their rounds at Cascades Golf Course during the Spring Thaw Tournament. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Female golfer Andrea Clark said there was a litany of reasons why she signed up to play in the men’s Spring Thaw Tournament at Cascades Golf Course this weekend. Cabin fever, wanting competition since the women’s tournament was canceled, or recovery from shoulder surgery headed the list. Clark was one of 74 golfers who braved temperatures in the low 40s, with high winds, and a hard golf course on Saturday in the annual opening golf event of the season. Three golfers – Riley Hestwood, Tom Butterfield, and David Crandall – are tied for first heading into Sunday’s final round. All three shot 74s on Saturday. Hestwood tied for first a year ago, but lost in a playoff to five-time winner Mike Brockie. Butterfield has won the Spring Thaw twice. Conner Spencer and Cody Lysher both shot 75s Saturday. Steve Maddalena, Scott Denig, and Brockie all shot 76s to enter the final round two strokes back. Clark played with her husband, Shane, and Brockie. Shane Clark has won…

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2020 Spring Thaw | Photo Gallery

  • May 9, 2020

Spring Thaw 2020, Saturday round, Cascades Golf Course, May 9, 2020.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here. Spring Thaw 2020, Saturday round, Cascades Golf Course, May 9, 2020.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here.

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Napoleon Senior has ‘Reason’ to Believe

  • May 8, 2020

Napoleon High School senior Kenzie Reason, left, attempts to block out an Addison opponent during a game last December at home. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (May 8, 2020 8:31 PM) Napoleon High School senior Kenzie Reason was part of a small group that orchestrated a Wellness Day in early November. Students met twice a week during the summer attempting to attract guest speakers to discuss a wide range of issues including social media, addiction, sexual assault, suicide awareness and others. Reason said the day-long program helped students realize that there is help out there and others have pulled themselves out of negative situations to create better lives. The senior may use some of the information to help stay positive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reason was a senior on the varsity softball team preparing for another season when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer postponed school for the remainder of the season. When the Michigan High School Athletic Association followed suit and canceled the spring season, Reason and thousands of other student athletes lost their last hurrah. Like a lot of student-athletes, Reason believed the time off of school would be short and the Pirates could continue…

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Sova Stars for MCHS On, off the Field

  • May 7, 2020

Michigan Center High School athlete Kole Sova (33) attempts to drive past a Hanover-Horton High School player during a game this past winter. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Structure. That word keeps coming up during conversations with Michigan Center High School athlete Kole Sova. He liked going to the gym every day because it gave his day structure and kept his mind off of other things. Math is his favorite subject because Sova likes working with numbers. He misses the structure of going to school, practice, and everything that goes with attending high school. And finally, Sova plans to become an engineer – maybe building some structures in the future. There hasn’t been much structure in life for Sova or thousands of high school seniors recently. School was postponed for three weeks in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. In early April, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed schools for good for the remainder of the calendar year. A couple of days later the Michigan High School Athletic Association ended the spring season before it even began. “The Thursday everything was shut down was my first baseball practice of the season,” Sova said. “I figured they…

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City Golf Championship in June, Revised 2020 Schedule Released

  • May 7, 2020

Steve Maddalena on his way to winning the 2019 City Championship.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. (May 7, 2020 10:51 AM)  The 95th edition of the City Championship golf tournament is scheduled for June 6-13 at the Country Club of Jackson. Entries are now being accepted for the tournament, which begins with a qualifying round June 6 to set the 32-player match play field. Match play starts June 7, leading to the 36-hole championship match June 13. Entry fee for the tournament is $120, or $75 for high school students. The Jackson Golf Committee increased the entry fee in order for the tournament to continue to be played at the county’s highest-quality courses and to offer an ample prize fund. Players who do not qualify for match play will receive a $20 gift certificate. In addition to all Jackson County residents being eligible, the tournament is open those living outside the county 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. Entry forms are available at the…

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