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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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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’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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2018-19 MHSAA Parade of Champions

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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Albion College to Play Against Michigan State University in Men’s Hoops

Albion College, the 2019 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament champions, will tip off the men’s basketball season with an October 29th exhibition game against Big Ten Champion and Final Four participant Michigan State University. JTV Sports | June 20th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Tip time and any television coverage for Albion College's game against the Spartans will be announced at a later date. In addition to giving Albion a powerful test prior to its November 8th opener at the University of Mount Union- the exhibition also means Albion guards Zachary and Khy Winston will play against their older brother Cassius. Winston was a consensus All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year for Michigan State in 2019. “We have the utmost respect for Head Coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State basketball program,” Albion Head Coach Jody May said. “We are excited for the opportunity to take the floor against one of the top college basketball teams in the country" The MIAA is America’s oldest collegiate conference and Michigan State was a member of the MIAA from 1888-1907 when it was known as Michigan Agricultural College. The Britons and Spartans have played 11 official men’s basketball games, the last two…

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Spring Arbor’s Chris Bauman Named Sports Information Director of the Year

The Crossroads League announced on Tuesday that Chris Bauman from Spring Arbor University had been named its 2018-2019 Sports Information Director of the Year. The award is the first for Bauman, who recently completed his fifth year as the SID for the Cougars. JTV Sports | June 19th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Chris Bauman of Spring Arbor University has been named its 2018-2019 Sports Information Director of the Year. The award is the first for Bauman, who recently completed his fifth year as the SID for the Cougars. Bauman and his department stayed busy throughout the 2018-2019 year, providing critical coverage of the success of multiple SAU teams and student-athletes on the national level. The Cougars won the NAIA Division II National Championship in men’s basketball, were NAIA National Tournament Semifinalists in women’s soccer and secured a pair of individual NAIA National Championships in track and field. Without Bauman, nearly all of the stories that JTV has carried about SAU this year wouldn't have been possible. At least not all of the unbelievable statistics and anecdotes that have been included. “I am incredibly humbled to receive this award,” said Bauman. “I feel the sports information directors in the Crossroads League…

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Jets Athletic Director Heather Bateman named 2018-19 MCCAA AD of the Year

Jackson College Athletic Director Heather Bateman has been named the 2018-19 Michigan Community College Athletic Director of the Year. The Athletic Director of the Year committee selected Bateman from several nominees.  JTV Sports | June 11th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Heather Bateman, Jackson College's Athletic Director, has been named the 2018-19 Michigan Community College Athletic Director of the Year. The Athletic Director of the Year committee selected Bateman from several nominees. Bateman oversees an athletic department that has 13 successful sports including men's bowling that won the MCCAA Championship in their very first season. The women's soccer team was second in the in the MCCAA and won the NJCAA Region XII regular season and post-season title. Bateman also holds several sports chairs in the MCCAA and is the secretary/treasurer for NJCAA Region XII, according to a Jackson College press release. She also hosted the MCCAA Golf and MCCAA Baseball Tournament this spring.  “I am honored and humbled to receive this award. I could not have received it without all the support of our coaches and student-athletes who inspire me daily,” Bateman said The MCCAA Athletic Director of the Year is awarded yearly, to the athletic director who excels at their job in several…

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