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Parker Named Jackson Head Football Coach

New Jackson High School head football Coach Antonio Parker, far right, works on a drill with NFL Hall of Famer Charles Woodson during the Al Glick Youth Football Camp last week at Withington Stadium.   Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. (June 24, 2022 12:08 PM) Jackson Public Schools announced on Friday that Antonio Parker will be the new head football coach at the school. Parker replaces Scott Farley who was hired to be the athletic director at Western High School. Parker has served as an assistant coach for 18 years and has served in a number of capacities at the school.  He served as the Vikings’ defensive coordinator for the last five seasons. “I am excited to get to work and to continue to take Jackson football and Jackson Public Schools to new heights,” Parker said in a press release. Supt. Jeff Beal said he is excited about the hire. “I believe in his connection to our students, ability to develop our young players into great men, and his vision for our program moving forward,” Beal said. “I think it is going to be a very exciting year.”

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MHSAA Adds Benefits to Attract Officials

(June 24, 2022 11:49 AM) The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations online or by mail for game officials for the 2022-23 school year, and is providing a pair of significant new benefits intended to attract new officials and bolster the number of current officials who work multiple sports. The MHSAA annually receives registration by more than 9,000 officials, but dipped below 8,000 for 2020-21 as school sports navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021-22 school year saw a slight bounce back to 8,128 officials registered – an increase of two percent compared to the previous year – and officials who register for the upcoming school year will receive additional perks that will further boost the already high level of support provided to those serving MHSAA member schools. Beginning this summer, all officials who register may sign up for up to two sports as part of that registration. Officials previously registered separately for each sport they wished to work, providing 13,896 sport registrations total in 2021-22 – or with every registered official signing up for approximately 1.7 sports on average. Officials also will receive membership in the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), which comes with a variety of…

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Ten Jackson County Athletes Earn Softball All-State Honors

Elisse Omey, Napoleon.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 22, 2022 3:59 PM) Ten softball players from Jackson County earned all-state honors as voted on by members of the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association. Five members of the Grass Lake High School team, three from Northwest and two from Napoleon earned all-state honors in Divisions 2 and 3.  Freshman Emily Brown, junior Emily Guthrie, and sophomore Olivia Turner earned first-team all-state honors for the Warriors in Division 3. Grass Lake won its first regional title since 2005 and posted a 38-4 record on the season. Elisse Omey of Napoleon also earned first-team all-state honors at second base. First baseman Katelyn Postuma and catcher Bree Salts of Grass Lake earned honorable mention honors in Division 3. They are joined by Raye Burke of Napoleon who was voted in as a pitcher. Northwest High School had three all-state players in a season where the Mounties advanced to the Michigan High School Athletic Association quarterfinals in Division 2 and posted a 39-4 record. Pitcher Nevaeh Ingram earned first-team all-state honors after striking out 376 batters and posting an ERA of 0.54 on the season. She also…

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Applegate Improves to Earn State Golf Medal

By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 19, 2022  8:00 AM) Hanover-Horton High School senior Brady Applegate said a friend told him he was one stroke up heading into the final hole of the Cascades Conference tournament during the finals in May. Applegate proceeded to par the hole by keeping the ball in play and relying on his putter. That improvement has shown up this season for the HHHS golfer. Applegate tied for 10th on June 11 at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state golf tournament at the Fortress Golf Course.  He finished with rounds of 73 and 81 to tie for the last medal spot in the tournament. The Fortress, in Frankenmuth, is one of the newer golf courses in the rotation for the MHSAA. “The course is really tight and the greens are faster than anything I have played before,” Applegate said. “I played my butt off on Friday to shoot a 73.” Hanover-Horton finished 14th as a team out of 18 teams, but should have the same nucleus of golfers back in 2023.  The Comets easily won the Cascades Conference – taking all of the jamboree as the conference tournament. Applegate was in a battle…

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Extreme Dodge Jackson County Scoreboard June 14, 2022

Softball quarterfinals Division 2 at Kalamazoo College Stevensville Lakeshore 1, Northwest 0: Northwest outhit Lakeshore 5-3, but could not push a run across the plate. The Mounties finish the season with a 39-4 record.  Division 3 at Adrian College Algonac 5, Grass Lake 4: Algonac scored five times in the last three innings to pull out the win. Grass Lake finishes the season with a 38-4 record.  R.W. Mercer Jackson Junior Golf Tour Deer Run Golf Course Boys 10 and under Jayce Swihart 40 Jacob Sturgill 47 Derek Boldt 56 Brecken Gough 61 Boys 11-13 Sam Swihart 43 Maddox Mulnix 46 Leo Nguyen 46 Andrew Parrott 47 Andrew Boldt 48 Carson Spencer 49 Maden Brady 51 Lucas Schwartz 52 Jack Sturgill 53 Shawn Potter 55 Cooper Flick 56 Spencer Johnson 56 Aiden Mohlman 56 Sullivan Mohlman 57 Parker Gough 58 Luke Anderson 61 Naveen Kulkarni 61 Anderson Jacobs 66 Davis Tallman 70 Warren Huffman 74 Gavin Davis 75 Boys 13-14 Jake Brafford 39 Brandon Ruhl 47 Brody Baum 48 Darius Ambs 51 Cody Rowe 51 Nolan Metheringham 52 Luke DuMont 53 Eli Bowman 55 Javen Palmer 62 Ian Knoblauch 69 Boys 15-16 Jacob Rothman 41 Eric Bonser 42 J.J. Miller…

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Area Teams Bow Out of Softball Quarterfinals

Campbell Kloack of Northwest High School recorded a pair of hits in the Mounties’ 1-0 loss to Stevensville Lakeshore in the MHSAA Division 2 softball quarterfinals.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 14, 2022 8:20 PM) Two area teams lost by a total of two runs in quarterfinal action on Tuesday at a pair of locations. Northwest High School lost a heart-breaker to Stevensville Lakeshore 1-0 at Kalamazoo College in Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 action. Grass Lake fell to Algonac 5-4 at Adrian College in Division 3 quarterfinal action. The difference between Northwest winning 1-0 or losing 1-0 came down to a pair of calls.  Lakeshore scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a hit, error, sacrifice, and a pair of strikeouts. On the second strikeout, the catch dropped the ball and the runner raced home from third base. NWHS Coach Alicia Mobley said both her catcher and pitcher said the third strike was fouled off, not dropped by the catcher. “The umpire stated she (the batter) was six to eight inches from the ball,” Mobley said.  A Northwest runner was called out at home on an…

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Strong Defense, Pitching Leads Grass Lake to Regional Title

Grass Lake High School softball pitcher Katelyn Postuma concentrates on her pitch during the MHSAA Division 3 softball regional tournament at Sand Creek High School on Saturday.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 11, 2022 9:29 PM) Last year the Grass Lake High School softball team had a number of the same players on the squad, but not the experience. A year off due to COVID made 2021 the first varsity season for a number of players. Grass Lake is making up for lost time in 2022. The Warriors won their first regional title since 2005 with a pair of wins at Sand Creek High School. Grass Lake defeated Dundee 6-0 in the opening game, then opened things up with a 16-1 win over Jonesville in the championship game.  The Warriors advance to the Division 3 quarterfinals at Adrian College on Tuesday. Grass Lake will face Algonac at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinal round. Laney Brown earned the pitching win for Grass Lake in game one. She pitched all seven innings for the Warriors, striking out 10 batters and allowing only four hits.  Brown also did it at the plate with four hits and…

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