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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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Martin Breaks Longstanding Record at Concord Classic

Nathan Martin, in front, led the Concord Classic 5K Run from start to finish with an event record of 14 minutes, 32 seconds.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports   Those in attendance Wednesday at the Concord Classic 5K Run/Walk had an opportunity to see a potential United States Olympic competitor. Competitors in the 5K run saw Nathan Martin for about 90 seconds. Martin took off to start the race and set a new Concord Classic record in the process. The Spring Arbor University graduate and Olympic hopeful ran the 5K course in 14 minutes, 32 seconds to break the longstanding record of 14:49 set by Duane Daugherty in the mid-1980s. Martin was one of more than 210 who participated in the 30th annual event in Concord. Race organizer David Jordon said the fundraiser for the school’s cross country team had been drawing less runners each year. The race may have found its niche as a mid-week race. “On any given Saturday there are 60 races within the area,” Jordon said. “Our numbers have been dropping the last three or four years. “Why drive all the way to Concord if you have a local race…

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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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Jackson College Pitcher to play baseball at Purdue University

Jackson College Pitcher, Eric Hildebrand has committed to finish his college baseball career at Purdue University. The Boilermaker baseball team was 13-10 at home this season. JTV Sports | June 11th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson College Pitcher, Eric Hildebrand has committed to finish his college baseball career at Purdue University. The Freshman finished this season with a 5-1 record and a 2.83 ERA. The Jets baseball team finished an impressive 31-15 this season. That included a 22-6 conference record. A winning clip of over 78%. Hildebrand will now be a short three hour and 49 minute drive from Jackson's campus. Purdue lies a total of 216 miles Southwest of the Jet's campus. https://twitter.com/schrayguy/status/1138559759085383682 The Boilermakers finished this season 20-34 overall and 13-10 at home. For more local sports news and information, you can connect with JTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Media in this article courtesy of Jackson College. This article was written by JTV’s Gabriel Schray. He is in his fifth year covering Jackson Area sports and news for JTV. You can connect with Gabriel on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as well.

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ArShawn Parker raising funds for Albion students

ArShawn Parker, who will complete his requirements for an Albion degree during the 2019-2020 academic year, is working to raise funds for himself and a group of Albion students to attend a month-long InterVarsity Leadership Institute in Cedarville this summer. JTV Sports | June 11th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray ArShawn Parker is ready to begin his next challenge after completing his Albion College men’s basketball career in March. The Mumford High School product who will complete his requirements for an Albion degree during the 2019-2020 academic year, is working to raise funds for himself and a group of Albion students to attend a month-long InterVarsity Leadership Institute in Cedarville, Mich., this summer. “I became a part of InterVarsity at the end of my sophomore year, and I slowly began to understand what it truly meant to be a Christian,” Parker said. “Since then, God has taken my faith and ran with it." “The leadership institute will train my classmates and me to be leaders on campus, in the church and the worlds for the rest of our lives,” he added. “It will change our lives.” If you're interested in making a donation, contact Parker at ap12@albion.edu.  This article is a release from…

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