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EJ Fourth at Western Golf Invitational

Reagan Rudd of East Jackson High School shot a 90 at the Western Golf Invitational Friday. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports East Jackson High School girls’ golf Coach Ray Hill said the Lady Trojans expect to be one of the top teams in Jackson County. So far, so good. The Lady Trojans finished fourth at the Western Girls Golf Invitational at Arbor Hills Golf Club on Friday. East Jackson shot a four-man total of 394 to finish as the top scoring team from Jackson County. Powerhouse Okemos High School won the 18-hole event with a team score of 325. Okemos finished third in Division 2 last year. They were led by Allison Cui with a 4-under-par 68. Marshall was second as all-state golfer Karlee Malone shot an 80 – good for second place individually. The Redhawks shot a four-man total of 358. Coldwater was fourth at 380 and EJ was 14 strokes behind the Cardinals. East Jackson was led by Alexis Brzezinski with an 83 to finish third individually. Reagan Rudd also shot a 90 for the Lady Trojans. Lumen Christi Catholic School finished sixth as Emily Sierakowski was top-10 player on the day…

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Spencer Uses Hot Putter to Defeat Former City Champion

Conor Spencer watches a shot during the Jackson City Golf Championship  qualifying Saturday at Cascades Golf Course. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports A $15 putting mirror is paying big dividends for Lumen Christi Catholic School senior Conor Spencer. The mirror helps a golfer with alignment, stroke length and direction. Spencer defeated two-time Jackson City Champion Mike Brockie 2 up in the tournament at Cascades Golf Course. Seven of the eight matches were completed in the third round on Tuesday. The Mike Raymond/ Logan Anuszkiewicz match was delayed as Raymond experienced a rain delay at another event. The match did not begin until 6:20 p.m. Raymond leads 2 up after 12 holes and play is expected to begin Wednesday at 7 a.m. In other matches, Luke Girodat earned a 1-up win over Bret Valkuchak in 19 holes; Riley Hestwood won 7-5 over Chris Chaney; Mark Kurzynowski won 2-1 over medalist Brian Carney; Brogan Brockie earned a 3-2 victory over Tom Raymond; Cody Lysher won 2-1 against Todd Marston; and Steve Maddalena earned a 2-1 win over Greg Zeller. The results set up quarterfinal matches of the Raymond/Anuszkiewicz winner versus Spencer; Girodat versus Hestwood; Kurzynowski versus…

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Nineteenth Year of High School Football Coming on JTV

JTV Sports will return with presentations of High School Football this year. This will be JTV's 19th year of consecutive coverage of varsity athletics throughout Jackson County. JTV Sports | August 5th, 2019 | JTV Sports Staff JTV Sports’ nineteenth season of High School Football coverage begins at the end of this month. Since JTV began coverage of High School Sports in 2000, nearly 50,000 high school student-athletes have appeared in over 3,000 games telecast on JTV.   JTV offers complete game coverage, as well as programs like The Locker Room, Aspen One-Hour Football Show, Thursday Night Hoops and other specials. JTV has earned the distinction of being “The World Leader in Local High School Sports Television.” Each week during the regular and post-season, JTV covers 3 to 4 games, with play-by-play and color commentators, instant replays, graphics and several in-game features. Games played throughout the week air Saturday and Sunday in rotation at 1, 3, 7 and 9pm on JTV and JTV.TV. https://twitter.com/JTV_Sports/status/1131249170076098562 JTV’s award-winning sports programming includes online video highlights and features throughout the season on JTV.TV.  Additional content online includes Orthopedic Rehab Specialist Photo Galleries, which last year presented over 15,000 photos from high school games and…

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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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Jackson Native Joins Biggest Hitters in Golf for World Long Drive Tour

Chad Cesarz, a Jackson, Michigan native, has been selected to partake in the Volvik World Long Drive Championship event. The World Long Drive Association is an organization that brings together golf’s longest hitters from around the globe.  JTV Sports | June 10th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Despite having to battle excessive wind conditions Mesquite, Nevada, six hitters became the latest names to punch their ticket into the 2019 Volvik World Long Drive Championship. This included Jackson, Michigan native Chad Cesarz. The Lumen Christi alum will take part in the next Volvik World Long Drive Championship event, which is scheduled to take place August 30th through September 4th. The two day event will be held in Thackerville, Oklahoma, at WinStar Golf Course. "It's pretty exciting to be able to represent Jackson on a stage like this. There are only a few names that come to mind that broke the worldwide sports barrier like this. It means a lot to me because it gets Jackson onto the map, and I'm proud of where I'm from" - Chad Cesarz Originating in 1976, the World Long Drive Association is an organization that brings together golf’s longest hitters from around the globe. Emerging as one…

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Bargesser Steals the Show at D-3 State Track, Field Finals

Lexus Bargesser, lane six, of Grass Lake High School won the 100- and 200-meter dash events at the MHSAA track and field finals Saturday at Jenison High School.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Perhaps aptly named, Lexus Bargesser of Grass Lake High School was in pursuit of perfection on Saturday at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 track and field championships at Jenison High School. The freshman stole the show winning the 100 and 200-meter dash events on a stormy Saturday near Grand Rapids. The state meet was delayed at least three times for thunder and lightning in the area. Bargesser was a bolt of lightning in winning the 100 in 12.56 seconds – a personal best – and the 200 with a time of 25.43 – also her best time ever. She was one of a number of Jackson County athletes who earned medals and all-state honors finishing in the top eight in his/her events. Bargesser was seeded third heading into the 100 final, but got out of blocks quickly and held off fellow Cascades Conference runner Jayden Humphrey of Manchester at the end. “Jayden and I have gone back and…

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MHSAA Division 3 State Track & Field Finals 6-1-19 | Photo Gallery

MHSAA Division 3 State Track & Field Finals from Jenison High School, June 1, 2019.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here. MHSAA Division 3 State Track & Field Finals from Jenison High School, June 1, 2019.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here.

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Track Results: James R. Selby Memorial Track and Field Classic

Track performers again used the James R. Selby Memorial Track and Field Classic as an annual all-star showcase for Jackson-area track athletes. See the best of the best and their numbers here.  JTV Sports | May 29th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– It was an evening that included new personal-best times being set in almost every race. It seemed as though each time the best performance of the James R. Selby Memorial Track and Field Classic had been turned in, a new one arose to take its place. This year’s Selby Memorial Classic was sponsored by Tripp’s Auto Shop and Tripp’s Ceramic Pro, Emmons Service, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Heather Herndon, Hampton Funeral Homes, Aspen One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning and America’s Preferred Home Warranty.   Here are full highlights from Tuesday night's Track & Field classic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfXDNY4YBIg Girls 3,200 Relay top Selby performances: Parma Western, 10:07.47 Ashley Oliver, Maddie Humphreys, Riley Robertson and Alyna Lewis Lumen Christi, 10:21.49 Renae Kutcha, Marcy Rogers, Lily Beebe and Allison Rand Concord, 10:34.28 Bridgette Holton, Jacey Hutchins, Rylee Weeks and Skylar Thompson Manchester, 10:44.08 Mary Bradshaw, Jenna Dodak, Molly Latimer and Alyssa Smith Napoleon, 10:55.29 Emily Smilowski, Katelyn Smilowski, Olivia Darnell…

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