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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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Napoleon’s Owen ‘Getting Through Life’ Thanks to Sports

  • April 24, 2020

Napoleon High School senior Tyler Owen takes a look at a pitch during a non-conference game in 2019. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (April 24, 2020 8:36 PM) Napoleon High School senior Tyler Owen said that sports helps you get through life. That will come in handy these days. Owen is one of many high school seniors who had his/her career and season cut short due to the coronavirus. School was postponed in March and finally canceled in early April. The Michigan High School Athletic Association canceled all winter tournaments and spring sports a couple of days later. In March, Owen was a day away from joining his varsity basketball team in an MHSAA Division 3 district final at Stockbridge against Leslie. He was a week away from starting practice for his favorite sport – baseball – prior to the cancelation of the season by the MHSAA. “I thought it was going to be a short cancelation and then everything would be okay,” Owen said. “At first it was hard to believe we were going to lose our senior season of baseball.” Owen was part of one of Napoleon’s best baseball teams of all…

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Sayles Learns Perseverance, Mental Toughness Through Athletics

  • April 17, 2020

Napoleon High School student-athlete Katie Sayles, left, talks with Coach Brian Beaman during a bowling match earlier in the year. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (April 17, 2020 5:14 PM) Napoleon High School senior Katie Sayles said she has learned perseverance and being mentally tough through participating in sports at the high school level. Case in point, despite not having the prototypical athletic build, she is a two-time state qualifier in track and field. She finished ninth at the state meet twice – the top eight earn all-state honors – missing out by a couple of inches each time. And when school was canceled for the remainder of the year and Sayles cannot work out in Napoleon’s weight room, she uses a broom and two five-gallon buckets filled with liquid for weight training. Talk about making the best of testing situations. Sayles is one of the many senior student-athletes who had their season and career cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has shut down all of the United States and forced a lot of changes at different levels. But the Napoleon – soon-to-be – graduate has moved on emotionally, already able…

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Anderson Presents Webinar on Importance of Sleep

  • April 9, 2020

Napoleon High School graduate Todd Anderson talks on the importance of sleep for high-performing athletes during a webinar on Thursday.   Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV News. By Jeff Steers JTV News Napoleon High School graduate Todd Anderson wanted to put everyone asleep during a webinar for CG Sports Management on Thursday. That is figuratively not literally. Anderson was a guest host for an hour-long webinar on the importance of sleep for high end athletes. The webinar was called Snooze, You Don’t Lose and more than 300 participated in the webinar. Although the webinar was geared toward high-end athletes, the information was good for everyone in the battle of getting a good night of sleep. His wife, three-time Olympic swimming medalist Katie Hoff, introduced Anderson to the audience. Anderson said he studied the subject as part of his own self-learning. He knows the importance of sleep for optimal performance on the playing fields and pools. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in health studies. He was a walk-on at MSU and eventually started as a fullback. “There is not a lot of information on the subject of sleep,” Anderson said after the webinar. “I looked at studies…

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PGA Schedule Sets up Well for Stuard … If They Play

  • March 25, 2020

Napoleon High School graduate Brian Stuard follows through on a drive during the Rocket Mortgage Classic last year. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (March 25, 2020 6:26 PM) PGA Tour player Brian Stuard will have nearly two months off as the Tour canceled or postponed 11 events following The Players Championship due to the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States. The PGA Tour is scheduled to start up at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. That could play right into Stuard’s hand as Fort Worth is his new hometown and the Rocket Mortgage Classic is the following week. “It sure would be nice to play those tournament (the Charles Schwab Challenge and the Rocket Mortgage Classic) to restart the season,” Stuard said via phone on Wednesday. “I know I will be playing a lot of golf this summer.” But the abrupt break in the Tour – the PGA canceled The Players Championship after round one – was “bizarre” according to Stuard. He heard about the cancelation on Thursday, March 13, after shooting 2 under par in the first round. “It was about 9:45 on Thursday night and I was ready to go…

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Sixteen Earn All-State Bowling Honors

  • March 17, 2020

Jackson High School bowler Caleb Tate selected to Division 1 Second Team.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (March 17, 2020 9:58 PM) Members of the Michigan High School Interscholastic Bowling Coaches Association agree that some of the best high school bowlers in the state reside from the Jackson Area. The coaches voted 16 bowlers as first or second team members. Jackson area bowlers won two team titles and two individual title nearly 10 days ago at the Michigan High School Athletic Association bowling finals at various locations around the state. Northwest High School won the MHSAA Division 2 boys’ team title at Waterford. The Mounties were the No. 2 seeds following qualifying. Northwest defeated Cadillac by 20 pins in the finals. Grass Lake High School easily won the Division 4 boys’ team title in Lansing. The Warriors were the top qualifying team and won three matches for the school’s second boys’ bowling title. East Jackson High School advanced to the final four in Division 4 girls’ team bowling and Manchester made the final four in boys’ Division 4 team bowling. Logan Teubert of Jonesville High School won the MHSAA individual title in Division 3.…

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Three Area Wrestlers Earn State Individual Titles

  • March 8, 2020

Father and son Landon and Mark Raczkowski of Western High School celebrate during the Michigan High School Athletic Association state wrestling finals Saturday at Ford Field.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Grass Lake High School wrestler Trenton Holden said he was getting “gassed” at the end of his matches last season. The junior went out and did something about it. It paid off Saturday. Holden won the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state wrestling title at 160 pounds at Ford Field on Saturday afternoon. He finished the season with a 46-1 record. The Grass Lake junior was one of three local wrestlers earning state individual titles Saturday in the MHSAA finals. Springport wrestler Thomas Potter won the Division 4 title at 152 pounds and Simon Lato of Manchester claimed the top spot at 285 pounds. Holden said following his win over Nick Phillips in the D-4 finals that he changed his regiment this season after getting knocked out of the playoffs in the regional round last year. “I don’t have a training partner, so I had four coaches work with me,” Holden said. “Each one worked with me in a rotation.” That…

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MHSAA Individual State Wrestling Championship Finals 3-7-20 | Photo Gallery

  • March 8, 2020

MHSAA individual state wrestling championships, March 7, 2020. Championship final matches.  Ford Field.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here. MHSAA individual state wrestling championships, March 7, 2020. Championship final matches.  Ford Field.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here.

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MHSAA State Individual Wrestling Championships 3-7-20 | Photo Gallery

  • March 7, 2020

MHSAA state individual wrestling championships, March 7, 2020, Ford Field.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here. MHSAA state individual wrestling championships, March 7, 2020, Ford Field.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here.

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