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JAG Looks to Continue Recent Success in Gymnastics

Jackson Area Gymnastics member Alyssa Budd performs during a home meet last season.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (November 27, 2022 8:00 AM) A couple of times a year Napoleon High School athlete Alyssa Budd faces her gymnastics teammates on opposite ends of sporting events. Each time Budd and her teammates from Jackson Area Gymnastics face off, win or lose they shake hands and walk away as friends. Budd if part of a cooperative of gymnasts from Jackson, Lumen Christi, Napoleon, Grass Lake, Northwest, and Concord.  JAG has enjoyed success finishing eighth in the state in 2022 and winning the first state title in gymnastics in 2021.  “There is no drama on this team,” Budd said of the dozen or so gymnastics on the co-op team.  Budd - who plans to compete in six sports this season including volleyball, basketball, powerlifting, gymnastics, track and field and softball - has been one of the stars on JAG. She has won half a dozen all-state medals over the years including finishing fourth in the floor exercise (9.625), 10th in the vault (9.225), and 10th in the all-around (36.1) in 2022.  Fellow senior Jenna Bradley from Lumen…

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Ten Players Earn MHSFCA All-State Football Honors

Derrick Walker (4) carries the ball in the D7 District final win over Homer.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (November 23, 2022 3:37 PM) Ten Jackson County High School players earned first-team all-state honors as voted on by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association members. The area dominated Division 7 with seven players on the offensive, defensive, and special teams.  Concord had three players named to the eight-man all-state football team.  Here are the all-state players:    Division 7 Derrick Walker Lumen Christi Running back Michael Humphreys Napoleon Offensive lineman Jaxon McGuigan Manchester Receiver Max Gamez Napoleon Defensive lineman Devian Franklin Lumen Christi Linebacker Joseph Hamlin Napoleon Linebacker Jack Pine Grass Lake Defensive back Eight-Man Football Mekhi Wingfield Concord Receiver Collin Thompson Concord Defensive lineman Anthony Evans Concord Athlete

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Napoleon vs Lumen Christi D7 Semifinal Football 11-19-22 | Photo Gallery

Football Napoleon vs. Lumen Christi, MHSAA Division 7 Semifinal at Chelsea, 11-19-2022.   Lumen Christi 20  Napoleon 7.   Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. Football Napoleon vs. Lumen Christi, MHSAA Division 7 Semifinal at Chelsea, 11-19-2022.   Lumen Christi 20  Napoleon 7.   Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.

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Saturday Sideline Report November 12, 2022

Napoleon High School quarterback Grant Bradley recorded more than 100 yards of offense – including this key run – in the Pirates’ 14-7 win over Monroe St. Mary on Friday for the regional title. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. Regional Wins Set up Lumen, Napoleon Football Showdown By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (November 12, 2022 7:01 AM) A strong defensive effort, hard running by Bart Laretz, and surviving a last-second fumble has the Napoleon High School varsity football team saying, “Hello Lumen!” Napoleon defeated Monroe St. Mary 14-7 on the road Friday for its first regional football title in school history. A 7-6 win over Lawton at home has Lumen Christi in another state semifinal next Saturday at 1 p.m.  The Michigan High School Athletic Association has yet to determine the site of the game.  The two wins guarantee a Jackson County school will advance to Ford Field to play in the Division 7 state finals on Nov. 26 at 10 a.m.  Napoleon 14, Monroe St. Mary 7: The Pirates are riding a hot defense throughout the playoffs, allowing only 20 points in three games to win the school’s first regional title in football. Senior linebacker Joey Hamlin said…

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Laretz Hits the Weight Room to Improve in Football, Wrestling

Friday Football Feature  – A kickoff for your weekend high school football  By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (November 11, 2022 10:04 AM) After injuring his knee during the 2021 football season, Napoleon High School running back Bart Laretz hit the weight room to gain weight and improve his overall speed. Oh, to be young again. The proof that strategy worked out showed up this season as Laretz has ran for 1,789 yards and 13 touchdowns through 11 games. His rushing total breaks the school record held by Troy Allen from 1994 with 1,765 yards.  In 2021 Laretz rushed for more than 700 yards on half of the carries. “I gained 40 pounds and got quicker … which helps tremendously,” Laretz said. “As a team we hit the weight room a lot.” But something happened in those weight room workouts … the team became closer and set goals to become better. “We came from being a young group to one that wants to win badly,” Laretz said. “We came from being 2-7, 1-6, and 6-3 (the three previous seasons).” NHS Coach Derek Shell said Laretz will be the first one to talk about his line. “We have come a long way…

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Saturday Sideline Report November 5, 2022

Lumen Christi's Kadale Williams (5) grabs one of his two interceptions and gained 57 return yards in the District Final against Hudson. Titans Hold Hudson Scoreless in D-7 District Final By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (November 5, 2022 7:00 AM) For a second consecutive week, the Lumen Christi Catholic High School faced a high-scoring offense. For the second week in a row, their opponents left scratching their heads wondering how to score against the Titans. Lumen Christi defeated Hudson 35-0 at home on Friday, advancing to the regional final against Lawton. The Titans will host the game in a yet-to-be-determined time and date. Hudson had scored 44 or more points in six of its first 10 games of the season heading into the district final. The Tigers finish the season with a 9-2 record.  In the district opener the Titans held Homer to seven points.  Lumen Christi took a 21-0 halftime lead thanks to a pair of touchdowns by Derrick Walker (10 and 5 yard runs) and a 26-yard touchdown run by quarterback Joe Lathers. Short-yardage specialist Devian Franklin scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter and Lathers added his second touchdown on a 3-yard run to start…

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