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Vandercook Falls in Five Sets in Regional Volleyball Final

  • November 14, 2019

Kaely Howard, middle, of Vandercook Lake High School returns the volleyball during the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 regional final at Leslie High School.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Two high school volleyball teams with a wait-until-next-year mentality – until recently – met for the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 regional title in Leslie. In the end, the team with the biggest hitter won. Hudson High School defeated Vandercook Lake in five sets, 25-13, 25-18, 12-25, 19-15, and 15-10, at Leslie High School on Thursday night. With the win, the Tigers claimed the school’s first regional title after winning the first district volleyball title in 22 years. Vandercook Lake won its first district title in 35 years in 2018 and repeated this year. Hudson advances to play in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Adrian Madison High School against Monroe Catholic Central at 6 p.m. Vandercook finishes the season at 35-10-4. “These girls have worked hard to get here,” Hudson Coach Shelly Hoard said. “They are good at performing in their roles.” Vandercook Lake Coach Kenny Brokaw said the Jayhawks did not show up until the third set, but proved they were…

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Western Advances to Regional Volleyball Final

  • November 12, 2019

Western High School volleyball player Abi Wilcoxson hits a spike during the MHSAA Division 2 regional volleyball semifinal Tuesday at Onsted High School.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Last week Western High School senior Abi Wilcoxson broke the school record for most kills in a career. On Tuesday, Wilcoxson proved she is more than just a middle hitter on the volleyball court. Wilcoxson and six other seniors led Western to the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 regional volleyball final with a 25-18, 26-24, and 25-13 win over Haslett at Onsted High School. The Panthers will face Lake Odessa Lakewood in the regional final Thursday at OHS. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Lakewood was ranked No. 2 in a coach’s poll just before district play began. Wilcoxson got her share of kills in the win, but showed a bit of versatility that most middle hitters don’t have. On one play Wilcoxson went up for a big spike, had it blocked right back to her about waist high, and had the wherewithal to hit the volleyball with her left hand. The ball got past two defenders and landed softly for…

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Four Earn All-State Cross Country Honors

  • November 2, 2019

Lumen Christi Catholic School runners Renae Kutcha (1606) and Faith Smith earned all-state honors in Division 3 at the Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Four local cross country runners earned all-state honors at the Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals held Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. A muddy course led to higher than normal times at the 5,000-meter course. Runners competed in the annual state finals in 40-degree weather and occasional rain. In Division 4, Concord High School runner Skylar Thompson earned all-state honors for a third consecutive year. She finished 14th individually as a freshman and sophomore. Saturday, she finished in 19 minutes, 38 seconds finishing fifth overall. “My goal was to finish in the top seven,” Thompson said. “It was pretty muddy, but not as bad as I though. “During warmup we talked about which side of the course to run on.” In Division 3, three local runners earned all-state honors by finishing in the top 30. Lumen Christi Catholic High School runners Renae Kutcha finished 20th and Faith Smith was 22nd in 19:34 and 19:35 respectively. “I…

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Comets Win State XC Title; Frohm 2nd

  • November 2, 2019

The Hanover-Horton High School boys’ cross country team won the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state title at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Garrett Melling of Hanover-Horton High School made a move two months ago at the Springport Invitational that somewhat surprised Coach Dean Blackledge. He took a step away from the pack and became the leader. The leader-of-the-pack mentality became contagious as everyone wanted to be the king of the hill. The result was a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state title Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. The Comets finished with 146 points to defeat Grandville Calvin Christian (183) and Charlevoix (184). It is the second boys’ state title for Hanover-Horton in three years. “Garrett took a risk by getting out of the pack,” Blackledge said. “Then Andy (Swihart) and Dean (Reynolds) followed. “We didn’t run great today, but we were the toughest team out there who loves to compete.” Two days of rain made for a muddy track at MIS – especially in the final one kilometer. “It was a lot better out there than I thought,” Melling said of the course. “We…

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MHSAA Division 2 Cross Country State Championships 11-2-19 | Photo Gallery

  • November 2, 2019

MHSAA Division 2 State Cross Country Finals, Michigan International Speedway.  November 2, 2019.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here. MHSAA Division 2 State Cross Country Finals, Michigan International Speedway.  November 2, 2019.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here.

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MHSAA Division 2 Regional Soccer: Western, Divine Child, Tecumseh and Melvindale 10-23-19 | Photo Gallery

  • October 24, 2019

MHSAA Division 2 regional soccer Western, Divine Child, Tecumseh and Melvindale.   October 23, 2019.  Meadows Stadium, Novi.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here. MHSAA Division 2 regional soccer Western, Divine Child, Tecumseh and Melvindale.   October 23, 2019.  Meadows Stadium, Novi.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.  To order prints or downloads, click here.

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Western Advances to Regional Soccer Final

  • October 24, 2019

Western High School goalie Michael Herrington makes a save during the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 regional final at Novi on Wednesday.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports Western High School soccer player Cameron Blakemore said when times get tough, the back line for the Panthers has one another’s back. That came in handy on Wednesday. Western built a big lead against Dearborn Divine Child only to see it shrink to one goal in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 regional semifinal at Novi’s Meadows Stadium. The defense held Divine Child scoreless in the second half for a 5-2 win. With the victory, the Panthers will face Melvindale in the regional final Friday for a chance to play in the Division 2 final four. The final is schedules to start at 7 p.m. at Novi. The Panthers built a 3-0 lead in the first 29 minutes of action. But Divine Child scored twice in the final 10:25 of the first half cutting the lead to 3-2 at halftime. “I think we shocked them a little bit by scoring the first three goals,” WHS Coach Scott Watterson said. Marshall Eva of Western…

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Raczkowski, Western Gets Past Marshall Football

  • October 19, 2019

Western High School running back Landon Raczkowski, center, breaks through the line during a game Friday at Marshall High School.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports The University of Southern California made student body left and student body right running plays famous in the late 1960s and 1970s. Western High School invented Landon Raczkowski left and right on Friday against Marshall. It worked as the Panthers defeated the Redhawks 14-13 in a thriller. With the win, Western earns a Michigan High School Athletic Association playoff spot, a 6-2 overall record, and a 5-2 record in the Interstate-8 Conference – good for third place. Marshall falls to 4-4 overall, 4-3 in the I-8. While Raczkowski was carrying the football 46 times, playing quarterback for the first time, and making tackles all over the field, a fresh-face sophomore ended up the hero as time expired for Western. Junior varsity quarterback Nolan Wheeler – just brought up to the varsity level earlier in the week – threw a touchdown pass to Landon French was no time remaining on the clock. The extra point – not automatic for either of these teams – by Clay Falde gave Western the…

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