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MHSAA Changes to Soccer, Basketball and More for 2019-2020

  • May 10, 2019

JTV Sports | May 10th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– The Michigan High School Athletic Association is tweaking the basketball playoff system following their May 5th and 6th meeting. Several changes are being made at the district level. Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, girls and boys basketball and soccer will employ a seeding process to place the top two teams in every District on opposite sides of that bracket, guaranteeing those two teams could not play each other before the District championship game. The district pairings will be set two weeks before the postseason begins. Teams not seeded first or second will be randomly placed in the district bracket. "The addition of seeding at the District level in basketball and soccer and multiple adjustments to the process used to select the playoff field for 11-player football were among the most notable actions taken by the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association during its annual Spring Meeting, May 5-6 in Gaylord," said the beginning of the press release by the MHSAA. Read the full details on the changes to High School Football here The two teams to be seeded in each District will be determined using…

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MHSAA Changes to HS Football for 2020

  • May 10, 2019

JTV Sports | May 10th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– The Michigan High School Athletic Association is tweaking the high school football playoff system. Beginning in the fall of 2020, a team’s strength of schedule will be the main factor in whether a school is in or out of the 256-team playoff field. Schools will now be rewarded, even if they lose, for playing against a quality opponent. This format also will have predetermined divisions, meaning a school will no longer have to wait for the Sunday selection show following the games of Week 9 to know which division it will be in for the playoffs.  https://twitter.com/JTV_Sports/status/1126538501414096900 "The addition of seeding at the District level in basketball and soccer and multiple adjustments to the process used to select the playoff field for 11-player football were among the most notable actions taken by the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association during its annual Spring Meeting, May 5-6 in Gaylord," said the beginning of the press release by the MHSAA. The MHSAA also voted to reduce the amount of full-contact football practice from a maximum of 90 to 30 minutes per week. This also included drastically reducing the…

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Pirates Host Cardinals in Baseball

  • May 10, 2019

JTV Sports | May 10th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– The Michigan Center Cardinals Varsity Baseball team traveled to Napoleon, Michigan to face off with the Napoleon Pirates on May 8th, 2019. The teams came into the contest with records of 17-2 (Cardinals) and 16-0 (Pirates). The teams split the double header. The first match went to Michigan Center. The Cardinals bested the Pirates by a tally of 9-8 after ten innings of play. In the second contest, the Pirates came away with a win. After six innings the final score was 3-1. "We have a group of seniors that have been with us for four years," said Napoleon's Head Coach Jeff Mohr. "They're a great group of kids. They set the tone in the off-season. Worked hard. Lifted." As of today, Michigan Center's record is 17-3. Head Coach Jerry Slack, in his 15th year coaching High School sports, is very optimistic about what is coming down the stretch. Napoleon now stands at 18-2 on the season. The Pirates’ recent success comes from their tight-knit roster and a pitching rotation that allows them to stay in any game they play. â€śOur pitching is our biggest strength,” said Mohr. “They are…

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Spring Arbor University has 5 named to All-Crossroads Team

  • May 10, 2019

JTV Sports | May 10th, 2019 | Chris Bauman Spring Arbor, Michigan– The Spring Arbor University baseball team has been honored with five selections to the All-Crossroads League teams, the league office announced on Thursday. Seniors Chris Triplett, Conner Lengerich and Duncan Patterson were selected to the all-league team while Lengerich also was awarded a Gold Glove. Earning Honorable Mention recognition was junior Gavin Harris and sophomore Evan Lorey. Triplett, a four-year starter, capped off his outstanding career by earning his first all-league honor. After receiving honorable mention honors a season ago, the senior shortstop enjoyed his best season as a Cougar in 2019, setting career-highs in every offensive category. He led the team in batting average (.377), hits (66), runs scored (53), home runs (10) and stolen bases (25) while also ranking top-three in the Crossroads League in each of those category. His 10 home runs were the most by an SAU player since 2009 when Eric Vojkofsky belted 12. Over his career, Triplett has played in 188 games, which is tied for the eighth-most in the program's 56-year history. He established a new SAU career record with 50 hit-by-pitches, and he now ranks second all-time in runs scored (167) and stolen bases (69). After missing almost…

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Conley Named All-Crossroads League

  • May 10, 2019

JTV Sports | May 10th, 2019 | Chris Bauman Spring Arbor, Michigan– Spring Arbor University senior Cameron Conley closed out his outstanding career by earning his first All-Crossroads League selection, as announced by the league office Wednesday. Conley becomes Spring Arbor's first all-league performer since the 2014-15 season when Cody Lysher secured the honor. The Grand Ledge, Michigan product put together a spectacular campaign in his final season with the Cougars. He placed in the top-three in a total of three events, including one runner-up finish, and recorded the best scoring average of his four-year career, posting a team-leading 74.6 in 18 rounds played. His season-low round was a five-under par 67 he fired at the Lou Collins Memorial Classic at Bedford Valley Golf Club in the fall, which tied the program's all-time record set by SAU Hall of Famer Roy Adair in 2001 at the same course. Conley has either ranked first or second on the team in scoring average in each of his four seasons. He has 10 career top-10 finishes and eight career top-5 finishes. Conley's name litters the SAU record book. Along with sharing the program's best 18-hole score, he holds the third-best 36-hole score (142) and the fifth-best 54-hole…

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5th for Women, 8th for Men at Crossroads League Championships

  • May 10, 2019

JTV Sports | May 10th, 2019 | Chris Bauman Spring Arbor, Michigan– The 2019 Crossroads League Track & Field Championships, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University, came to a close on Friday with the Spring Arbor University women's team earning a fifth place finish and the men's team placing eighth. The SAU women accumulated 59.5 points and the men finished with 29. In total, the Cougars recorded five All-Crossroads League performances, including two league champions as Kyara Black won the high jump and Max Whittredge claimed first in the 800 meter run. Bethel College captured the men's team title with a total of 172.5 points while Indiana Wesleyan ran away with the women's championship, collecting 218.5 points. After finishing third at the league championships in the 800 a season ago, Max Whittredge turned in a personal-best 1:54.28 on Friday to capture his first league title. The 4x800 meter relay team – made up of Deion Feldpausch, Timothy Nelson, Trent Smith and Whittredge – qualified for the NAIA outdoor national championships. The Cougars completed the race in fourth place with an NAIA B standard time of 7:47.55. Zach Lamphere came up just short of earning All-Crossroads League honors. The sophomore finished in fourth place in the 110 meter hurdles with a career-best time…

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