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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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Albion College to Play Against Michigan State University in Men’s Hoops

Albion College, the 2019 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament champions, will tip off the men’s basketball season with an October 29th exhibition game against Big Ten Champion and Final Four participant Michigan State University. JTV Sports | June 20th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Tip time and any television coverage for Albion College's game against the Spartans will be announced at a later date. In addition to giving Albion a powerful test prior to its November 8th opener at the University of Mount Union- the exhibition also means Albion guards Zachary and Khy Winston will play against their older brother Cassius. Winston was a consensus All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year for Michigan State in 2019. “We have the utmost respect for Head Coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State basketball program,” Albion Head Coach Jody May said. “We are excited for the opportunity to take the floor against one of the top college basketball teams in the country" The MIAA is America’s oldest collegiate conference and Michigan State was a member of the MIAA from 1888-1907 when it was known as Michigan Agricultural College. The Britons and Spartans have played 11 official men’s basketball games, the last two…

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Spring Arbor’s Chris Bauman Named Sports Information Director of the Year

The Crossroads League announced on Tuesday that Chris Bauman from Spring Arbor University had been named its 2018-2019 Sports Information Director of the Year. The award is the first for Bauman, who recently completed his fifth year as the SID for the Cougars. JTV Sports | June 19th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Chris Bauman of Spring Arbor University has been named its 2018-2019 Sports Information Director of the Year. The award is the first for Bauman, who recently completed his fifth year as the SID for the Cougars. Bauman and his department stayed busy throughout the 2018-2019 year, providing critical coverage of the success of multiple SAU teams and student-athletes on the national level. The Cougars won the NAIA Division II National Championship in men’s basketball, were NAIA National Tournament Semifinalists in women’s soccer and secured a pair of individual NAIA National Championships in track and field. Without Bauman, nearly all of the stories that JTV has carried about SAU this year wouldn't have been possible. At least not all of the unbelievable statistics and anecdotes that have been included. “I am incredibly humbled to receive this award,” said Bauman. “I feel the sports information directors in the Crossroads League…

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Northwest Baseball Sweeps Manchester

Northwest's Baseball team swept Manchester in a pair of contests on their Senior night. The Mounties won by tallies of 8-0 and 10-2. This was also their final pair of home contests this year. JTV Sports | May 30th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– Northwest High School's baseball team closed out their home appearances this season in proper fashion, sweeping a pair of contests against Manchester. Not only was it the Mounties final pair of home games for the year, but it was also Senior Night for the program. The Northwest Mounties won the first contest by a tally of 8-0. The second win came more easily, with a final of 10-2. Seniors closing out their playing careers included Dakota Hitt, Gibson Wait, Sawyer Epstein, Brandon Bostwick, and Bailey Bostwick. Gibson Wait pitched seven innings, allowing zero runs on three hits, striking out four and walking one in the first contest. Sawyer Epstein pitched for Northwest in the second game. He allowed one hit and one run over three innings, striking out one and walking zero. Dakota Hitt threw two innings out of relief.  Several Mounties including Connor Schefferly (2), Brandon Bostwick, Bailey Bostwick, and Joe Fredrickson came up…

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Grass Lake Softball Wins Pre-District Over Onsted 10-5

The Grass Lake Warriors Softball team won their pre-district contest against Onsted 10-5. After defeating the Wildcats, the Warriors now advance to district play at noon on Saturday against Manchester. JTV Sports | May 30th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray The Grass Lake Softball team won their pre-district contest against Onsted 10-5.  An early lead gave the Warriors the momentum that they needed for a victory. Kaysey Cook was on the mound for the Warriors. She allowed 4 hits, 5 runs and struck out 10 while only walking 1, per grasslakewarriors.com. Offensively, the Warriors dominated the game with a total of 10 hits including back-to-back home runs by Dana Peterson (3 runs) and Chance Macomber (solo) in the second inning. Macomber lead the offense by going 4-for-4 in the game. After defeating the Wildcats, the Warriors now advance to district play at noon this Saturday (June 1st) against Manchester. For more local sports news and information, you can connect with JTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This article was written by JTV’s Gabriel Schray. He is in his fifth year covering Jackson Area sports and news for JTV. You can connect with Gabriel on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as well.

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Grass Lake Recognizes “Tri-Athletes”

Grass Lake has officially recognized 35 "Tri-Athletes." The Warrior athletes earned distinction for their participation in all three of the high school sports seasons. JTV Sports | May 30th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– Grass Lake has officially recognized 35 students as "Tri-Athletes." They serve as the the inaugural group of three season athletes. The Warrior athletes earned distinction for their participation in all three of the high school sports seasons (fall, winter and spring). As many kids got closer to high school, they begin to narrow the field of their sports participation, some by choice and the natural culling process. Others because someone else thinks it's best. Many now end up playing only one sport. Multi sport athletes see a variety of benefits. These range from fewer overuse injuries, less opportunity for emotional burn-out, exposure to different kids and even exposure to different roles. The two latter being critical skills for the "real world." Playing more than one sport also means kids aren't putting all of their eggs in one basket. Playing only one sport limits student's options.  For their dedication and accomplishment throughout the school year, the Grass Lake students were given a shirt, a patch for…

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

Field 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 Pole Vault top Selby performances: Emalee de La Grange, Parma Western, 9-7 Mariah Skinner,  Parma Western, 8-6 Kaycee Shannon,  Michigan Center, J8-6 Ande Veydt,  Parma Western, J8-6 Elly Trefry,  Michigan Center, 8 feet Clara Rector,    Hanover-Horton, 7-6 T6. Aubry Ashwell,   Grass Lake, 7-6 Madalyn Draper,  Homer, J7-6 Aspen Tapley,  Jackson Northwest, J7-6 Current Selby Meet Record:: Morgan Taylor, Grass…

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James R. Selby Memorial Track and Field Classic

The James R. Selby Memorial Track and Field Classic is today, the annual event serves as an all-star showcase for Jackson-area track athletes. JTV will be on hand to broadcast the event, and you can join us on our website. JTV Sports | May 28th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– The James R. Selby Memorial Track and Field Classic is today, the annual event serves as an all-star showcase for Jackson-area track athletes. Team gather at Withington Community Stadium outside Jackson High School each year at the end of May to see who the best sprinters, distance runners, throwers, jumpers and vaulters. The showcase run of the night will be the girls 800m.  Judy Rector from Hanover-Horton has committed to run at Michigan State and Allison Rand from Lumen Christi has committed to run at Tennessee. UPDATE: Here are highlights from the event https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfXDNY4YBIg This year’s Selby Memorial Classic will be held on May 28th at Jackson High School's Withington Community Stadium. Field events begin at 5:30pm, followed by running events at 6:30pm. Presenting sponsors are 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…

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Torey Higgs signs with Siena Heights

Torey Higgs of Vandercook Lake High School has signed to play basketball at Siena Heights University in Adrian. Higgs will continue his basketball career and education while at the local University. Higgs earned multiple varsity letters while at Vandy.  JTV Sports | May 23rd, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– Another Jackson Area Athlete has signed to play collegiate athletics. Torey Higgs of Vandercook Lake High School has signed to play basketball at Siena Heights University in Adrian. Higgs earned multiple varsity letters while at Vandy, and made huge contributions on the floor for the program. The Jayhawks finished their 2018-2019 campaign with an overall record of 11-10. Their season started hot however. Really hot. The team strung together a 6-1 record to open the year- with their only loss by a margin of a single bucket. Just one year ago the team only won a pair of games, going 2-19. Those days are long gone for Vandercook Lake’s varsity basketball team. This means a lot to the schools. We want our kids to go off to college and better themselves. It's a bonus he gets to play and gets a scholarship. This is also great for our program because…

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