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Centreville football looks to continue historic playoff run

When Centreville battled top-ranked Reading in the district finals, the Bulldogs had an opportunity to make program history against the two-time defending state champions. The Bulldogs snapped the Rangers five game winning streak and 12-game playoff winning streak with a 32-14 win. That win marked the program's first district title and set up the Bulldogs for more history. → Read More

Martin football switches cleats for sneakers while preparing for 8-player semifinals

The lone West Michigan football team alive in the Michigan High School Athletic Association 8-player playoffs is Martin. In an attempt to weather the elements that a Michigan winter can provide, the Clippers have spent the majority of their practices inside the school's gym. Martin's practice and game fields are both natural grass, so head coach Brad Blauvelt wanted to keep the players safe from… → Read More

MHSAA announces restart dates for volleyball and swim & diving, no spectators for events

High school volleyball and swimming & diving teams would be able to continue practicing on Monday, Jan 4, 2021, after another pause caused by COVID-19 and questions surrounding the rapid pilot testing program. COVID-19: Find the latest news on the outbreak by visiting the coronavirus pageMore from high school sports:MHSAA announces updated winter sports scheduleThe girls volleyball tournament… → Read More

Michigan State University heads to University of Minnesota in search of first Big Ten win

The Spartans enter their Monday night matchup with the University of Minnesota in unfamiliar territory in the Big Ten standings. Michigan State University was 0-2 in conference play as of the start of Dec. 28, 2020, for the first time since 2006-07 season. MSU Losses:Trice scores 29, No. 9 Wisconsin beats Michigan State 85-76. → Read More

University of Michigan and Michigan State University prepare for rare Christmas Day games

In the storied histories of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University only one game has been played on Christmas Day. Michigan competed in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic in 1997 when they defeated American Puerto Rico, 94-49, on Christmas Day. They also beat Murray State, 76-53 on Christmas Eve in the same tournament. Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard has experience playing on… → Read More

Western Michigan prepares for conference play starting with rival CMU

The Broncos had an abbreviated non-conference slate this year with games against Notre Dame and Trine being canceled. Western Michigan did play five non-league opponents finishing that portion of the schedule 1-4. Broncos sports:WMU football team comes up short in finale, will not receive Bowl bid. Western's lone win came against Adrian a 62-42 victory, which is head coach Clayton Bates' first… → Read More

Western Michigan hockey starting to find footing in Omaha

It was an ugly start to the season for Western Michigan hockey (2-4-1) when they dropped their first three games, two of which they gave up a combined 18 goals, but after regrouping as a team, the Broncos have found their footing in week two getting points in three of four games. Western Michigan hung tough with top-ranked North Dakota in a 6-3 loss on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. The Broncos started… → Read More

Michigan State unveils "Gruff Sparty" logo for their showdown with Penn State

The Michigan State University Spartans will have new logo on their helmets when they take the field Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, against Penn State. It's an ode to a familiar face. The new helmet featured a "Gruff Sparty" logo on the side for the first time. The Spartans have had numerous logos on their helmets from the blocked 'S,' different Spartan logos and even just a stripe down the middle. → Read More

Livers senior leadership guides the Wolverines early success

Summer 2020 was unclear as to what jersey former Kalamazoo Central star Isaiah Livers would wear. After his junior season at Michigan ended prematurely due to COVD-19 canceling the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA tournament, Livers wanted to test the NBA waters and declared for the NBA draft in late March. However, Livers withdrew his name from the draft in July and elected to return to Ann… → Read More

Western Michigan hockey falls to St. Cloud State on last-minute goal

Six freshmen made their college hockey debuts for Western Michigan against St. Cloud State on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The Broncos held a lead after two periods, but two goals in the final period propelled the Huskies to a 4-3 win in the season opener. Broncos netminder Brandon Bussi exited the game midway through the second period with a lower body injury. → Read More

Michigan High School Athletic Association hopeful to resume fall 2020 sports in December

The Michigan High School Athletic Association said they hope2020 fall tournaments in would continue as soon as a three-week pause ordered by the Michigan health department ends. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Nov. 15, 2020,anew epidemic order by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services would sideline sports for the next three weeks. The new order will take effect on Wednesday, Nov.… → Read More

Gull Lake stuns Holland, Marshall unable to tame St. Joseph

Marshall and St. Joseph kicked off the busy night of soccer at Bulldog Stadium with a goal-filled regional semifinal. The Bears scored three second half goals to take down Marshall. For a season that almost wasn't, the Redhawks made the most of their shortened season. "The guys are upset right now and understandably so" Marshall head coach Hans Morgan said of their 4-1 loss to St. → Read More

Gull Lake blanks Plainwell to capture a district title

An early exit from the 2019 boys soccer district semifinal has fueled Gull Lake soccer since the end of last season and the Blue Devils blazed through the 2020 district round without allowing a single goal, including a 1-0 win over Plainwell. Chances were few and far between in the district final matchup between Plainwell and Gull Lake, but the Blue Devils took advantage of a free kick in the… → Read More

Six months after COVID-19 brought the sports world to a halt, teams are returning to play

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of articles exploring the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan in the six months since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer first declared a state of emergency. Last week: COVID-19 gathering limits still alter entertainment options. Next week: Mythsand truths. Also in the series: What have we learned about COVID-19; andOutbreaks by social group,… → Read More

K-Wings pair host skills competition to raise money for diversifying hockey in Kalamazoo

The off-season for the Kalamazoo Wings was longer than they're used to after COVID-19 shut down the league in March 2020. Over the summer, K-Wings veterans Justin Taylor and Eric Kattelus decided to hold driveway visits to help teach kids hockey fundamentals. Those visits brought joy to not only the kids, but Taylor and Kattelus as well. "It's been a lot fun. → Read More

Portage Central cancels game after coaching staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Portage Central was scheduled to kickoff against East Lansing, but a positive COVID-19 test result from the Mustangs coaching staff forced the game to be canceled. COVID-19: Infectious disease expert weighs in on likelihood of catching COVID-19 a second timeThe game was scheduled to kickoff at 7 p. m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 and would've been the season opener. In other areas of Michigan, a… → Read More

Mattawan soccer prime for a bounce back after early season defeat

There were few teams that entered the 2020 season with expectations higher than Mattawan boys soccer. The Wildcats are coming off a season where they reached the division two semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Forest Hills Northern. They return 12 seniors from last year's semifinal squad in hopes of doing what the 2016 team did: win a state championship. The team's 2020 season… → Read More

More than 20 local officials opt out of 2020 high school football season

Now that the Michigan High School Athletic Association football season is back on, referees face the decision of taking the field, or opting out. The Kalamazoo Officials Association had previously known of seven officials that had opted out before the season was canceled in the first play. With the Sept. 3, 2020, reinstatement of high school sports, and football moving back to the fall, an… → Read More

Northwoods League teams in Kalamazoo complete season free of COVID-19

In June, nobody was certain that the Northwoods League would have any type of baseball in Michigan, but three months later, the South Division of the Michigan Pod completed a two-month season while staying COVID-19 free. Three teams made up of all college baseball players were able to play a two-month season without a single player or coach contracting the coronavirus. Related:Northwoods League… → Read More

Michigan Athletic Department eliminates 21 jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic

In an attempt to reduce the budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Michigan Athletic Department announced they would be eliminating 21 positions within the department. Athletics: Big Ten cancels 2020-21 fall sports season, hopes to play in spring; Pac-12 postpones too. Report: Big Ten becomes second FBS conference to cancel 2020 football season. The athletic department faces a… → Read More