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Past articles by Phil:

Charlotte boys basketball beats Lansing Catholic for third time, wins district title

Charlotte used a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to grab the lead and rally past Lansing Catholic to win a Division 2 district title on Friday. → Read More

Lansing Catholic girls basketball stifles Chelsea to win first regional since 2004

Lansing Catholic's defense held No. 3 Chelsea to 30 points below its season average as the No. 9 Cougars won their first regional title since 2004. → Read More

'Blood in the water': Holt rallies from 20 points down to stun Okemos in district semis

Isaiah Foster's scoring and Carloes Speed's overtime heroics helped Holt pull off an 20-point comeback against Okemos in the district semifinals. → Read More

Kaleb Parrish leads Mason boys basketball past upset-minded Everett in district semis

Mason junior Kaleb Parrish scored 24 points as the Bulldogs held off Everett to reach the district championship game. → Read More

Tavion Harden shines for Eastern boys basketball in district victory over Sexton

The Eastern senior scored 24 points, seven in the final 5 minutes, to lead the Quakers past Sexton in the district quarterfinals on Monday. → Read More

Down 10 early, DeWitt's press overpowers Grand Ledge to win district title

Tenth-ranked DeWitt used 17-2 and 16-0 runs in the first half to pull away from Grand Ledge and claim its first district title since 2019. → Read More

Spartan Speak: MSU gets by Maryland, Malik Hall struggles, Ohio State's KenPom ranking

On this week's Spartan Speak podcast, Graham and Chris discuss MSU's win over Maryland, Malik Hall and Sunday's game vs. Ohio State. → Read More

MSU grad DeJuan Jones on cusp of first USMNT appearance after January call-up

The former East Lansing and MSU soccer standout is part of the USMNT January camp once again and could make his first national team appearance. → Read More

"We're not done yet": Camryn Evans' OT goal lifts MSU soccer in NCAA tournament opener

MSU senior Camryn Evans scored the game-winning goal with 5 minutes left in overtime to lead the Spartans past Milwaukee in NCAA tournament opener. → Read More

Spartan Speak: The fallout continues from the MSU-Michigan tunnel skirmish

Five days later, the tunnel altercations between the MSU and U-M football teams continue to leave the rivalry more divided than before. → Read More

Spartan Speak: MSU aims for another twist in Michigan football rivalry

The Spartan Speak crew previews Saturday's game and ponders whether or not MSU can pull off the upset once again over Michigan. → Read More

Spartan Speak: Midseason report card for MSU football

On this week's podcast, Graham Couch and Chris Solari grade out the MSU football team on offense, defense, special teams and coaching. → Read More

Spartan Speak: MSU woes piling up heading into Wisconsin game

Issues are piling up everywhere for the MSU football team in the midst of a 4-game losing streak. Can the Spartans get on track against Wisconsin? → Read More

Spartan Speak: Michigan State finds itself an underdog against Maryland

On this week's Spartan Speak podcast, Chris and Graham discuss Mel Tucker's recruiting and transfer strategy and preview Saturday's Maryland game. → Read More

Spartan Speak: Evaluating Payton Thorne's performance after two games

On this week's podcast, Chris and Graham analyze Payton Thorne's performance through two games, preview the Washington game and answer listener Qs. → Read More

How to watch Michigan State vs. Western Michigan on TV, live stream, betting line

What you need to know to watch Michigan State's season opener vs. Western Michigan on Friday. → Read More

Spartan Speak: Michigan State football season predictions

On this week's podcast, Graham and Chris discuss Michigan State's opener against Western Michigan and make their 2022 predictions for the Spartans. → Read More

MSU's Joey Hauser, Malik Hall aspire to share the court together, and at their best positions

For most of last season, MSU's Joey Hauser and Malik Hall split playing time. The goal next year is to play together - at their preferred positions. → Read More

See which former Michigan State players are playing in the NBA Summer League

Six former Michigan State basketball players are participating in the NBA Summer League. Here's when and how to watch them. → Read More

Michigan State volleyball to play home matches at Breslin Center in 2022 — and maybe beyond

The Michigan State volleyball team will play its home matches this season in Breslin Center. It's a move that could become permanent. → Read More