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This Week in the MHSAA - Week of Sept. 22



FIRST FOOTBALL PLAYOFF QUALIFIER COULD BE DETERMINED THIS WEEK - We hit Week 5 of the football season this week with one school - Ishpeming at 4-0 and playing an 8-game schedule - is in a position to become the first qualifier for the MHSAA Football Playoffs if it wins against 3-1 Norway on Friday.  Visit the Score Center daily to catch up on results.  You can become a registered user of our website and submit final scores as well.


UPDATE MEETINGS BEGIN - The series of annual MHSAA UPDATE meetings with school administrators begins on Wednesday (Sept. 24) in Kalamazoo.  Members of the media may attend the luncheon program at no cost, and it's an excellent opportunity to visit with athletic directors and principals from your local schools, as well as MHSAA Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts.  Advance registration is required by contacting John Johnson at 517-332-5046 or  A complete schedule can be found by clicking here.


BATTLE FOR BUTCH HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK'S TROPHY GAMES - Each week, we'll try to highlight in this space trophy games on the schedule in any sport that we're aware of.  Our list of such games has grown to nearly 80 over time, but we know there are many more out there.  Let us know with a quick note to - and let us know the two schools, the name of of trophy and any history you may be aware of.  A photo would be great.

Of all the trophies on the line this week, the Battle For Butch between Beaverton and Gladwin is the most storied because Butch, a toy stuffed dogs on wheels, is believed to be the oldest original trophy still in use.  Butch was created by the student councils of the two schools during the 1937-38 school year and is the prize whenever the only two schools in Gladwin county meet in football and boys basketball.

Here are this week's Trophy Games: 

Football - Butch The Dog, Gladwin at Beaverton, Friday, 7 p.m.
Football - Sugar Bowl, Reese at Unionville-Sebewaing, Friday, 7 p.m.
Football - Red-White-Blue Bell, Whitehall at Montague, Friday, 7 p.m.
Football - Golden Football,  Holton at Hesperia, Friday, 7 p.m.
Football - Isoco County News-Herald & Oscord Press Trophy, Tawas at Oscoda, Friday, 7 p.m.
Football - Cipriano Cup, Dearborn at Dearborn Fordson, Friday, 7 p.m.
Football - Bobcat-Bulldog Award, Ottawa Lake-Whiteford at Petersburg-Summerfield, Friday, 7 p.m.
Volleyball - The Victory Bell,  Ithaca at St. Louis Volleyball, Wednesday, 7 p.m.  (The Victory Bell is on the line whenever the two schools meet in varsity dual competition.  Ithaca took possession last week with a football victory)


MHSAA PERSPECTIVE  – Our weekly audio commentary, MHSAA Perspective, is in its tenth season. The program is available as an mp3 download from the home page of the MHSAA Website, and is posted each Monday morning The program runs four minutes each week, and is sponsored by the Michigan Army National Guard. Over 80 outlets across the state carry Perspective, and the complete list is posted on the Perspective Home Page, along with when the program will air each week.

This week's Perspective:   It's Still A Pig   (Left click to listen, right click to save)  In this edition of Perspective, John Johnson talks about how some people try to dress up old arguments about national travel for high school sports - kind of like putting lipstick on a pig. (4:00)


BE THE REFEREE  - A new feature on the Officials page of the MHSAA Website is Be The Referee, with MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl, an accomplished collegiate official in two sports who umpired the NCAA College World Series in 2014.  Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

The audio messages are formatted for 60 seconds, suitable for broadcast.  The text of Be The Referee will be distributed by e-mail each week, and may be used in print on any platform (print or web) with credit to the MHSAA.  The series will run weekly through the end of the 2014-15 school year.  Here is this week's Be The Referee installment:

- Sept. 22 - Field Goals - Listen - Read


WE'VE GOT HIGHLIGHTS! - Throughout the school year, weekly highlights packages of games produced by MHSAA members involved in the School Broadcast Program will be featured on the home pages of the, and MHSAA.TV Websites.  Here are the games in this week's highlights package (Link is to the entire game on MHSAA.TV):

- Football - Gladstone at Negaunee
- Football - Tawas at Lincoln Alcona
- Boys Soccer -  Corunna at Montrose
- Girls Volleyball - Farwell at Clare

To view all of last week's School Broadcast Program productions, go to MHSAA.TV, click on On Demand on the nav bar of the left side of the page, and on the Filters at the top of next page, click on All States and then select Michigan.  A total of 45 events ranging from athletics, to student news broadcasts, to school board meetings, were produced last week.

CHECK OUT JACK ROBERTS' BLOG-- MHSAA Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts is the only executive director of a state high school athletic association in the country to blog on a regular basis, and he posts entries on our website every Tuesday and Friday with his thoughts about high school sports throughout the year.  Here are Jack's entries from last week:

Sept. 19  - Membership Growth -  "The less connected that junior high/middle school level programs are to high school programs today, the more problems the high school programs will have tomorrow – including controversies over conduct, confusion over eligibility and problems related to disconnected policies, procedures, philosophies and perspectives."

Sept. 16 - Membership Mentality - "But the most fundamental strategy for recruiting and retaining officials is consistent, ceaseless efforts to improve officials’ working environment. This means improving the assigner-official relationship before events and the sportsmanship at events.  Ultimately, if assigners treat new officials unprofessionally and spectators treat them abusively, we have no chance to increase the numbers and decrease the age of MHSAA registered officials."

You can follow Jack's blog through the home page of the MHSAA Website, or go directly to the current archives page by clicking here.


FRIDAY FOOTBALL OVERTIME -  Back for another season is Friday Football Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit.  The show will on Fridays throughout the season at Midnight, with reairs on Saturday at 11 a.m., and Sunday.  This 30-minute show will be hosted by Mickey York and Rob Rubick, and will feature a highlights from games from around the state, including highlights produced by schools in the MHSAA's School Broadcast Program.


SECOND BATCH OF TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASSES THE THE PRINTER -  The second batch of MHSAA Tournament Media Passes for 2014-15 is now at the printer.  After this batch, we will do fill-in passes once a month until Spring tournaments.

To order additional passes - go back out to the Media Survey form and give us your mailing information and the names.  If you're a first-timer, fill out the entire form.

We know some of you have requested generic passes, but we are avoiding issuing them.  We want the name on the pass to match the person using it.  This is our first step towards going to photo ID in the future.

If you have any questions, contact John Johnson at 517-332-5046 or

Within the next few weeks, we will be using the e-mail addresses submitted through the survey for our regular release distribution.


NEW PSA'S READY FOR DOWNLOAD - We now have posted to the Public Service Announcements page of the MHSAA Website PSA scripts for the Fall Sports Season.  These spots will also be sent to stations on CD's in September.

Video outlets can download Football promotional messages and Officials Recruitment PSA's now from the Public Service Announcements page.  The promotional messages for MHSAA Second Half, Concussion Awareness, and PLAY-Preparation Lasts All Year should be pulled from use.

The Student-Athlete Belief Statement for 2014-15 should be available for download in late September.


SUBMITTING INFORMATION FOR THE MHSAA RECORD BOOK -  When submitting information for the MHSAA Record Book, please remember that some form of documentation is required, and the best forms of documentation are the scoresheet from a game, the season-ending statistics sheet for a season record, and the season-ending stats sheets for each season a young person plays for career marks.  News accounts of a record being set are good backs-ups, but especially for career and season marks, the paper trail is necessary. 

We don't have the staff to chase down potential records.  Please be sure a submission is complete when you contact us. 

HEAD TO THE MEDIA INFORMATION PAGE - The number of calls we get weekly from media members looking for information could be saved by just clicking on the Media Information page of the MHSAA Website.  It is the jumping-off point for everything from credentials to tournament information specifically for the media.  You an also make a quick jump to key information by going to the black box at the bottom of many pages of the MHSAA Website.

Here's a list of important links that will also help you find media information from the MHSAA: 


John Johnson, MHSAA Communications Director

Geoff Kimmerly, MHSAA Media & Content Coordinator