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This Week in the MHSAA - Week of Nov. 17

THREE TOURNAMENTS CONCLUDE THIS WEEK -  It's Finals Week in three MHSAA Tournaments:  The Eight-Player Football Finals are Friday (Nov. 21) at Greenville; the Girls Volleyball Finals run Thursday through Saturday (Nov. 20-22) at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, with Quarterfinals on Tuesday (Nov. 18); and the Preliminaries and Finals in Lower Peninsula Girls Swimming and Diving are Friday and Saturday at three locations.  It's also Semifinal Week in the Eleven-Player Football Playoffs with 16 games taking place Saturday.

Visit the Football Page of the MHSAA Website to game dates and starting times.  Head to the Volleyball Page of the MHSAA Website for brackets.  The Swimming & Diving Page of the MHSAA Website will have Psych Sheets and live results.

Tournament information on all Fall sports can be found on the Media Information page of the MHSAA Website.

In the meantime, four more sports begin practice for the Winter sports season this week - Girls Basketball, Girls Competitive Cheer, Upper Peninsula Bowling and Swimming & Diving.  Ice Hockey and Girls Gymnastics practices began in the last two weeks.  Next week, Boys Basketball, Wrestling and Skiing get underway; and Lower Peninsula Boys Swimming & Diving begins workouts Thanksgiving week.

 

EVERYONE MUST APPLY FOR FOOTBALL CREDENTIALS THIS WEEK - It doesn't matter if it's the Eight-Players or the Eleven-Player Tournament, or if you you still don't know if your team is going to qualify or even if you already have an MHSAA Tournament Media Pass for 2014-15 -- YOU MUST APPLY IF YOU INTEND TO COVER THE FOOTBALL FINALS.

We've expanded the Big 4 to the Big 5 to include the Eight-Player Tournament so we can account for seating at Legacy Field.  If you show up unannounced, we may not be able to provide working accommodations for you.

The deadline for the Eight-Player Final is Wednesday (Nov.19) at 4 p.m., and the Eleven-Player Final is next Monday (Nov. 24) at 4 p.m.  We want everyone to apply for the Eleven-Player Finals this week so we can UPS passes out to you in time - THERE IS NO PRESS WILL CALL AT EITHER FOOTBALL FINALS VENUE.

Wednesday at 4 p.m. is also the deadline for applying for passes for the Girls Volleyball Semifinals and Finals and the L.P. Girls Swimming & Diving Preliminaries and Finals if you need a credential for someone who does not already have an MHSAA Tournament Media Pass for 2014-15.

You can get to all of the applications for the above-mentioned sports on the Credentials Page of the Website.

For Semifinal Football games on Saturday, deal exclusively with the tournament manger at the venue.  Do Not Call The MHSAA Office.  We request that everyone, including Tournament Media Pass holders, cal in advance to arrange for seating if necessary.

 

BROADCASTERS MUST APPLY IN ADVANCE TO COVER TOURNAMENT GAMES -  With team tournaments underway, media outlets wishing to broadcast audio or video of MHSAA Playoff games in any sport, on any platform - over-the-air or internet - or transmit data in real time - live stats or play by play - must apply for permission through the MHSAA office and pay the applicable rights fees as necessary.  If you don't already have an account from previous years, contact us at media@mhsaa.com and we'll get you set up.

For outlets needing to pay rights fees, they must be paid online using a credit card in advance of the event.

Important Football Information - We will start accepting applications late morning on Monday (Nov. 17), after all of the games have been entered into the system.  While getting applications in early is important for planning purposes, just because you got your app in before another local station or called the site first means you'll be granted permission to broadcast or given preferential seating.  In tight seating situations, the MHSAA recommends sites to accommodate the primary station of both participating schools as determined by their respective athletic administrators.  For video originations, the MHSAA and its television partners, FOX Sports Detroit and the NFHS Network, have the first selection of four Friday and two Saturday contests.

 

SUPER STREAMING WEEKEND - The MHSAA.TV website wraps up its Fall coverage this weekend with live video streaming of all of the Semifinals and Finals in Girls Volleyball; the Preliminary and Final Rounds of L.P. Girls Swimming & Diving (the Prelims coverage is new this year); and 12 of Football Playoff games this weekend.

The Eight-Player Football Final between Lawrence and Cedarville will be streamed live on the FoxSportsDetroit.com website, and be shown on FOX Sports Detroit on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Thanksgiving Night at 7 p.m.  It's also the last week of the PrepZone, with four Eleven-Player Football Semifinal games being streamed live.

The MHSAANetwork.com website will carry live audio of all Volleyball Semifinal and Final matches, as well as the Eight-Player Football Final.

Here is this week's streaming schedule (all events live online):

Thursday - Girls Volleyball Semifinals - MHSAA.TV
  • Roscommon/Calumet Quarterfinal winner v. Schoolcraft/Ravenna winner, Class C, 2 p.m.
  • Concord/Monroe SMCC winner v. Unionville-Sebewaing/Brown City winner, Class C, 3:45 p.m.
  • Battle Creek Harper Creek/AA Gabriel Richard winner v. Lake Odessa Lakewood/GR Forest Hills Eastern winner, Class B, 5:30 p.m.
  • North Branch/Cadillac winner v. Dearborn Divine Child/Pontiac NDP winner, Class B, 7:15 p.m.

Friday - Girls Volleyball Semifinals - MHSAA.TV

  • Mendon/Battle Creek St. Philip Quarterfinal winner v. Waterford Our Lady/Marine City Cardinal Mooney winner, Class D, 2 p.m.
  • MP Sacred Heart/Leland winner v. Onaway/Stephenson winner, Class D, 3:45 p.m.
  • Mason/Grand Haven winner v. Novi/Lapeer winner, Class A, 5:30 p.m.
  • Farmington Hills Mercy/Romeo winner v. Temperance Bedford/GP South winner, 7:15 p.m.

Friday - L.P. Girls Swimming & Diving Preliminaries - MHSAA.TV

  • Division 1 - Eastern Michigan University, Noon - Diving Prelims to follow
  • Division 2 - Oakland University, Noon - Diving Prelims to follow
  • Division 3 - Holland Aquatics Center, Noon - Diving Prelims to follow

Friday - Eight-Player Football Finals - FoxSportsDetroit.com

  • Lawrence v. Cedarville, 7 p.m.  Delayed cable broadcast on FOX Sports Detroit, Saturday, 4 p.m., and Nov. 27, 7 p.m.

Friday - Eleven-Player Football Semifinals - MHSAA.TV

  • Munising v. Beal City, 7 p.m.

Saturday - Girls Volleyball Finals - MHSAA.TV

  • Class D Final, 10 a.m.
  • Class C Final, Noon
  • Class A Final, 2 p.m.
  • Class B Final, 4 p.m. 

Saturday - L.P. Girls Swimming & Diving Finals - MHSAA.TV

  • Division 1 - Eastern Michigan University, Noon - Diving Prelims to follow
  • Division 2 - Oakland University, Noon - Diving Prelims to follow
  • Division 3 - Holland Aquatics Center, Noon - Diving Prelims to follow

Saturday - Eleven-Player Football Semifinals on FoxSportsDetroit.com PrepZone

  • Muskegon Mona Shores v. Farmington Hills Harrison, Division 2, 1 p.m.
  • Muskegon Catholic Central v. Harbor Beach, Division 8, 1 p.m.
  • Lansing Catholic v. Almont, Division 5, 1 p.m.
  • Boyne City v. Ithaca, Division 6, 2 p.m.

Saturday - Eleven-Player Football Semifinals on MHSAA.TV - All games 1 p.m. unless noted

  • East Kentwood v. Clarkston
  • Saline v. Detroit Cass Tech
  • Warren DeLaSalle v. Southfield
  • Muskegon v. Zeeland West
  • Orchard Lake St. Mary's v. New Boston Huron, Division 3
  • Grand Rapids South Christian v. Edwardsburg, Division 4
  • Lansing Sexton v. Detroit Country Day, Division 4
  • Menominee v. Grand Rapids West Catholic, Division 5, 11 a.m.
  • Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian v. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
  • Ishpeming v. Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary, 2 p.m.
  • Pewamo-Westphalia v. Detroit Loyola

To watch the live action on MHSAA.TV, you can purchase a Day Pass for $9.95, or a Month Pass for $14.95. The games will become available for free On Demand viewing three days after they are played.

 

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:   Something To Play For (Left click to listen, right click to save)  In this week's edition of Perspective, John Johnson talks about how in high school sports, there's something to play for every day.    (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:

- Seven-Person Mechanics - Listen - Read

 

WE'VE GOT HIGHLIGHTS - IN A WHOLE NEW PLACE! - Highlights of MHSAA Tournament contests shown live on MHSAA.TV are generally available the same day for free On-Demand viewing.  Go straight to MHSAA.TV to watch.  Here are a few clips from the past week:

  • Broken Play - Big Gain - On fourth down, Monroe St. Mary quarterback Bruce Windham nearly turns a broken play into a TD when his pass to Travis Vuich is caught, giving the Falcons a first a goal. SMCC converted on the next play and defeated Jackson Lumen Christi, 27-26.

  • Big Reds Strike First - Chippewa Valley took the opening kickoff and scored on its first possession, with D'Angelo Washington capping the drive with an 11-yard TD run. Detroit Cass Tech came back to win this Division 1 Regional Final, 48-35.

  • 84 Yards For 4th TD - Mike Weber gets his 4th TD for Cass Tech on an 84-yard run in the third quarter. The Technicians posted a 48-35 decision over Chippewa Valley to advance to the Division 1 Semifinals.

  • Slater Wins Long Rally - DeWitt jumped out to an early lead against Ann Arbor Huron. A long rally ends with Madison Slater delivering a big hit for the Panthers. Huron won this set, 25-14.

  • Richmond Helps Jumpstart Bulldogs - Mason went on a 14-5 run to begin the fourth set against Portage Central. Here's Kaycee Richmond with a point during that streak.

  • Adams Puts Dogs In Final - Erica Adams comes up with the kill on match point to send Ravenna's Bulldogs into the Class C Regional Final.

  • Carey Quick Kill - Here's a great outside hit by McKayla Carey for a Morley-Stanwood point in the second set against Shelby.

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:

Nov. 14  -  The Fun Factor - "My experience with school-age young people is that what they seek most from sports participation is fun and friends. More sophisticated research from many sources consistently has affirmed my less formal findings."

Nov. 11  - Representative Governance - "Throughout most of the MHSAA’s history, there has been a nearly equal balance of superintendents, principals, athletic directors and others on the 19-member Representative Council. However, in recent years the balance has shifted decidedly toward athletic directors, as superintendents have become increasingly occupied with keeping school districts afloat financially and principals are increasingly consumed with demonstrating improving student test scores."

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.

 

FOOTBALL FRIDAY OVERTIME -  It's the final show of the season on Friday for Football Friday Overtime on FOX Sports Detroit.  The show will air on Friday at Midnight, with reairs on Saturday at 11 a.m., and Sunday.  

  

TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASSES UPDATE -  To order passes - go 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 will do fill-in passes once a month until Spring tournaments.

If you have any questions, contact John Johnson at 517-332-5046 or john@mhsaa.com.

 

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
john@mhsaa.com

Geoff Kimmerly, MHSAA Media & Content Coordinator
geoff@mhsaa.com