THE MARCH IS ON - Winter tournaments get started this week on Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 10-11) with the District round of the Team Wrestling Tournament, followed by the District round of the Individual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday (Feb. 13). Next week is the Regional phase of both sports; as well as the District round of Girls Competitive Cheer, and the Upper Peninsula Swimming & Diving Finals. Visit the respective sports pages of the MHSAA Website to track all the action.
FINAL BOTF STOP IN CHARLOTTE FRIDAY - The final stop in this year's Battle Of The Fans Finalists Tour takes place Friday (Feb. 12) at Charlotte. A review of our other finalists visits to Traverse City West, Munising, Muskegon Western Michigan and Yale High School can be found on the Second Half page of the MHSAA Website. This year's winner will be announced on Feb. 19 and honored at the Boys Basketball Class B Semifinals on March 25.
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUE - The Class B scholarship recipients for the MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance, will be announced on Tuesday (Feb. 9). The Class C and D recipients Were announced last week; and the Class A honorees will be unveiled on Feb. 16. Media in the markets of recipients will be notified the day before.
TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASSES CLOSED FOR THE WINTER - With the start of the Winter tournament season, we are closing applications for 2015-16 Tournament Media Passes. Media passes for most Winter individual Final events can be ordered online on the Credentials page. Application forms will generally be posted at the end of Regional activity.
THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS - This Week In High School Sports features Benton Harbor girls basketball standout Kysre Gondrezick, acknowledges our Michigan Army National Guard Performer of the week, passes out two Game Balls, discusses the art of officiating on Be The Referee, and finishes with commentary about a powerful message one coach gave his team about respecting the National Anthem. This Week In High School Sports can generally be downloaded from the home page of the MHSAA Website by Tuesday morning each week.
BE THE REFEREE - Our Be The Referee series offers insights into the world of officiating with MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl. Be The Referee is a part of the program The Week In High School Sports, and is also available as a downloadable 60-second message suitable for radio broadcast and in text on the Be The Referee page of the MHSAA Website. Here is this this week's BTR:
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 throughout the year with his thoughts about high school sports.
Here are Jack's posts from the Week of Feb. 1:
Rush To Ridicule - "We have proven in this state through our Battle of the Fans, a contest conceived by our Student Advisory Council, that cheering sections can be larger and louder by encouraging positive behavior; fun that is also respectful. We prohibit no specific cheers, but we promote positive cheers and the schools where that is the norm."
Where are The Adults? - "Behind the glitz and glamor of major college athletics is a program without, it appears, any rudder but the pursuit of more revenue, and less and less relationship to the educational mission of the sponsoring institutions. I wouldn’t care about this. Except that the best predictor of what may go wrong in school sports is a look at what already has gone awry in college sports."
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.
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