FOUR WEEKS TO TOURNAMENTS - Winter MHSAA Tournaments begin the week of Feb. 13, 2017, with Regionals in Skiing and Districts in Wrestling; and conclude on March 25 at the Boys Basketball Finals.
Interactive brackets are now available for Boys and Girls Basketball on their respective pages on the MHSAA Website.
TWO SIGNIFICANT BOYS BASKETBALL RECORDS AT THE BRINK OF BEING BROKEN - In the next few weeks, two long-time Boys Basketball records in our state could be broken. Powers North Central, with a win on Monday (Jan. 16) over Rapid River, now has won 63 consecutive games dating back to the beginning of the 2014-15 season. If the Jets win their next two games, they could break Chassell's 1956-58 mark of 65 straight wins against Bark River-Harris in a home game on Jan. 27. If for the record, the game will be streamed live on the MHSAA.TV Website.
A feature produced in 1998 by FOX Sports Detroit about the Chassell winning streak is now available for viewing on the MHSAA.TV Website by Clicking Here; or on the MHSAA's YouTube Channel.
Roy Johnston, the long-time coach at Beaverton, enters this week's play with 725 coaching victories in Michigan, three short of the record of 728 by the legendary Lofton Greene of New Buffalo and River Rouge from 1942 to 1984. Johnston could surpass Greene's mark as early as a Feb. 1 home game with Farwell.
Here are the longest winning streaks in the MHSAA Record Book:
- Baseball - 75 - Homer (Opening day 2004 – 6-17-2005)
- Boys Basketball - 65 - Chassell (2-1-56 - 11-23-58)
- Girls Basketball - 78 - Carney-Nadeau (1989-91)
- 11-Player Football - 72 - Hudson (9-20-1968 – 11-22-1975)
- 8-Player Football - 26 – Powers North Central (Entire 2015 and 2016 seasons – Does not include win in last game of 2014 in 11-Player Football)
- Boys Lacrosse - 29 – Birmingham Brother Rice (2008-09)
- Girls Lacrosse - 64 - Okemos (Entire 2009 & 2010 seasons - 3/21/2009 to 5/3/2011)
- Boys Soccer - 31 - Grosse Ile (2002-2003) and East Lansing (2005-06)
- Girls Soccer - 86 - Hudsonville Unity Christian (2005-2008)
- Softball - 80 - Allen Park Cabrini (3-2006 – 4-19-2008)
- Boys Tennis – Dual Meets - 71 - Okemos (1990-97)
- Girls Tennis – Dual Meets - 107 - Traverse City Central (1989-00)
- Girls Volleyball - 192 - Marysville (1996-00)
- Wrestling – Dual Meet Victories - 88 - Grandville (start of 1982-83 season through second dual of 1986-87)
Here are the winningest Boys Basketball coaches in the MHSAA Record Book entering the 2016-17 season (While coaching in Michigan Only - *Active):
- 728-217 - Lofton Greene - New Buffalo (1942), River Rouge (1943-44, 1946-84)
- 718-300 - *Roy Johnston - Yale (1967-68), Howell (1969-70), Beaverton (1975-2016)
- 678-180 - Kurt Keener - Detroit Country Day (1979-2013)
- 650-168 - *Dan Fife - Clarkston ( 1983-2016)
- 639-245 - Paul Cook - Jackson St. John's, Lansing Resurrection, Lansing Gabriels, Lansing Catholic & Lansing Eastern (1949-91)
- 615-303 - Ray Lauwers - Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (1967-09)
- 612- 216 - Bernie Holowicki - Detroit St. Hedwig, Detroit St. Gregory, Detroit DeLaSalle & Detroit Catholic Central (1953, 1956-1994)
- 601-233 - Jim Barker - Utica Ford, Centerline St. Clement, Warren Zoe Christian, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian (1972-09)
TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASS PROCESSING BEGINS AGAIN - We are again accepting and processing requests for Tournament Media Passes. Visit the Credentials Page for more information. During the winter sports season, we will accept applications for new passes until Feb. 13 - the week post-season tournaments begin.
THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS - This Week In High School Sports is available for download from the Home Page of the MHSAA Website every Tuesday by Noon.
BE THE REFEREE - Our weekly feature Be The Referee returns to help you learn more about rules changes and the fine art of officiating. We encourage audio outlets to air this 60-second message as part of the sports or general programming each week, and the text will also be available for print outlets wishing to reproduce the message. Be The Referee can be downloaded each Tuesday by Noon from the Home Page of the MHSAA Website.
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 entries from last week:
Mandate Mania - "In the closing days of the last session of the Michigan Legislature, our public servants introduced many bills that had no chance of passage before the year ended and the bills died. Many of those legislative initiatives were to appease local constituents, and they were merely symbolic gestures."
Transfers - "When it comes to transfers, the staff of the Michigan High School Athletic Association gets lots of advice, but it comes from opposing directions."
You can follow Jack's blog through the home page of the MHSAA Website, or go directly to the blog's archive 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