October 28, 2011
Prep Zone: Pre-District Previews

A total of 272 Michigan high school football teams will begin driving this weekend for one of nine MHSAA state championships next month. And each week through the 11-player semifinals, the MHSAA Network will produce four games to be streamed live on FoxSportsDetroit.com’s Prep Zone.

Here’s a look at this week’s Prep Zone matchups. All kick off at 7 tonight, and all games also will be archived for on-demand viewing at MHSAA.tv.

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October 27, 2011
Ice Man: Skyline's Copp sets football records, leaves legacy

Eventually, Andrew Copp may be best-known as a hockey star. His spot on the USA 18-and-under national team marks him as one of the top junior players in the country. 

But he’ll be remembered as one of Ann Arbor Skyline’s first standout athletes for another sport he simply couldn’t give up.

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October 25, 2011
(VIDEO) Battle Creek All-City Volleyball Tournament

BATTLE CREEK -- Five Battle Creek teams -- Central, Lakeview, Pennfield, Harper Creek and St. Philip -- annually play for the Mick Haley trophy at the All-City Tournament.

St. Philip defeated Lakeview to win this season's event on Oct. 15 at Pennfield High. Highlights are included for all five teams at the invitational, which has been played for 34 seasons.

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October 24, 2011
Inside Selection Sunday: Mapping the Football Playoffs

Sitting on the other side of this process for a number of years, I can admit to occasionally scratching my cynical head over some of the matchups that have come out of Selection Sunday.

How could teams so far from each other play in the same district? Why would two schools in the same town play in different regionals? Are they picking out of a hat at 1661 Ramblewood Drive?

Now, I have answers.

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October 20, 2011
No Damper on this Rivalry

The Ovid-Elsie and Ithaca boys soccer teams play each other at least twice a season as members of the Tri-Valley Conference, and often again during the postseason. Usually those games are meaningful – both regularly are among the best in their league as well as district title contenders.

But a gesture brought on by Wednesday’s seemingly statewide downpour likely will become one of the most memorable moments of this rivalry.

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October 20, 2011
34 Seasons of Volleyball Battles

There’s a good deal of talk that goes around Battle Creek’s volleyball community every fall.  And with a significant amount of talent concentrated in such a small area, there’s plenty to say.  Starting in 1979, the last words for a season often have come at Battle Creek’s All-City Tournament.

Battle Creek Central, Lakeview, Pennfield, Harper Creek and St. Philip played in the 34th All-City on Oct. 15 at Pennfield High. All five schools have won the event multiple times, and St. Philip became the latest champion with a 25-22, 25-5 win over Lakeview in this fall’s final.

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Geoff Kimmerly

Geoff Kimmerly joined the Michigan High School Athletic Association in September 2011 after nearly 12 years as Prep Sports Editor at the Lansing State Journal. His work also has appeared in USA Today and newspapers across the state, and he served as a state voter for The Associated Press.

A native of Frankenmuth and graduate of Michigan State, Kimmerly serves as the MHSAA's Media & Content Coordinator. Have some good high school news to share? Help us tell the rest of the state by e-mailing your story ideas to geoff@mhsaa.com.

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