THE MARCH HITS THE FINISH LINE - The final week of the winter sports season is upon us, with only four titles left to determine this week in Boys Basketball. Quarterfinals in the Boys Tournament will take place on Tuesday (March 21), with Semifinals on Thursday and Friday (March 23-24) at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. All of the Quarterfinals and Semifinals - 28 games - can be seen live on MHSAA.tv. On Saturday, (March 25) the Finals take place at the Breslin Center with all four games on FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports GO! All of the Semifinal and Final games can be heard at MHSAANetwork.com, and the Finals will reach a statewide radio audience on the MHSAA Network.
Interactive brackets are now available for Boys and Girls Basketball on their respective pages on the MHSAA Website.
AND THE SPRING IS RIGHT BEHIND - Games in all spring sports (weather permitting) can begin this week.
BRESLIN CENTER MEDIA ADVISORY - There is a lot of construction taking place at the Breslin Center in East Lansing these days. Here's how it affects the media.
All media must enter the building through the SW Harrison entrance (Old Gate C) - the opposite direction of how you used to enter through the Ticket Lobby. Once in the building, your choices to get to the floor are going through the stands, or making a right-hand turn once entering the building and finding your way to the Freight Elevator down near Section 117.
Once you get to the floor, nothing there has changed. You can get back to the working press room through the cut in the North End Zone bleachers.
One other change this year for photographers - no "curling" around the corners of the floor opposite the team benches. All photographers must stay above the top of the MICHIGAN STATE lettering at each end of the floor to keep the corners clear for game officials to do their jobs. This is the same protocol as for MSU games. Your cooperation is appreciated.
MEDIA TOURNAMENT INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE - Our winter collection of media tournament information is now available on the Media Tournament Information Page of the MHSAA Website.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME OUR TEAM GOT TO THE FINALS? - We've got your answer online. Go to the Finals Press Notes page of the MHSAA Website. Scroll to the bottom of that page to find links to the Final Round histories in most dual activity sports.
APPLYING FOR BASKETBALL FINALS CREDENTIALS - Everyone must apply for Basketball Finals credentials - even if you have your Tournament Media Pass. That is how it has always been. We need to know who's coming so we can do seating charts and make other preparations. Football, Basketball and Individual Wrestling are the sports where we need to hear from everyone.
The deadline for applying for the Boys Basketball Semifinals and Finals is 4 p.m. Wednesday (March 22).
You must apply using the appropriate form on the Credentials page of the MHSAA Website.
BROADCASTERS APPLYING FOR BASKETBALL, YOUR DEADLINE IS ALSO WEDNESDAY - If your team reaches the Semifinals, please apply for the Finals at the same time.
Please apply for Semifinal and Final games before 4 p.m., on Wednesday, since press seating is determined that evening. Applications received after that time may be denied.
Video broadcasters are advised that only District and Regional games are available this year, as the NFHS Network and MHSAA.tv will be live streaming all 16 Quarterfinal and 8 Semifinal games in each gender.
THE LAST WEEK FOR 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. This is the last week for the 2016-17 series.
BE THE REFEREE SERIES CONCLUDES - 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. This week will also be the final week of this program for 2016-17.
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:
Making Matters Worse - "The proposal is seriously flawed, and by circumventing the MHSAA Football Committee, its proponents assure it is fatally flawed."
Transfer Culture - "It is rare when a problem of major college athletics doesn’t eventually become a pollutant of high school athletics. A current issue demonstrates the point."
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