By John Johnson
MHSAA Communications Director
For the first time in the history of the MHSAA Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday, all four finalists for both girls and boys from the previous year returned to square off in championship game rematches, with two teams continuing their winning ways.
Here are highlights from Saturday’s action from MHSAA.tv. (Click on the final score to watch the entire game.)
Girls Division 1
Hammer Time - Maggie Hammer led Rockford's effort in the Division 1 Final with five goals, four in the first half, including this shot from a low angle.
Bright Spot For Birmingham - Meryl Feys had four goals to lead Birmingham in the Division 1 Final against Rockford, including this one off a first quarter restart.
Girls Division 2
Pioneers Force Sudden Victory - East Grand Rapids forced the Division 2 Final into the first sudden victory championship game in MHSAA Girls Lacrosse history with about 90 seconds to play in overtime when Lindsay Duca put the ball out in front for Emily Roth to score.
End to End – Stuff to Score - The game-winning sequence for Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood against East Grand Rapids begins with junior goalie Brigitte Ballard coming up with a big save. The ball goes ahead to junior midfielder Angelina Wiater, who makes a 75-yard run downfield to wrap around the goal and score the Division 2 game winner.
Boys Division 1
Shamrocks Storm Into The Lead - Detroit Catholic Central scored three straight goals to begin the second half in the Division 1 Final against Birmingham Brother Rice, including two by Brennan Kamish.
Mr. Big Shot Wins It For Rice - The only goal of the fourth quarter was the fourth goal of the game for Cameron Gould of Birmingham Brother Rice, who gave his Warriors the lead and another MHSAA Division 1 boys lacrosse title.
Boys Division 2
The Beast For East - Hub Hejna scored four times for East Grand Rapids in its 11-9 Division 2 Final win over Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central. He tallied two goals in the first quarter after the Rangers got out to a 2-0 lead, the second of those coming on this wrap with a minute to play.
What A Day For Clay - Bryce Clay had a five-goal day for Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central against East Grand Rapids in the Division 2 Final. He gave his team a 2-0 lead in the first quarter with this shot from midfield.
PHOTO: Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood celebrates its first girls lacrosse championship Saturday at Brighton High School.
The addition of limited seeding at the Regional level of the Girls Lacrosse Tournament headlined actions taken by the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association during its Fall Meeting on Dec. 2 in East Lansing.
Generally, the Council takes only a few actions during its Fall Meeting, with topics often introduced for additional consideration and action during its meetings in winter and spring. This Fall Meeting saw the Council take only three actions, with additional discussion centered on topics expected to receive more specific consideration at MHSAA sport committee meetings this winter and the Council’s meetings in March and May.
The Council approved a Girls Lacrosse Committee proposal to seed the top two teams in every Regional, and place those top seeds on opposite sides of the bracket beginning with the 2023 season. The two teams to be seeded will be determined by using the MHSAA’s Michigan Power Ratings (MPR) formula, which takes into account success and strength of schedule and is used currently to provide seeding information in boys lacrosse, girls and boys basketball, girls and boys soccer, and ice hockey. Only the top two teams in girls lacrosse will be seeded and separated; the other teams in each Regional will be placed on their brackets by random draw.
The Council also approved a Boys Lacrosse Committee recommendation that will allow athletes to participate in up to five quarters per day between teams at multiple levels – for example, varsity and junior varsity – also beginning with the 2023 season. For boys lacrosse multi-team tournaments, if two school teams (for example, the varsity and junior varsity) are at the same event, athletes may play in no more halves or quarters than what is being played by the school’s highest-level team that day. (Example: if the varsity team is playing three 30-minute half games for a total of six halves, a player playing both varsity and JV on the same day can play in six total halves that day.) The “fifth quarter” rule, by allowing athletes to compete on two levels on the same day, is intended to help programs that are otherwise lacking enough participants to field teams at multiple levels.
Taking into account the wintery weather conditions experienced by athletes during the MHSAA alpine ski season, the Council approved a Sports Medicine Advisory Committee recommendation to adopt the “MHSAA Competition and Practice Guidelines for Cold Weather,” which are specific to alpine skiing. The guidelines include a windchill chart and cold standards for ambient temperature. This proposal also was supported by the Ski Committee and will go into effect for the 2022-23 season.
Remaining discussions focused on results from this fall’s Update Meeting survey completed by administrators during the MHSAA’s annual presentations across the state. The Council considered survey data including on questions related to the out-of-season travel rule. The Council also discussed results of a fall survey completed by member school athletic directors and head varsity football coaches concerning ongoing conversations about scheduling and playoff format. Following the Football Committee meeting in January 2023, an ad hoc committee comprised of members of the MHSAA staff, Representative Council, Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA) and Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) will be convened for further discussion on these topics, with their report to be provided to the Council during its March 2023 meeting.
The Fall Meeting saw the appointment of Westland John Glenn athletic director Jason Malloy for a first-two-year term to the 19-person Council, and the re-appointment of Bay City Western principal Judy Cox for a second two-year term. Malloy previously was appointed to finish a partial term as one of the two representatives of member junior high/middle schools.
The Council reelected Scott Grimes, superintendent for Grand Haven Area Public Schools, as its president; and Vic Michaels, director of physical education and athletics for the Archdiocese of Detroit, as secretary-treasurer. Brighton High School athletic director John Thompson was elected Council vice president.
The Representative Council is the legislative body of the MHSAA. All but five members are elected by member schools. Four members are appointed by the Council to facilitate representation of females and minorities, and the 19th position is occupied by the Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.3 million spectators each year.