We've hit a bit of a slow spot with schools out for break and most contests reserved for holiday showcases and the like.
Here are some suggestions if you have some time for some reading between now and the start of 2012.
For most of the last decade, we've heard about the recessing of basketball fundamentals even among elite high school players. Enter Ben Kelso, Marshall Thomas and a number of other Michigan coaches who have pledged to end that trend. Tom Markowski tells us how the Metro Detroit Basketball Coaches Association aims to do so.
Utica-Eisenhower coach Bob Lantzy has been his school's only varsity football coach. He took four teams to MHSAA Finals and this fall became one of only nine state football coaches to win more than 900 games. He has retired after 41 seasons, and Kevin Lozon fills us in on the legacy.
The Holland area has its next big swimming star. Dan D'Addona introduces us to Tabahn Afrik, a freshman at Holland West Ottawa who qualified for the MHSAA Division 1 Finals in two events in his first meet this season.
"Hoosiers" made Indiana's former one-class basketball tournament known on a grander scale. But Indiana went to classes (similar to Michigan's) beginning in 1997-98. Al Lesar tells us how some in the state are attempting to revert to one class.
1. GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING Grand Haven – No. 4 in Lower Peninsula Division 1 – won a key Ottawa-Kent Conference Red dual over No. 2 Jenison, 163-152 – Grand Haven Tribune
2. BOYS SOCCER Rochester Hills Stoney Creek shook up Oakland Activities Association White soccer with a 2-1 win over Royal Oak – Oakland Press
3. BOYS SOCCER Bloomfield Hills moved into first place in the OAA White with its 4-1 win over Farmington, combined with the Royal Oak loss – Hometown Life
4. CROSS COUNTRY The LPD2 No. 5 Pinckney boys and Chelsea girls won Southeastern Conference White jamborees, and Chelsea’s Connell Alford won a high-caliber race with Pinckney’s Evan Loughridge – Livingston Daily Press & Argus
5. VOLLEYBALL Watervliet swept Bridgeman to claim the top spot alone in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Lakeshore standings – St. Joseph Herald-Palladium
6. VOLLEYBALL Division 3 No. 7 Lake City’s MacKenzie Bisballe went over both 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career assists during her team’s sweep of Evart – Cadillac News
7. BOYS SOCCER Coldwater earned coach Ken Delaney his 200th win, 4-0 over Battle Creek Harper Creek – Coldwater Daily Reporter
8. VOLLEYBALL Division 1 No. 6 Temperance Bedford split the first two sets before defeating Dexter in four – Monroe News
9. VOLLEYBALL Division 2 honorable mention Otsego handed Sturgis its first Wolverine Conference defeat, sweeping after winning the first two sets both by two points – Sturgis Journal
10. VOLLEYBALL Carrollton won the second, third and fifth sets to get past Millington and improve to 18-2-3 – Saginaw News