School athletic programs and other youth athletics in Michigan are now under strict new rules regarding concussions. The new state law requires youth athletes to be removed from games if a concussion is even suspected, and they cannot return until there is clearance from a health professional. The new rules follow recent news about the increasing number of concussions in sports such as football and soccer. The rules, which formally took effect in June, cover all youth sports. Michigan is the 39th state to impose such requirements regarding concussions. The statute also requires that adults involved in a youth athletic activity receive training on sports concussions, and that youth athletes and their parents or guardians receive educational information on sports concussions, so that everyone involved in the sports knows what signs and symptoms to look for, according to Lauren Rowen of the Michigan Department of Community Health. A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head. It can occur in any sport or recreational activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. emergency departments treat more than 173-thousand sports and recreation-related concussions among children and adolescents a year. The highest incidents reportedly occur in boys football and girls soccer. More information from the CDC can be found online at www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/facts.html.
The Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education voted this week to endorse the district’s move to the Wolverine Conference.
The decision means Sturgis High School will join Three Rivers and 10 other schools in the 12-member league starting in the 2014-15 academic year.
With about 3,300 students, Sturgis Public Schools will be the largest in the all-Class-B conference.
A Three Rivers man will serve more than four months in jail after he was sentenced for embezzling funds from the Three Rivers Little League.
Clint Roberts, who was found to have taken more than $14,000 from the league’s account while managing its finances, was sentenced earlier this month by Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman to serve 4 1/2 months in the county jail. Roberts will also be required to pay back the amount of money he stole.
Investigators found Roberts used the money for personal gain.
The term of incarceration was consistent with what Prosecutor John McDonough recommended.
Three Rivers High School will have a neighboring rival in its league in the 2014-15 school year, as Sturgis Public Schools is expected to join the Wolverine Conference.
An invitation requesting St. Joseph County’s largest school district to join the league was extended by conference officials late last week. Sturgis school officials have indicated they intend to accept the offer, and approval by their board of education is the final formality needed.
The addition of the Trojans would make the league an all-Class-B conference and even it out with 12 members.
Sturgis will replace Comstock, which is departing the league after the 2013-14 academic year.
Graduates from two area high schools put on a crowd-pleasing alumni football game over the weekend.
With a full house of more than 3,000 fans looking on, Mendon’s alumni squad topped the host Schoolcraft Eagles, 30-21, Saturday night.
Mendon’s alumni team featured a roster of 50 players, the oldest was Joe Baker, a 1977 graduate who contributed by recovering a fumble. Schoolcraft featured a 42-man roster with its oldest members graduates from the early 1980s.
Mendon cruised to victory thanks to first-half touchdown runs by 1994 graduate Mike Straley and class of ’93 member Trent Allen. Tim Slaughter Jr., from the 1990 class, added a touchdown reception in the third quarter, while Mendon recorded its final score with a 90-yard pass play from 2008’s Brian Baker to 2013 graduate Nick Eberstein late in the third quarter.
The teams will meet again for an alumni-match next summer in Mendon.
An alumni football game between two former St. Joe Valley Conference powerhouses is set to take place this weekend.
An alumni squad from Mendon will challenge an alumni squad from Schoolcraft at 7 p.m. Saturday in Schoolcraft.
Proceeds from the event will benefit athletic departments at both schools.