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Mendon Coach represents Michigan

October 3, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Mendon High School’s John Schwartz is one of eight football coaches representing Michigan in a nationwide contest by the publication USA Today.

The “Best Of” contest, which started Monday, is an online-voting event to select the best high school football coach in the country. Every state is represented by a pool of eight coaches, and the field will be narrowed to one coach from each state after voting in the initial round concludes Tuesday.

Schwartz, who has a record of 208 wins and 40 losses over his 24-year tenure in Mendon, is the only coach on the Michigan ballot not from a private school or suburban area.

Regional and national voting rounds take place later in the month. The athletic department of the school whose coach wins the contest will be awarded $2,000.

Voting can be done through a link on the “sports” and “high school” tabs at usatoday.com.

Sturgis Hall of Fame Banquet

September 25, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Tickets for the Oct. 5 Sturgis High School Athletic Hall of Fame banquet are now on sale at the school’s athletic office.

The program will honor inductees Chuck Darby, Patty Griffith Langanis, Erika Melchi Rozema, Marcia Dresser Inman and Teresa Wood Horn.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at Sturgis High School.

More details are available at 659-1536.

2013 Hall of Fame

September 20, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Four entrants into the White Pigeon High School Athletic Department 2013 Hall of Fame will be at the center of festivities next week.

The four incoming members will be recognized prior to the start of next week’s homecoming varsity football game against Centreville. The following day, the members will be honored during a formal induction ceremony at the Klinger Lake Country Club.

The 2013 White Pigeon Athletics Hall of Fame-induction recipients are Don Blanchard, class of 1960; Bev Benne, physical education teacher and pioneer of White Pigeon High School’s women’s athletics from 1968 to 1981; Pete Jarrad, varsity basketball coach from 1969 to 1981; and the 1980 varsity football team, Class C state runner up, and its coaches, Marv Schneider and Pat West.

New athletic rules

September 4, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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.

Sturgis moves to Wolverine Conference

August 15, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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.

Roberts sentenced

August 13, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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.

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