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Basketball

Girls Basketball Tournament Preview: Cousino is primed for a repeat, as is Pittsford in Class D

 | Tom Markowski

  Warren – Kierra Fletcher carried Warren Cousino to the school’s first state title last season and though Cousino isn’t ranked No. 1 in Class A entering the tournament the Patriots are State Champs pick to repeat. It’s all about the brackets. Let...  

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Basketball

Coach Steve Hall and senior Leonard Silas lead Cass Tech to first PSL title in 19 years

 | Tom Markowski

  Detroit – Leonard Silas wasn’t sure of his abilities two years ago as a sophomore. Thanks to Steve Hall and a re-dedication to the game, Silas has become the leader Hall had hoped he would become. Cass Tech (16-3) hadn’t won a Detroit Public School Leagu...  

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Track and Field

Black History Month: Robert Lynch can't say no to coaching track, helping kids

 | Tom Markowski

Oak Park – Robert Lynch made countless choices throughout his life that have affected the course of his life. He’ll tell you one of the best decisions he made was the one that continues to affect him today. Lynch is the track coach at Oak Park and last season he guid...  

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Basketball

Marcus Gibbs goes on 3-point tear, Cass Tech upsets East English, 73-71, in PSL semifinal

 | Tom Markowski

Detroit – Marcus Gibbs is Detroit Cass Tech’s 3-point specialist and even if he doesn’t do much else what he does has the Technicians playing in their first Detroit Public School League final since 1998. Gibbs’ sixth 3-pointer gave Cass Tech a 72-71 lead and...  

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Basketball

If you want better officials, fans should let them do their job

 | Tom Markowski

    The Michigan High School Athletic Association has sponsored a campaign to entice more individuals, presumably basketball fans, former players and perhaps former coaches, to become a referee. These efforts have not been as successful as those within the MHSAA and...  

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Basketball

Black History Month: Mike Williams of Flint Beecher is a winning coach on the court, and a community leader off

 | Tom Markowski

Flint – At age 40, Mike Williams still has time on his side. When one looks at what he’s accomplished as a coach, Williams has established himself as one of the best in his profession. Flint Beecher has won four of the last five Class C titles with Williams on the be...  

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Multi-Sport

Black History Month: Henry Washington of Detroit coached in five decades, continues to give back to the community

 | Tom Markowski

    Detroit – Henry Washington has been in a teacher in the Detroit area since 1979 and he can’t say for sure when he’ll stop. To most, Washington, who became a member of the 60-and-over crown on Jan. 19, is best-known as a coach and he, at long la...  

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Football

Tom Mach retires after 41 seasons as head coach at Detroit Catholic Central

 | Tom Markowski

  Novi – I don’t remember the first time I met and talked with Tom Mach, one on one, but it doesn’t matter. Except for the gray hair we both have, I’m sure it wasn’t that different than the meeting we had the last time we spoke. Mach is as stra...  

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Basketball

Inconsistency at the free throw could play a role in Beecher's try at a third consecutive state title

 | Tom Markowski

Flint – This season Flint Beecher has lost more games (4) than it did the previous two combined. The Bucs were 26-1 in 2015 and 24-2 last season when they won Class C titles. As is the norm, coach Mike Williams has scheduled a number of games against teams that compete in a h...  

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Basketball

Loyer scores 33 as Clarkston survives a challenge from Wayne Memorial, 73-68

 | Tom Markowski

    Clarkston – Its likely Foster Loyer of Clarkston will be placed in the situation he was confronted with on Monday many more times in his career. The top-ranked Wolves were pushed to the limit by a formidable opponent, unranked Wayne Memorial, and Loyer too...  

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