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THREE RIVERS — Ask any opposing coach and they will all agree on one thing regarding the Three Rivers girls basketball team. Guarding the Lady Cats’ Hadley Miller and Kali Heivilin is not very much fun at all. Very few teams on Three Rivers’ schedule were able to keep the Lady Cats’ dynamic duo...
Photo provided by Glen Oaks - Sandra Russell, second from left, represented the Bishop family in presenting the 2020 Jim Bishop Memorial Athletic Scholarship to Glen Oaks basketball players JoMel Boyd, left, and Daniel Hughley III. Glen Oaks basketball Coach David Victor is on right.
CENTREVILLE — Two student athletes at Glen Oaks Community College were recent recipients of the Jim Bishop Memorial Athletic Scholarship for 2019-20. Rickey (JoMel) Boyd, of Anderson, Ind., and Clifford (Daniel) Hughley III, of Winter Park, Fla, both played for the Viking Men’s basketball team in...
MOUNT PLEASANT — Playing time for Dylan Jergens during his freshman year as a preferred walk-on with Central Michigan University’s men’s basketball team was limited to intra-squad scrimmages and serving as player on the Chippewas’ scout team during practice sessions. It was a drastic change for the...
Commercial-News | Scott Hassinger - Mendon High School senior Dakota Ames tours the course in the 2019 St. Joseph County boys’ cross country meet at Rawson’s Kings Mill Park near Mendon.
MENDON — Dakota Ames’ first taste of high school athletics at Mendon High School took place on the football field. But the 6-foot-2, 160-pound Ames, a former wide receiver and defensive back, soon realized he was better suited as a distance runner following a successful track and field season his...
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CENTREVILLE — Centreville High School’s five senior baseball players were looking forward to this season. Under first-year head coach and former varsity assistant Jeff Spencer, the Bulldogs were expected to contend for a Southwest 10 Conference championship and be primed for a postseason tournament...
Photo provided by Three Rivers Athletic Department - Three Rivers High School track and field coaches Josh Bell, far left and James Phillips, far right, pose for a pre-season photo with top returning senior athletes Dillon Cowgill and Hadley Miller.
THREE RIVERS — Normally on a spring day in April, Three Rivers girls’ track and field coach James Phillips would be at Armstrong Field putting the Lady Cats through a late afternoon workout or circulating between events coaching his athletes on meet days. But it hasn’t been a typical spring for...
Commercial-News | Scott Hassinger - Hadley Miller (14) grabs a rebound and starts to head downcourt for Three Rivers in a district semifinal game last month against Niles at Buchanan.
THREE RIVERS — A trio of Three Rivers High School senior athletes proved to be a big hit both on the court and in the classroom during the 2019-20 school year. Three Rivers basketball players Hadley Miller and Carter Minger were selected as Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes by the Basketball...
Commercial-News | Scott Hassinger - Colon senior wide receiver Jonathon West (5) outruns a Morrice defender after hauling in a pass in a 2019 8-Player Division I state semifinal game at Judd Field in Colon. Colon went on to defeat Suttons Bay to win the state championship at the Superior Dome in Marquette a week later. The Magi will move down to 8-Player Division 2 classification for the 2020-21 school year.
EAST LANSING — Classifications for Michigan High School Athletic Association elections and postseason tournaments for the 2020-21 school year have been announced – including football divisions determined preseason for the first time since 1998 – and with enrollment breaks for postseason tournaments...
Commercial-News | Scott Hassinger - A look at one of the completed baseball fields at Armstrong Park in Three Rivers.
THREE RIVERS — Little League programs worldwide are facing the same situation as all other organizations and businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic has put the start of the little league baseball season on hold. “This is unprecedented. We are following the International Little League Rules and will wait...
Photo courtesy of Bob Bales - University of Virginia junior pitcher Blake Bales throws a pitch during a game this season for the Cavaliers. Bales is a former Schoolcraft standout and transfer from Kellogg Community College.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Everything was going great for Blake Bales and his University of Virginia baseball team through the first 18 games of a 55-game regular-season schedule. Bales and the Cavaliers had compiled a record of 14-4, including a six-game winning streak, and had just cracked the Top 25...

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