Monthly Archives: November 2006

Wait ’til next year

Lansing Christian and Portland St. Patrick tip off in about six hours in the second of two Class D state semifinals tonight at Breslin Center. But for the rest of mid-Michigan’s teams, there’s already an eye on 2007 and getting … Continue reading

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East Lansing arrives a year early

The mix of talent and youth on East Lansing’s girls basketball team should make it a lock to compete for Class A state titles in 2007 and 2008. But the Trojans are meeting those expectations a year early.

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Miss Basketball strikes again

No disrespect to Frankfort’s Brenna Banktson. She’s an outstanding player. But I’m left somewhat speechless that Banktson won Miss Basketball today over Kalamazoo Loy Norrix’ Cetera Washington or at least Auburn Hills Avondale’s Keshia Hines.

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Sexton basketball update

The Michigan High School Athletic Association ruled last week that Sexton boys basketball coach Carlton Valentine broke three rules over the last year, including recruiting players. But our investigation at the State Journal is not yet done.

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Not your brother or sister’s all-state teams

The first of eight Associated Press fall all-state teams came out this morning. And you’ll notice, mid-Michigan had only one player on the first team and only a handful of honorable mentions (which in reality are fewer since Fulton is … Continue reading

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Girls basketball regionals — brackets and picks

Let me say first that I apologize a regional schedule didn’t appear in the paper today. We’ll do better from here on out. Here’s some bonus coverage to make up for it:

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MHSAA rules on Sexton

I just received a copy of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s ruling on Sexton boys basketball coach Carlton Valentine, who is suspended for a year for recruiting — and according to this report, he also broke two other rules.

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Best of 2006

Every December the State Journal’s prints the top 10 sports stories of the year, as seen (hopefully) by our readers. Now, I’m asking for you’re help in picking them.

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Postseason honors

You’re asking and I’m answering. Here’s my best estimation of when we’ll be releasing various postseason honors:

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What we know about Sexton

In case you missed today’s editions, Sexton boys basketball coach Carlton Valentine has been suspended for a year by his school district for recruiting players. The Michigan High School Athletic Association is investigating to see which players were recruited and … Continue reading

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