Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fastest to 1,000 points - is Central Lake's Jasmine Hines the one?

Central Lake's 6-3 sophomore Jasmine Hines picked up her 1000th point on Tuesday in a heartbreaking 55-54 loss to Onaway on Tuesday. Hines, who scored 646 points as a freshman, ended the evening with 36 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocked shots. The millennium mark caused Antrim Review sports editor Michael Smith to pose a question.

In state history among the girls, who was the quickest to 1,000? Jazz, as she is known in Central Lake, got there in her 34th varsity career game.

Wow – fastest to 1,000, huh? I can’t say that I have an answer to that.

As a comparison, Stephanie Hass, who spent her prep career playing ball at Harbor Springs Harbor Light Christian (1998-2001), finished her varsity career with 2,732 points. That's tops in state history. Hass scored 567 in 22 games as a freshman, and 677 as a sophomore in 22 games. Unfortunately, I don’t have a game-by-game breakdown.

As a sophomore, she averaged, 30.77 points-per-game, So she would have needed about 14 games to hit 1,000 point mark. Hass certainly may have done it sooner (she had a 52-point game as a sophomore). Hass finished her career with 642 in 21 games as a junior, then 846 in 22 as a senior. She then took her game to Saginaw Valley State.

At a minimum, it sounds like Hines' is on a "Hass-like” pace. That's exciting! McCabe has her ranked at No. 15 on his annual list of the state's top ball players. Michigan State has already inquired about securing her ability after high school. I'm sure they won't be the last!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hoopfest at MSU's Jenison Field House

March Magic Hoopfest Plays At Jenison Field House
During MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Jan. 26 - No one venue has seen more high school basketball championships in Michigan than Jenison Field House in East Lansing. For 31 years, one of the toughest tickets around was for the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Boys Basketball Finals.

Among the most storied memories in Jenison Field House:
  • "The Shot" - A jumper by Bob Davis that bounced around the rim and finally went in at the final buzzer to give Lansing Everett an 80-79 overtime win against Highland Park in the 1959 Class A Final;
  • The ferocious comeback in the final 45 seconds of the 1972 Class B title match when River Rouge scored the game's final eight points in a 65-64 win over Muskegon Heights - the last of the 12 championships the Panthers won under the state's all-time winningest coach, Lofton Greene;
  • The Game of the Century in 1958 where two future professional stars - Dave DeBusschere of Detroit Austin and Chet "The Jet" Walker of Benton Harbor squared off for the Class A title, which was won by Austin, 71-68; and
  • Three Upper Peninsula teams - Stephenson in Class B, Crystal Falls in Class C, and Chassell in Class D - all winning titles at Jenison Field House in 1956, and all by two points. Two years later, Chassell would win its third straight crown at Jenison, and it was also the last victory in what is still the longest winning streak in boys basketball history in Michigan - 65 games.

The memorable names to have played in the building in Final or Semifinal games includes: Earvin "Magic" Johnson of Lansing Everett; "Marvelous" Mel Peterson of Stevenson; Spencer Haywood and Ralph Simpson of Detroit Pershing; John Sperla of Flint St. Matthew; Jay Smith of Mio; M.C. and Ed Burton of Muskegon Heights; Pete Gent of Bangor; Wayman Britt of Flint Northern; Kimm and Paul Griffin of Shelby; Ernie Thompson of Saginaw; Antoine "The Judge" Joubert of Detroit Southwestern; L.C. Bowen of Benton Harbor; Jim Sarno of Covert; and numerous River Rouge players, including Willie Betts, the only player to ever start on four consecutive championship teams.

Twenty years since Jenison Field House saw its last high school basketball action and 35 years since it last hosted the championships, the building will come alive with yesterday's, today's and tomorrow's players and fans as it is transformed into a hardwood haven again when the inaugural March Magic Hoopfest takes place in conjunction with the MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals at the Breslin Student Events Center, March 26-28.

The March Magic Hoopfest is being conducted in a partnership between the Greater Lansing Sports Authority, a division of the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau; and the MHSAA, with vital support coming from the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Michigan State University. The Hoopfest will cover the 40 thousand square feet of the Jenison Field House floor with a variety of basketball activities for all ages.

"The March Magic Hoopfest will take a great weekend of high school basketball games and help turn the MHSAA Championships into an event which will involve the Lansing area and the thousands of visitors coming to town," said John Young of the Greater Lansing Sports Authority. "If you're coming to the championships, the Hoopfest is a destination to visit before and after the games; and if you're not coming to the games, the Hoopfest is a wholesome, inexpensive, family activity."

"Some of our fans will remember the days when the buzz in the Lansing area each March was the weekend of the high school boys basketball semifinals and finals," said John E. "Jack" Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA. "All of the teams meeting for the opening luncheon and staying downtown across from the State Capitol at the old Jack Tar Hotel; games not only in the Field House, but in the Upper Gymnasium at Jenison, the old Civic Center downtown and at member schools - it was truly a community event.

"The March Magic Hoopfest will build on the excitement of the games for the fans of the participating schools, serve as another focal point of fun for spectators who continue to make attending the championships an annual affair, and involve the Lansing community in a whole new way."

A number of different basketball skills stations will surround the Hoopfest's Center Court area, which will feature youth and wheelchair basketball games. Center Court will also serve as the site of pre-game pep rallies for the participating teams the days of the semifinals. A Hall of History will feature the showing of championship games of years past, life-size photos of finals stars, and display boards from the Hometown Hoops Exhibit from the Michigan Historical Museum.

On the third day of the Hoopfest, a basketball clinic will take place for junior high/middle school students, conducted by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.

The Greater Lansing Sports Authority has committed to conduct the Hoopfest for three years. When the MHSAA Girls Basketball Semifinals and Finals return to the Breslin Center in 2010, the Hoopfest will take place on back to back weekends.

Admission to the March Magic Hoopfest is $2 per person, and fans attending the MHSAA Boys Basketball Semifinals and Finals will be admitted free with their game ticket. The Hoopfest will be open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on March 26 and 27; and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on March 28.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Muskegon's Tony Annese headed to Grand Rapids Community College

It's been rumored for some time. But rumors surrounding Tony Annese and Muskegon football are nothing unique.

But this time, the rumor appears to be true. Mlive notes that Grand Rapids Community College has hired Muskegon High School's Tony Annese to head the state of Michigan's only junior college football team.

The veteran coach leaves Muskegon on a high note. After stepping down from the varsity job at the end of 2007, Annese returned to the helm when school officials had trouble filling the position in a timely fashion. This season's squad made an unexpected run to the MHSAA Division 2 state crown. The title was the school's third gridiron title in five seasons and 17th overall.

Annese leaves Muskegon with a 92-15 mark, while his career total stands five wins shy of 200.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My life began on February 9, 1964.

Those who know me know my love of the printed text.

Among my favorites - magazines.

And among my favorite magazines - Rolling Stone. I now have a lifetime subscription. No idea if Jann Wenner and clan still offer this as an option, but I'm thrilled to own one.

Another favorite, although relatively recent, is Esquire. Subscription is inexpensive. Writing's great. And, it contains my regular favorite feature among all publications.

Titled "What I've Learned," the piece taps into the collective knowledge of those still older than me.

It seems to always contain at least one line that nails my thought pattern.

Here's one from Little Steven (guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, he played Silvio Dante on HBO's The Sopranos):

February 8, 1964, there was not one single rock 'n' roll band in the country. February 9, the Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show. February 10, everyone had one. In the garage. "Garage rock" is traditional rock 'n' roll. If you think of it as the early Stones, you're fine.
My life began on February 9, 1964.
I love that.
When did your life begin?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Michigan's representatives on the list of McDonald's High School Basketball All-American Nominees

It's always fun to check out the kids nominated for McDonald's All-American honors. This is the 32nd year for the boys game, while only the eighth year for the girls. Check out Michigan's selections, as well as the state's alumni. Interestingly, there are 35 guys but only one girl from the Great Lakes State to earn McDonald's All-American honors - can you name her?

Can you name the years when Michigan was represented by more than one player?


The 2009 McDonald's High School Basketball All-American Nominees

Name, High School, City, State
Kimberly Bee, Communication & Media Arts High School, Detroit
Talisha Bridges, Kalamazoo Lox Norrix High School, Kalamazoo
Juanita Cochran, Arthur Hill High School, Saginaw
Sarah Davis, St. Clair High School, St. Clair
Kiah Douglas, Arthur Hill High School, Saginaw
Jourdan Erskine, Saginaw Heritage High School, Saginaw
Demeisha Fambro, Crockett Technical High School, Detroit
Michelle Gaedke, Edsel Ford High School, Dearborn
Emma Golen, Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills
Mariah Gordon, Belleville High School, Belleville
India Hairston, Flint Hamady High School, Flint
Elizabeth Hamlet, McBain High School, McBain
Shaakira Haywood, Plymouth High School, Canton
Jasmine Homles, Communication & Media Arts High School, Detroit
Nya Jordan, Detroit Community High School, Detroit
Rennica Lee Merida, Thurston High School, Redford
Gabrielle Machado, Pontiac Northern High School, Pontiac
Ashara Maxie, Detroit Consortium College Prep High School, Detroit
Kimberly McKinney, Flint Hamady High School, Flint
Chenise Miller, West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield
Amber Moore, Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills
Kelsi Robinson, Plymouth High School, Canton
Jenny Ryan, Nouvel Catholic Central High School, Saginaw
Jessica Schroll, H.H. Dow High School, Midland
Iniqua Snell, Detroit Community High School, Detroit
Faziah Steen, Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills
Briauna Taylor, Livonia Franklin High School, Livonia
Brittany Taylor, Livonia Franklin High School, Livonia
Shareena Taylor, Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills
Samantha Theut , Cardinal Mooney High School, Marine City
Jasmine Thomas, Flint Hamady High School, Flint
Courtney Townsend, Martin Luther King High School, Detroit
Sami Tucker, East Lansing High School, East Lansing
Bethany Watterworth, Lake Orion High School, Lake Orion
Destiny Williams, Benton Harbor High School, Benton Harbor

Name, School, City, State
Eso Akunne, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard High School, Ann Arbor
Douglas Anderson, Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo
Matt Balkema, Warren Cousino High School, Warren
Willie Cruz, L'Anse Creuse High School, Harrison Township
Zach Eddy, Stevensville-Lakeshore High School, Stevensville
Demetrius Ford, Detroit Cody High School, Detroit
Javontae Ford, Forest Hills Northern High School, Grand Rapids
Austin Fowler, Brother Rice High School, Bloomfield Hills
Jordan Fowler, Holly High School, Holly
Michael Fugate, Lakeland High School, White Lake
Holden Greiner, Traverse City St. Francis High School, Traverse City
Austin Harper, Grand Haven High School, Grand Haven
John Hoskins, Warren Connor Creek Academy, Warren
Matt Howe, Gull Lake High School, Richland
Nic Jobe, Ida High School, Ida
Travonn Jones, Hartland High School, Hartland
Donnavan Kirk, Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills
Anthony Manno, Dearborn Divine Child High School, Dearborn
Alex Marcotullio, Warren DeLaSalle Collegiate High School, Warren
K'allante Miller, Oak Park High School, Oak Park
Shane Moreland, Flint Powers Catholic High School, Flint
Jordan Morgan, U of D Detroit Jesuit High School, Detroit
Derrick Nix, Detroit Pershing High School, Detroit
Marshawn Norris, Napoleon High School, Napoleon
C.J. Paquin, Cedarville High School, Cedarville
Jamar Ragland, Detroit Loyola High School, Detroit
Da'Shonte Riley, Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills
Nate Robertson, Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor
Joe Simon, Marquette High School, Marquette
Ben Simons, Cadillac High School, Cadillac
Dion Sims, Orchard Lake St. Mary's High School, Orchard Lake
Thomas Staton, Clarkston High School, Clarkston
Jamie Stewart, Livonia Clarenceville High School, Livonia
James Still, Detroit Community High School, Detroit
Booker Stoudmire, Belleville High School, Belleville
Drew Valentine, Lansing Sexton High School, Lansing
Andrew VanDierendonock, Wyandotte Roosevelt High School, Wyandotte
Korey Vandussen, Zeeland East High School, Zeeland
Shayne Whittington, Lawrence High School, Lawrence

McDonalds Alumni

Tiffanie Shives, 2005, Lansing Christian H.S., Lansing, MI, Michigan State

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, 1977, Everett H.S., Lansing, MI, Michigan State, Los Angeles Lakers*
Tim Andree, 1979, Brother Rice H.S., Birmingham, MI, Notre Dame
Tim McCormick, 1980, Clarkston H.S., Clarkston, MI, Michigan, New York Knicks*
Barry Spencer, 1980, Catholic Central H.S., Redford, MI, Notre Dame
Eric Turner, 1981, Central H.S., Flint, MI, Michigan, Detroit Pistons*
Sam Vincent, 1981, Eastern H.S., Lansing, MI, Michigan State, Orlando Magic*
Antoine Joubert, 1983, Southwestern H.S., Detroit, MI, Michigan
Kevin Smith, 1983, Everett H.S., Lansing, MI, Minnesota
Roy Marble, 1985, Beecher H.S., Flint, MI, Iowa, Denver Nuggets*
Derrick Coleman, 1986, Detroit Nothern H.S., Detroit, MI, Syracuse, Detroit Pistons*
Anthony Pendleton, 1986, Flint Northwestern H.S., Flint, MI, USC
Terry Mills, 1986, Romulus H.S., Romulus, MI, Michigan, Indiana Pacers*
Mark Macon, 1987, Buena Vista H.S., Saginaw, MI, Temple, Detroit Pistons*
Matt Steigenga, 1988, South Christian H.S., Grand Rapids, MI, Michigan State, Chicago Bulls*
Chris Webber, 1991, Detroit Country Day H.S., Detroit, MI, Michigan, Golden State Warriors*
Jalen Rose, 1991, Detroit Southwestern H.S., Detroit, MI, Michigan, Phoenix Suns*
Kenyon Murray, 1992, Battle Creek Central H.S., Battle Creek, MI, Iowa
Jon Garavaglia, 1993, Aquinas H.S., Southgate, MI, Michigan State
Willie Mitchell, 1994, Pershing H.S., Detroit, MI, UAB
Robert Traylor, 1995, Murray-Wright H.S., Detroit, MI, Michigan, Cleveland Cavaliers*
Albert White, 1995, Inkster H.S., Inkster, MI, Missouri
Winfred Walton, 1996, Pershing H.S., Detroit, MI, Fresno State
Mateen Cleaves, 1996, Flint Northern H.S., Flint, MI, Michigan State, Seattle Supersonics*
Shane Battier, 1997, Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, MI, Duke, Houston Rockets
Dane Fife, 1998, Clarkston H.S., Clarkston, MI, Indiana
LaVell Blanchard, 1999, Ann Arbor Pioneer H.S., Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan
Jason Richardson, 1999, Arthur Hill H.S., Saginaw, MI, Michigan State, Charlotte Bobcats
Marcus Taylor, 2000, Waverly H.S., Lansing, MI, Michigan State
Kelvin Torbert, 2001, Northwestern H.S., Flint, MI, Michigan State
Paul Davis, 2002, Rochester H.S., Rochester Hills, MI, Michigan State, Los Angeles Clippers
Anthony Roberson, 2002, Saginaw H.S., Saginaw, MI, Florida, Golden State Warriors*
Brandon Cotton, 2003, St. Martin DePorres H.S., Detroit, MI, Detroit
Olumuyiwa "Olu" Famutimi, 2003, Northwestern H.S., Flint, MI, Arkansas, San Antonio Spurs*
Joe Crawford, 2004, Renaissance H.S., Detroit, MI, Kentucky
Malik, Hairston, 2004, Renaissance H.S., Detroit, MI, Oregon