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Blissfield 9-10s lose in final game

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23rd July

The Blissfield Little League 9-10 year olds lost a tough 8-7 game to good Tecumseh team in the final of the Michigan Little League World Series Saturday.

For more, please see the July 23, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Blissfield Legion Big Leaguers win state title

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23rd July

For the third year in a row, the Blissfield Legion Big Leaguers are state champions, defeating Portage in a hard fought 13-11 thriller.

For the full story, please pick up a copy of the July 23, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Miranda Johnson three-peats in state long jump

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31st May

Whiteford senior Miranda Johnson is for the third time the Division 4 women’ s long jump champion with a leap of 18’6″.  She was also second in the Division 4 100-meter days and is qualified for the 200-meter, though results are not in at this time.

She is seeded first now in the 200 meter finals and was seeded fourth in the 100-meter finals.

Tristan Pizana of Britton Deerfield  placed fourth in the men’s long jump at the state meet.
Sara Goetz placed fifth in the pole vault finals with a vault of 10’6″ for Blissfield.

For the complete story on state track finals, please see the June 4, 2014, edition of The Advance!


Whiteford wins invitational

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20th May

The Whiteford Bobcats  won their own invitational defeating Emmanuel Christian

15-0 in 3 innings then beating Erie Mason 5-1 on May 10. In game one,  Kevin Kaufman was the winning pitcher and Josh Beck had seven RBI’s. Beck went three for four with two

doubles and a single. In game two Troy Diller pitched the win. Colin Lake

and J  Beck both went two for four and Zach Perry went two for three.

5/12/14 Whiteford defeated Sand Creek 13- 10 taking their record to 14-6

with 8 straight wins. Joe Link was the winning pitcher. Josh Beck and Zach

Perry both went 3 for 4 and Troy Diller went 2 for 4. 9 of the 10 Bobcats

Whiteford baseball has picked up several wins with an eight game wining streak over the last two weeks. On May 7 Whiteford defeated Adrian Madison 7-6  Troy Diller was the winning

pitcher and … Read More »


WHS baseball, softball cancelled today

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15th May

Baseball and softball games scheduled between Whiteford and Dundee this afternoon (May 15)  have been canceled due to unplayable field conditions.


Denecker signs to play basketball at U of St. Francis

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13th May

Bilssfield High School senior Claire Denecker will continue her stellar basketball career next fall as a member of the University of St. Francis basketball team in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Denecker will be joining the program that won the 2014 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)  Championship title.

For complete details please check out the May 21 issue of The Advance.



Goetz steps down as volleyball coach

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6th May

The Blissfield Athletic Department announced Sunday that Kilee Goetz is steeping down as head volleyball coach to take a full-time position with the Oakland Elite Volleyball Club in a director role for the 10-14 year old division, joining Eric Lazowki, director for the 15-18 division and Roly Roldan, chief operating officer.

For the rest of the story, please see the May 7, 2014, edition of The Advance.


BASEBALL: May 7, 2014, edition

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6th May

BLISSFIELD

The Blissfield Royals varsity baseball team made it a sweep on the home diamond in Saturday’s Schwyn Invitational, defeating Wyandotte and Adrian. The Royals took game one of the tournament, 5-4 over Wyandotte. They then defeated Adrian 9-8 in an exciting finish.

On Tuesday, April 29, the Royals hosted a double-header against Hillsdale. The Royals swept both games 10-1 and 12-1.

BRITTON DEERFIELD

The Britton Deerfield Patriot baseball team improved their record to 5-5 overall with a 7-3 win over Whitmore Lake early last week.


TRACK: April 30, 2014, edition

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29th April

Britton Deerfield and Blissfield had a busy week in track, while Whiteford was on spring break.

BD/Morenci/Clinton Men

The Britton Deerfield Patriot men’s track team split a double-dual meet April 22 at home on a windy chilly afternoon. The Patriots defeated Morenci but fell to Clinton.

BD/Clinton/Morenci Women

The temperatures may have been chilly, but the Britton Deerfield women’s track team heated up the track April 22 sweeping a double-dual meet with Clinton and Morenci. The Patriots were the overall winner in both the sprint relays. Sophomore Jaymz Gibson was a double-winner in the 400 and 200 meter dash events. Cambria Handy won the shot put and Janessa Handy the long jump. Mariah Gotz won the 100 meter dash. “We are doing really well,” BD coach Bob Beckey said, “with a little better weather we should see some peak performances in the next couple … Read More »



SOCCER: April 30, 2014, edition

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29th April

Another home game for the Lady Royals soccer team and another game with chilly evening temperatures. But the wind and droplets of rain did not appear to faze them as they cruised to a 4-0 shut-out against the Grass Lake Warriors Wednesday at home.

For the complete story, please see the April 30, 2014, edition of The ADVANCE.


BASEBALL: April 30, 2014, edition

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29th April

BLISSFIELD — The Blissfield varsity bats have been swinging non-stop in this past week of Royal baseball action. On prom day Saturday,April 26, the Royals marched onto their home diamond and let the bats fly against the University Liggett Knights. The Royals were led by sophomore Chase Lievens in the first of two against Liggett. Lievens recorded five RBIs in the first match-up en route to a high-scoring 15-10 victory.

Another victory in the second game eluded the Royals as they fell to Liggett 12-9, unable to perform the double-header sweep.

BRITTON DEERFIELD — A three-run homerun by D.J. Gotz in the double-header with Lenawee Christian April 21 put the Patriots on top of the Cougars 7-1.

The Patriots lost the first game 4-2 but came roaring back in the second game defeating Lenawee Christian 7-1.

The Whiteford Bobcats were on spring break last … Read More »



SOFTBALL: April 30, 2014 edition

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29th April

BLISSFIELD

After an impressive 4-0 start to the Lady Royals’ softball season eyes were fixed on the future and how long the impressive season could continue. After dominating victories in previous games the lady Royals were squared up against Tecumseh on Monday the 21st, in a match-up that is always sure to please. The Royals, however, could not continue the early-season win streak and were dropped by the Indians of Tecumseh, 13-3.

BRITTON DEERFIELD

The Britton Deerfield Lady Patriots softball team came up big last week defeating Lenawee Christian in two games. With the two wins, the Patriots have now won three times as many games as they did during the 2013 regular season. After blanking the Cougars 4-0 in the first game, they came back to win the second game 11-10.

Whiteford Bobcats were on spring break last week. For the rest of … Read More »


Estes named BHS head basketball coach

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29th April

By Brad Heineman

It was a rather somber moment when varsity football head coach Ron Estes had made it certain that he would be stepping down as head coach following the Royals’ 2012 season.

Estes had turned around a crumbling football program into one of the best and most successful in school history after taking the reins in the 2002 school year. He went on to lead the Royals to a Ford Field championship berth in the 2007 season, where the Royals would be runner-ups to the state champion Saginaw Nouvel Panthers.

A coach with such talents departing from a sport can be hard to replace. Fans, students, teachers and the community grew to appreciate Estes and his desire to get the best out of his young Royals each year.

Now, after a year designated to and focused on teaching in the high school … Read More »


GOLF: April 30, 2014 edition

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29th April

The Britton Deerfield Patriots traveled Thursday to face Blissfield’s varsity golf squad at Whiteford Valley Golf Course. Both teams performed well with the Royals edging the Patriots, 178-201.


Estes names Blissfield basketball coach

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24th April

Ron Estes was officially named the Bissfield Royal men’s varsity basketball coach today. Estes was formerly the Blissfield Royals varsity football coach from 2002-2012, and led the Royals all the way to Ford Field where one of his teams became a state runnerup. According to Blissfield Athletic Director Steve Babbitt, Estes was the varsitiy basketball coach at Summerfield High School before continuing his teaching and coaching career at Blissfield.  Estes replaces John Vandecaveye who stepped down after after coaching varsity basketball for the last 24 years for the Royals.


Yockey finishes Marathon under three-hour mark

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21st April

Jay Yockey finished the Boston Marathon in 2:53.44.  His goal this year was to finish the grueling 26.2-mile course in under three hours.


Blissfield soccer notches win

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16th April

The Blissfield women’s soccer team hosted the Hillsdale Hornets Wednesday evening.

The home team emerged victorious, with the Royals besting the Hornets 8-1.

For Brad Heineman’s full story and photos, please see the April 23, 2014, edition of The Advance.


BD baseball downs Morenci; Patriot softball team falls

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16th April

The Britton Deerfield men’s baseball team picked up its first win of the season over Morenci 8-1 on April 16.

The Patriot women’s softball team, however, fell to the Lady Bulldogs 10-2.

For the complete stories, please see the April 23, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Royals go one for three in tourney

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16th April

The Blissfield Royals Varsity Baseball squad went one-for-three in the Lena’s Pizza Invitational Tournament Saturday on Blissfield’s home field.

For the complete story, please see the April 16, 2014, edition of The Advance.

 


TRACK: April 16, 2014, edition

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16th April

Whiteford Women

The Whiteford women’s 4×100 relay team remained undefeated last week competing in two meets. The Lady Bobcats placed second of three teams in a meet with Summerfield and Ida April 8. Ida had 71 points while Summerfield scored 35 and Whiteford 27. Thursday the team traveled to Erie-Mason. The Eagles won the meet with 94 points. Whiteford had 46 points and Summit Academy had 41.

Whiteford Men

Whiteford men’s track split a pair of dual meets April 10 at Erie-Mason and lost to Ida and Summerfield on April 8. Whiteford just edged out Summit Academy 62-59 and lost to E-M 95-32.

For the complete results, please see the April 16, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Free meals available April 22

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15th April

Blissfield Presbyterian Church will again be provide meals at no cost to participants on Tuesday, April 22. It will be a hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, and applesauce carry-out meal.  Meals can be picked up at Catering by Liz between 5-6 p.m. on that day or delivery is available.  To request meals please call 486-4738 any time prior to noon on meal day. 

 


April 15 track meets postponed

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15th April

Area track teams will not compete today as the area awoke to a blanket of snow. The Dundee meet, where Blissfield was to compete, has been postponed to May 1. The Britton Deerfield meet at Britton will be run on Thursday. At this time it is not known whether Whiteford will run at Britton Deerfield on Thursday as they already had a track meet scheduled that day at Lenawee Christian High School. Please check back this afternoon for updated information.


BASEBALL & SOFTBALL: April 9 edition

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8th April

BASEBALL ACTION

In TCC baseball action, the Whiteford Bobcats held on for a 3-2 victory over rival Madison last Wednesday.

The Britton Deerfield Patriots were defeated 8-0 by Summerfield.

SOFTBALL ACTION

The Lady Bobcats of Whiteford opened up the softball season winning a double-header against Madison.

For the complete story on the Lady Bobcats’ start to the season, please see the April 9, edition of The Advance.


TRACK: Blissfield and Whiteford; April 9 edition

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8th April

Blissfield and Whiteford men and women competed at a four-way meet April 1 to begin the outdoor track season. Blissfield women dominated the day overall, however Miranda Johnson from Whiteford was the top individual with three first-place finishes and a team victory as part of the winning 4 x 100 meter Bobcat relay team.

Blissfield women won the meet 90-28 over Whiteford. In team scoring for all four teams in the meet, the Lady Royals came out on top. Blissfield had 71, Summerfield 57, Lenawee Christian 24 and Whiteford 22 points.

The Blissfield men’s track team finished second overall at the Summerfield four-way meet April 1.  Summerfield, last year’s Division 4 regional team champion was first with 90 points, Blissfield second with 38 and Lenawee Christian and Whiteford each had 24 points.

For the complete story and photos on this and other track … Read More »


Whiteford cancels games

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27th March

Whiteford High School has cancelled both baseball and softball games scheduled for March 28 against Erie-Mason and March 31 against Morenci due to poor field conditions. As of this time no make-up games have been scheduled.


Detroit Consortium tames Bobcats in Regional final

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12th March

The Whiteford Bobcats, after defeating Clinton in the Regional semifinal Monday, found themselves against Detroit Consortium for the Regional crown Wednesday, March 12, and falling by a score of 91-61.

For photos and the rest of the story, please see the March 19, 2014, edition of The Advance. For the stories on their District title win and their regional semifinal win, please see this week’s Advance, on newsstands now.


1:30 p.m. March 12: Bobcat Regional final still on

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12th March

As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, the Regional final between the Whiteford Bobcat men and Detroit Consortium at Clinton High School is still on, according to Bobcat coach Jim Ross.

The Advance will advise here at www.blissfieldadvance.com if we learn of a change in plans.

 


Blissfield Middle School basketball cancelled today

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12th March

The Blissfield Middle School basketball game vs. Ida for today (Wednesday, March 12) has been cancelled due to weather.


Lady Royals’ journey ends at quarterfinal

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11th March

The mighty Lady Royals ended a spectacular basketball season where they reigned at number-one in the state for Class C for weeks, won their District and Region, but fell Tuesday night 50-47 to Grosse Pointe University Liggett.

It was a tight game all night for the quarterfinal game at Whitmore Lake. First quarter, the Royals trailed by two at 11-9; at the Blissfield was down by one at 20-19. But at the end of the third quarter, the Royals were on top 34-33.

Please see the March 19, 2014, edition of The Advance to read about this game, but don’t miss the story of the Royals’ stellar regional win in the March 12, 2014, edition on newsstands now!


Whiteford men win first round of regionals

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10th March

After a tough first half that found Whiteford leading Clinton by five, the Bobcats blew it wide open in the second half to defeat the Redskins on their own court in the first round of regionals by a score of 82-48.

Whiteford had claimed the District title by defeating Erie-Mason on its home floor by a score of 61-51 Friday night.

For the complete stories on these games, please see the March 12, 2015, edition of The Advance, on newsstands Tuesday!


Royals win women’s regional title; advance to quarterfinal

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6th March

The Blissfield Royals continued their undefeated season Thursday night by winning the regional crown with a dominating 57-25 victory over Detroit Consortia.

The Royals are looking to continue their winning ways in the state tournament next week in Whitmore Lake taking on Grosse Pointe Woods in quarterfinal action Tuesday, March 11. If they win there, it’s on to the Breslin Center for semi finals at Michigan State University, East Lansing.


Men’s basketball District: WHS wins, BHS done

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5th March

The Whiteford Bobcats clawed their way to the men’s District basketball finals Wednesday night, defeating Summerfield 86-49.

The will play for the District crown against Erie-Mason, who beat the Blissfield Royals 65-32. The final begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Erie-Mason High School.


Royal men win first round in Districts

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4th March

The Blissfield Royals men’s basketball team won its opening District tournament round Monday night, defeating the Britton Deerfield Patriots by a score of 79-58 at Erie-Mason High School.

The Royals advance to play Erie-Mason in the semifinal game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. The Whiteford Bobcats enter tournament play, having drawn a bye in the first round, playing Summerfield at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winners will play each other Friday night at Erie-Mason for the District crown.

For the full story on Blissfield’s opening round win, please see the March 5, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Lady Royals win regional semifinal

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4th March

The Lady Royals of Blissfield defeated Manchester on its home basketball court Tuesday night in the regional semifinals after a fourth-quarter rally by a score of 43-31.

Blissfield was up 17-16 at the half, then down 27-25 at the end of the third quarter, but they poured it on in the final stanza for the win.

The regional final is at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Manchester.


Lady Royals win District Crown

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2nd March

The Blissfield Lady Royals captured their second straight district championship title Friday night, Feb. 28, defeating the Lady Patriots of Britton Deerfield on home court by a score of 51-34.

They now move to regional action.

For the complete story, please see the March 5, 2014, edition of The Advance.



Lady Royals to face BD women in District Final

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26th February

In District semi-final action Wednesday night at Blissfield High School, Britton Deerfield and Blissfield emerged as victors. The Lady Royals and Lady Patriots are set to square off in the finals Friday night at Blissfield.

BD earned its way into the finals defeating first-round winner Erie-Mason in the first game of the evening by a score of 55-36.

In the final game of the evening, Blissfield jumped out to a 6-0  lead quickly over Whiteford’s Lady Bobcats., stretching that lead to 19-4 by the end of the first quarter. The final score was undefeated Blissfield 65 to Whiteford’s 29.

For the complete story as well as the District final results, please see the March 5 edition of The Advance.


Blissfield men defeat Ida

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26th February

The men’s basketball team of Blissfield defeated Ida 61-52 on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

See the March 5, 2014, edition of The Advance for the complete story.


Madison downs BD women

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21st February

The Britton Deerfield women’s basketball team fell to TCC foe Madison 50-41 Friday, Feb. 21.

For complete details, please see the Feb. 26, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Lake leading all-time TCC scorer

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18th February

Colin Lake became the all-time leading scorer in the Tri-County Conference Monday evening, Feb. 17, as Whiteford defeated Sand Creek 91-57.

Lake scored 42 points that evening.



#1 Blissfield Royals trounce Erie-Mason

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12th February

In their first game as the number-one women’s Class C basketball team in the state, the Blissfield Royals showed why, demolishing Erie-Mason 68-17 Tuesday, Feb. 11.

The full story will appear in the Feb. 19, 2014, edition of The Advance.

For a special District basketball preview, please see the Feb. 19, 2014, edition of The Advance. To send “Good Luck” wishes to any Blissfield, Britton Deerfield or Whiteford basketball player – women as well as men – please contact Eric May at The Advance, 517-486-2400 by 5 p.m. Friday. Standard ads are just $39.


Blissfield women #1 in state AP basketball rankings

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11th February

The Blissfield women’s basketball team has been named number-one in the state by the Feb. 11 Associated Press  poll, according to Steve Babbitt, Blissfield athletic director.

Coach Ryan Gilbert has coached the women to a perfect 12-0 season as of today (Feb. 11).

Following are the Class C state-rankings from the AP, as provided by Babbitt.

Class C
School (First-place votes) (Record) Points
1. Blissfield (1) (12-0) 65
2. Sandusky (2) (13-1) 61
T-3. Niles Brandywine (1) (14-1) 59
T-3. Reese (15-1) 59
5. Flint Hamady (15-1) 53
6. St. Ignace LaSalle (14-2) 51
7. Carson City-Crystal (14-1) 47
8. Saginaw Nouvel (11-3)        39
9. Gobles (14-0) 32
10. Hemlock (12-2) 27
For a special District basketball preview, please see the Feb. 19, 2014, edition of The Advance. To send “Good Luck” wishes to any Blissfield, Britton Deerfield or Whiteford basketball player – women as well as men – please contact Eric May at The … Read More »



Royals’ win is Vandecaveye’s 300th

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7th February

The Blissfield Royals defeated Columbia Central 59-51 Friday night, Feb. 7. And, in doing so, they gave Coach John Vandecaveye his 300th coaching victory.

For the complete story, please see the Feb. 12, 2014, edition of The Advance.


BD vs Whiteford: Women’s and men’s basketball

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7th February

In a TCC showdown, the Britton Deerfield women’s basketball team traveled to Whiteford and defeated the home team Bobcats 54.43.

When it came to the men, the Bobcats turned the table and defeated the Patriots 76-44.

For details, please see the Feb. 12, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Royal wrestlers win team districts

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6th February

The Blissfield Royals defeated Erie Mason Thursday evening on home mats to win the 2014 Team Districts in wrestling.

Be sure to pick up the Feb. 12, 2014, edition of The Advance to read the full story.


Team Wrestling District postponed until Thursday

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5th February

The MHSAA Team District Wrestling Tournament for today has been cancelled due to weather related travel issues, according to Steve Babbitt, Blissfield High School athletic director.  The Team District will be moved to tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 6).


BHS sports rescheduling: Jan. 29, 2014

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29th January

From the Blissfield athletic director, Steve Babbitt … due to school closings Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 27-29:

The JV / varsity women’s basketball home game scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29 vs. Hillsdale has been rescheduled (for the fourth time) to Monday, February 10.

The JV/varsity basketball games vs. Hudson which were set for Tuesday, Jan. 28 have been rescheduled for Monday February 17. The women will play at home and the men will play in Hudson.


Women’s basketball: Jan. 29, 2014

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28th January

The Whiteford women’s varsity basketball team pulled out a pair of victories over the Clinton Redskins and Erie-Mason Eagles.

The Lady Bobcats came out on top 48-44 against Clinton Jan. 17 and trounced Erie-Mason 48-29 Jan. 21.

For the complete story on these wins as well as the Blissfield-Britton Deerfield women’s basketball matchup, please pick up the Jan. 29, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Blissfield wrestling: Jan. 29, 2014, edition

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28th January

The Blissfield varsity wrestling team hit the mat last Wednesday and muscled its way to a 41-27 victory over Hillsdale.

The Royals also sent a trio of wrestlers to the county all-star tournament Friday at Adrian College. Representing the purple and gold were Noah Nieman, Caleb Bangerter and Dakota Underwood.

For the full story, please see the Jan. 29, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Men’s basketball: Jan. 29, 2014, edition

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28th January

The Whiteford varsity men’s basketball team went 2-1 in their previous three contests. The Bobcats were edged by TCC rival Madison 47-43 Jan. 14. Whiteford responded with back-to-back wins over Clinton 77-52 (Jan. 17) and Erie-Mason 79-64 (Jan. 21).

See the Jan. 29, 2014, edition for the full Britton Deerfield vs Blissfield men’s basketball story, too, as the Patriots defeated Blissfield 60-50.


Blissfield Bowling: Jan. 29, 2014, edition

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28th January

The Blissfield men’s and women’s varsity bowling teams have been finding their winning ways on the lanes recently.

The women’s team posted a pair of wins with a 27-3 victory over Onsted (Jan. 14) and 26-4 win over Columbia Central last Tuesday.

The men’s team came up just short of defeating Onsted (Jan. 14) 17-13 but rebounded for a 17-13 win over Columbia Central last Tuesday.

For the complete story and more photos, please pick up the Jan. 29, 2014, edition of The Advance.



Cancellations: Monday, Jan. 27

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27th January

School was cancelled today (Jan. 27) in Blissfield, Whiteford and Britton Deerfield due to weather.
The Whiteford women’s varsity and junior varsity basketball game scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27 is canceled. No makeup date has been scheduled.

Blissfield Schools Monday, Jan. 27, athletic events – practices and games — are cancelled. The women’s JV and varsity  basketball game vs. Hillsdale for Jan. 27 has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, Jan. 29.

In addition, the Blissfield Athletic Boosters meeting scheduled for Monday night is also cancelled.


Lady Royals prevail for win over Lady Patriots

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21st January

After trailing 32-31 at the end of the third quarter, the undefeated Blissfield Royals women’s basketball team extended their unbeaten streak coming back to down the Britton Deerfield Lady Patriots 52-46 Tuesday night, Jan. 21.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 29, 2014, edition of The Advance.



BD men defeat Royals

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21st January

The Britton Deerfield Patriots defeated the Royals in men’s basketball Tuesday, Jan. 21, 60-50.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 29, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Men’s basketball: Jan. 22, 2014

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21st January

BRITTON DEERFIELD

The Britton Deerfield men’s basketball team picked up a win early in the week against Sand Creek but ended the week on a low note with back-to-back losses against Madison and Addison.

BLISSFIELD

The Blissfield men’s basketball team dropped a pair of hard-fought games last week, falling to Erie-Mason 63-43 and Columbia Central 70-65. Blissfield’s record stands at 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the LCAA.



Women’s basketball: Jan. 22, 2014

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21st January

BLISSFIELD

The Blissfield women’s basketball team has continued its pursuit of perfection with a 3-0 week that included victories on the road against Erie-Mason 59-22 and Columbia Central 44-19 and put the finishing touches on Coming Home week with a win over LCAA rival Onsted 56-34. Blissfield’s record now stands at 9-0 and 5-0 in the LCAA.

BRITTON DEERFIELD

The Britton Deerfield Lady Patriots were handed their first loss of the season Friday evening at the hands of the Madison Trojans 49-45.



BD women remain perfect after defeating Bobcats

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10th January

The Britton Deerfield Lady Patriots remain perfect on the season at 7-0 after defeating the visiting Bobcats of Whiteford Friday night. Both teams had a slow start, but BD emerged victorious 42-29.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 15 edition of The ADVANCE.


Whiteford bests BD men

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10th January

In a TCC showdown, the Whiteford Bobcats dominated the Britton Deerfield Patriots 80-59.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 15, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Blissfield Schools closed again Thursday; events cancelled

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8th January

Blissfield Community Schools will be closed again Thursday due to road conditions after Sunday and Monday’s storm and frigid conditions.

Steve Babbitt, Blissfield athletic director, reported that the JV and varsity women’s basketball game at Columbia Center and the wrestling home quad as well as the freshman basketball game at home set for Thursday have been cancelled.


Wrestling: Jan. 8, 2014, edition

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7th January

The Blissfield wrestling team hit the road for the Dave Elliott Memorial Invitational in Clinton. Despite a strong start, the Royals finished in ninth place, with Manchester taking the top spot for the tournament.

While the Royals were coming off the holiday and break and attempting to shake off the rust as a team, several individual wrestlers for Blissfield had no trouble putting the competition on ice.

Blissfield’s Dakota Underwood

Leading the way for the Blissfield mat men were Cavin Beckey in the 130-pound division and Dakota Underwood in the 215-pound class. Both Beckey and Underwood finished in second place on the day.



Wrestling: Jan. 1, 2014 edition

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2nd January

The Blissfield wrestling team went 2-3 and finished in fourth place at the Sand Creek Tournament Dec. 21. The host Aggies dominated the field to go 5-0 and claim the crown.

For the complete story, please pick up the Jan. 1, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Women’s Basketball: Jan. 1, 2014

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2nd January

“It was an ugly game but a win nonetheless,” Britton Deerfield varsity coach Craig Tanis said of his team’s 52-32 victory over rival Summerfield. The Britton Deerfield Lady Patriots remain undefeated with a 6-0 record.

 

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 1, 2014, edition of The ADVANCE.


Men’s Basketball: Jan. 1, 2014 edition

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2nd January

The Britton Deerfield Patriots defeated the Summerfield Bulldogs 65-52 Dec. 20.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 1, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Bowlers hit the lanes for BHS

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23rd December

The Blissfield men’s and women’s bowling team’s finished with the same scores but on different sides of the win column when they hosted the Madison Trojans Dec. 17. The Blissfield men came up short against Madison 20-10, while the Lady Royals bested the Lady Trojans 20-10.

For the complete story, please see the Dec. 25, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Wrestling: Dec. 25, 2013, edition

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23rd December

The Blissfield varsity wrestling team split its meet with Erie-Mason and Dundee Dec. 18. The Royal mat men topped the Eagles 46-33 before falling to the Vikings 72-6.

For the complete story, please see the Dec. 25, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Men’s basketball: Dec. 25, 2013, edition

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23rd December

BLISSFIELD

The Blissfield varsity basketball squad split a pair of contests last week with a 69-36 victory over the Hudson Tigers, followed by a 68-52 fall to the Dundee Vikings. The Royals’ record now stands at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the LCAA.

BRITTON DEERFIELD

It wasn’t pretty, but the Britton Deerfield Patriots beat the Clinton Redskins 44-41 for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

Whiteford men’s basketball team improved to 2-1 with the opening night of league play Dec. 17. The Bobcats won 59-53 over Tri County Conference rival Summerfield.



Women’s basketball: Dec. 25, 2013, edition

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23rd December

BLISSFIELD

The Blissfield women’s varsity basketball team has continued to steam roll over the competition as they extended their season record to 6-0 and 2-0 in the LCAA. The Lady Royals cruised to a pair of road wins last week as they defeated Hudson 74-25 Dec. 17 and Dundee 58-8 Dec. 20.

WHITEFORD

The Whiteford varsity women’s basketball team remained undefeated in the Tri-County Conference by defeating Summerfield Dec. 17 53-35.

BRITTON DEERFIELD

The Britton Deerfield Lady Patriots move to 5-0 with a league win over Clinton 54-23.

For the complete stories on these games and teams, please see the Dec. 25, 2013, edition of The Advance.



Cheer season begins

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23rd December

The Blissfield varsity competitive cheer squad has hit the mat to open the season with four competitions thus far. The Royals took second place at the Grass Lake Invitational Dec. 7 and Onsted Invitational Dec. 14. Blissfield finished in fifth place at the Ida Jamboree Dec. 12 and at its host tournament Dec. 18.



WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Whiteford vs AA Green Hills

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11th December

The Bobcat women’s basketball team finished out their week with a bounce-back win at home over Ann Arbor Green Hills 58-44 last Friday, Dec. 6.

For more, please pick up the Dec. 11, 2013, edition of The Advance.

 


MEN’S BASKETBALL: Blissfield at Whiteford

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11th December

The men’s basketball season began Tuesday, Dec. 10, for Whitef0rd and Blissfield as the Bobcats hosted the Royals and claimed a 74-52 victory.

For the complete story, please see the Dec. 18, 2013, edition of The Advance.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Blissfield vs Clinton

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11th December

The Lady Royals finished the week in basketball with a 64-19 route of the Clinton Redskins on the road last Friday, Dec 6.

For the complete story, as well as the Whiteford game, please see the Dec. 11, 2013, edition of The Advance.


WRESTLING: Blissfield Invitational

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11th December

The Blissfield wrestling team started its season out with some great individual performances on the mat Saturday at the 13th annual Blissfield Invitational. As a team, the Royals finished in fourth place with 136.5 points.

For the complete story, please see the Dec. 11, 2013, edition of The Advance.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Britton Deerfield defeats Dundee

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5th December

The Britton Deerfield Patriot women’s basketball team rolled to an easy victory over Dundee Thursday, Dec. 5, by a score of 53-18.

Please see the full story in the Dec. 11, 2013, edition of The Advance. The Dec. 11 edition will include the annual Winter Sports Preview featuring the winter athletic teams from Blissfield, Britton Deerfield and Whiteford.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: BHS bests WHS; BD defeats state runner-up

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4th December

Women’s basketball action got started in The Advance coverage area Tuesday, Dec. 3, with positive results for the local teams.

The Lady Royals of Blissfield defeated the Whiteford Bobcats 50-30.

Meanwhile, the Britton Deerfield women’s basketball team kicked off their season with a 35-34 win over last  year’s state runner-up Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 35-34.

For complete sports results on these games and more winter sports competition, please see the Dec. 11, 2013, edition of The Advance.

 


Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run, Wassail Festival Dec. 13 in Blissfield

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27th November

Runners are invited to enjoy the Blissfield Village Christmas decorations and warm up with a hot beverage after the Second Annual Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run Friday, Dec. 13.

The new event was added to Blissfield Village’s Wassail Festival last year and this year will occur on Friday, Dec. 13. The Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run will take off from the beautifully decorated downtown, wind through the village neighborhoods, then end up back downtown for either hot wassail or hot chocolate.

The Wassail Fest is presented by Blissfield Rotary and hosted by Blissfield DDA/Main Street Program. The Hot-Cha-Cha 5K Mug Run aspect is sponsored by the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program and co-sponsored by Blissfield Coney Island and Borchardt Brothers Market.

The runners will actually receive a mug that will enter them into the Wassail Festival’s tour of sites in downtown businesses where competing … Read More »



Lady Bobcats’ state journey comes to an end

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19th November

Starting off on a roll, the Whiteford Bobcat volleyball team continued their winning ways in state playoff action against Auburn Hills Tuesday night, winning 25-19 and 25-9 in the first two sets. But the tide turned in the third set, as the Lady ‘Cats lost a close set 27-25.

After being tied in two sets apiece with a loss in the fourth of 25-17, everything turned on the fifth and final set. Auburn Hills, with a 15-8 win, took the night and advances to semi-finals at Battle Creek.

The Whiteford team has had a stellar season this year, claiming their league title, the District crown and their Regional Championship.

For the full story by on-the-scene Chad Hutchinson, please see the Nov. 27, 2013, edition of The Advance. For a salute to their outstanding performance in the fall 2013 season, please see the Nov. 20 edition which also … Read More »


Bobcat’s state title dreams end in New Lothrop

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15th November

The Whiteford Bobcats’ bid for a state football title ended in New Lothrop as the unbeaten Hornets stung the ‘Cats 58-22 Friday night, Nov. 15 in regional play.

The halftime score was 49-16 with New Lothrop leading. Though Whiteford got the Hornets under control in the second half, holding New Lothrop to nine points, too much scoring damage was done in the first half bringing the Bobcats’ football season to an end a week after the team won the District crown.

New Lothrop advances to the state semi-finals next weekend, just one step from the finals at Ford Field.

 


Lady Bobcats Regional champions in volleyball

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14th November

The Whiteford women’s volleyball team swept Gabriel Richard tonight (Nov. 13) in regional finals to win the region title.

They swept Clinton Tuesday (Nov. 11) in the other part of the two-leg regional.

The Lady Bobcats will face Auburn Hills Oakland Nov. 19 at Whitmore Lake in the next step in MHSAA volleyball playoff action. Auburn Hills Oakland also swept their regional opponents.


Lady Bobcats sweep Clinton in regionals

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14th November

The Whiteford Bobcat women’s volleyball team swept Clinton Nov. 12 in regional play to advance to a 7 p.m. Nov. 14 game against Gabriel Richard as regional action continues.

 


Lady Bobcats District champs

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10th November

It was a good weekend for Whiteford sports. As the school was celebrating its football district championship, the Lady Bobcats came to Blissfield to sweep Erie-Mason in three sets to win the district crown in volleyball.

They will face Clinton Tuesday in the first round of regional play.


DISTRICT FINALS: Whiteford district champs; BD’s season ends

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10th November

The Whiteford Bobcats rolled over the Allen Academy 61-20 Friday to win their District football championship. They move onto regional play this coming weekend. They will play at New Lothrop (11-0) this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Britton Deerfield Patriots met Loyola again in playoffs for the third year in a row. Again, Loyola advances, winning 57-0.


VOLLEYBALL DISTRICTS

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8th November

The Whiteford Lady Bobcats conquered the Britton Deerfield Patriots Monday, Nov. 4, then advanced to play the Blissfield Royals on Wednesday, Nov. 6, winning in a close battle in four sets of nail-biting action. On Saturday, the Bobcats play the winner of the Erie-Mason and Summerfield game at 10 a.m. at Blissfield High School’s gym for the District Title.

 


FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Britton Deerfield wins

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1st November

The Britton Deerfield Patriots took a 6-3 record to 8-1 Hudson Friday night and brought home a 42-28 District 2 win over the Tigers in the Region 4 MHSAA football playoffs.

The Patriots play in the Tri-County Conference. Hudson shared this year’s LCAA league title with Ida and Hillsdale.

BD will face this weekend’s winner of the Melvindale Academy for Business and Technology (5-4)/Detroit Loyola (9-0) matchup. The game will take place either next Friday or Saturday.


FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Whiteford advances

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1st November

The Whiteford Bobcats will host round two of District 2 action in Region 4, Division 8 MHSAA football playoffs after defeating Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 59-6 in opening-round action at Whiteford.

The Bobcats brought a 7-2 record into the game and Parkway Christian brought a 5-4 record.

They will play the winner of the Lenawee Christian School (7-2) Detroit Allen (6-2) game.


FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS; BD at Hudson; Whiteford hosts Sterling Hts. Pkwy. Christian

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27th October

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced high school football playoff district matchups Sunday evening.  Two area Tri County Conference teams’ records earned them play-off bids.
Whiteford (7-2) will play Sterling Heights Parkway Christian ((5-4) in a home game this coming weekend. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Lenawee Christian ( 7-2) and Detroit Allen  (6-2) for the Division 8 district championship.
Britton Deerfield (6-3)  will play in a a cross-county affair as they travel to Hudson most likely on Friday night for the first round in a Division 7 matchup. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Melvindale Academy for Business & Technology (5-4) and Detroit Loyola (9-0) game to advance to the regional championship.


Friday Football: Oct. 25

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25th October

The Whiteford Bobcats gave the Sand Creek Aggies a 54-6 spanking Friday night to earn a share of second place in the Tri County Conference.
The ‘Cats, as well as the Britton Deerfield Patriots, will begin their state playoff quest next weekend. Please check www.blissfieldadvance.com  Sunday night to find out who Whiteford and BD will play as well as exactly when and where. And pick up next week’s Advance for “Destination: Detroit,” a special pullout section of The Advance chronicling the road Whiteford and Britton Deerfield have traveled thus far this season, and the path ahead for this year’s Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs culminating at Detroit’s Ford Field.
The Britton Deerfield Patriots ended the season Friday in a loss to the undefeated Tri County Conference champions Clinton Redskins 41-6. Mistakes and penalties plagued the Patriots who still will play at least one more week … Read More »


VOLLEYBALL: Oct. 23, 2013, edition

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22nd October

BLISSFIELD

The Blissfield varsity volleyball team defeated the LCAA rival Onsted Wildcats at home Oct. 15. The Lady Royals defeated the Wildcats in five sets, 25-18, 19-25, 25-15, 22-25 and 17-15 in an exciting finish that went down to the wire.

Blissfield’s trip to the County Tournament resulted in victories over Britton Deerfield 25-13 and 25-9, Hudson 25-9 and 25-7, and Lenawee Christian 25-16 and 25-14. The thorn in the side of the Royals proved to be the host Maples as they defeated Blissfield in two matches, 18-25 and 15-25 and then 21-25 and 21-25.

BRITTON DEERFIELD

The Britton Deerfield varsity volleyball squad went 1-2 in pool play before losing to host Adrian in the gold bracket of the County Tournament Saturday. The Lady Patriots lost to Blissfield 13-25 and 9-25 and Adrian 17-25 and 12-25 in the first two rounds of pool play, … Read More »



Friday Night Football: Oct. 18 … Playoffs spots for BD and WHS

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18th October

The Britton Deerfield Patriots socked it to the Morenci Bulldogs Oct. 18 to win their berth in the MHSAA football playoffs for the third year in a row. The Bulldogs were also in a must-win situation for a playoff berth. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.,/Melissa Burnor

Big wins from local teams Britton Deerfield, Blissfield and Whiteford Friday night guaranteed both the BD Patriots and WHS Bobcats berths in the 2013 high school football playoffs.

BD stymied the Morenci Bulldogs, who were also hungry for a playoff bid, 56-21, securing the Patriots’ playoff bid for 2013.

Whiteford also turned in big numbers, with a 42-6 victory over Madison, to assure the Bobcats a playoff appearance.

Though Blissfield blanked Onsted 41-0, this will be the first time the Royals haven’t made the playoffs in several years. However, BHS has logged back-to-back wins the last two weeks and won three out … Read More »



Blissfield soccer season ends at district level

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15th October

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity soccer team saw a record-setting season come to a close Monday afternoon, Oct. 14, with a 3-2 loss to Washtenaw Christian in the first round of district competition.

Despite the early departure from districts, the Royals posted a 9-1 victory over Clinton Oct. 7, along with a 2-2 tie with Quincy last Thursday.

The Royals finished the season 11-3-2 to set a new single-season win mark and 7-3 in the ISL for a third-place league finish.

For the full story, please see the Oct. 16, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.


Keelie Cairo Lenawee County’s female cross country champ

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15th October

By Melissa Burnor

Blissfield’s Keelie Cairo is the 2013 Lenawee County cross country women’s champion. Despite being one of the youngest runners on the course, the 14-year-old won the county meet in decisive fashion Saturday morning at Gerber Park. The Blissfield Royal women placed second as a team overall followed by Britton Deerfield. The Tecumseh women won the team scoring. The Britton Deerfield men’s team placed seventh

The entire women’s race belonged to Cairo. She jumped into the lead right from the start, leading the entire 3.1-mile circuit around the park. The race seemed to start quite fast and as a result several runners posted some of their best times of the season.

“I was in the mood to win,” Cairo said after the meet.

For the complete story on Cairo’s winning run and the rest of the meet story, please see the Sports … Read More »



Friday Football Oct. 11: BHS, BD and WHS all winners

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11th October

For Blissfield and Britton Deerfield, it was a big win each. For Whiteford, it was a second-half comeback and a one-point victory.

BD downed the Sand Creek Aggies by a whopping 57-16 Friday night.

The Royals of Blissfield traveled to Erie Mason and spoiled yet another homecoming, 40-18, for their second win of the season. Their first win was a homecoming defeat of Columbia Central.

Whiteford downed Morenci 32-31.


BD, BHS, WHS travel to Hudson cross country event; BD women first in Division 4 race

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5th October

All three area schools competed at the Hudson Booster Invitational today, Saturday, Oct. 5. The Britton Deerfield women’s team placed first in the Division Four race. For a complete list of results, please look in the Oct. 9 edition of The Advance.


FOOTBALL: Friday, Oct. 4

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5th October

When lightning lit up the sky Friday night in Blissfield, the scoreboard was lit up 31-0 in visiting Hillsdale’s favor in the third quarter. And the score never changed as the homecoming game was finally called as it stood when officials first cleared the field. Seniors Claire Denecker and Charlie Southward were crowned homecoming queen and king at halftime.

Britton Deerfield also played the role of homecoming spoiler over in Summerfield, taking the game 33-14.

The Whiteford Bobcats traveled to Whitmore Lake where the home team claimed a 20-14 win over the visiting ‘Cats.

For all the details from these games, please see The Advance’s Oct. 9, 2013, edition.


Lady Bobcats reign in TCC

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4th October

The Whiteford Lady Bobcats remain atop the Tri-County Conference after defeating Summerfield in a double-header Thursday, Oct. 3

.  Whiteford won the first match 25-8, 25-12 and 25-17. They came back to win the second match 25-12, 25-12, 22-25 and 25-12. The Bobcats are 7-0 in the TCC.

 For the complete story, please see the Oct. 9, 2013, edition of The Advance.



All three football teams are Friday night victors

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27th September

For the first time this fall, all three local football teams came up with victories.

For Britton Deerfield and Whiteford, it was a decisive homecoming win for each. For Blissfield, not only was it the spoiling of the Columbia Central homecoming, but also the Royals’ first win of the season.

BD downed Madison 45-7 for the last homecoming game to be played on the Deerfield football field.

Blissfield traveled to Columbia Central and clipped the wings of the Golden Eagles 14-6 on two Dakota Suiter touchdowns and a pair of Tyler Watters PAT kicks.

Whiteford claimed a 38-13 defeat over the Summerfield Bulldogs.

For the complete stories on these games, please see the Oct. 2, 2013, edition of The Advance. 


Soccer avenges earlier loss to Onsted

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23rd September

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield men’s varsity soccer team avenged an early season loss to Onsted with a 3-1 victory at home Monday.

The win extends the Royals win streak to five games and keeps them a perfect 5-0 on their home field. Blissfield’s record is now 7-2-1 on the season. Blissfield heads to Manchester Thursday where it hopes to sweep the season series against the Dutchmen after defeating them 5-3 earlier this season.

For the complete story, please see the Oct. 2, 2013, edition of The Advance.



A day late, Dundee wins

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21st September

Dundee may not have had officials for the scheduled Friday night varsity football game, but the officials were there Saturday night when Blissfield returned looking for its first victory.

The Royals, however, returned to Blissfield still winless after a 28-13 loss to the host team.


Whiteford blanks TCC foe BD

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20th September

In a TCC showdown with both football teams putting their 2-1 records on the line, the Whiteford Bobcats downed the Britton Deerfield visiting Patriots 30-0 Friday night.

For the full story, please see the Sept. 25 edition of The Advance. 


Blissfield-Dundee football game postponed

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20th September

There is no Friday night football score to report for the Blissfield-Dundee football game Friday night … because there was no game.

At game time, an announcement was made that the game would be delayed as officials had not yet arrived.

However, officials never showed up for the scheduled meeting. After 20 minutes, it was announced the game would be rescheduled for Saturday. At first, the time was to be 1 p.m., but because Blissfield had testing on Saturday, the time of the meeting will be at 7 p.m. Saturday evening in Dundee.

Watch this site for the score.


BHS volleyball sweeps Dundee

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18th September

The Lady Royals volleyball team swept Dundee Tuesday evening, Sept. 17, 25-21, 26-24 and 25-23. The final two sets were nail-biters.

For the rest of the story, please see the Sept. 25, 2013, edition of  The Advance.


Blissfield soccer now 4-0 at home

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18th September

Blissfield soccer defeated Columbia Central 7-2 Monday, Sept. 16, then defeated Washtenaw Christian 6-3 Tuesday to go 4-0 in their homefield games thus far on the season.

For more on these Royal victories, please see the Sept. 25, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Blissfield soccer: Sept. 18, 2013, edition

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17th September

The Blissfield varsity men’s soccer squad split their games last week with a 4-3 loss to Lenawee Christian, followed by a 3-1 victory over Hillsdale. Blissfield’s game against Quincy last Wednesday was canceled due to weather.

For the complete story, please see the Sept. 18, 2013, edition of The Advance.



Cross country: Sept. 18, 2013, edition

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17th September

BLISSFIELD — The Blissfield Royal women placed second with 56 points in the first Lenawee County Athletic Association jamboree of the season hosted by Brooklyn/Columbia Central Sept. 10 with a new leader for the women. Freshman Isabel Cueto crossed the finish line first in the blazing heat for the Royals in a time of 22:46.98.

The Royal women’s cross country team followed up the league competition with the Fayette Eagle Invitational Saturday, Sept. 14,  tying for second place with St. Ursula Academy. Abbey Zubke climbed back to the top of the Royal leader board with an 11th place finish with her fastest time of the season, clocking 21:36.

WHITEFORD — The Whiteford men’s and women’s cross country teams ran at the Huron Invitational at Willow Metro Park with the men’s team placing sixth overall with 159 points and the women’s team was … Read More »


Volleyball: Sept. 18 edition

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17th September

BLISSFIELD — The Blissfield varsity volleyball squad went to Hudson and thumped the Tigers in three straight sets for the victory last Tuesday, Sept. 10. The Lady Royals went on a roll with scores of 25-9, 25-21 and 25-14 to bring their season record to 9-3-2 on the season and 1-0 in the LCAA.

WHITEFORD — The Whiteford varsity volleyball squad has jumped out to a successful start of its 2013 campaign. The Lady Bobcats have pounced on the competition by sweeping Blissfield on the road 25-18, 25-21 and 25-21 Sept. 5. Whiteford went on to claim the crown in the Gold Division of the U of M Dearborn tournament Sept. 7. The Bobcats defeated Oakland Christian in the finals 25-16, 18-25 and 15-12.

— The Lady Patriots came out strong in the first set and decisively defeated the Summerfield Bulldogs in three … Read More »



First Day of Autumn Trail Run Sunday at Gerber Park

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17th September

A “Kids’ Challenge” has been added to expand the family appeal of the fall 5K trail run to will take place on the first day of fall Sunday, Sept. 22, near Blissfield. “First Day of Autumn Color Tour Trail Run” is a 5K run/walk to benefit the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program.

The event will take place on the Lenawee County championship cross country course at Gerber Hill Park, used by local high school athletes to determine the season’s best runners. In addition, a “Kids’ Challenge” will follow where children (and parents) may walk or run a non-competitive short course, collecting treats from costumed characters and scavenger hunt items in beautiful Gerber Hill Park.

“Over the years, parents and friends of high school athletes have told our local cross country coach that they would like a chance to run on this … Read More »



Blissfield Hall of Fame inducts 2013 class

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17th September

When the Blissfield Athletic Department hosted the 2013 Blissfield Hall of Fame induction dinner Saturday, Sept. 14, Steve Cannon, class of 1978; Bonnie Brown, class of 1985; Rob Henning, class of 1988; Corey Horky, class of 1993; Juanita Navarro, class of 1999; Michael Melvin, class of 2002 and Denny Thompson, class of 1969, took their official place in Blissfield athletic history.

For Chad Hutchinson’s full story on the induction dinner, please see the Sept. 18, 2013, edition of The Advance.



Bobcat cross country: Sept. 11 edition

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17th September

The Whiteford Bobcat cross country teams competed Sept. 3 in Hudson where the men’s team placed fifth and the women’s teams was sixth in competition. They also competed Saturday, Sept.  7, at the Tiffin Carnival, one of the largest cross country invitationals in the nation.


Royal cross country: Sept. 11 edition

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17th September

Blissfield women’s cross country team placed third at both the Erie Mason Relays and the Archbold Invitational last week. The Royals scored 57 points at Erie Mason Tuesday and 80 points in Archbold Saturday. The men’s runners put in solid performances despite not having enough to score as a team.


BD volleyball: Sept. 11 edition

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17th September

The Britton Deerfield varsity volleyball team hit the road for the Clinton Invitational Sept. 7. Despite coming off the win against the Cougars earlier in the week, BD was unable to find their winning ways and went 0-3 in pool play.

The Patriots fell to Ann Arbor Green Hills 20-25 and 13-25, followed by a loss to Blissfield 15-25 and 18-25, and finished with a losses to Manchester 5-25 and 18-25.

The Patriots pulled out a clutch win over Lenawee Christian Sept. 3, 3-2. BD held on for the win by scores of 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 24-26 and 15-13. The victory puts the Lady Patriots’ record at 2-6-1 overall on the season and 0-0 in the TCC.


Blissfield soccer exacts revenge on Manchester

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17th September

The Blissfield varsity men’s soccer team looked like a team possessed as they exacted some revenge defeating the Manchester Dutchmen 5-3 on Sept. 5. The Royals’ victory came after posting a 0-2 record against Manchester last season.


FRIDAY FOOTBALL: BD gets the win

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14th September

On the first cool Friday night of the football season that fell on Friday the 13th, skill and drive with a little bit of luck resulted in a mixed bag of gridiron results this week.

Britton Deerfield raised its season record to 2-1 Friday night with a big football win over visiting Whitmore Lake, 39-22. But the win was tempered with concern for Patriot quarterback Cody Meinert, who was injured after passing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more.

Tri-County Conference fans called the Whiteford-Clinton football matchup the league game of the week as the two unbeaten laid their records on the line on Friday the 13th. The night proved an unlucky one for the Bobcats who found themselves on the short end of a 33-8 loss to the Redskins and saw their 2-0 record fall become a 2-1 tally at the end of … Read More »



BD women champs of Addison CC meet

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8th September

The Britton Deerfield women’s cross country team repeated as champions of the Addison Kuenzer Invitational meet Saturday, Sept. 7. The men placed fifth at the event.

More details will be reported in the Sept. 11 edition of The Advance. Please call 517-486-2400 to subscribe for weekly details from the area’s best sports reporting team.


FRIDAY FOOTBALL 9-6-13…Patriots, Bobcats win; Redskins blank Royals

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6th September

The Whiteford Bobcats extended their winning ways to a 2-0 season gridiron start with a 38-0 defeat of Erie Mason Friday night in the Bobcat home opener.

The Britton Deerfield Patriots notched their first football win of the season in their home opener, taking down Waterford 21-17 after turning around a 13-7 third-quarter deficit.

Blissfield is still looking for its first season W after the Clinton Redskins triumphed over the Royal football squad by a score of 40-0.

For the complete stories on these games, please see the Sept. 11, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Sept. 5 BHS sports update:

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5th September

Blissfield soccer defeats Manchester 5-3 Thursday night after going 0-2 against them last season.

Whiteford volleyball sweeps Blissfield volleyball in three straight sets, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-21.

For details on these games, please see the Sept. 11, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Royal soccer starts season 1-1-1

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3rd September

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity men’s soccer team notched its first win of the 2013 season last week in a dominating 8-0 mercy of the Jonesville Comets.

Blissfield split on the week with as it came up just short in a 1-0 loss to Onsted Aug. 26.

The Royals record stands at 1-1-1 through the first three games of the season.

For the rest of the story, please see the Sept. 4, 2013, edition of The Advance. To subscribe for weekly delivery of the best sports coverage among small weekly newspapers in Michigan, please call 517-486-2400


Patriot CC women win Bobcat Invitational

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3rd September

By Melissa Burnor

The Britton Deerfield women’s cross country team narrowly defeated Blissfield at the Whiteford Bobcat Cross Country Invitational Aug. 27.

Whiteford came in seventh place. BD scored only 16 points while Blissfield had 17 Whiteford was seventh with 56 points.

The Whiteford men’s team placed third in their first outing of 2013 at their own invitational Aug. 27 at the Michigan Technical Resource Park on Yankee Road. The Patriots of Britton Deerfield were fifth and Blissfield was ninth.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the rest of the story, please see the Sept. 9, 2013, edition of The Advance.



Whiteford upends Blissfield in Royals’ home football opener

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3rd September

By Chad Hutchinson

The air was heavy on a humid August Thursday, the band was playing, the stands were packed. It could only mean one thing…it’s that special time of the year: it’s football season.

To kickoff the 2013 season, the Whiteford Bobcats came into Royal country to battle Blissfield on a Thursday night, Aug. 29, under the lights. Whiteford played the role of spoiler as it bested Blissfield 37-20 to open the season.

For the complete story, please see

the Sept. 4, 2o13, edition of The Advance.



Royal volleyball has silver start

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29th August

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity women’s volleyball team went 4-1-1 in bracket play at the Jackson County Western tournament Aug. 24.

The Lady Royals swept Onsted 25-17 and 25-18 to win the silver bracket.

Blissfield had no problem spiking the competition as it registered at least one win against every team the team faced except Tecumseh. Tecumseh was the only squad to best the Royals in two consecutive games by scores of 21-16 in both matches.

For the complete story, please see the Aug. 28, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Royal, Patriot women second and third at CC Preview

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29th August

By Melissa Burnor

The Blissfield and Britton Deerfield women’s cross country teams placed second and third in the Lenawee County Cross Country Preview meet at Tecumseh Saturday.

BD’s Larissa Buckingham was the top finisher of the day, placing second in the junior/senior race in a time of 22:09. The preview race featured two races for the women and the men. A freshmen/sophomore race followed by the junior senior race.

Tecumseh won the women’s meet with 29 points. Blissfield followed with 39 and Britton Deerfield had 48 points. Adrian was the next closest competitor with 48 points. Rounding out the team scoring were Sand Creek, 78, Onsted, 93, Addison, 114, Clinton, 138, and Madison 161.

For the rest of the story, please see the Aug. 28, 2013, edition of The Advance.



Blissfield 9-10s’ title hopes end in semifinal

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1st August

The Blissfield 9-10 year old Little League team’s quest for a state title in Muskegon has come to an end following a 7-3 semifinal loss to North Saginaw Township. Blissfield had cruised through the first three games of pool play, going a perfect 3-0. Blissfield continued the winning steak with a 3-2 victory over Fraternal Northwest in the quarterfinal contest Tuesday before falling to North Saginaw.

For complete details on Blissfield’s state title run, catch a copy of the August 7 edition of The Advance.


Blissfield talent shines in Lookouts’ 33-3 season

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30th July

A trio of talented Blissfield varsity softball players helped to lead the 16U Adrian Lookouts travel softball squad to a stellar season. The Lookouts piled up the wins on their way to a 33-3 season record.

Kelsie Abbott, Kaytlin Martinez and Bryce Yeager helped to lead the Lookouts to successful season that included claiming the crown at four out of five tournaments on the season. The Lady Royal members and their teammates faced some of the top competition from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and even some international competition from Canada.

The Blissfield representatives and the Lookouts claimed the crown at the Independence Day Classic in Maumee, Ohio, the Motor City Showdown in Canton, the Michigan College Exposure Tournament in Lansing and their season capping championship at the Fast Pitch Classic in Maumee.

For the complete story, please see … Read More »


Blissfield’s 9-10 baseball team eyes state title

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30th July

The district 16 champion Blissfield Little League 9-10 year-old squad stood 3-0 in the state tournament in Muskegon Monday, July 29, as pool play has been completed.

Blissfield won its first round matchup 3-2 over Harper Woods, followed by a decisive 15-1 victory over West Portage and a 17-1 pummeling of Portage Lake.

Blissfield took its 3-0 record into single-elimination bracket play that started Tuesday. If the team continues its winning ways, Blissfield will play in the semifinals today (Wednesday) and another win will send Blissfield into the championship game Thursday.

For the rest of the story, please see the July 31, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Memorial race attracts 118 entrants

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17th July

By Melissa Burnor

It was warm and sunny morning Sunday for the first annual Amy, Lisa and Abigail memorial 5K run walk. There were 118 people who signed up to complete the course in the village and Greg Scharer was the first person to cross the finish line

 “I was really happy to see so many people,” Robin McCowan, mother of Amy Merrill and Lisa Gritzmaker. The two women along with Gritzmaker’s unborn child were shot and killed in Merrill’s home last year by her estranged boyfriend. McCowan was also seriously injured.

Two of Merrill’s sons, Cameron, 11 and Brendan, 13, took part in the opening ceremony. With Cameron giving an insightful prayer and Brendan a warm welcome to all of he participants. Brendan said how thankful the two were to the community that reached out to their families. “They reached out to … Read More »


Blissfield Big League squad wins state crown

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17th July

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield Legion Post 325 Big League squad rolled over the competition last week to go 3-0 and be crowned Big League state champs for the second consecutive year. 

Blissfield defeated Taylor 4-0 in the first round before thumping Macomb 17-1 and Muskegon 12-0 in the championship. All together, Blissfield pummeled its opponents for a combined score of 33-1.
Hosting the state tournament this year, Blissfield had plenty of support from the home crowd. Blissfield’s opening round battle against Taylor also saw both teams fight their way through gusting winds as thunderstorms began to cruise in overhead. Fortunately Blissfield posted four runs in five innings of work before storms arrived, which allowed the game to be counted as an official win before being called due to weather.
The 4-0 victory was Blissfield’s closest call of the tournament.

For Chad’s complete story, please … Read More »


Bateson overall winner of Lenawee Hospice Run; Weeden top female runner

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26th June

By Melissa Burnor

Nearly 200 runners of all ages took part in the 31st annual Lenawee Hospice Run in memory of Bruce Jones Sunday morning. The heat was seemed pretty bearable with the 8:30 a.m. start.

Blissfield’s Justin Bateson was the overall winner with a time of 16:58.98.

Josephine Weeden was the first-place winner for the women crossing the finish line in 20:06.62.

Men’s Results – Name, Age, Time Overall Winner – Justin Bateson, 21, 16:58.98 14 and under – John Fowler, 13, 22:23.74 15-19 – Isaac Westgate, 16, 19:39.89 20-24 – Justin Bateson 25-29 – Tyler Makula, 28, 45:34.80 30-34 – Chris Kircher, 30, 21:30.48 35-39 – David Caine, 39, 17:39.79 40-44 – Tom Romanowski, 43, 19:31.94 45-49 – Sam Valdez, 47, 19:33.29 50-54 – Michael Palmer, 50, 21:16.43 55-59 – Macron Cole, 55, 22:29.70 60-64 – Ron Carpenter, 63, 22:04.50 65-69 – … Read More »



Long-time Blissfield coach, teacher Denny Thompson retires

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18th June

By Chad Hutchinson

Simply the best. That’s the reoccurring response from coworkers, coaches and former students and players of recently retired Blissfield educator Denny Thompson.

“Denny is one heck of a coach and an even better person. He’s the best, that’s as simply as I can put it,” said former Blissfield head football coach Ron Estes.

Thompson’s career in the purple and gold has been a decorated one, from his years wearing the Royal uniform, to his years teaching and coaching those who carried on the Royal pride.

A 1969 graduate of Blissfield High School, Thompson was no stranger when it came to the football gridiron, the baseball diamond or the basketball hardwood. He garnered captain’s honors, all-state and all-league awards and the respect of his teammates and coaches. Thompson’s Royal career is such a decorated one, he has earned himself a place in … Read More »



BD athletes fare well at state meet

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1st June

The Britton Deerfield men’s 1600-meter relay team broke a school record and placed fourth in the event Saturday, June 1, at the state track meet. Members were Jordan Osbun, Dylan Cannon, Leighton Merritt and Lucas Forche

BD Patriot Lucas Forche also medaled at the state track meet in the discus event, placing seventh with a throw of 130 feet 6 inches.

For the complete story, please see The Advance’s June 5, 2013, edition.


Whiteford’s Miranda Johnson double-winner at state track finals; Bobcats win softball, baseball Districts

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1st June

Saturday was a huge day in Whiteford High School athletics.

Track phenom Miranda is the division 4 long-jump champion with a new state record of 18 feet 2.5 inches as well as state champion in 200-meter dash. She was also second in the 100-meter dash.

Olivia Overmann made the podium in the discus throwing 98 feet 7 inches for sixth place.

Whiteford baseball and softball both won their district championships.

The Bobcat men mercied Lutheran South 18-0 to advance to the finals. Britton Deerfield beat Summerfield 8-2 to face the Bobcats. In the end, Whiteford edges BD 1-0 for the district crown.

The Whiteford softball team defeated BD 16-1 for their first district title since 2010.

For the full stories, please see the June 5, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Blissfield soccer loses in District finals

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1st June

The quest for a District title for Blissfield women’s soccer team ended in the championship game Saturday evening, June 1, as Manchester defeated the Royals 6-2 at Jackson Christian.

Hopes were high Thursday when Blissfield downed the Jonesville Comets 4-2 in district play, sending the Royals to District Finals.


Blissfield soccer wins berth in district finals

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30th May

Blissfield’s soccer team defeated the Jonesville Comets 4-2 in district action Thursday evening, May 30, sending the Royals to District Finals at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Royals will face Manchester at 5 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Christian.


Blissfield soccer, softball advance in districts; baseball season ends

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29th May

Blissfield varsity soccer won its opening round District game against Grass Lake 6-0 Tuesday and advances to play at 3:30 Thursday, May 30, in Jonesville.

The Royal softball team also won their opening District game 9-3 against Erie Mason Wednesday at Dundee. They will play at 10 a.m. Saturday in Dundee. They will take on SMCC.

Blissfield baseball lost 7-2 to Erie Mason in the first game of Districts Wednesday evening.


Local sports results – April 22-27

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30th April

Following are local sports results from the May 1, 2013, edition of The Advance. For the full stories and individual stats, please see the May 1 Sports pages. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.

By Melissa Burnor and Chad Hutchinson

Local women’s track competitors shone at the Addison Relays last Friday. The Whiteford women’s team placed third overall. Blissfield was fourth and Britton Deerfield placed seventh out of 11 teams.

BLISSFIELD

The Blissfield varsity golf squad shot its best team total of the year at the LCAA Jamboree at Deme Acres on April 22. The Royals took 7th place with a team score of 172. Dundee took the top spot with 160, followed by Erie Mason with 163 and Ida with 165.

The Blissfield varsity softball team went 2-1 last week. The Lady Royals dropped the first game of a double-header at home against Columbia … Read More »


Schiermyer returns to Lenawee County as Blissfield varsity football coach

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30th April

By Chad Hutchinson

After much anticipation, Blissfield High School has announced Adam Schiermyer as the next head coach to captain the Blissfield varsity football program. Schiermyer is no stranger to the area as he is a graduate and former football and baseball standout at Morenci High School and Adrian College.

Schiermyer will bring his experience and knowledge from years of playing along with more than nine years of coaching experience to the program. Schiermyer is leaving his post as a high school physical education teacher and head football coach at division-two Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

After only one season at the helm as varsity head coach, Schiermyer said his move to Blissfield was a pleasant surprise.

“I’ve always had a goal to get back to Lenawee County. It’s always been the area I wanted to go to, I just didn’t … Read More »



Blissfield names varsity football coach

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23rd April

Blissfield High School athletic director Steve Babbitt has announced that Adam Schiermyer is taking the reins of the Blissfield Varsity Football program.

Schiermyer, a high school physical education teacher  and head football coach at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, Arizona, said he is excited to be returning to Lenawee County to continue his teaching and coaching career, Babbitt said. A graduate of Adrian College, he majored in physical education and played both football and baseball.

After receiving his degree, Schiermyer attended the United States Sports Academy, where he earned his masters of sport science degree in 2003. Before serving as head football coach at Bradshaw Mountain, he had been a teacher and assistant football coach at Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona, for six years, and at Highland High School, also in Gilbert, for two years.

Babbitt said the new coach will … Read More »


Weather causes Whiteford postpones ballgames until April 23

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19th April

Whiteford Agricultural Schools have postponed varsity baseball and softball games scheduled for Friday, April 19, due to the inclement weather. Both games have been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Whiteford.


Britton Deerfield athletic events postponed, cancelled due to weather

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19th April

Athletic events scheduled for BD schools have been postponed and cancelled due to weather. Both the Britton Deerfield varsity baseball and softball games scheduled for Friday afternoon,
April 19, against Summerfield have been postponed until a later date. The junior varsity baseball game at Deerfield on Monday, April 22, against Sand Creek has also been cancelled. The Pittsford Invitational Saturday, April 20, that both the men’s and women’s track teams were scheduled to compete in, has also been cancelled.


Weather impacts April 19-20 BHS sports events

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19th April

This from Steve Babbitt, Blissfield High School athletic director, regarding BHS sporting events for April 19 and 20:

Freshman baseball has been cancelled for Friday at Milan and Saturday at St. Mary’s CC.

Varsity track has been cancelled for Saturday at Pittsford

Varsity softball vs. Notre Dame Saturday (home) has been delayed until 1 p.m.

Varsity baseball Saturday (Homerun Pizza Invitational @ home) has been delayed until noon

There is some activity still going Friday: varsity soccer at Adrian at 5:30 p.m. is on as is varsity golf at Ida, 3 p.m.


Area sports highlights: The Advance April 17, 2013, edition

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16th April

Blissfield Baseball

The Blissfield varsity baseball team swept its LCAA adversary Hudson Tigers 5-0 and 4-3 in a double-header April 9. The Royals rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to clinch the sweep and even their record at 3-3 on the season. Blissfield’s LCAA victory also sparked its pursuit of a 20th consecutive league championship.

Blissfield Women’s Track

The Blissfield women’s track team didn’t need the cold temperatures and light rain to help put the visiting Hudson Tigers on ice 85-43 April 10. The Lady Royals dominated nearly every event on their way to the double-digit win to open their season.

Blissfield Men’s Track

The Blissfield men’s track team was more than the Tigers could handle, as it took down the Tigers 85-28 to open its season.

Blissfield Softball

The Blissfield varsity softball team split its league opener in a double-header against the … Read More »


April 13 sports events cancelled

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11th April

Blissfield High School track athletes have been alerted that Clinton has cancelled its Saturday, April 13, varsity track invitational due to the fact their track in currently under water, according to Steve Babbitt, BHS athletic director.

In addition, the Saturday, April 13, varsity baseball at home and varsity softball games at Tecumseh have been cancelled, he said.

The Blissfield freshman baseball tournament at Plymouth has also been cancelled for Saturday.


Blissfield softball, JV baseball rained out

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10th April

From Blissfield athletic director Steve Babbitt: Blissfield varsity softball vs. Adrian has been rained out today (4/10/13).  It will be made up on Wednesday, May 1.
Blissfield JV baseball at Adrian has been rained out.  No make up date has been determined.


Royals baseball season underway

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9th April

It’s been all about gaining experience for a youthful Blissfield baseball roster. The Royals record stands at 1-3 following the Farm Bureau Invitational Saturday in Blissfield. The Royals fell to Flushing 9-1 to open the season last Thursday, and proceeded to go 1-2 at the invitational. Blissfield defeated Fenton 4-1 to open the tournament, but was defeated by Monroe Jefferson 6-1 and Saline 9-1 to round out the day. “I’m pleased with where we’re at. These young kids are really learning and competed well in all three games. We’re making big strides,” Blissfield head coach Larry Tuttle said.

For Chad Hutchinson’s complete story, please see the April 10, 2013, edition of The ADVANCE.



Yockey earns key position in Boston Marathon lineup

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2nd April

By Chad Hutchinson

Britton Deerfield middle school teacher and varsity cross country and men’s track coach Jay Yockey is lacing up his running shoes once again to participate in the 2013 Boston Marathon April 15. Yockey, a former Blissfield High School and Adrian College cross country and track standout, is joining a field of over 20,000 runners and putting his endurance to the test for the 26.2-mile trek. Yockey finished in ninth place at the Glass City Marathon in Toledo last April with a time of two hours and 48 minutes to qualify for the Boston Marathon. His qualifying time places him 908th in the corral-one, wave-one grouping, which is the first-division of runners behind the “elite” participants.

Dr. Kent Benham, Ottawa Lake, is also running in the fabled marathon.

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Blissfield’s Denecker earns All-State mention

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2nd April

Blissfield junior Claire Denecker was named Special Mention All-State selection in women’s basketball. Special mention is considered second-team all state. She was also a unanimous first-team all-LCAA league selection locally.

Sophomore Emma Essen was a second-team all-league selection as a guard for the women’s basketball program in Blissfield. Senior captain Jordan Willson was an all-league honorable mention selection for the Royals’ men’s basketball team.


TCC trio land on All-State list

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2nd April

A trio of TCC standouts have received All-State recognition for their efforts during the 2012-2013 basketball season. Whiteford junior Colin Lake was chosen as a first-team selection for the second consecutive season. To add to Lake’s “grand” season, he also broke the 1,000 point career mark during his junior campaign.

Britton Deerfield’s Cambria Handy was named a special mention selection for the Class-C All-State selections, along with sophomore teammate Morgan Tanis. The pair of Lady Patriots were special mention selections which is considered second-team. Handy also added to her season success by breaking the 1,000-career-point barrier as a Patriot.


Whiteford men downed by home team

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6th March

The home Monroe St Mary Catholic Central men’s basketball team took a 19-2 record, a home-court district advantage and disappointed the Whiteford Bobcats 70-49 in the second game of the evening Wednesday, March 6.

SMCC will face Summerfield for the district crown Friday night on the SMCC floor.


Season ends for Blissfield men’s basketball

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6th March

The second round of men’s basketball district play marked the end of the season for the Blissfield Royals, who lost to Summerfield Wednesday, March 6,  61-49 at SMCC.

The Royals had earned their way into the district semis after a one-point victory over Britton Deerfield in opening action Monday night.


Royal women lose regionals basketball opener

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5th March

Adrian Madison ended the Blissfield Royals playoff run Tuesday night, March 5, 2013, as the Lady Royals found themselves on the short end of a 43-33 score in thewomen’s basketball regional opener in Hudson.

The Royals had clinched their district title Friday night over the Whiteford Lady Bobcats.

Please see the full story in the March 13, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Royals start men’s districts with one-point win over BD

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5th March

MONR0E – One thing that is guaranteed when the Blissfield Royals and the Britton Deerfield Patriots men’s basketball teams play a game fans wiill be on the edge of their seats until the very end.
Once again Blissfield was victorious over the Patriots by a score of one, defeating them 48-47 in the clock ran out in overtime Monday evening in the first round of district play.
In a game that went back and forth from the beginning it came down to who had one last play in the end and Blissfield capitalized on a missed freethrow attempt by Jordan Osbun and Felipe Cazares scooped up the rebound and dribbled down the court and made the layup to get the win.
For the complete story by Melissa Burnor, please see the March 6, 2013, edition of The Advance.



Royal women win district basketball championship

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3rd March

The  Blissfield Royals will advance to regional play this week after defeating the Whiteford Lady Bobcats Friday night on their home floor, 39-26.

The Lady Royals, though having trailed early, led Whiteford 24-18 at halftime, then continued on for the women’s basketball district championship.

For more, please see the March 6, 2013, edition of The Advance.



Blissfield’s Thompson fourth in state

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3rd March

Blissfield Royal Dylan Thompson finished the MHSAA state wrestling championships in fourth place.

Thompson won the three matches leading up to the fourth-place finish in triple time.

For more, please see the March 6, 2013, edition of THE ADVANCE

 



Thompson advances in state wrestling tourney

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28th February

Blissfield High School’s Dylan Thompson won his first match in the MHSAA state wrestling finals Thursday afternoon by a pin in the second period.

He will face his next opponent at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

 


Blissfield, Whiteford women to square off in finals

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27th February

The Blissfield High School women’s basketball team defeated the Britton Deerfield Lady Patriots 56-46 in round two of district action at Blissfield Wednesday, Feb. 27.

BD had arrived at the second round after winning Monday night, but Blissfield had drawn a first-round bye.

Whiteford’s Lady Bobcats downed the SMCC Kestrals in game two Wednesday, 60-50, to advance to district finals Friday night. Whiteford had won their round-one game Monday.

The Royals will face off against Whiteford in the district finals at Blissfield High School Friday night for the championship.

 


BULLETIN: Royal men’s basketball cancelled Feb. 26

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26th February

Due to weather, the Blissfield High School men’s basketball game for Tuesday, Feb. 26, has been cancelled, according to an email from Steve Babbitt, athletic director at BHS.

 


Cueto first-ever Blissfield bowler to go to state

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26th February

Blissfield athletic history was made Saturday as Royal varsity bowler Emily Cueto became the first Blissfield roller to qualify for the state individual competition.

Cueto posted a total pin fall of 1014 over six games to lock up a spot at the state tournament at Sterling Heights Saturday, March 2.

Here she is in one of her earlier outings of the season at Rich Lanes.

 



Whiteford, Britton Deerfield women advance in districts; Blissfield draws bye

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26th February

The Britton Deerfield Patriots and Whiteford Bobcats both battled their way into the second round of the district tournament. Whiteford avenged a district defeat to Summerfield from last year and the Patriots sealed a victory over Erie Mason and Cambria Handy broke the 1,000-point barrier.

It was sweet revenge for the Whiteford women’s varsity basketball squad Monday night, Feb. 25. The Lady Bobcats were knocked out of the 2012 district tournament by the Summerfield Bulldogs on Whiteford’s home court. A year later, it’s a different story as the Bobcats bullied the Bulldogs for a 59-35 first-round win.

It was a special night for the Britton Deerfield varsity women’s basketball team Monday night. The Lady Patriots locked up a 50-31 first-round victory in the district tournament over the Erie Mason Eagles, as Cambria Handy scored her 1,000th point in just her junior season.

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Men’s basketball: Feb. 18-22

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26th February

BRITTON DEERFIELD

The Britton Deerfield Patriots basketball team is in the midst of a winning streak they are hoping they can keep riding into the district tournament next week. The Patriots shocked the Addison Panthers Feb. 18 with a one-point win overtime, defeating them 51-50.

The Patriots carried the winning momentum into their victory against improving Tri County Conference foe, Whitmore Lake the following night beating them 61-60 at Deerfield.

BLISSFIELD

A strong third-quarter performance kept the Blissfield men’s varsity basketball squad in reach of the Erie Mason Eagles Tuesday, but the Royals were unable to complete the effort and suffered a 58-52 loss.

Blissfield may have an opportunity at redemption against the Eagles if the two meet in next week’s district tournament. The Royals open up the district tournament against Britton Deerfield at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Central.

WHITEFORD

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Blissfield bowlers to roll at regionals

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21st February

The Blissfield bowling team will send six women and five men to the regional bowling tournament at Airport Lanes in East Jackson Friday evening.
Women representing Blissfield are Emily Cueto, Madison Laroy, Abigail Duffy, Haley Street, Angela Woodbury and Erin MacBeth. Cueto had the highest score of the Royal bowlers at the district event in Morenci  last Saturday scoring 705 pins in five games with a high game of 192. Laroy had a score of 693 in five games with a game high 176. Duffy followed with 631 and a game high 138.  Street bowled 624 and had a game high of 138. Woodbury bowled 566 in five games with a game-high 134 and MacBeth bowled 553 with a game high 131.
Jayson Gilson bowled 804 to lead the men and had a game-high 182. Austin Rule finished with a … Read More »


Thompson to represent BHS wrestling at The Palace

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19th February

The Blissfield varsity wrestling squad took seven contenders to regional competition at Hudson Saturday, but only one advanced to state. Dan Barta and Thomas Jackson both found victory on the day, but were unable to duplicate it and advance on to state competition.

Senior Dylan Thompson was victorious through the first two rounds of competition, before being matched up with 285-pound powerhouse Zach Rieger from host Hudson. He muscled out a 7-6 decision over Homer senior Tyler Prater who entered the tournament with a 35-3 record on the season. The road seemed to get just a little bit rockier for the Royal as his second match was against Gabe Beaubien of Sand Creek who defeated Thompson a week earlier in district competition. Thompson met the Aggie head on, however, and came out with a crucial and nail-biting 3-2 decision in overtime … Read More »



Season ends at districts for BHS cheer team

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19th February

The Blissfield High School competitive cheer team placed seventh overall in district competition at Addison High School, Saturday morning. Michigan Center won the competition among the 13 schools present and qualified for regional berth. Also continuing on from the district is Madison, Vandercook Lake and Hudson.



Men’s varsity basketball, Feb. 11-15

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19th February

BLISSFIELD

The Blissfield men’s varsity basketball team was undersized and over matched by a deep and vertically gifted Onsted squad last Friday during the Coming Home celebrations in Blissfield. The Royals fought hard in front of the packed home house, but were unable to keep pace with the Wildcats in the 63-36 loss.

BRITTON DEERFIELD

After soundly defeating the Sand Creek Aggies Tuesday, the Britton Deerfield men’s basketball team lost a close one to league-leader Madison 48-43 in Deerfield Friday evening, Feb. 15.

Tuesday evening, Feb. 12, the Patriots had an easy win over Sand Creek defeating them 54-39 on the road.

WHITEFORD

The Whiteford men’s basketball team lost two key Tri County Conference match ups last week pretty much eliminating any chance of a repeat performance as league champions. The Bobcats lost 52-43 to Clinton Friday night, Feb. 15, in overtime at Ottawa Lake. This … Read More »



Women’s varsity basketball, Feb. 11-15

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19th February

BLISSFIELD

The Blissfield women’s varsity basketball team made the Coming Home celebrations a little more special Friday night, Feb. 15, as they defeated the rival Onsted Wildcats 57-46. The Lady Royals used the packed house at Blissfield as an opportunity to avenge its 49-36 loss to Onsted Jan. 18.

BRITTON DEERFIELD

DEERFIELD — It was a first for the Britton Deerfield women’s basketball program Friday evening. They were playing for a share of a Tri-County Championship. The Patriots ultimately fell to the Trojans 48-37 but not without a good fight.

The Patriots took a lot of momentum into the Madison game by defeating Sand Creek 75-53.

WHITEFORD

WHITEFORD — After a poor performance on Tuesday, the Lady Bobcats of Whiteford bounced back and played their best game of the season by defeating Clinton 66-36 Friday evening. They lost to Madison Tuesday night, Feb. 12.



Whiteford’s Lake breaks 1000-point mark; men’s basketball Feb. 4-8

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12th February

WHITEFORD

The Summerfield Bulldogs may have defeated the visiting Whiteford Bobcats on their visit to their rival’s turf, but it was Colin Lake’s night to shine Jan. 5 as he became just one of nine Whiteford Bobcats to score over 1,000 points in his career. Lake reached that point in the Summerfield game with 1:58 left in the third quarter when he arced a three-point shot from his left side to break the barrier. Lake needed 14 points but scored 22 to place him ninth on the overall scoring list. But with several games left in the season and a whole season ahead of him next year he could easily move up that list very quickly. The Bobcats lost the contest 58-53.

BLISSFIELD

The Blissfield varsity men’s basketball squad’s record dropped to 3-13 this week following a pair of losses to LCAA opponents. … Read More »



Seven Blissfield wrestlers head to regionals

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12th February

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity wrestling squad advanced seven of its members to the individual regional meet, following the individual district competition held at Blissfield High School Feb. 9.

Thomas Jackson, Dakota Underwood, Dylan Thompson, Zach Goetz, Luke Smith, Dan Barta and Grant Mitchell all qualified for regional competition.

The Royals suffered a quick exit from the team district tournament at Madison Feb. 6. The Sand Creek Aggies handed Blissfield a 66-12 defeat in the first round, with Jackson securing the lone victory for the Royals, according to Blissfield head coach Andy Ford.



Blissfield Competitive Cheer: Adrian Invitational

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12th February

The Blissfield varsity competitive cheer squad competed in the Adrian Invitational Saturday, Feb. 9. The Lady Royals finished in fifth place with a combined team score of 650.66. The Royals’ round scores consisted of 200.3 in the first round, 184.06 in the second and 263.3 in the third.



Women’s basketball: Week of Feb. 4-8

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12th February

WHITEFORD

The Whiteford Bobcats women’s basketball team had a solid win against the Summerfield Bulldogs 48-33 Feb. 5.

It was a very physical match from beginning to end that the Whiteford women’s basketball team clinched in the fourth quarter against Whitmore Lake, winning 55-37 Feb. 8.

BRITTON DEERFIELD

It was a team effort that put the Britton Deerfield women’s basketball team into a tie for second place in the Tri-County Conference by defeating Clinton 49-38 Tuesday, Feb. 5.

BLISSFIELD

The Blissfield women’s varsity basketball team split a pair of LCAA contests last week, cruising past the Hillsdale Hornets 52-31 Feb. 5 before missed opportunities resulted in a 45-42 loss to the Columbia Central Golden Eagles on Friday, Feb. 8.

For the complete stories on these games, please see the Feb. 13, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Blissfield varsity bowling: Jan. 21-Feb.1

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5th February

It was the tale of two lanes for the Blissfield men’s and women’s bowling teams Thursday, Jan. 24 as they hosted the Hudson Tigers. The men’s team notched their first win of the season 23-7, while the women were edged by the Lady Tigers 16-14.

The Blissfield women’s bowling team split a pair of contests against Columbia Central and Clinton last week. The Lady Royal rollers defeated the Golden Eagles 25-5 Jan. 29, but were defeated by the Big Reds 29.5-.5 Jan. 31.

The Blissfield men’s squad took to the lanes against some talented competition last week, according to Southwell. The Royals fell to Columbia Central 23-7 Jan. 29 and Clinton 24-6 Jan. 31.


Blissfield wrestling: Jan. 21-Feb.2

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5th February

The Blissfield Royals hit the home mat for the final time of the 2012-13 regular season Wednesday, Jan. 23. Blissfield split the meet with Hillsdale and Clinton. The Royals swatted the Hillsdale Hornets 45-30, but were topped by the Big Reds 54-28.

The Blissfield varsity wrestling squad withstood the winter weather Saturday, Feb. 2 as members traveled in snowy conditions to compete in the LCAA tournament at Onsted. The Royals took sixth place in the tournament, with Dundee taking the top spot, followed by Hudson in second. Dundee and Hudson combined for 13 of the 14 total tournament champions.


Men’s varsity basketball: Jan. 21-Feb. 1

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5th February

WHITEFORD — The three-point shot appeared to put the Bobcats over the top as Whiteford’s  men’s basketball team defeated the Morenci Bulldogs 69-62 on the road Jan. 22.

The Whiteford Bobcats men’s basketball team defeated the Britton Deerfield Patriots 69-57 from the freethrow line Friday evening.

BRITTON DEERFIELD — The Britton Deerfield Patriots once again saw a potential victory disappear in the first quarter as Whitmore Lake came from behind to defeat them 51-40 in the waning minutes Jan. 22.

The Britton Deerfield Patriots easily defeated Webberville Wednesday, Jan. 30, in a non-league contest on the road with a score of 48-27.

A sharp-shooting team with an accurate three-point shot defeated the Britton Deerfield Patriots 65-48 Jan. 25.

BLISSFIELD — The Blissfield men’s varsity basketball record stands at 3-9 overall and 2-6 in the LCAA following a pair of losses to Erie Mason and Ida last week. … Read More »


Women’s varsity basketball: Jan. 21-Feb. 1

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5th February

BLISSFIELD ROYALS — With the sting of defeat still fresh in their minds, the Blissfield Lady Royals took to the court Tuesday, Jan. 22, for their first contest following a 49-36 loss to the Onsted Wildcats. The Royals’ response to the loss was going to be a key to the success of the remainder of their season, according to head coach Ryan Gilbert. Blissfield responded with a wrath, and the Erie-Mason Eagles were on the receiving end of a 60-18 thrashing. The Royals’ victory was short-lived, however, as they were defeated by the Ida Bluestreaks 39-33 Friday, Jan. 25.

It was a conflicted Jan. 28-Feb. 1 week on the court for the Blissfield women’s basketball squad. The Lady Royals caged the LCAA rival Hudson Tigers in a lopsided 50-25 win Tuesday, Jan. 29, but were unable to carry over the winning momentum … Read More »


Women’s varsity basketball: Jan. 14-19

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23rd January

The Blissfield women’s varsity basketball squad finally met a foe that burst their perfect-season bubble after the Lady Royals completed a nail-biting fourth quarter comeback against the Britton Deerfield Patriots Tuesday, Jan. 15 to seal the 44-42 victory, their excitement was short-lived, as the Royals suffered their first loss of the season to the LCAA rival Onsted Wildcats Friday 49-36.

The Britton Deerfield women’s basketball team got back into the win column Friday evening with an easy victory over Morenci 39-9.

The Whiteford women’s basketball team went 1-1 last week, trampling Erie-Mason 51-28 Tuesday, Jan. 15, before going on the road and coming up short of a fourth-quarter comeback against Sand Creek 59-50 Friday. The split on the week brings the Lady Bobcats’ record to 7-5 on the season and 4-4 in the TCC.



Blissfield varsity bowling, Jan. 14-19

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23rd January

The Blissfield women’s varsity bowling team split its schedule last week, defeating Pittsford on Tuesday followed by a loss to the Madison Lady Trojans by just five pins. The Lady Royals split their baker games with Pittsford before posting scores of 697 and 645 in match play to clinch the victory. Against the Trojans, Blissfield once again split their baker games before losing in total pins 1364-1359.

For Chad Hutchinson’s complete story, please see the Jan. 23, 2013, Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.



Blissfield wrestling Jan. 14-19

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23rd January

The Blissfield varsity wrestling squad, finished behind Ida 63-12 and Hudson 69-6 at home Wednesday, Jan. 16. The Royals then took to the road for the Bronson Tournament on Saturday, where they defeated Gull Lake 48-30 before coming up short against South Haven 42-33 and the host Bronson squad 65-12.

For the complete story on these events, please see the Jan. 23, 2013, story by Chad Hutchinson.

 


Men’s area varsity basketball: Jan. 14-19

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23rd January

A three-point shot at the buzzer by senior Cody Wulf gave the Blissfield Royals a victory over the Britton Deerfield Patriots 49-47. The Patriots let a 10-point lead with less than two and a half minutes left in the contest deteriorate, giving the Royals the opportunity for the comeback victory Jan. 15.

The Royal celebration was cut short, with Blissfield suffering its first loss of the season, 49-36 at Onsted Friday, Jan. 18. The Wildcats’ record now stands at 9-2 and 7-0 in the LCAA.

The Whiteford varsity men’s basketball squad divide a pair of games last week. The Bobcats were defeated by Erie Mason 69-59 Tuesday, Jan. 15, but rebounded to defeat TCC counterpart Sand Creek 64-39 Friday, Jan. 18.

The Britton Deerfield Patriots hung on to pick up their second Tri-County Conference win of the season 41-34 Jan. 18. The Patriots … Read More »



Royal cheer hosts Jamboree

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15th January

By Chad Hutchinson

It was a disappointing week for the Blissfield varsity competitive cheer squad. The Royals hosted their annual Blissfield Jamboree on Thursday, Jan. 10, which included Columbia Central, Hudson, Ida and Onsted.

Despite a strong round-three score, Spotts said the squad was unable to overcome their lower scores in rounds one and two. “We finished in last, but I thought our actual performances in the rounds were pretty good. Our round-three score was pretty well up there, but our rounds one and two scores were about average,” Spotts said.

The squad hoped to fine tune its routines when it headed to the Hudson Invitational Saturday, Jan. 12. The competition was deep, according to Spotts, with 30 teams in attendance, including nine squads in Blissfield’s division. The Royals appeared poised to meet the competition head-on, as they posted season-best scores in rounds … Read More »



Blissfield varsity, JV women still unbeaten

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15th January

The Blissfield varsity women’s basketball team improved its unblemished record to 9-0 and 5-0 in the LCAA with a 49-28 victory over the visiting Lady Golden Eagles Friday.

The victory was the Royals’ second of the week, as they defeated Hillsdale 52-37 Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The Blissfield women’s junior varsity basketball squad is keeping pace with the varsity team as it matched the varsity with wins over Hillsdale and Columbia Central last week. The Royals defeated Hillsdale 39-10 and Columbia Central 54-24 to extend their season record to 9-0 and 5-0 in the LCAA.

For Chad Hutchinson’s complete story, please see the Jan. 16, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.



Bobcat women end week on winning note

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15th January

Things did not look good for the Whiteford women’s basketball team Friday night, Jan. 11. Clinton led 20-4 at the end of the first quarter. But the Bobcats came back and won the contest 48-39 after being tied 35-35 in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Bobcats lost Jan. 8 to the undefeated Madison 54-31 at home. Whiteford was within one point at the end of the first quarter but Madison continually pulled away. The Lady Bobcats are now 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the Tri-County Conference.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 16, 2013, edition of The Advance.


BD men claim first win; women suffer first regular-season loss

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8th January

The Britton Deerfield men’s  basketball team won their first game of the year Tuesday, Jan. 8, downing the Sand Creek Aggies, 52-36.

But the Patriot women, who hadn’t lost a game in the regular season fell to the Lady Aggies, 63-50.

For Melissa Burnor’s full story on BD basketball this week, please see the Jan. 16, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Royals wrestle over holidays

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8th January

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity wrestling squad was faced with some tough competition at the Grass Lake Tournament Dec. 28, as it was matched up against some powerful programs in Clinton, Stockbridge, Jefferson, Grass Lake and Concord. The Royals went 1-4 on the day with their sole victory coming in the form of a 54-12 domination of Concord. Blissfield fell just short of defeating Grass Lake, coming up three points short as they lost 43-39. The Royals also fell to Jefferson 71-12, Stockbridge 52-22 and Clinton 48-27.

Following the Grass Lake Tournament, the Blissfield grapplers headed to Clinton for the Clinton Invitational for individual competition. One of the highlights of the tournament for Blissfield came in the form of its big bruisers in the 285-pound weight class. Thompson finished fourth overall for the tournament and fellow Royal Zach Goetz finished just … Read More »



Lake leads WHS to win over BD

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31st December

By Melissa Burnor

The Britton Deerfield Patriots men’s basketball team could not recover from an explosive first quarter Bobcats scoring drive led by Colin Lake who by himself scored as many points as the Britton Deerfield in the contest.

The Bobcats easily defeated the visiting Patriots Dec. 21 79-38.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 2, 2013, edition of The Advance.



BHS women bowlers take a fourth

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31st December

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield men’s and women’s bowling squads hit the lanes for a holiday tournament at Hudson Dec. 22.

The Royal men finished in 10th place and were unable to advance to the medal round.

The BHS lady rollers finished fourth in team play and advanced to the medal round where they faced off against state-ranked Vandercook Lake and lost in a three-round baker match. The Lady Royals then took on Milan in the consolation finals and fell to the Big Reds by just two pins over the three-game baker match.

This is just one-third of the story. For the complete report, please see the Jan. 2, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright River Raisin Publications, Inc.

 


Unbeaten Vikings conquer Royal men

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31st December

The Blissfield men’s basketball squad faced a tall order in its matchup against the LCAA rival Dundee Vikings Friday, Dec. 21.

Blissfield fell to the visiting Vikings 81-45 in the game.

For Chad Hutchinson’s complete story, please see the Jan. 2, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.


Royals wrestlers second at Sand Creek

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31st December

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity wrestling squad went 4-1 at the Sand Creek Tournament Dec. 22, and finished second overall in the tournament.

The Royal rumblers were led by Cavin Beckey in the 125-pound class and Dan Barta in the 130-pound class who went undefeated in the tournament to finish a flawless 5-0 on the day.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For home delivery to give you the complete story for this event and others, just call The Advance, 517-486-2400.


BD women prevail over Bobcats

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31st December

Both teams struggled with their shooting, but it was the determination of Britton Deerfield that kept them undefeated as the Patriots beat the Bobcats 51-36 Dec. 21.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 2, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications.



Royal women extend perfect season to 7-0

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31st December

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield Lady Royals’ hoops squad extended its perfect record to 7-0 Friday, Dec. 21, with a 49-37 over the LCAA rival Dundee Lady Vikings.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 2, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.



Madison dashes Lady Patriots’ holiday dreams

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28th December

Madison basketball players got their post-Christmas wish with a 43-30 win over the Britton Deerfield Lady Patriots in the Friday, Dec. 28, finals of the Siena Heights University Holiday Tournament.

For Chad Hutchinson’s photos and story, please see the Jan. 9, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2012-13, River Raisin Publications, Inc.


Whiteford men upend Emmanuel Christian

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26th December

By Chad Hutchinson

Emmanuel Christian proved to be no match for the host Whiteford Bobcats Tuesday, Dec. 18. The Bobcats defeated Emmanuel Christian handily 74-47.

For the complete story, please see the Dec. 26, 2012, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.



Lady Patriots still perfect by beating Whiteford; Bobcat men defeat BD

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26th December

 

The Whiteford Bobcats defeated the Patriot men 79-38 last Friday, Dec. 21.

The Lady Patriots remain unbeaten after they defeated Whiteford 51-36 in the final game before the holiday break.
For Melissa Burnor’s complete story, please see the Jan. 2, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Hudson bowlers top BHS

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26th December

The Blissfield men’s and women’s bowling teams suffered defeat at the hands of Hudson Wednesday, Dec. 19. The men lost 28-2, while the women were defeated 22-8.

For the complete story, please see The Advance, Dec. 26 edition. Copyright 2012, RRP, Inc.


Whiteford women win third in a row

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26th December

The Whiteford women’s basketball team won its third game in a row by defeating Dundee 42-38 Monday night, Dec. 17.

For the complete story, please see the Dec. 26, 2012, edition of The Advance.


Royal women go into Christmas break at 7-0

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26th December

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield women’s varsity basketball team goes into the holiday break 7-0 after defeating Dundee 49-37 Friday, Dec. 21. Claire Denecker put up double-digit points, rebounds and blocks for her first triple-double of the season.

Earlier in the week, they crushed the LCAA rival Hudson Lady Tigers 51-8 Tuesday , Dec. 18.

The squad stands 3-0 in the LCAA.

For the complete story on the Hudson game, please see the Dec. 26, 2012, edition of The Advance. For the story from the Dundee game, please see the Jan. 2, 2013, edition. Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.

 


Royal men defeat Tigers, fall to Dundee

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26th December

The Blissfield men’s varsity hoops squad posted their second straight win of the season with a 78-68 victory over the LCAA rival Hudson Tigers at home Dec. 18.

The Blissfield JV basketball squad posted a 55-28 victory over Hudson.

On Friday, Dec. 21, the Royal men lost to Dundee at home 81-45.

For Chad Hutchinson’s full story on the Hudson game, please see the Dec. 26, 2012, edition of The Advance. For the Dundee game, see the Jan. 2, 2013, edition. Copyright RRP, Inc., 2012.


Royal cheer defeats Hudson

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26th December

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity competitive cheer squad headed to the Columbia Central Invitational Wednesday, Dec. 19, where the Lady Royals placed fourth out of five teams.

The highlight of the night for the Lady Royals was their first-ever victory over Hudson since head coach Amber Spotts has taken over the program.

The Blissfield Jamboree has been moved from Jan. 9 to Thursday, Jan. 10.

For the complete story, please see the Dec. 26, 2012, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.


BHS wrestlers 1-1 at E-M Quad

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26th December

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity wrestling squad went 1-1 at the Erie-Mason Q

uad meet Wednesday. The Royal rumblers defeated the host Eagles 45-30 followed by a tough defeat at the hands of a deep Dundee Vikings squad 74-6.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the Dec. 26, 2012, edition of The Advance. More photos on our Photo Galleries.

 



Sports year 2012 revisited

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26th December

The thrill and camaraderie that come with athletics is something that can never be duplicated and will always be held as cherished memories.

Those memories may consist of the glory of victory, or the disappointment of defeat. The year 2012 was filled with district, state, and conference championships, broken records, career milestones and memories that will last for lifetimes.

For Chad Hutchinson’s review of the year in sports for Blissfield, Britton Deerfield and Whiteford athletics, please see the Dec. 26, 2012, edition of The ADVANCE, which also features a full-color year-in-sports collage.


Royal men down Ida for season’s first win

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18th December

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield men’s varsity basketball squad members have found themselves confronted with a challenging start to their 2012 season, suffering three straight losses, including a 61-27 loss to Albion Tuesday, Dec. 14.

But the Royals hit the hardwood on Friday night, Dec. 14, looking to right the ship against LCAA rival Ida. Blissfield jumped out to a 32-16 halftime lead that they wouldn’t relinquish as they held on secure their first victory of the season 61-51 over the Bluestreaks.

For the complete story, please see the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.

lissfield’s Jacob Kopka drives the lane before dishing the ball to a teammate for an easy layup against Ida. Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. Photo by Chad Hutchinson.



Royal women bowlers win first outing

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18th December

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield men’s and women’s varsity bowling squads opened their first official season as a Royal varsity sport against the Onsted Wildcats Friday, Dec. 14.

The women were victorious, as they rolled their was to a 17-13 victory, while the men were defeated 27-3.

For the complete story on the inaugural competition for the Blissfield High School bowlers, please see the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.


Lake leads Bobcats to pair of TCC wins

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18th December

Colin Lake nailed a three-point shot with four seconds left on the clock to help the Whiteford Bobcats men’s basketball team secure a league-opening victory over TCC foe Summerfield, Tuesday , Dec. 11, with a score of 51-48.

The Bobcats furthered their winning ways Friday evening, Dec. 14, defeating Whitmore Lake 72-46.

For the complete stories on these games and Colin Lake’s outstanding offensive performances, please see the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.


Bobcat women defeat Summerfield

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18th December

The Whiteford women’s varsity basketball team routed Summerfield 57-25 at Summerfield Dec. 11.

For the complete story of the game and individual performances, please see the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.


Blissfield wrestling wins SMCC tourney

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18th December

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity wrestling squad went 5-0 on Saturday, Dec. 15, to win the Saint Mary’s Catholic Central tournament.

Royal wrestlers defeated Inter City Baptist 66-6, host SMCC 42-36, Lasher 60-12, Tecumseh 38-30 and Southgate Anderson 42-41.

For the rest of the story including individual results, please see the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance. River Raisin Publications, Inc. Copyright 2012.


BHS cheer squads shine at Onsted

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18th December

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity cheer squad had a rocky start to its 2012 campaign, before rallying to a second-place finish at the Onsted Invitational Saturday, Dec. 15, coming just 1.08 points shy of vaulting themselves past the first-place Addison squad.

The Lady Royals had finished sixth out of nine teams at the Grass Lake Invitational Dec. 8, followed by a fifth-place finish at Ida Dec. 12.

The Blissfield Middle School cheer squad also competed in the Onsted Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 15, and defeated Morenci, Addison and Madison to bring home the first-place hardware.

For the complete story on the BHS competitive cheer team’s season thus far as well as team photos with trophies, please see the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.



Blissfield women win two for 5-0 record

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18th December

The Blissfield women’s varsity basketball team has extended their season record to a perfect 5-0 with a 48-36 victory over the Tecumseh Indians on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and a 51-42 overtime win on their home court against the LCAA rival Ida Bluestreaks on Friday night, Dec. 14

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For the full story on these games, please see the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.



Patriot men struggle in opening week

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15th December

The Britton Deerfield Patriot men’s basketball team has struggled through its first two games.

They dropped their opener to Clinton last Tuesday and lost to Summerfield Friday evening 60-46 leaving them at 0-2 as they begin the 2012-2013 season.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For more on these games by Melissa Burnor, please see the Dec. 19, 2012, edition of The Advance.


BD women on a roll at 5-0

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15th December

By Melissa Burnor

The Britton Deerfield Lady Patriots notched up another win Friday night, extending their win streak to five by defeating the Summerfield Bulldogs easily 68-45.

Despite a little shooting difficulty, their offense once again proved to be too tough to beat. Morgan Tanis had a season-high 18 points to lead the team and Cambria Handy had her second consecutive double-double including 17 points.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc.


Royals 1 point from winning own tourney

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11th December

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity wrestling squad opened its season by hosting the largest invitational in school history and finishing one point from a win.

The Royals’ home mat hosted Madison, Manchester, Stockbridge, Memorial, Springport, Lutheran Westland, Vandercook Lake, Roosevelt, Saint Mary’s Catholic Central, Milan, Morenci and Inter City Baptist on Saturday.

The Royals finished in second place for the invitational, posting a team total 151 points. It was a nail-biting finish, as Madison took first place with a team score of 152 and Manchester came in third with 150.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story plus news from men’s and women’s basketball at Blissfield, Britton Deerfield and Whiteford high schools, please see the Dec. 12, 2012, edition of The Advance.



Lady Royals take down LCS women

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9th December

The Blissfield Royals women’s basketball team put another in the “win column” by defeating the Lenawee Christian School Cougars by a score of 45-28 Friday, Dec. 7.

For the entire story, please see Chad Hutchinson’s report in the Dec. 12, 2012, edition of  The Advance.

 


Royal men fall to Summerfield

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9th December

The Summerfield Bulldogs were victorious over the  BlissfieldRoyal men’s basketball team Thursday, Dec. 6. The ‘Dogs won 77-46.

For Chad Hutchinson’s complete story, please see the Dec. 12, 2012, edition of The Advance.


Whiteford defeats Blissfield men in first basketball outing of the season

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9th December

The  Whiteford Bobcats came to  Blissfield and beat them in an offensive shootout Tuesday, Dec. 4,  86-70, to launch the men’s varsity basketball season.

For Chad Hutchinson’s full report, please see the Dec. 12, 2012, edition of  The Advance.


Estes steps down as Blissfield head football coach

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30th November

By Chad Hutchinson

After 11 seasons and eight playoff appearances, Blissfield head varsity football coach Ron Estes has decided to step away from the game.

Estes is leaving behind a decorated legacy at Blissfield, that includes a pair of league championships, a district and regional championship, and a state runner up finish in 2007 at Ford Field.

“I needed to step away for a little bit, and felt like the timing was right,” Estes said.

The veteran coach said he has no immediate coaching plans in his future, but added his career as a coach is far from over.

“I’m not done coaching, this is just a temporary thing. But I have absolutely nothing brewing,” he said.

With a 76-40 career record at Blissfield and a 66 percent winning percentage, Estes should have little trouble finding a position when he decides to return.

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Lady Royals top Lady Bobcats in basketball opener

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27th November

By Chad Hutchinson

In a great defensive performance, the Lady Royals  basketball team of Blissfield High School put one in the W column in their first official game of the season, overcoming the Whiteford Lady Bobcats 41-21.

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Lady Patriots defeat Lenawee Christian

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27th November

By Melissa Burnor

The women of Britton Deerfield sailed past the Lenawee Christian 60-13 in their opening basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 27. Cambria Handy scored 19 points for the BD Patriots and Morgan Tanis added 12. BD controlled the boards and the ball all evening.

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BD Patriots fall in Division Seven regional

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10th November

The Britton Deerfield Patriots, coming off a 32-2 District football win against Dansville last week, charged onto the Bishop Foley High School field in Madison Heights with a busload of enthusiasm and heart, but were unable to overtake the number-one Detroit Loyola football team in Division Seven Saturday afternoon.

The Loyola Bull Dogs, 11-0 on the season, prevented the Patriots, 8-3, from getting on the scoreboard, and won the regional title 32-0.

Only three teams of the 12 Loyola has met, however, have held the Bull Dogs to 32 points or fewer this season and BD was one of those teams. Eight of the teams Loyola defeated lost by more than 32 points.

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