By Brad Heineman
When it finally became a realization to 2015 Blissfield High School graduate Josh Hall that his four-year high school football career would be coming to a close at the conclusion of the fall 2014 season, it was a rough time for the then-honorable mention academic all-state lineman for the Blissfield Football Royals.
“It was tough,” he said. “Man, the thought of never playing football again really stung.”
Like many high school seniors braving the unexamined waters of post-secondary life, Hall was a bit taken by the options available to him, post-high school. Rather than attempting to play collegiate level football, Hall said he realized that he would realistically make it farther after college if he focused on his education, rather than trying to make a college’s football roster.
But football still remained a part of Hall’s being.
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From The Advance sports desk:
DETROIT – The Whiteford Bobcats had one last drive, but time ran out before they were able to put another score on the board as Muskegon Catholic Central claimed their fourth-straight state championship out of 12 in their history at Ford Field Friday in the District 8 championship by a final score of 35-6.
Though Whiteford owned the first half and trailed by only one point going into the half, the Crusaders made half-time adjustments that lifted them over the Bobcats, who have played the best season in the history of their football program. They were never defeated in 2016 until this final game, downed every TCC opponent, blazed through the post season and carried with them most of the community to cheer on their effort against MCC in Detroit.
UPDATE: 1:04 fourth quarter
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The Lady Trojans of Madison High School lost the state semifinal volleyball match in a nail-biting five sets to Brown City Thursday in Battle Creek.
In the final set, they saw their outstanding season end by a 15-12 score. They had won the first set 25-21, and fourth set 25-21, and lost the second set 25-20 and third set 25-22.
For the rest of the story, please see the Nov. 23, 2016, edition of The Advance.
The Whiteford Bobcats will make their first-ever appearance in the MHSAA state football championships at Ford Field in Detroit Friday after defeating Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary Saturday in the District 8 semifinal game by a score of 40-21.
For all the game details, please see the Nov. 23, 2016, edition of The Advance.
The Madison Lady Trojans volleyball team moves on to the state semifinals in Battle Creek Thursday via a three-sets-to-one win tonight (Tuesday) in the quarterfinals over Allen Park Cabrini.
From The Advance sports desk, Brad Heineman reporting
The Whiteford Bobcats will move on to the semifinal game next weekend for the second straight year after defeating visiting Climax-Scotts 38-18 and claiming the 2016 Division 8 Region 4 championship.
Both teams started the evening with 11-0 records. And while the Climax-Scotts Panthers’ season ended in Whiteford, the Bobcats now take their 12-0 perfect record to a neutral site next weekend where they will face the winner of the Region 3 game between the 9-2 Royal Oak Shrine Catholic team or the Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary, also a 9-2 team.
Following are the updates from the Whiteford regional win:
8:02 left in the game: Bobcat Logan Murphy just galloped 38 yards for to the end zone, and Thomas Eitniear ran for the two-point conversion to raise the Whiteford lead over Climax-Scotts to 38-18 in the Division … Read More »
The Advance election desk reports Deerfield Village trustee term on this year’s ballot was won by Nate O’Connor with 212 votes to Shane Parker with 119.
12:16 a.m. Wednesday
Just in … the Kiwanis footbridge repair millage was approved by Blissfield Village voters , 876 yes votes to 643 no votes. The bridge over the River Raisin has experienced a carpenter ant infestation and rot leading to its closure more than a year ago.
The winners of the three village trustee seats were all incumbents. Bob Valdez received 1018 votes, George Brown 967 and Randy Kelley 904.
In the Whiteford Township treasurer race, Timothy Hill, Republican, wins 1417 to Beth Pauli’s 646.
The top two finishers in the constable race are Robert VanSinger with 1279 and Daniel Briskey with 1081. Doug Bulmer received 658 votes.
The Advance election desk reports that in the Deerfield Township trustee race, both incumbent Republicans will win as the Independent challenger fell short.
Trustees Daniel Witt garnered 453 votes, Joe Fowler 397 and challenger Amy Daniels 295.
And the Deerfield Township fire millage passes with 419 yes votes, 204 no.