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Golden Eagles spoil Royals’ home win streak

Posted on February 10th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

A tougher competitive basketball game would have been hard to find than the Blissfield and Columbia Central women’s matchup Thursday evening, Feb. 4, in the Royals’ gym.

When time ran out, the Royals finished short on the 59-57 scoreboard ending their  record 44-game winning streak at home and likely will result in them finishing second in the Lenawee County Athletic Association. The Royals’ only two losses on the season both came at the hands of the Golden Eagles.
“I thought it was an incredible basketball game between two very solid basketball teams that featured big shots, great defensive plays and both teams playing with tremendous passion,” varsity coach Ryan Gilbert said.
“It was a great game to be a part of, the bad thing was that we were on the lower end of the point total,” he said.

For Melissa Burnor’s full story, please … Read More »

Columbia Central edges Royal women again

Posted on February 5th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

Billed as the game of the week, hopes were high in the Blissfield High School gym Thursday night, and the Lady Royals played hard, but dropped a heartbreaker to Columbia Central 59-57.

This is only the second loss for the Royal women this year, both at the hands of CC. And to make this loss more difficult, the loss also broke the team’s long home win streak.

For the complete story, please see the Feb. 10, 2016, edition of The Advance.

Madison treats homecoming crowd to win

Posted on February 5th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

The Madison Trojans men’s basketball team pulled off a 56-48 homecoming victory over the Morenci Bulldogs Friday night in a packed house.

But it didn’t start out like that. The Trojans were down big to the Bulldogs in the first half, but slowly they brought the game back to their standards and sealing the win.

Kendall Hudson and Colin Anschuetz were crowned winter homecoming queen and king respectively.

For Brad Heineman’s full story, please see the Feb. 10, 2016, edition of The Advance.

Nieman pins 100th wrestling win

Posted on January 27th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

Blissfield High School junior wrestler Noah Nieman may have had a halfway easy trek for two of the most important wins of his high school wrestling career.

Against a Lenawee County Athletic Association dual meet of teams including Columbia Central and Onsted, Nieman and his Royal comrades hosted their second home wrestling meet of the year Jan. 20.

It was a perfect setting for the Blissfield grappler to claim his 100th career wrestling victory in front of a home crowd.

Nieman entered the evening of wrestling with 98 overall career wins and his climb to 100 was made easy when Columbia Central failed to match weight at 135 lbs.

His next opponent came in Onsted’s Brittany Ratliff, a female opponent Nieman pinnedher in the first period for win number 100. Nieman pinned Ratliff at 1:43 on the clock and his victory was followed by … Read More »

Waterford ends Whiteford’s record season in the state semis

Posted on November 21st, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Though Bobcat Jake Becki scored on a 23-yard touchdown catch at the end of the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to overtake Waterford who won the state MHSAA semifinal game 36-20 and advances next weekend to play in the state finals at Ford Field. The two-point conversion failed.
Waterford scores in the fourth quarter and follows it with a two-point conversion, now leading as of 2:50 p.m. 30-14.
With 3:31 left to play at 3:02 p.m., Waterford scores again for a 36-14 lead on a 28-yard run. The Bobcats prevent the conversion attempt
The only score of the third quarter was a Jesse Kiefer one-yard run to make the score Waterford 22, Whiteford 14.
FIRST HALF…Whiteford trails 22-8 at halftime in the MHSAA state semifinal football playoff against Waterford at Hazel Park High School Saturday afternoon.
Though the drive in … Read More »

Whiteford wins regional football title, 48-14

Posted on November 14th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

The Whiteford Bobcats won their regional football title Saturday afternoon as visitors to Climax-Scotts’ turf, 48-14. They move on to the semifinals Nov. 21 – one game away from the state finals at Ford Field. If they win the semifinal, they move on to Detroit to play the following weekend.
Here’s how the scoring went:

2:53 p.m.
The Bobcats draw blood again for a 48-14 lead with another Kiefer touchdown run of seven yards. Eitinear chipped in the two-point conversion run.

Post halftime:
Climax-Scotts scores a touchdown but fails to make the conversion for a score of 40-14, Bobcats still leading.

As the end of the second quarter neared, Jesse Kiefer made a 27-yard touchdown catch on a slant play, and then caught the two-point conversion pass for a 40-8 lead that the Bobcats took into the locker room against Climax-Scotts at half time.

1:52 p.m.
The Panthers … Read More »

Whiteford regional Saturday

Posted on November 7th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

The Whiteford Bobcats will face Climax Scotts in the MHSAA Division 8 high school regional final at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, according to Whiteford High School athletic director Nate Gust.

Reed earns all-state honors in cross country

Posted on November 7th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Blissfield’s Casey Reed won all-state honors in cross country Saturday, Nov. 7 with a 14th-place individual finish in Division 3 at the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s state cross country finals. In team scoring, she was 13th.
Reed led the a strong Royal women’s team to a 10th-place finish in the championship at Michigan International Speedway.
For the complete story by Melissa Burnor, please see the Nov. 11, 2015, edition of The Advance.

SMCC ends district hopes for BD, BHS, WHS volleyball

Posted on November 6th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

On Monday night in women’s volleyball district play, the Kestrels of SMCC took out Britton Deerfield’s Patriots (See the Nov. 4, 2015, edition of The Advance).
Then, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, they snuffed LCAA league champs Blissfield in a 3-0 semifinal sweep.
And on Friday, they met the Whiteford Lady Bobcats who looked good, but fell in a 3-0 sweep in the district final.
For Brad Heineman’s coverage of the semifinal and final matches, please see the Nov. 11, 2015, edition of The Advance.


Posted on November 6th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

The Whiteford Bobcats proved to be top dog in state high school football playoff action against the Bulldogs of Morenci tonight (Friday).

The ‘Cats claimed the District crowned against the district’s top seed, Morenci, playing the Bulldogs in Morenci and defeating them there for the second time this season. With the 26-6 victory, Whiteford now moves on to regional play next week.

For Brad Heineman’s complete story, please see The Advance Nov. 11, 2015, edition.

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