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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.