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Blissfield names varsity football coach

Posted on April 23rd, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

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.

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Weather causes Whiteford postpones ballgames until April 23

Posted on April 19th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

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

Posted on April 19th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

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

Posted on April 19th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

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

Posted on April 16th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

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

Posted on April 11th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

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

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

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

Posted on April 9th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

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

Posted on April 2nd, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

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

Posted on April 2nd, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

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.