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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.


TCC trio land on All-State list

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on March 3rd, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

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

Posted on March 3rd, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

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