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Blissfield’s 9-10 baseball team eyes state title

Posted on July 30th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

The district 16 champion Blissfield Little League 9-10 year-old squad stood 3-0 in the state tournament in Muskegon Monday, July 29, as pool play has been completed.

Blissfield won its first round matchup 3-2 over Harper Woods, followed by a decisive 15-1 victory over West Portage and a 17-1 pummeling of Portage Lake.

Blissfield took its 3-0 record into single-elimination bracket play that started Tuesday. If the team continues its winning ways, Blissfield will play in the semifinals today (Wednesday) and another win will send Blissfield into the championship game Thursday.

For the rest of the story, please see the July 31, 2013, edition of The Advance.

Memorial race attracts 118 entrants

Posted on July 17th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

It was warm and sunny morning Sunday for the first annual Amy, Lisa and Abigail memorial 5K run walk. There were 118 people who signed up to complete the course in the village and Greg Scharer was the first person to cross the finish line

 “I was really happy to see so many people,” Robin McCowan, mother of Amy Merrill and Lisa Gritzmaker. The two women along with Gritzmaker’s unborn child were shot and killed in Merrill’s home last year by her estranged boyfriend. McCowan was also seriously injured.

Two of Merrill’s sons, Cameron, 11 and Brendan, 13, took part in the opening ceremony. With Cameron giving an insightful prayer and Brendan a warm welcome to all of he participants. Brendan said how thankful the two were to the community that reached out to their families. “They reached out to … Read More »

Blissfield Big League squad wins state crown

Posted on July 17th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield Legion Post 325 Big League squad rolled over the competition last week to go 3-0 and be crowned Big League state champs for the second consecutive year. 

Blissfield defeated Taylor 4-0 in the first round before thumping Macomb 17-1 and Muskegon 12-0 in the championship. All together, Blissfield pummeled its opponents for a combined score of 33-1.
Hosting the state tournament this year, Blissfield had plenty of support from the home crowd. Blissfield’s opening round battle against Taylor also saw both teams fight their way through gusting winds as thunderstorms began to cruise in overhead. Fortunately Blissfield posted four runs in five innings of work before storms arrived, which allowed the game to be counted as an official win before being called due to weather.
The 4-0 victory was Blissfield’s closest call of the tournament.
For Chad’s complete story, please … Read More »

Bateson overall winner of Lenawee Hospice Run; Weeden top female runner

Posted on June 26th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Nearly 200 runners of all ages took part in the 31st annual Lenawee Hospice Run in memory of Bruce Jones Sunday morning. The heat was seemed pretty bearable with the 8:30 a.m. start.

Blissfield’s Justin Bateson was the overall winner with a time of 16:58.98.

Josephine Weeden was the first-place winner for the women crossing the finish line in 20:06.62.

Men’s Results – Name, Age, Time Overall Winner – Justin Bateson, 21, 16:58.98 14 and under – John Fowler, 13, 22:23.74 15-19 – Isaac Westgate, 16, 19:39.89 20-24 – Justin Bateson 25-29 – Tyler Makula, 28, 45:34.80 30-34 – Chris Kircher, 30, 21:30.48 35-39 – David Caine, 39, 17:39.79 40-44 – Tom Romanowski, 43, 19:31.94 45-49 – Sam Valdez, 47, 19:33.29 50-54 – Michael Palmer, 50, 21:16.43 55-59 – Macron Cole, 55, 22:29.70 60-64 – Ron Carpenter, 63, 22:04.50 65-69 – … Read More »

Long-time Blissfield coach, teacher Denny Thompson retires

Posted on June 18th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

Simply the best. That’s the reoccurring response from coworkers, coaches and former students and players of recently retired Blissfield educator Denny Thompson.

“Denny is one heck of a coach and an even better person. He’s the best, that’s as simply as I can put it,” said former Blissfield head football coach Ron Estes.

Thompson’s career in the purple and gold has been a decorated one, from his years wearing the Royal uniform, to his years teaching and coaching those who carried on the Royal pride.

A 1969 graduate of Blissfield High School, Thompson was no stranger when it came to the football gridiron, the baseball diamond or the basketball hardwood. He garnered captain’s honors, all-state and all-league awards and the respect of his teammates and coaches. Thompson’s Royal career is such a decorated one, he has earned himself a place in … Read More »

BD athletes fare well at state meet

Posted on June 1st, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

The Britton Deerfield men’s 1600-meter relay team broke a school record and placed fourth in the event Saturday, June 1, at the state track meet. Members were Jordan Osbun, Dylan Cannon, Leighton Merritt and Lucas Forche

BD Patriot Lucas Forche also medaled at the state track meet in the discus event, placing seventh with a throw of 130 feet 6 inches.

For the complete story, please see The Advance’s June 5, 2013, edition.

Whiteford’s Miranda Johnson double-winner at state track finals; Bobcats win softball, baseball Districts

Posted on June 1st, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Saturday was a huge day in Whiteford High School athletics.

Track phenom Miranda is the division 4 long-jump champion with a new state record of 18 feet 2.5 inches as well as state champion in 200-meter dash. She was also second in the 100-meter dash.

Olivia Overmann made the podium in the discus throwing 98 feet 7 inches for sixth place.

Whiteford baseball and softball both won their district championships.

The Bobcat men mercied Lutheran South 18-0 to advance to the finals. Britton Deerfield beat Summerfield 8-2 to face the Bobcats. In the end, Whiteford edges BD 1-0 for the district crown.

The Whiteford softball team defeated BD 16-1 for their first district title since 2010.

For the full stories, please see the June 5, 2013, edition of The Advance.

Blissfield soccer loses in District finals

Posted on June 1st, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

The quest for a District title for Blissfield women’s soccer team ended in the championship game Saturday evening, June 1, as Manchester defeated the Royals 6-2 at Jackson Christian.

Hopes were high Thursday when Blissfield downed the Jonesville Comets 4-2 in district play, sending the Royals to District Finals.

Blissfield soccer wins berth in district finals

Posted on May 30th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

Blissfield’s soccer team defeated the Jonesville Comets 4-2 in district action Thursday evening, May 30, sending the Royals to District Finals at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Royals will face Manchester at 5 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Christian.

Blissfield soccer, softball advance in districts; baseball season ends

Posted on May 29th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

Blissfield varsity soccer won its opening round District game against Grass Lake 6-0 Tuesday and advances to play at 3:30 Thursday, May 30, in Jonesville.

The Royal softball team also won their opening District game 9-3 against Erie Mason Wednesday at Dundee. They will play at 10 a.m. Saturday in Dundee. They will take on SMCC.

Blissfield baseball lost 7-2 to Erie Mason in the first game of Districts Wednesday evening.