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Royal volleyball has silver start

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

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield varsity women’s volleyball team went 4-1-1 in bracket play at the Jackson County Western tournament Aug. 24.

The Lady Royals swept Onsted 25-17 and 25-18 to win the silver bracket.

Blissfield had no problem spiking the competition as it registered at least one win against every team the team faced except Tecumseh. Tecumseh was the only squad to best the Royals in two consecutive games by scores of 21-16 in both matches.

For the complete story, please see the Aug. 28, 2013, edition of The Advance.

Royal, Patriot women second and third at CC Preview

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

By Melissa Burnor

The Blissfield and Britton Deerfield women’s cross country teams placed second and third in the Lenawee County Cross Country Preview meet at Tecumseh Saturday.

BD’s Larissa Buckingham was the top finisher of the day, placing second in the junior/senior race in a time of 22:09. The preview race featured two races for the women and the men. A freshmen/sophomore race followed by the junior senior race.

Tecumseh won the women’s meet with 29 points. Blissfield followed with 39 and Britton Deerfield had 48 points. Adrian was the next closest competitor with 48 points. Rounding out the team scoring were Sand Creek, 78, Onsted, 93, Addison, 114, Clinton, 138, and Madison 161.

For the rest of the story, please see the Aug. 28, 2013, edition of The Advance.

Blissfield 9-10s’ title hopes end in semifinal

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

The Blissfield 9-10 year old Little League team’s quest for a state title in Muskegon has come to an end following a 7-3 semifinal loss to North Saginaw Township. Blissfield had cruised through the first three games of pool play, going a perfect 3-0. Blissfield continued the winning steak with a 3-2 victory over Fraternal Northwest in the quarterfinal contest Tuesday before falling to North Saginaw.

For complete details on Blissfield’s state title run, catch a copy of the August 7 edition of The Advance.

Blissfield talent shines in Lookouts’ 33-3 season

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

A trio of talented Blissfield varsity softball players helped to lead the 16U Adrian Lookouts travel softball squad to a stellar season. The Lookouts piled up the wins on their way to a 33-3 season record.

Kelsie Abbott, Kaytlin Martinez and Bryce Yeager helped to lead the Lookouts to successful season that included claiming the crown at four out of five tournaments on the season. The Lady Royal members and their teammates faced some of the top competition from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and even some international competition from Canada.

The Blissfield representatives and the Lookouts claimed the crown at the Independence Day Classic in Maumee, Ohio, the Motor City Showdown in Canton, the Michigan College Exposure Tournament in Lansing and their season capping championship at the Fast Pitch Classic in Maumee.

For the complete story, please see … Read More »

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.
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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.