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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.

Local sports results – April 22-27

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

Following are local sports results from the May 1, 2013, edition of The Advance. For the full stories and individual stats, please see the May 1 Sports pages. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.

By Melissa Burnor and Chad Hutchinson

Local women’s track competitors shone at the Addison Relays last Friday. The Whiteford women’s team placed third overall. Blissfield was fourth and Britton Deerfield placed seventh out of 11 teams.


The Blissfield varsity golf squad shot its best team total of the year at the LCAA Jamboree at Deme Acres on April 22. The Royals took 7th place with a team score of 172. Dundee took the top spot with 160, followed by Erie Mason with 163 and Ida with 165.

The Blissfield varsity softball team went 2-1 last week. The Lady Royals dropped the first game of a double-header at home against Columbia … Read More »

Schiermyer returns to Lenawee County as Blissfield varsity football coach

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

By Chad Hutchinson

After much anticipation, Blissfield High School has announced Adam Schiermyer as the next head coach to captain the Blissfield varsity football program. Schiermyer is no stranger to the area as he is a graduate and former football and baseball standout at Morenci High School and Adrian College.

Schiermyer will bring his experience and knowledge from years of playing along with more than nine years of coaching experience to the program. Schiermyer is leaving his post as a high school physical education teacher and head football coach at division-two Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

After only one season at the helm as varsity head coach, Schiermyer said his move to Blissfield was a pleasant surprise.

“I’ve always had a goal to get back to Lenawee County. It’s always been the area I wanted to go to, I just didn’t … Read More »

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