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Royal soccer season ends in 4-1 loss to LCS

Posted on October 14th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off


The Blissfield High School Royals varsity men’s soccer team, which has thrilled local fans all season long and won the ISL championship for the first time in the program’s history, saw its season end on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at the hands of Lenawee Christian School, 4-1, in district action.

LCS went into halftime up 2-0 in the game, played in Blissfield.

Royal Josiah Makula scored Blissfield’s only goal in the second half with 8:36 remaining, trailing 3-1 at that point. Ultimately, LCS won the postseason game with two goals from Chris Drewery and a goal each from Jessie Maguire and David Park.

Blissfield had beaten LCS twice earlier in the season, but the third time did not prove to be a charm for the Royals in 2014.

For the game details, please see the Oct. 22, 2014, edition of The Advance. But for a review of the Royals’ championship … Read More »

Autumn Color Tour Trail 5K Saturday at Gerber

Posted on October 8th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

A 5K trail run for the public has been scheduled immediately after the Saturday, Oct. 11, Lenawee County Cross Country Championship at Gerber Park, near Blissfield, Michigan. The “Autumn Color Tour Trail Run” is a 5K run/walk to benefit the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. The event will take place on the Lenawee County championship cross country course at Gerber Hill Park, used just minutes earlier by local high school athletes to determine the season’s best runners. “Over the years, parents and friends of high school athletes have told our local cross country coach that they would like a chance to run on this trail,” said organizer Marcia Loader, executive director of the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. “It’s a lovely park and challenging run course and Gerber Park is beautiful and in peak color at this … Read More »

Blissfield, Whiteford win homecoming games

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

The Blissfield Royals felt the homecoming magic Friday night, earning their first win of the season 33-7 over Columbia Central Eagles with plenty of completed passes and interceptions, too.

Another local homecoming football squad, the Whiteford Bobcats, hosted Whitmore Lake and treated their guests to a 38-6 defeat.

However, the Britton Deerfield Patriots, while celebrating homecoming, fell to visiting Summerfield’s Bulldogs who left town with a 42-21 win.

For the complete stories as well as the Britton Deerfield homecoming results, please see the Oct. 8, 2014, edition of The Advance, which will also include the Fall and Winter Visitor’s Guide.



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

The varsity football teams of Blissfield, Britton Deerfield and Whiteford all suffered week-five road losses on a mild Friday, Sept. 26 evening.

The Onsted Wildcats came from behind to defeat the Blissfield Royals 22-19. Britton Deerfield’s Patriots lost to Madison 41-0. And the Whiteford Bobcats fell to Summerfield Bulldogs 18-8.

Next Friday, all three teams will be on familiar turf celebrating their respective homecomings.

For details on these games and homecoming previews, please see the Oct. 1, 2014, edition of The Advance.


Blissfield volleyball ‘in the pink’

Posted on September 25th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

The Blissfield High School volleyball program will host a Dig Pink fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and research Tuesday.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, when the freshmen and junior varsity squads begin play, followed by the varsity. The teams will face Columbia Central and are aiming to fill the stands.

To support their fundraising efforts, the teams will have a silent auction and bake sale. They will also honor breast cancer survivors at the game. Team members will be “pinked out” wearing special pink uniforms.


Whiteford wins the night in football

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

The Whiteford Bobcats were the only winning cause in Friday night football action for The Advance coverage area, downing the Britton Deerfield Patriots by a score of 44-12.

In Blissfield, the Royals played Ida in their home-opener, but fell to the visitors, 41-7.

For the complete game stories on these and other sports from the week, please see the Sept. 24, 2014, edition of The Advance.

Blissfield 9-10s lose in final game

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

The Blissfield Little League 9-10 year olds lost a tough 8-7 game to good Tecumseh team in the final of the Michigan Little League World Series Saturday.

For more, please see the July 23, 2014, edition of The Advance.

Blissfield Legion Big Leaguers win state title

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

For the third year in a row, the Blissfield Legion Big Leaguers are state champions, defeating Portage in a hard fought 13-11 thriller.

For the full story, please pick up a copy of the July 23, 2014, edition of The Advance.

Miranda Johnson three-peats in state long jump

Posted on May 31st, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Whiteford senior Miranda Johnson is for the third time the Division 4 women’ s long jump champion with a leap of 18’6″.  She was also second in the Division 4 100-meter days and is qualified for the 200-meter, though results are not in at this time.

She is seeded first now in the 200 meter finals and was seeded fourth in the 100-meter finals.

Tristan Pizana of Britton Deerfield  placed fourth in the men’s long jump at the state meet.
Sara Goetz placed fifth in the pole vault finals with a vault of 10’6″ for Blissfield.

For the complete story on state track finals, please see the June 4, 2014, edition of The Advance!

Whiteford wins invitational

Posted on May 20th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

The Whiteford Bobcats  won their own invitational defeating Emmanuel Christian

15-0 in 3 innings then beating Erie Mason 5-1 on May 10. In game one,  Kevin Kaufman was the winning pitcher and Josh Beck had seven RBI’s. Beck went three for four with two

doubles and a single. In game two Troy Diller pitched the win. Colin Lake

and J  Beck both went two for four and Zach Perry went two for three.

5/12/14 Whiteford defeated Sand Creek 13- 10 taking their record to 14-6

with 8 straight wins. Joe Link was the winning pitcher. Josh Beck and Zach

Perry both went 3 for 4 and Troy Diller went 2 for 4. 9 of the 10 Bobcats

Whiteford baseball has picked up several wins with an eight game wining streak over the last two weeks. On May 7 Whiteford defeated Adrian Madison 7-6  Troy Diller was the winning

pitcher and … Read More »