Royal men fall to Summerfield

The Summerfield Bulldogs were victorious over the  BlissfieldRoyal men’s basketball team Thursday, Dec. 6. The ‘Dogs won 77-46.

For Chad Hutchinson’s complete story, please see the Dec. 12, 2012, edition of The Advance.

Estes steps down as Blissfield head football coach

By Chad Hutchinson

After 11 seasons and eight playoff appearances, Blissfield head varsity football coach Ron Estes has decided to step away from the game.

Estes is leaving behind a decorated legacy at Blissfield, that includes a pair of league championships, a district and regional championship, and a state runner up finish in 2007 at Ford Field.

“I needed to step away for a little bit, and felt like the timing was right,” Estes said.

The veteran coach said he has no immediate coaching plans in his future, but added his career as a coach is far from over.

“I’m not done coaching, this is just a temporary thing. But I have absolutely nothing brewing,” he said.

With a 76-40 career record at Blissfield and a 66 percent winning percentage, Estes should have little trouble finding a position when he decides to return.

In a career filled with accomplishments, winning seasons and post season success, Estes said it was the Blissfield community and the kids he coached that were the greatest point of pride in his career.

“Blissfield is a great community, and that was reflected in the young men I coached. Not every team was a championship level team, but every team had great qualities and great character, and it was a privilege to coach them.”

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the rest of Chad’s story, please see the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of The ADVANCE.

Lady Royals top Lady Bobcats in basketball opener

By Chad Hutchinson

In a great defensive performance, the Lady Royals  basketball team of Blissfield High School put one in the W column in their first official game of the season, overcoming the Whiteford Lady Bobcats 41-21.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For Chad’s complete coverage of this game and more, please see the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of The Advance. For home delivery, please call 517-486-2400.

Lady Patriots defeat Lenawee Christian

By Melissa Burnor

The women of Britton Deerfield sailed past the Lenawee Christian 60-13 in their opening basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 27. Cambria Handy scored 19 points for the BD Patriots and Morgan Tanis added 12. BD controlled the boards and the ball all evening.

Copyright 2012, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For more on this game and others, please see the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of The Advance.

BD Patriots fall in Division Seven regional

Patriots Tristan Pizana and Josh Reau

The Britton Deerfield Patriots, coming off a 32-2 District football win against Dansville last week, charged onto the Bishop Foley High School field in Madison Heights with a busload of enthusiasm and heart, but were unable to overtake the number-one Detroit Loyola football team in Division Seven Saturday afternoon.

The Loyola Bull Dogs, 11-0 on the season, prevented the Patriots, 8-3, from getting on the scoreboard, and won the regional title 32-0.

Only three teams of the 12 Loyola has met, however, have held the Bull Dogs to 32 points or fewer this season and BD was one of those teams. Eight of the teams Loyola defeated lost by more than 32 points.

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