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Denecker signs to play basketball at U of St. Francis

Posted on May 13th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Bilssfield High School senior Claire Denecker will continue her stellar basketball career next fall as a member of the University of St. Francis basketball team in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Denecker will be joining the program that won the 2014 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)  Championship title.

For complete details please check out the May 21 issue of The Advance.

Goetz steps down as volleyball coach

Posted on May 6th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off

The Blissfield Athletic Department announced Sunday that Kilee Goetz is steeping down as head volleyball coach to take a full-time position with the Oakland Elite Volleyball Club in a director role for the 10-14 year old division, joining Eric Lazowki, director for the 15-18 division and Roly Roldan, chief operating officer.

For the rest of the story, please see the May 7, 2014, edition of The Advance.

BASEBALL: May 7, 2014, edition

Posted on May 6th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off


The Blissfield Royals varsity baseball team made it a sweep on the home diamond in Saturday’s Schwyn Invitational, defeating Wyandotte and Adrian. The Royals took game one of the tournament, 5-4 over Wyandotte. They then defeated Adrian 9-8 in an exciting finish.

On Tuesday, April 29, the Royals hosted a double-header against Hillsdale. The Royals swept both games 10-1 and 12-1.


The Britton Deerfield Patriot baseball team improved their record to 5-5 overall with a 7-3 win over Whitmore Lake early last week.

TRACK: April 30, 2014, edition

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

Britton Deerfield and Blissfield had a busy week in track, while Whiteford was on spring break.

BD/Morenci/Clinton Men

The Britton Deerfield Patriot men’s track team split a double-dual meet April 22 at home on a windy chilly afternoon. The Patriots defeated Morenci but fell to Clinton.

BD/Clinton/Morenci Women

The temperatures may have been chilly, but the Britton Deerfield women’s track team heated up the track April 22 sweeping a double-dual meet with Clinton and Morenci. The Patriots were the overall winner in both the sprint relays. Sophomore Jaymz Gibson was a double-winner in the 400 and 200 meter dash events. Cambria Handy won the shot put and Janessa Handy the long jump. Mariah Gotz won the 100 meter dash. “We are doing really well,” BD coach Bob Beckey said, “with a little better weather we should see some peak performances in the next couple … Read More »

SOCCER: April 30, 2014, edition

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

Another home game for the Lady Royals soccer team and another game with chilly evening temperatures. But the wind and droplets of rain did not appear to faze them as they cruised to a 4-0 shut-out against the Grass Lake Warriors Wednesday at home.

For the complete story, please see the April 30, 2014, edition of The ADVANCE.

BASEBALL: April 30, 2014, edition

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

BLISSFIELD — The Blissfield varsity bats have been swinging non-stop in this past week of Royal baseball action. On prom day Saturday,April 26, the Royals marched onto their home diamond and let the bats fly against the University Liggett Knights. The Royals were led by sophomore Chase Lievens in the first of two against Liggett. Lievens recorded five RBIs in the first match-up en route to a high-scoring 15-10 victory.

Another victory in the second game eluded the Royals as they fell to Liggett 12-9, unable to perform the double-header sweep.

BRITTON DEERFIELD — A three-run homerun by D.J. Gotz in the double-header with Lenawee Christian April 21 put the Patriots on top of the Cougars 7-1.

The Patriots lost the first game 4-2 but came roaring back in the second game defeating Lenawee Christian 7-1.

The Whiteford Bobcats were on spring break last … Read More »

SOFTBALL: April 30, 2014 edition

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


After an impressive 4-0 start to the Lady Royals’ softball season eyes were fixed on the future and how long the impressive season could continue. After dominating victories in previous games the lady Royals were squared up against Tecumseh on Monday the 21st, in a match-up that is always sure to please. The Royals, however, could not continue the early-season win streak and were dropped by the Indians of Tecumseh, 13-3.


The Britton Deerfield Lady Patriots softball team came up big last week defeating Lenawee Christian in two games. With the two wins, the Patriots have now won three times as many games as they did during the 2013 regular season. After blanking the Cougars 4-0 in the first game, they came back to win the second game 11-10.

Whiteford Bobcats were on spring break last week. For the rest of … Read More »

Estes named BHS head basketball coach

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

By Brad Heineman

It was a rather somber moment when varsity football head coach Ron Estes had made it certain that he would be stepping down as head coach following the Royals’ 2012 season.

Estes had turned around a crumbling football program into one of the best and most successful in school history after taking the reins in the 2002 school year. He went on to lead the Royals to a Ford Field championship berth in the 2007 season, where the Royals would be runner-ups to the state champion Saginaw Nouvel Panthers.

A coach with such talents departing from a sport can be hard to replace. Fans, students, teachers and the community grew to appreciate Estes and his desire to get the best out of his young Royals each year.

Now, after a year designated to and focused on teaching in the high school … Read More »

GOLF: April 30, 2014 edition

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

The Britton Deerfield Patriots traveled Thursday to face Blissfield’s varsity golf squad at Whiteford Valley Golf Course. Both teams performed well with the Royals edging the Patriots, 178-201.

Estes names Blissfield basketball coach

Posted on April 24th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Ron Estes was officially named the Bissfield Royal men’s varsity basketball coach today. Estes was formerly the Blissfield Royals varsity football coach from 2002-2012, and led the Royals all the way to Ford Field where one of his teams became a state runnerup. According to Blissfield Athletic Director Steve Babbitt, Estes was the varsitiy basketball coach at Summerfield High School before continuing his teaching and coaching career at Blissfield.  Estes replaces John Vandecaveye who stepped down after after coaching varsity basketball for the last 24 years for the Royals.