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Bobcats win state football title

Posted on November 24th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Bobcats win state football title

 

DETROIT – The Whiteford Bobcats returned to Ford Fieldin Detroit after achieving runner-up status in 2016
and claimed the Division-8 MHSAA state championship
Friday morning, defeating Saginaw Nouvel Catholic
Central 42-21.

The Bobcats got out to a quick first-half lead, going into the locker room at half time with a 34-7
advantaqe.

The undefeated ‘Cats extended the lead in the third quarter and played for a time with a running clock until Saginaw Nouvel scored twice.

This is Whiteford’s first state title and was its
first meeting with Saginaw Nouvel. However, when the Blissfield Royals played for the state
title 10 years ago, it was Saginaw Nouvel – then
in D-6 – that took home the state crown over the
Royals.


Bobcats headed back to Ford Field

Posted on November 19th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Bobcats headed back to Ford Field

The Whiteford Bobcats didn’t let a little rain and cold – or a lot of rain and cold – stop them from their goal of returning to Ford Field for a second crack at the MHSAA Division Eight state football title.

To get there, the Bobcats continued their perfect season by handling Mendon Saturday afternoon 50-21.  The ‘Cats got off to a 22-0 first quarter to set the pace. By halftime, the score was 36-7 Bobcats.

They will face Saginaw Nouvel the day after Thanksgiving at Detroit’s Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions. Interestingly, Saginaw Nouvel, who played in Division Six 10 years ago, was the team the Blissfield Royals faced and fell to in 2007 at the state finals.

This is the second consecutive year Whiteford’s football team has made it to the state finals. Last year, they lost in that last game … Read More »


Whiteford Bobcats win regional crown

Posted on November 11th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Whiteford Bobcats win regional crown

On a chilly Saturday afternoon in “The Woods” of Whiteford High School, the Whiteford Bobcats continued their perfect varsity football season by downing the Mountaineers of Clarkston Everest 60-20, adding another regional title trophy to their case in the process.

The Bobcats now advance to a neutral site – Howell High School – where they will take on Mendon High School at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. They are just one win from returning to Ford Field where they finished as Division 8 runners up in 2016

For Brad Heineman’s story and photos, please see the Nov. 15, 2017, edition of The Advance. 


Blissfield’s football season ends

Posted on November 11th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Blissfield’s football season ends

The Blissfield Royals ended their regular football season with a 5-4 record, but it was enough to get them into the playoffs in Division 6.

They mowed down Napoleon first – top seed in their district – then Columbia Central for their district’s championship.

However, when they traveled to Madison Heights Bishop Foley on a bitterly cold Friday to face the Cougars of Warren Michigan Collegiate for the regional title, their season came to an end as the Cougars won 32-6 to advance to the Division 6 semifinals.

For Brad Heineman’s complete story, please see the Nov. 15, 2017, edition of The Advance.


Blissfield Royals win district football crown

Posted on November 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Blissfield Royals win district football crown

The Blissfield Royals won its first district championship in football since its Cinderella football year of 2007 that took the Royals of that era all the way to Ford Field where they lost in the state finals.

The Royals went back to Columbia Central, where they had defeated the Golden Eagles earlier in the year, and did it again Friday night with a 27-17 victory to claim their district’s title in the Division 6 of the MHSAA state football tournament. The team was presented with the trophy at Columbia Central and hoisted it high after singing the school fight song joined by student fans on the football field.

Blissfield will play for the regional title next weekend.

For the complete story, please see the Nov. 8, 2017, edition of The Advance.


Whiteford Bobcats headed for football regionals

Posted on November 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Whiteford Bobcats headed for football regionals

The Bobcats of Whiteford High School took it to the visiting Summerfield Bulldogs Friday winning the district championship in Division 8 of the MHSAA football playoffs 36-20.

The Bobcats, runners up in Division 8 football last year, will play for the regional crown next weekend.


Royals suffer homecoming loss, 28-20

Posted on October 11th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off on Royals suffer homecoming loss, 28-20

After several Fridays of cleanly executed football with few mistakes, the Blissfield Royals came into their homecoming bout as a favorite over Hillsdale. Even with two key players – Josh Eisenmann and Nathan Chappuies – sitting out with injuries, buzz was the Royal team had the weapons to wage a successful battle.

“I feel like we have individuals that can step up in the absence of those two,” said Coach Ryan Love. “Our game change was changed slightly, however a few missed opportunities proves to be costly.”

Very costly, in fact, resulting in a 28-20 Royals loss to the Hornets and putting the home team in a must-win situation for the last two games of the regular season if they are to earn a playoff berth.

The game started off tight in scoring, but fraught with interceptions and fumbles from the opening plays … Read More »


Whiteford tames Sand Creek Aggies, 53-14

Posted on October 11th, by Marcia Loader in Sports. Comments Off on Whiteford tames Sand Creek Aggies, 53-14

By BRAD HEINEMAN

OTTAWA LAKE — Perhaps the most entertaining game of the Whiteford Bobcats varsity football season thus far, was saved for its annual homecoming game, Friday night, Oct. 6, 2017, in Ottawa Lake against the visiting 3-3 Sand Creek Aggies.
For the first time this fall football season, the Bobcats trailed in a contest, falling behind early in the game, 7-0, as the Aggies turned a couple of uncharacteristic first quarter Whiteford turnovers into points.
But even by facing their first deficit of the year, the Bobcats remained a poised and controlled football team.
Whiteford eventually found the end zone two times in a row following the Sand Creek score and the Aggies responded with another answer to tie the game in the second quarter, 14-14. But the Bobcats still had plenty of juice left in them — on both offense and … Read More »


SMCC gets past Madison men in regional final

Posted on March 15th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on SMCC gets past Madison men in regional final

The Madison men’s basketball team battled to the regional final buzzer, but it was a three-point buzzer-beating basket by SMCC that finished their season, 57-54, despite the fact that the Trojans had been down by 16 points in the third quarter. They tied the game with six seconds left in the regional contest before the Falcons sank the big basket.


Royal women see end to season

Posted on March 15th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Royal women see end to season

The Blissfield women’s basketball team bade the 2016-17 season farewell in Tuesday night’s state quarterfinal game to Detroit Edison.

The final score in the Royals’ season was 58-45.

For Brad Heineman’s story, please see the March 22 edition of The Advance.


District basketball title won by Madison men

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on District basketball title won by Madison men

The Madison Trojans secured the district men’s basketball title Friday night in a 45-40 win over Addison at Sand Creek High School.

Madison will move on to the first round of regional play against Ann Arbor Greenhills at 8 p.m. Monday in Hudson.


Blissfield women win basketball regional

Posted on March 9th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Blissfield women win basketball regional

Blissfield’s Lady Royals gave their fans quite a thrill battling Grass Lake – in double overtime – to a 56-49 regional crown in Madison.

The Royals advance to quarterfinals from here.

Coach Ryan Gilbert celebrated the win right after celebrating with this wife the arrival Wednesday of a new baby boy.

 


Blissfield women advance to regional final

Posted on March 7th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Blissfield women advance to regional final

The Lady Royals of Blissfield defeated Michigan Center 48-38 to advance to Thursday’s regional basketball final at Madison High School.

Blissfield’s dynamic senior duo of Brooke Henning and Kelsey Wyman dominated the game with 21 points for Henning and Wyman contributing 18 before a packed gymnasium.


Nite at the Races tickets on sale

Posted on January 12th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Nite at the Races tickets on sale

Tickets for the annual Blissfield Athletic Booster’s Nite at the Races fundraiser are now on sale for the Jan. 28 event at the Blissfield American Legion Hall, 451 High St. Doors will open for the event at 6 p.m. and the fun kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the high school’s athletic office or by contacting any of the following athletic booster members: Mike and Pam Alexander, Steve Babbitt, Dawn Chappuies, Stacey Clark, Matt Crane, Dori Degregorio, Deb Dusseau, Amy Hayford, Kristin Horky, Michelle Jackson, Anne Lycans and Tom Lycans, Shawn Milner, Kori Nieman, Billie Patton, Brian Reed and Dawn Reed, Erin Slusher, Jodi Spiker, Brian Weidmayer, Donna Wood and Kim Zemla.


Blissfield grad works for LSU football program

Posted on January 12th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off on Blissfield grad works for LSU football program

By Brad Heineman

When it finally became a realization to 2015 Blissfield High School graduate Josh Hall that his four-year high school football career would be coming to a close at the conclusion of the fall 2014 season, it was a rough time for the then-honorable mention academic all-state lineman for the Blissfield Football Royals.
“It was tough,” he said. “Man, the thought of never playing football again really stung.”
Like many high school seniors braving the unexamined waters of post-secondary life, Hall was a bit taken by the options available to him, post-high school. Rather than attempting to play collegiate level football, Hall said he realized that he would realistically make it farther after college if he focused on his education, rather than trying to make a college’s football roster.
But football still remained a part of Hall’s being.
Ultimately, in order to get … Read More »



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