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 »
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
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.
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’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 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.
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 »
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 »
Blissfield High School athletic director Steve Babbitt has announced that Adam Schiermyer is taking the reins of the Blissfield Varsity Football program.
Schiermyer, a high school physical education teacher and head football coach at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, Arizona, said he is excited to be returning to Lenawee County to continue his teaching and coaching career, Babbitt said. A graduate of Adrian College, he majored in physical education and played both football and baseball.
After receiving his degree, Schiermyer attended the United States Sports Academy, where he earned his masters of sport science degree in 2003. Before serving as head football coach at Bradshaw Mountain, he had been a teacher and assistant football coach at Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona, for six years, and at Highland High School, also in Gilbert, for two years.
Babbitt said the new coach will … Read More »
Whiteford Agricultural Schools have postponed varsity baseball and softball games scheduled for Friday, April 19, due to the inclement weather. Both games have been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Whiteford.
Athletic events scheduled for BD schools have been postponed and cancelled due to weather. Both the Britton Deerfield varsity baseball and softball games scheduled for Friday afternoon,
April 19, against Summerfield have been postponed until a later date. The junior varsity baseball game at Deerfield on Monday, April 22, against Sand Creek has also been cancelled. The Pittsford Invitational Saturday, April 20, that both the men’s and women’s track teams were scheduled to compete in, has also been cancelled.
This from Steve Babbitt, Blissfield High School athletic director, regarding BHS sporting events for April 19 and 20:
Freshman baseball has been cancelled for Friday at Milan and Saturday at St. Mary’s CC.
Varsity track has been cancelled for Saturday at Pittsford
Varsity softball vs. Notre Dame Saturday (home) has been delayed until 1 p.m.
Varsity baseball Saturday (Homerun Pizza Invitational @ home) has been delayed until noon
There is some activity still going Friday: varsity soccer at Adrian at 5:30 p.m. is on as is varsity golf at Ida, 3 p.m.
The Blissfield varsity baseball team swept its LCAA adversary Hudson Tigers 5-0 and 4-3 in a double-header April 9. The Royals rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to clinch the sweep and even their record at 3-3 on the season. Blissfield’s LCAA victory also sparked its pursuit of a 20th consecutive league championship.
Blissfield Women’s Track
The Blissfield women’s track team didn’t need the cold temperatures and light rain to help put the visiting Hudson Tigers on ice 85-43 April 10. The Lady Royals dominated nearly every event on their way to the double-digit win to open their season.
Blissfield Men’s Track
The Blissfield men’s track team was more than the Tigers could handle, as it took down the Tigers 85-28 to open its season.
The Blissfield varsity softball team split its league opener in a double-header against the … Read More »
Blissfield High School track athletes have been alerted that Clinton has cancelled its Saturday, April 13, varsity track invitational due to the fact their track in currently under water, according to Steve Babbitt, BHS athletic director.
In addition, the Saturday, April 13, varsity baseball at home and varsity softball games at Tecumseh have been cancelled, he said.
The Blissfield freshman baseball tournament at Plymouth has also been cancelled for Saturday.
From Blissfield athletic director Steve Babbitt: Blissfield varsity softball vs. Adrian has been rained out today (4/10/13). It will be made up on Wednesday, May 1.
Blissfield JV baseball at Adrian has been rained out. No make up date has been determined.