MHSAA NOW: The weekly newsletter of the Michigan High School Athletic Association


Today’s “Now” includes features on a pair of football teams off to fast starts and a preview of Week 3 games of note across the state. We continue our “Title IX at 50” series highlighting one of the highest achievers in MHSAA history, and we say good-bye to a longtime friend of Michigan high school tennis.

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1st & Goal: 2021 Week 3 Preview

Every week of the football regular season we learn something more about who we might be watching when playoffs roll around in November. And we should know quite a bit once we’ve reached the end of Week 3 this weekend. League play will have begun in almost every conference across the state, and with some particularly intriguing matchups of possible state contenders today and Saturday – a few of which we detail here.

Title IX at 50: Best-Ever Conversation Must Include Leland’s Glass

Labeling just one athlete the “greatest” of millions who have competed over a half century of MHSAA girls sports history – comparing the all-time best from multiple sports over multiple eras – is both bound to be unfair and ultimately impossible. But Leland two-sport star Alisha Glass should be part of any related conversations.

After Slight Delay, Veteran Spring Lake Impresses in Long-Awaited Launch

Spring Lake returned 17 starters and, understandably, couldn’t wait to get this season started. But just as the Lakers were revving up their engine for takeoff, they were idled for another week. Spring Lake picked up a forfeit victory in Week 1 after Muskegon Orchard View decided to not field a varsity team this fall, so the Lakers put in another week of practice and then unleashed all of their pent-up energy on Zeeland East last Thursday.

In Memoriam: Tiger Teusink (1936-2021)

Dwayne “Tiger” Teusink, a longtime Holland tennis legend and a prominent foundation builder for MHSAA tennis at the statewide level, died Monday, three days before his 85th birthday. A coach for nearly a half-century, he also continued to assist the MHSAA in administering the sport nearly until his death.

Grinding Ground Game Has White Pigeon Eyeing Memorable Run

With just a cursory glance at the 2020 results for the White Pigeon varsity football team, the Chiefs’ 4-3 record might not seem all that impressive. Their opponents this year, however, know not to discount a program that has the potential to both reshape the Southwest 10 Conference standings by the end of the fall, but also to shake things up once the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 8 playoffs get rolling.

Unforgettable 5ive: 2021 Football Week 2


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This Week In High School Sports: 9/8/21

This week’s edition discusses rules changes for Fall sports, awards Game Balls to high achievers in soccer, golf and football from last week, explains football intentional grounding at the high school level, and concludes with the inspiring comeback story of an Adrian Lenawee Christian coach.

Be the Referee: Intentional Grounding

This week, MHSAA assistant director Brent Rice explains football intentional grounding at the high school level. Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.


Girls Tennis (UP) · Finals: Sept. 29-Oct. 2
Boys Tennis (LP) · Finals: Oct. 14-16
Girls Golf (LP) · Finals: Oct. 15-16
Boys Cross Country (UP) · Finals: Oct. 23
Girls Cross Country (UP) · Finals: Oct. 23
Boys Cross Country (LP) · Finals: Nov. 6
Girls Cross Country (LP) · Finals: Nov. 6
Boys Soccer · Finals: Nov. 6
Girls Swimming & Diving (LP) · Finals: Nov. 19-20
Girls Volleyball · Finals: Nov. 20
Football 8-Player · Finals: 19-20
Football 11-Player · Finals: 26-27


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