In today’s edition, we announce our latest “Performance of the Week” and “Team of the Month” – both from girls basketball – and also feature a girls hoops “family” taking advantage of longtime connections during a successful run. We feature a wrestling champion looking to repeat and announce a national honor for one of Michigan’s most highly-regarded tennis coaches.
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AROUND THE STATE
The 5-foot-8 senior guard scored a school-record 41 points during a 58-39 win over Marcellus on Jan. 7, breaking her previous single-game school record of 38 points scored as a sophomore to earn the MHSAA “Performance of the Week.” West also became her school’s all-time leading scorer Dec. 17 against Bangor, breaking her coach Brooke McClure’s career points record of 1,224, and West is since up to 1,308 after eight games this winter.
Every team refers to itself as a family in athletics. But the Byron girls basketball team takes that concept to a new level. There are two sets of sisters, a set of cousins, and three of the four coaches on the team coach their own daughters. But, assistant coach Brandy Forgie said, there’s more than that. “The family aspect doesn’t just come from being blood-related,” she said. “We’re all from Byron, born and raised, all but one of us as coaches, too.”
Chris Lilly could have plenty of thoughts racing through his mind as he goes through his senior wrestling season at Croswell-Lexington. It’s his final year wrestling for his dad, Cros-Lex coach Joe Lilly, who has been in his corner since he began wrestling at 7 years old. It could be his final year wrestling competitively period, as he’s not sure he’ll continue with the sport in college.
Longtime Armada tennis coach David Fredette has been named one of 23 National Coaches of the Year for 2018-19 by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NHFS) Coaches Association. Fredette was selected first at the state level and then from among the eight sections that make up the NFHS – Michigan is part of Section 4 with Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin.
This season isn’t half over for the Hartland girls basketball team. And as impressive as they’ve performed over the first six weeks, there are lessons from the last few seasons they must continue to recall with expectations high this winter. Take last week’s 50-40 win over Plymouth. The Eagles trailed early 14-1 – reinforcing coach Don Palmer’s message that every opponent is aiming to bring its best against a Hartland team with championship aspirations.
The Winter sports season is in full swing on MHSAA.tv and the NFHS Network. For the second straight week, more than 600 high school sporting events will have live streaming video. Here’s the complete schedule of varsity events on MHSAA.tv – more than 300 events on this week’s schedule will be competed at the Junior High/Middle School, Freshman, or Junior Varsity levels and are not shown. Visit MHSAA.tv to look for all upcoming games.
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis discusses an addition this winter to the tie-breaker criteria for dual wrestling meets. 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.
This week’s show highlights work to promote and protect youth football, awards Game Balls to Pickford basketball’s Darcy Bennin and Cadillac basketball’s Levi Klotz, explains an addition to the wrestling tie-breaker criteria and discusses the importance of amateurism and commitment to educational athletics.
Upcoming MHSAA Tournament Schedule
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Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the following appointments to the Judicial Tenure Commission, Michigan State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision, Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services, and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force.
Judicial Tenure Commission
Siham Awada Jaafar, of Dearborn Heights, is the president and CEO of 3D Consulting and Communications. She is also the president of the Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center and the founder and producer of the Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference. Ms. Awada Jaafar holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communication from Wayne State University and a civil litigation mediation certificate from the University of Detroit School of Law. Ms. Awada Jaafar is appointed to represent a general public member appointed by the Governor for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. She succeeds Melissa Spickler whose term expired December 31, 2019.
The Judicial Tenure Commission serves to promote the integrity of the judicial process and preserve public confidence in the courts. The Commission strives to hold state judges, magistrates, and referees accountable for their misconduct without jeopardizing or compromising the essential independence of the judiciary. The basis for Commission action is a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct or Rules of Professional Conduct, which are published with the Michigan Rules of Court.
This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Michigan State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision
Jayshona Hicks, of Southfield, is the Governor’s policy advisor on safety, security, and justice. Ms. Hicks is appointed as a representative of the Executive Branch, for a term commencing February 13, 2020 and expiring February 12, 2024. She succeeds Cheri Arwood whose term expires February 12, 2020.
Roy Yaple, of Brighton, is the compact administrator for the Council under the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Yaple is reappointed as the compact administrator for a term commencing February 13, 2020 and expiring February 12, 2024.
The Interstate Compact for Juveniles is a formal agreement between member states with the goal of preserving child welfare and promoting public safety interests of citizens, including victims of juvenile offenders. The Interstate Commission for Juveniles is empowered to monitor compliance with the interstate compact and its rules, and where warranted, initiate interventions to address, and correct noncompliance. Executive Order No. 2013-5, created the State Council which will oversee the intrastate affairs dealing with the Interstate Compact. The Council provides a mechanism for empowerment of the compact process, and serves as an advocate when improving operations, resolving disputes between states, and conducting training. One of the primary responsibilities of the State Council is to recommend changes to compact rules or make comments on proposed rules.
These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services
Mikyia S. Aaron, of Taylor, is the general counsel and external business affairs director for Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 1191. Ms. Aaron serves as an appointed delegate to Metro Detroit AFL-CIO’s Labor Council. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Ms. Aaron is appointed to represent business, industry, or labor, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2020. She succeeds Ed Benning whose term expired December 31, 2017.
Elizabeth K. Abdnour, of Lansing, is the founder and principal attorney for her private practice, Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Esq., PLLC. Ms. Abdnour is a cooperating attorney for the ACLU of Michigan and the board secretary for the Firecracker Foundation. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law. Ms. Abdnour is appointed to represent business, industry, or labor, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2021. She succeeds Anne Riddering whose term expired December 31, 2018.
Myrtel E. Brown, of Flint, is the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 188 and mental health support personnel for Michigan Community Services, Inc. Mrs. Brown is appointed to represent business, industry, or labor, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2021. She succeeds Steve Perdue whose term expired December 31, 2018.
Karen T. Schulz, of Lansing, is the director of member services for the Michigan Education Special Services Association (MESSA) and a volunteer coach with the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Central Michigan University. Mrs. Schulz is appointed to represent business, industry, or labor, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. She succeeds Michael Miller whose term expired December 31, 2019.
The Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services reviews, analyzes, and advises Michigan’s rehabilitation programs and services. The Council works to improve public vocational rehabilitation services delivered by the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) and Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS).
These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force
Michael Heise, of Sault Ste. Marie, is the president and CEO of Cloverland Electric Cooperative. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo. Mr. Heise is appointed to represent a member who is knowledgeable about the operation of public utilities, who represents public utilities in the Upper Peninsula, and is nominated by the chairman of the Public Service Commission, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring July 31, 2021. He succeeds Thomas Harrell who has resigned.
Justin L. Morren, of China, is the plant director for the DTE Blue Water Energy Center. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Morren is appointed to represent a member who is knowledgeable about the operation of public utilities, who represents public utilities in the Lower Peninsula, and is nominated by the chairman of the Public Service Commission, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring July 31, 2021. He succeeds Andrew Bordine who has resigned.
The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force was created to develop statewide policy recommendations on the operation, use, and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems in this state.
These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
CONTACT: Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications, CrossD2@Michigan.gov
Continuous lane closures on I-94 start Monday between I-96 and US-12 in Detroit for road and bridge work
Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
Beginning Monday, Jan. 20, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will close the left lanes of eastbound and westbound I-94 between US-12 (Michigan Avenue) and I-96 for one week. These continuous lane closures will allow work at multiple locations, including a railroad bridge near Livernois Road, concrete form removal near Warren Avenue, and steel repairs on the 24th Street bridge. This work is weather dependent and may be cancelled and rescheduled.
This work had previously been delayed due to weather.
By continuously closing one lane in each direction, this will provide work crews in multiple locations with safer work zones.
ONTV Feature Writer: Sammy Taromina
Did the Oxford Wildcats take a risk???
In games or athletics there are risks in the Wildcats case hiring legendary Oxford alum Zach Line to take over your football program brings risks.Line takes over for legendary coach Bud Rowley who spent 43 years at Oxford. He won 264 games for the Wildcats in his career including a State Championship in 1992. Line played for Rowley in which his senior season in 2008 he averaged over 172 rushing yards a game. Line is also in the School’s Hall Of Fame.
No one will ever criticize his accomplishments at Oxford, Southern Methodist University, and the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.The risk is that Line does not have any coaching experience. Oxford is a very tough job especially with the schedule and division they are in. The community is as passionate as anywhere for football. He has to try to convince them that he is the right choice. There are still Rowley supporters hoping that he would stay at Oxford but there were those who wanted change within the football program.
Line will have to handle not just the varsity program but also the middle school, sub-varsities, and youth football programs to get his footprint on the program. It will not be an easy sell. I don’t call this a rebuild at Oxford despite finishing 1-8 and missing the playoffs last season but it will take time for Line to put his program in place. I look at a perfect example being three coaches that Line will see this season in West Bloomfield’s Ron Bellamy, Oak Park’s Greg Carter, and Lake Orion’s John Blackstock. It took Carter one season to turn the Knights into a contender, two seasons for Blackstock at Lake Orion, and Bellamy three seasons.
The Wildcats have the talent but it will be interesting to see if Line goes to more of a pro-style offense that he has seen with the Mustangs, Vikings, and Saints. The pro-style offense does have a ton of “Pound the Rock” stuff with the power offense.
Oxford does return a ton of play making ability led by quarterback Brady Carpenter. They have a really tough schedule in 2020 which greets Line. Oxford will see all nine teams on their schedule that made the playoffs last season. They are in the Red which is one of the toughest leagues in the State which features the likes of West Bloomfield, Southfield Arts and Tech, Oak Park, Clarkston, and arch rival Lake Orion. The crossovers are also brutal with Stoney Creek and North Farmington and that’s not mentioning their non-league opening up against Romeo and closing out the season against Sterling Heights Stevenson.
Line will have a ton of challenges for sure but was a risk for Oxford Athletic Director Joe Ackerman to go with Line instead of another former Wildcats player and current Troy Athens coach Billy Keenest and longtime assistant Mike Brown???
We shall see what happens.
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