Month: November 2016

Core Power Performance Impact Players of the Year

Throughout the season, the Michigan Sports Radio team has honored players each week for their performance on the field by naming them Core Power Performance Impact Players of the Week. There have been 40 players and a handful of teams/position groups that have been honored throughout the season, and they can all be found here. With the culmination of the high school football season, the MSR team has nominated and selected our Core Power Impact Players of the Year, the best ten players we broadcasted throughout the season. CORE POWER PERFORMANCE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Jack Mandryk (Hudsonville) David Fox (West Catholic) Sam Neville (West Catholic) Gaetano Vallone (West Catholic) Liam Putz (West Catholic) Nick Isley (Rockford) David Kruse (Lowell) Mike Malewitz (East Grand Rapids) Garhet Metiva (Freeland) Jo Jo Whitley (Comstock Park)...

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West Catholic repeats as Division 5 state champions

Photo courtesy of Laurie Timmer For the fourth time in a row, the West Catholic Falcons are the MHSAA Division 5 State Champions. The Falcon defense forced four turnovers on the first five Menominee drives en route to a 43-7 blowout victory. Throughout the season, West Catholic’s defense allowed more than three touchdowns just twice, as they allowed an average of 10.4 points per game. Their strength of schedule is also worth noting as they defeated both the Division 4 (Catholic Central) and Division 6 (Jackson Lumen Christi) state champions during the regular season. The Falcons split the OK...

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Catholic Central wins Div 4 state championship

Photo Courtesy of Louis Murray Check out the game in pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/45681226@N02/albums/72157675460937012   The Cougars of Catholic Central, earned a hard-fought Division 4 State Championship win Friday night against the Yellowjackets of Birmingham Detroit Country Day. The 13-1 Cougars played stellar defense, like they did all season, to secure a 10-7 win. Catholic Central split the OK Blue Conference championship with Allendale and West Catholic this fall. They topped Allendale twice, once in week three, and another time in the district finals. A 20-3 loss to West Catholic was the lone blemish on their record, but their defense stepped...

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Fugate’s Trio of Touchdowns Carry Cougars to Ford Field

Photo Courtesy of Louis Murray Check out lots of photos here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/45681226@N02/albums/72157675251803462 In four of the past five postseasons, Unity Christian and Catholic Central have faced off in the state playoffs. The two schools split the four matchups, yet today’s game had the biggest playoff ramifications, as the winner would advance to Ford Field. On the back of junior tailback Nolan Fugate, Catholic Central advanced to their fifth State Championship with a 31-3 rout of Unity Christian. Just twenty four seconds into the game, Fugate got the ball rolling as he burst through the Crusader defense and he scored...

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West Catholic Pitches Shutout over Algonac; Advance to Fifth Straight Title Game

Photo courtesy of Gary Balcom   West Catholic, one of the most consistent programs in the state of Michigan, have reached the playoffs in every season since 2003, and the state championship in every season since 2012. On Saturday, they took on the Muskrats of Algonac, who have been in the playoffs just four times in their program’s history. The Muskrats were in the semifinals for the first time ever, yet today they met their match as the Falcons shutout Algonac 17-0 to advance to their fifth straight Division 5 Title Game. Liam Putz, perhaps the most valuable kicker...

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