TC Patriot Game tickets, shirts on sale
TRAVERSE CITY – Tickets for Friday’s 10th Traverse City Patriot Game are available for sale at gofan.co.
Tickets will also be available at the gate on game day starting at 5:00 p.m. All Veterans, Active Duty, and First Responders enter the game for free and can enter Thirlby Field through the 13th Street Rolling Gate or the 14th Street Main Entrance. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Proceeds from this year’s t-shirt sales will support Reining Liberty Ranch, which offers community-based programs serving veterans, their families, and other disabled / at-risk individuals within the Grand Traverse community.
This year, Titan supporters will wear red shirts, while Trojans supporters will wear blue. The minimum shirt donation is $ 10. Commemorative t-shirts are available for sale to students September 13-16 during lunch. The public can purchase shirts outside of both schools at specific times. Fans of Traverse City West can shop for shirts on the lawn on the east side near the school’s main entrance from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. until Thursday. TC Central fans can remove their jerseys outside the gymnasium from 7:30 am to 8:00 am until Friday. All remaining jerseys will be sold at the match.
For more information, contact the TC West sports office at 231-933-7780.
Babcock wins half marathon in Holland
HOLLAND – Bear Lake’s Kelly Babcock won the Holland / Haven Half Marathon on Sunday.
Babcock finished the 13.1 mile race in 1: 34.35, beating Traverse City resident Carie Wille by 33 seconds.
Zach Wegner of Manistee placed 16th in the men’s marathon in 3:26:21.
City maps first hole-in-one
BIG RAPIDS – After about 60 years of golfing, Kingsley’s Jerry Urban recorded his first hole-in-one on September 8 at the Katke Golf Course at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.
Urban used 5 wood to hit the 150 yard # 4 hole. Brother-in-law Buck Harvey attended the hole-in-one.
MHSAA adds XC regional to college
EAST LANSING – The first playoff events in Michigan High School Athletic Association history for junior high school / college students will be held in cross country this season at eight regional venues during the second half of October.
The Regional Cross Country Championships for Colleges and Colleges were approved by the MHSAA Council of Representatives at its Spring 2020 meeting, on the recommendation of the MHSAA Colleges and Colleges Committee. Students from the nearly 650 MHSAA member colleges and colleges can participate, regional meets not counting against the 10 event teams are permitted during the regular season.
Each of the eight host sites will have one race for girls and one for boys. The host sites have determined the dates on which the regional will be held. Teams can register up to 20 participants in each race, depending on the size of their school (as larger schools may register more participants). The regional races will be two miles in length.
The local regional will take place at Gaylord at Michaywe Golf Course on October 23.
The Team Championships trophies will be awarded to the highest ranked women’s and men’s teams in each region. The first 20 individuals of each race will receive medals.
Gaylord hosting MHSAA update
EAST LANSING – The Michigan High School Athletic Association will be holding its 44th annual series of in-person update meetings in the coming weeks, after the 2020 series was delivered online only due to COVID-19, and the this year will once again offer in-service athletic director programming from six of the seven venues.
The Update series is followed each year by more than 800 school administrators. During the meetings, information on current MHSAA activities is disseminated, issues affecting interschool athletics are discussed and participants are asked about various topics.
Six lunch-talks are planned in the Lower Peninsula, and a morning meeting is scheduled in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula. MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl will address high school principals, principals, athletic directors and school board members on a variety of topics at these meetings. Update meetings also provide an opportunity for school administrators to ask questions and discuss any recent changes in the rules and regulations of the Association.
This will also be the 19th year of continuing athletic director education programs conducted during the morning sessions prior to most update meetings. These workshops are designed to help prepare these administrators for the rigors of their work and, along with the update meetings, provide participants with the opportunity to meet administrators from neighboring school districts with whom they are not normally able to. have daily contact. .
The zone meeting is October 4 at the Otsego Club & Resort in Gaylord at noon, preceded by the AD In-Service at 8:30 am.
Harbaugh renames the drill
ANN ARBOR – Jim Harbaugh looks to be having his best running game in seven seasons at Michigan, spinning two fast and powerful full-backs behind an offensive line that opened up huge holes.
The Wolverines were so good at moving the ball to the ground in a 31-10 win over Washington that they had 56 rushes for 343 yards and chose to throw just 15 times for 44 yards.
Harbaugh said he had heard “a bit of noise” about it, with fans asking the team to throw more and run less.
“There are a lot of ways to travel,” he said on Monday. “Some people choose to travel on the ground, others by air. George Patton was able to do his job in the field. Neil Armstrong in the air. Last Saturday evening, we chose to grind it in the field and were also able to accomplish our mission. “
Michigan’s No.25 (2-0) will likely build on his ground attack again at home against Northern Illinois (1-1) on Saturday.
While the Wolverines are off to a good start and may not be underdogs until they play on October 2 at No.18 Wisconsin, they will be measured by their performance against No.9 Ohio State at the end of the season. the regular season.
No one knows this better than Harbaugh, who is winless as a coach against rival Buckeyes. Reflecting the importance of the game, he changed the name of the team’s running drill that stacks seven defenders in a small space against an attack with no wide receivers.
“Years ago we used to call it a 9 on 7, which is drill,” said offensive guard Trevor Keegan. “But this year we changed it to exercise ‘Beat Ohio’. ‘ Now we play music, smell the salts, everything. It’s a pretty physical time. We love it. “
Ohio State has won a school record eight straight games against Michigan, including a 56-27 loss two years ago in the last game, and 15 of the last 16 games.
Buckeyes coach Ryan Day has a “Team Up North Drill,” and now Harbaugh has been inspired to do a part of the practice that shows just how much this game means to him.
“It kind of went with the whole tradition of ‘What do you do to beat Ohio State every day?’” Said center Andrew Stueber. “Kind of taking this rivalry into account every day.”
Physical and simple running exercise seems to be paying off so far.
Michigan is averaging 339 rushing yards per game, ranking fourth in the country and 6.85 yards per carry for fifth. The Wolverines offensive line opened massive holes against the Huskies and Western Michigan and a pair of running backs took full advantage.
Blake Corum, the Big Ten offensive player of the week, ran for 282 yards for 8th in the country and Hassan Haskin is 27th with 225 yards rushing.
Against Washington, they became the first pair of backers to have more than 150 yards rushing in the same game since Karan Higdon and Chris Evans pulled off the feat against Minnesota in 2017.
“We kind of feed off each other,” Corum said. “We are thunder and lightning.”
Without a strong offensive line, however, both full-backs would be stopped in their tracks.
Harbaugh said he felt his team would block better this year in spring training when he saw how the offensive linemen embraced the team’s no-frills running period.
“It has become an exercise in emphasis,” said Harbaugh. “Can’t wait for it. Excitement. They wanted music, so we’re playing music during this drill. This game (Washington) was like a 9v7 drill.
“Both teams were trying to make it that type of game and our guys embraced it and practiced a lot.”
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