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Saturday, May 4, 2013




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Area best track listings The first round of area best listings for Hillsdale County prep track will run in Monday’s edition of the Hillsdale Daily News. Listings will appear each week until the conclusion of the 2013 season.


Series shifts to Detroit tied By Larry Lage


The Associated Press

Phil Jackson to help Pistons find coach

ROMULUS — The Detroit Red Wings had a setback during their series-evening victory at Anaheim. Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser broke his right thumb in the third period of the 5-4 overtime win in Game 2 on Thursday night, and is out for

Phil Jackson will help the Detroit Pistons search for a head coach. The Pistons said Thursday night that Jackson will serve as an adviser. “Phil Jackson is a friend and one of the best minds in the business,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said. “We are thrilled to have him as an adviser as we make some very important decisions for this franchise.” The Pistons fired Lawrence Frank after a 29-53 season and 54-94 mark in his two seasons. Jackson left the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011. The Hall of Famer has won 11 NBA titles as a coach, six with the Chicago Bulls and five with the Lakers.

rest of the playoffs. DeKeyser signed with the Red Wings on March 29, soon after finishing his college career at Western Michigan. “It was a big loss and it’s hard to believe a kid out of college would be a big loss, but he is,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Friday night after stepping off the team plane. Babcock has said the

Red Wings wouldn’t have rallied for a spot in a 22nd straight postseason without DeKeyser. Now, they have to try to advance without him on the blue line. Babcock is putting another rookie in the lineup, Brian Lashoff, instead of one of two veterans, Ian White and Carlo Detroit Red Wings players celebrate Gustav Nyquist’s overtime goal during Game 2 of their first-round StanColaiacovo. SEE SERIES, B2



Redskins rebound for split; Waldron sweeps Bobcats By Ed Patino


AP Source: LeBron wins 4th MVP award LeBron James is getting his fourth Most Valuable Player award - and the only mystery left is whether the vote was unanimous. The Miami Heat star will be introduced Sunday as the award winner, according to a person familiar with the results and who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league has not publicly announced this year’s recipient. James will become the fifth player with at least four MVP awards, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. No one has ever swept every first-place vote in the NBA’s MVP balloting. After the season he had, James could be the first. James averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists this season, shooting a career-best 56 percent. It was absolutely no surprise that he won the award, and given the timetable for Miami’s next game - the Heat don’t open Eastern Conference semifinal play until Monday night against Brooklyn or Chicago - it had been widely assumed for several days that Sunday would be the day.


Black Onyx scratched from Derby

ley Cup playoff series against Anaheim. The Red Wings won 5-4. AP PHOTO/CHRIS CARLSON

Camden-Frontier’s Calvin Conant (left) tries to tag out Tekonsha’s Everett Lewis at second base on a steal attempt. GARY BAKER PHOTO

Redskins sweep Indians By Ed Patino

TEKONSHA — Alex Kramer did not look like a freshman for the Camden-Frontier High School baseball team. The first-year player combined for five RBIs on the day as the Redskins swept a Southern Central Athletic Conference doubleheader from the Tekonsha Indians on Friday, winning 6-1 and 6-5. The opener saw Kramer drive in three runs to lead Camden-Frontier (5-4, 5-2 SCAA). Gary Johnson also had a RBI and three runs scored. "I'm happy with the way our freshmen our

playing, and it's fun to watch them grow up," Camden-Frontier coach Jason Holubik said. "I was really proud of Alex's effort tonight, and Blaine Dotson did a good job on the bases. We ran the bases well tonight." Alec Dahlstrom earned the complete game victory on the mound, holding Tekonsha to two hits while striking out three. The nightcap saw the Redskins erase an early 3-1 deficit by scoring two runs on an error in the fourth inning. Camden-Frontier grabbed a 6-4 lead in the sixth inning them held on in the seventh for the win.

Kramer delivered two RBIs for the Redskins, while Jacob Schaffner had a hit an a RBI. Calvin Conant earned the pitching win, allowing two hits and striking out two in the first four innings. Johnson recorded the two-inning save, striking out five in the process. The Redskins will host Battle Creek St. Philip for a doubleheader Monday.

TEKONSHA — After being shut down in the first game, the CamdenFrontier High School softball team found its offense in the nightcap. Getting key hits to back up strong pitching, the Redskins salvaged a split of Friday's Southern Central Athletic Association doubleheader with the Tekonsha Indians, winning the second game 105 after falling in the opener 2-1. Kelsea McNeil went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Camden-Frontier (3-5) in the second game, while Kasey Follis was 2-for-4. McNeil recorded the win in the circle, striking out eight and walking five.

In the opener, Tekonsha broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off single. Marissa Curry took the hard-luck pitching loss despite striking out six and only walking one. McNeil finished 1-for-3 at the plate. The Redskins will host Battle Creek St. Philip for a doubleheader Monday.

Burr Oak at Waldron (DH) Putting its depth on display, the Waldron High School softball team swept a SCAA doubleheader from the Burr Oak Bobcats on Friday with 11-6 and 7-5 victories. Kylie Spencer had two hits, two RBIs and two runs SEE SOFTBALL, B2

Michigan Center at Hillsdale (DH) Regaining its focus at the right time, the Hillsdale High School baseball team rallied to split SEE BASEBALL, B2

Camden-Frontier’s Jess Sliter (9) makes the throw to Kasey Follis for an out during Friday’s doubleheader at Tekonsha. GARY BAKER PHOTO


Hillsdale tennis falls to Leslie; Reading girls win By Ed Patino

Long shot Black Onyx was a late scratch for the Kentucky Derby because of a chip in his left ankle, leaving 19 horses to vie for the roses. The scratch occurred Friday after early wagering for the race had opened, so Black Onyx’s No. 1 post position will be left empty today. The remaining horses will stay in their original starting gate positions. Trainer Kelly Breen said the colt looked good training on Friday, but he had some swelling in the ankle, so an X-ray was taken which revealed the chip. Black Onyx qualified for the Derby by winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. He was 50-1 on the morning line. Hillsdale’s Jenna Holland smashes over a point during Friday’s match against Leslie. Jim Drews photo

HILLSDALE — The Hillsdale High School girls tennis team hit its first bump of the season. Despite playing in several close matches throughout the day, the Hornets were handed their first setback of the season Friday with a 7-1 loss to the Leslie Blackhawks in a Southern Michigan Independent Tennis League match. Hillsdale (3-1, 2-1 SMITL) fell into second place in the conference standings as Leslie (3-0 SMITL) gained sole possession of first. Jamee Thompson gave the Hornets their lone victory of the day at No. 2 singles, defeating Leslie’s Chelsey LaRock in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

Hillsdale dropped a pair of three-set matches. Casey Lemerand fell 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 singles, while the team of Lauren Allen and Jenna Holland fell 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles. “Most of the matches were close today,” Hillsdale coach Scott Robare said. “It was a competitive match.” The Hornets have a busy week in front of them. After host Lansing Christian on Monday, the Hornets travel to Kalamazoo Comstock on Tuesday. Hillsdale will host the SMITL Tournament next Thursday. PREP TRACK

Reading at Concord The Reading High School girls track team ran to a 116 ½-28 ½ victory over the Concord Yellow Jackets in Thursday’s Big Eight

Conference dual. In the boys meet, Reading was defeated by the Yellow Jackets 75-62. Jenny Davis and Emily Cook each won two events to lead the Reading girls. Davis took first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.2 seconds and won the long jump at 15-0. Cook won both the shot put (28-10) and the discus (92-0). Erika Speith took first in the 200-meter dash, while Teresa Eidenier won the 400-meter dash (1:06.5). Michelle Davis won the 300-meter hurdles (49.9) and Taylor Wrozek won the pole vault (8-0). Shannon Cummins had a big day for the Reading boys, winning four events. Cummins took first in the 110-meter hurdles (16.8), the 300-meter hurdles (44.0), long jump (17-7) and the 200-meter dash (24.3). Dylan Ash won the high jump with a height of 5-4.

Hillsdale High vs Leslie Girls Tennis May 4 2013  

Hillsdale High vs Leslie Girls Tennis May 4 2013