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Friday, December 21, 2012




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Siena Heights women fall twice The Siena Heights University women’s basketball team dropped a pair of games in the Cruzin’ Classic this week. The Saints were defeated by No. 19 St. Thomas (Fla.) 79-67 on Tuesday, then fell 68-59 to No. 12 St. Xavier (Ill.) on Wednesday. Morgan Warfield (Camden-Frontier) scored 20 points to lead Siena Heights against St. Thomas. Amanda Duke added 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Sierra Calhoun had 13 points. Duke recorded another double-double against St. Xavier, scoring 22 points and grabbing 13 rebounds to lead the Saints. She was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Mackenzie Tomasik had nine points, while Calhoun grabbed six rebounds. Siena Heights (8-5) will face Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference rival Concordia on Dec. 29. The Saints were defeated by the Cardinals 57-55 in their season opener Nov. 12.


NHL cancels games through Jan. 14 By Ira Podell The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The NHL could be one step away from canceling another hockey season because of a labor fight with the players. In the latest round of cancellations, the NHL on Thursday wiped out all games through Jan. 14. More than 50 percent of the schedule has been lost, and the rest is now in great danger, too.

''I don't want to characterize what today's cancellations mean or don't mean,'' NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email. ''I will stand on the announcement that was made.'' So far, 625 regular-season games have been called off, including nearly 100 in the announcement made Thursday - the 96th day of the NHL's lockout. The New Year's Day Winter Classic and the All-Star

game also have been lost. The NHL had previously canceled games through Dec. 30. Daly said in a radio interview Wednesday that mid-January is likely the latest the sides could go to make a deal to save the season. When pressed, however, he said he expects the season will be played. No drop-dead date has been announced by the NHL, which is the only The National Hockey League cancelled games through SEE NHL, B2



No. 2 Michigan rolls past Eastern Michigan By Larry Lage The Associated Press


Top prospect Parker chooses Duke Prized prospect Jabari Parker of Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy, one of the most highly touted recruits in years, is headed to Duke With a national TV audience watching, he announced his decision at a news conference Thursday at his high school. Parker can’t sign his letter of intent until April 17, but he made his intentions clear with one highly anticipated oral commitment. Michigan State, Florida, Stanford and Brigham Young also made his top five, but he chose to play for Mike Krzyzewski for at least a year before making what many believe will ultimately be a jump to the NBA.


Lions offering fans free Wi-Fi The Detroit Lions are bringing a tech upgrade to Ford Field. The team says it’s partnered with Verizon Wireless to offer fans access to free Wi-Fi at the Detroit stadium starting with Saturday game against the Atlanta Falcons.


DUI charges against former Falcon reduced A former Atlanta Falcons running back pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving in DeKalb County State Court. The Atlanta JournalConstitution reports 39-year-old Jamal Anderson has been sentenced to 12 months of probation and is ordered to pay a $700 fine stemming from his July 26 DUI arrest. Police said Anderson was driving slowly and impeding traffic on Chamblee Tucker Road. After his arrest, Anderson’s attorney Michael Hawkins said Anderson was not drunk, but was tired from a long day of travel. Aside from his probation time and the fine, the newspaper reports Anderson is ordered to complete 64 hours of community service, participate in a defensive driving course and attend a panel on the impacts of drunk driving.

Jan. 14, 2013 as the league’s lockout continues. AP PHOTO/PAUL SANCYA

Hillsdale’s Andrew Wilcox (10) makes a layup over two Hudson defenders during Thursday’s game. JIM DREWS PHOTO

Hornets fly past Hudson By Ed Patino

HUDSON — Depth has played a key role in the Hillsdale High School boys basketball team's early-season success. That trend continued Thursday. Four players scored in double figures as the Hornets rode a hot start en route to a convincing 82-44 victory over the Hudson Tigers in a Lenawee County

Athletic Association game. Every player in the lineup scored for Hillsdale (4-1, 2-1 LCAA). The Hornets have had at lead two players score in double figure in each game this season, and had four in double figures for the third straight game. "We feel we're hard to defend because we have multiple weapons," Hillsdale coach Brad Felix said. "The guys executed well at both ends of the floor tonight. They

were very vocal on defense and they rebounded well. Having everyone score was nice to see." Hillsdale looked no worse for wear after Tuesday's wild overtime victory at Brooklyn Columbia Central. The Hornets came out focused and raced to a 28-point lead by halftime and cruised to the victory. With their defense setting the tone, the SEE HORNETS, B2

ANN ARBOR — Tim Hardaway Jr. has shown he can make long jumpers and score in the lane off the dribble. The Michigan guard is trying to prove he can pass, too. Hardaway Jr. had 17 points and a career-high seven assists to help the 2nd-ranked Wolverines rout Eastern Michigan 9354 Thursday night. "I'm trying to mix up my game because I don't want to be just a 3-point shooter," he said. "There are more things I can do to score the ball, and there are things I can do to make passes." The Wolverines' other guard, Trey Burke, had 11 points and eight assists with only one turnover in his latest strong performance. "Michigan has one of the best backcourts in the nation," Eagles coach Rob Murphy said. The Wolverines (12-0) are off to their best start

since winning the first 16 games of the 1985-86 season. "I really like winning," coach John Beilein said after downplaying the feat. "It beats the alternative." The Eagles (6-4) have lost two straight since beating Purdue. Earlier this month, they lost to No. 3 Syracuse 84-48, giving Murphy an up-close look at two of college basketball's best teams. "Syracuse is extremely athletic with great size," said Murphy, a former Orange assistant. "Michigan has some great shooters and they are really efficient. "Both teams have great point guards." Michigan trailed Eastern Michigan 6-2 in the opening minutes, then took control with a 20-0 run. "I've never coached against a team who can shoot the ball at a high rate like Michigan does," Murphy said. "Every position outside of the (center) can really shoot." SEE MICHIGAN, B2

Michigan forward Mitch McGary (4) goes to the basket while defended by Eastern Michigan’s Jamell Harris (32) in the first half of Thursday’s game. AP PHOTO/TONY DING


Hillsdale trumps Tigers; Colts rally in fourth By Ed Patino

HUDSON — The Hillsdale High School girls basketball team got the balanced scoring it has been waiting for. Three players scored in double figures as the Hornets rolled to a 60-25 victory over the Hudson Tigers in a Lenawee County Athletic Association game Thursday evening. Hillsdale (4-1, 2-1 LCAA) bounced back from Tuesday’s tough loss at Brooklyn Columbia Central with its highest offensive output of the season. Its previous high was 51 points in its season opener against

Quincy. The Hornets wasted little time establishing themselves against Hudson, opening the game on an 18-4 run. Hillsdale continued to control both ends of the floor and built up a 2810 lead by halftime. “Our scoring was spread out more tonight, and that’s a confidence builder,” Hillsdale coach Nick Langston said. “This is huge for the conference and for us to go into the holiday tournament with confidence.” The Hornets put the game away with a 17-4 run in the third quarter, extending their lead to 31 entering the final frame.

Hayley Maystead continued her strong start to the campaign, scoring 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds to lead Hillsdale. Jamie Thompson added 12 points and five rebounds, while Whitney Hodge had 11 points and five steals. Kim Sanderson scored six points and Maddie Eves forced five steals. Emily Ladd scored 12 points to lead the Tigers, while Lauren Valdez added seven points. Hillsdale will host the Pat Patterson Tournament beginning next Thursday.

Hillsdale Academy 32, Climax-Scotts 31

Christina Craig’s bank shot with five seconds remaining capped a furious fourth quarter rally as the Hillsdale Academy girls basketball team topped the Climax-Scotts Panthers in a Southern Central Athletic Association game Thursday. Trailing 31-23 after three quarters, the Colts shutout the Panthers in the final quarter. Hillsdale Academy (5-0) stilled trailed by seven with a minute remaining when it made its comeback. “We did everything right in the final minute,” Hillsdale Academy coach Kevin Reed said. “Our pressure wore them down in

the fourth quarter, and we started making shots. The girls never gave up and hung in the whole game.” Lyndee Wonders had 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks to lead Hillsdale Academy. Elyse Linsznyai scored eight points, including a big threepointer in the fourth quarter, and forced four steals, while Craig handed out four assists. Anna Lode scored 11 points to lead ClimaxScotts, while Destiny Forberg added 10 points. The Colts will compete in the Pat Patterson Tournament host by Hillsdale High School next Thursday.

Hillsdale High School Hornets vs Hudson Tigers LCAA  

Jim Drews Sports Photography

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