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Jan. 27, 2011


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Security, 3 officials and Hoke are slapped around News-Herald Sports Editor Hank Minckiewicz and Heritage West Sports Editor Terry Jacoby put some of the hot topics in the sports world inside the face-off circle:

place the right amount of security at the right time. Subject: Three-referee officiating crews at high school basketball games. Terry: School districts are laying off teachers faster than I Subject: There was a shooting recently after a high am losing my explosive crossover move on the basketball court. school basketball game in New York City in which four Yet, the state feels it’s necessary to have three officials at every people were shot. boys and girls high school basketball games. The state will tell Terry: I attended the Dexter-Ypsilanti boys basketball game you the money doesn’t come from the same budget as teacher on Friday night at Ypsilanti salaries, but it comes from somewhere High School and I admit I was and could be better used elsewhere. Not surprised to see a police car only are three officials not necessary, parked out front and police offiall they do is slow the game down. And cers inside the building. There it’s even more embarrassing when three also were police officers at the guys (or gals) blow a call. Milan-New Boston Huron basSpeaking of bad calls, an official ketball game last Tuesday. on Friday night called a foul on a It’s the first time I can defender for what he called “boxing remember seeing a police out too low.” Absurd. He did exactly presence at a high school what coaches having been teaching sporting event. forever. In Ypsilanti, there were Hank: We are in agreement on this even two big guys at the door one. I have hated the three official set-up with those mini headphones since the start. It used to be you’d see in their ears...the ones where experienced two-man crews working they run the cords up through in harmony. Just like a well-disciplined Hank Terry their jacket. They looked team, the two-man crews covered the Minckiewicz Jacoby like secret-service agents. I court well, knew when each other would wondered who was actually be and allowed the game to flow at a talking to them. Do they have proper pace. a command post set up someNow, it’s a case of too many cooks. If I where? felt the three-man crew was better or was making the game betThe game ended up going into overtime. There were no fights. ter, I might go along with the program and spend the money, but No heated moments. Nothing. I sat in the middle of the Ypsilanti I don’t. student section and enjoyed the game very much. I never felt On a related matter, the Downriver League uses three-man threatened or in any danger or any different than I do when I crews for boys’ basketball and two-man crews for girls and there attend games in Chelsea and Dexter. is a groundswell of discontent among some of the girls’ coaches. Can we please lose the police and secret-service agents at high They feel it is a Title Nine violation to do this and I kind of school basketball games. agree. The solution: Back to two-man crews for everyone. Hank: I am not sure I really think losing the police is such a good Idea. In the past security has been handled by the school Subject: Brady Hoke takes over as the head coach at ADs with the help of some teachers. These days, there are times Michigan when that may not be enough. Terry: He’s like every new coach – positive, energetic, excitThe truth is, I have not seen an overwhelming police or secuing and a breath of fresh air. He has a history at Michigan. He rity presence at Downriver games. There are times, like when knows Ann Arbor. He has proven success. Roosevelt met Anderson at a packed-to-the-gills Titan Memorial OK. We all need to settle down. The early reviews are good, Stadium two years ago, when the sight of several Southgate but the previews haven’t even rolled. And the main attraction police officers patrolling the track and keeping an eye on things, won’t begin until September. was a little comforting. The Wolverines are not going to turn this thing around in a For my money, area administrators do a good job of assessing year. “One step up, two steps back.” We took our step forward things on a game-by-game, season-by-season basis and getting in


Chelsea freshman David Alday won two individual races during last week’s meet against Dexter and Adrian. He swam a top time of 2:08.56 to win the 200 yard IM and also placed first in the breaststroke with a time of 1:08.28. He also swam on the winning medley relay team.


David Alday, Chelsea


Shawn Chamberlin, Dexter Dexter’s Shawn Chamberlin went undefeated at heavyweight to help lead the Dreadnaughts to a 4-1 record at the annual Dexter Wrestling Invitational on Saturday. The junior also was one of only four Dexter wrestlers to earn a win in a double-dual meet with Saline and state-ranked Tecumseh last Thursday.

Camping is for ‘kids’ of all ages


Josh Blades, Manchester Josh Blades (No. 14) had 26 points and 11 boards in a 52-40 loss to Napoleon. He also had 20 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a 55-51 win over Sand Creek.

night; hoping each car might id you ever wish be him about to pull into the that you could go driveway after a long day at back in time and work. Eventually, one of those be a kid again, high beams would even turn into our driveif only for a little while? The respon- TAYLOR MADE way and I’d race out sibilities we all ADVENTURES of my bedroom to see my dad once again; have as adults can even if only for a little be all encompasswhile. ing. We work so I think about the hard to provide love I have for my for our families dad, even to this day, and careers that and it never wanes. growing young We didn’t play catch don’t seem posgrowing up and he sible anymore. It’s never saw me playing laughable I know, sports at school. He, but I actually had like so many other the opportunity to RICK dads were too busy recreate my past with work. My dad thanks to my wonTAYLOR says he did the best derful fiancée. he could but that Our family didn’t doesn’t make me feel any better. go on vacations when I was However I am grateful for the growing up in Canada. My dad roof he put over our heads and worked very hard and spent a food he put on our table. great deal of time working out I’m a father now and I have a of town as an electrical linegreater respect for what my dad man. He even worked in Libya went through all those years for 2 months at a time over a 3 ago. He was raising 5 kids on year period from 1977 to 1980. his income alone. It would be My dad and I had a special laughable to try that in today’s relationship when I was groweconomy for most people. ing up. He would quietly wake Fast forward 33 years and me up at 4:30am while my older my fiancée wanted me to brothers slept. I’d help make join her last August at Camp breakfast before he went into Michigania located only 15 work. We’d have poached eggs minutes from Petoskey, MI. and toast and then he’d be off Camp lasts for 1 week with nice to work. Bedtime didn’t stop accommodations, great food me from watching the headlights of the cars driving by at


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Reece Dils, Saline Reece Dils scored 14 points in Saline’s 84-57 win over Monroe last Friday in a Southeastern Conference showdown.

Camp Michigania offers 11 weeks of summer retreats for up to 100 Alumni Association member families each week. Located in Boyne City, the camp is a long-standing tradition for many U-M families and time at the camp in the summer is often in high demand. The popularity of the camp is driven by a diverse range of recreational activities, educational opportunities and lifelong memories. Recreational activities include archery, arts and crafts, boating (sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, and rowing), ceramics, field sports, horseback riding, nature study, riflery, high and low ropes courses, swimming and tennis. Mitch Rosenwasser is the executive director of Camp Michigania. For more information, log onto

Outdoors columnist Rick Taylor and his family last summer at Camp Michigania in Boyne City.


TAYLOR MADE ADVENTURES Shawn Chamberlin, Dexter Josh Blades, Manchester David Alday, Chelsea Hank Minckiewicz Reece Dils, Saline See video a...