Wednesday. October 16, 2019

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Providing timely, comprehensive, local sports coverage is not something Kalamazoo News Monitor is built to do. However, we follow several sources for sports stories with general community interest. Below is a short list of online resources that have fresh, local sports content every day, or hour. What resources should we add to this page? Let us know via Facebook, twitter, or our contact  page.

Published: December 25, 2019

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https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2019/04/kalamazoo-special-olympics-runner-makes-history-at-2019-boston-marathon.html
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MLive

The rain-soaked streets of Boston provided less-than-ideal running conditions, but they were the backdrop for history Monday, as Kalamazoo native Julian Borst became the first Special Olympics Michigan athlete to complete the world’s oldest marathon. One of five Special Olympics athletes running the 2019 Boston Marathon, the 22-year-old Kalamazoo Loy Norrix graduate finished in 3 hours, 5 minutes and 8 seconds for a pace of 7:03 per mile.

Published: April 20, 2019

MLive
https://www.kalamazooderby.com/k-town-shakedown-2019
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Kalamazoo's Derby Darlins host a three-day regional roller derby tournament at Wings Event Center, April 26-28. Twenty-five bouts will be played over three days – Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday. Daily tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. 

Published: April 20, 2019

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https://expo.mlive.com/sports/g66l-2019/04/d0766b1b927982/kalamazooarea-sends-9-players-to-associated-press-girls-hoops-allstate-teams.html
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MLive

The final buzzer has sounded for the girls basketball season, marking the time when Michigan's top performers receive year-end honors for their four-month body of work. The Associated Press released its all-state selections last week, and nine players, plus one coach, from the Kalamazoo-area made the cut, ranging from first team to honorable mention for Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4. Selections are made by a voting panel of 10 sports writers from across the state. MLive profiles each player and coach.

Published: April 05, 2019

MLive
https://www.woodtv.com/news/kalamazoo-and-battle-creek/teacher-coach-celebrates-50-years-at-loy-norrix/1879108610
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WOOD

Inside the halls and walls of Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, the Duckett name is everywhere. Engraved in trophies and next to track and field records are those of TJ and Tico Duckett, football stars who went on to play in college and the NFL. But perhaps the most well-known Duckett at Loy Norrix is the one who raised the boys, the one who's been at the school the longest: gym teacher and track coach Ted Duckett. "He taught my uncle and mom my and he taught my auntie," current student Jermaine McClellan said.

Published: April 05, 2019

WOOD
https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2019/04/outgoing-portage-central-volleyball-coach-reflects-on-20-year-career.html
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MLive

Dawn Jaqua has coached over 1,000 matches and currently sits at No. 21 on the MHSAA’s career victories list with 878, but it’s not the wins and losses that have defined her 20 years atop the Portage Central volleyball program. What Jaqua remembers most is the relationships with her players, and that’s why it was such a difficult decision for her to step down after two decades with the Mustangs. Under Jaqua's tutelage, Portage Central captured 15 conference titles, 10 district championships, two regional crowns and advanced to the state finals in 2009.

Published: April 05, 2019

MLive
https://expo.mlive.com/sports/g66l-2019/03/b588374a387467/kalamazooarea-sends-12-to-associated-press-boys-hoops-allstate-teams.html
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MLive

The final buzzer has sounded for the boys basketball season, marking the time when Michigan's top performers receive year-end honors for their four-month body of work. The Associated Press released its all-state selections last week, and 12 players from the Kalamazoo-area made the cut, ranging from first team to honorable mention for Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4. Selections are made by a voting panel of 10 sports writers from across the state. MLive profiles each player.

Published: March 30, 2019

MLive
http://www.westernherald.com/sports/article_66788f08-33b6-11e9-b3b4-83485be6685d.html
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WMU

WMU: On Saturday, the then No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos split their home series with conference rival North Dakota Fighting Hawks winning the second game 4-2. The Broncos now improve to 17-10-1 overall and 10-7-1 in the NCHC. The Broncos still stand in third place in the conference with 32 points, they are behind Minnesota Duluth (34 points) and St. Cloud St. (44 points). 

Published: February 19, 2019

WMU
https://www.mlive.com/expo/sports/g66l-2019/02/587461a4029823/kalamazoo-athletes-seal-pledges-to-um-wmu-others-on-national-signing-day.html
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MLive

MLIVE: The reward has arrived for Kalamazoo-area high schoolers who have spent the past four years balancing success in the classroom with excellence in athletics. Wednesday kicked off the 2019 edition of National Signing Day, and dozens of local student-athletes put pen to paper and made their college choices official. The day had an emphasis on football, as more than 20 local athletes sealed their futures on the gridiron, including a whopping 12 from Kalamazoo Central.

Published: February 07, 2019

MLive
https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2019/01/kalamazoo-prepares-to-host-usa-curling-national-championships.html
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MLIVE: For the third time in the last decade, the nation’s most important event in the sport of curling will be held in Kalamazoo. The week-long USA Curling National Championships runs Saturday, Feb. 9, through Saturday, Feb. 15, at Wings Event Center. The tournament features the top 10 men’s and top eight women’s curling teams from across the country. The results will help determine Team USA for this year’s women’s and men’s World Championships, held in Denmark and Canada in March. Tickets are available online for a single day, for two days, and for the full eight day tournament. 

Published: January 30, 2019

MLive Tickets
https://www.mlive.com/expo/sports/g66l-2019/01/6e10240ab27283/historic-performances-headline-fridays-kalamazooarea-hoops-action.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=mlive_sf&utm_medium=social
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MLive

Several inches of snow and bitter-cold temperatures postponed a fair share of Friday night high school basketball games across the Kalamazoo area, but the kids that were on the court made it a memorable night for their fans. Among the top performers was Plainwell's Isaac Davis, who poured in a school-record 41 points in a 66-57 win over Paw Paw to move the Trojans to 6-6 overall.

Published: January 28, 2019

MLive
https://wmubroncos.com/news/2019/1/26/mens-ice-hockey-bronco-hockey-sweeps-no-4-3-denver.aspx?path=mhockey
https://www.mlive.com/broncos/2019/01/wmu-hockey-gets-back-on-track-with-win-over-no-3-denver.html
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WMU
MLive

The 13th-ranked Western Michigan hockey team completed the sweep of No. 4/3 Denver after another dominant performance in a 5-1 win in front of a sellout crowd at Lawson Ice Arena on Saturday night. Five different Broncos netted goals, while Trevor Gorsuch made 19 of his 36 saves in the third period to earn his 13th win of the season. (WMU) MLive covered Friday's win with a extensive photo gallery.

Published: January 28, 2019

WMU MLive
https://wwmt.com/sports/content/portage-central-swimmer-ranked-10th-in-state
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WWMT

Portage Central Senior Owen Miller is currently The 10th ranked swimmer in all of Michigan, according to collegeswimming.com.

Published: January 25, 2019

WWMT
http://www.westernherald.com/sports/article_5f35a1c2-1fed-11e9-926a-47551d1c238d.html
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Herald

The bond between brothers is special. The bond between teammates is special. The bond between two brothers on the Western Michigan hockey team is no exception. Mattias and Lukas Samuelsson are back playing hockey and going to school together for the first time since 2015 when they went to boarding school in New York. Now they are both in Kalamazoo, playing for the 13th-ranked Broncos.

Published: January 25, 2019

Herald
https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2019/01/gull-lake-clamps-down-comstock-daisy-ansel-in-48-39-girls-basketball-win.html
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MLive

Daisy Ansel needed no introduction to the Richland Gull Lake Girls basketball team. Comstock’s senior shooting guard entered Thursday’s contest against Gull Lake averaging 34 points per game, and the future Grand Valley State Laker put up 22 points on the Blue Devils last season. Gull Lake head coach Mike Balcom’s message to his defense was simple: “Double her every time she touches the ball, basically.” The strategy paid off for Balcom's Blue Devils.

Published: January 25, 2019

MLive