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Cass Tech’s Mike Weber, Renaissance’s Breanna Lawrence named 2014-15 PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Year

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Cass Tech senior Mike Weber (football) and Renaissance senior Breanna Lawrence (girls’ softball) took top honors among 54 student-athletes and three standout teams that were celebrated at the fifth annual Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learners of the Year awards ceremony, presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s, Wednesday, June 3 at Marcus Garvey Academy Harambee Center. A large gathering of parents, coaches, school administrators, honorees and school supporters attended the two-hour program. Each of this year’s Proud Strong Learners of the Week received individualized plaques, culminating with the announcement of Lawrence and Weber as the 2014-15 Proud Strong Learners of the … Continue reading

Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead to speak at fifth annual PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Year awards ceremony

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 In tribute to the Detroit Public School League’s fertile pipeline of outstanding talent, the DPS Office of Athletics will present the fifth annual PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Year Awards, sponsored by Detroit area McDonald’s, Wednesday from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. at the Marcus Garvey Academy Harambee Center, 2301 Van Dyke, near Kercheval, in Detroit. Detroit Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead will be the keynote speaker at the program, which will honor 54 student-athletes and three standout teams, each chosen Proud Strong Learners of the Week, representative of the PSL’s top boys’ and girls’ athletic performers as nominated by their coaches and the DPS Office of Athletics. The … Continue reading

Cass Tech senior runner Simonae Dismuke named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics 313-870-5863 chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org Cass Tech senior Simonae Dismuke finished her high school track and field career in style, winning four gold medals in the Detroit Public School League championship meet, and has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Dismuke, who is headed to Central Michigan University on a track scholarship, defended her crown in the girls’ 200 meters (26.61) and 400 meters (57.46) to lead Cass Tech’s girls to a repeat team championship. She also ran legs on the Technicians’ winning 4×200 relay (1:44.65) and 4×400 relay (4:10.64). “She’s a very tough runner and a very hard worker,’’ Cass Tech coach Chris Wright said. “As outstanding as she’s … Continue reading

Cass Tech junior hurdler named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics 313-870-5863 chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org Cass Tech junior Savalas Morgan took home three gold medals to help Cass Tech repeat as Detroit Public School League boys’ track and field champions and has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Morgan timed 15.49 to win the 110 hurdles and clocked 41.79 to take first in the 300 hurdles in addition to running a leg on the Technicians’ victorious 4×200 relay team (1:29.51). “He had quite a few nagging injuries going into the meet, but he gave his best for the team,” said Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher. Morgan is also a defensive back for Cass Tech’s defending PSL champion football team. The … Continue reading

Western senior third baseman Anthony Gutierrez named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Western International High senior third baseman Anthony Gutierrez was 4-for-5 with three doubles and five RBI in a 16-1 Detroit Public School League Mega Division semifinal victory against Cass Tech and has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “Anthony’s leadership has been vital to the success of our eighth straight PSL championship,’’ Cowboys coach Juan Sanchez said. “Anthony has had one of the best hitting careers of all the players I’ve had since I’ve been coach at Western. He’s batting well over .500 for his career with 15 home runs and over 150 RBI in his career. “His lineage has also been important to our … Continue reading

Renaissance junior Nijah Slaughter named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Renaissance High junior Nijah Slaughter, who struck out 10 and allowed just three hits in an 8-1 victory against Cass Tech that captured the Lady Phoenix’s 11th consecutive Detroit Public School League girls’ softball championship, has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Slaughter has posted an impressive 11-3 overall record with a 1.14 earned run average and 66 strikeouts to lead Renaissance’s pitching rotation this season. A third-year varsity player, she made all-tournament teams twice this season and showed her versatility by playing shortstop and nearly every other position. “She’s gotten better and better each year,’’ Renaissance coach Garrard Taylor said. “She’s a power pitcher … Continue reading

Cass Tech repeats as PSL boys’ and girls’ track and field champions

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Led by double victories from junior Savalas Morgan and senior Simonae Dismuke, Cass Tech repeated as the boys’ and girls’ team champions Saturday in the 2015 Detroit Public School League Track and Field Championship Meet at Renaissance High School. In addition to Morgan’s gold medals in the 110 meter hurdles (15.49) and the 300 meter hurdles (41.79), Cass Tech’s boys finished first in the 4×800 meter relay (8:45.90), the 4×200 meter relay (1:29.51) and the 4×100 meter relay (42.78). Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians finished with 127 points, more than doubling second-place Cody’s 62 points. Western took third with 55, Denby placed fourth with 48, and Renaissance and Southeastern … Continue reading

PSL IN THE FAST LANE: 2015 league track and field meet set for Saturday at Renaissance High

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The 2015 Detroit Public School League boys’ and girls’ track and field championship meet is scheduled for this Saturday (May 23) at Renaissance High School. Field events begin at 11 p.m. and track preliminaries start at 12 noon. The scheduled start time of the finals is 1:45 p.m., but the meet will run ahead of schedule whenever possible. Team trophies and individual medals will be up for grabs in the high jump, long jump, shot put, discus, 3200 meter relay, 100 meter hurdles (girls), 110 meter hurdles (boys), 100 meters, 800 meter relay, 1600 meters, 400 meter relay, 300 meter hurdles, 800 meters, 200 meters, 3200 meters and … Continue reading

Western International still king in PSL baseball; Ford wins East-West championship

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Western International High captured its eighth consecutive Detroit Public School League boys’ baseball championship Monday with a 4-0 victory against King in the PSL Mega Division title game at Wayne State University. Coach Juan Sanchez’s Cowboys finished with an unbeaten 12-0 league record as senior Amadeo Apollini pitched a two-hit, complete-game shutout to lead the championship clincher. King, despite a strong pitching effort from sophomore Johnathan Darby, hurt its cause with crucial errors down the stretch. Coach Norm Taylor’s Crusaders finished with an 8-4 league record. Henry Ford opened the action with a 20-4 romp past East English Village to win the PSL East-West title game. Fueled by … Continue reading