Category Archives: Sports

2014 PSL All-City football team carries on a talented tradition

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Last weekend’s Michigan State-Michigan football game looked like a “Who’s Who in Detroit Public School League recent history” as former PSL standouts were everywhere for the Spartans and Wolverines. MSU’s Tony Lippett (Crockett) — the best receiver on the field; Lawrence Thomas (Renaissance) and Ed Davis (Southeastern) — impact players for the Spartans’ top-ranked defense; Dennis Norfleet (King) — U-M’s main running threat; Cass Tech’s Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill and Royce Jenkins-Stone — played major minutes for the Wolverines’ defense. Each year, the PSL produces some of the nation’s top college prospects — and the 2014 PSL All-City football team continues that tradition! This year’s 30-player team includes 21 seniors, seven … Continue reading

PSL advances seven teams into MHSAA football playoffs

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Seven of the Detroit Public School League’s 16 football teams have qualified for the 2014 Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs, which begin this weekend. Cass Tech (9-0), fresh off a 39-7 victory against King in the PSL championship game Friday at Ford Field, will open its bid for the Division 1 state title Saturday at 1 p.m. against visiting Warren Mott (5-4). In Division 2, King (8-1) hosts Southfield (6-3) Friday at 6 p.m., and East English Village (6-3) visits Port Huron (7-2) Saturday at 1 p.m. In Division 3, Mumford (6-3) hosts Redford Thurston (6-3) Saturday at 2 p.m., and Renaissance (6-3) visits Orchard Lake St. Mary’s … Continue reading

Cass has a blast! Technicians roll to 39-7 victory against King for second consecutive PSL football title

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Cass Tech senior running back Mike Weber turned the 2014 Detroit Public School League football championship game into his personal showcase last Friday in leading the Technicians to a 39-7 victory against King. A Ford Field league-record championship game crowd of 8,000 saw Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians win their second consecutive PSL championship and remain unbeaten with a 9-0 record entering this weekend’s state playoffs. In just three quarters, Weber ran the ball 11 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns and added another TD on a 76-yard screen pass with a one-handed catch and spin that was fit for ESPN’s top 10 plays of the week. “King’s … Continue reading

Cass Tech’s PSL girls’ volleyball title streak still alive at five

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Defending champion Cass Tech played from behind during most of its Detroit Public School League girls’ volleyball title match Thursday against its biggest rival Renaissance. In the end, an enthusiastic crowd at Western International High School saw the Lady Technicians tie the match and win a decisive fifth set to claim their fifth consecutive PSL championship with a thrilling 25-27, 25-16, 17-25, 25-21, 15-11 victory. “I really think it came down to us wanting it more,’’ said Cass Tech coach Ramona Cox, who admittedly felt the pressure of trying to keep her team’s title reign intact in her first year as varsity head coach. “A lot of people … Continue reading

Cass Tech, King set for PSL football title showdown Friday at Ford Field

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 It doesn’t matter to Cass Tech that King High is the home team for Friday’s 7 p.m. Detroit Public School League Football Championship Game at Ford Field. As far as the defending champion Technicians are concerned, it’s a home game for them any time they’re playing at the nearby downtown den of the NFL’s Detroit Lions. “We’re going to make that walk again,’’ said Coach Thomas Wilcher, who plans to continue his team’s championship-game ritual of walking from the school to Ford Field, a trek they made last year for the PSL finals and in the two previous seasons for the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division I finals. On each occasion … Continue reading

Cass Tech’s depth in the pool wins PSL girls’ swim championship

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Cass Tech took home gold medals in the 50-yard freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle relay, but it was the Lady Technicians’ depth of talent that enabled them to repeat as Detroit Public School League girls’ swimming champions Wednesday at King High School natatorium. Despite host King taking six of 11 events with gold medals in the 200 medley relay, 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay, Cass Tech piled up points with multiple top-five finishers and finished with 180 points to the Lady Crusaders’ 126. Western finished third with 84 points followed by Renaissance 56, Cody 19 and East English Village … Continue reading

Cass Tech volleyball standout Monette Daniels 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 With a mostly new cast of regulars, Cass Tech’s Monette Daniels was determined to make sure the Technicians continued their success as the four-time defending Detroit Public School League girls’ volleyball champions. “Monette has emerged as the leader,’’ first-year coach Ramona Cox said of her 5-10 senior middle blocker and team captain, the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “Coming into the season, she saw there was a hole in leadership and she filled it immediately. “That leadership is on the court and off the court. The girls look up to her. Monette not only shows leadership with her play as a great hitter. But when she’s … Continue reading

FAMILIAR FINALISTS: Cass Tech to face Renaissance in PSL girls’ volleyball title game Thursday

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Four-time defending champion Cass Tech defeated Western, 25-10, 25-13, 25-9, and Renaissance took four sets to beat King, 25-11, 25-15, 21-25, 25-15, Thursday in the Detroit Public School League girls’ volleyball semifinals at Western International High School. It’ll be Cass Tech vs. Renaissance, as usual, for the 2014 PSL championship Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at Western International High.  The action starts with the consolation game at 5 p.m. between Western and King. Admission is $5. Renaissance, head coached by Louis Mitchell,  last won the league title in 2009 and has been Cass Tech’s finals opponent each year since. The Technicians are trying to extend their streak under first-year head … Continue reading

Cass Tech running back Mike Weber 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 Every time Cass Tech needed a big play to stay on top of Mumford in their Detroit Public School League football Game of the Week showdown last Saturday, senior Mike Weber was the Technicians’ No. 1 option. “We rely on Mike Weber for almost 100 per cent of our rushing offense,’’ Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said of his 5-9, 210-pound running back, the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “He’s one of the toughest backs we’ve had at Cass, and one of the most versatile backs we’ve had. He’s definitely one of the hardest-running backs we’ve had.” Weber, who gained more than 1,700 yards in each of … Continue reading

PSL CROSS COUNTRY: Western’s Flores, Pershing’s Seal finish unbeaten; Renaissance girls, Cass Tech boys team champs

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 On a perfect autumn afternoon for running, Western International senior Juan Flores and Pershing junior Jaishala Seal completed perfect seasons as the 2014 Detroit Public School League boys’ and girls’ cross country gold medalists. Flores became a three-time PSL boys’ cross country champion Wednesday at Belle Isle, finishing the season unbeaten in six 5,000-meter races with a league championship meet winning time of 17:26. Cass Tech’s Brett Dooley (17:33) was silver medalist and Western sophomore Yeray Flores, Juan’s younger brother (18:05) took the bronze. Cass Tech’s boys won a repeat team title with 42 points followed by Western 85, King 90, East English Village 105, Renaissance 178, Douglass 180, Pershing 217, Ford … Continue reading