Category Archives: Sports

Western junior shortstop Aaron Betancourt 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 junior Aaron Betancourt, who drove in the winning run and made a pair of stellar defensive plays in the Cowboys’ 4-3 victory against Renaissance, has been named Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Betancourt’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning enabled the seven-time defending PSL champions to win the battle for first place in the league’s Mega Division. “He’s our anchor at shortstop,” Western coach Juan Sanchez said. “We rely on him heavily to play solid defense and to help us on the mound.” In addition to his big hit and strong defense against Renaissance, Betancourt had … Continue reading

Renaissance slugger Breanna Lawrence named for the fourth time PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Breanna Lawrence, whose hard-hitting bat has driven Renaissance High’s softball team to an unbeaten start in defense of the Detroit Public School League championship, is the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. The Lady Phoenix entered Thursday with a 3-0 league and 7-2 overall record. At the heart of their success is Lawrence, a fourth-year starter who’s batting .677 (14-for-21) with one home run, one triple, seven doubles and 21 runs batted in. Her homer was a grand slam in a nonleague victory against Ferndale. Lawrence has a cumulative 3.3 grade point average since her freshman year and is in line to accept a full-ride academic scholarship or … Continue reading

Class A state champ Western, Class B state runnerup Ford named PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Week

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Western International and Henry Ford formed a Detroit Public School League dynamic duo in the Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball state tournament and have been named PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Week. In showcasing PSL basketball as two of just eight teams playing on the final day of the season, Coach Derrick McDowell’s Cowboys completed a perfect 26-0 season by winning the Class A title, the first state championship in Western history, while Coach Ken Flowers’ Trojans (21-6) also made school history, finishing as Class B runners-up after reaching the state championship game for the first time. The PSLer of the Week distinction coincides with … Continue reading

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Western High boys’ basketball team brings home the school’s first state championship to the PSL

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Until this winter when Western International High’s boys’ basketball team began the season ranked No. 1 in the state, the pride of its athletic program was the baseball team, a perennial Detroit Public School League powerhouse that’s riding a streak of seven consecutive PSL championships and nine in the last 11 years. The Cowboys’ baseball prominence is not likely to change. But the perception of Western as a baseball-only power has been altered forever by the Cowboys’ now-validated boys’ basketball team, the newly-crowned Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A state champions. With a 62-59 finals victory Saturday against Saginaw Arthur Hill after a 55-46 semifinal victory Friday … Continue reading

Western’s McDowell, Ford’s Flowers have PSL ties that bind back to their coach-player days at Redford

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org  313-870-5863 Western International High’s Derrick McDowell and Henry Ford High’s Kenneth Flowers are head coaches of the Detroit Public School League’s two teams competing in the MHSAA boys’ basketball state semifinals Friday at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. The league allegiance is strong, but their bond goes deeper than that, back to when McDowell and Flowers were on the same team in the late ‘90s at Redford High School. “Derrick was my high school coach,’’ Flowers said. “He coached me for four years. Then I came back after college and coached under him at Redford. Later, I took over the program I helped build and establish.” Flowers, who graduated from … Continue reading

TWO FOR THE SHOW! Western, Ford headed to Breslin for MHSAA boys’ basketball state semifinals

Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The Detroit Public School League will have two teams vying for Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball state championships this weekend after No. 1-ranked Western International trounced Ypsilanti Community 58-37 in the Class A quarterfinal game Tuesday at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall, and Henry Ford defeated previously-unbeaten New Haven 61-55 Tuesday in the Class B quarterfinal game at Marysville High School. Western’s victory lifted Coach Derrick McDowell’s unbeaten Cowboys to a 24-0 record and advanced them to Friday’s 2:50 p.m. Class A semifinal game at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. They will face U-D Jesuit (22-3) in a rematch against the team they beat 58-49 in … Continue reading

Western, Ford boys in MHSAA basketball quarterfinal games tonight with Breslin in sight

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Western High, the state’s No. 1-ranked team, can lift an already 23-0 memorable season to historic proportions tonight (Tuesday, March 24) at 7 p.m. in the Class A boys’ basketball quarterfinal game against Ypsilanti Community (19-4) at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall. A victory would advance Coach Derrick McDowell’s Cowboys to the state semifinal game Friday (2:50 p.m.) at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center against the winner of U-D Jesuit (21-3) vs. Clarkston (24-0), tonight’s 5:30 p.m. quarterfinal at Calihan Hall. Fans are urged to get to Calihan early because both quarterfinal games have attracted massive local and statewide interest. Western is playing its best basketball and … Continue reading

King girls’ basketball team ready for prime time in Class A state semifinals; Western, Ford boys win regional crowns

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The stage is bigger and the stakes are higher than any basketball game they’ve played in their lives. But when King High’s Lady Crusaders take the court Friday at 2:50 p.m. against Bloomfield Hills Marian in the Class A girls’ basketball state semifinals at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center, legendary coach William Winfield wants his players to look past the hype and focus their collective effort on the task at hand. “They’re going up there to win a game,’’ Winfield said. “That’s the only thing they should have on their minds right now, because they have what it takes. It’s just a matter of them going out there … Continue reading

King girls one victory from Final Four berth; three PSL boys team vying for MHSAA regional titles

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 King High’s girls basketball team (23-1) plays Romulus (18-5) in the Class A girls’ basketball quarterfinal tonight (Tuesday, March 17) at 7 p.m. at Dearborn Fordson High School, with the winner earning a berth in Friday’s (March 20) semifinals at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. Coach William Winfield’s Lady Crusaders are the four-time defending Detroit Public School League champions. The PSL is also making its mark in the MHSAA boys’ tournament with three teams still alive after Monday’s regional openers. In Class A, No. 1-ranked Western (22-0) won 65-55 against league foe East English Village (18-5) to advance into Wednesday’s 7 p.m. regional championship game at Sterling Heights … Continue reading

Five PSL boys’ basketball district champions return to action today; King girls in MHSAA quarterfinals Tuesday against Romulus

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The Detroit Public School League had five champions emerge from Friday’s district finals of the MHSAA boys’ basketball tournament. But the weekend celebration is over and it’s time to get back to work. No. 1-ranked Western (21-0) will face East English Village (18-4) tonight (Monday, March 16) at 7 p.m. in an all-PSL Class A regional opener at Sterling Heights High School. The winner advances to Wednesday’s (March 18) regional championship game at 7 p.m. against today’s 5 p.m. winner between Clinton Twp. Chippewa Valley (19-3) and Warren De LaSalle (13-9). In Class B, PSL teams Ford (16-5) and DCP-Northwestern (9-9) will collide today (Monday, March 16) at … Continue reading