Category Archives: Sports

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

Ford High’s Tiera Thomas is 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 Ford High’s Tiera Thomas, who had a big week in leading the Lady Trojans to their first girls’ basketball district championship in more than a decade, has been named Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Thomas, a 5-9 junior guard, had 16 points and eight steals in a 35-33 victory against Livonia Ladywood in the Class B district opener. She continued her dominance with 16 points and eight rebounds in a 58-34 victory against Bradford Academy and rose to the occasion again with 24 points and 10 steals in the 42-30 district championship-clinching victory against Redford Union. She also excels in the classroom with a … Continue reading

Renaissance’s Alaric Jackson 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 Alaric “A.J.” Jackson, who had 14 points and 14 rebounds in Renaissance High’s 43-41 Operation Friendship victory against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. At 6-8, 290 pounds, Jackson emerged as a major college prospect after playing his first year of high school football last fall. The junior is seen as a prototype offensive lineman although basketball, in which he plays forward, is still his preferred game. “His future undoubtedly is in football if he wants it,’’ Renaissance High basketball coach Vito Jordan said. “He can play college basketball. But he’s got a chance to be a pro in football.” … Continue reading

King girls, eight PSL boys teams still vying in basketball state tourney

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 With a district championship already in tow, King High’s girls’ basketball team (22-1) goes for the Class A regional championship tonight (Thursday, March 12) at 7 p.m. when it plays Sterling Heights (15-9) at Grosse Pointe South High School. Coach William Winfield’s Lady Crusaders won their fourth consecutive Detroit Public School League championship Feb. 20 and have looked the part in the MHSAA tournament, beating host Grosse Pointe South 43-36 in Tuesday’s regional semifinals to move within striking range of a state championship. A victory tonight would advance King into next Tuesday’s (March 17) quarterfinals — just three victories from the ultimate prize. Henry Ford saw its season end … Continue reading

Western, Renaissance cruise into state tournament as PSL’s top boys teams; King, Ford advance to girls’ regional play

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The Detroit Public School League’s top two boys’ basketball teams closed out the regular season in style Saturday with victories against their Catholic League counterparts in the Operation Friendship games at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall. PSL champion Western lifted its unbeaten record to 19-0 with a 58-49 victory against Catholic League champion University of Detroit Jesuit (17-3) for the city championship after PSL runner-up Renaissance (13-7) posted a 43-41 victory against Catholic League runner-up Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (10-10) in the consolation game. The boys’ sweep evened the score for the PSL after the Operation Friendship girls’ games Feb. 27 at Birmingham Marian High School, where the … Continue reading