Category Archives: Sports

Western boys basketball ends 93-year PSL title drought; King girls stretch championship streak to four

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Two exciting games delivered a crowd-pleasing finale to the Detroit Public School League 2014-15 Big D basketball tournament Friday at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall. In rising to the occasion and living up to expectations, King’s girls and Western’s boys hoisted the championship trophies and emerged with their unbeaten records intact. Coach William Winfield’s Lady Crusaders (12-0 league, 18-0 overall) are PSL champions for the fourth year in a row after defeating Cass Tech 66-53 in the first game of the championship doubleheader. In the nightcap, Western held on for a 46-45 victory against Renaissance to earn the school’s first PSL boys’ basketball title since 1922. Coach Derrick … Continue reading

PSL All-City basketball players to take a bow between championship games Friday at Calihan Hall

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Players selected to the Detroit Public School League 2014-15 All-City girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will be introduced Friday between championship games  of the Big D finals doubleheader at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall. The top 15 players, as voted by league coaches, comprise a first team, second team and third team and are listed (below) in order of how they finished in the balloting. In addition to the All-City teams, this year’s Mr. PSL basketball and Miss PSL basketball will be announced between games. The awards represent the top boy and girl senior player as voted by the coaches and are presented annually by the Horatio Williams … Continue reading

Cass Tech junior forward Zoey Oatis 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 Cass Tech junior co-captain Zoey Oatis, who averages 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals a game and has maintained a 3.8 grade point average since she was a freshman, has been named Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Oatis, a 5-11 forward, has excelled on the basketball court while being able to navigate an honors course curriculum in business and marketing. Her best game this season was a double-double performance of 16 points and 12 rebounds in a nonleague victory against Detroit Edison. The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. … Continue reading

Pershing senior guard Marquel Ingram 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 Pershing senior Marquel Ingram, who scored 28 points against Osborn to help the Doughboys advance to the Big D boys’ basketball semifinals, has been named Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Ingram, a 6-3 guard and third-year varsity player, has a grade point average of 3.4 and is averaging 21 points and six rebounds for the season. He has college scholarship offers from Bethune Cookman and Florida International. “Marquel is a hard-worker, who loves to win,” Pershing coach Wydell Henry said. The Doughboys defeated Osborn 81-71 in the quarterfinals, but saw their bid for a third consecutive PSL championship end with a 70-60 semifinal loss against Western, the … Continue reading

Unbeaten girls’ champion King to face Cass Tech; No. 1-ranked unbeaten Western to battle Renaissance for boys’ crown in PSL basketball championship doubleheader Friday at U-D Mercy

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The culmination of the 2014-15 Detroit Public School League Big D basketball tournament is Friday, Feb. 20 at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall. The PSL championship doubleheader features three-time defending champion King (16-0 overall, 11-0 league) against Cass Tech 14-3 overall, 11-1 league) in the girls’ title game at 5 p.m., followed by No. 1 state-ranked Western (16-0 overall, 12-0 league) against Renaissance (12-6 overall, 8-4 league) in the boys’ title game at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased in advance from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Calihan Hall box office. The box office will be open the day of the … Continue reading

Cass Tech rules the pool to defend PSL boys’ swimming title

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Cass Tech won gold medals in seven of the 11 events and scored 159 points to repeat as Detroit Public School League boys’ swimming champions Thursday at King High School. First-year coach Javon Waters, Sr. saw his Technicians get first-place finishes from junior Eduardo Gutierrez in the 200 freestyle (2:07.92), junior James Rassoull II in the 50 freestyle (24.51), sophomore Kenneth Hammond, Jr. in the 100 butterfly (1:06.20) and senior Angel Del La Torre in the 100 backstroke (1:08.23). Cass Tech also won all three relay events, with its quartets timing 1:57 in the 200 medley, 1:44.24 in the 200 freestyle and 4:01.40 in the 400 freestyle. Western, led … Continue reading

Big D boys’ semifinals Friday to complete scenario for PSL basketball championship doubleheader

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The final four of the 2014-15 Detroit Public School League Big D boys’ basketball tournament is set for Friday at Cass Tech High School. It will be Pershing, the defending PSL champion, against Western, the state’s No. 1-ranked team, in the first semifinal game at 5 p.m., followed by Renaissance against East English Village in the semifinal nightcap at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 The winners advance to the PSL championship game at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall. Wednesday’s boys’ quarterfinal games produced two thrillers as Renaissance solved CMA’s deliberate offense to post a 39-31 victory, and East English Village came … Continue reading

PSL boys’ swim championship today Feb. 12 at King High School

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The 2014-15 Detroit Public School League boys’ swimming championship meet is today, Thursday, Feb. 12, at King High School, beginning at 2 p.m. Preliminaries and semifinals were contested Monday at King, setting the field for today’s finals in 11 events. Admission is $5

Renaissance guard Darryl Smith 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’s Darryl Smith, who scored 16 points in the Phoenix’s 70-55 victory Wednesday against Detroit Public School League boys’ basketball defending champion Pershing, has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. The 5-8 senior guard also passed the test literally by earning a remarkable score of 25 on the ACT. “Darryl had an outstanding week,’’ Phoenix coach Venias Jordan Jr. said of Smith, who transferred to Renaissance from outside the district and just recently became eligible. “He’s a natural leader and everything we were missing. We’ve won every game that he’s played.” Prior to the Pershing game, Smith scored 16 points with four assists in a … Continue reading

Big D girls’ semifinals today at Western; boys’ quarterfinals Tuesday and Wednesday at Renaissance

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Today’s semifinals of the Detroit Public School League Big D girls’ basketball tournament will be held at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Western International High School, with the winners advancing to the PSL championship game Friday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. at University of Detroit Mercy Calihan Hall. Mumford (9-2) faces Cass Tech (10-1) in the first semifinal and three-time defending PSL  champion King (10-0) meets Renaissance (8-3) in the semifinal nightcap. Admission is $5. In quarterfinal action last Tuesday and Wednesday, Mumford ousted Denby 50-11, Cass beat Pershing 58-31, Renaissance defeated DCP-Northwestern 71-30 and King thrashed Ford 58-11. The Big D boys’ tournament resumes Tuesday and Wednesday Feb. 10-11 … Continue reading