Category Archives: Sports

Cass Tech’s offensive line a powerful force in the state playoffs

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Cass Tech’s leading man Mike Weber has a strong opening act — his offensive line. “The O-line is the most important component,’’ Technicians head coach Thomas Wilcher said. “If they don’t block, give your quarterback time to throw, and open holes for your running game, you’re not going to be able to do anything with the ball. They’ve had everything to do with our offensive success.” The unbeaten Technicians (12-0), coming off a 48-35 regional championship victory against Clinton Township Chippewa Valley last weekend, are anticipating another battle of high-powered offenses Saturday at 1 p.m. in their MHSAA Division 1 state semifinal game against Saline (11-1) at Troy Athens High School. “(Saline) is … Continue reading

Cass Tech’s Mike Weber first PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week twice in same season

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The objective of the Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is to recognize the accomplishments of as many Detroit Public School League boys and girls top athletes as possible. Cass Tech’s Mike Weber is the first in the five-year history of the award to be named PSLer of the Week twice in the same season. No other choice was conscionable after Weber ran for a MHSAA Division 1 state-playoff record 404 yards and scored five touchdowns in the Technicians’ 48-35 regional championship victory last Saturday against Clinton Township Chippewa Valley. Playing his last home game on Cass Tech’s dirt field, Weber left an indelible footprint as one of the best running backs to … Continue reading

PSL event Dec. 10 at Cass Tech a one-stop shop for college football recruitment

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 In an effort to make college recruitment more accessible to all Detroit Public School League football prospects, the first annual PSL College Coach-Student Exchange will be held Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. at Cass Tech High School. The event, in which college coaches from throughout the country will be assigned individual tables to meet with PSL student-athletes, is co-sponsored by the Detroit chapter of the National Alliance of African American Athletes (NAAAA) and is the second part of a two-day recruiting affair. It starts on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., with the seventh annual Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Wayne County Recruiting Fair at … Continue reading

Unbeaten Cass Tech one victory from its fifth straight state semifinal berth

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Cass Tech has won 11 games in a row to remain unbeaten heading into its MHSAA Division 1 football regional championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. against visiting Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (8-3). With a victory, Coach Thomas Wilcher’s Technicians will earn their fifth consecutive appearance in the state semifinals, a step that led to back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012 and  established the Detroit Public School League team as a nationally-ranked prep powerhouse. A contest currently conducted by USA TODAY  has Cass Tech in the running for the Best Football Program in Michigan, among four other teams. You can vote for the Technicians. http://contest.usatodayhss.com/vote/best-football-program-2014/round-1/mi/7099 “We haven’t really peaked … Continue reading

PSL student-athletes reap scholarship rewards on NLI early signing day

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 National Letter of Intent signing day for 2015 college football recruits is Feb. 4, but Wednesday — Nov. 12 — was the first day of the early signing period for all other sports and Detroit Public School League student-athletes were actively in demand. Hard work, perseverance and talent paid off for several PSL student-athletes, who jubilantly accepted college scholarships at school signing ceremonies shared by family, coaches and teammates. The PSL’s 2015 college-bound early signees included Ford’s Joshua Davis (Western Michigan University men’s basketball), Cass Tech’s Simonae Dismuke (Central Michigan University women’s track and field), King’s Janae Williams (Indiana University-Purdue University women’s basketball), Cass Tech’s K’Lynn Willis (Hampton … Continue reading

East English Village senior QB Anton Curtis 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 East English Village senior quarterback Anton Curtis accounted for five touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs’ 40-21 MHSAA Division 2 district semifinal victory Saturday against Port Huron and has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “He played like a senior quarterback should,’’ the Ville coach Rod Oden said of the 6-2, 175-pound three-year starter. “He made good decisions with the football all game long. His senior leadership was evident on the field.” Curtis completed 17-of-28 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns against Port Huron and added 36 yards and two TDs on the ground, helping the Bulldogs amass 563 yards in … Continue reading

Cass Tech, East English Village to carry PSL torch into MHSAA football district finals

Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 East English Village played Cass Tech tougher than any other Detroit Public School League opponent did this season, so it is fitting that the Bulldogs stand alongside the unbeaten Technicians as the only two remaining PSL teams in the 2014 MHSAA football state playoffs. Cass Tech defeated visiting Warren Mott 26-7 in Division 1 and East English Village beat host Port Huron 40-21 in Division 2 to advance into this weekend’s district finals. Both teams will play Friday at 7 p.m., with Cass Tech (10-0) playing at Dearborn Fordson (10-0), while East English Village (7-3) will face Warren DeLaSalle (7-3) at Wayne State University. Two of East English Village’s three … Continue reading

King freshman swimmer Anquniece Wheeler 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 King High freshman Anquniece Wheeler took home four gold medals from the Detroit Public School League girls’ swimming championship meet Oct. 22 and has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “If she stays focused the way she is this year, I think she’ll be one of the most outstanding swimmers to come out of the league in a long time,’’ King coach Gary Peterson said. Wheeler’s big splash included victories in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. She also swam the butterfly on the winning 200 medley relay and the third leg of the 400 freestyle relay, helping King take six of the 11 … Continue reading

Mumford senior DeShawn Foster 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 Mumford High senior two-way standout DeShawn Foster had seven catches for 110 yards and 11 tackles and a fumble recovery in the Mustangs’ 13-8 victory last Friday against Cody and has been named Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Foster, a 6-1, 205-pound wide receiver-linebacker and captain, gave Coach Donshell English’s team the boost it needed to win the PSL consolation game at Ford Field, a victory that gave the Mustangs a 6-3 overall record and an automatic berth in the MHSAA Division 3 state playoffs. “We weren’t having a good time moving the ball, but it was because of him when we were … Continue reading

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