Category Archives: Sports

Renaissance setter Arielle Sears 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 For the second year in a row, Renaissance High’s Arielle Sears was named MVP of the Detroit Public School League Invitational Volleyball Tournament at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. That distinction has also earned the Lady Phoenix’s 5-7 senior setter the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week award, for the second consecutive year, after she finished with 25 aces, 51 assists, seven blocks and nine kills in leading her team to a repeat tourney championship. “The setter is just like the quarterback to a football team or the point guard in basketball,” Renaissance coach Louis Mitchell said. “She runs the show for us and she’s the leader. We’re only going … Continue reading

King football standout Tyriq Thompson 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 Tyriq Thompson was a one-man wrecking crew last Friday in King High’s 61-20 victory against DCP-Northwestern. As a result, the Crusaders’ 6-2, 225-pound senior has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week for the second time in as many seasons. On offense, Thompson carried the ball 18 times for 205 yards including touchdown runs of 75 and 25 yards. Defensively, he had a team-leading 12 tackles and returned an intercepted pass for a 35-yard TD. “He had an all-around great game,’’ King coach Dale Harvel. “This is his senior year and he has really stepped up his game. He’s not a ‘hollerer’ … Continue reading

Cody at King game of the week to help clear logjam at top of PSL football standings

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 A share of first place will be on the line Saturday at high noon when Cody challenges King in the Detroit Public School League Football Game of the Week at King High School. Six teams enter week four of the regular season tied for the PSL lead with 2-0 league records.  Three of the leaders – defending champion Cass Tech, King and Western – are unbeaten with 3-0 overall records. East English Village, Mumford and Cody are 2-1 overall. The logjam at the top will start to clear up with Saturday’s Cody-King showdown at 12 noon. All other PSL teams play Friday at 4 p.m., including Douglass (0-2 league, … Continue reading

Western’s boys, Pershing’s girls win first PSL cross country meet of 2014

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Western International High senior Juan Flores and Pershing High junior Jaishala Seal won the boys’ and girls’ 5,000-meter races, respectively, to lead their teams to victory Tuesday in the 2014 Detroit Public School League season-opening cross country meet at scenic Belle Isle. Flores, the two-time defending PSL boys’ champion, crossed the finish line in 18:29 to outpace his brother, Western sophomore Yeray Flores (19:22), by nearly a minute. King’s Christian Stokes placed third (20:10) followed by Western junior Jamari McCrory fourth (20:43) and East English Village’s Karmari Newman fifth (20:47). Western’s team total of 43 included senior Jose Monge 14th (21:29) and junior Brailen Neely 22nd. The  top … Continue reading

Cody junior running back Jayvonte Ball 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 Cody High junior Jayvonte Ball, who had 10 carries for 206 yards including touchdown runs of 73 and 20 yards in a 44-0 victory last Friday against CMA, has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “He’s a great kid, very humble, and he wants to be one of the best running backs in the state,’’ Cody coach Calvin Norman said. “He wants to be up there with (Cass Tech’s) Mike Weber and other guys in that class. He knows those players and he looks up to those kind of players.” Ball, a 5-9, 175-pound speedster, ran the ball 12 times for … Continue reading

CMA showing growth but no wins in first varsity football season

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk132.org 313-870-5863 Two games into its first varsity football season, Communication and Media Arts High is making positive strides but is still searching for a victory. “A lot of it has to do with players getting over the jitters of actually playing varsity,’’ Pharaohs head coach Jackie Muhammad said. “Once they understand the concept that the guys they’re playing against are the same ages, 14 through 18-year-olds, and are some of the same players they played against on junior varsity, I think we can turn that corner real quickly.” CMA fashioned a remarkable 6-3 JV record last year in its first season with a football program, but enters this week … Continue reading

Cass Tech sophomore QB Rodney Hall’s comeback dramatics earn PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week honors

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Cass Tech sophomore quarterback Rodney Hall, who completed his final eight pass attempts for 150 yards and a touchdown last Friday in a season-opening 27-26 victory against Oak Park, has been named the Detroit Public School League’s first Proud Strong Learner of the Week for the 2014-15 athletic year. Admittedly plagued by nerves earlier in the game, Hall combined with senior running back Mike Weber to engineer a comeback from a 19-6 deficit in the fourth quarter as the Technicians prevailed before a sellout crowd at Wayne State University in the marquee matchup of the Prep Kickoff Classic. “I felt a lot of pressure coming in because a lot … Continue reading

PSL football teams get new five star-rated helmets courtesy of UAW-Ford

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 A generous donation from UAW-Ford has allowed the purchase of 168  brand new top-quality helmets to distribute among Detroit Public School League varsity football teams. “We were just about to order helmets, and we really needed them, so this donation is right on time,’’ Osborn High athletic coordinator Lonell Williams said. “We were able to use the money we were going to spend on helmets toward buying new pads.” The benefit of the five star-rated helmets is the added protection they’ll provide. “It’s the right thing to do,” Jimmy Settles, UAW-Ford national vice president, said. “I know how proper equipment can sometimes prevent opportunities for our children from participating in … Continue reading

PSL football teams to open the season this weekend in the spotlight

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 With a bevy of gridiron talent that makes the Detroit Public School League the envy of every high school league in the state, the 2014 football season kicks off this weekend with the PSL appropriately in the spotlight. Cass Tech, the defending city champion and one of the state’s most successful teams in recent years, will open Friday at 7 p.m. against tough nonleague foe Oak Park. The game is one of three marquee matchups involving PSL teams in this year’s Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University. Cody also takes part in the event with a 1 p.m. Friday game against Warren Mott, while East English Village … Continue reading

DUTCH TREAT: Renaissance High completes summer league season with victory against elite hoops team from the Netherlands

Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 An elite collection of high school-age players from the Netherlands provided an international flavor for Renaissance High’s boys basketball team Wednesday in its final summer league game of the season. Using a running clock and playing two 20-minute halves, Renaissance built a comfortable lead and cruised to a 46-37 victory at the famed St. Cecilia gym in northwest Detroit. “I really didn’t know what to expect coming into it, but I thought it was phenomenal and a great experience for our players,” Phoenix coach Venias Jordan, Jr., said. The matchup against one of the PSL’s top teams was the fifth game played by Coach Sid Bruinsma’s visitors – they’re … Continue reading