Category Archives: Sports

PSL IN THE FAST LANE: 2015 league track and field meet set for Saturday at Renaissance High

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The 2015 Detroit Public School League boys’ and girls’ track and field championship meet is scheduled for this Saturday (May 23) at Renaissance High School. Field events begin at 11 p.m. and track preliminaries start at 12 noon. The scheduled start time of the finals is 1:45 p.m., but the meet will run ahead of schedule whenever possible. Team trophies and individual medals will be up for grabs in the high jump, long jump, shot put, discus, 3200 meter relay, 100 meter hurdles (girls), 110 meter hurdles (boys), 100 meters, 800 meter relay, 1600 meters, 400 meter relay, 300 meter hurdles, 800 meters, 200 meters, 3200 meters and … Continue reading

Western International still king in PSL baseball; Ford wins East-West championship

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Western International High captured its eighth consecutive Detroit Public School League boys’ baseball championship Monday with a 4-0 victory against King in the PSL Mega Division title game at Wayne State University. Coach Juan Sanchez’s Cowboys finished with an unbeaten 12-0 league record as senior Amadeo Apollini pitched a two-hit, complete-game shutout to lead the championship clincher. King, despite a strong pitching effort from sophomore Johnathan Darby, hurt its cause with crucial errors down the stretch. Coach Norm Taylor’s Crusaders finished with an 8-4 league record. Henry Ford opened the action with a 20-4 romp past East English Village to win the PSL East-West title game. Fueled by … Continue reading

Renaissance extends PSL softball reign to 11 in a row; Central back-to-back Division 2 champs

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Repeat was the order of the day Friday at University of Detroit Mercy’s Buysse Field where Renaissance High won the 2015 Detroit Public School League Division 1 softball championship to extend its reign to 11 years in a row. “I’m proud of the record,’’ said Coach Garrard Taylor, whose Lady Phoenix defeated Cass Tech 8-1 in the PSL Division 1 title game after Central High beat Cody 16-4 in five innings to win its second consecutive PSL Division 2 crown. “We’ve been blessed to have players every year to make it happen,” Taylor said. “We have kids who buy into the program and they do what’s necessary to succeed. When they leave here, … Continue reading

Western’s Class A state championship basketball team lauded with Spirit of Detroit award from City Council

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Western International High School’s Class A state champion basketball team was presented with Spirit of Detroit Awards from City Council president Brenda Jones at the council’s regularly scheduled session Tuesday at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. Cowboys’ head coach Derrick McDowell and his players and staff each received a certificate in recognition of them completing a perfect 26-0 season and winning the first state championship in school history. “We have eight seniors who are graduating and all eight are preparing to go to college, six on full-ride athletic scholarships and two on academic scholarships,” McDowell said. “That’s what I’m most proud about with this team.”

PSL to crown girls’ softball champions Friday at U-D Mercy, boys’ baseball champions Monday at Wayne State

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The Detroit Public School League will close this school week and begin next week by crowning the 2015 PSL girls’ softball and boys’ baseball champions. Friday’s (May 15) girls’ softball doubleheader at University of Detroit Mercy starts with the PSL Division II title game between defending champion Central (5-2) and Cody (7-0) at 12:30 p.m. That game will be followed by the PSL Division I title game at 3 p.m., featuring 10-time defending league champion Renaissance (8-0) against Cass Tech (7-1). Admission is $5. On Monday (May 18), the PSL boys’ baseball championship doubleheader will be held for the first time at Wayne State University. The Mega Division championship … Continue reading

Renaissance speedy junior Zahji Billingslea 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 Zahji Billingslea, who wreaks havoc on the base paths and catches everything that comes her way for Renaissance High’s 10-time Detroit Public School League defending champion girls’ softball team, is the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “Since the ninth grade, she’s continued to get better,” said Lady Phoenix coach Garrard Taylor. “She loves the game and it shows. Her defense has improved, her slugging has improved, she’s got a great arm, great speed and is just a great all-around athlete.” Billingslea, a junior who plays primarily in center field, is batting .596 with one homer, three triples, six doubles, 25 runs batted in and seven stolen bases … Continue reading

Osborn sophomore pitcher Juan Thomas 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 Juan Thomas, the sophomore pitching ace of Osborn High’s baseball team, is the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “He leads our rotation and he’s batting over .400 for the season,” Osborn coach Keith Powe said. “He’s a hard worker and loves baseball. He’s going to be a college prospect if he keeps working.” Thomas has a 4-1 record, highlighted by a no-hit 17-0 shutout against Cody. The right-hander has struck out 19. Offensively, he has five doubles, one home run and six stolen bases. The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ … Continue reading

PSL girls’ softball semifinals set for Monday, May 11 at Maheras-Gentry park

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The Detroit Public School League Division I and Division II girls’ softball semifinals will be played simultaneously on four diamonds Monday, May 11 at Maheras-Gentry Park (south of Jefferson off Connor St., near the Detroit River). All semifinal games start at 4 p.m. In Division I, 10-time defending PSL champion Renaissance (7-0) faces East English Village (3-3-1) and Cass Tech (6-1) squares off against Western (5-2). In Division II, Cody (6-0) plays Pershing (1-5) and Osborn (4-2) meets  Central (4-2). The semifinal winners advance to the PSL championship doubleheader Friday, May 15 at University of Detroit Mercy. The  PSL Division II title game is at 12:30 p.m followed by the PSL Division I title game at 3 p.m.

East English Village senior pitcher Melvin Coleman 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 Melvin Coleman, whose impact on the mound and at the plate has East English Village standing on top of the Detroit Public School League boys’ baseball East Division with a 4-0 record, is the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Coleman enters Friday’s (May 1) game against Henry Ford with a 3-0 record as a pitcher, having struck out 26 in 16 innings. He’s also the Bulldogs’ leading hitter with a .632 average, including two doubles, two triples, eight runs scored and 11 runs batted in. In a 10-6 victory against division rival Osborn, the senior had two triples and four RBI while striking out seven in … Continue reading

Cass Tech sophomore sprinter Mariam Sheriff 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 sophomore Mariam Sheriff was a leader of her team’s winning performance in the Courageous track and field invitational meet Saturday (April 25) at Mumford High School and has been named Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Coach Chris Wright’s Lady Technicians piled up 166½ points, 50 more than the next team, to take the girls’ team title. Sheriff emerged a triple winner with victories in the 100 meter hurdles (17.32) and the 200 meter dash (26.81). She also anchored the Lady Technicians’ winning 4×200 relay team (1:46.68). “Mariam is a very hard worker and always encourages her teammates,” Wright said of Sheriff, … Continue reading