Category Archives: Sports

Ford junior guard James Towns 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 basketball team hangs its hat on tough defense and there’s no tougher Trojans defender than 6-1 junior guard James Towns, the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “He showed some real tenacity in two games last week and just willed us to victory,’’ Ford coach Ken Flowers said after Towns shined at both ends of the court in back to back nonleague games. Along with his clutch defense, Towns had 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in an 80-72 victory against Ann Arbor Huron and followed that with 25 points, seven steals and five assists in a 72-70 victory against Southfield. “Against Ann Arbor Huron, James … Continue reading

King senior guard Janae Williams 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’s Janae Williams has the Lady Crusaders’ girls basketball team off to a fast start and has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. The 5-8 senior guard earned the honor after scoring 16 points with five assists in a 74-11 season-opening victory against Cody and posting a triple-double of 18 points, eight steals and six assists in a 68-34 nonleague victory against Romulus. “She’s one of the top guards in the state and she’s the best guard in the city,’’ King coach William Winfield said. “That’s how I feel about her. Not only does she score, but she assists and she’s … Continue reading

Get into the season at the sixth annual PSL Holiday Hoops Classic at Renaissance High

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Fans, friends and families are encouraged to warm up to the holiday spirit by watching the high school basketball season heat up at the sixth annual Detroit Public School League Holiday Hoops Classic Friday and Saturday Dec. 26-27 at Renaissance High School, 6565 Outer Drive, Detroit. Featuring 10 big games over two festive days, the PSL Hoops Classic will tip off five boys’ games on Friday and four boys’ games and one girls’ game Saturday, showcasing stellar teams from the PSL and from as far away as Chicago. Admission is $10 for an all-day ticket that can be purchased at the door. The lineup — Friday, Dec. 26: … Continue reading

First annual DPSL football College Coach-Student Exchange ‘only the beginning’

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The reviews are in and the first annual Detroit Public School League football College Coach-Student Exchange was a smashing success. The event, held Wednesday in the gymnasium at Cass Tech High School, was a collaboration of the DPS Office of Athletics and the Detroit chapter of the National Alliance of African American Athletes in an effort to make college football recruitment more accessible to all PSL football student-athletes. Coaches and representatives from 35 primarily Division 2, Division 3 and Division 1-AA colleges came looking for talent and, in one setting, they found plenty to choose from among the 165 scholarship-seeking high school seniors in attendance, all from PSL football … Continue reading

Lions’ linebacker Tahir Whitehead teams up with PSL Proud Strong Learners

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Detroit Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead is not only making his mark as one of the NFL’s top young players, but he has also put his stamp of approval on the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learners of the Week program. In keeping with his desire to be a positive role model for Detroit’s youth, Whitehead, 24, has invited PSLers of the Week to share in his community involvement and see up-close and personal another side of being a professional athlete. “It’s good for these kids to see that being a professional athlete is about more than just playing a sport,” said Whitehead. “I want to give them … Continue reading

Cass Tech football team named PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Week

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Cass Tech High’s football team was named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learners of the Week, culminating another outstanding season in which the Technicians reached the MHSAA Division 1 state semifinals for the fifth consecutive year. Despite falling short of its goal of winning a third state championship within a four-year span, Coach Thomas Wilcher’s team posted a perfect 9-0 regular season record and finished 12-1 overall for the second year in a row. “We had a great season, led by a sophomore quarterback (Rodney Hall) who was a first-year starter,’’ Wilcher said. “He did a great job controlling the offense and complemented (senior All-American running … Continue reading

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