Category Archives: Sports

East English Village senior Lindrell Mitchell 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 Lindrell Mitchell had 187 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 56-20 season-opening nonleague victory last Thursday against Walled Lake Central and has been named the Detroit Public School League’s first Proud Strong Learner of the Week for 2015-16. Mitchell, a 5-11, 165-pound starting wide receiver and backup free safety, caught three passes for 114 yards, including an 84-yard TD. He also scored on a 17-yard run and returned a kickoff 56 yards for a TD. “He’s a third-year starter, a fourth-year varsity player and a two-year team captain,’’ East English Village coach Rod Oden said. “He’s fearless catching passes across the middle … Continue reading

Grand opening! PSL’s top football teams make dazzling 2015 debut

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 High school football — Detroit Public School League style — made a grand opening last weekend, highlighted by King and Cass Tech rising to the challenge as the Detroit News’ top two-ranked teams in the state. King protected its No. 1 billing Saturday with a 12-10 victory against defending Division 2 state champion Warren De La Salle in the 11th annual Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University, while No. 2-ranked Cass Tech flexed its might in the PKC finale, impressing a capacity crowd with a 27-0 shutout victory against seventh-ranked Southfield. East English Village, 10th in the News’ preseason rankings, also had a dominating debut, going on … Continue reading

Cass Tech names two standout former players to coach boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Cass Tech High School has tapped two decorated alumni to fill its boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball head coaching positions. Steve Hall, a former Detroit Public School League coaching veteran who won Class D state titles at Rogers in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and coached Northwestern to the 2008 PSL title, succeeds David Dixon as the Technicians’ boys’ varsity head coach. He will also be the school’s new athletic coordinator. The new girls’ varsity head coach is LaTonya Tate, who formerly was a college assistant coach at Detroit Mercy, Illinois-Chicago and Eastern Michigan. She succeeds Marissa Thrower-Fisher. Both Hall and Tate were standout players in high school and … Continue reading

PSL ready to open 2015 football season with star-studded cast of teams, players

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 The wait is almost over for Detroit Public School League football fans. This weekend marks the opening of the 2015 high school football season and will offer PSL fans a full slate of non league games to choose from Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the league schedule begins next Friday (Sept. 4). All 16 PSL teams (in bold) are in action this weekend, beginning with the PSL Kickoff Classic tripleheader Thursday at DCP-Northwestern High — featuring Pershing against Community at 1 p.m., DCP-Northwestern against Old Redford Academy at 4 p.m., and Cody against Warren Mott at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Also Thursday, CMA plays Cesar Chavez at … Continue reading

PSL football: Still the best game in town!

Cass Tech’s Mike Weber, Renaissance’s Breanna Lawrence named 2014-15 PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Year

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 Cass Tech senior Mike Weber (football) and Renaissance senior Breanna Lawrence (girls’ softball) took top honors among 54 student-athletes and three standout teams that were celebrated at the fifth annual Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learners of the Year awards ceremony, presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s, Wednesday, June 3 at Marcus Garvey Academy Harambee Center. A large gathering of parents, coaches, school administrators, honorees and school supporters attended the two-hour program. Each of this year’s Proud Strong Learners of the Week received individualized plaques, culminating with the announcement of Lawrence and Weber as the 2014-15 Proud Strong Learners of the … Continue reading

Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead to speak at fifth annual PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Year awards ceremony

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org 313-870-5863 In tribute to the Detroit Public School League’s fertile pipeline of outstanding talent, the DPS Office of Athletics will present the fifth annual PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Year Awards, sponsored by Detroit area McDonald’s, Wednesday from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. at the Marcus Garvey Academy Harambee Center, 2301 Van Dyke, near Kercheval, in Detroit. Detroit Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead will be the keynote speaker at the program, which will honor 54 student-athletes and three standout teams, each chosen Proud Strong Learners of the Week, representative of the PSL’s top boys’ and girls’ athletic performers as nominated by their coaches and the DPS Office of Athletics. The … Continue reading

Cass Tech senior runner Simonae Dismuke named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics 313-870-5863 chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org Cass Tech senior Simonae Dismuke finished her high school track and field career in style, winning four gold medals in the Detroit Public School League championship meet, and has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Dismuke, who is headed to Central Michigan University on a track scholarship, defended her crown in the girls’ 200 meters (26.61) and 400 meters (57.46) to lead Cass Tech’s girls to a repeat team championship. She also ran legs on the Technicians’ winning 4×200 relay (1:44.65) and 4×400 relay (4:10.64). “She’s a very tough runner and a very hard worker,’’ Cass Tech coach Chris Wright said. “As outstanding as she’s … Continue reading

Cass Tech junior hurdler named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Contact: Chuck Johnson Media Information Director DPS Office of Athletics 313-870-5863 chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org Cass Tech junior Savalas Morgan took home three gold medals to help Cass Tech repeat as Detroit Public School League boys’ track and field champions and has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Morgan timed 15.49 to win the 110 hurdles and clocked 41.79 to take first in the 300 hurdles in addition to running a leg on the Technicians’ victorious 4×200 relay team (1:29.51). “He had quite a few nagging injuries going into the meet, but he gave his best for the team,” said Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher. Morgan is also a defensive back for Cass Tech’s defending PSL champion football team. The … Continue reading

Western senior third baseman Anthony Gutierrez 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 Western International High senior third baseman Anthony Gutierrez was 4-for-5 with three doubles and five RBI in a 16-1 Detroit Public School League Mega Division semifinal victory against Cass Tech and has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “Anthony’s leadership has been vital to the success of our eighth straight PSL championship,’’ Cowboys coach Juan Sanchez said. “Anthony has had one of the best hitting careers of all the players I’ve had since I’ve been coach at Western. He’s batting well over .500 for his career with 15 home runs and over 150 RBI in his career. “His lineage has also been important to our … Continue reading