Detroit Public School League

DPS parents, student-athletes urged to attend college recruitment free seminar

Contact:
Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org
313-870-5863

Detroit Public Schools’ families are encouraged to attend a seminar, “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete,” designed to prepare parents and student-athletes for the recruiting process.

Conducted by Rick Wire, president of Dynamite Sports, the hour-long seminar will be held Monday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Renaissance High School auditorium for west side schools, and Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the M.L. King High School auditorium for east side schools. Counselors and coaches are asked to be present at 6 p.m. for specialized instruction geared just for them.

In addition to providing families with information about the availability of athletic scholarships, the seminar will discuss academic requirements and other ins and outs of college recruitment.

College recruitingAccording to his press release, Wire found himself looking for answers when his son was developing as a football student-athlete. Wire, who didn’t attend college, began asking questions of other parents who had been through the recruiting process and wound up creating the Dynamite Sports Educational Recruiting System, which combines academic preparation and athletic training with marketing and recruiting strategies to navigate through the process.

Wire’s son, Coy, ultimately earned a scholarship to play at Stanford and, in 2002, was chosen in the third round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills, where he played six seasons and finished his pro career after three seasons with Atlanta Falcons.

Wire used his study to become a speaker and expert on the recruiting process. His plan involves giving guidance to high school student-athletes and parents as well as staff development training and resources to high school coaches and counselors. The goal is to help all parties make smart choices and decisions regarding college athletics and recruiting.

Alvin L. Ward, Sr., DPS Office of Athletics’ executive director, is encouraging parents, counselors, coaches and 8th-12th grade student-athletes to take advantage of this free opportunity to learn vital information about the college athletic scholarship and recruiting process.

Shelia McBride, founder of GradeCheck.net, which has helped dozens of DPS and other student-athletes navigate the recruitment process, will be special guest speaker at both the April 7 and April 8 seminar sessions.

Douglass’ boys basketball 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

Douglass High’s boys basketball team has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learners of the Week after finishing its season as the last PSL team standing in the Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs.

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Douglass High Class B boys’ basketball state semifinalists

Coach Nkwane Young’s Hurricanes (17-10) lost 51-50 against eventual state champion Milan in the Class B semifinals March 21, but earned kudos for coming just two victories shy of the first state championship in Douglass’ school history. The senior-laden team also distinguished itself by combo guard Darrell Davis being named Associated Press Class B Player of the Year and Young being chosen the AP Class B Coach of the Year.

Davis, who’s committed to Dayton, said the heartbreaking semifinals loss makes him want to work harder as he prepares for college. He can take some solace after seeing the Flyers advance to the NCAA Sweet 16.

“He’s meant everything to the program,” Young said of Davis. “Mr. Basketball finalist, Class B player of the Year, all-time leading scorer, a 4.0 (grade point average) student. I’m going to hate to lose him.”

Terrell Hales, who’s headed to Cleveland State, Daavi Bradley, DeShawn Sanders, Adontus Pettway, K’yantae Evans and Kenyatta Flowers are the other Hurricane seniors who played their last high school basketball game Friday at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center.

“We came to the final four, and we didn’t reach our goal, but I’m proud of these guys, regardless,” Young said. “I’ve had them since they were freshmen. We went to two final fours in the PSL, two regional finals and to the semifinals of the (MHSAA state tourney).

“We have nothing to be down about We lost to a better team today. That’s how life goes. You’re not going to win them all. You want to win them all. But, like I told my kids, the bigger picture is ahead of them. I’ve got five seniors and they’re all going to college. This is just a stepping stone.”

The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators

Douglass’ boys basketball team two victories from first state championship in school history

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DPS Emergency Manager Jack Martin (third from left) joins Douglass coach Nkwane Young and the Hurricanes in celebrating Tuesday’s 39-28 victory against Goodrich in the Class B boys’ basketball quarterfinal game at Marysville High School

Contact:
Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org
313-870-5863

Douglass High’s boys’ basketball team is Breslin-bound!

Coach Nkwane Young’s Hurricanes earned the opportunity to represent their school, their fans and the Detroit Public School League in Friday’s Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball state semifinals by defeating Goodrich 39-28 Tuesday in the Class B quarterfinal game at Marysville High School.

Douglass (17-9) will play Milan (23-3) at 7:50 p.m. Friday in the Class B semifinal game at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. In the other Class B semifinal, Benton Harbor (16-9) plays Cadillac (19-6) at 6 p.m. The winners meet Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for the Class B state championship.

With DPS Emergency Manager Jack Martin joining Douglass principal Berry Greer and athletic coordinator Shaheed Saleem among a small but spirited nucleus of fans and family cheering them on, the Hurricanes kept alive their hopes of earning Fred D’s first tate championship in school history.

 

 

Greg Kelser-Winning Futures basketball camp taking entries for DPS 6th-9th graders

Contact:
Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org
313-870-5863

Male and female sixth through ninth grade students in Detroit Public Schools have until June 1 to apply for 100 available spots in the Gregory Kelser “Shoot For Your Goals” Basketball Camp June 23-27 at Cass Technical High School, 2421 Second Ave., Detroit.

The free camp features daily basketball activities, mentoring, goal setting and life skills. For more information, contact Bryan Howard by phone at 586-698-4418 or by email: bryan@winningfutures.org.
Applications are available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GregKelserCampStudentApplication_2014

Kelser, the Detroit Pistons’ basketball television analyst for Fox Sports Detroit, is a graduate of Detroit Henry Ford High School, a former Pistons’ top draft pick and 1979 NCAA champion and All-American at Michigan State University,

 

Cass Tech’s season ends with 52-51 loss to U-D Jesuit in Class A boys’ basketball regional finals

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Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org
313-870-5863

Cass Tech’s journey in the Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball tournament ended with a controversial 52-51 loss to the University of Detroit Jesuit on the Technicians’ home floor Thursday night  in the Class A regional championship game.

U-D Jesuit drew a foul and sank two free throws with 0.5 seconds left to lift the Cubs to their first regional championship. However, Cass Tech coach David Dixon was adamant that his team didn’t get a fair shake by the officials.

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U-D Jesuit has six players on the court in the last half-second of Thursday’s Class A regional championship game at Cass Tech

“First they call a (bad) foul with 0.5 seconds left. Then they (U-D) come out of a timeout with 6 people on the court for the last free throw and last play of the game and no (technical foul was called),’’ Dixon texted, attaching a photo that clearly shows U-D Jesuit with six players on the court for the last made free throw. “We always get cheated.”

The Technicians suffered a similarly crushing one-point loss in the Detroit Public School League semifinals when Southeastern scored the winning basket on a buzzer-beating tip-in after it was awarded the ball on a disputed alternate possession call.

Had U-D Jesuit’s infraction been caught by the officials, a technical foul should have been called and Cass Tech would have been awarded two free throws and possession of the ball. Instead, with six U-D players still on the court, the Technicians were forced to heave a desperation shot that was off the mark and ended the season with an 18-6 record.

Cass Tech’s exit leaves the PSL with just one team advancing to next Tuesday’s state quarterfinals.

Douglass, after defeating private school powerhouse Detroit Country Day 69-56 to capture its first regional championship since 2010, will play Goodrich (20-5) in the Class B quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marysville High School.

A victory would send Coach Nkwane Young’s Hurricanes (16-9) to Michigan State University’s Breslin Center for next Friday’s state semifinals.

Photos of Thursday’s game »

Cass Tech seeks to join Douglass in MHSAA boys’ basketball state quarterfinals

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Douglass High Hurricanes 2014 Class B boys basketball regional champions

Contact:
Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org
313-870-5863

Douglass and Cass Tech both lost in the Big D semifinals of the Detroit Public School League championship tournament. But that hasn’t stopped Coach Nkwane Young’s Hurricanes or Coach David Dixon’s Technicians from leading the PSL’s charge in the Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball state playoffs.

Led by Mr. Basketball candidate Darrell Davis’ 24 points, Douglass (16-9) defeated private school powerhouse Detroit Country Day 69-56 Wednesday to win the Class B regional championship at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. Terrell Hales scored 16 points and Daavi Bradley had 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in support of the victory.

Cass Tech (18-5) can also advance with a victory on its home floor today (Thursday, March 13) in the Class A regional championship game against University of Detroit Jesuit (20-2). Tip-off is 6 p.m.  The winner plays Romulus (21-4) in the Class A state quarterfinals Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall.

Douglass, with its first regional title since 2010, will play in the Class B state quarterfinals Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at Marysville. The Hurricanes face the winner of today’s (Thursday, March 13) 7 p.m. regional title game between Goodrich and Millington at North Branch.

All the remaining teams are eyeing a trip to Michigan State University’s Breslin Center for next weekend’s state semifinals and championship games. Cass Tech and Douglass are in a position that many expected to see PSL champion Pershing or PSL finalist Southeastern instead.

Pershing defeated Douglass in the league semifinals and beat Southeastern in the PSL finals, but was eliminated from the state tournament with a loss to Cass Tech for the district title. Southeastern, which beat Cass Tech in the league semifinals, was ousted from the state tourney in the regional semifinals by U-D Jesuit.

 

 

 

Douglass to play as scheduled, Cass Tech Thursday in MHSAA boys’ basketball regional championship games

Contact:
Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org
313-870-5863

Due to inclement weather, the Class A boys’ basketball regional championship game scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 12) between host Cass Tech and U-D Jesuit has been postponed and rescheduled for Thursday (March 13) at 6 p.m. at Cass Technical High School.

Douglass High, the other Detroit Public School League contender still remaining in the Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs, is set to play as scheduled today (Wednesday, March 12) at 7 p.m. against Birmingham Detroit Country Day in the Class B regional championship game at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

In regional semifinal action Monday, Cass Tech advanced with a 90-63 victory against Redford Thurston and Douglass kept rolling with a 77-41 victory against Detroit University Prep. Southeastern lost 47-45 against U-D Jesuit, ruining the possibility of the Jungaleers facing Cass Tech for a third time this season.

Cass Tech, Southeastern in Class A, Douglass in Class B carry PSL banner into boys’ basketball regional play

Contact:
Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org
313-870-5863

Cass Tech and Southeastern in Class A and Douglass in Class B are the Detroit Public School League’s last remaining contenders in the 2014 Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball state tournament.

All three PSL representatives will be in regional semifinal games today (Monday, March 10) after capturing district championships Friday.

In the Class A regional at Cass Tech, Coach David Dixon’s host Technicians play Redford Thurston at 7 p.m., following the 5 p.m. contest between Southeastern and University of Detroit Jesuit. The winners play for the regional title Wednesday at 6 p.m.

In the Class B regional at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Douglass plays Detroit University Prep today at 7 p.m. following the 5:30 p.m. game between Birmingham Detroit Country Day and Harper Woods Chandler Park.  The winners play for the regional championship Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Class A boys’ basketball district champions Cass Tech

In district finals Friday, Cass Tech held on to beat reigning PSL champion Pershing 78-73 at Western International; Southeastern defeated East English Village 59-49 at Grosse Pointe North; Mumford lost to U-D Jesuit 73-53 in Class A at Farmington; Douglass advanced past Ferndale 43-41 in Class B at Central; CMA was nipped by Detroit Community 52-51 in Class B at Livonia Clarenceville; and Ford bowed to Birmingham Detroit Country Day in Class B at Clawson.

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Class B boys’ basketball district champions Douglass

Douglass’ district championship is the fifth in a row for coach Nkwane Young’s Hurricanes. It’s the longest such current streak by a PSL team.

Southeastern finished as the Class A state runners-up last spring, reaching the finals for the second time in three seasons. After losing to Pershing in this year’s PSL championship game, Coach George Ward’s Jungaleers were anticipating a possible shot at revenge in the state tourney. However, Cass Tech’s victory against Coach Wydell Henry’s top-ranked Doughboys has shaken up the scenario.

With victories today, Cass Tech and Southeastern would be set to play Wednesday for the third time this season. Southeastern beat the Technicians in the regular season and on a buzzer-beating tip-in in the PSL semifinals. Both of those games were at Cass Tech, as is Wednesday’s regional finals.

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Class A boys’ basketball district champions Southeastern

It’s a tall order to win on any team’s home floor three times in a season. Cass Tech appears to be playing its best ball of the season, while Southeastern has recent tournament experience on its side.

The PSL’s top girls’ team exited the state tourney last Thursday when three-time defending league champion King lost to Farmington Hills Mercy 58-46 in the Class A regional finals at Farmington.

 

King High’s Lady Crusaders and eight PSL boys’ teams still vying in state basketball tourney

Contact:
Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org
313-870-5863

Detroit Public School League fans, come out today (Thursday, March 6) at 6 p.m. and support King High’s Lady Crusaders as they face Farmington Hills Mercy in the Class A girls’ basketball regional championship game at Farmington High School.

The PSL’s reigning champions are the No. 1-ranked team in the state and the last remaining PSL team in the girls’ state tourney. A victory would advance Coach William Winfield’s team (22-1) into next week’s state quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, eight PSL boys’ teams will be vying for district championships Friday at 6 p.m.

In Class A, Cass Tech plays PSL champion Pershing at Western International High School; East English Village plays PSL runner-up Southeastern at Grosse Pointe North High School; and Mumford plays University of Detroit-Jesuit at Farmington High School.

In Class B, Douglass plays Ferndale at Central High School; Ford plays Detroit Country Day at Clawson High School; and CMA plays Detroit Community at Livonia Clarenceville High School. The winners will advance into boys’ regional play next week.

In boys’ district semifinals Wednesday, Pershing defeated Western 62-43; Cass Tech beat King 70-43; East English Village whipped Grosse Pointe South 76-58; Southeastern ousted Grosse Pointe North 55-37; Mumford beat Farmington 65-47; Douglass whacked Warren Fitzgerald 60-46; Ford beat Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook 75-56; CMA beat Ann Arbor Richard 56-42; Renaissance lost to U-D Jesuit 59-32; and DCP-Northwestern lost to Detroit University Prep 72-63

King High girls, Pershing High boys repeat as PSL varsity basketball champions

Contact:
Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
chuck.johnson@detroitk12.org
313-870-5863

For the third year in a row, King High’s Lady Crusaders are celebrating a Detroit Public School League girls’ basketball championship, while Pershing High’s Doughboys are basking in the glory of an overtime thriller after coming from behind to capture their second consecutive PSL boys’ basketball crown.

Friday night’s Big D tournament finals at University of Detroit Mercy had no shortage of excitement or drama for an estimated crowd of 3,000.

The fans saw King defeat Cass Tech 51-41 in the girls’ title game, then watched Pershing rally from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Southeastern 57-56 in overtime to win the boys’ championship.

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2013-14 PSL girls’ basketball champion King Lady Crusaders

 

Coach William Winfield’s Lady Crusaders lifted their overall record to 18-1 and completed a perfect 13-0 PSL campaign. Coach Marissa Thrower’s Lady Technicians came up short for the second year in a row in the PSL title game. They finished the regular season 14-4 overall and 11-2 in the PSL, with both league losses coming against King.

The victory by Coach Wydell Henry’s Doughboys avenged their only league defeat this season. Unlike their 81-79 home loss to Southeastern in January (in which the Doughboys fell behind by 19 points before chipping away at the deficit and taking a brief lead late in the game), this time they came all the way back to forge an amazing victory.

With the help of Southeastern’s missed free throws, Pershing’s pressure defense was the catalyst in changing the momentum.

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2013-14 PSL boys’ basketball champion Pershing Doughboys

The game was tied 52-52 at the end of regulation and remained anybody’s game until the overtime buzzer sounded with Pershing holding a one-point edge. The victory lifted Pershing’s record to 18-2 overall and 12-1 in the league, while Coach George Ward’s Jungaleers ended the regular season 13-7 overall and 11-2 in the PSL.

In addition to the heated competition, the PSL All-City girls’ first team players and PSL All-City boys’ first team players, as selected by the coaches, were introduced during an on-court halftime ceremony of each game.

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Marte’ Grays of King High and Justin Tillman of Pershing High receive the Miss PSL and Mr. PSL awards from the Horatio Williams Foundation, represented by Horatio Williams (right) and Lakita Gantz (left)

Between games, the Horatio Williams Foundation presented crystal trophies to Pershing High’s Justin Tillman and King High’s Marte’ Grays, who were voted Mr. PSL and Miss PSL, respectively, by league coaches as this year’s top senior players.

 

 

 

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