Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Late March Picks

Obviously some things have changed around the league. Coaches are in place, transfers have pretty much made their moves and we're ready to talk some football.

Grosse Ile
Flat Rock

Monday, March 17, 2014

Riverview to Hire Southgate Anderson's McLaughlin

Word on the street is that Southgate Anderson's Head Varsity Football Coach Derek McLaughlin will be taking over at Riverview next season.  McLaughlin was 30-21 in five seasons at Anderson. He made the playoffs his first three seasons and holds a 3-3 playoff record.

He will replace Jeff Stergalas who returned respectability to the storied Pirate program. Riverview finished last season with a 7-3 record. Stergalas will remain as AD at Riverview.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Rumor Mill

Thought I would throw something out that I heard at the RAC in Romulus last week. People were talking that the Huron League would be bringing in Romulus Summit Academy and that Milan would be leaving the league.

I had to laugh at this notion. I just can't see Milan ever leaving the league. I can't see the Huron League Superintendents ever allowing a school that poaches students from their districts participate in their league. Then I thought, well they already allow them in the middle school league maybe they will.

Summit Academy sits right in the middle of the Huron School District. The only reason Romulus is attached to the name is because the mailing address is Romulus for the school address and not New Boston. Summit grabs students from many of the league districts; Huron, Flat Rock, Riverview and Airport are among them. Throw in other districts such as Woodhaven, Romulus, Taylor, Southgate, Van Buren, Gibraltar, Inkster, Dearborn Heights, Detroit and you have everything that is wrong with high school sports these days.

Look at Summit's football program. While not a powerhouse by any stretch, their head football coach is also the president of the Woodhaven Junior Football Program. How the Woodhaven district and it's parents allow that is beyond me.

Their have been rumblings about recruiting in the Huron League every year, but for the most part the league is a nice friendly neighborhood school league. Allowing a school like Summit would certainly change that dynamic and the league would never be the same.

Schools like Trenton, Ida or Dundee would make more sense to one of the oldest leagues in the state. I hope the league doesn't change at all. I like Milan in the league and if an opening ever does occur grab a legitimate neighborhood school.