NEW ROLES FOR A PAIR OF VETERAN HIGH SCHOOL COACHES

     This past winter, across Michigan, 12 varsity high school basketball coaches handled both the boys and girls teams who played in the same season for the first time.  Two were from mid Michigan, Johnny Jones at Lansing Everett and Willis Whitmyer of Eaton Rapids.  Both have decided to give up one of their teams next winter.  Jones will continue for a 29th season with the boys, where he has won one state title.  After 13 seasons and a state title with the girls, someone else can coach them next school year.  Whitmyer is going the opposite direction.  He's had the girls for nine years and will stay with them and give up on his boys job after three seasons.  Both schools are looking for head coaches.

     Eastern High School has re opened the search for a new head football coach.  It's been clumsy to be sure, but if someone like Tommie Boyd, the former Detroit Lion and Lansing Eastern alum, ends up taking over, it was worth the hassle.  Boyd is a good fit and while he hasn't been named yet, he now seems like the clear front runner.  Eastern is 12-69 combined over the past nine seasons.

     Lansing Community College's softball team ends its home schedule with a 3pm doubleheader Thursday at Ranney Park against whoever...  the Stars have had another great season.  We had an interesting discussion earlier today-- how would the Stars fare against division one schools, say like Michigan State in an exhibition game?  A veteran area girls high school softball coach told me "MSU would win seven out of ten.  LCC's players would have much harder time handling pitching at that level."  We'll never know.  MSU has no incentive to play such a game.

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