ON TO NEW CHALLENGES

     Jake Boss told News Ten on Wednesday that he is stepping down as head coach at Lansing Catholic High School after seven seasons as baseball coach.  Boss will join his son, Jake, Jr., on the staff at Eastern Michigan University, where junior completed his first season this spring and was named the Mid American Conference coach of the year.  Jake junior's dad will coach the catchers and teach a baseball class two days a week.  Jake senior spent 30 years as a high school coach in the area, including 23 at Lansing Everett where he won three Diamond Classic titles.  His record at Lansing Catholic was 172-74.  Lansing Catholic finished this last season with a 30-8 record, the second best in Jake's tenure at the school.  The Cougars were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the division three state tournament, 6-4 by Niles Brandywine on Tuesday.  Before the new EMU gig begins-- a 40th wedding anniversary trip with his wife-- 12 days in Greece and the couple departs at the end of next week.

     Pat O'Keefe ends the Grand Ledge season with 972 career wins through 40 seasons.  The Comets finished 36-3 this spring.  Grand Ledge might well win at least 28 games next year, good enough for O'Keefe to hit the 1,000 milestone.  Only Blissfield's Larry Tuttle, who is still active with 1,004 wins, is ahead of O'Keefe for all time victories by a state high school baseball coach.

     If Williamston wins the state soccer title on Saturday the Hornets become the third team at the school this spring to win a state title.  Only three times in state history has one school one three state titles in the same season, Ann Arbor Pioneer doing it a year ago.  But prior to that it was done in 1934 and 1939. 

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