Hate To See Carlton Go

     That's a pretty good batting average-- .286.  That's what Carlton Valentine is "batting" for state championships won compared with years as head coach of the boys basketball team at Lansing's Sexton High School. Valentine has stepped down after seven seasons.  Says "it's time" because he seems worn out from the year round time requirements to be competitive.  And Sexton has been competitive.

    The Big Reds made the class B state title game in 2010 then won it in 2011 and 2012.  He placed seven of his players from those three teams in division one scholarships-- not bad.  His own son, Denzel, will be a sophomore at Michigan State this next season, but he says that's not the only reason he is stepping down.  He saw Denzel play plenty last winter and still coached his own team.

    He does not rule out a return to coaching down the road-- but he seems set on taking time away.  He nearly quit before last season.  He hopes his assistant, Ray Mitchell, gets to replace him.  But he says that's up to the Lansing School District.  Another Lansing iconic coach stepping down because of fatigue.  The jobs sure have changed over the years.

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