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GED offers lesson of hope, perseverance

Darerraul Jackson was 14 years old when fate threw him a jump ball he said he could not attempt to catch. He quit school in the ninth grade due to his mother’s illness and other family-related issues. His mother had a stroke that derailed young Jackson’s dream. Yet Jackson, now 24, said he did not give up or lose hope. “I was 14 years old, when I dropped out of school,” said Darerraul, whom most of his frie ...

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Scholarships available for Detroit youth rowing

Record-setting collegiate rowing coach John Bancheri is becoming a legend in his sport. Under Bancheri’s leadership, the Grand Valley State University Rowing club women have twice won gold, and men the bronze, at the Head of the Charles Regatta. His rowers have won competitions across the country and across the globe. Now he will take on a guest role leading summer programs and camps for the DetroitWomen’s ...

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Richard Williams writes about life, race and reality

Richard Williams, best known as the father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, has written his first book. It isn’t about how to play tennis. “There are enough books out about tennis — tired of teaching tennis, tired of talking about tennis,” Williams told a standing-room only crowd at a mid-Manhattan Barnes & Noble bookstore May 7, the day after the release of his book, “Black and White: The Way ...

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Western, E. English Village win PSL baseball titles

DPS Family Fun Night at Comerica Park is becoming a tradition. Western International High School’s habit of winning Detroit Public School League baseball championships is already one. Coach Juan Sanchez’s Cowboys (12-0 league, 16-5-1 overall) have not lost to a PSL team in three seasons and they once again exerted their dominance May 19, as senior Louis Chapa pitched a complete-game, one-hit 6-0 shutout aga ...

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CMA’s Jason McCoy signs to swim for Lincoln College

Communication and Media Arts High School acknowledged its first student-athlete to earn a swimming scholarship Monday with a celebration for Jason McCoy in the school library. McCoy, who competes in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle, signed a letter of intent to swim for Lincoln College, a two-year institution in Lincoln, Ill. He plans to major in history. ...

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East English Village wins PSL boys’ golf championship

In only its second year of competition, East English Village made school history at Palmer Park Golf Course, May 14, by winning its first Detroit Public School League boys’ golf championship. Led by nine-hole scores of 43 and 44 from junior Shawn Wright and sophomore Timothy Turner, respectively, the Bulldogs’ top four combined to shoot 193 — 12 shots better than defending champion Cass Tech’s 205. Renaissa ...

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Renaissance, Central win PSL girls’ softball championships

Sophomore Kabria Arnold struck out seven in pitching a complete-game, two-hit shutout; junior Brittney Gordy made a great run-saving play in right field; and senior Essence England had an RBI as Renaissance (20-5 overall, 10-0 league) defeated Cass Tech 3-0 May 16 at University of Detroit Mercy to win the 2014 Detroit Public School League Division 1 girls’ softball championship, the Lady Phoenix’s 10th cons ...

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Bubba Wallace Jr., lone Black NASCAR driver at Talladega

Darrell ”Bubba” Wallace Jr., the first African American driver to win a NASCAR event since 1963, finished 31st behind the wheel of the No. 20 ToyotaCare Camry car in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega, Ala. Itwas Wallace’s first car race at Talladega; he raced at Talladega last year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he led for four laps before finishing in 17th place. ...

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