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Cass Tech favored in PSL West

With two state championships under their belt, Cass Tech Head Coach Thomas Wilcher and his Technicians are getting ready for another run at a third consecutive MHSAA Division I State championship. Although they haven’t won a Detroit Public School League Championship, the Technicians are the favorite front runners to win the PSL West Division. Martin Luther King and East English Village are favored to win th ...

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Detroit PAL lacrosse camp a growing success

One of the most popular sports on the east coast has come to Detroit thanks to Detroit PAL and the University of Detroit Mercy. The sport of lacrosse is making its way into the Motor City through the Detroit PAL/University of Detroit Mercy Youth lacrosse camp, which was held July 29-31 on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. This year, 20 youths (17 boys, three girls), between the ages of nine and ...

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Detroit PAL baseball champions crowned

Another season of baseball has passed in the Detroit Police Athletic League. Despite the wet weather throughout the summer, Detroit PAL managed to complete the majority of their games (about 50), make it through playoffs and crown five new baseball champions for 2013. The 2013 Detroit PAL Baseball Championships were played at Crowell Field this past weekend on Detroit’s northwest side. This year’s champions ...

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Youth baseball at Lasky Field

The re-establishment of the game of baseball for the city’s youth continues this summer through the joint efforts of the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department and Healthy Kidz, Inc. Various levels of baseball are being played at Lasky Field on Detroit’s northeast side. The league has 400 youth playing on 23 teams in T-ball, Coaches Pitch, 12 and under, and 14 under. Games are played at five of the field’s ...

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PSL director confident about baseball and softball

Alvin Ward Sr., executive director of Athletics of the Detroit Public School League, has noticed the steady decline of both baseball and softball in the league over the last 20 years and says he is very happy that the sports are now making a slow, but steady comeback. According to Ward, as far back as 1977, there were a lot of youth playing baseball and softball. There were even Major League Baseball and co ...

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Baseball club grows despite baseball decline in cities

Many news reports point out that the interest in baseball is on the decline. However, that’s not the case for the Detroit Braves Youth Baseball Club. Started in 2005, the baseball club has grown to 225 players in four divisions: 14 and under, 13 and under, 12 and under, and 10 and under. “A lot of our kids are straight baseball players,” said Garrett Street, executive director of Detroit Braves. He adds tha ...

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Teaching a new generation

Baseball in the city of Detroit, as in other major cities, is on the decline for Black youth. Michael Wilson, program director of the Woodbridge Community Youth Center, has produced some facts to back up that claim: - In junior college and NCAA college baseball, only 4.3 percent of players are African American — only 1.1 percent at the Division I level. - At historical Black colleges, only 41 percent of the ...

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PSL East coaches show love for the game

Julie Schneider and Ivan King are softball coaches in the Detroit Public School League, and they’re coaching the game they love: softball. King, 39, has been coaching at Denby High School for eight years — the first four as an assistant coach. He was approached by then Denby Head Coach Jaquetta Sands to help as an assistant. Four years later, she moved to Mobile, Ala., and he took over. While he was an assi ...

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