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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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Juanita Reaves Free Clinic Benefit

Organizers held a golf outing to benefit the Juanita Reaves Free Clinic June 21 at the Pheasant Run Golf Course in Canton. “(Juanita Reaves Free Clinic) is the anchor for the community and out of that has come other programs such as a farmers market, housing revitalization efforts,” says Tanya Allen, local businesswoman and event founder. “The clinic has been the catalyst for economic development. The clini ...

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Western International, Renaissance end up short in regional play

The hopes for a state title in baseball and softball for the Detroit Public Schools came to end June 8. Both DPL teams, Western International and Renaissance, were ousted from state tournament play. The Cowboys (24-11) came up short to University of Detroit Jesuit 4-2 in a baseball regional semi-final at Grosse Point South, while the Phoenix (31-7) lost the regional championship to Garden City 15-2 in the s ...

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PSL West coaches strive to make teams more competitive

Another season of girls’ softball has passed in the Detroit Public School League. Again, Renaissance and Cass Tech dominated their divisions, decimating their opponents. Both squads met for the championship, and Renaissance beat Cass Tech for the PSL championship. The Phoenixes won their district in state tournament play only to fall in the state regional final, ending their blossoming season. That has been ...

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Filling the need for local kids

Like many children of the inner cities, Detroit’s kids weren’t being exposed to the games of baseball and softball. The result was a lack of interest in the pastime sport that many Blacks fought to integrate. Maria Adams-Lawton, executive director of Healthy Kidz, Inc., took it upon herself to form the Healthy Kidz Baseball/Softball League and help form the sports in the Michigan Metro Conference. ...

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Western International overpowers King, Mumford shuts out Henry Ford

Martin Luther King High School junior infielder Avonte Maddox started last Friday’s game between King and Western International with a triple and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. That play was the only offensive highlight for the Crusaders the entire game. The Cowboys erupted for nine runs in their half of the first with starting pitcher sophomore Joshua Armstrong en route to a 16-1 drubbing of K ...

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