High-SchoolMichigan: Five Days of List-Mas

Five Days of List-Mas: Wild card edition!

December, 16, 2011
12/16/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The best mascots in Michigan high school sports.

Any school can be a mascot like the Hawks or the Bulldogs. It takes a creative school to come up with something that is a little more exciting. And some of the Michigan schools have some awfully creative mascots. But which schools made our top five? Read below, and let us know if you think your school should have made the cut.

5. Fordson Tractors

4. Pershing Doughboys

3. Mt. Clemens Battling Bathers

2. Bad Axe Hatchets

1. Watersmeet Nimrods

Honorable mention: Bath Fighting Bees, Bishop Foley Ventures, Calvin Christian Squires, Dexter Dreadnaughts, Edwardsburg Eddies, Gladwin Flying G's, Gwinn Modeltowners, Ishpenning Hematites, Johnston Speedboys, Detroit Southeastern Jungaleers

So now it's your turn. Hit me up @CParishESPNHS and tell me what you think the best mascot in Michigan is, and maybe we'll publish some responses in a later blog. And from all of us here at ESPNHS, Merry List-Mas!

Five Days of List-Mas: NBA Players from Michigan

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Michigan.

Matt Costello, Denzel Valentine and James Young are all standout basketball recruits who are likely headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Michigan has sent its share of school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from the state to play in the NBA.

5. Kevin Willis
Credentials: Born in Los Angeles, Willis graduated from Detroit Pershing in 1980 and went on to Michigan State before being drafted No. 11 overall by the Atlanta Hawks. Willis played more than 1,400 games in his NBA career, won an NBA title in 2003 and made one All-Star game in 1992. He scored more than 17,000 points and had nearly 12,000 rebounds.

4. Glen Rice
Credentials: A 1985 graduate of Flint Northwestern, Rice spent four years at Michigan and won an NCAA title before being drafted No. 4 overall by the Miami Heat in the 1989 Draft. Rice won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000 and played in three All-Star games, being named All-Star MVP in 1997.

3. Chris Webber
Credentials: Webber graduated from Detroit Country Day in 1991 and spent two years at Michigan before being selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Orlando Magic. Webber went on to win the Rookie of the Year award, make five All-Star teams and make one All-NBA First Team. He retired with more than 17,000 points and more than 8,000 rebounds.

2. George Gervin
Credentials: The 1970 graduate of Detroit Martin Luther King went to Eastern Michigan. He wasn’t selected until the third round (No. 40 overall) but went on to be a nine-time All-Star (and a three-time ABA All-Star), a four-time scoring champ and a Hall-of-Famer. He finished his career with more than 26,000 points.

1. Magic Johnson
Credentials: Earvin “Magic” Johnson graduated from Lansing Everett in 1977 and went on to Michigan State before being taken with the No. 1 overall pick in 1979 by the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson won 5 NBA titles, won three MVP awards and played in 12 All-Star games. He is currently in the NBA Hall of Fame.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 1

December, 14, 2011
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After games ending Sunday, Dec. 11

It's very early in the Michigan basketball season, but teams are taking care of business early on. Sexton has jumped into our top spot after jumping all over Grand Ledge, 89-47, in the team's first contest. It's a slow slate to begin the year. for the Big Reds; they have just two more games this year before the slate gets busy in January. Kalamazoo Central and Detroit Community also jumped out to hot starts, while Romulus dropped a few spots with an early-season loss.

1. Lansing Sexton (1-0)

2. Kalamazoo Central (2-0)

3. Detroit Community (2-0)

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

Five Days of List-Mas: MI's underclass football players

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Michigan next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Jourdan Lewis (JR), Cass Tech, WR/DB
Credentials: State champ, ESPNHS All-State first-teamer, has interest from several colleges

4. Riley Norman (JR), Cadillac, OL
Credentials: Associated Press All-Division 3-4 team, ESPNHS All-State first-teamer, has offer from Michigan State

3. Jayru Campbell (FR), Cass Tech, QB
Credentials: State champ, Threw five touchdowns in state title game (tied a state finals record)

2. Steve Elmer (JR), Midland, OL
Credentials: Notre Dame recruit, Associated Press All Division 1-2 team, 6-foot-6, 300 pounds

1. Shane Morris (JR), DeLaSalle, QB
Credentials: Michigan recruit, 1,684 yards and 19 TDs this season, only seven INTs (two in playoff loss to Cass Tech), ESPNHS All-State first-teamer, Associated Press All-Division 1-2 team

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

Five Days of List-Mas: MI's A-List

December, 12, 2011
12/12/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Michigan's A-Listers.

In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But who are the A-Listers in Michigan? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state. Can you think of an A-Lister we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

5. Zach Carroll (SR), Grand Blanc, Soccer
Credentials: ESPNHS All-State first-teamer, Michigan Mr. Soccer, nation’s No. 9 recruit in ESPNU 150: 2012, Michigan recruit

4. Denzel Valentine (SR), Lansing Sexton, Basketball
Credentials: State champ, nation’s No. 87 recruit in ESPNU 100, Michigan State recruit

3. Taylor Massa (SR), St. John’s, Wrestling
Credentials: Three-time state champ, Michigan recruit, nation’s top wrestler at 170 pounds by InterMat

2. Matt Costello (SR), Bay City Western, Basketball
Credentials: ESPNHS Holiday cover, Michigan State recruit, nation’s No. 85 recruit in ESPNU 100

1. Terry Richardson (SR), Cass Tech, Football
Credentials: Michigan recruit, nation’s No. 67 recruit in ESPNU 150, state champ

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Michigan.

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