OT: What High School did you go to? And how were they in Sports?

Submitted by M-Wolverine on February 18th, 2010 at 3:21 PM

I've seen some school trash talk going on in some threads over the last few weeks, and now that signing day is done, and it's things are slowing down again, I thought I'd see-

For those that want to reveal that much info about themselves, where did you go to school, was the Football team good? (Or great, if in a State other than Michigan that we'd recognize it). Who were your rivals? Any great memories? Or were you a basketball school? Or just not good at sports and such.

Me? Dearborn Fordson Tractors, great football, great tradition, winner for years and years, and origin of our newest preferred walk-on (Which is the thread this all got started for me...though I've seen more trash talk just recently). Only a handful of schools sport a better winning percentage, even fewer at the same level. Even less if you take the Catholic schools out of it (*cough*cough* recruiting*ahem*). But yeah, that's the limit of my smack talk.

How about you? What were you before you were a Michigan Man (or woman)?



February 18th, 2010 at 9:01 PM ^

We were pretty good in a couple non-revenue sports. I played basketball and baseball. The baseball team won the Diamond Classic and should have won districts my senior year. The Soccer team won districts my senior year and basketball made a run after Blanchard finally graduated from Pioneer a couple years after me. Tennis always did well at state's.


February 18th, 2010 at 4:25 PM ^

Gull Lake High School (Richland, MI just east of K'zoo) class of '93. My senior year I was part of a 1-8 football season. Our only win was against Otsego, and against South Haven our kicker missed a last second FG that would of won the game.
A 2-7 season would of made all the difference...

Now, it is in the playoffs almost every year, and loses in the first round of the playoffs every time. I think the overall record in the playoffs is somewhere around 0-10 in the last 20 years.


February 18th, 2010 at 4:56 PM ^

Gull Lake represent! I graduated in '05, and it seemed like it was always St. Joe in the first round of the playoffs we lost too. We just had a guy a year or two below me get a D-1 scholarship to MSU. Some people I talked to said it was the first guy to go to a D-1 from GLHS, but I don't honestly know.


February 18th, 2010 at 5:20 PM ^

My shoulders are still sore from playing Three Rivers for 4 years. I honestly think the combined score in 4 Three Rivers' games was 25-127.

But 6 of that 27 was one of my punt returns. So, I got that going for me.

True story: My mother (class of '66 - first class of Gull Lake) was the one who came up with Blue Devils as the nickname).

The "religious" sect in my day wanted to change the name to Seamen. The Gull Lake Seamen. After the students came up with "The Seamen break through the Trojan line" (Plainwell Trojans) the sect quickly decided that "Sea Gulls" would be a much better name. Sin prevailed... still Blue Devils.

True Blue In Ohio

February 18th, 2010 at 4:35 PM ^

Hello, I was fortunate enough to go to Centerville High School in Centerville, OH. Class of 92. You many know some folks that went there KIRK HERBSTREIT, MIKE NUGENT, AJ HAWK. I believe the CHS High School Football Coach has a kid on the MUCKEYES right now. Must be a MUCKEYE pipeline. Great academics and very good athletics at good ol' CHS. Home of the mighty Elks!


February 18th, 2010 at 4:46 PM ^

class of 07
our girls basketball team state runner up we sent a player to Eastern Michigan by the name Tara johnson also the team we lost was michigans own jenny ryan
boys basketball team choked we lost to marquise gray my freshman year damn those spartys
Baseball was district runner up
football team played saginaw novel and lost in districts novel went on to win state that year


February 18th, 2010 at 4:36 PM ^

West Ottawa, State Champs in Baseball ranked 21 in the nation. Also had Dave Nykerk who got a scholly to UM, but never got to play because of injuries unfortunately


February 18th, 2010 at 4:38 PM ^

in San Mateo, CA (Tom Brady went to Junipero Serra High in the same city.)

We were okay in sports. Marvin Phillip, center just released by the Buffalo Bills went there as well as Cardell Butler aka Ballaholic from the And 1 Streetball show...woohoo!

Other famous alum include Merv Griffin and Kris Kristofferson!


February 18th, 2010 at 4:48 PM ^

Class of 07
Football- sucked ass, won one 1 game during my time in high school, I went from having never put on pads to being a starter on varsity in half a season just because I didn't get kicked off for bad grades.
Perennial powerhouse in Lacrosse (17 D-1 players in the last 7 years), Ice Hockey (2 state titles in this decade), Track,Soccer, Tennis, and Swimming.

Famous alumni include: Dustin Brown (captain of LA kings), Paul Wolfowitz, Caryn Davies (Olympic rower), and Daniel R. Mackesey (lacrosse hall of fame member)


February 18th, 2010 at 5:11 PM ^

Way upstate...north of Syracuse. Sports were on and off...no big names from the school. Except...mixed martial artist Paul Creighton. Just north of us was a kid by the name of Matt Gorman from Watertown High School...played on the Syracuse championship team. Small area upstate!


February 18th, 2010 at 4:42 PM ^

In LaGrange, Illinois. Western suburb of Chicago. Class of '96

Football = Bad
Basketball = Decent
Baseball = Badass

Jeff Hornecek went to LT along with the most famous person in the world in the 90s....David Hasselhoff!

True Blue In Ohio

February 18th, 2010 at 4:48 PM ^

Hilarious story, AJ HAWK and I passed each other in a grocery store with no one else in the aisle. I had my Michigan Hoody on. I bet he is used to people salivating at the sight of him. I didn't say a word to that MUCKEYE scum. IT WAS PRICELESS! He must of been in town for Mother's Day weekend.


February 18th, 2010 at 4:50 PM ^

Winner of 2 recent state championships in football (2005, 2008)


Most notable alumni would be Marion Barber III of the Dallas Cowboys, his brother Dom Barber of the Houston Texans, and James Laurinaitis of the St. Louis Rams (and of course, former Buckeye). We also have pro wrestler Daivari, if you're into that stuff


February 19th, 2010 at 12:49 AM ^

I believe that he lived in Wayzata but graduated from Minnetonka High School. I know that his brother Chris played in Minnetonka. Unfortunately, we lost the state championship in 2004 to Chris Joppru and Minnetonka (our biggest rival). He had a huge game against us. Luckily for us, we came back and won it the next year against Cretin-Durham Hall, Seantrel Henderson's high school


February 18th, 2010 at 4:56 PM ^

Berrien Springs HS in Michigan, graduated in 06. We were consistently good in baseball, winning the state championship my senior year, and we were consistently pretty decent in track.

Basketball and football were really up and down. The basketball team made it to the state championship my senior year, but were only good-to-average my first three years. From what I hear, they are doing great this year and could potentially go pretty far.

Football was pretty much the same. We were knocked out early in the playoffs two different years while I was there, and we weren't even close the other two years. This past season, the team made a pretty decent run in the playoffs, but lost. So we were good every once in awhile, certainly not a consistent power-house.

Arizona Blue

February 18th, 2010 at 5:01 PM ^

Brophy Prep in Phoenix Arionza (5A-Division 1)-highest division in Arizna

Sports illustrated: # 20 athletic program 2007-2008

Swimming: State Champions 1982-2009
National Champions 2004-2005 season
Alumni: Gary Hall Junior, Klete Keller (both olympic swimmers and medalists)

Football: 2005 and 2008 State Champions
the 2005 football team finished ranked 3rd in the west and 21st in the nation by USA Today and ranked 23rd in the country by Sports Illustrated.

Lacrosse: 2007 and 2008 State Champion

Soccer: 2008 State Champions #2 west coast and #8 nationally-’80, ’81, ’84, ’93, ’95, ’97, ’99, '02, '05, '06

Tennis: state champions-’73, ’75, ’76, ’77, ’81, ’82, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, '01, '02, '03,

Baseball: 2006 state champions


February 18th, 2010 at 5:05 PM ^

Performing/Fine Arts school, so our best sports were women's gymnastics, hand ball, and we were NYC Women's Soccer Champs!

More notably, facebook keeps recommending I friend Al Pacino since we both went to the same school, along with Jennifer Aniston, Adrian Grenier, and a few other notable celebs.


February 18th, 2010 at 5:33 PM ^

EGR has accumulated 114 state championships in 15 sports. Plus, an EGR grad from the year after me wrote the American Pie screenplay. Championships are mostly class B, BB, or division 3. Older stuff is often C-D or B-C-D for non-major sports, sometimes lower peninsula only.

Commence Wikipedia dump (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Grand_Rapids_High_School)

Boys (73)
- Football (11): 1955, 1976, 1983, 1993, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2006-2009
- Basketball (1): 1950
- Tennis (16): 1936, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1965, 1970-1973 , 1975, 1977-1979, 2001, 2003, 2007
- Skiing (2): 1997, 1999
- Swimming and Diving (23): 1948-1962, 1976-1982, 2008
- Baseball (1): 2009
- Golf (4): 1939, 1950, 1951, 2005
- Lacrosse (9): 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2007-2009
- Track & Field (6): 1940, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1958

Girls (41)
- Cross Country (4): 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009
- Golf (2): 1979, 1999
- Swimming and Diving (15): 1978, 1979, 1981-1986, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1998-2001
- Soccer (3): 2000, 2001, 2002
- Tennis (16): 1979, 1984-1987, 1992, 1994-1996, 1997-1998, 2000-2003, 2009
- Water Polo (1): 2005

Shalom Lansky

February 18th, 2010 at 5:35 PM ^

Not known as a hotbed of athletic talent. Only major D-1 talent I know of is/was Aric Morris, sadly he went to State. I think the school's biggest known celeb (not even sports related sadly) is Booger from Revenge of the Nerds.

Wrestling was pretty decent in the mid to late 90s, that is about all I can vouch for.

Class of '99, man, I can't believe how long ago that was.


February 18th, 2010 at 5:36 PM ^

Put on the map by Hutch. Jr. high years were Marysville. I actually lived around the corner from coach Walt Braun. Oh man, you should have seen what his house went through each Devil's night!


February 18th, 2010 at 5:46 PM ^

I went to Lansing Everett High School. Terrible in football, except for a couple of years recently where they were halfway decent. More of a basketball school, though. Both the men and women won the state title in 2004. The most notable grads, unfortunately, were both spartans; Magic Johnson and Goran Suton. They have also sent a few players to Oakland University recently, including one of their captains, Derrick Nelson.


February 18th, 2010 at 5:56 PM ^

CC-same one as Mike Martin. We also sent Conover, Griffin (the long snapper from 2 years ago), and a couple other guys. Lloyd Carr's son went to CC. We won football and cross country state championships this year. Our hockey and wrestling teams both have really good chances at winning state championships too. We have the #5 soccer player in the country too.


February 18th, 2010 at 6:08 PM ^

Belding High School class of 2003. Belding has a football tradition but lately they suck.

94-state champs
95,96-State runner-ups
97-state champs
98-state runner ups

After that it became very mediocre. 2002 we went 6-4 and lost in the 1st round of the playoffs to Reed City. 2003 we also went 6-4 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Corunna.

Our Mens basketball team sucks and always has. Our Womens are actually fairly decent.

Wrestling has been good previously. A few of our wrestlers have won state.

Baseball was horrible and then good, and then horrible again. I was a varsity pitcher all 4 years and my freshman year we went 1-21, sophomore year 10-15, Junior year 18-11, Senior year 18-10. Softball has been competitive but nothing special.


February 18th, 2010 at 6:27 PM ^

Representing Detroit Public Schools!

While I missed the 2004 undefeated state champion boys basketball team with Malik and Joe (two Mickey D's All Americans!), we won a Class B state championship in 2006 over E. Grand Rapids and one Kelvin Grady with current Oregon senior Tajuan Porter at the helm. Girls won a state title in 2005. Both basketball teams are perennial city championship contenders, with the girls having a little more success as of late. The firing of Mark White for hitting a player really hurt the program. Paul Williams, Dayton G, is the last good boys bball player we produced. Ricky Paulding - one time Piston - went to Renaissance.

Football team sucks, but has - as everyone knows by now - produced Carson Butler and Andre Criswell for Michigan (thank us later for the St. Patrick's Day Nerd Massacre) and Chris Norman, Dana Dixon, and Mylan Hicks for MSU. Derek Knight at WVU went to Renaissance, and Ishmael Thomas, an Indiana signee. Home of Lawrence Thomas. NFLer Ron Bartell went to Renaissance.

The only other program that competes on a statewide scale is girl's track and field, and jesus do they compete. Won 10 state championships from 1998-2007 under Rick Miotke. Powerhouse.

The other programs almost all compete on a yearly basis for city championships, but really can't compete with the suburban schools in sports like tennis, soccer, and baseball. Girls softball and volleyball are powerhouses in the PSL. Boys swimming has won a few city championships in a row.

In my four years I played varsity baseball, soccer, swimming, and tennis. Good times.