state michigan – Blissfield http://blissfield.net/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 21:39:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://blissfield.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png state michigan – Blissfield http://blissfield.net/ 32 32 Residents of this Michigan city have 3rd highest Wordle scores in America, study finds https://blissfield.net/residents-of-this-michigan-city-have-3rd-highest-wordle-scores-in-america-study-finds/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 19:43:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/residents-of-this-michigan-city-have-3rd-highest-wordle-scores-in-america-study-finds/ GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wordle, an online game in which users try to guess a universal five-letter word, has taken the world by storm. The game has been mentioned more than 1.7 million times on Twitter since its launch two months ago, and The New York Times has since bought it. People from countries all […]]]>

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wordle, an online game in which users try to guess a universal five-letter word, has taken the world by storm.

The game has been mentioned more than 1.7 million times on Twitter since its launch two months ago, and The New York Times has since bought it.

People from countries all over the world have played, but according to a social media analysis conducted by WordTips, a city in Michigan is one of the best in the United States when it comes to solving the puzzles.

According to WordTips, it takes residents of Ann Arbor an average of 3.59 guesses, so solve the daily clues. It is the third best performing brand in the nation, behind only Saint Paul, Minnesota (3.51) and Reading, Pennsylvania (3.56).

As a state, Michigan solves puzzles in about 3.97 guesses. North Dakota is the best state with 3.65 guesses. The United States is the 18th best country to solve Wordle with a national average of 3.92.

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Canberra, Australia, is the global city with the best Wordle average at 3.58 guesses. Sweden is the world best country in Wordle, with an average of 3.72.

WordTips pulled 195,248 tweets with the #wordle hashtag using the Twitter API. The team managed to extract the score for the game from 142,669 tweets. To qualify, the score had to be presented as a fraction (eg, 3/6 or 5/6) with the grid of colored squares.

The global average number of guesses is 3,919 based on 139,940 tweets.

You can see the full study here.

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Former Spartans battle for Super Bowl LVI ring https://blissfield.net/former-spartans-battle-for-super-bowl-lvi-ring/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 20:23:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/former-spartans-battle-for-super-bowl-lvi-ring/ Former Michigan State football players compete on Super Bowl Sunday for a chance to win a ring and lift the trophy. A trio of former Michigan State football stars were instrumental in helping their teams reach Super Bowl LVI. Each of them contributed in their own way to the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals […]]]>

Former Michigan State football players compete on Super Bowl Sunday for a chance to win a ring and lift the trophy.

A trio of former Michigan State football stars were instrumental in helping their teams reach Super Bowl LVI. Each of them contributed in their own way to the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals reaching the top of the NFL in 2022.

Of these three former Michigan State players, the most important is center Brian Allen. He’s become a key part of the Rams’ high-powered offensive offense. He’s become a trustworthy and dependable guard of the Rams’ most prized weapon, Matthew Stafford, who sports fans across the state of Michigan rally around after giving the Lions everything he had for a 12-year span that saw him throw for 45,109 yards and 282 touchdowns.

It’s a shame Stafford didn’t have a lot of talent around him in the Motor City.

Thanks to Allen and the other hogs up front, the wide Cooper Kupp had one of the best all-time seasons (post-season included) in NFL history, posting a ridiculous 160 stat line. catches for 2,333 yards and 20 touchdowns. Allen’s protection gave Stafford the time needed in the pocket to find players like Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. breaking free on the court.

Allen became the anchor of the Los Angeles offensive line, earning a Pro Bowl nod (as a backup). He is a powerful and relentless 6-foot-2, 300-pound Mauler. He helps Stafford direct the offense by diagnosing defensive looks (most often with pre-snap blitzes from linebackers and defensive backs heading for the line of scrimmage). He is fantastic with his hands and skillfully uses his leverage to neutralize opponents on impact.

When we take a look back at the 2018 NFL Draft, Allen will undoubtedly be one of his biggest steals. He slipped in the fourth round (pick 111). He makes the other 31 teams pay for abandoning him. The Rams can thank the Miami Dolphins for Allen (because Miami sent the selection to them in a trade package).

The Allen brothers (the oldest is Jack and the youngest is Matt) have a solid reputation for being as tough as they can get. They all have wrestling backgrounds, so their nasty streaks come to life between the hash marks.

Before middle brother Allen was a driving force behind Los Angeles’ Super Bowl berth, he was a fierce, smart lineman who split time at center position and both guard positions during a successful career in green and white. He was an excellent leader and a dominating wrecking ball who helped the Spartans hit the 10-win mark three times during his time at East Lansing.

Trae Waynes was an elite member of the legendary No Fly Zone defensive backfield during Mark Dantonio’s glory days (he had six passes and broke 10 more during a stellar two-season run as a starter ). He and Darqueze Dennard covered receivers for Pat Narduzzi’s stifling defense. Waynes was a corner lockout for the Michigan State team in 2013 that went 13-1 and beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

Waynes spent his first five professional years in Minnesota with the Vikings. He’s appeared in a handful of games for Cincinnati this season.

Joe Bachie had a cup of coffee in Philadelphia last season. He left the Eagles and found a home in Cincinnati. Bachie has started two games this year for the Bengals while playing in nine games overall. He is a promising young player and his best football is ahead of him.

Bachie managed to string together an incredible production in consecutive years from 2017 to 2018. He reached the 100 tackles mark in consecutive seasons, had 16.5 tackles for loss, forced four fumbles and had four interceptions. He was the true definition of a ballhawk and continued MSU’s rich tradition of developing tremendous linebackers.

Seeing Michigan State well represented on football’s biggest stage is sure to give Spartan fans everywhere a real thrill.

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Michigan City High Unveils Renovated Fitness Center | NWI preparations https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-high-unveils-renovated-fitness-center-nwi-preparations/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-high-unveils-renovated-fitness-center-nwi-preparations/ Matthew Ard, a special education teacher, trained several times a week at the old facility. He noticed the difference immediately as he looked around and sampled the new gear at an open house and ribbon cutting on Wednesday. “Everything was a bit old and run down. Now it’s bright. It’s absolutely fantastic,” he said. A […]]]>

Matthew Ard, a special education teacher, trained several times a week at the old facility.

He noticed the difference immediately as he looked around and sampled the new gear at an open house and ribbon cutting on Wednesday.

“Everything was a bit old and run down. Now it’s bright. It’s absolutely fantastic,” he said.

A $75,000 grant from the LaPorte Healthcare Foundation contributed to the nearly $104,000 cost of the renovation.

Maria Fruth, president and CEO of the HFL, said the project is in line with the foundation’s mission to make LaPorte County one of the 10 healthiest communities in the state.

“It’s a win-win situation,” she said.

Student-athletes will also use the facility as part of their physical education program.

High school athletic director Craig Shaman said everything was new except for a few of the older machines that were still in good shape.

“It’s something that other schools and other people now envy and usually we’re on the other end of that,” he said.

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Cowboys add Michigan State LB Cole DeMarzo, former Wyoming WR Isaiah Neyor heads to Tennessee | national https://blissfield.net/cowboys-add-michigan-state-lb-cole-demarzo-former-wyoming-wr-isaiah-neyor-heads-to-tennessee-national/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 20:09:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/cowboys-add-michigan-state-lb-cole-demarzo-former-wyoming-wr-isaiah-neyor-heads-to-tennessee-national/ LARAMIE – Wyoming have lost players to Big Sky, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and a rival from Mountain West this offseason. Then on Saturday, the Pokes experimented with both sides of the Power 5 revolving door. Michigan State transfer Cole DeMarzo, a 6-4, 225-pound linebacker from Hilton Head, SC, has announced his transfer to UW. […]]]>

LARAMIE – Wyoming have lost players to Big Sky, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and a rival from Mountain West this offseason.

Then on Saturday, the Pokes experimented with both sides of the Power 5 revolving door.

Michigan State transfer Cole DeMarzo, a 6-4, 225-pound linebacker from Hilton Head, SC, has announced his transfer to UW.

Isaiah Neyor, the Cowboys main receiver who entered the NCAA transfer portal after the famous Idaho Potato Bowl, chose Tennessee as the landing spot.

DeMarzo is leaving the Big Ten for the opportunity to help the Cowboys replace All-American linebacker Chad Muma, who is preparing for the NFL Draft after finishing second in the FBS with 142 tackles this season.

Neyor, who tallied 878 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in UW’s first offense, will now be in the SEC spotlight with the Volunteers.

“The trip I took was not the ideal trip where I came out of high school with all of these offers,” Neyor, who was also recruited by LSU, Texas, USC and other Power 5 programs since his graduation. entrance to the portal, said Rivaux. “I started playing in high school late which kind of delayed everything. I got this offer from Wyoming and took it and I thought from day one that I was going to give them everything. what I had, I feel like I did.

“I took that and now I’m on the portal and looking to display this talent on a bigger platform. I can’t wait to be there.”

DeMarzo joins a unit that has been the strength of the program since Logan Wilson took over as middle linebacker before being replaced by Muma in 2020.

Returning Cowboys linebacker Easton Gibbs, who was second on the team with 89 tackles starting on the weak side against Muma in 2021, as well as top substitutes Shae Suiaunoa and Connor Shay.

A three-star prospect coming out of high school, DeMarzo chose the state of Michigan over offers from the Air Force, Appalachian State, Army and Cincinnati.

After playing on the Spartans scout squad as a true freshman in 2020, DeMarzo has appeared in one game this season.

DeMarzo’s addition comes a day after Snow College quarterback Evan Svoboda transferred to the Star-Tribune he had accepted an offer from UW head coach Craig Bohl to compete for the starting station in 2022.

“If you need a first try, I can go get you a first try. I like this style with the readings,” the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Svoboda said of the coordinator’s playbook. offensive Tim Polasek, who also relies on the quarterback. runs. “Obviously they run a lot. For me, I hope they polish it up and air it out a bit more.”

Five of the 10 UW players who have entered the portal since the end of the regular season have found new homes so far.

Quarterback Levi Williams transfers to Utah State after leading the Cowboys to a victory over Kent State in the Potato Bowl to cap a 7-6 season for UW.

Defensive end Victor Jones will play Akron and safety Rome Weber will play Western Kentucky.

Jones has tied for the team lead with 3.5 sacks this season after being suspended in 2020. Weber was seventh on the team with 41 tackles after retiring from the 2020 season.

Backup safety Cameron Murray moves up to FCS to play for northern Colorado.

Quarterback Sean Chambers, nickel fullback Keyon Blankenbaker, cornerbacks CJ Coldon and Azizi Hearn and running back Xazavian Valladay are still on the hunt for landing spots.

Follow UW beat writer Ryan Thorburn on Twitter @By_RyanThorburn

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Michigan State No.10 dominates Nebraska 79-67 for 8th straight win https://blissfield.net/michigan-state-no-10-dominates-nebraska-79-67-for-8th-straight-win/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 06:57:28 +0000 https://blissfield.net/michigan-state-no-10-dominates-nebraska-79-67-for-8th-straight-win/ [ad_1] Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo chats with goaltender Jaden Akins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska on Wednesday, Jan.5, 2022, at East Lansing, Michigan (AP Photo / Carlos Osorio) Carlos osorio PA EAST LANSING, Michigan. Freshman Max Christie scored 21 points, a season-high, and Gabe Brown added […]]]>


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Freshman Max Christie scored 21 points, a season-high, and Gabe Brown added 14 to help Michigan State’s No.10 pull away and beat Nebraska 79-67 Wednesday night for his eighth consecutive victory.

The Spartans (13-2, 4-0 Big Ten) led by just four points at halftime because they returned the ball more than 12 times. They built a bigger lead by taking better care of the basketball, finishing with 19 turnovers.

Many of Michigan State’s errors with the ball weren’t forced, including some that led to 11 turnovers in the game’s opening 10 minutes.

“No, nothing has been more confusing than some of these turnovers,” said Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, who is in his 27th season. “Some of them were weird.”

Michigan State scored three points early in the second half to take the 47-39 lead and that turned out to be the pivot.

“That’s all it takes for the State of Michigan in this building, they’re going to capitalize on the mistakes,” said coach Fred Hoiberg.

The Cornhuskers (6-9, 0-4) started strong, leading 17-12 and one point at the end of the first half and only allowed the Spartans to pull away at the end of the second half.

“I loved our juice early,” Hoiberg said. “We fought well all night.”

Derrick Walker of Nebraska scored 16, Bryce McGowens and Kobe Webster scored 13 each and CJ Wilcher added 10 points.

McGowens missed 9 of 15 shots, usually while Christie was guarding him.

“I’ve always been a goalscorer,” Christie said. “Defensively, I’ve come such a long way.”

Malik Hall scored 12 points and Tyson Walker had 10 points and for the Spartans, whose losses this season were to No.1 Baylor and No.6 Kansas.

PANDEMIC PLAY

The state of Michigan hosted its first game with a requirement for all spectators to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the announcement.

The new policy may have been a factor that kept some people away, as there were a lot of empty seats and some upper section rows with no fans at the Breslin Center.

BIG PICTURE

Nebraska: The program has lost 20 straight games to ranked teams, dating back to the Huskers’ victory over No.21 Maryland in the 2019 Big Ten tournament.

Michigan State: If Izzo’s team can find a way to curb their turnovers, they have a chance of winning the Big Ten and maybe making a run in the NCAA tournament.

“We’re not going to win if we keep returning the ball,” said Tyson Walker.

SIT DOWN

Michigan State senior Marcus Bingham has just four points, four rebounds and no blocks in 19 minutes. He entered the game second on the team with 11 points per game and first with three blocks and eight rebounds per game.

“If a guy doesn’t play energetically, he probably won’t play,” Izzo said. “It’s a shame because Marcus has been so good.”

HE SAID IT

Nebraska lost a five-point lead at the end of its previous game against No. 13 Ohio State before losing in overtime. The Huskers have also lost a game in four overtime this season to North Carolina State.

“I give Fred a lot of credit,” Izzo said. “They probably had three or four wins that they should have had.”

THEY MAKE STRIPES

The Spartans have won nine straight wins over Nebraska in the past six years.

FOLLOWING

Nebraska: Stay on the road to play Rutgers (8-5, 2-1) on Saturday afternoon.

Michigan State: Plays rival Michigan (7-6, 1-2) on the road Saturday afternoon.

“Which of you won’t return the ball?” Izzo asked reporters. “You are going to start. “

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City of West Michigan, “dry” until 2006, removes cap on alcohol licenses https://blissfield.net/city-of-west-michigan-dry-until-2006-removes-cap-on-alcohol-licenses/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 02:18:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/city-of-west-michigan-dry-until-2006-removes-cap-on-alcohol-licenses/ [ad_1] ZELAND, MI – Zeeland politicians have approved the city’s rules being relaxed on the number and types of establishments that can serve alcohol. Among the changes unanimously approved on Monday evening December 20 by the Zeeland City Council, small restaurants are eligible to serve alcohol and restrictions on the maximum number of establishments that […]]]>


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ZELAND, MI – Zeeland politicians have approved the city’s rules being relaxed on the number and types of establishments that can serve alcohol.

Among the changes unanimously approved on Monday evening December 20 by the Zeeland City Council, small restaurants are eligible to serve alcohol and restrictions on the maximum number of establishments that can serve alcohol will be removed. City Councilor Phung Lam was absent.

The current ordinance, which will now be changed following the vote, only allows up to four restaurants to serve alcohol in the city. The revisions approved on Monday will remove this cap.

The ordinance was put in place when the city ended its nearly 100-year-old ban on serving alcohol in 2006, which Mayor Kevin Klynstra said was a close vote.

City rules were intentionally stricter than state requirements, Klynstra said. From now on, the city’s alcohol rules will align more closely with those of the state.

“Our liquor establishments – the restaurants that have had the licenses – they’ve proven that we don’t have a problem,” he said. “Because of them, that’s why we could make these changes now. I think they got the trust of the people of Zealand and we can go on from there.

Related: West Michigan City That Was ‘Dry’ Until 15 Years Ago May Abolish Cap On Businesses Serving Alcohol And More

Klynstra called the changes weak. He said they would help grow businesses and make it easier for businesses already in Zeeland as well as those looking to set up.

“Businesses just know that if they follow the (Michigan Liquor Control Commission) rules, they will follow the Zeeland rules,” he said.

While no one offered a public comment on the changes on Monday, city officials said several representatives of downtown businesses expressed support during the public hearing and first reading of the changes to the city. ordinance on December 6. No resident during this public hearing expressed concern.

Abby deRoo, the city’s marketing director, said the changes will bring new businesses to the city center and welcome existing ones.

An existing business, she said, is considering applying for a license to serve alcohol as soon as the changes are made.

While the changes to the ordinance will allow more establishments to serve alcohol, it will not facilitate the legal process to obtain a license.

“Any candidate who wants to get a license still has to go through the same extensive application process, checking their background with the City and State of Michigan, so we don’t legally facilitate someone’s licensing.” DeRoo said previously. noted. “There is always all this due diligence that will be carefully done. “

Here is a list of approved changes:

  • Remove the limit on the number of alcohol consumption permits on site. The current cap, based on population quota permits, is currently four.
  • Allow restaurants with 25 or more seats to serve alcohol. Currently, only restaurants with 50 seats or more can serve.
  • Remove the rules requiring a screen separating the bar from the dining room.
  • Eliminate food income requirements for microbreweries, small distilleries and small winemakers.
  • Remove restrictions on seating in bars.
  • Reduce the age requirement for bartenders from 21 to 18.
  • Eliminate the city’s entertainment and dance permit fees at establishments serving alcohol.
  • Continue to ban the sale of alcohol on Sundays.
  • Eliminate space and location requirements around alcohol displays.
  • Continue to not allow gas stations to sell alcohol.
  • Maintain current food income requirements for all other establishments.

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Michigan State Hopes to Avoid Disruption as COVID-19 Cancellations Rise in Academic Circles https://blissfield.net/michigan-state-hopes-to-avoid-disruption-as-covid-19-cancellations-rise-in-academic-circles/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 20:23:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/michigan-state-hopes-to-avoid-disruption-as-covid-19-cancellations-rise-in-academic-circles/ [ad_1] Michigan State Special Assistant to Head Coach Mike Garland spent Friday afternoon coaching the Spartans in a Detroit Red Wings jersey. The Spartans had recently decided to attend a Red Wings game on Monday before their Tuesday game against Oakland at Little Caesars Arena, prompting Garland to pull out a hockey jersey in anticipation. […]]]>


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Michigan State Special Assistant to Head Coach Mike Garland spent Friday afternoon coaching the Spartans in a Detroit Red Wings jersey.

The Spartans had recently decided to attend a Red Wings game on Monday before their Tuesday game against Oakland at Little Caesars Arena, prompting Garland to pull out a hockey jersey in anticipation.

Yet within minutes of training ended, that plan was extinguished, when the NHL announced that Red Wings-Avalanche was postponed due to COVID-19 cases.

This is life in sport these days.

A slew of cancellations hit the sports world in recent days, including college basketball. The Ohio State-Kentucky and UCLA-North Carolina marquee games, both scheduled for Saturday in Las Vegas, have been called off. Penn State and Syracuse are also among more than a dozen Division 1 schools that have now canceled games due to COVID-19.

The state of Michigan has remained healthy so far: it had its entire roster available for Friday’s practice, and Spartans coach Tom Izzo said he and his team were determined to do so. what they can to keep her schedule from being disrupted.

Izzo, who has expressed support for vaccination and public health measures, called on the public to do the same.

“Wake up America. Let’s go because I want my guys to play all 31 games,” Izzo said.

Izzo said ahead of the season that his entire team and staff had been vaccinated, as per school policy. He added on Friday that the team had now also received COVID-19 boosters. (Michigan State University announced Friday that students, faculty, and staff will need a booster shot for the 2022 spring semester, which begins Jan.10.)

The trip to see the Red Wings game was part of an extended trip to Detroit that Izzo and State of Michigan staff said would be helpful from a health and wellness standpoint.

On Friday afternoon, the Spartans planned to leave East Lansing on Sunday and head to Little Caesars Arena to watch that night’s Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat and stay in town until Tuesday, with practice on Monday. at the Pistons training center. Izzo said having players together during those days and staying in a hotel creates a controlled environment.

“We’re going to be together in a hotel, because I know what we are, I know we’re all vaccinated, I know we’re all invested,” Izzo said. “We have the best chance of staying healthy. “

The trip also represents a chance to strengthen the team, after a busy schedule at the start of the season that did not allow much.

“I just think it’s another team building and bonding opportunity that we have,” said Izzo.

Last year, the state of Michigan had a series of COVID-19 cases in January that resulted in the postponement of three games. He eventually returned to playing a compact schedule with little training time, a factor that contributed to the team’s overall record of 15-13.

The Spartans, like every other sports team, had hoped those issues would be behind them this season. Its COVID-19 protocols have been relaxed compared to last season.

Still, as Izzo spoke after Friday’s practice, he did so by wearing a mask for the first time this season. The threat of another disruption is significant, as was reiterated this week, and the State of Michigan is determined to avoid it.

“We will do our part and I hope everyone will do theirs,” said Izzo.

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Michigan state football signatory Alex VanSumeren possesses a power of a rare kind https://blissfield.net/michigan-state-football-signatory-alex-vansumeren-possesses-a-power-of-a-rare-kind/ Thu, 16 Dec 2021 11:12:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/michigan-state-football-signatory-alex-vansumeren-possesses-a-power-of-a-rare-kind/ [ad_1] ESSEXVILLE, MI – Before even knowing what the will was, Alex VanSumeren was gushing about it. No mission has ever been too difficult, too trying or too tiring to accomplish. And so the new Michigan State University soccer player was able to learn to throw with the left hand just for a shot at […]]]>


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ESSEXVILLE, MI – Before even knowing what the will was, Alex VanSumeren was gushing about it.

No mission has ever been too difficult, too trying or too tiring to accomplish.

And so the new Michigan State University soccer player was able to learn to throw with the left hand just for a shot at taking the Little League mound at the age of 12.

“He had arm issues that year so he worked with his dad in the backyard all season, learning to throw with his other hand,” said Nate Volk, who coached VanSumeren in the Harpham Chiropractic Team at Bay City Southwest Little League.

“The other kids were laughing when he took the mound. He was wearing a left handed glove and he looked awesome on him. And that was a good team that we were up against, a team that kicked the ball all over the place – and he took them out 1-2-3. No one was laughing after the first batter.

“If he had come out and collapsed face down, it’s still the thought that counts. And the dedication and effort that goes into it is what Alex is all about.

When VanSumeren decided to become a Division I college football player, few who knew about the Essexville Garber phenomenon considered it an impossible ambition. With his will, there has always been a way.

With the left hand that went on strike after an unlikely strike as a strong-minded Little Leaguer in 2016, VanSumeren wrote his signature on the national letter of intent that officially made him part of the MSU football program.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive lineman invited a small group to Tank Elite Performance, the Saginaw training center where VanSumeren has been training since eighth grade, for his signing ceremony on Wednesday.

After completing the Garber graduation requirement in four days of school, he plans to move to East Lansing as the first enrolled in the state of Michigan. There, he will unite with his big brother Ben VanSumeren, linebacker in his first year with the Spartans.

And a new mission begins for Alex VanSumeren.

Best recruits

VanSumeren became one of the nation’s top defensive linemen during his four-year college career with the Garber Dukes.

He made 48 saves with 11 tackles for loss as a senior, harassing the quarterback for 28 carries and six sacks while winning the All-State First Team for the third year in a row. He is a two-time MLive Bay City Defensive Player of the Year and became the first player in Golden Helmet’s 57-year history to win four weekly honors.

This season has not gone as well as expected for VanSumeren and the Dukes. Garber ended the season on a three-game losing streak and came out 5-5 and VanSumeren has missed most of the last three games with a shoulder injury. He failed to match his junior season’s production as opponents increasingly turned to the DI prospect.

“At this point in your career, teams are going to plan for you, plan for you,” he said. “You’re going to see doubles and trebles, but you can still have an impact on the game. If you take blockers and someone else makes the game, you’ve done your job.

“(Double-team blocking) was kind of a thing every game, every game. It gets frustrating, but you have to understand that they don’t do this to everyone, so I see that as a mark of respect to me as a player.

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Through it all, VanSumeren’s training program has become legendary. He has occasionally posted videos on social media of his passing stroke drills and behind-the-scenes work on form and technique. He also enjoys “breaking weights” as a workout demon.

“It’s certainly not easy, but I’m disciplined enough to know that’s what I need to do,” he said. “You cannot be indulgent with yourself, and it takes a lot of effort and concentration. “

As a result, VanSumeren rose to No. 26 nationwide in 247Sports.com’s defensive lineman rankings in the class of 2022. He has received scholarship offers from heavy hitters such as Alabama, Clemson, Auburn. , Texas A&M, Penn State, Stanford and Suite.

After initially giving a verbal pledge to Jim Harbaugh and the University of Michigan, he changed courses last winter and landed at Michigan State. When he officially signed with the Spartans on Wednesday, it capped a trip of many years in the making.

Grass roots

VanSumeren’s sports resume started out old-fashioned, playing in the yard and aisle with his big brother. Cindy and Jeff VanSumeren’s sons were both highly skilled – and highly competitive – at a young age.

“I bought them a video game system when they were little and it sat in a box for a year before I put it in and plug it in,” VanSumeren said. “They were always out doing something.”

In a family that emphasizes moral values ​​such as faith and a work ethic – dad is a police officer and mum is an educator – Alex learned early on that he was meant to earn everything he had. Trying to follow a brother who is three and a half years old has helped to make this point clear.

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Alex VanSumeren is heading for a season of high expectations at Essexville Garber.

“They had a backyard football league and I could see the pitch through our back window,” said Jeff VanSumeren. “I stayed in the house and took care of Alex because he was three or four years younger than the other children. He took his licks, but he also served them.

Alex said he hadn’t spent his entire youth in a headache, but Ben hasn’t been kind to him either.

“He was a really good influence on me, a good role model,” Alex said. “He’s been tough on me and he’s always been very competitive. It all really helped me along the way.

Like Ben, Alex excelled playing basketball at Zion Lutheran in elementary and middle school, playing football in the Bay Area Youth Football League and with the Essexville Jags, and playing baseball at the Southwest Little League. .

Not just the big kid, VanSumeren played point guard, running back and shortstop, displaying top athleticism. But he also displayed a rare level of determination to do things that many thought were unlikely.

Learning to throw for a left-handed person is the perfect illustration of this.

“Just athletically to be able to do this is remarkable, but having the dedication to do it is what sets him apart,” said Volk, who witnessed the VanSumeren signing wearing his 2016 Harpham Chiropractic baseball cap.

“He’s the only kid I remember at that age who never took a moment’s rest. He tried hard all the time, aspiring every moment to try to improve himself.

Mission accomplished

Between the highlights of college basketball in 2017, VanSumeren typed his first “recruiting” post on Twitter. After Ben in Missouri, he posed for a photo wearing a Mizzou uniform.

It wouldn’t be long before these recruiting trips were his and his college football mission began.

Alex Van Sumeren

Essexville Garber coach Jake Coquillard stands alongside Alex VanSumeren after signing with Michigan State University football team.

Seeing Ben’s experience, a seed was planted in Alex’s head that ‘this is what I do,’ said Jeff VanSumeren. ‘You kind of take it with a grain of salt, but then it starts to progress and all of a sudden it’s a reality and it’s here.

“You want your kids to be passionate about something, to set goals and to work. And I hope these dreams will be achieved. The difference between dreams and reality is taking action, and they both did it – alone. They were never pushed by me or Cindy. It is not something that we have ever considered for them.

But Alex had big plans for himself and he laid the foundation for his lofty goals with a work ethic, passion and will that have long distinguished him.

“When he was playing in the backyard – and that’s where it all came from – it was always ‘One more’,” said Jeff VanSumeren. “Whether I was hitting him a ball or throwing a ball at him, it was always ‘One more, daddy.’ If I had a dime for every time I heard that, I would be a rich man.

“And he still does today. Yesterday in the aisle I was there with him while he was working on the rushing moves, and I said “I’m done” and he said “No, one more”. The child never stops.

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Prevent and Respond to School Threats with Michigan State Police | WJMN https://blissfield.net/prevent-and-respond-to-school-threats-with-michigan-state-police-wjmn/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 23:21:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/prevent-and-respond-to-school-threats-with-michigan-state-police-wjmn/ [ad_1] TOWNSHIP OF NEGAUNEE, Michigan (WJMN) – When threats against schools are made in the Upper Peninsula, city and county officials are usually the first to respond. Michigan State Police (MSP) often assist in a support role. MSP soldiers participate in many training exercises for different scenarios in schools. Lt. Mark Giannunzio of the Negaunee […]]]>


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TOWNSHIP OF NEGAUNEE, Michigan (WJMN) – When threats against schools are made in the Upper Peninsula, city and county officials are usually the first to respond. Michigan State Police (MSP) often assist in a support role.

MSP soldiers participate in many training exercises for different scenarios in schools.

Lt. Mark Giannunzio of the Negaunee Post has said that any credible threat, whether executed or not, is a crime.

“Most of them are just threats. There is no way to achieve them. It is difficult to determine. But as an agency and as a law enforcement agency in general, we are investigating this as if it is likely to happen. Lieutenant Giannunzio continued, “So when we investigate, we will find out who made these threats and we will hold that person accountable.” Our prosecutors and our justice systems are on board. It is not something to blow away. It is not something that we treat lightly. We are devoting all our resources to it. And when we find out who the responsible person is, and we find out, we hold that person accountable and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

Numerous school threats were discovered across the UP last week. The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office is increasing its presence in schools this week.

Lt. Giannunzio said that to help prevent threats or violence, the first steps start at home. “Watch your kids and their social media. It’s huge right now. Social media has caused what happened in Oxford to multiply and tenfold due to the online threats coming in. A lot of people can sit behind a keyboard in the heat of their basement or anywhere and throw these threats and think they are anonymous. We will eventually find out who it is. But it’s a lot easier to do that than to be there in person.

In the state of Michigan, tips can be reported anonymously through OK2Say by calling, texting, sending email, or using the OK2SAY website or app. Tips can be kept anonymous.

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Brown, # 19, Michigan State Host, Penn State https://blissfield.net/brown-19-michigan-state-host-penn-state/ Fri, 10 Dec 2021 08:20:41 +0000 https://blissfield.net/brown-19-michigan-state-host-penn-state/ [ad_1] EAST LANSING, Michigan. Penn State (5-4, 0-1) vs. No.19 Michigan State (8-2, 1-0) Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Two forwards will be exposed as Seth Lundy and Penn State take on Gabe Brown and the Michigan State No.19. Junior Lundy has scored 21 percent of […]]]>


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Penn State (5-4, 0-1) vs. No.19 Michigan State (8-2, 1-0)

Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Two forwards will be exposed as Seth Lundy and Penn State take on Gabe Brown and the Michigan State No.19. Junior Lundy has scored 21 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 11.6 in his last five games. Brown, a senior, is averaging 13.2 points in the last five games.

INTENSIFICATION: The Nittany Lions were led by Lundy and Sam Sessoms. Lundy is averaging 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds while Sessoms is recording 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Spartans were led by seniors Brown and Marcus Bingham Jr., who combined to score 23.2 points per game. LOVE FOR LUNDY: Lundy connected on 31.6% of the 57 3 points he attempted and rose to 4 for 19 in his last three games. He’s also managed 85.2% of his free kicks this season.

STREAK STATS: Michigan State has won its last four home games, averaging 81.8 points while relinquishing 59.3.

ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Spartans have recently converted buckets via passes more often than the Nittany Lions. Michigan State has assists on 60 of 74 field goals (81.1%) in its last three outings while Penn State has assists on 41 of 70 field goals (58.6%) during of his last three games.

STOUT STOUT: Michigan State limited opposing teams to just 37.9% shots, the lowest percentage of any Big Ten team. In their last five games, the Spartans have limited opposing shooters to 40.1%.

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