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Longtime Holt basketball coach Essell puts family first, retires from coaching

May 7, 2017
Holt High School

HOLT, Mich. - Matt Essell’s entire life has been centered around basketball. In college, he was an all-league player at Albion. His passion for the game landed him a job in Holt, where he would spend more than two decades involved in various roles with the basketball program. Yet, fresh off a district title and with a good varsity team returning next year, he still wasn’t sure about his coaching future.

Discovering how to shoot - a day at MSU’s Demmer Center

May 7, 2017

MSU senior Jonathon Chun had never shot a gun before, and had fleeting middle school experience with bow. It was his turn to try hitting the target – how hard could it be?

Lansing fighter Dequan Townsend reaching for MMA stardom

May 7, 2017
Austin Short

He’s in training to win a professional contract with UFC, with the tryouts coming later this month in Las Vegas.

Okemos High golf coach finds his place with Chieftains

May 7, 2017
Bert Laaker

OKEMOS – There are golf courses everywhere. That’s what Chad Kurmel told his wife when she was offered a job advancement opportunity in Michigan. After hearing that, his family took the plunge moving to Michigan in 2015 after spending the last 20 years in Florida. 

Despite rough start, East Lansing softball continues to fight, looking to the future

May 7, 2017
Grant Essenmacher

The softball program is struggling through a rebuilding patch, but the Trojans see good things on the horizon.

Netzel, MSU’s top golfer this season, explains in a video series what he’s thinking on the course – and it may change your approach.

Current Sports | May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017
WKAR

Doping in Sports; Max Bullough; James Moore; The S.W.A.P. Meet; Youth and Social Media; Reflection Friday.


Current Sports | May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017
WKAR File Photo

Star Wars; Demetrius Cooper; MSU Football; Soccer; Nate Miller; Lansing United; Sports Media; Detroit Pistons Radio.


Current Sports | May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017
WKAR Photo

Isaiah Thomas; NBA Playoffs; MSU Sues ESPN; Highest Paid Coaches; Detroit Lions Free Agency; LeGarrette Blount.


Current Sports | May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017
Arthur Ray Jr. and Jordan Benton

Adam Jones; Mark Dantonio; Alex Scharg; VisionedMedia; Arthur Ray Jr.; Michigan State Football.


Current Sports | May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017
MSU Athletics

NFL Draft; Detroit Lions Draft Grades; MSU Football Draftees; University of Michigan Draft Picks; Curtis Blackwell; Weekend Winners.


Current Sports | April 28, 2017

Apr 28, 2017
flickr/Theen Moy

NFL Draft; Michigan Prospects Drafted; Detroit Lions; Jarrad Davis; Gabe Onor; Academics and Athletics; Future of Sports Broadcasting; Reflection Friday.


Jarrad Davis photo
Courtesy photo / Detroit Lions

The first round of the NFL draft was last night. WKAR’s Scott Pohl and Al Martin talked about the choice made by the Detroit Lions. Al in is New York City for a conference of the National Association of Black Journalists.


Current Sports | April 27, 2017

Apr 27, 2017
Joseph Glorioso Photography / Flickr Creative Commons

NFL Draft; Michigan Draft Prospects; Michigan State Football Draft Prospects; Mark Smith; Malik McDowell; Jabrill Peppers.


A fair playing field: how MSU baseball competes against warm-weather teams

Apr 26, 2017
Romero Hardy

EAST LANSING, Mich. – When baseball season kicks off, it is a sign of the warmer weather to come. Baseball is best played on sunny days, and not flooded fields. In recent weeks we have seen some stormy weather here in Michigan. This spring’s rainy weather forced the MSU baseball team to cancel games, and move games to different stadiums to accommodate the weather.

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