By Spencer Impellizzeri: "Current Sports" Beat Reporter
EAST LANSING – For the last two decades, Gene Orlando has been the face of tennis in East Lansing. Orlando is in his 24th season as the Michigan State men’s tennis coach and he has made his mark on the program.
DeWitt senior guard, and Princeton commit, Claudia Reid, along with Panthers coach Bill McCullen, talk to WKAR's Al Martin after the loss in the Class A state championship game to Bloomfield Hills Marian.
The No. 8 Haslett Vikings girls basketball team defeated Benton Harbor in the Class B state semifinal, 63 to 52, at the Breslin Center to advance to the state championship tomorrow at 6pm against Detroit Country Day. Senior Forward Makenna Ott lead the team with 16 points and eight rebounds, as four of the five Vikings starters scored in double-digits.
It is that time of year, and "Current Sports" is here to give you all that you need to know regarding day one of the Round of 64. Al Martin provides analysis and updates on the Notre Dame-Northeastern and UAB-Iowa State duels. Also, what is the big problem with the NCAA's "harsh" punishment of Syracuse? Finally, tune in for a preview of this week's Current Sports TV interview with Al Martin and author of "Tony Zale: The Man of Steel," Thad Zale.
March Madness is here and Al breaks down all of the NCAA tournament regions with the, "man behind the glass," Alex Scharg. Later, they predict whether the Detroit Pistons will make the playoffs and recap the Delton Williams road rage incident. To close, concussions in sports is touched on.
Michigan State men's basketball had a triumphant run in the Big Ten tournament but came inches short from winning the championship. Al and Alex recap stories on the road and break down the games from the tournament. The duo later discusses all things March Madness.
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Tuesday! There is a lot to discuss on this edition of Current Sports with Al Martin, especially the release of the NCAA Men's Bracket. How far could MSU go and who is going to shock the nation this year? Al brings on Drew Sharp, sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, to help answer some of the toughest questions about this year's bracket. Also, breaking news on air came out of the MSU football camp concerning MSU running back Delton Williams, who has been suspended from the team.
Lastly, the top five moments in NCAA tournament history star in today's 'Top Five Tuesday' segment. Let the MADNESS begin!!!
EAST LANSING – Zoe Morse, a junior at East Lansing High, has been in love with soccer since she was a little girl. Recognized as an All-American and representing the U.S. as part of the Women’s National Team, she’s beginning to realize her dreams of playing in the World Cup are within reach.
The verdict is in and Ndamokung Suh is no longer a Detroit Lion. Al breaks down what happened and also about what the Lions could have done to keep Suh in the blue. Later, Al chats with head coach Bill McCullen about DeWitt's season and the continued run against Ann Arbor Huron. To close, it's 'Weekend Winners.'
The Michigan State men's basketball team came up big last night against Purdue! It was also "Senior Night," as Branden Dawson, Travis Trice, and Keenan Wetzel said goodbye to the Breslin Center. Al recaps the game and discusses the surprising arrest of MSU wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. Later, Chris Hauler, from MLIVE.com, takes listeners into the mind of Lansing Everett's Trevor Manuel and previews high school basketball around the area. To close, Al touches on the Detroit Pistons and 'Throwback Thursday.'
Travis Trice equaled a career high with 27 points and Matt Costello lifted Michigan State at both ends of the court, helping the Spartans to a 72-66 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night. Michigan State played the entire second half without Branden Dawson, who appeared to take a shot to the head and was limited to nine minutes on senior night.
LANSING--- Lansing Everett’s gym echoes with the sound of sneakers squeaking across the hardwood. The energy level was high, matching a fresh team, not one at the end of a grinding regular season.
Forward Trevor Manuel sweated profusely as he raced up and down the court, barking out defensive assignments and swatting shots. Manuel was working hard, under the banner of Everett’s most famous alumni, Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Manuel competes like an athlete fighting for minutes, rather than a star player for a team that already won its conference championship.
Snow may be on the ground, but that doesn't stop the MSU football team from getting in the gym to prepare for another college football season. Mark Dantonio and his team held winter conditioning today at the indoor practice facility. Check out footage from the session here.
The Waverly girls basketball team tops Okemos on the road, 65 to 16 the final. TJ Hawkins and the Warriors, who have spent time just outside the top 10 in the Class A rankings all year, now move on in the district tournament. Watch hilights from Monday night's game here.
The Grand Ledge girls basketball team relinquishes an opportunity to win the CAAC Blue title outright, falling to Holt, 62 to 48. Grand Ledge, Holt, and East Lansing all share the conference championship and now await district play. Catch full hilights from the Rams win right here.
Michigan State basketball had a tipsy-turvy weekend and now need some crucial wins down the Big Ten stretch for an NCAA tournament bid. Al invites Graham Couch, sports columnist of the Lansing State Journal to break down what happened in Madison, Wisconsin and give an outlook for the rest of the season. Later, Al and Alex debate Ndamukong Suh and the NBA MVP. To close, Al chats with Kirk Cousins and gives his 'Weekend Winners.'
The MSU men's basketball team is on a four-game winning streak, marking the best stretch for the team thus far. Al plays audio from the Tom Izzo weekly press conference and previews the upcoming Minnesota game. Later, WLNS-TV 6 reporter Audrey Dahlgren analyzes the Michigan State women's basketball season. The St. Louis Rams moving to California and the Derrick Rose injury are also discussed.
On today's episode of Current Sports radio, Al kicks it with Impact Sports MSU Basketball Reporter Andrew Hayes to talk movies! They are not talking about the Oscars though, but Keenan Wetzel's new short film, The Cager starring Delvon Roe. Also, Al talks about the NFL combine held in Indianapolis and how some former Spartans helped out their draft stocks. Finally, 'Top Five Tuesday' has a maize and blue hue today, as we discuss the top five reasons to be optimistic about the U of M basketball season.
MSU men's basketball player Keenan Wetzel has been working on his film, "The Cager," for quite some time and finally was ready to reveal it to the public.
The young director premiered the 25-minute short film in a private gala at NCG theatre in Lansing, MI. The movie stars his former MSU teammate, Delvon Roe. Wetzel wrote the script and began directing the film last summer.
WKAR's Al Martin made the trip to NCG to talk with Keenan, and others, about the remarkable accomplishment.
Al opens the show recapping a big win over the University of Illinois for Michigan State men's basketball. Later, he recaps the women's basketball team and the Detroit Pistons. To close, Al and Alex preview the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight and give their weekend winners.
EAST LANSING - The 2014 Michigan State softball season was one to forget for Coach Jacquie Joseph.
The death of assistant coach Charles Fobbs in a pre-season car crash and injuries to their top two pitchers made for an emotional year, as the Spartans finished with a 12-37 record.
“Was it the worst year of my life? Yeah,” Joseph said. “It’s because, for a lot of reasons. I lost one of my very close friends who happened to be on my staff. It was incredibly difficult time, and on top of it we didn’t have a great season.”
EAST LANSING – The only focus for East Lansing senior wrestler Brian Darios is to win a state championship. In 2014, he set the school record for most pins in a season (32) and was a state runner-up. Numerous injuries have kept him off the mat this year, but his determination hasn’t wavered.
What a wacky day in the NBA yesterday, as many trades were made. Al starts off today's show recapping the moves of the Detroit Pistons and a potential rule change by the NCAA. Later, Bob Every joins Al to discuss new rule changes in baseball and the big anniversary of the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. Closing the show, it's 'Reflection Friday.'