Current Sports

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 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.


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.

Michigan MMA fighter Brink moving up in UFC world

Apr 26, 2017
Ryse Brink

VANDERBILT, Mich. - Ryse Brink’s mixed martial arts career almost ended before it even began.

Holt senior making her mark as one of the nation’s best archers

Apr 26, 2017
Jonathan Chun / WKAR

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Archery has a unique place in the sporting world, as its essence is held in high regard - yet the athletes are sometimes belittled. For most average sports fans, the closest they get to archery is on the Hollywood big screen.

Holt wrestling star Leyrer transforms tough loss into state title

Apr 26, 2017
Jacob Herbert / WKAR

HOLT, Mich. – In the 2016 individual state championship tournament, Holt wrestler Kolin Leyrer lost in the semifinals. He was the state’s top wrestler for much of the year, but losing meant Leyrer watch the wrestler he just beat the week before go on to win the state championship at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Tom Anastos to Step Down as MSU Hockey Coach

Mar 21, 2017
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Tom Anastos is stepping down as head coach of the MSU hockey program. 

Current Sports | March 17, 2017

Mar 17, 2017
Emily Spitzley

St. Patrick's Day; Tom Crean; MSU / Miami Men's College Basketball; Michigan / Oklahoma State; MSU / ASU Women's College Basketball; Pewamo-Westphalia Girl's Basketball


Holt High sports camps bring students and community together

Mar 10, 2017
Christopher Cline

HOLT, Mich. - The community surrounding Holt High School has always always carried family-like atmosphere. That was recently made apparent, when it came together to raise money for a wrestling coach whose Type 2 diabetes was worsening.

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