Led by four individual runners in the top-25, the Michigan State women's cross country team claimed the program's first ever NCAA Cross Country Championship. Running in front of a huge crowd of MSU fans, the Spartans finished 62 points ahead of runner-up Iowa State with a team score of 85 points, the lowest total at the NCAA Championships since 2008 (Washington, 79).
Michigan State cruises to a 79-52 win over Santa Clara at the Breslin Center on November 24th. Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marvin Clark Jr., starting in place of Branden Dawson - out with the flu - had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead. Denzel Valentine added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Michigan State cruises to a 79-52 win over Santa Clara at the Breslin Center on November 24th. Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marvin Clark Jr., starting in place of Branden Dawson - out with the flu - had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead. Denzel Valentine added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Game highlights are featured here.
Three local mid-Michigan teams went onto play at Ford Field in the state championships, but none of the teams came back with a victory. MLive.com's Mike Kohon explains what happened last weekend down in Detroit. Later, Al and Alex recap the MSU basketball and football games over the weekend and close the show with 'Weekend Winners.'
Director of MSU Track and Field and Cross Country, Walt Drenth, gives Al a taste of the emotions coming off a national championship win over the weekend. He also discusses the overall season for the Spartans. Al also touches on the Detroit Lions' loss against the Patriots at the beggining of the show and breaks down MSU football's enormous win over Rutgers. To close, it's 'Weekend Winners.'
Listen to reaction from head coaches Porter Moser and Tom Izzo after MSU's 87 to 52 win over Loyola Chicago. The Spartans rebound nicely coming off the loss to Duke earlier this week.
Branden Dawson and Marvin Clark Jr. each scored 15 for the Spartans (2-1). Travis Trice added 13 and Denzel Valentine 12, and Michigan State never trailed. Matt Costello also had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Ithaca football head coach Terry Hessbrook discusses his team's chance to continue the streak by winning a state championship this year. Later, Al brings on Mike Kohon from MLive.com to preview the remaining local teams in the high school football playoffs. Al and Alex also preview the MSU football and basketball games this weekend.
Al and Alex start by breaking down the loss to Duke last night by MSU men's basketball. Later, Brian Calloway from Lansing State Journal breaks down the MSU girls' season so far and if they have the depth to compete against Notre Dame. To close, former Detroit Piston guard Lindsey Hunter joins Al to recall 'Malice at the Palice' memories on its anniversary.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from the Breslin Center on the Michigan State loss to Notre Dame. The Spartans fell, 71 to 63, to a top five team in the Fighting Irish, going toe to toe and competing throughout the game. The motivation behind the gritty outing? A moment of "disrespect" during pre-game warmups. Find out how the Spartans earned that respect in the report.
Al and Alex kick off today's show with MSU football discussion as they defeated Maryland in primetime on Saturday. Later, they touch on University of Michigan's Frank Clark and what his release means for the football program. 'Weekend Winners' closes the show along with MSU men's and women's basketball analysis.
Al brings in his weekly Friday crew of MSU Impact Sports soccer beat writer, Brooks Laimbeer, and MLive.com sports writer, Mike Kohon. The two break down high school football and college soccer games this weekend. Al and Alex also preview the Michigan State and Maryland football while closing the show with 'Reflection Friday.'
The barbershop discussion from yesterday continues, as the typical, college student-athlete is discussed. Where is the line between schooling and money raised by the University? Later, Al gives listeners a sneak peak of tonight's Current Sports TV guest and Al closes the show with 'Throwback Thursday.'
Starting hump day, the new college football rankings are out and Al gives analysis. Midway through the show, Al chats with MSU alum Alex Yavaraski who works for the Carolina Panthers Television Network. The two talk journalism and fantasy football. To close, it's 'Barbershop Wednesday' and the student-athlete is debated.
Happy Veterans Day! To thank all of the veterans and soldiers of the United States Military, Current Sports takes a minute to remember the great athletes who served their country. Al also picks the brain of Eaton Rapids football head coach, Mike Smith, who is leading the Greyhounds out of the shadows and into the upper echelon of high school football. For 'Top Five Tuesday', Al and Alex give their worst celebrations.
Al provides a breakdown of the Michigan State loss to Ohio State. Hear his report from Spartan Stadium, as well as remarks on this MSU football season being a "failure." Alex sparks up some debate with comments on the student section (yes, again) leaving early. Later, Al then talks Detroit Lions. Are fans are now sipping the Kool-Aid after yesterday's win over the Miami Dolphins? "Weekend Winners" then close the show out.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on the aftermath of MSU's defeat to Ohio State, 49 to 37 the final. The four-team playoff hopes of the Spartans have now vanished, and the Spartans now try to lick their wounds and find other motivators to finish the season strong. The Buckeyes have not lost at Spartan Stadium since 1999 and have defeated Michigan State four times in the past six games.
The big game is one day away, and the team debates whether the Ohio State and Michigan State football game on Saturday is the biggest game in Mark Dantonio's tenure. Later, Mike Kohon gives some insight on the momentum in high school football this weekend and gives his picks. To close, it's 'Reflection Friday.'
The days are drawing near, and Al kicks off the show previewing the Ohio State and Michigan State upcoming football game. Tensions are flaring between Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Michigan State's Taiwan Jones, so Al gives his take on the situation. Later, listeners get a sneak peak into Current Sports TV tonight with Lindsey Hunter. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'
Special guests are the feature on this show, as Michigan Bulletin's Ernie Boone previews the big game this weekend with Al to start the show. Later, we get an interview with the head coach of East Lansing soccer regarding the recent championship over Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood. To close, it's more MSU football.
Today on the show, Al discusses the Michigan State men's basketball team's win in the opening exhibition game against Master's College, as Russell Byrd made his return to Michigan State. For "Top Five Tuesday", Al and Alex debate the top five animal movies about sports of all the time, and Al's top pick is surprising. The two hosts then finish the show with a discussion about the role of marijuana in professional sports, in light of the C.J. Mosley suspension.
Following former Michigan AD Dave Brandon's resignation, Alex fills in for Al to lead the banter about the future AD and the situation at Michigan. The environment and state of the program are discussed and callers give their takes. Later, Michigan State basketball kicks off tonight and Alex gives a preview with the interns.
Current Sports' Halloween edition is packed. Williamston soccer coach Brent Sorg begins the show to discuss the season and some anecdotes of the journey. Later, MLive.com sports reporter Mike Kohon gives more previews in high school football and gives some key games to watch for over the weekend. To close, MSU Impact Sports soccer reporter Brooks Laimbeer breaks down the Michigan vs Michigan State soccer game and some other notes for the season.
WKAR's Al Martin reveals the second part of his sit-down with hoop great, and Lansing native, Magic Johnson. The game of basketball has evolved over time and Magic believes it has become too catered to its "superstars." He explains why, along with why rivalries are so important to the game.
By Erik Stiem - "Current Sports" High School Beat Writer
OKEMOS- The Okemos Chiefs (6-3, 4-2) won their fourth straight must-win game and are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 after defeating the East Lansing Trojans (1-8, 1-6) by a score of 20-13 Friday night.
Major League Baseball has officially come to an end, and Al and Alex recap the epic World Series match last night. They also touch on the Detroit Pistons' opening night and the Detroit Red Wings' huge win over the Washington Capitols. Later, listeners get a sneak peak to the Current Sports TV show airing tonight. Finally, it's throwback Thursday.
Barbershop Wednesday is today, and the team debates about the future of Kirk Cousins. Also, to start off the show, Al and Alex preview Michigan State men's basketball and discuss some of the big takeaways from media day. Opening night for the Detroit Pistons is also mentioned.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from MSU Men's Basketball Media Day as the Spartans prepare for another season on the hardwood. Junior Denzel Valentine and Senior Travis Trice are the captains of this year's team. Find out how they are transitioning into leadership and evaluate the expectations of where they believe this team can end up.
In one of the most caller-debated shows in Current Sports history, Al and Alex challenge listeners to voice their opinions and concerns regarding the Michigan and Michigan State football game on Saturday. The coaches and the legacies of both programs are discussed in the aftermath of rivalry week.
Starting off this Friday, Al and Current Sports High School beat reporter, Andrew Hayes, tell the story of Lansing Eastern fan Claude Donahue, who is a diehard Quaker fan. Later, Al chats with Walt Drenth, director of the MSU women's cross country team. The squad is ranked No.1 in the nation for the first time in program history. Finally, MLive.com high school sports reporter, Mike Kohon, gives some insight on the best high school games for this weekend. MSU and Michigan football game thoughts culminate the show.