I recently wrote a couple of women’s basketball stories for MLive. One is about the team at Hope College. Hope is a Division III school here in Michigan (Holland to be exact). The Flying Dutch have won 61 straight games. Their last loss was to end the 2018-19 season. Unfortunately, because of COVID, they didn’t get a chance to play for a national championship either of the past two seasons.
I attended a recent Hope game, talked at length with the program’s long-time coach and a few of the players, all with the goal of learning how this team keeps winning (often by 40 or 50 or 60 points).
Here’s the story:
College basketball’s longest win streak lives in Michigan, at Hope College
My other story is about University of Michigan senior Emily Kiser. Her college arc is one that’s becoming less common in the transfer portal era: She didn’t play much her first three years. Now she’s a starter for one of the best teams in the country.
On patience, preparation, and seizing an opportunity:
Emily Kiser waited four years for this opportunity with Michigan basketball
I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. It’s been a while since my last update here, so I’m going to drop a few stories at once.
How to talk to your kids about Michigan’s losing streak to Ohio State
There are kids about to turn 10 who have never seen Michigan beat Ohio State in football. I talked to some, and their parents. Because it wasn’t always like this.
How ‘Mr. Brightside’ by The Killers became a Michigan Stadium tradition
Why is this song played during Michigan football games? I tried to find out.
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan’s Big Man on Campus, ready for role as college basketball villain
College basketball season is underway. Here’s a preseason feature I wrote on Michigan sophomore All-American candidate Hunter Dickinson.
David Ojabo was born in Nigeria and raised in Scotland. He came to the United States for better athletic opportunities — in soccer and basketball. Not until he saw a classmate switch to football and garner interest from colleges did he think about football.
Now he’s a starter for Michigan.
Read about Ojabo’s remarkable rise — and unique journey — in my latest feature for MLive:
Nigeria-born, Scotland-raised, Michigan football LB continues remarkable rise