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Football Season Is Coming Soon

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Football season is coming up! Are you as excited as we are? We have a great calendar for you to print out to keep track of your favorite Michigan Football Team. Both University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Michigan State in East Lansing have announced the dates of their Home games and away games.

 

 

University of Michigan Tennis

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

The University of Michigan has good reason to be proud of the Varsity Tennis Center, where the Michigan Wolverines host some of the most prestigious intercollegiate events in the country. Past events include such notable competitions as the ITA National Indoor Championships of 2003-2004, the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional men's championships of 2004-05 and women's championships of 2000. The Big Ten Conference men's championships of 1999 and 2009 and women's championships of 2000 and 2011 also took place here. The indoor facility houses eight courts located 20 feet apart lit by 16 lights per court, ample for televised coverage. Outdoors you will find 12 courts and seating for 600 spectators. Electronic scoreboards enhance the spectator's experience. Located on South State Street, just south of the Golf Course, the facility is truly a gem on the University of Michigan campus, putting Michigan tennis on the map.

The men’s varsity schedule begins in September with non-scoring events and continues through the NCAA Individual championships ending May 26. The men’s team takes on Western Michigan on January 18. The women’s schedule runs concurrently. Women will partake in the Michigan Invitational January 18-20 with competition against Virginia Tech on January 25. The Wolverine Open takes place in 2013 on December 6-8. Competition will be limited to 32 singles and 16 doubles. The weekend should prove to be an exciting event for Michigan tennis enthusiasts.

Last season’s finish in the number two spot in the Big Ten is pushing the men’s team veterans, Evan King, Shaun Bernstein and Barrett Franks to lead their fellow Michigan tennis players on to victory. You can connect with the team for up-to-date news on their Facebook page. The women’s team is doing well as Ronit Yurovsky and Sarah Lee dominated at the ITA Regional Midwest Doubles matches. Yurovsky went on to win the singles title. That is not bad for a sophomore with more playing time coming up for a bright collegiate future. You can follow the women on Facebook as well.

Michigan tennis is just one more asset for residents of Ann Arbor to enjoy. The Wolverines have always been a great source of community pride, and these great young athletes promise not to let us down. Unless the University is hosting NCAA competitions, there is no charge to attend these exciting matches. If you ever have questions about schedules or tickets, call (734) 764-0247 for additional information.

Wolverines Kick Off 2013 Season on Saturday

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

The University of Michigan football team enters the 2013 season ranked No. 17 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches polls. The Wolverines who take the field for Saturday's season and Home opener against Central Michigan are a relatively young squad; however, they are a favorite - along with Nebraska - to take the Big Ten Legends Division title.

NCAA College Football pundits are saying that the Wolverines' 2013 schedule is the toughest in the division, with back-to-back blockbusters against Michigan State and Nebraska in early November, and perennial nemesis Ohio State looming large as the team's last regular season opponent.

Youngsters Expected to Grow Up Fast

Michigan coach Brady Hoke's 2013 Wolverines' fate rests heavily on the shoulders of untested freshmen and sophomores. Some of its anticipated playmakers saw slim to no time on the field during game day last season, according to the Detroit Free Press. Although coaches often begrudge the need for youngsters to make an immediate and impactful contribution, it's a fact of life in today's big-time college football world.

Will Kyle Kalis, a highly touted redshirt freshman offensive guard, solidify new starting quarterback Devin Gardner's right side? On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has unquestionable talent in Ondre Pipkins, Joe Bolden, James Ross and Jarrod - all true sophomores - but can they live up to their potential?

As you ponder those debate-starter questions in the back of your mind, allow the front of your mind to enjoy these tasty tidbits about the forthcoming Wolverines season:

  • Home field advantage: UM plays the Cornhuskers and Buckeyes at home, where it's 14-0 the past two years
  • Freshness Dated: Devin Gardner replaces Denard Robinson as full-time signal caller
  • Yin-Yang Offensive: potent running game balanced with big-arm QB
  • No Easy Outs: Wolverines saw 18 turnovers in five of its 2012 losses

2012 football Season Recap

Michigan ended its 2012 season on the first day of 2013 (Jan. 1) with a heartbreaking 33-28 loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Going into the game, the Wolverines were ranked No. 18 in the BCS and No. 19 in the AP polls.

There weren't many highlights to the season; however, there was one REALLY HUGE one. On Oct. 20 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan slipped past in-state rival Michigan State 12-10, snapping the Wolverines' four-game losing streak to the Spartans, and giving the football program its 900th win - the first college football program to reach this achievement.

Mt. Brighton Skiing and Snowboarding

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

With 130 acres of the finest Michigan powder, twenty-six expertly groomed runs and seven state-of-the-art chairlifts, Mt. Brighton Ski Resort is at the peak of perfection for winter fun. Located just twenty-nine minutes north of Ann Arbor, Mt. Brighton is the premier destination for snow enthusiasts looking for the best skiing and snowboarding close to Home.

Mt. Brighton is so much more than downhill skiing and snowboarding. The snowboard terrain park boasts an array of rails and ramps, not to mention a VW Beetle and an extended half pipe. With special events happening all throughout the season, including competitions, Mt. Brighton will keep you coming back for more fun week after week. Sunday Family Night, Wednesday Men’s Day and Thursday Lady’s Day are just a few of the special deals running all season long. Plus, with the Adult Race League you can add the edge of friendly competition to your ski and snowboarding regimen.

As a full service ski resort, Mt. Brighton provides skiing and snowboarding lessons for all ages, so everyone can hit the slopes with confidence. Full equipment Rentals mean everyone can hit the slopes prepared. And the Hot Wax Café snow shop means everyone can hit the slopes in style!

Plus, after a long day of sailing down the mountain or practicing tricks in the terrain park, Mt. Brighton’s cozy lodge will give you a chance to unwind and warm up next to the fireplace. The Bauery Bar and Grill—a full-service, sit-down restaurant—serves up excellent food and beverages, making it the perfect place to dine with friends while swapping stories about your time on the slopes.

Memberships start at $510 and day passes start at $33. Special rates and group discounts are also available. For more information on rates and discounts, go here.

Michigan Pond Hockey Classic

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

The 2012 Michigan Pond Hockey Classic will take place January 13th through the 15th, on Whitmore Lake. This annual event is one of the fastest growing hockey tournaments of its kind in Michigan. The three days of the tournament will consist of back-to-back 4-on-4 matches, taking place on the frozen lake, just as hockey was played in the good old days.

While the event is certainly about the love of hockey in its most traditional form, The Michigan Pond Hockey Classic is also a fundraising event for the Michigan Pond Hockey Sports Charities (MPHSC), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. All proceeds from the Michigan Pond Hockey Classic will go directly into the MPHSC fund, which will then be distributed to local schools and hockey associations. These funds will be used to provide financial assistance to families in need, so their children can participate in youth athletic programs. Unfortunately, budget cuts have forced many schools to cut nearly all funding from athletic programs, meaning students who want to play sports must pay a participation fee. Families experiencing financial stress are hit hardest by the “pay to play” model, and it is the mission of MPHSC to make participation in athletic programs a reality for every child who desires it.

MPHSC Vice President, Ed Gentile, echoed this sentiment, stating, “Our hope is that the support from the Michigan Pond Hockey Sports Charities will encourage and promote the health and wellbeing of children through youth athletics. We want children to be encouraged to play sports and stay active and not be discouraged by a price.”

So, whether you are a hockey fan, a hockey player, a parent, or a community member recognizing your vested interest in the health and wellbeing of our youth, come show your support at the Michigan Pond Hockey Classic!

Attention players! There are a limited number of available spots, so if you want to get in on this one-of-a-kind event for a good cause, make sure to register as soon as possible. Registration closes on December 11th.

2011 Michigan Wolverines Football

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Heading into its Big Ten showdown with the Purdue Boilermakers (4-3, 2-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, Oct. 29, the Michigan Wolverines 2011 football team, led by new head coach Brady Hoke, has an overall record of 6-1, 2-1 in the Big Ten, and was ranked No. 18 in the all-important BCS poll.

The highlight of the 2011 season BY FAR occurred on Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Wolverines and Michigan Stadium played host to ancient rival Notre Dame in the first-ever night game in the 84-year history of “The Big house.”(1927-2011)

More than 114,000 screaming fans, the largest crowd in college or pro football history, were treated not only to the intrinsic history of the event, but also a thrilling, come-from-behind 35-31 Wolverine victory.   

The Wolverines’ hopes for a perfect season were crushed on Saturday, Oct. 15. The 28-14 loss was made all the more painful since it came at the hands of in-state rival Michigan State.

A silver lining to that otherwise black cloud for Wolverines’ fans came a week earlier, when it defeated Northwestern 42-24 and achieved bowl eligibility. This win also gave the U of M its best start since the Rose Bowl season of 2006. Michigan opened the 2011 campaign by beating Western Michigan, and has also defeated Eastern Michigan, San Diego State (coach Brady Hoke’s previous team) and Minnesota.

After this Saturday’s UM-Purdue game, Michigan travels to Iowa and Illinois before returning to the Big House to face new Big 10 member Nebraska on Nov. 19. Michigan’s last game of the regular season, on Saturday, Nov. 26, brings the annual chance to bang helmets with longtime nemesis, the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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