Keller inducted in Albion Hall
SWARTZ CREEK — Brent Keller, Swartz Creek assistant football coach, has been selected into the 2013 Albion Athletic Hall of Fame for his baseball efforts. The annual ceremony was held on Oct. 11.
Keller had been admired as a member of the Britons’ 1989 Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Association championship team and the team also was elected into the Detroit’s Men’s Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.
“I know a lot of guys that are in the hall of fame and I’ve played with a lot of guys who are in there and (Swartz Creek head football coach) Brad Brown is one of them,” Keller said. “It’s a real honor to be in the same class as some of those guys and have something to remember for a long time. It’s real special.”
In 1992, Keller made his way to the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player award and placed on the All-MIAA First Team in baseball. During the time, he had six home runs, double the number hit by the second-leading slugger in the league, and 19 runs against the league rivals. His name placed among the league leaders with a .386 batting average and five doubles. Keller also earned a spot in the national Division III statistics with eight home runs, which placed him 19th for the season.
As an outfielder in 1991, Keller started to become a feared hitter in the MIAA when finishing among the MIAA leaders with 20 total bases, nine runs, and two home runs. In the end of his season, he finished as an All-MIAA Second-Team pick.
The Portage Northern High School graduate currently resides in Goodrich with his wife and three kids and teaches at Richfield Academy in Flint. — M.N.
Pay-to-pay participation numbers on the rise
AREAWIDE — The Michigan High School Athletic Association reports that for the first time, the use of participation fees to help fund interscholastic sports in Michigan high schools increased significantly past 50 percent during the 2012-13 school year.
The use of fees has held steady at just above 50 percent for the past two school years, says the MHSAA, but in its most recent poll of schools, that number rose to 55.3 percent. Of 450 member schools, 249 are charging a participation fee.
The biggest increase came from Class B schools, with 61 percent reporting fees, up from 54 percent in 2011-12. Class A schools saw a five percent increase, Class C saw a three percent surge and Class D schools were up slightly to 37 percent. The median fee charged among all schools, regardless of class, was $65, a drop of $10 over the previous year. — L.P.
Barge traffic makes Saginaw River unsafe for ice fishing
SAGINAW — Ice fishermen are advised to stay off the Saginaw River. The Coast Guard brought in an ice breaker up into the river to make way for a barge. Anglers should stay off the ice along the upper river and also in the bay near the mouth until it freezes back up. — L.P.