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Retired MHSAA Associate Director Jerry Cvengros Dies at 80

Retired MHSAA Associate Director Jerry Cvengros Dies at 80:

EAST LANSING, Mich. – March 25 – Retired Associate Director Jerry Cvengros, who served at the Michigan High School Athletic Association for more than 13 years after three decades at Escanaba High School, died Monday evening in Lansing. He was 80.

As lead assistant to Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts from August 1988 until retiring in January 2002, Cvengros served as director of football and briefly hockey in addition to coordinating the Program of Athletic Coaches Education (PACE), presenting annual in-service training for administrators and serving as MHSAA liaison to statewide principals, athletic directors and coaches associations.

He came to the MHSAA after 30 years at Escanaba, where he taught, coached, served as athletic director and later principal during a tenure stretching from August 1958 through July 1988. While at Escanaba, Cvengros also represented Upper Peninsula Class A and B schools on the MHSAA Representative Council from 1983-88 and served as the Council’s president from 1986-88.

Cvengros received the MHSAA’s Charles E. Forsythe Award in 2000 in recognition of his many and significant contributions to interscholastic athletics.

“During his lifetime, Jerry Cvengros impacted every area of interscholastic athletics as a coach, athletic director, principal and then associate director of the MHSAA,” Roberts said. “He was the perfect combination of fairness, toughness and diplomacy, able to draw on a vast knowledge of MHSAA rules and an understanding of educational athletics fostered by his various experiences.

“Jerry was known and respected statewide for his dedication, and his contributions have had a lasting impact.”

Cvengros built an elite football program at Escanaba as varsity head coach from 1962-84, leading the Eskymos to a 161-42-3 record, a Class A runner-up finish in 1979 and the MHSAA championship in 1981. That team remains the only Class A/Division 1 team from the Upper Peninsula to win an MHSAA football title. Cvengros was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and served on its original Board of Directors.

As the MHSAA’s director of football, Cvengros was instrumental in creating the current playoff format that expanded the field from 128 to 256 teams beginning with the 1999 season. He also co-authored “Youth Football: A Complete Handbook,” a guide to coaching at that level.

Among many additional honors, Cvengros was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame and Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. The National Federation of State High School Associations twice awarded Cvengros with a Citation – the NFHS’ highest honor – for his service as a coach and then as a member of the MHSAA staff.

Since his retirement, Cvengros and his wife Shelley have continued to reside in Okemos. A visitation will take place beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, April 7, at St. Martha Parish in Okemos, with a funeral Mass to follow at 11 a.m.

Cvengros was a 1951 graduate of Ironwood High School and went on to study and play football at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a master’s from Northern Michigan University.

He taught English, history and physical education at Escanaba High School and also coached basketball and track and field. He became the school’s athletic director in 1970, added the duties of activities director in 1975 and became principal in 1983.

Cvengros is survived by his wife and children Michael, Steven and David, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lee Ann (Cvengros) Swasey in May 2013.

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Scores from Wednesday 4-2-14

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Nyquist’s dash leads Red Wings past Bruins

Nyquist’s dash leads Red Wings past Bruins:

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Pistons’ early lead disappears at Indiana

Pistons’ early lead disappears at Indiana:

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Kinsler, replays aid Tigers’ win over Royals

Kinsler, replays aid Tigers’ win over Royals:

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MLB – The Detroit Tigers And The Kansas City Royals Play Today

MLB – The Detroit Tigers And The Kansas City Royals Play Today:

The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals continue their season opening series at Comerica Park this afternoon.

Game time is 1:08 p.m.

Detroit rallied to beat Kansas City 4-3 on Monday in the opener for both teams.

Today, last year’s American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer takes the mound for the Tigers, while starting pitcher Jason Vargas makes his Royals debut.

In tomorrow’s series finale, Anibal Sanchez is scheduled to get the start for Detroit and Kansas City will send out rookie Yordano Ventura.

 

By:  Mike Plourde     -     for Great Lakes Radio Sports

 

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NHL – The Detroit Red Wings Play The Boston Bruins At The Joe

NHL – The Detroit Red Wings Play The Boston Bruins At The Joe:

The Detroit Red Wings return to the ice at Joe Louis Arena tonight as they host the Boston Bruins in an Original Six matchup.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Detroit has won two straight, including Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay.

Center Pavel Datsyuk, who has been out of the lineup with a knee injury since early March, practiced with the team yesterday and is a game time decision tonight against Boston.

With seven games left in the regular season, the Red Wings have 84 points and are holding onto a wild-card playoff spot.

 

 

By:  Mike Plourde     -     for Great Lakes Radio Sports

 

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NBA – The Detroit Pistons Take On The Indiana Pacers Tonight

NBA – The Detroit Pistons Take On The Indiana Pacers Tonight:

The Detroit Pistons begin a two game road trip as they tip off against the Indiana Pacers tonight.

Game time is 7:00 p.m.

Detroit heads into tonight’s action following a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, which snapped a three-game losing skid, while the Pacers have lost their last two.

The Pistons will head to Brooklyn to take on the Nets on Friday.

 

By:  Mike Plourde     -     for Great Lakes Radio Sports

 

 

 

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UP Players named to BCAM All-State Teams

UP Players named to BCAM All-State Teams:

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UP Sports Hall of Famer Jerry Cvengros dies

UP Sports Hall of Famer Jerry Cvengros dies:

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