Multiple Teams · VNN lists Bears as one of top stories in the nation this past week

Hi Everyone-

As I go through our lists of top stories each week, there’s one that always stands out – Athlete of the Month. They aren’t often featured in this email, because we try to showcase a wide range of stories, but consistently they’re the powerhouses across the network.

This week’s Top 5 had three Athlete of the ‘Month’ polls – Lexington’s Player of Game vs. River Bluff (SC) Trousdale County’s Athlete of the Fall (TN), and West Bloomfield’s Laker of the Month (MI).

As you plan out your future content plan and re-tool for Winter Sports (which are just around the corner), be sure to consider them. While it’s true that page views help drive your advertising revenue-sharing checks, and move you up the leaderboard, they’re also a great way to get the community involved on your site and recognize the athletes that energize them.

Here’s this week’s top stories from across the network:

Teams To Watch: Monroe Central (IN)
Ranked #2 in search of their 17th straight regular season win

This week, the Associated Press moved the Bears up to #2 in Indiana’s Class A.  This year’s Bears boast the #3 defense in the state and an offense that has the 8th best winning margin in Indiana. On Friday,  they traveled to Anderson Prep Academy and as 80+ point favorites, won 54-0 Monroe Central is attempting to go undefeated in the regular season for a second straight year

Bishop Moore (FL) Volleyball is heating up! 

In other streaks, the Bishop Moore Hornets (FL) are kicking off a run of their own, defeating Leesburg, Lake Mary, and Dr. Phillips to kick off a three game run. The girls will be back on the court for the Dig Pink match tomorrow at home against Winter Park High School.

Mound Westonka (MN) revives homecoming button tradition!

As part of the 2017-2018 Westonka Public Schools centennial celebration, the White Hawks are bringing back the time-honored tradition of a Homecoming button. Westonka students in grades K-12 were eligible to participate, and 15 total designs were submitted — the winner? Junior Joey Colianni Jr. who won a White Hawks All-Season Sports Pass, five free Homecoming buttons with his design and special recognition at Homecoming 2017. Read more and see the rest of the designs here.

Kalkaska (MI) Announces 1st Annual “Guardian Game”

One of Northern Michigan’s greatest rivalries, the Kalkaska Blazers and the Grayling Vikings is getting even better, with the announcement of the 1st Annual “Guardian Game” taking place October 20. The game, which will honor Kalkaska High School military veterans through several new traditions, also will award the coveted, traveling, Guardian Game Trophy to the winner.

Lee sets 5k record at Wilson Invitational

“I worked really hard all summer to get to this point. I am really happy about my race today.”

Going into this cross country season, junior Damien Lee had one goal on his mind: to set a new school record in the 5k. He did just that at the Wilson Invitational, lowering the Lake City (SC) record 35 seconds to 19:11.