From the Pitts to Peach Bowl champions

A New Year’s Six bowl game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia; the dream for No. 10 Michigan State and No. 12 Pitt as they battle for the title of 2021 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl champions. But Atlanta would grant only one wish, and it would favor the Spartans this time around. Michigan State Spartans celebrates after winning the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between Michigan State Spartans and Pittsburgh Panthers in a NCAA college football game Thursday, December 30, 2021, in Atlanta.

Female high school athletes less likely to be pulled from playing after concussions than males, study finds

CONCUSSIONS IN FEMALE ATHLETES: Heads up! Female high school athletes are at greater risk than males for continuing to play after a concussion, a new MSU study finds. Across all sports with male and female athletes, the risk is 1.33 times higher for females, it found. That means girls and young women who play such sports as soccer, basketball and softball are less likely than males to receive immediate medical care, leaving females more susceptible to a repeat concussion and longer recovery time. We talk to the lead researcher and the Michigan High School Athletic Association. For news and sports sections. By Elaine Mallon. ATTENTION SPORTS AND NEWS SECTIONS FOR ALL POINTS.

DeWitt takes the field for its football team

The 2020 Division III state champion DeWitt Football team is leading the Capital Area Activities Conference Blue Division. DeWitt is hoping to make it back into the playoffs this year, after an extraordinary finish in 2020.  The DeWitt team is special for its  tight connection to the community. Having local people showing up to support the team is one thing, but the stadium is packed every single home game.

Snowmobile helmet exemption proposed just in time for winter

SNOWMOBILE HELMET LAW: Off-road vehicle and snowmobile riders who get panic attacks would not have to wear a helmet under a bill already passed by the Senate. A doctor’s note would give a “get-out-of-jail” free card – similar to excuses some people receive to not wear seatbelts – to Michigan outdoor enthusiasts who have certain physical or mental conditions. We talk to snowmobilers from Acme and Harbor Springs and bill sponsor Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Wauceda, By Barbara Bellenger. FOR HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.

EMU, Oakland universities eyed for baseball league — if booze is OKed

LIQUOR LICENSE: Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University could get new summer baseball leagues, but only if new legislation passes that allows the schools to get liquor licenses. Mothers Against Drunk Driving expressed concern about adding alcohol to the university campuses but supporters say it could make good use of underutilized facilities, generate revenue and add entertainment. We talk to Oakland University director of athletics, a state association of universities and MADD. By Danielle James. FOR DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, TRAVERSE CITY and ALL POINTS.

New rider David Ludeke hits the trails on his mountain bike at Luton Park in Rockford.

Mountain biking sees popularity climb during pandemic

MOUNTAIN BIKING: West Michigan mountain biking groups are seeing interest from new riders skyrocket, leading to shortages of bikes. More trails have opened as well. We talk to a new Rockford Rider, the coach of the West Michigan Coyotes youth biking team in Grand Rapids and the Ada-based West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance, an Ada- said By Lindsay McCoy. FOR KUDINGTON, MANISTEE, HOLLAND, OCEANA, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE AND ALL POINTS.

Scrap Sparty stands at the entrance of the MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center.

Michigan State is taking steps to make sporting events more sustainable

It’s one of the most common chants from fans at Michigan State University sporting events: Go green.

But Michigan State University may be behind in the race to make its athletics department environmentally sustainable. Big Ten rivals Ohio State University and University of Michigan have established zero waste plans for their large sporting events and tailgates — diverting 90% of waste from landfills by recycling, repurposing and composting — while the Spartans lack an athletics-wide sustainability action plan.