Online casinos, sportsbooks intensify online gambling problem

Participants engage in sports betting at Motor City Casino in Detroit

Since Michigan legalized online casinos and sports betting in December 2019, problem gambling has spiked. Most early research done on problem gambling linked addiction to proximity; the closer a person was to a casino, the more likely to become a problem gambler. When new casinos opened, issues with problem gambling doubled within a 50 mile radius. Now, casinos are as close as an internet connection. 

The legalization of online play occurred just months before the initial COVID lockdowns. With other forms of entertainment closed, some turned to digital entertainment, which now included gambling. 

“We have seen a rise in problematic play,” said Caitlyn Huble, communications director for the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Golf management jobs on upswing

GOLF PROGRAMS: Golf courses have become busier during the COVID-19 pandemic, but fewer students are opting for bachelor’s degrees in golf course management at Ferris State, which offers the state’s only such program. That could put a crimp on small and medium-sized courses unable to hire enough professional staff. The state Golf Course Superintendents Association says there are job openings, for example, in Kent, Ingham, Mackinac, Charlevoix and Ottawa Counties. We talk to the head of the Ferris program and the head of MSU’s turf grass management program. By Jack Falinski. FOR BIG RAPIDS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, DETROIT, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE, HOLLAND, WKTV, LANSING CITY PULSE, CORP!, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS and ALL POINTS.

‘The Bres’ hosts Michigan’s best high school basketball

High school athletes converged upon East Lansing this weekend to play on the famed hardwood of the Breslin Center during the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s state basketball tournament. 

The semifinals were March 24 and 25, with the championship game on March 26. The tournament kicked off Thursday with Division 3 and 4 schools and moved to Divisions 1 and 2 on Friday. Fans from around the state are expected to attend to cheer on the 16 teams that will be competing in four divisions. Division 1 championship contender Belleville High School head coach Adam Trumpour, an MSU alumnus, said that bringing his team to East Lansing capped off a season of hard work, especially for student athletes who’ve missed playing time due to COVID-19 closures. 

“It really means a lot to me, my coaching staff, my players and to our Belleville community,” Trumpour said. “That’s kind of the pinnacle of high school hoops, is to get down to the Bres or to be Breslin bound.”

Trumpour said that his connections to MSU, including coaching MSU small forward Gabe Brown during his high school years, make the trip to East Lansing all the more meaningful and exciting. 

Pat Marsman, athletic director at Grand Rapids Northview High School, said, “Northview, like many other schools, has aspirations of reaching the Breslin Center.

Arrows fly as archers climb through the ranks

Jaclyn SellentineTripp focuses on the bullseye as she gears up to take her shot. She has been practicing archery since she was a young girl. The sound of arrows clacking sounded out as archers prepared to shoot. People of all  ages positioned themselves in a horizontal line, bowstrings pulled back as they focused on the bullseye. For many archers, it was their time to shine. 

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MSU super fan gets support from the Spartan’s sports teams with his battle with cancer

MSU women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant, Steven Divietri and MSU men’s head basketball coach Tom Izzo

The motto for the Michigan State football team this past season was to “Keep Chopping.”  For East Lansing native Steven Divietri it was a similar mindset with his battle with cancer. “It keeps me going and keeps me level headed,” said Divietri

“When I first met Mel Tucker, he looked at me and did the chop sign,” said Divietri. After a while of talking, Tucker, the MSU head football coach, invited Steven to a Spartans practice. Divietri, father of two, was just recently diagnosed with aplastic anemia and has been getting blood transmissions regularly. “I have six months to live if I get tired of treatment,” said Divietri, who has been a Michigan State fan for life.

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Winning-at-all-costs mentality is harming young athletes

“They put medals and trophies and winning above the welfare of these children and of these athletes,” said French, 26. “What it should be is the child first and then the athlete second. You have to focus on the complete identity of this person to make sure they are getting the well-rounded support that they need in order to be a human.”

Family affair leads Holt bowling down the stretch

Both Schaberg brothers will be among the favorites to make a run at the Division 1 Regional Finals on Feb. 25-26 with David coming off a semifinal appearance in the state championship as a junior in 2021. But on Sunday in the conference finals, it all came down to a family affair.In moments like these, it can be hard to separate the parent from the coach. Scott Schaberg said that while it’s great to see the boys win a title, the one negative is “that it had to come at the expense of the other.”

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.