News, notes and things to watch out for in all OAA sports this school year.
Oxford bids farewell to a coaching legend One of the greatest football coaches in state history and a fixture in the Oxford community has announced his retirement. Bud Rowley, who has coached Oxford for 43 years, has announced his retirement from coaching. A colorful and humble coach beloved by his players, Rowley finishes with 264 career wins, a state championship and three state championship game appearances. Oxford will now look for his replacement, although no word on whether that coach will wear yellow pants each game like Rowley did. Troy Athens wins state soccer title Congratulations are in order for the Troy Athens boys soccer team, a squad that delivered on the high expectations it had all season by winning the Division 1 state championship. The Red Hawks earned a 4-1 overtime win over Traverse City West, scoring three goals in the second overtime period. It was Athens' first state title since 1997 and sixth overall in program history. Congrats to the players and head coach Todd Heugh, who won his second state title for an OAA school (Rochester in 2002).