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Jackson High School to join SEC White starting in 2018-19 school year

Jackson High School has been seeking a new athletic conference to join, and it now has one. The Jackson School Board voted unanimously to approve the switch from the Capital Area Activites Conference (CAAC) to the Southeastern Conference White Divison for all Jackson High sports teams beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

The SEC White, a six-school league in 2016-17, will add Pinckney to the conference for the 2017-18 year before Jackson makes it an eight-team league the following season.  Jackson’s enrollment of 1,246 would make it the third-largest school in the SEC White. In addition to newcomer Pinckney (1,279), the SEC White includes Adrian (794), Chelsea (867), Dexter (1,146), Tecumseh (832), Ypsilanti (1,115) and Ypsilanti Lincoln (1,404).

The Red Division includes Ann Arbor Huron (1,589), Ann Arbor Pioneer (2,055), Ann Arbor Skyline (1,752), Monroe (2,046), Saline (1,923) and Temperance Bedford (1,597). There are no plans for expanding the SEC Red.

The CAAC consists of eight teams, seven of which are considered Lansing area. The SEC White will have eight teams, each of which has its own geographic region.

“Each school (in the SEC) has its own sense of community,” Jackson High Athletic Director Jack Fairly said earlier this month. “The CAAC has been good to us, but being from the Jackson area, we’re down here by ourselves. Teams in (the SEC) all have their own community, whereas the CAAC was really a greater-Lansing conference and then us.”

Joining a conference that didn’t increase travel was also an important dynamic. The distance between Jackson and every school in the SEC White ranges from 26-51 miles while the distance between Jackson and the CAAC schools ranged from 32-49 miles. Additionally, the annual SEC league fee is $700, compared to $3,125 in the CAAC.

Starting this fall in 2017 Pinckney comes back to the SEC after it left in to join the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) in 2000. The Pirates held rivalries with Dexter and Chelsea, as well as Tecumseh, still playing an annual basketball game with the Dreadnaughts.

Pinckney was looking for a good conference fit and as their enrollment falls they will be on pace with several of the other schools in the SEC White.
 “We’re joining a conference where schools have some of the strongest programs in the state,” Pinckney Athletic Director Brian Wardlow said. “But it does allow us to get back into a more level playing field and against some of our neighbors. This seemed like a natural fit, even on more levels than athletics.”
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Pinckney Coming Along Strong In Inagural Season Of Field Hockey

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The Pinckney Pirates faced off against the Clarkston Wolves under the lights in a cold downpour

It had rained for much of the part of the day in Pinckney leaving the Pirate football field very  wet and slippery but it had stopped shortly before the Pirates would host the Clarkson Wolves in field hockey. Both teams are in their inaugural seasons and neither team has a victory let alone had scored a goal on the season.

“We are a very inexperienced team,” Coach Alison Wink stated.  “Only 6 of our 24 girls on the team have even played field hockey. But they are a great group of girls and are very excited to play and are learning and improving every game.”

Just as the game started the Heavens decided to pour down a heavy, cold rain. Undeterred, Pinckney took control right away and moved the ball very well keeping it in Clarkston’s zone for much of the first half. Midway through the first half,the Wolves scored to appear their first goal but it was waved off because of a violation. The Pirates had 5 penalty corners in the first half but failed to capitalize while the Wolves had  4. Both defenses were very strong as they took a 0-0 tie into halftime.

After the 5 minute intermission, it was the Wolves that took control early as they dribbled the ball upfield quickly and scored the team’s first-ever goal in team history just 30 seconds into the half. But Pinckney battled back and just a little over halfway in the period it was the Pirates making history as they scored their first goal ever for the team to tie the game up 1-1. The score was created by a deflection and a beautiful pass from Molly Miller to Madison Stevens who buried the ball in the back of the net. The crowd and the girls all went crazy in excitement, and justifiably so.

With the game tied and both teams playing tough the Wolves capitalized with less than 7 minutes to go as they took a turnover and created an odd-man advantage as they carried down the left side of the field to net the go-ahead goal. Pinckney never gave up though and tried hard to battle back and put much pressure on the Wolves goaltender but it wasn’t enough as the Wolves won the game 2-1.

It was a night of first for both teams as Clarkston scored it’s first ever goal and achieved it’s first victory. Pinckney scored it’s first ever goal also and the team is headed in the right direction with lots of talent on it.

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