Hursey wins Cav Classic for Ferris State

CANTON, OH. — Thomas Hursey, a Suttons Bay alum, won the Cav Classic with a score of 5-under for the Ferris State University golf team to open his sophomore season.

Hursey shot 71-70-70 to total 211 and win the tournament by one stroke over Walsh’s Brandon Jatich. The first place finish was good enough to help the Bulldogs take third place as a team.

Tibaldi honored with Charles E. Forsythe Award from MHSAA

EAST LANSING — Patti Tibaldi, of Traverse City, was named one of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Charles E. Forsythe Award winners for 2021 Tuesday.

The annual award is in its 44th year and named after former MHSAA Executive Director Charles E. Forsythe, the Association’s first full-time and longest-serving chief executive. Forsythe Award recipients are selected each year by the MHSAA Representative Council, based on an individual’s outstanding contributions to the interscholastic athletics community.

Tibaldi is joined by Byron Center’s Leroy Hackley Jr. as 2021 recipients.

Tibaldi spent 40 years in educational athletics at Comstock Park, Grand Rapids West Catholic and Traverse City West and also Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, serving as a coach, athletic director and physical education specialist.

“Patti Tibaldi has given more to athletics in our state at the small college and high school levels than perhaps anyone over the last 40 years,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “She was a pioneer in small-school college basketball at Aquinas College, and my wife Marcy played against her there, and 30 years ago you could see that passion for women’s sports that was unmatched. During her time at Traverse City West, her passion for kids was unchanged, and most of her students had no idea she had been that pioneer. She was a trailblazer for women in leadership positions in coaching and administration.”

Simultaneously for the final three years at West Catholic, Tibaldi also served as women’s basketball coach, then also softball coach at Aquinas College, where she also became assistant athletic director in 1981. While at Aquinas she led the Saints to a 340-136 record on the court and the National Catholic Basketball Championship in 1984.

Tibaldi then moved to Traverse City Area Public Schools, first as the district’s K-12 physical education coordinator but eventually in multiple physical education specialist roles. She also was named the first varsity girls basketball coach at the new Traverse City West High School from 1997-2001 and served as West’s athletic director from 2004 until retiring in December 2014. As coach, she led the Titans to seven league and multiple District championships and the final few hundred wins of more than 800 total on high school and college basketball courts.

She’s also played a prevalent role in helping make MHSAA policy over her decades. She’s served on a variety of MHSAA committees, including the Basketball Committee, and served in multiple roles with the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan including as president. She also served at the collegiate level on the NAIA Executive Committee, the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Executive Council and as part of NAIA Women in Sports Leadership program and the Michigan Women’s Foundation Tribute to Women Athletes Committee.

Tibaldi has received various honors for her coaching and administrative contributions, including the MHSAA’s Women In Sports Leadership Award in 2011. She was The Associated Press’ Class B Coach of the Year in 1981 and twice earned special mention, and she’s a member of the BCAM Hall of Fame. She also was named state Coach of the Year for basketball by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 2004, and named Regional Athletic Director of the Year by the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA) in 2011. She also was named BCAM’s College Coach of the Year in 1988 and is a member of the NAIA’s National Coaches Hall of Fame. She earned multiple NAIA District Coach of the Year awards for both basketball and softball and was the WHAC Coach of the Year four times.

“To me, teaching life lessons is everything,” Tibaldi said. “I had great kids, and it makes me proud to see where they’re at – the things they’re doing are mind-boggling, and it makes me really proud. The thing they all tell me is they learned what hard work was, about teamwork and persistence, and resilience. That to me is what’s valuable.”

Tibaldi also co-authored and was granted a $1 million federal grant as part of the Every Step Counts program to provide the Traverse City community with funds to fight obesity, and wrote and coordinated a USDA-funded Michigan Fitness Foundation grant for promotion of healthy school environments in five high-needs schools. She’s been an active volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club and presented at the annual Girl-Tech Conference to encourage young women to choose non-traditional careers. She continues to do work with the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

Tibaldi is a graduate of the former Redford St. Mary’s High School in Detroit and earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and physical education from Aquinas in 1973. She was named Aquinas’ Outstanding Alumni of the Year in 1995 and is a member of that school’s Hall of Fame as well as Grand Rapids West Catholic’s and the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame.

YMCA summer softball league registration underway

Registration is now underway for the 2021 YMCA summer softball leagues. There are co-ed and two divisions of competition for the 2021 season. The YMCA will offer men’s Regular Recreational Softball or Competitive league play. Regular rec and competitive leagues will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Men’s senior 55+ leagues will take place on Mondays.

Sunday Coed and Monday Coed leagues are also offered.

All games are played at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center fields and will feature a round-robin style regular season and tournament style playoffs.

Starting dates are the week of May 23 and the season ends in mid-August. For additional information please contact Barb Beckett at barbb@gtbayymca.org.

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