2017-12-07 / Sports

Flushing girls’ basketball coach, players honored

By Lisa Paine
810-452-2626 • lpaine@mihomepaper.com

Flushing girls’ coach Larry Ford Flushing girls’ coach Larry Ford GRAND BLANC TWP. – Flushing High girls’ basketball coach Larry Ford accepted his Coach of the Year award at the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday at the Genesys Athletic Club. Ford led the Flushing girls to the Class A state title last season. In the bio provided by the GFASHF, it states that Ford, born and raised in Flint, Michigan, he is the son of Larry and Nancy Ford. Ford graduated from Flint Hamady High School in 1977, where he played both football and basketball. After a year of college basketball at Alma College, Ford transferred to Spring Arbor College and earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. Ford began his coaching career in 1993 coaching both boys and girls youth AAU teams. In 1996 he was offered and accepted a varsity assistant coaching position with the Flushing girls’ program. In 2004, he took over the program as head coach. In his 13 seasons as head coach, Ford has never had a losing season, compiling 230 wins against only 67 losses while winning eight league titles, six district titles and two regional titles. The state title last season was the team’s first since 1995. Ford and his wife of 35 years, Anita, reside in Flushing and are the proud parents of daughter Erica and son Larry Ford III.

Flushing senior Shelby Morrow Flushing senior Shelby Morrow Chappell wins $1,000 scholarship

Also honored was 2017 Flushing grad Kamryn Chappell as the recipient of the 2017 Ben Roof A-Frame Awards $1,000.00 Annual Scholarship. Chappell was nominated by Coach Ford. Chappell earning High Academic Honors last year with a 3.7 grade-point average while also earning four varsity letters in basketball and three in soccer. She earned all-conference honors in basketball while helping the Flushing girls’ varsity win its first state title. Chappell was voted team MVP in soccer while earning all-district honors. She’ll head to Tennessee in the fall to play soccer at the University of Tennessee- Martin while also majoring in early childhood education, with plans to become an elementary school teacher.

Flushing grad Kamryn Chappell Flushing grad Kamryn Chappell Morrow named among top 100 girls in area

Flushing senior Shelby Morrow has been named by the Detroit Free Press as one of the top 100 girls’ high school basketball players. Morrow is expected to be back on the court by early January after having a screw put into her foot in mid-November. She’ll be transitioning to a boot and then will work her way back to the court after being medically cleared. Morrow, one of Flushing’s leading scorers last season, will lead the team in its 2017-18 campaign, said Coach Ford.

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