Holt High School

Zach Gustin

Gustin, a Holt graduate, is counted on by coaches and athletes as a reliable source of support as a manager and program assistant.

Holt Girls Star Jentre Powell Lands Opportunity To Continue Soccer Career

Mar 25, 2019
Jentre Powell
Jentre Powell

Powell, a senior, always wanted to play college soccer. Now she has her shot at Purdue Northwest.

New Holt Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Stresses Relationships And Responsibility For The Rams

Feb 14, 2019
Cassie Kotlarcyzk
Katherine White

Cassie Kotlarcyzk is no stranger to Rams basketball, involved the program for 13 years.

Veteran Holt Wrestling Coach Rocky Shaft Blazes Long Trail of Success

Dec 28, 2018
Al Martin

Rocky Shaft, who has guided the Rams to 37 titles, never takes credit – all wins belong to his generations of wrestlers.

Holt High Student Mason Cordell Channels Passion for Sports Adventure into Cheerleading

Dec 7, 2018
Holt High School
Mason Cordell

The Athleticism of Stunting and Cheer is the Home Cordell Was Looking For at Holt

Holt’s Kelly Making Waves in Soccer World

Nov 8, 2018
Zac Kelly

Zac Kelly, 15, is building a soccer resume through strong prep play, Olympic development camps, and even by playing with pros.

Joining Forces: Holt Gymnastics Welcomes Mason, Forming New Co-op Team

Oct 4, 2018
Holt/Mason Varsity Gymnastics

Mid-Michigan high schools, like many others in the state, are struggling to keep gymnastics programs going in the face of dominant club programs.

Amanda Barberena / WKAR-MSU

Michael Lynn III and Matthew Abdullah joined Al Martin on "Current Sports" to talk about why they decided to transfer after the racial tension at Lansing Catholic. 


Longtime Holt basketball coach Essell puts family first, retires from coaching

May 7, 2017
Holt High School

HOLT, Mich. - Matt Essell’s entire life has been centered around basketball. In college, he was an all-league player at Albion. His passion for the game landed him a job in Holt, where he would spend more than two decades involved in various roles with the basketball program. Yet, fresh off a district title and with a good varsity team returning next year, he still wasn’t sure about his coaching future.

Holt senior making her mark as one of the nation’s best archers

Apr 26, 2017
Jonathan Chun / WKAR

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Archery has a unique place in the sporting world, as its essence is held in high regard - yet the athletes are sometimes belittled. For most average sports fans, the closest they get to archery is on the Hollywood big screen.

Holt wrestling star Leyrer transforms tough loss into state title

Apr 26, 2017
Jacob Herbert / WKAR

HOLT, Mich. – In the 2016 individual state championship tournament, Holt wrestler Kolin Leyrer lost in the semifinals. He was the state’s top wrestler for much of the year, but losing meant Leyrer watch the wrestler he just beat the week before go on to win the state championship at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Current Sports | April 12, 2017

Apr 12, 2017
John VanderHaagen / Flickr Creative Commons

Danton Cole; MSU Hockey; Matt Essell; Holt High School; Mid-Michigan High School Basketball; Miles Bridges.


Holt High sports camps bring students and community together

Mar 10, 2017
Christopher Cline

HOLT, Mich. - The community surrounding Holt High School has always always carried family-like atmosphere. That was recently made apparent, when it came together to raise money for a wrestling coach whose Type 2 diabetes was worsening.

Current Sports | February 16, 2017

Feb 16, 2017
WKAR

Current Sports Production Assistants; MSU Tennis; Gene Orlando; Ronald Mann; MMA; Hip-Hop.


Holt community rallies around wrestling coach

Feb 9, 2017
Jacob Herbert

Holt, MI - In his 37 years of coaching Holt wrestling, Rocky Shaft created a tight, family-like atmosphere out of a demanding and intense sport. He has given more to the wrestling program than anyone would have expected in his 53 total years with the team as a wrestler, assistant coach and now coach.

So when the mid-Michigan community learned that his Type 2 diabetes was seriously jeopardizing  his health, they rallied together to raise money for a service dog that could save his life.

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