A Detroit, Michigan, newsman isn’t even trying to hide that he’s playing favorites—but
the bias is understandable. WXYZ-TV Channel 7 senior anchor and reporter Dave LewAllen’s
daughter Sarah LewAllen is a member of the Michigan Technological University Women’s
Safe to say he’s not the only proud parent who wants to tell the whole world about
the team’s four-spot climb to No. 12 in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll this week—but he’s got a bigger audience than most.
“Number 14. Number one in my heart,” LewAllen said during Wednesday’s news broadcast, after sports anchor and reporter Brad Galli pulled up a photo of Sarah LewAllen,
who plays guard for the Huskies and whose photo in her number 14 jersey was featured
in the poll report, and explained the special reason for sharing it.
Game face: Sarah LewAllen on the court.
The spotlight on the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team was a surprise. “I did not know Brad was going to mention Sarah and the Huskies in
his broadcast that night,” LewAllen says. “Earlier in the day I showed the photo of
Sarah used in the (news) release to another colleague of mine, and apparently he told
Brad about it.”
Galli posted the news segment on Twitter with a shoutout to @michigantech (the University’s Twitter handle) and LewAllen.
Despite his surprise, LewAllen, who previously covered sports for more than 25 years,
deftly delivered some fast facts about the Huskies team. Which is not surprising:
a past president of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, he called play-by-play
for University of Detroit basketball and has covered numerous major sports events,
including three Super Bowls and a World Series.
Sarah LewAllen is the first Husky in the family. “I believe Sarah felt it was an ideal
fit for her—both academically and athletically,” her dad says. “She is an excellent