Athletic teams at Kalamazoo Central and Kalamazoo Loy Norrix high schools will compete without spectators at home games until February in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Loy Norrix announced the decision Tuesday on its athletics Facebook page, and a source within the Kalamazoo Public School District confirmed
that Kalamazoo Central will take the same precautions for the rest of January. Prohibited spectators include the families and classmates of the student-athletes, meaning the only people in the venue will be competing teams, coaches, referees and those assigned to work the game, such as scorekeepers and media. > Continue reading at MLive
Royal Oak Shrine Catholic senior Stephen Ruhle (12) drives to the basket against Utica Ford II on Wednesday.
Royal Oak Shrine Catholic held off non-league foe Utica Ford II 50-47 in boys basketball action on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Shrine.
Ford led 13-8 after one quarter. Shrine used a 14-9 run in the second quarter to tie the score at 22-22 at halftime.
Senior Stephen Ruhle led Shrine with 21 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and four blocks. Senior Jeff Andrus had 13 points and five assists. Senior Beck Peaslee added seven points and three steals. Ford was paced by senior Jacob Barrett with 18 points. > Continue reading
Until the buzzer sounds, it’s never too late to make a big play.
And Bay City Central is making every second count.
For the third time this season, the Wolves won on the final bucket of the game, this time getting a dramatic steal and basket from Cameron Washington for a stunning 49-48 victory over Essexville Garber.
“Learning to win is a skill,” Central coach Jordan Duby said. “Winning games like this, it’s a great learning opportunity for these guys.
“They keep making plays, and that’s all you ask them to do.”
Central is off to a 3-3 start. L.J. McCullough delivered game-winners in the final seconds as the Wolves pulled off early season wins over Midland Dow and Tawas.
This time it was Washington’s turn for the heroics. Garber senior Jack Mularz drilled a 3-pointer with one minute to play to give the Dukes a 48-46 lead.
Photo: Southgate News-Herald/Alex Muller
Ecorse's Malik Olafioye of Ecorse goes up for a shot on Tuesday against Brownstown Woodhaven.
Two of the better boys’ basketball teams in the Downriver area shared the hardwood on Tuesday as Brownstown Woodhaven welcomed in Ecorse.
The game lived up the billing all the way to the end
but it was ultimately the visiting Red Raiders who eked out a 52-49 win over the Warriors. This was the first game for both teams since before the break.
Freshman Tara Kurncz came through in the clutch Tuesday to help DeWitt girls basketball continue its perfect start.
Kurncz hit the game-winning free throws to lift the Panthers (7-0) to a 24-22 victory over Haslett in a matchup of unbeatens
Kurncz made the free throws with 7.7 seconds to play after being fouled on a drive to the basket
Gibraltar Carlson defeated visiting Taylor 52-38 in a Downriver League girls basketball game Wednesday.
Jayln Bongiorno scored 11 for Gibraltar Carlson, now 5-2 and 3-0 in the Downriver League. Kursten von Hoffman had 19 points for Taylor (2-3, 0-3).
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Photo: Lansing State Journal/Nick King
DeWitt's Tara Kurncz, center, celebrates with teammates after beating Haslett on Tuesday.
Senior Kaitlyn Cain.
scored a career-high 34 points to lead Marysville's girls basketball team to a 62-55 win over Corunna at Wednesday's Skippers Showcase
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Photo: Macomb Daily/David Dalton
Macomb Dakota's Ella Burger scores against Utica Ford II on Tuesday.
Macomb Dakota’s girls basketball team appears ready for the start of the Macomb Area Conference Red Division season.
Senior guards Ella Burger and Marissa Tocco combined for 27 points Tuesday to lead the Cougars to a 44-24 victory against Utica Ford II in a MAC crossover game between two teams expected to contend for division titles.
“Ford beat three MAC Red teams so I think our girls were really pumped,” said Dakota coach Phil McCune.