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PORTAGE — Last week the Howardsville Christian boys’ basketball team won the school first-ever regional championship. The Eagles hope to make a little more history on Tuesday night. Howardsville Christian (20-5) faces Hillsdale Academy (23-2) at 7 p.m. in a Class D state quarterfinals game at...
CENTREVILLE — Five men currently coaching basketball at the collegiate level got their first opportunity in the profession as a player or assistant coach right here in Southwestern Michigan. Kevin Keats, Matt Vavro, Steve Ernst, Kevin White and Justin Davenport are all part of a coaching tree that...
BATTLE CREEK — Stay the course. The Howardsville Christian boys’ basketball team took those three words from Eagles’ head coach Tim Jergens to heart and claimed the school’s first-ever regional championship Thursday night with a 58-46 upset win over Bellevue at Battle Creek Harper Creek....
BRONSON — It might not have fallen in their favor, but the Schoolcraft Lady Eagles’ basketball team went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the state regardless of class size in Tuesday’s Class C state quarterfinals at Bronson. Steve Kulczyk’s Lady Eagles suffered their first loss of the...
BATTLE CREEK — The boys’ basketball teams from Bellevue and Howardsville Christian School have a rich tradition. But as strong as both programs have been, one title has managed to elude each school. A Class D regional championship. Howardsville (19-5) faces Bellevue (22-1) tonight at Battle...
CONSTANTINE — A cold spell in the third quarter ultimately hurt Schoolcraft’s boys basketball team in a heartbreaking 45-44 Class C regional semifinal loss Tuesday to Kalamazoo Christian. Kalamazoo Christian (22-2) advances to Wednesday’s regional championship at 7 p.m. against Cassopolis (24-0),...
SCHOOLCRAFT — Schoolcraft’s boys basketball team used the same script its has used all season Friday in winning its second straight Class C district title on its home floor. Relentless pressure at the defensive end of the floor, three-point shooting and knocking down free throws to seal up a 56-37...
THREE RIVERS — Of the 21 games the Three Rivers boys’ basketball team played this season, Brian Burg’s team wanted this one the most. Unfortunately for Three Rivers, the chance to beat Dowagiac slipped through the Wildcats’ hands in the final few seconds as the Chieftains escaped the Purple Palace...
BRIDGMAN — Steve Kulczyk insists the margin of victory his Schoolcraft girls’ basketball team has enjoyed t his season is misleading. “We hang our hat on our defense. People see our scores, but you have to see the kind of game you saw tonight to realize our defense is what creates opportunities...
DETROIT — There was lots to celebrate at Ford Field Saturday for the Mendon wrestling program and its loyal fans. Sophomore 135-pounder and No. 1 seeded Skyler Crespo successfully defended his state championship, while his senior teammate Wyatt Cool finished up a great career with his first state...

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