PREVIEW: Schoolcraft and Delton Kellogg Start SAC Valley Play

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Listen live online Friday on the Slocum Sports Network to boys and girls varsity basketball as the Schoolcraft Eagles host the Delton Kellogg Panthers.   On both sides, it is the first test of the season within the always strong Southwestern Athletic Conference (SAC) Valley division.   The girls varsity is scheduled for a tip-off around 6 p.m. with the boys to follow around 7:30 p.m.

Both girls teams are unbeaten on the young season with Schoolcraft at 3-0 and Delton Kellogg at 2-0.   For the Eagles, they’ve won their games by 18, 18, and 19, trying to build off the 20-6 state quarterfinal run of last season.   Delton Kellogg took their opening games by 25 and 19.   Although the Panther girls were 8-13 last season, each of their all-SAC selections from last season return.

On the boys side, Delton Kellogg is 0-1, dropping their opener 64-39 Tuesday against a very strong Wyoming Kelloggsville team.  For Schoolcraft, Friday’s game will be their debut.   Both teams will need to replace more than two-thirds of their scoring output from last season.   The Panthers finished 14-8 in 2016-17, the Eagles went 22-2.

The Schoolcraft boys and girls both swept Delton Kellogg last season.   The Eagle boys rolled the Panthers 88-48 the first time, followed by a 69-29 score in the rematch.  The girls saw a 62-31 Schoolcraft win in game one and a 48-30 score in game two.   Delton Kellogg last beat Schoolcraft in girls play on February 17, 2015.   For the boys, Schoolcraft has won 19 consecutive meetings according to scores available back to the 2008-09 campaign.

Listen live to Friday’s games online on the Slocum Sports Network. The girls varsity is set for 6 p.m. with the boys to follow around 7:30.

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