Listen live online Friday on the Slocum Sports Network to a varsity basketball doubleheader with the Parchment Panthers hosting the Berrien Springs Shamrocks. The girls varsity is up first around 6 p.m. with the boys to follow around 7:30 p.m. This is the third season that these schools are rivals within the BCS-Red Conference.
The Parchment boys return most of their lineup from last year and already look improved with a 2-1 start. The Panthers topped Allegan and Bridgman, then lost 62-52 at Olivet Tuesday. The Shamrocks dropped their first two games against Trinity School and Comstock. They will enter the Parchment game at either 1-2 or 0-3, depending on Thursday’s makeup game with New Buffalo.
Berrien Springs won both of last season’s meetings, 49-38 and 60-52. The Shamrocks also took both matchups two seasons ago, both by 50-29 finals. They weren’t regular opponents prior to that.
In the girls contest, Parchment enters at 1-4, although their last three losses were by 10 points or fewer. Berrien Springs will be either 2-1 or 1-2 by Friday, pending the result Thursday with New Buffalo. The Shamrocks won both meetings last season, 53-33 and 45-36. Two seasons ago, the Panthers earned two wins, 42-30 and 44-40.
The games will also be Parchment’s 5th “Compete for a Cure” series, with money raised for the American Heart Association, the National Brain Tumor Society, and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.
Listen live to both games online on the Slocum Sports Network with the girls around 6 p.m. and the boys around 7:30 p.m. from Parchment High School.