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RECAP: Free Throws Fuel Otsego Boys, Marshall Girls Roll

The Otsego boys basketball team won at Marshall 80-60 and the Marshall girls earned a 54-24 victory Thursday.   The Bulldog boys were an outstanding 39-44 from the free throw line, allowing them to pull away in a foul-infested fourth quarter and give Marshall its first loss.   Meanwhile, the Redhawk girls were dominant throughout.

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Otsego huddles during a timeout.

Neither team had a decisive advantage in the first half, with the largest lead staying within two possessions.   The explosive Otsego offense, averaging 72.6 points per game coming in, had to find other scorers as they were without leading-scorer Zak Lukas.  Marshall held a 14-13 lead entering the second quarter and were ahead by five entering the final three minutes of the second.  However, the Bulldogs took a 31-28 lead into halftime, getting a three-pointer from Will Eldred in the closing seconds after the shot bounced high off the rim.

Otsego never surrendered the lead in the second half, although a tight third quarter only pushed the lead to 49-43.  Fouls picked up significantly in the fourth quarter, including four Marshall technical fouls.   The turning point came midway through the frame as a shooting foul on Jack Luciani also prompted technicals after the play from his brother Jeremy and Marshall head coach Doug Riegel.

Charles Woodhams would make all six free throw attempts, pushing the Bulldogs ahead by double-digits.  He would make four more on later technicals and finish with a 14-14 mark at the line, getting 23 total points.   Eldred was also flawless at the foul line, his 12-12 pushed him to 18 points.    Jack Luciani topped Marshall with 18.

Both boys squads move to 5-1 following the game.   It was the first time in their three late-December meetings that the road team was the victor.   The Bulldogs return to play on January 9 at Edwardsburg, while Marshall travels to Jackson Lumen Christi on January 5.

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Marshall led almost all of the girls game.  Otsego’s girls were also missing a key cog with an injury to Grace VerHage.   The Redhawks started with a 4-0 run, which Otsego matched.  From there, Marshall finished the first quarter with a 13-3 advantage and built up a 39-17 score by halftime.  Morgan Tatrow topped Marshall with 16 points.   Nine players scored for the Redhawks.   Mattison Rayman was Otsego’s top scorer with six.

The Marshall girls move to 3-4 with the win and drop Otsego to 5-3.   The Redhawks have now beaten the Bulldogs five times in three seasons.   Marshall travels to Jackson Lumen Christi on January 5 with Otsego hosting Edwardsburg on January 9.

Listen back to Thursday’s games below:

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PREVIEW: Marshall Meets Otsego Thursday

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Listen live Thursday evening on the Slocum Sports Network to boys and girls varsity basketball between the Marshall Redhawks and Otsego Bulldogs.  The girls varsity is set for around 6 p.m. with the boys around 7:30 p.m.  It’s the third consecutive season that these schools will be meeting in late December.

In the boys contest, Marshall enters the boys game at 5-0, scoring 60 points per game and allowing 45.5.  Otsego sits at 4-1 with an impressive 72.6 points per game, while allowing 61.2 per contest.   Last season at Otsego, the Bulldog boys grabbed a 69-50 win.   Two seasons ago at Marshall, the Redhawks won 71-40.

The Otsego girls enter Thursday at 5-2, scoring 51.8 points per game and allowing 35.1.   Marshall is only 2-4, but they’ve had an incredibly strong schedule with a combined record at 34-3.  The Redhawks have scored 35.5 points per game and allowed 41.6 thus far.   Marshall is 4-0 against Otsego over the last two seasons, winning both regular season meetings and two Regional semifinal games.

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

RECAP: Mih Goes Mad in 4th For Portage Central Boys Win Over Paw Paw, PC Girls Dominate

Portage Central grabbed a varsity basketball sweep in their final action before the holiday break Thursday, defeating Paw Paw 59-44 in boys play and 56-27 in the girls game.   In the boys contest, a 14-point fourth quarter from junior Jason Mih allowed the Mustangs to pull ahead after a back-and-forth affair.   In the girls game, a 25-2 second quarter put the game out of reach.

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The team captains meet with the officials before the game.

Paw Paw hit the opening basket in the boys game and had their biggest lead of the game at the end of the first quarter, up 13-6.   They stayed ahead until three minutes were left in the second quarter.   After trading the lead, Portage Central tied the game at 25 going into the half with a no-look Griffin Baker pass setting up a triple from Zach Bumgarner.

The game stayed within two possessions for the entire third quarter, with PC holding a 38-34 advantage heading into the fourth.    Then, Jason Mih came alive and delivered a 14-point quarter, including four consecutive threes, to gave Portage Central the final edge.

Mih finished with a team-high 20 points.  Paw Paw’s Luke Toliver posted 25 points.    The Portage Central boys improve to 3-1 with the victory and are off until January 9 at home against Lakeview.   Paw Paw falls to 2-2 and hosts South Haven Friday night.

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Portage Central’s girls warming up

Neither team had a decisive advantage in the first quarter of the girls game, as Portage Central led 10-7 after one.   The Mustangs were dominant in the second and third quarters, outscoring Paw Paw 35-2.   Although Paw Paw won the fourth quarter 18-11, the hole was far too deep to climb out of.

Kayla Mathieu and Abby Long each scored 19 points for the Mustangs.   Paw Paw got 14 points from Kiarra Herson.   Portage Central moves to 4-2 and travels to Lakeview on January 9 for their next game.   Paw Paw drops to 1-5 and hosts South Haven Friday.

Listen back to Thursday’s games below:


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PORTAGE CENTRAL BOYS SCORING: Jason Mih 20, Jack Juday 9, Griffin Baker 8, Luke Leto 7, Max Godsil 6, Eli Potts 5, Zach Bumgarner 3, Max Longman 1

PAW PAW BOYS SCORING: Luke Toliver 25, Karsen Barnhart 5, Matt Lehto 4, Hayden Beck 4, Jakob Rickli 3, Ryan Brennan 3.

PORTAGE CENTRAL GIRLS SCORING: Kayla Mathieu 19, Abby Long 19, Annemarie Stacey 9, Kaitlyn Brannstrom 5, Meg Niedzwiecki 2, Jessica Roth 2

PAW PAW GIRLS SCORING: Kiarra Herson 14, Emma Johnson 5, Kierra Krogel 2, Anna Vavra 2, Anna Castelluccio 2, Megan Huggett 2

PREVIEW: Portage Central Hosts Paw Paw

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Listen live online Thursday evening on the Slocum Sports Network with Portage Central playing Paw Paw in boys and girls varsity basketball.   The girls game is scheduled for around a 5:45 p.m. start with the boys around 7:15 p.m.

It’s the second consecutive year these schools have met in late December, meeting this season in Portage after playing last season at Paw Paw.    Last year, the Paw Paw boys were 47-43 winners and the Portage Central girls were 43-29 victors.    These schools also met two seasons ago in boys play, won 57-32 by the Mustangs.

Both boys teams enter Tuesday at 2-1 and both teams fell in their opener to Mattawan, 55-54 for Paw Paw and 53-35 for PC.  Last week, Portage Central defeated Niles 63-52, then topped Harper Creek 55-32 Tuesday.   Paw Paw has wins over Wolverine Conference foes Vicksburg (79-61) and Plainwell (65-57).

The Portage Central girls sit at 3-2.   They dropped their opener 49-12 to Coldwater, then got wins over Lakeshore (38-22), Mattawan (40-34), and Niles (32-25).  They fell Tuesday 36-32 at Harper Creek.   Paw Paw has a 1-4 overall mark with a win over Vicksburg (44-41) and losses to Lakeshore (49-32), Dowagiac (47-42), Mattawan (52-29), and Plainwell (46-24).

Listen live to Thursday’s games online live on the Slocum Sports Network with the girls tipping around 5:45 p.m. and the boys around 7:15 p.m.

RECAP: Watervliet Grabs Sweep Over District Rival Hartford

Watervliet picked up a 53-37 boys basketball win and a 66-35 girls victory Saturday against current district and former conference rival Hartford.  The Panther girls improved to 4-1 off the win and put Hartford at 3-1.   The Panther boys jumped to 2-1 with the victory and dropped Hartford to 0-2.

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In the boys game, Watervliet scored within the first five seconds and never surrendered the lead.   The Panthers carried a 16-10 lead into the first quarter break, a 29-19 advantage at halftime, and a 40-31 score after the third.    Hartford made it back within six a few times in the second half, but could get no closer.   Three Panthers scored nine points; Bryant Kieft, Sheldon Tobar, and Garrett Matthews.  Hartford’s Trey Ackerman topped all players with 16.

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The girls game had three lead changes in the first two minutes, but saw Watervliet assume control midway through the first quarter.   They led 18-9 after the first quarter and didn’t trail again, extending the score to 31-17 by halftime and 47-29 by the end of the third.  Ariana Rowe topped the Panthers with 18 points with double-digit scoring also by Jaelyn Pitre (14) and Kara Liles (10).  AJ Jackson led Hartford with 10.

The Watervliet boys and girls host Saugatuck Tuesday in their final game before the holiday break.   Hartford’s boys travel to Decatur Tuesday with the girls hosting the Raiders.   Both travel to White Pigeon Thursday.

Listen back to Saturday’s games below:

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WATERVLIET GIRLS SCORING: Ariana Rowe 18, Jaelyn Pitre 14, Kara Liles 10, Victoria Smith 4, Taylor Shafer 4, Celina Klimkiewicz 4, Zoe Smith 4, Mikalah Clay 3, Emma Yazel 3, Alison Pazera 2

HARTFORD GIRLS SCORING: AJ Jackson 10, Cora Wesaw 9, Jessica Cortes 6, Mikenzie Chambers 6, Megan Nelson 4

WATERVLIET BOYS SCORING: Bryant Kieft 9, Sheldon Tobar 9, Garrett Matthews 9, Ryan Chisek 7, Daniel Cluster 6, James Bell 3, Jakob Aldrich 3, Omar Cardoso 3, LA Smith 2, Austin Roberts 2.

HARTFORD BOYS SCORING: Trey Ackerman 16, Buddy Earls 6, Evan DeLaRosa 6, William Martinez 3, Caleb Weston 2, Brandon Galvan 2, Garrod Johnson 2,

RECAP: Parchment Sweeps Berrien Springs on “Compete For a Cure” Night

For the first time since joining the BCS-Red Conference, the Parchment Panthers swept Berrien Springs in a varsity basketball doubleheader.   The Panther boys defeated the Shamrocks 72-54 Friday and the girls won 48-34; both Parchment squads had dropped both meetings last season with the Shamrocks.   The evening also saw a solid crowd and turnout for the fifth annual “Compete For a Cure,” raising money for the American Heart Association, the National Brain Tumor Society, and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

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Berrien Springs began the boys game with a 5-0 lead, but Parchment roared ahead with a 12-0 response.   The Panthers had a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and a 38-26 advantage by halftime.   The Shamrocks made it back within single-digits early in the fourth quarter, but Parchment quickly put the game out of reach.

Contez Williams matched his season-high with 22 points for Parchment.   Three other Panthers hit double-digits with 19 by Ontayveon Fry, 13 from Darrion Turner, and 10 from Jeremiah Donald (including eight in the first quarter).   Sam Spaulding topped Berrien Srpings with 21, going 14-16 at the free throw line.  He was followed by 12 from Peyton Dustin.   After winning only four games last season, Parchment is off to a 3-1 start.   Berrien Springs falls to 0-4.

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Like the boys game, the Shamrock ladies began with the lead, but lost it due to a 12-0 Parchment run.   However, Berrien Springs got back ahead midway through the second quarter on a 7-0 rush of their own.   By halftime, Parchment led 25-21.   The Panthers narrowly won the third quarter 9-6, then pulled away in the fourth.

Parchment sophomore Megan McDaid led the way with 19 points, going 9-13 at the free throw line.  Kyrah Sanders was the top scorer for Berrien Springs with nine.   The victory puts Parchment at 2-5 and drops Berrien Springs to 2-2.

Both Shamrock squads return to action Tuesday against Three Rivers with the girls hosting and the boys traveling.  Both Parchment teams host Comstock next with the girls Thursday and the boys Friday.

Listen back to both of Friday’s games below:

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PARCHMENT GIRLS SCORING: Megan McDaid 19, Trinity Stone 9, Alivya Wilson 8, Macy King 3, Alysa Buytendrop 3, Kyra Gerlofs 2, Alexis Lindstrom 2, Chloe Thomas 2

BERRIEN SPRINGS GIRLS SCORING: Kyrah Sanders 9, Hillary Dortch 8, Miracle Henry 6, Jeniah Palmer-Kirtdoll 4, Narpreet Singh 4, Diamond Tyson 3

PARCHMENT BOYS SCORING: Contez Williams 22, Ontayveon Fry 19, Darrion Turner 13, Jeremiah Donald 10, Garrett Stutz 3, Connor Stutz 2, Henry Knapp 2, Aram Winchester 1

BERRIEN SPRINGS BOYS SCORING: Sam Spaulding 21, Peyton Dustin 12, Garrett Jones 7, Marshall McFarland 4, Austin Johnson 3, Gavin Hubble 3, Thomas Adams 2

PREVIEW: Watervliet Faces Hartford in Saturday Showdown

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Listen live online Saturday on the Slocum Sports Network as the Watervliet Panthers host the Hartford Indians in boys and girls high school basketball.   The girls varsity is scheduled for around 5 p.m. with the boys around 6:30 p.m.  Although they are no longer conference rivals within the SAC, these schools are meeting twice again this season.

The Watervliet boys enter the weekend at 1-0, taking their opener 59-46 last weekend over Martin.   Saturday’s game will be their third, as the Panthers face Fennville Friday.   Hartford opens their season Friday against Marcellus, with their original opener Tuesday against Mendon postponed to January 4th due to snow.    They met twice last season with the home team winning both times, 55-41 at Hartford and 54-35 at Watervliet.

The Watervliet girls come into the weekend at 2-1 and Hartford goes into the weekend at 2-0.  The Panthers took both contests over the Indians last season, 67-51 and 48-44.   The season before, Hartford won both meetings.

Listen to both games live online on the Slocum Sports Network with the girls varsity around 5 p.m. and the boys around 6:30 p.m. at Watervliet High School.

PREVIEW: Parchment Hosts Berrien Springs in BCS-Red Doubleheader

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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.

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Central Girls Host St. Joseph in Potential District Preview

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PROGRAMMING NOTE:  This game has been moved to Wednesday due to snow.   Unfortunately, we will not be able to broadcast it due to prior commitments. 

Listen live online Tuesday around 7 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as Kalamazoo Central hosts St. Joseph in girls basketball.   These teams are district foes once again and have met in the district tournament three consecutive seasons.  All three were won by Kalamazoo Central, including a 61-51 final last season at Portage Northern.

In their regular season meeting last December, St. Joseph was a 63-60 winner on their home court.  The Bears also won the regular season meeting two years ago at K-Central 63-44.

So far this season, the Maroon Giants have played once, a 63-26 win over Loy Norrix Saturday.   The Bears dropped their opener 40-38 at Harper Creek, but sit at 3-1 after wins against Portage Northern (45-13), Edwardsburg (40-37), and Lakeshore (53-29).

Listen live to Tuesday’s game online on the Slocum Sports Network with tip-off around 7 p.m., from Kalamazoo Central, pending the JV result.

RECAP: Schoolcraft Boys Win Opener, Girls to 4-0 with Sweep of Delton Kellogg

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Schoolcraft’s Trenton Lomason (#12) scored 23 points in their victory

Schoolcraft claimed both parts of a varsity doubleheader at home Friday, defeating Delton Kellogg 71-33 in boys action and 58-40 in girls play.   The Eagles took their first SAC Valley division contests with big scoring efforts from Lydia Goble and Trenton Lomason, getting 28 and 23 points, respectively.

The boys game was never in doubt, with a 26-6 score by the end of the first quarter and a 51-16 mark at halftime.   Lomason, a transfer over the summer from Vicksburg, hit seven three-pointers.  Kobe Clark and Riley Piper both scored 12 points.   Delton Kellogg’s best was 11 by Josh Lyons.  It was Schoolcraft’s first game of the season, meanwhile DK drops to 0-2.

The Panthers opened the girls game with a three-pointer, then surrendered a 10-0 run to Schoolcraft.   Delton Kellogg got back within four by the end of the first quarter and briefly reclaimed the lead in the second, but the Eagles carried a 27-15 advantage into halftime.   The Panthers narrowly won the third quarter 19-16, but Schoolcraft put the contest out of reach in the fourth.

Goble’s 28 point effort featured six three-pointers.  Kennedy Leighton added 12 in the victory.   Lillian Howard topped Delton Kellogg with 13 points.   Schoolcraft’s girls improve to 4-0 with Delton Kellogg dropping to 2-1.

Both the Delton Kellogg boys and girls return to action at Hackett Catholic next Friday.  The Schoolcraft girls hope to avenge their volleyball regional final defeat Tuesday at Bronson.   The Eagle boys and girls both host Lawton Friday.

Listen back to Friday’s games below:

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SCHOOLCRAFT GIRLS SCORING: Lydia Goble 28, Kennedy Leighton 12, Gabi Saxman 9, Anna Schuppel 4, Adrienne Rosey 3, Olivia Ingle 2

DELTON KELLOGG GIRLS SCORING: Lillian Howard 13, Caylin Lopez 7, Abby Howard 6, Erin Kapteyn 5, Sam Mohn 3, Emily Shepard 2, Victoria Green 2, Lexi Parsons 2

SCHOOLCRAFT BOYS SCORING: Trenton Lomason 23, Kobe Clark 12, Riley Piper 12, Jakob Huysken 9, Bryce VanderWiere 6, Austin Webb 4, Brice Walther 3, Brady Flynn 2

DELTON KELLOGG BOYS SCORING: Josh Lyons 11, Shane Reinhart 8, Cole Pape 7, Brock Pape 2, Alex Diggs 2, Joel Lopez 2, Cameron Rasler 1