Officials from school districts in Three Rivers and White Pigeon saw non-homestead millage renewals pass with ease Tuesday.
In Three Rivers, nearly two-thirds of the 612 participating voters OK’d an 18-mill renewal levied to the tax bills of commercial and non-homestead properties. The millage generates nearly $3.7 million annually and represents about 15 percent of the district’s annual budget.
White Pigeon Community Schools had success with its non-homestead millage renewal Tuesday, as well. Almost three-quarters of the 460 voters who took part in the vote supported the measure.
District officials said the five-year renewal ensures the district will continue to collect about $2.8 million annually through the non-homestead millage.
A request by Marcellus Community Schools for an additional 3 mills over a 21-year period was rejected, 482 to 308.
District officials were attempting to raise $15.2 million for matters related to security, technology, transportation and building maintenance district wide.
Four new auxiliary officers were introduced to the Three Rivers City Commission Tuesday.
Chief Tom Bringman said over the past 11 months, the five completed 120 hours of training, which included classroom, defensive tactics and firearms.
The quartet is comprised of Three Rivers High School graduates Brian Kline and Travis Cain, Caledonia native Gary VanderMei and Kalamazoo resident Shawn Taylor.
Bringman praised the auxiliary squad and said without the assistance of its members, the department would not be as effective as it is.
Three Rivers High School junior Teagan Reeves was announced Thursday as a member of the Associated Press all-state, Class B girls basketball first-team.
Reeves, who has verbally committed to playing basketball and volleyball at Western Michigan University, averaged 21.3 points in the 2012-13 season. Her presence played a major role in the Wildcats’ 22-2 season record, Wolverine Conference championship and a district title.
Reeves, who became Three Rivers’ girls’ basketball all-time points leader in 2012-13, was one of just 12 members of the Class B all-state first team.
The 2012-13 boys basketball season ended Friday for Three Rivers, as the Wildcats lost a district championship contest to Sturgis High School, 58 to 37.
Three Rivers finishes the season with a 6-16 record. Sturgis, meanwhile, improved to 14-8 and will take on 21-0 Stevensville-Lakeshore in the opening round of Class B regional play at 6 p.m. Monday at Marshall High School.
In other area action, White Pigeon stunned Decatur with a buzzer-beating, half-court shot by Branson Salyer to claim a district title in Class C play Friday. The 14-8 Chiefs won, 44 to 41 and will begin regional play at 6 o’clock Monday in Constantine, where they take on a 9-14 Bridgman squad.
Also on Friday, Colon’s season ended in Class D play, as the 12-13 Magi fell to a one-loss Climax-Scotts team, 57 to 28.
Another Sturgis versus Three Rivers basketball matchup will take place Friday.
After the girls’ basketball teams from St. Joseph County’s largest school districts tangled last week, boys’ squads from the two schools will play for a district championship at 7 o’ clock Friday in Edwardsburg.
The matchup was set Wednesday, when Three Rivers topped Vicksburg, 61 to 49 Wednesday, and Sturgis held off Paw Paw, 41 to 39. Three Rivers will enter the game with a 6-15 record, while Sturgis sports a 13-8 season mark. We’ll carry the game on WRCI 97.1 FM, with the pre-game show getting underway at 6:50. We’ll also stream the broadcast at WRCIradio.com.
Elsewhere, Class C action Wednesday saw White Pigeon top Constantine, 64 to 42. The Chiefs will have home court advantage in Friday’s district championship contest against Decatur at 7 p.m.
In Class D Wednesday, Colon needed double overtime to knock off Athens, 73 to 68. The 12-12 Magi will play 22-1 Climax Scotts at 7 p.m. Friday in Athens for the district title.
The Three Rivers girls basketball team saw its season come to an end Tuesday in the opening round of regional action.
Taking on a 15-6 Stevensville Lakeshore squad in the Class B contest, Three Rivers couldn’t recover from a rash of turnovers, falling by a score of 44 to 35.
The Wildcats end their season with a 22-2 record.
Boys basketball tournament action continues tonight. Class B contests involving local teams feature 5-15 Three Rivers against a 12-8 Vicksburg squad, tipping off at 6 o’clock in Edwardsburg. We’ll carry the game on WRCI 97.1 FM, with the pre-game show getting underway at 5:50. We’ll also stream the broadcast at WRCIRadio.com.
The nightcap from Edwardsburg pits 12-8 Sturgis against 11-9 Paw Paw.
In Class C, White Pigeon High School will be the venue for a 6 p.m. game between Marcellus and Decatur, followed by White Pigeon taking on Constantine.
In Class D at Athens High School, Howardsville Christian tips off against Climax-Scotts at 6. That game precedes Colon against Athens.