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Not going to state

November 18, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

All three area football teams bowed out of the state playoffs Saturday.

In Division 8, Mendon was beaten at home for the second consecutive year by Muskegon Catholic Central. Saturday’s 28-to-12 loss ends the Hornets season at 11-and-1.

Constantine, hoping to return to the Division 6 state championship game for the third time in three years, suffered a road loss to the Clinton Redskins, 47-to-28. The Falcons snuck into the playoffs with a 5-and-4 record and end their season at 7-and-5.

Meanwhile, Schoolcraft put its 10-and-1 record on the line against the Shelby Tigers and lost a road game, 33-to-7.

Further north, in Division 2, Portage Central is now 12-and-0 and will play in a state semifinal game at 1 o’clock Saturday against a one-loss Muskegon High School team. The game is at East Kentwood High School.

Two games away from state championship

November 11, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A trio of area high school football teams claimed district crowns over the weekend and are two games away from playing for a state championship.

Mendon, Constantine and Schoolcraft all remain in the playoffs, while Cassopolis saw its season come to an end Friday.

For the third consecutive post-season, Mendon ended Climax-Scotts’ season. On Saturday, the Hornets won on their home field, 13-to-0. The 11-and-0 Hornets host 9-and-2 Muskegon Catholic Central at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Hornets and Crusaders have met in the playoffs five of the last seven years and Saturday marks their third consecutive meeting in the playoffs.

Constantine, which eked into the playoffs with a 5-and-4 regular-season record, defeated Hillsdale Friday, 56-to-14. The Falcons travel to Clinton for a match against the 11-and-0 Redskins; date and time will be announced today.

Schoolcraft, meanwhile, pulled out a 28-to-26 win over Watervliet Friday. The 10-1 Eagles travel to Shelby to play the 10-and-1 Tigers at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Cassopolis lost to Decatur, 7-to-0 and ends its season with a record of 7-and-4.

Football playoffs

November 4, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A pair of St. Joseph County football teams remains in the state playoffs, while Cassopolis and Schoolcraft also picked up wins in the opening-round to continue their seasons.

In Division 8, Mendon routed Eau Claire, 67-to-0 Saturday, to up its season record to 10-and-0. The Hornets will play for a district title at 1 p.m. Saturday, when they host 9-and-1 Climax-Scotts. The match-up marks the third consecutive year the teams have met in the post-season.

Meanwhile, Constantine went on the road and knocked off an 8-and-1 Michigan Center squad Saturday, 41-to-26. The Falcons, now 6-and-4 on the season, will travel to Hillsdale for a 7 o’clock contest Friday night against the 7-and-3 Hornets.

Elsewhere, Schoolcraft topped Niles Brandywine, 28-to-21 and faces a 10-and-0 Watervliet squad Friday. Cassopolis beat Lake Michigan Catholic, 30-to-7, and hosts Decatur Friday night.

Sturgis and Burr Oak saw their seasons end Friday. The Trojans were shutout by St. Joseph, 16-to-0, and Burr Oak lost to Lawrence, 58-to-8.

High school football playoffs

November 1, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A weekend of high school football playoffs is on tap and six area teams will be in action.

Four games take place at 7 o’clock tonight: Sturgis, with a 5-and-4 record, is at 8-and-1 St. Joseph; 8-and-1 Schoolcraft takes on 8-and-1 Niles Brandywine in Niles; six-win St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic is at Cassopolis to face the 6-and-3 Rangers; and Burr Oak, 5-and-4, is at 6-and-2 Lawrence in an eight-man contest.

The two Saturday matinee games will see 9-and-0 Mendon host 4-and-4 Eau Claire at 1 p.m., while Constantine, a 5-and-4 squad, also plays a 1 o’clock game, as the Falcons travel to Jackson County to take on 8-and-1 Michigan Center.

Teams qualify for state playoffs

October 28, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Six area football teams, including four from St. Joseph County, qualified for the 2013 state playoffs.

Pairings were announced Sunday and starting with Division 3, Sturgis managed to make the cut despite not reaching the six-win level. The 5-and-4 Trojans will play at 8-and-1 St. Joseph.

In Division 6, Constantine kept its playoff streak alive, as the 5-and-4 Falcons travel to Jackson County to face 8-and-1 Michigan Center. Also in Division 6, 8-and-1 Schoolcraft takes on 8-and-1 Niles Brandywine in Niles.

A Division 7 match-up will see St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic take its 6-and 2 record to Cassopolis to face the 6-and-3 Rangers.

In Division 8, 4-and-4 Eau Claire travels to Mendon to play the 9-and-0 and No. 2-ranked Hornets.

And in Division 9 eight-man football, Burr Oak is in the playoffs for the first time in nearly 50 years, as the 5-and-4 Bobcats will hit the road to play 8-and-2 Lawrence.

Games will be played Friday and Saturday; dates and start times will be announced today by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

New iPads for school

August 28, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Centreville Elementary School will have 10 new iPads this academic year, thanks to a donation from the Monsanto Fund.

The third of three donations made to St. Joseph County-based recipients took place prior to Monday’s Centreville Board of Education meeting. Angie Shotwell and Michael Ochsner, representing Monsanto’s Constantine plant, presented a ceremonial check to Superintendent Rob Kuhlman and board president Dave Peterson.

The iPads are headed to kindergarten and first-grade classrooms.

The Monsanto Fund earlier this summer bestowed similar grants to Mendon Community Schools and Three Rivers-based Riverside Health Clinic.

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