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.
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.
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.
Voters in the Constantine Public Schools district will have two ballot measures before them later this year.
A request to renew 18 mills for general operations and a bond resolution for major improvements at Constantine Middle School will be decided in November, following action during the district’s board of education meeting this week.
Superintendent Chuck Frisbie said he stressed to board members and the public that the bond resolutions related to the proposed middle school work would not increase the district’s current millage rate.
He said the district has refinanced some of its debt and, as a result, has about $6.6 million to apply toward the proposed project. The middle school has not received any significant work in its 47-year history, Frisbie said, adding the cost of a new school would be in excess of $12 million.
The contract for Constantine Public Schools Superintendent Chuck Frisbie was extended into 2016 by district officials this week.
Frisbie, who has served five years as chief of the county’s third-largest school district, will remain on board at least through the end of the 2015-16 academic year.
District officials gave Frisbie a glowing review during Monday’s board meeting.
The 51-year-old Frisbie, a Colon native, spent more than a dozen years as an administrator in Mendon before taking the Constantine job.
His 2012-13 salary was $106,000.
Nearly 40 people played a role in helping lay more than 9,000 yards of sod over the weekend at Sweetland Stadium in Constantine.
The school district’s $100,000 allocation toward the new grass surface covered the entire portion of the stadium’s field, the installation of an in-ground watering system and dirt and seed for two practice football fields, according to Constantine athletic director Mike Messner.
Several members of the school’s varsity football team joined in the work, which started Saturday and concluded Sunday afternoon.
Though sections of the field had been replaced through the years, some of the outlying areas around its perimeter were original from when the field and stadium were created in the 1930s, Messner said.