The last basketball team in St. Joseph County still in the state playoffs was defeated Wednesday.
The White Pigeon boys basketball squad was stopped by Schoolcraft, 73-44, in a regional final at Constantine High School.
The Chiefs finish the season 15 and 9, while Schoolcraft advances with a 23 and 2 record
The White Pigeon boys basketball squad is the only remaining St. Joe County team in the boys state high school playoffs, as the Chiefs topped Bridgman in Class C regional play Monday, 41 to 33, in Constantine.
The win sets up a regional final rematch from 2011 Wednesday against Schoolcraft. The Eagles topped Bloomingdale in the regional nightcap Monday to take a 22-2 record into the 7 o’clock contest at Constantine. White Pigeon sports a 15-8 record and hopes to avenge its loss in the regional championship game two years ago.
In Class B action Monday, Sturgis came up a point short against undefeated Stevensville-Lakeshore, 37-36, in a contest in Marshall.
The Trojans were led by Chance Stewart, who had 30 points and 20 rebounds. Sturgis finishes its season 14-9 while Lakeshore improves to 23-0.
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.
Superintendents from St. Joseph County’s nine school districts are being asked to consider the validity of a countywide school millage request.
During a meeting involving school board members from across the county last week at Burr Oak High School, the question was revisited after being originally raised during a countywide meeting in October.
While the amount potentially being sought has not been discussed, the cost to stage a countywide request was the focus of last week’s meeting.
Pete Bennett, a member of the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education, said the cost to stage a campaign to promote such a request in a non-election year would range from $88,000 to $176,000. That includes $30,000 to conduct a special election in a non-election year, such as 2013.
A simple survey to gauge support from the public would cost about $16,000, a cost the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District offered to cover.
Superintendents have been asked to render their opinions by the end of the month on whether to continue to pursue the matter.