Here’s an announcement from Constantine Schools athletic director Mike Messner regarding Friday’s Division 6 state championship game between Constantine and Ithaca.
The school district will get to keep 50 cents of every $10 ticket for the game purchased at the high school office. Messner said he hopes fans planning to attend the game buy their tickets ahead of time to help the school offset the expense of sending its team and band to Ford Field.
In addition, Messner said a 7 o’clock meeting tonight at the high school will provide an opportunity to sign up for a free spectator bus and buy game tickets. Tickets will also be available at the high school until 3 p.m. today and 7:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday.
Constantine High School’s varsity football team is returning to Ford Field for the second consecutive year in search of a Division 6 state title.
The Falcons ran the table Saturday, topping Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central, 36-14, at Harper Creek High School. The 11-2 Falcons never trailed and relied on 245 rushing yards from sophomore Justin Hull to hold off St. Mary’s, which ends its season with a 10-3 mark.
Saturday’s contest marked the third time in four years the two teams have met in the state playoffs.
Constantine will play Ithaca at 4:30 p.m. Friday for a rematch of last year’s Division 6 championship game. The Yellowjackets are the two-time defending state champ and have won 41 consecutive games.
Constantine 36, Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 14
Two of three St. Joseph County high schools came up short over the weekend in their bids to advance to the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s football playoffs.
The Constantine Falcons were the only team to survive and advance to the final four in Division 6. The Falcons on Friday topped previously unbeaten Hillsdale, 49-35.
Constantine will battle Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central at 1 p.m. Saturday in a neutral-field site at Harper Creek High School in Battle Creek. Both teams are 10-2 heading into the state semi-final contest.
Meanwhile, Three Rivers fell Friday to Grand Rapids South Christian to finish its season at 8-4. Also, Mendon ended its season at 11-1, with a loss at home Saturday to Muskegon Catholic Central.
A few meetings in the area are on deck this evening.
Members of the Constantine Public Schools Board of Education plan to assemble at 6 p.m. One matter of potential discussion may come from last week’s defeat of a Headlee renewal. The setback is keeping the district from more than $100,000
Elsewhere, 7 o’clock meetings are slated for the Lockport Township Board and the Mendon Village Council.
The Animal Rescue Fund of St. Joseph County also plans to stage its monthly meeting tonight at 7 at the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District building.
School districts that acted on Headlee-related proposals batted .500 in Tuesday’s election.
Voters in the Burr Oak Community Schools district agreed to continue a Headlee rollback that allows the district to collect the full 18 mills its voters levied in 1995.
The district stood to lose $154,000 without voter support.
In Constantine, a request to renew its Headlee rate of 18 mills was defeated. The district currently collects more than 16.6 mills, missing out on about $110,000 annually because voters have not authorized the district to impose its full levy of 18 mills.
If the district’s voters don’t approve a renewal of the Headlee rate by 2015, it will lose all 18 mills – a setback that would cost the district $1.5 million.
Superintendent Chuck Frisbie said the district will have no choice but to seek renewal in a future election, as he called the potential $1.5 million loss a devastating financial blow to the third-largest district in the county.