Baseball fans in Kalamazoo will learn the name of their new Northwoods League team Friday night during an unveiling at Homer Stryker Field. The team logo and some of the players and staff will also be introduced, according to reports. Kalamazoo Baseball LLC held a name the team competition that drew over 300-different suggestions and over 3-thousand votes to pick the winner. Battle Creeks team, the Bombers, is in the same league. The Northwoods League is a summer baseball league comprised of teams of the top college players from across the nation and North America. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players are not paid (this preserves their NCAA eligibility). Each team is operated similar to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips, and playing nightly before fans in a stadium. (MRN)
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.
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.
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.
The Sturgis varsity soccer team saw its best season ever come to an end Wednesday in Plainwell.
The Trojans, who were making their first-ever appearance in the Class B Final Four of the state tournament, bowed out to Spring Lake, 2-to-1. The game was tied at1 going into the final minute of play before the Lakers sealed the win on a goal off a deflected kick.
Sturgis finishes its season with a record of 16-7-1.
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.