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.
Three Rivers High School girls basketball team is District 34 champ, thanks to a 50-23 victory Friday over Sturgis.
The 22-1, Lady Cats move on to regional action Tuesday, when they take on 13-7 Stevensville-Lakeshore at 6 p.m. in Coloma, and 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.
Meanwhile, boys basketball tournament play begins today. In Class B action, Sturgis will battle Edwardsburg. Class C play will see White Pigeon host Cassopolis and Centreville take on Quincy. In Class D, Colon plays Burr Oak and the showcase game of the night features 18-2 Mendon against 19-1 Climax-Scotts in a battle of state-ranked teams taking place at Athens High School.
Three Rivers, Marcellus, Constantine and Howardsville Christian all drew first-round byes and will begin their tournament play Wednesday.
Three Rivers, Mendon, Nottawa and Centreville school districts had the greatest number of proficient third-through eighth-grade students in the county on the reading portion of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program.
All four finished above the state average in the reading category, according to MEAP results released by the state Monday.
Meanwhile, students in Nottawa and Sturgis scored the highest number of proficient math scores in the county on the state-standardized text taken by third- through eighth-grade students last October.
They were the only two districts in the county to finish above the state average in the math component.
At 57.1 percent, Burr Oak’s third- through eighth-grade students had the lowest number of proficient students in reading in St. Joseph County, while Mendon, at 28.5 percent, recorded the lowest number of proficient students in math among the county’s nine school districts.