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Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Night Hoop


BCAS 61, Bad Axe 59
USA 45, EPBP 44
Reese 60, Vassar 46
Ubly 52, Marlette 48 OT
Harbor Beach 60, Brown City 44
Sandusky 68, Mayville 30
North Huron 53, Port Hope 44
Saginaw Arts 75, Caseville 27

Marlette 73, Ubly 26 
Sandusky 63, Mayville 20
Owen-Gage 51, A-Fairgrove 23
North Huron 34, Port Hope 26
Peck 42, Kingston 34
Saginaw Arts 56, Casevile 32

Mayville at Harbor Beach (Boys at 2 p.m., girls at 3:30 p.m.)

UBLY — Harbor Beach’s boys basketball team’s best friend this morning?
How about Ubly?
Yes, the Bearcats.
Ubly helped the Pirates grab sole possession of first place in the Greater Thumb East here Friday night, earning an exciting 52-48 overtime victory over Marlette.
Marlette’s loss, coupled with Harbor Beach’s win over Brown City on Friday, gives the Pirates a 1/2-game lead in the GTE standings. Harbor Beach is 5-1 in league play while Marlette is 5-2.
Here Friday night, Marshall Leipprandt led the way for the Bearcats, pouring in a game-high 26 points, including all 10 of his team’s fourth-quarter points. Eric Booms added 10 points for the winners while Josh White netted seven.
Ubly led 17-12 after one quarter and 26-23 at the half. Marlette pulled to within 36-34 after three quarters and the game was tied at 46 at the end of regulation.
Brad Schaub led Marlette with 11 points while Kyle Hall added 10 and Kolby Lange nine.

Boys Basketball
USA 45, EPBP 44
PIGEON — Unionville-Sebewaing Area rallied from a six-point deficit entering the final quarter to knock of Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port.
The Lakers led 18-13 after one quarter, 30-18 at the half and 34-28 after three periods.
USA had Jake Holland with 14 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. Sean McBrayer added nine points while Andrew Botello notched seven.
EPBP had Chase Voelker with 12 points while Evan Gascho and Brody Lawrence netted eight apiece.

BCAS 61, Bad Axe 59
BAY CITY — Bad Axe had a chance to knock off the Greater Thumb West leader.
Bay City All Saints’ Nick Dorion had other ideas.
Dorion’s putback basket at the buzzer lifted the Cougars to the dramatic win over the stunned Hatchets.
The Hatchets led 48-40 entering the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold on.
Drew Janer had 18 points and Nate Sobczak 16 for the Cougars.
Ethan Sisco had 15 points for the Hatchets.

North Huron 53, Port Hope 44
PORT HOPE — North Huron broke open a close game with a big second half en route to the win over Port Hope.
The Warriors led just 23-21 at the break, but used a 16-9 third-quarter spurt to take control.
Erik Dhyse led the Warriors with a game-high 18 points while Evan Dhyse added 10.
Port Hope had Travis Phillips and Eric Koglin with 10 points each.

Sandusky 68, Mayville 30
SANDUSKY — Sandusky used a big first half to cruise to the victory over Mayville.
The Redskins led 19-4 after one quarter and 37-15 at the half. They extended the lead to 57-17 after three quarters.
For the Redskins, Chase Baysdell had 17 points while Jordan Coats added 12 and Kory McGuire 10.
Mayville had Jonathan Maddocks with 11 points and Tim McComas with 10.

Saginaw Arts 75, Caseville 27
SAGINAW — Saginaw Arts & Science led 41-9 at the half and beat Caseville.
Charlie Karafa had 12 points to pace Caseville.

Reese 60, Vassar 48
VASSAR — Reese used a 22-8 edge in the third quarter to take control and beat Vassar.
The Rockets trailed 22-21 at the half.
Adam Lefler had 15 points to pace Reese while Caleb Gnatkowski added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Vassar had Josh Peplinski with 14 points, Nathan Greaves with 13 and Gavin Greer with 10.

Girls Basketball
Owen-Gage 51, A-Fairgrove 23
OWENDALE — Owendale-Gagetown remained in first place in the North Central Thumb League’s North Division with an easy win over Akron-Fairgrove.
The Bulldogs led 15-6 after one quarter and 28-13 at the break. 
Lauren Mandich tossed in a game-high 16 points, including four three-pointers, for the Bulldogs while Kayla Montreuil netted 13 and Mandy Muntz 12. Muntz also had five rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Vikings had Nicole Aldrich with 10 points.

Port Hope 34, North Huron 26
PORT HOPE — Port Hope’s steady first half helped it beat North Huron.
The Bluestars led 9-4 after one quarter and 19-8 at the break.
North Huron turned in an 11-4 third-quarter run, cutting the deficit to 23-19, though couldn’t come all the way back.
Brittany Schave had 12 points and Kayla Gust 11 for the Bluestars.
Karlie Goretski had seven points while Ashley Case and Amanda Navock netted six each for the Warriors, who played without leading scorer Sarah Clancy, who is out with a leg injury.

Sandusky 63, Mayville 20
SANDUSKY — Sandusky remained unbeaten with an easy win over Mayville.
The Redskins led 14-0 after one quarter and 27-10 at the half.
Emily Hale led Sandusky with 15 points while Whitney Fox notched 11 and Lauren Krause nine.
Annie Richardson had 10 points for Mayville.

Marlette 73, Ubly 26
UBLY — Marlette scored 26 first-quarter points and put it on cruise control the rest of the way in beating Ubly.
The Red Raiders led 26-8 after one quarter and 44-18 at the break.
Jenna Hirsch led the winners with 26 points while Angela Odoerfer netted 14 points, Kylee Dobbelaere 12 and Rachel McEwen 10.
Ubly had Jessica Gracey with 12 points.

Saginaw Arts 56, Caseville 32
SAGINAW — Caseville led early, but Saginaw Arts and Science rebounded and beat the Eagles.
Caseville led 10-4 after one quarter, though trailed 21-17 at the break.
Rebecca Janke had 12 points to pace the Eagles.

Small-Town Girl, Big-Time Goals

Whether it’s covering hockey, college football, poker or the MMA, 1998 Unionville-Sebewaing Area graduate Heidi Androl has proved you don’t have to be from the big city to become a big deal.

LOS ANGELES — It’s cool to be Heidi Androl.
And here’s why.
Covering the NHL for the Los Angeles Kings, and NHL Network is cool. 
It’s cool to be Heidi Androl.
Covering the MMA for Showtime Sports, poker for ESPN2, college football for Versus, and working at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is cool.
It’s cool to be Heidi Androl.
Hosting a live entertainment show in Los Angeles is cool.
It’s cool to be Heidi Androl.
Get the picture?
Androl, a 1998 Unionville-Sebewaing Area graduate, has parlayed her 2007 appearance on the television show “The Apprentice” into a budding sports and entertainment broadcasting career.
I recently contacted Androl via email and asked if she would be willing to answer a few questions about the sports and entertainment broadcasting industry.
She politely and energetically agreed.

Q. You are involved with so much when it comes to broadcasting, including the Kings,, the MMA. Can you give me a rundown of all the sports outlets you are working for. And how did all of this come about? Did you have any broadcasting background at all?

A. I currently serve as a reporter for the Los Angeles Kings on Fox Sports West, reporter for NHL Network, reporter for Showtime Sports covering MMA, and host for “LA Live” covering music and entertainment. I have also covered college football on Versus and poker on ESPN2. I also serve as a producer for the Los Angeles Kings, writing and producing features for Kings Vision on and Fox Sports West. I had done a little hosting before I got started, but very little.

Q. What was your first experience in broadcasting on television and what was it like getting in front of a TV audience? I am sure it was much different than “The Apprentice.”

A. It was a show called Upscale LA — a lifestyle magazine type show highlighting the hot spots in LA. From there, I was hired by Luc Robitaille and Chris McGowan (LA Kings executives) with the Kings to help create their online video network. It was very different and a little scary, but I asked for as much feedback as I could get and continue to work at getting better.  Live TV is not easy and is nerve-racking, but so rewarding at the same time. No comparison to “The Apprentice.” They are two entirely different worlds.

Q. Obviously, there is not much hockey in the Thumb. What did you know about hockey when you first hooked up with the Kings and and have you had to learn sort of on the fly? Were you a hockey fan (Red Wings?) growing up?

A. How can you grow up in Michigan and not be a hockey fan! My dad used to take us to Red Wings games all the time and to watch the Gears and the Generals at Saginaw Civic Center.   I sported a Darren McCarty jersey. (Hahaha!) After moving to LA, I started going to LA Kings games. 
Of course, being a fan and working in the industry are two very different things. I had to learn so much about the players and I am still  learning. That is the beauty of sports, things are always changing, stats are updated by the second and the game is very fast. When I got the job I focused on the players away from the ice. I asked questions that I genuinely wanted to know the answer to and I think that is what has allowed me to grow in the industry. I am very interested in the game, the intricacies of a well functioning power play or what the goalie saw before he stopped the puck. I have  had a great deal of support and help from the Kings organization and Fox Sports West, as well as my fellow broadcasters: Hall of Fame play-by-play Bob Miller, color commentator Jim Fox, fellow sideline reporter Patrick O'Neal, our head of broadcast for the Kings Mike Altieri, Kings President Luc Robitaille, Kings COO Chris McGowan and Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi. (There are so many more I can’t list them all). They have taught me so much. I am grateful to go to work everyday and have it not really feel like work because I enjoy it so much.

 Q. What are some of the challenges of being a woman in sports broadcasting?

A. There are challenges being in sports broadcasting, period. It requires a lot of hours, very little time off and a lot of research, hard work and travel... It is a hectic lifestyle, that is for sure, and being able to balance work and a personal life can be difficult.
 As far as being a woman in sports, I am blessed to be able to say I am one. I was not a former pro athlete who has the experience and the memories and the camaraderie to draw from. I have to work that much harder to create and tell the story and to be taken seriously in my role.  
My advice — don't be so serious. It’s sports. Have fun with it. At the end of the day, sports is entertainment.  I approach each broadcast asking myself, ‘Will this story be entertaining and informative at the same time?’ If not, I try to come up with one that will be. Being a female only presents challenges if you allow it to — and I choose not to. I am blessed to have my job. I work hard every single day and I know it could go away at any time — that keeps me motivated and hungry to reach the next level of success.

Q. Tell me about your work with the MMA and your work at the Olympics...

A. I have been covering MMA for Showtime Sports for about seven months now. It has been an incredible experience and I actually am headed to New Jersey (this week) to cover the fights this weekend. I work with an incredibly talented and knowledgeable group with Showtime and they have helped me to grow as a reporter and expand my portfolio of sports. It has been a blast. 
As far as the Olympics.... Wow. What can I say that will do it justice? It was three of the best weeks of my life. I will never ever be able to recreate another experience like it. Olympic hockey in Canada — ah.... The streets were packed with flags from every country. I had the pleasure of working for and interviewing so many amazing individuals, from the Commissioner (Gary Bettman), Steve Yzerman, Scotty Bowman, Ryan Suter and his father, members of the 1960 and 1980 Olympic hockey teams, and so many other legends in the sport. 
I went to almost every game and fell in love with the city of Vancouver. I could absolutely live there. It is the Los Angeles of Canada. The mountains, the ocean, the nightlife, great culture and amazing restaurants. It is truly a gem. For three weeks that city was the happiest, most energetic city on Earth. It was special.

Q. Are there other things you are doing out of the sports world?

A. I am working for the NHL Network more regularly now. I worked the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh, the All-Star game in Raleigh, and fly to Calgary next week to work the Heritage Classic. 
As grateful as I am for the Kings and the support they have given me in Los Angeles, it is really rewarding to immerse myself in all 30 teams and challenge myself to learn more about the Eastern Conference.
I also host several segments for LA Live and have had the opportunity to host at the Grammys, the American Music Awards and interview some of the biggest names in music and entertainment. I also serve as the host for AT&T Uverse Theatre and Sports. I have the best job in the world and I look forward to continuing my journey toward being the best I can possibly be.  I have also written several non-scripted shows and am actively pitching them to various networks.

Q. If you are working for the Kings or on a specific day, what is that typical day like? Is there a ton of prep work? Behind the scenes work? Do you come up with the questions for interviews? Do producers? How much “winging it” is there?

A. I go to the office everyday. I watch the morning skates, I talk with individuals in the organization to make sure I am conveying key message points, I talk with the players and the coaches after the morning skate or before the game. I then talk to my producer for Fox Sports West and outline my story ideas. I make sure he is happy and then I write them to fit the time the producer allots. I usually head home on a game day about 1:30 p.m. and have lunch and get ready, then head to Staples Center at 3:30 p.m. for our production meeting at 4:30 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. game.  
Prep is the key and I do a lot of it. I am an over-preparer to a fault. I write all of the questions and all of the stories. That is the problem with being the producer and the talent sometimes. In all honesty, most of the time what you see reporters asking is what they want to ask. Sometimes the producers give you suggestions on topics or in some instances the questions, but it is very rare for me. I almost always write everything I do. I do a lot of research online and send a lot of emails and rely a lot on the relationships I have built over the years. Twitter is a great resource for fun stories, as well. 

Q. What can you tell a young person in the Thumb who wants to get into sports broadcasting? Tips, classes to take, places to live. Anything that would help...

A. I am so passionate about this! I would tell a young person from the Thumb they can do whatever it is that they want to do. I am proof. I would remind them that things often happen that are (not) part of the plan or mapped out. I would encourage them to embrace all opportunities with open arms and not be afraid to fail — for failure only makes you better.  
I never thought I would end up selling filtration systems for helicopters that would get me on “The Apprentice” which would indirectly lead to a job in sports. I certainly never thought I would be so interested in power plays and save percentages, but I am and it found me because I put myself out there and was willing to take a risk. 
I have failed, I have been fired in front of millions of people... I have made mistakes, but at the end of the day I did all of that so that I could succeed. Never stop learning. Never be afraid to reinvent yourself at any age. It really NEVER is too late.
As far as sports broadcasting in particular, there is so much that you can do now to get ahead. When I speak at universities I always encourage the students to “fill their toolkit.” You never know when that nugget of information or that skill will come in handy. I encourage anyone who wants to make it to focus on the behind-the-scenes just as much as the on-camera preparation. Learn to edit, shoot, light, write, produce, direct and be the on-camera talent. It is that which will set you apart from your competition. Take a class at a local community college or get involved with one of the local news stations to shadow their sports news team, start your own high school sports broadcast and stream it on the Web for practice. 
There are so many things that you can do and I am always available at to answer any questions or offer up suggestions. The emergence of social media and the Internet broadcasts out there now, there are plenty more opportunities for young hosts to get a start interning or getting experience.

Q. OK, so what’s your pick for the Stanley Cup this season? Do the Red Wings have a shot?

A. In all honesty — it is anyone’s for the taking. Once teams are in the playoffs, anything can happen. I would be surprised if Vancouver or Philadelphia wasn't one or both of the teams in the finals, but who knows.

Q. Heidi, thanks for doing this for our Tribune readers.

A. Thank you so much for doing this and for your interest!

Androl’s website is

Heidi Androl with fellow Fox Sports West reporter Patrick O'Neal. (Photo courtesy LA Kings)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Rocket girls now in charge in GTW

PIGEON — While Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port didn’t accomplish its main objective Tuesday night against Greater Thumb West-leading Reese, Laker coach Todd Comment isn’t about to let his team’s solid effort go to waste.
“I’m proud that we competed,” said Comment, whose Lakers fell two games behind the Rockets in the GTW after a hard-fought 40-34 setback. “At the start, it looked like it was going to be another 25- or 30-point win for them, but we hung in there. I got on the girls a bit and they responded. I can’t complain about that. I like how the girls battled to the buzzer.”
Tuesday’s game was just the second league contest the Rockets have had inside double digits. Earlier this season, Reese bagged a 51-29 decision over the Lakers.
It was anything but easy this time. The Lakers actually held the lead early in the third quarter before enduring a scoring drought of nearly eight minutes.
Because of that, the Lakers saw their one-point edge turn into a 10-point deficit early in the fourth quarter. From there, the Rockets hung on despite shooting just 3-of-13 from the foul line, including 0-for-4 in the fourth quarter.
“We came out in the third quarter and got those two quick baskets and took the lead and then all of a sudden we went cold,” Comment said. “They went on that run and it was tough coming back from that.”
For the Rockets, Sarah Spiekerman led the way with 10 points while Emily Schrader netted nine and Jordan Findlay eight.
While the Lakers held the Rockets to 14 points below their season’s scoring average, they struggled with their full-court pressure defense. Reese built a nice first-quarter lead thanks to the quick hands of Schrader, Findlay and Jordyn Kiser.  
“At times, we handled it great. And at other times, we didn’t handle it at all,” Comment said. “At the start, they were tipping all sorts of passes and we were turning it over. That helped them get out to that nice lead. We broke it a lot of the time, but it was that last pass when we were going in for the layup that we threw away. And we missed some early layups, too.”
For the Lakers, Kayla Deering knocked in 10 points, extending her double digit scoring efforts to seven straight games. Krissia Krohn chipped in eight points while Taylor Comment added six on two three-pointers.
The Rockets are now in comfortable position in the GTW at 8-0, 13-1 overall. A victory Thursday at Vassar will put them one win away from clinching at least a share of the title for the fourth consecutive season.
Meanwhile, the Lakers, now 6-2 in the GTW, 10-5 overall, have a tough test Thursday at home against Unionville-Sebewaing Area. 
“Our goal is to win the last four league games and see what happens,” Comment said. “I am pretty pleased that we are 6-2 in the league and 10-5 overall. I am not sure at the start of the season I expected that. If 10-2 means second place in the league, that’s OK.”
Using its full-court pressure, the Rockets jumped out to a 16-7 lead after one quarter. Comment, though, helped bring the Lakers back with a pair of second-quarter three-pointers, pulling her team to within 25-22 at the break.
Early third-quarter baskets from Deering and Krohn gave EPBP a 26-25 advantage at the 5:30 mark. After that, though, the Rockets used an 11-0 spurt over 7:30 of the third and fourth quarters to grab the lead for good at 36-26.

Reese’s Jillian Gerow has the ball knocked away from her by a trio of EPBP players, including Krissia Krohn (21), Kayla Blunt (30) and Kacey Peterson (22). 

As Reese’s Emily Schrader hits the floor, EPBP’s Krissia Krohn goes to the hoop for a basket.

EPBP freshman Kayla Deering eyes the hoop against Reese’s Sarah Spiekerman.
Reese’s Jordan Findlay (14) goes in for a layup over EPBP’s Kayla Deering (left) and Taylor Comment. 

All sorts of polls

Here are this week's Tribune polls, as well as the state polls in basketball.

Tribune Girls Poll
School                       10-11 Record       Pts.
1. Sandusky 14-0 50    
2. Reese 13-1 45    
3. Marlette 12-2 40
4. Brown City 11-3 35
5. EPBP 10-5 30
6. Vassar 7-7 23
7. Harbor Beach 7-7 22
 8. USA 7-6 14
9. Memphis 11-4 9
10. Deckerville 10-5 6

Tribune Boys Poll
School                       10-11 Record       Pts.
1. CPS 13-0 49    
2. Marlette 11-2 46    
3. BCAS 9-3 40
4. Harbor Beach 8-3 35
5. Sandusky 9-5 28
6. Ubly 8-4 24
7. Cass City 7-5 17
8. Vassar 7-5 10
8. (tie) USA 7-5 10   
10. Reese 5-7 4
OTHERS: Peck (1)

 The top 10 teams in the Michigan Associated Press high school basketball poll, with records in parentheses. Totals are based on 15 points for a first-place vote, 14 for second,etc.:
Class A
 1. Romulus (5) (13-1) 75
 2. Ann Arbor Huron (11-1) 68
 3. Detroit Southeastern (13-2) 63
 4. Kalamazoo Central (11-1) 61
 5. Warren De La Salle (12-1) 55
T6. Saginaw (12-2) 47
T6. Detroit Cody (13-2) 47
 8. Lansing Eastern (10-3) 36
 9. Okemos (11-2) 34
10. Petoskey (13-1) 29
Others receiving votes: East Lansing 21, Ypsilanti 20, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 14, Bay City Western 13, Pontiac 5, Brighton 4, Detroit Henry Ford 2, Auburn Hills Avondale 2, Benton Harbor 1, Eastpointe East Detroit 1, Muskegon 1, Flint Carman-Ainsworth 1.
Class B
 1. Detroit Country Day (4) (13-2) 74
 2. Lansing Sexton (1) (11-0) 70
 3. Flint Powers (11-1) 63
 4. Grand Rapids Christian (13-0) 58
 5. Richland Gull Lake (13-0) 56
 6. Detroit Douglass (13-2) 53
 7. Harper Woods Chandler (15-1) 45
 8. Saginaw Swan Valley (13-0) 36
 9. Williamston (11-1) 34
10. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (11-1) 31
Others receiving votes: Comstock Park 25, Standish-Sterling 18, Detroit Crockett 16, Wayland 11, Muskegon Heights 5, Richmond 4, Sturgis 1.
Class C
 1. Detroit Consortium (3) (10-3) 71
 2. Melvindale ABT (2) (13-0) 70
 3. Flint Beecher (13-2) 64
 4. Schoolcraft (12-0) 61
 5. Saginaw Buena Vista (9-4) 54
 6. Montague (11-0) 53
 7. Bridgman (11-2) 30
 8. Ishpeming (12-1) 29
T9. Clinton (12-1) 26
T9. Fennville (13-0) 26
Others receiving votes: Napoleon 23, Sanford-Meridian 20, Flint Hamady 20, Pewamo-Westphalia 11, Maple City Glen Lake 11, Fife Lake Forest Area 8, McBain 8, Muskegon Western Michigan Christian 6, Negaunee 5, Jonesville 2, Hanover-Horton 2.
Class D
 1. Cedarville (3) (13-0) 73
 2. Wyoming Tri-unity Christian (2) (12-1) 72
 3. Carsonville-Port Sanilac (12-0) 62
 4. Posen (13-0) 61
 5. Rapid River (11-1) 55
 6. Eben Junction Superior Central (12-1) 50
 7. Big Rapids Crossroads (13-0) 45
 8. Fulton-Middleton (10-2) 35
 9. Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (11-0) 32
10. Climax-Scotts (10-2) 27
Others receiving votes: Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart 23, Pellston 21, Bay City All Saints 13, Bellaire 10, McBain Northern Michigan Christian 8, Bear Lake 6, Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary 3, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 3, Au Gres-Sims 1.

Girls State Poll
 The top 10 teams in the Michigan Associated Press high school basketball poll, with records in parentheses. Totals are based on 15 points for a first-place vote, 14 for second,etc.:
Class A
 1. Inkster (5) (15-0) 75
 2. Grand Haven (14-0) 69
 3. Detroit Pershing (15-0) 66
 4. Byron Center (14-0) 60
 5. Midland Dow (14-1) 54
 6. Canton (11-2) 51
 7. Midland (11-2) 45
 8. East Lansing (12-2) 39
 9. Livonia Ladywood (11-3) 27
10. Petoskey (13-2) 23
Others receiving votes: Auburn Hills Avondale 22, Detroit Renaissance 16, Lansing Waverly 10, Detroit King 8, Pinckney 6, Saginaw Arthur Hill 5, Grand Blanc 5, Hartland 3, Waterford Kettering 3, Mattawan 3, Romulus 3, Detroit Mumford 2, Southfield Lathrup 2, East Kentwood 1, Westland John Glenn 1, St. Johns 1.
Class B
 1. Detroit Country Day (5) (13-0) 75
 2. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (13-1) 67
 3. Morley-Stanwood (13-0) 62
 4. Goodrich (13-1) 61
 5. Three Rivers (14-0) 55
 6. DeWitt (12-2) 40
 7. Ida (14-1) 37
 8. Olivet (13-1) 31
 9. Grand Rapids Christian (12-2) 27
10. Frankenmuth (12-2) 22
Others receiving votes: Battle Creek Harper Creek 19, Richland Gull Lake 18, East Grand Rapids 15, Holland Christian 12, Brooklyn Columbia Central 11, Big Rapids 10, Ludington 6, Dearborn Divine Child 5, Wayland 5, Chelsea 4, Muskegon Oakridge 4, Shelby 3, Kingsley 3, Hemlock 3, Grant 3, Jackson Northwest 2.
Class C
 1. Flint Hamady (5) (13-0) 75
 2. St. Ignace LaSalle (14-1) 70
 3. Kent City (12-0) 62
 4. Pewamo-Westphalia (14-1) 53
 5. Grosse Pointe Liggett (13-1) 44
 6. Kalkaska (13-0) 43
 7. Clare (14-1) 37
 8. Michigan Center (14-2) 35
 9. Saginaw Valley Lutheran (13-1) 32
10. Traverse City St. Francis (13-0) 31
Others receiving votes: Niles Brandywine 25, Saugatuck 16, New Lothrop 13, Lawton 13, Sandusky 13, Leroy Pine River 11, McBain 10, Manton 7, Sand Creek 4, Reese 2, Grandville Calvin Christian 2, Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian 1, Saginaw Arts and Science 1.
Class D
 1. Central Lake (5) (14-0) 75
 2. Hillsdale Academy (16-0) 69
 3. Watersmeet (15-0) 56
T4. Gaylord St. Mary (13-2) 55
T4. Posen (14-1) 55
 6. Manistee Catholic Central (13-0) 47
 7. Marine City Cardinal Mooney (11-2) 46
 8. Waterford Our Lady (11-3) 42
 9. Mason County Eastern (14-1) 35
10. Brimley (13-2) 29
Others receiving votes: Chassell 22, Ellsworth 20, Crystal Falls Forest Park 18, Climax-Scotts 12, Bark River-Harris 10, Eben Junction Superior Central 6, Camden-Frontier 2, Pickford 1.

Defenses take night off in USA win over BA

BAD AXE — Welcome to the wacky world of Greater Thumb West boys basketball, where a team which scores 29 points one night can come back three days later and score 80.
And still lose.
That’s exactly what happened to Bad Axe Monday night in a GTW contest against Unionville-Sebewaing Area. After a lackluster offensive effort last Friday, the Hatchets’ defense disappeared against the Patriots, who came away with a run-and-gun 91-80 victory in a makeup game from last week’s blizzard.
Bad Axe trailed by as many as 17 points early in the fourth quarter before it made a final charge. The Hatchets got to within five late, but saw USA get a couple of easy baskets down the stretch to seal its second straight win.
And while the Patriots were pleased with staying in the race in the compacted GTW, it’s the way they won that has the coaching staff scratching its head.
“We scored 91, but I don’t think we scored 91 the right way,” said USA coach Mark Gainforth. “That’s not our style of play. I give Bad Axe credit for dictating the tempo of the game. You see Bad Axe score 29 last week against Lakers and then come out and score 80 tonight. I don’t have an explanation for it. 
“Defensively, our intensity was lacking. We didn’t get to spots we needed to get to and we didn’t recognize their scorers.  It’s not like they shot exceptionally well. If they would have, it might have been 94-91 them.
“When you give up 80 points, something is not clicking.”
Meanwhile, as confusing as it was to the Patriots, it was somewhat satisfying for the Hatchets, who are probably out of title contention but proved they will be a worthy opponent down the stretch. 
“Right now, we’re trying to play for pride and respect,” said Bad Axe coach Jim Quinn. “And we know we’re not going to get that respect until we start winning some games. 
“This is the fourth game this season that we have been within five in the last two minutes of the game. So I think we’re on the doorstep.” 
The game was wild from the start, with each team stringing together big scoring runs. USA capitalized from the foul line when it needed to, converting 23-of-30 tosses, including 11-of-12 in the second quarter and 7-of-10 in the final period.
USA reached the double bonus in each half, thanks in part to Bad Axe’s style of play.
“It’s been a Bad Axe trait for a while that we don’t like to play physical,” Quinn explained. “So tonight, we got physical. You’re not going to go to the basket against us and just make a layup. We’re going to send you to the line and make you earn it.
“Tonight, USA made their free throws and they earned it.”
Nobody did it better for the Patriots than post player Jake Holland, who poured in a season-high 26 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Andrew Botello added 19 points, including four three-pointers, while Kyle Fletcher netted 14 and Sean McBrayer 11.
“If there were any bright spots or pluses it was the play of Jake,” Gainforth said. “He did a nice job for us.”
Added Quinn: “We did not have an answer for Holland. He hurt us.”
For Bad Axe, Ethan Sisco knocked in 23 points while Jesse Quinn tossed in 22 points and handed out 11 assists. Jeremy Pawlowski chipped in 14 points.
USA, now 7-5 overall, 3-3 GTW, goes out of conference to Bangor John Glenn on Wednesday before traveling to EPBP on Friday.
Bad Axe, 4-8 overall, 2-4 GTW, goes on the road the next two games — at Cass City on Wednesday and at Bay City All Saints on Friday.
“We’re probably out of the league race, but we still want to stick our noses in there and be a part of it,” Quinn said. “We have two big games this week against the league leaders, so we’re not going to give up.”
Bad Axe led 21-20 after one quarter, though USA rallied for a 46-41 halftime cushion. The Patriots led by as many as 15 in the third quarter, settling for a 68-58 edge heading to the final eight minutes.
USA extended the advantage to 17 1:30 into the final quarter before the Hatchets started to chip away. Three-pointers from Sisco and Pawlowski cut the deficit to 85-80 with 1:30 left. 
But the Patriots rattled off the game’s final six points, highlighted by hoops from Botello, Holland and Kyle Fletcher.
“Right now, we’re a .500 team, so any time you can get a win, it’s a plus,” Gainforth said.
Bad Axe’s Brandon Dean battles for a rebound with USA’s Jake Holland during the second half Monday night.

Bad Axe’s Jesse Quinn scores two of his 22 points for the Hatchets over USA’s Sean McBrayer (23) and Kyle Fletcher (20).