​​Metro Flint area prep basketball fans get nice Christmas gift from Mott Community College's coach as he stages first Steve Schmidt Roundball Classic at Ballenger Field House  

    FLINT — It may have been two days after Christmas but Metro Flint area basketball fans got quite a gift Thursday at Ballenger Field House on the campus of Flint's Mott Community College. The first Steve Schmidt Roundball Classic was a real treat for fans. On display under one roof were some of the Metro Flint area's top prep stars in an event organized by a guy who knows a thing or two about good basketball.

   "I wanted to do something during the holiday break to get some of the area's best players together to showcase for fans," explained Schmidt who organized the event at the gym bearing his name. Schmidt is the legendary coach of the Mott Bears who has been to the junior college national championship game seven times with four national title banners hanging on the wall at Steve Schmidt Gymnasium inside Ballenger Field House. His 2018-19 Bears are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation with a perfect 11-0 record.

   "I think it's good for our program, too, for such an event like this," Schmidt told me Wednesday on The Daily Gazette Sports Night Show. "I knew the fans would love it and every ticket is already sold for the evening session, so it's going to be a fun environment and a great event for the area."

   The event lived up to the type.

   Four of the best girls' team in the Metro Flint area were in action while some of the area's top stars on the boys' side were showcased. Goodrich's sophomore sensation, Tyson Davis, didn't disappoint anybody with a 25-point performance to help the Martians beat Flint Powers Catholic 61-53 to highlight the afternoon session. Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo joined the fans in filling Ballenger Field House to capacity at the evening session when Flint Beecher beat Flint Carman-Ainsworth 57-50.

 

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Blake Lund goes 7-of-8 from free throw line in 4th quarter as Linden wins 74-71 over Everett

   CORUNNA (CCN) — Beating Lansing Everett in Corunna Friday night at the Battle of the Midway Holiday Classic has given the Linden Eagles a definite boost to their prep basketball image.  READ MORE

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BY MIKE KILLBREATH

CCN Executive Editor

Posted on January 17, 2019

Goal with 2.8 seconds left gives Davison 4-4 tie with Flint Powers in front of standing-room-only crowd at Crystal Field House  

    BURTON — It was a hockey showdown for the ages. The only thing missing was a winner.

   In a game that rates right up there with the Flint area's all-time most memorable, a standing-room-only crowd at Crystal Field House in Burton was treated to a 4-4 standoff between the two top local prep hockey teams. Powers Catholic rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie it and then went ahead 4-3, only to have Davison force overtime on a goal with 2.8 seconds remaining.

   After a scoreless overtime session, nobody went home a loser as nothing was decided in what will be the season's only meeting between Davison and Flint Powers. It was also a match-up of the area's two top individual players and nothing was decided in that head-to-head battle either as Davison's Gage Thrall and Powers Catholic's Luke Evo each scored twice while setting up a goal.

   Thrall, an all-state selection a year ago and the No. 1 goal scorer in Michigan this season, ripped a shot toward the net in the closing seconds and teammate Jeffrey Schmidt fired in the rebound to send Davison fans into a frenzy with the game-tying goal. Coach Doug Towler had pulled Davison's goaltender for an extra attacker and the gamble paid off as Schmidt found the net before the final buzzer.   READ MORE

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Beecher's sophomore star Keyon Menifield

​​Other guy in Beecher's line-up leads Bucs to 57-50 victory over Flint Carman-Ainsworth in initial Steve Schmidt Roundball Classic

  FLINT (CCN) — Tom Izzo may have visited Flint Thursday night to see some other stars, but the Michigan State Spartans' basketball coach saw a show instead by Flint Beecher sophomore Keyon Menifield. He scored 18 points, played tough defensively and flawlessly directed the offense from his point guard position as the Bucs won 57-50 over Flint Carman-Ainsworth.  READ MORE



Championship style aspirations on the line Wednesday night at Crystal Field House in Burton with Powers-Davison showdown

    ​​​BURTON (CCN) — Crystal Field House in Burton will be rocking Wednesday night when some championship sized prep hockey goals are on the line. Flint Powers Catholic's Chargers and the Davison Cardinals face off at 6 pm in front of what's expected to be a standing-room-only crowd of fans at the southern arena in the cozy complex behind Burton's Wal-Mart.

   Both schools are in the thick of the Saginaw Valley League title race, and Coach Doug Towler's Cardinals can't afford another loss if they want to keep their dreams alive. Davison is 3-1 in Valley action while Flint Powers is off to a 3-0 start. Saginaw Heritage's Hawks, who have a remaining showdown set with Powers, is 3-0 and gave Davison its only Valley setback. Teams face each other only once in Valley play this season.

   Davison is 11-1 overall while Powers has an 11-2 record so far overall.  
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Friday's Games:
Ortonville Brandon at Holly
Clio at Flint Kearsley
Fenton at Linden
Swartz Creek at Flushing

Tuesday Night's Metro League Games:
Flushing 50 Fenton 45
Kearsley 59 Ortonville Brandon 46
Owosso 38 Swartz Creek 68
Linden 46 Clio 44

Posted January 15, 2019​​

BY MIKE KILLBREATH

CCN Executive Editor

Linden stays unbeaten in Metro League hoops by surviving scare at Clio; Flushing keeps hopes alive by winning 50-45 at Fenton

   (CCN) — The Linden Eagles survived a scare at Clio Tuesday night to stay unbeaten in Metro League boys' basketball action while Flushing pulled out a tough 50-45 decision at Fenton to stay one game behind them.

   Clio was coming off its upset over Swartz Creek which shared last year's Metro League crown with Flushing.

   Tuesday's action left Linden at 7-0 against Metro League competition while Flushing is 6-1, Swartz Creek checks in at 5-2 and Clio is now 4-3.

   Linden returns home Friday night to host arch rival Fenton while the Creek heads to Flushing with hopes of winning to keep its title hopes alive.

   In other games Tuesday night around the Metro League, Flint Kearsley improved to 3-4 with a 59-46 triumph over Ortonville Brandon and Swartz Creek won big with a 68-38 romp over Owosso.



Carman-Ainsworth boys roll on hardwood behind Mike Fletcher's big night, move to 9-2 overall; 3 other Valley teams lose Tuesday

   (CCN) — Senior Mike Fletcher flexed his muscle Tuesday night at Carman-Ainsworth to lead his Cavaliers to a 75-54 non-league basketball victory over Saginaw Heritage. 

   Fletcher scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He got strong support from freshman Isaiah Jones who added 12 points.

​   C-A improved to 9-2 overall on the season.

   The Cavaliers return to Saginaw Valley League action on Friday when hosting the Flint Jaguars. Coach Jay Witham's club then has a full week to prepare for a rematch with Grand Blanc.

   This time, C-A will be at home after suffering its only Valley loss of the season (56-46) on Dec. 14 at Grand Blanc. The Bobcats are 4-0 so far in the Valley and they're 8-3 overall with losses to Lansing Everett, Detroit U-of-D Jesuit and Kalamazoo Central. C-A lost a non-league contest to Flint Beecher in addition to its loss at Grand Blanc.

​   Three other Valley teams lost non-league contests on Tuesday night. Flint Powers Catholic didn't play Tuesday night and Grand Blanc was also idle.

   In the non-league action involving Valley schools on Tuesday, the Flint Jaguars fell to 1-9 overall Tuesday night by losing 58-39 at Midland, Davison was beaten 64-39 by Pontiac Notre Dame and Lapeer lost 58-55 to visiting North Branch. Davison dropped to 6-5 on the season while Lapeer dropped to 1-7 on the year.


Mt. Morris knocked out of first place tie in new Mid-Michigan Activities Conference with 75-70 loss at Chesaning to Indians

   (CCN) — The Mt. Morris Panthers suffered their first conference loss of the season Tuesday night when dropping a 75-70 decision at Chesaning. The Indians were fighting to keep their title hopes alive against a Mt. Morris team that brought a 4-0 record into the contest as co-leader of the new Mid-Michigan Activities Conference with Ovid-Elsie.

   Chesaning improved to 7-4 overall on the season with its biggest victory of the year. The host Indians are now clinging to their title hopes, hoping for outside help with a 3-2 record.

   Ovid-Elsie took over sole possession of the top spot in the MMAC by demolishing visiting Montrose 66-20 to go to 5-0 in conference play and 9-0 overall.

   In Tuesday's other MMAC action, New Lothrop beat LakeVille 48-27 for its fourth straight victory since losing its opener to Mt. Morris 64-47. The Hornets are now 6-1 overall on the season while LakeVIlle dropped to 0-5 in the MMAC and 0-11 overall.

   Durand is at Byron in Wednesday night MMAC action. The Railroaders are 3-5 overall and 1-3 in conference play. Host Byron is 4-5 overall and stands 2-2 in MMAC contests.


Bendle High's boys win battle of Burton at Bentley 59-56 as lone GAC game on Tuesday; two GAC teams win non-league contests

​   (CCN) — The Bendle Tigers won a battle of Burton by winning 59-56 Tuesday night at Bentley. 

   It was a consolation prize of sorts since both schools have lost to Atherton this season

   It was the night's only league action on the boys' side of things in the Genesee Area Conference where Bendle improved to 2-3 in GAC play while moving to 2-7 overall. Bentley dropped to 2-3 in GAC play and is now 5-6 overall.

   GAC teams in non-league action Tuesday night included Lake Fenton beating Burton Madison Academy 56-48 and Corunna winning 52-33 over Bay City John Glenn.

   Goodrich, Flint Hamady and Flint Beecher were idle on Tuesday night, but the Bucs reached the midway mark of their season by winning 85-51 over Detroit Osborn Monday at Beecher. Genesee Christian also won on Monday, rolling to its fourth victory in a row with a resounding 86-44 romp over Burton St Thomas More Academy. 

   While Beecher moved to a perfect 10-0 overall, Lake Fenton stands 3-7, Corunna is 8-2 and Genesee Christian is 5-4. Goodrich is also 8-2 overall and Hamady's record was adjusted to 1-8 after being ordered by the Michigan High School Athletic Association to forfeit six of its victories because of paperwork snafus by its administrators.


Frankenmuth only local winner in boys' Tri-Valley basketball action

​  (CCN) — Frankenmuth's boys got their first Tri-Valley Conference basketball victory Tuesday night by beating visiting Essexville-Garber 52-44. The victory gave the Eagles a 1-1 start in Tri-Valley action while improving them to 6-4 overall on the season.

   Two other teams in The Daily Gazette coverage area  (Millington and Birch Run) lost on Tuesday.

   Bridgeport, which beat Frankenmuth in the Tri-Valley opener for both clubs, moved to 2-0 in league action with an 82-41 romp Tuesday night over visiting Millington. Bridgeport is off to a perfect 9-0 start overall this winter.

   Birch Run was a 50-44 loser at Carrollton Tuesday to drop to 0-2 in Tri-Valley play and 0-9 overall. 


Faithway Christian Academy boys bomb MSD in league debut

   (CCN) — Faithway Christian Academy went to 5-1 overall Tuesday night by winning its fifth straight game since an opening-night loss in boys' basketball. The Lions won 56-14 in Flint over Michigan School for the Deaf in the Inner State Athletic Conference opener for both schools.


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​​Games on Friday, Jan. 4
Swartz Creek at Flint Kearsley (7:30 pm)
Swartz Creek at Flint Kearsley (7:30 pm)

Posted January 3, 2018​​

BY MIKE KILLBREATH

CCN Executive Editor

Championship style basketball to be on display Friday night at Flint Kearsley as Swartz Creek invades for key Metro League match-up

   GENESEE TWP. (CCN) — It has been a while since championship style basketball has been on display at Flint Kearsley High School's campus in Genesee Township. But that will be the case on Friday night.

   The Hornets will host the defending Metro League co-champs Friday at 7:30 pm when Swartz Creek invades for a game that will feature two teams with championship-sized aspirations on the line.  READ MORE