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    A new Davison High basketball player is in the local spotlight after a lengthy post on social media by his dad. The post takes some swipes at Grand Blanc High basketball Coach Mike Thomas. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerburg should be ashamed for allowing his platform to let Nathaniel Brown rant about his son's old coach.  READ MORE


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​International Academy 38, Hamady 36


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Corunna 60, Lake Fenton 46

Kearsley 58, Flushing 28

​Grand Blanc 64, Powers Catholic 30

Linden 74, Holly 69 (3OT)

Midland 36, Davison 29

Byron 60, Mt. Morris 15

New Lothrop 57, Montrose 23

Algonac at North Branch, 6 p.m.

Imlay City 53, North Branch 32

Goodrich 31, Owosso 24

Fenton 61, Swartz Creek 19


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Flint Kearsley forgets all about last season by opening strong with 52-20 romp at Owosso

   OWOSSO (CCN) — Flint Kearsley opened its 2021 boys' basketball season on a positive note. Some may suggest it as "shocking" as the Hornets rolled to a 52-20 romp Tuesday night (Feb. 9, 2021) at Owosso.

   Veteran Coach Paul Adas watched Kearsley finish last a year ago in the Metro League's Stripes Division a year ago with a 2-14 record. Only Owosso was worse with a 1-15 record at the bottom of the Metro League's Stars Division, so nobody is ready to proclaim his Hornets as title contenders just yet.

   Adas & Company will get a better idea of how they stack up against the rest of the Metro League Friday night at perennial title contender Flushing and on Feb. 19 when scheduled to go to Fenton to face one of the Metro's winningest programs in history.


Powers Catholic opens strong with 65-54 victory over Davison in boys' basketball

​   FLINT (CCN) — Flint Powers Catholic opened its boys' basketball season on a strong note by beating Saginaw Valley League South Division rival Davison 65-54. The opener was Tuesday night (Feb. 9, 2021) at Goggins Field House on the Powers campus in Flint.


Lance Belill's debut as Linden High boys' hoops boss spoiled by his old school, Carman-Ainsworth — 61-49 in his old gym 

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 FLINT (CCN) — Flint Carman-Ainsworth was the perfect setting for Lance Belill's head coaching debut for Linden's boys' basketball club Tuesday night (Feb. 9, 2021). Belill led C-A's girls' program before taking the boys' post this season at Linden High School when also becoming the athletic director there. His winning magic in C-A's gym didn't transfer to the new school, however, as the Cavaliers won 61-49 in a non-league contest with the visiting Eagles. Belill inherited a Linden team that won the Metro League's Stripes Division last season with a 10-0 record.

​   New starting guard Mehki Ellison led C-A with 17 points. He was a backup last season behind Jayden Nunn who transferred away to a prep school in Arizona during the summer. Nunn recently signed to play next season at the University of Iowa in the Big Ten Conference.

   His absence was expected to create a huge void in Coach Jay Witham's lineup but the Cavaliers didn't miss a beat against a Linden team that not only won the Metro League championship after its division title, but was also a club that finished with a 20-2 record overall. The Eagles, who were still alive in March Madness when the season was shut down, dropped a pair of two-point games — to Bridgeport and Goodrich. C-A had a 17-5 overall record a year ago.

   Ellison is the brother of former Flint Beecher all-stater Malik Ellison who was the state's 2017 Class C Player of the Year before going on to play collegiately at Eastern Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference.

   Witham's Cavaliers had strong support for the young Ellison with Jason Green scoring 14 points and Isiah Jones bagging 12 points. Green drilled four shots from behind the 3-point arc.

   Linden was led by an 18-point night from junior Reichen Lund who put on a 3-point shooting display. He sank five of them. Blake Lund added 15 points for the Eagles and Matthew Wisniewski contributed 9 points. The Lunds are brothers. Older brother Blake was all-Metro League as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He was a "Dream Team" all-area selection by The Flint Journal with a 23-point per game average that include averaging better than 7 3-pointers per contest. He came into his senior season already holding Linden's all-time scoring leader record with 1,061 points.


​Beecher Bucs pick up right where they left off last year in boys' GAC hoops opener 78-42

​   FLINT (CCN) — If opening night is any indication, Coach Mike Williams can expect to have his Beecher Bucs back in contention for the Class C state title in boys' basketball.

   Williams has now won six state championships at Beecher, including five out of six between 2012 and 2017. His Bucs were 20-2 overall a year ago when winning the Genesee Area Conference with a perfect 15-0 record.

   They opened the 2021 season on Tuesday night (Feb. 9, 2021) with a home-court romp over Burton Bentley. They beat the Bulldogs 78-42.

   Beecher's boys  have now played for a state championship 12 times — a Flint area record. They've won eight times — second only to the old Flint Northern Vikings. The 12 appearances in the state finals is tied for fourth in MHSAA history while the eight championships by Beecher are tied for fifth on the all-time state list.


Genesee Christian nips Flint Hamady 38-36 to tie for first ever lead in GAC boys' standings 

   FLINT (CCN) — It's not often that teams go into Flint Hamady and win basketball games. The Hawks had a down year last season on the boys' side of things with an 8-13 overall record. But things are expected to be better this season, although opening night was a huge disappointment as tiny Genesee Christian marched into Hamady's gym and got away with a barnburner 38-36 decision over the Hawks.

   It ties Genesee Christian for first place in the Genesee Area Conference standings for the first time since joining the league. The Soldiers are one of three teams with 1-0 records, joining Bendle and perennial power Flint Beecher. The Bucs, who have been state champions in Class C six times since 2012, are scheduled to play Genesee Christian on March 5. The Soldiers are scheduled to face Bendle on Feb. 3. Beecher is aiming to repeat as GAC champions — coming off a 15-0 season as part of an overall 20-2 record before derailed by COVID-19 stopping the state tournament a year ago.


​Millington beaten 91-84 in double overtime in boys' basketball opener against Tri-Valley rival

  MILLINGTON (CCN) — Millington High's boys’ basketball team staged an exciting opening night performance on Tuesday night (Feb. 9, 2021) by hooking up in a double overtime thriller with Standish-Sterling Central at Millington's gym.

   The Cardinals lost it 91-84 against their fellow Tri-Valley Conference rivals. It counted as non-conference, however, since Millington is in the East Division and Standish-Sterling plays in the Central Division.

   Millington fought back from an early 22-8 hole against Standish-Sterling Central. The Cardinals were led by sophomore Kaden Wisenbach who scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in his varsity debut. He was a sizzling 6-of-8 from behind the 3-point arc.

   Casey Dipzinski also scored 21 points for Millington and passed out 6 assists. Nick McClain added 10 points and speared 7 rebounds.


Clio wins opener over visiting LakeVille 55-32 in boys' hoops non-league battle at Clio

​    CLIO (CCN) — Clio's Mustangs opened their boys' basketball season with a 55-32 triumph over visiting Otisville LakeVIlle. The Mustangs are coming off an impressive campaign where they went 15-6 overall and finished as the runner-up behind champion Goodrich in the Metro League's Stars Division with an 11-5 record.

   Logan McNiel led the Mustangs with 14 points, Nathan Reynolds added 13 points and Jackson Frappier contributed 10 points.


Flint Powers stream-rolls Imlay City 94-53 in boys' hoops opener at Goggins Field House 

   FLINT (CCN) — Flint Powers Catholic was impressive Monday night (Feb. 8, 2021) in its boys' basketball opener against visiting Imlay City in a non-league battle at Goggins Field House. The Chargers rolled to a 94-53 romp behind senior star Owen Lobsinger who scored 30 points and fellow senior Erick-Tyrese Coffey who added 20 points.


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Grand Blanc's Bobcats pick up right where they left off with opening night boys' victory

   BAY CITY (CCN) — Coach Mike Thomas assembled what many thought would be a state title contender in Class A a year ago. Only the COVID-19 shutdown of sports by Governor Gretchen Whitmer stopped the Bobcats in the state tournament. They picked up right where they left off Tuesday night (Feb. 9, 2021) in Bay City with a 90-34 romp over Bay City Central.

   Ty Rodgers put on a slam dunk show in the first half with seven of them to lead the Bobcats to a fast start, and they never looked back. Video of the slams by Rodgers is presented above from a post on Hudl. Rodgers led the way with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting on the night (76.9%) from the floor while playing just 19 minutes of action.

   Grand Blanc beat Beecher in front of more than 3,000 fans at Flint's Dort Federal Arena last March to lay claim to the bragging rights of top team in the Metro Flint area a year ago. The Bobcats had a 17-3 record when the governor stopped play during the state tournament.. 



Kearsley Hornets veteran Coach Paul Adas got his group off to a positive start with a 52-20 romp at Owosso on Tuesday night.


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Grand Blanc's Ty Rodgers had seven slam dunks in the first half Tuesday night at Bay City Central and finished with a game-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting in just 19 minutes of action. 


Davison dominates at Mount Pleasant 9-1 in hockey opener as Doug Towler gets 600th victory in high school coaching ranks

   MOUNT PLEASANT (CCN) — Doug Towler joined the 600 victory club among high school hockey coaches on Wednesday night in Mount Pleasant. The Davison Cardinals won by an impressive 9-1 romp in their season opener over the host Oilers. READ MORE


Vassar wins 51-32 over Marlette in non-league play to begin 2021 boys' basketball season 

   MARLETTE (CCN) —Vassar’s boys' basketball team started strong by kicking off the 2021 season by scoring the first 13 points Wednesday night at Marlette High School. The Vulcans went on to win it 51-32 behind Monte Davis with 13 points, Gideon Damm with 11 points and Mattie Amend with 11. Damm led Vassar on the boards with 8 rebounds and he passed out 4 assists while Marquavis Crist added 5 assists and 4 steals.

   Vassar plays USA at home Friday night at 7:30 pm in the Greater Thumb Conference's West Division opener for both schools. The Vulcans are then home again the next day at 3 o'clock for another non-league contest against Montrose.

R.J. Taylor, Grand Blanc's sensation sophomore guard, put on a first half show with a 21-point performance against arch rival Flint Powers.


​Grand Blanc goes to 2-0 in boys' basketball with 83-72 victory over Flint Powers in Valley game

   FLINT (CCN) — Grand Blanc flexed its muscle for a second straight start Friday night at Flint's Goggins Field House on the campus of Powers Catholic High School. Coach Mike Thomas' Bobcats had last year's best boys' basketball program, and they made an early "statement" game toward a repeat of the feat by dominating Powers.

   They raced to a 42-23 lead by halftime behind a 21-point explosion by R.J. Taylor. Ty Rodgers then had a huge third quarter for Grand Blanc when erupting for 14 points to push the advantage to 67-44.

   Powers finished strong to make a game of it but the decision was never in doubt.

   The victory followed a 90-34 romp on opening night at Bay City Central for Grand Blanc which now has a 13-game winning streak, dating back to last season. Included in the streak was an impressive victory over Flint Beecher in a big showdown to determine the bragging rights as last season's best team in the Metro Flint area. Grand Blanc won it in front of more than 3,000 fans at Dort Federal Arena in Flint.

   Flint Powers opened strong with a 94-53 victory over Imlay City in non-league play on Feb. 8 before downing Davison 65-54 a night later in the Saginaw Valley League opener for both schools.

   Taylor finished with a career-high 26 points and fellow starting sophomore guard Amonte Allen-Johnson had a career high 15. Junior Rodgers finished with 23 points for the Bobcats.


Davison erases 11-0 deficit to win by double digits at Midland

    DAVISON (CCN) — The Davison Cardinals boys' basketball team rebounded from its opening night loss to Flint Powers Catholic by beating Saginaw Valley League rival Midland 64-50 Friday night at Davison. It was a non-league game since they are in opposite divisions.

   Davison had early visions of going to 0-2 against Midland which won its opener.

   The Chemics raced out to an 11-0 lead on the Cardinals but blew the lead as the visitors came to life in the second quarter. Davison led 32-27 by halftime, then used a 26-17 final quarter to put the game away.


Flushing, Fenton, Goodrich and Ortonville Brandon win Metro League openers; Lake Fenton drops lopsided game at Corunna

   (CCN) — The Metro League's defending champions sat out Friday night's (Feb. 12, 2021) action because of COVID-19 protocols while Flushing, Fenton, Goodrich, Ortonville Brandon and Corunna were opening game winners in Metro League boys' basketball action.

   Lake Fenton lost 60-46 to Corunna in a Stars Division matchup while Ortonville Brandon beat Clio 62-50 and Goodrich ripped Owosso 71-16 in other Stars Division openers.

   Fenton beat Swartz Creek 61-49 in a Stripes Division opener and Flushing won 54-31 in another Stripes Division game over Flint Kearsley which had won 52-20 in its non-league opener against fellow Metro League member Owosso from the opposite division.

   Linden was scheduled to play at Holly but the Eagles are in a 10-day quarantine because of exposure to COVID-19 by a referee who worke d their non-league opener at Flint Carman-Ainsworth.


Mt. Morris, New Lothrop win MMAC boys' hoops openers

   (CCN) — Mt. Morris and New Lothrop won Friday night in Mid-Michigan Activities Conference boys' basketball openers.

   Mt. Morris cruised to a 55-45 opening night victory over visiting Byron in MMAC play while New Lothrop won 39-28 on its home floor over arch rival Montrose.

   It was also the season opener for New Lothrop while Mt. Morris and Byron were each playing for the second time. The Panthers lost their non-league opener a night earlier when defeated 73-63 at Imlay City while Byron was beaten 68-25 at Webberville.

   Ovid-Elsie won its MMAC opener at Durand on Tuesday night (Feb. 9, 2021) and Chesaning won on Friday night at Durand in its opener, 53-51.

   LakeVille hasn't yet played a game in the MMAC. The Falcons were beaten 55-32 at Clio in their non-league opener on Monday night (Feb. 8, 2021).


Vassar wins Greater Thumb Conference West Division opener 61-60 in overtime over USA

   VASSAR (CCN) —Vassar won its second straight boys' basketball game on the young season by nipping Unionville-Sebewaing Area (USA) 61-60 in overtime Friday night at Vassar's gym.

   Monte Davis hit a long 3-pointer to tie the game and send it into overtime, then Gideon Damm hit the game-winning shot with 9 seconds left on the clock after a steal by Manny Mendham. Gideon led all scorers with 19 points and was the leading rebounder in the contest with 15.

   Monte had 13 points, 4 assists, 2 deflections and a steal. Manny had 8 points, 4 assists, 2 steals and a deflection. Matthew Amend added 8 points for Vassar.

   It was the opener for both schools in the Greater Thumb Conference's West Division play. Vassar won 51-32 in its non-league opener on Wednesday night at Marlette.


COVID-19 exposure shuts down 2 prep programs in boys' hoops 

   (CCN) — A referee who came down with COVID-19 led to shutdowns for the two programs involved in the opening night game he worked at Flint Carman-Ainsworth High School. Brendan Savage of MLive / The Flint Journal reported that three people working at the scorer’s table as well as Carman-Ainsworth Athletic Director Mary Haslinger entered a 10-day quarantine after the exposure during to the referee during the game.

   Carman-Ainsworth's boys' spoiled the head coach debut of its former girls' boss, Lance Belill, as the new Linden coach. He left C-A to take the boys' hoops position and to become Athletic Director at Linden. The Cavaliers rolled to a 61-49 in the non-league contest with Linden which was last year's Metro League Stipes Division champion with a 10-0 record.

   Anyone in quarantine will not be required to take a COVID test unless they show symptoms, so both teams should be back in action by Friday, Feb. 19 since they played their opener on Feb. 10.

   The season was originally slated for a delayed start on Feb. 21 but Governor Gretchen Whitmer had a change of heart on Feb. 5 and allowed a Feb. 8 start date.


Frankenmuth wins big in boys' hoops opener big at Swan Valley

   SAGINAW (CCN) — Frankenmuth won its boys' basketball opener in a breeze at Saginaw Thursday night. The Eagles dumped host Saginaw Swan Valley by a 92-60 romp.

   Ryan Brenner and Ben Reinert pumped in 21 points each to lead the onslaught by the Eagles.

   Brenner added 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals while Reinert grabbed 6 rebounds, passe dout 4 assists, and made 3 steals. Sam McKenzie chipped in 10 points, Riley Roy and Ethan Jacobs scored 8 points each and Cole Jankowski added 7 points.


Millington boys' hoops team wins double overtime thriller

   MILLINGTON (CCN) — The Millington Cardinals hooked up in a second straight double overtime affair Thursday night (Feb. 11, 2021) against a fellow rival from the Tri-Valley Conference.

   The Cardinals won this won on their home floor over St. Louis 73-69 after losing to Standish-Sterling two nights earlier in their opener, 91-84.

   Both games were non-conference contests for Millington which plays in the Tri-Valley's East Division. St. Louis is in the West Division and Standish-Sterling is in the Central Division.

   Senior guard Casey Dipzinski led Millington on Thursday against St. Louis with 15 points and 6 assists. He also had clutch 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw lines.

   Kaden Wisenbach had a team-high 19 points for Millington, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. Calvin Dipzinski and Nick McClain added 11 points each with 6 rebounds and 9 rebounds, respectively.

   Millington (1-1) is scheduled to host Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central (0-1) on Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2021) at 7:30 pm. A live stream will be available on the NFHS Network.

 

Birch Run beaten badly in boys' basketball opener against Alma

   BIRCH RUN (CCN) — Birch Run began its boys' basketball season on a sour note as visiting Alma came into town on Thursday night (Feb. 11, 2021) and beat the Panthers 80-37.


Saginaw High crushes Flint Jaguars in boys' hoops opener

   SAGINAW (CCN) — The Flint Jaguars were 18-point losers in their first boys' basketball game of the season Thursday night (Feb. 11, 2021) at Saginaw. They lost 70-58 to host Saginaw High.

   The Jaguars are going the independent route this winter. Saginaw High is a long-time perennial power in the Saginaw Valley League. 



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​​​Grand Blanc basketball Coach Mike Thomas & Co. celebrated getting the No. 1 state ranking in Class A by beating Midland 79-46 Saturday night. It's the first time in school history that the Bobcats have been ranked No. 1 in the state for basketball.


Grand Blanc Bobcats roll to 3-0 with 79-46 romp over Midland to celebrate first No. 1 state ranking

   GRAND BLANC (CCN) — R.J. Taylor, Ty Rogers and Shamus Thompson scored in double figures and Bryce O'Mara added 9 points as the Grand Blanc Bobcats blew out Midland 79-46 Saturday night (Feb. 13, 2021) to go to 3-0.

   It was also Grand Blanc's first game as the No. 1 team in the Class A state rankings. It's the first such top ranking in the polls in school history.

   All three games so far have been against Saginaw Valley League competition, but only a victory over Flint Powers Catholic counted in the  South Division standings where Coach Mike Thomas' Bobcats are alone atop the heap. Saginaw Arthur Hill, also off to a 3-0 start against Valley competitors, is also alone atop the Valley's North Division.

   Carman-Ainsworth is 1-0 in Valley South play, but on a 10-day pause because of COVID-19. The Bobcats go to Flint to face C-A on March 12 for their only scheduled regular season match-up.

   Taylor, who had a 21-point first half one night earlier to get Grand Blanc off to a strong start at Flint Powers, led the Bobcats in their home opener against Midland with 15 points. Rodgers added 13 and Thompson chipped in with 11 points.


Davison knocks off Bay City Western 63-53 in boys' hoops

​   DAVISON (CCN) — The Davison Cardinals are wishing they were in the Saginaw Valley League's North Division. Davison won its second game in two days against Valley North competition by beating Bay City Western 63-53 at home on Saturday night (Feb. 13, 2021). The Cardinals also won at home on Friday night against North rival Midland 64-50 after losing their opener 65-54 at Flint Powers Catholic against their fellow South Division rivals.

​   Davison next faces Saginaw High on Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2021) at 7 pm before going to Grand Blanc on Friday night (Feb. 19, 2021) to take on the state's No. 1 rated team in Class A. The Saginaw battle is another non-league game between Valley clubs while Grand Blanc is 1-0 atop the South Division where Davison is 0-1.


Davison Cardinals suffer first prep hockey loss 3-2 on road at Grosse Point University Liggett

   GROSSE POINTE (CCN) — The Davison Cardinals saw their unbeaten ways end on the ice Saturday at Grosse Pointe against one of the state's perennial powerhouse teams. The Cardinals were beaten 3-2 by Grosse Pointe University Liggett.

   Grand Blanc had beaten Mount Pleasant and Lapeer by lopsided 9-1 scores to start the season. Both of those contests counted in the Saginaw Valley League standings while Saturday's game at Grosse Pointe was a non-league game.


Frankenmuth makes it two in a row with lopsided romp over Flint Jaguars in boys' hoops

   FRANKENMUTH (CCN) — Frankenmuth High tuned up for its big boys' basketball battle on Tuesday at Bridgeport by dumping the visiting Flint Jaguars by a lopsided 67-33 margin on Saturday night in Frankenmuth. It was the second straight victory of the young season for the Eagles.

  Ben Reinert led Frankenmuth with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Riley Roy and Cole Jankowski both added 13 points, Sam McKenzie chipped in 7 points and Ethan Jacobs and Ryan Brenner scored 6 each.

   It was the second straight loss for the Flint Jaguars.

   Frankenmuth now turns its attention to what could be a battle to determine the Tri-Valley Conference's East Division championship on Tuesday (Feb. 16, 20210 at Bridgeport. The Eagles ​ended Bridgeport's 53-game regular-season winning streak last February in a 43-38 victory that helped them win a division co-championship en route to an overall 19-3 finish. The loss to Frankenmuth was the only blemish on its record a year ago for Bridgeport which went 22-1 before the state tournament was shut down by COVID-19.


Vassar demolishes Montrose in non-league boys' basketball

​   VASSAR (CCN) — The Montrose Rams were no match for Vassar High Saturday night in Vassar as the host Vulcans. Vassar's defense held the visiting Rams to just 5 field goals.

   Leading the way for Vassar was Gideon Damm with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Marquavis Crist also had 12 rebounds along with 8 points. Monte Davis had 8 points, 5 assists and 2 steals.

   Vassar's next game is scheduled for Tuesday night (Feb. 16, 2021) at home against Cass City in a Greater Thumb Conference West Division battle of schools with 1-0 records. Vassar is now 3-0 overall, including a 61-60 triumph in overtime Friday night (Feb. 12, 2021) over Unionville-Sebewaign Area (USA) in their conference opener.


Flint Hamady pulls near upset in 46-40 boys' loss at Bridgeport

​   BRiDGEPORT (CCN) — Flint Hamady's basketball team showed signs of turning things around Saturday night at Bridgeport. The Hawks had already lost twice in the young boys' hoops campaign by identical 38-36 scores to Genesee Christian and International Academy of Flint before making the trip to Bridgeport to face a team known for its powerful place among the state's best teams every winter.

   Bridgeport, which had its 53-game regular season winning streak snapped last season by Frankenmuth, barely got away with a victory against the visiting Hawks who played the Bearcats tough in a 46-40 defeat.


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