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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Mott Bears cruise to easy road hoops victory 92-69 at Alpena

   ALPENA (CCN) — Roland Jordan exploded for a career high 31 points and fellow sophomore Henry Speight added 22 as the Mott Bears won 92-69 at Alpena Wednesday night. It was the first road victory in conference play for Coach Steve Schmidt's Bears who improved to 3-2 in the Eastern Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. READ MORE

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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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Mott Bears cagers aim to get back on track with trip to Alpena 

 
  ​​​(CCN) — The Mott Bears try to get back on track with a Wednesday night trip to Alpena. They finished the non-league portion of their schedule ranked No. 5 in all the land among junior college basketball schools, but have now gone 2-2 since starting conference play.

   Alpena is 0-3 against conference opponents and is 1-11 overall while Mott goes north with a 14-2 record. 

   Coach Steve Schmidt's Bears lost their Eastern Conference opener in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association at Schoolcraft, which was No. 4 in the latest poll of top Division 2 junior college ballclubs. Mott then lost a 76-75 heartbreaker Friday night after beating Wayne County CC (74-62) and Henry Ford CC (71-63). The 92-78 loss at Schoolcraft came without star Henry Speight who missed two games with an ankle injury.

    Powers star Luke Evo         Davison's Gage Thrall​​

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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Former Flushing High School star Denny LaFleur and his wife pose with their sons who both made it to NFL coaching staffs. Matt LaFleur recently was named as head coach of the Green Bay Packers while Mike LaFleur is on the staff of the San Francisco 49ers.

Posted on January 18, 2019

Legendary sports hero from Flushing will talk about son's new job as head coach of Green Bay Packers on Saturday sports show

    A legendary sports hero from Flushing High School was long famous for becoming a walk-on who went on to win a national championship in 1974 at Central Michigan University where he set a Chippewas record for tackles. Denny LaFleur has a new claim to fame now after son Matt LaFleur was named last week as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He will talk about it on Saturday's Daily Gazette Sports Weekend Show at 10 am. You can listen at CCN RADIO. Both of LeFleur's sons went on to coach as assistants in the NFL. Mike LaFleur is on the staff of the San Franciso 49ers. Denny LaFleur was an assistant coach at CMU for 21 years after his playing career. He then led Mount Pleasant High School for four years before retiring to travel with his wife to watch his sons on the NFL sidelines.


BY MIKE KILLBREATH

CCN Executive Editor

Posted on January 18, 2019

Full slate of boys' basketball action on tap around Metro Flint area Friday night highlighted by pair of key Metro League games

   (CCN) — Last year's co-champions Flushing and Swartz Creek square off in the Metro League Friday night while the Linden Eagles try to stay unbeaten when hosting their arch rivals from Fenton.

   Linden is 7-0 atop the Metro League standings where Flushing is 6-1 and Swartz Creek is 5-2. The Fenton Tigers are tied for fourth place with Clio at 4-3.

   New Lothrop tries to create a three-way tie atop the Mid-Michigan Activities Conference Friday night when hosting Chesaning. The Indians are 3-2 and can't afford another loss if they want to contend for the title. Mt. Morris knocked Ovid-Elsie from the unbeaten ranks on Thursday night with a 63-56 victory on its home court to go to 5-1 in MMAC play. Ovid-Elsie is also now 5-1 while standing 9-1 overall. Mt. Morris is 8-3 overall. New Lothrop's Hornets will be trying to improve to 6-1 overall when aiming to join a first-place tie in MMAC action Friday night.

​   Grand Blanc tries to go to 5-0 in Saginaw Valley South Division play Friday when hosting the 0-4 Flint Jaguars. Tip-off time is 7 pm. The Bobcats are aiming to reach 9-1 overall while the Jaguars are 1-9 so far.

   Burton's unbeaten Atherton has winless Morrice on its agenda Friday in the Genesee Area Conference's Blue Division where Genesee Christian will be at Webberville against a club trying to keep its title hopes alive. Webberville is 3-1 in GAC play behind the 4-0 Wolverines.

   No. 1 ranked Class C power Flint Beecher tries to stay perfect Friday night when heading to Corunna. The Bucs, who are aiming for a sixth state title in the last seven years. are 10-0 overall this season and 4-0 atop the Genesee Area Conference's Red Division. Corunna is 3-1 in GAC action and 8-3 overall. 

   In an attractive non-league match-up on Saturday, two-time defending Class A state champion Clarkston hosts Detroit Martin Luther King. Clarkston (9-2) hasn't lost since dropping its first two games of the season to Sterling Heights Stevenson and Pontiac. Perennial power Martin Luther King is 10-1 overall this season and is a game behind Detroit Cass Tech in the Detroit Public School League's Midtown Division. Clarkston, under new Coach Tim Wasilk, is 5-0 atop the Oakland Activities Association Red Division where the Wolves have won 12 straight titles. Wasilk took over for mentor Dan Fife who retired after 36 years as head coach for the Wolves. Waslik was Fife's assistant for the previous three seasons after leading Clarkston's girls' program for a decade.

   Here is Friday's complete schedule around The Daily Gazette coverage area:

Metro League Games
Ortonville Brandon at Holly (7 pm)
Clio at Flint Kearsley (7 pm)
Fenton at Linden (7 pm)
Swartz Creek at Flushing (7 pm)

Saginaw Valley South Division Games
Flint Jaguars at Grand Blanc (7 pm)
Flint Powers Catholic at Lapeer (7 pm)

Genesee Area Conference Red Division Games
Flint Beecher at Corunna (7 pm)
Lake Fenton at Goodrich (7 pm)
Bendle at Lake Fenton (7 pm)

Genesee Area Conference Blue Division Games
Atherton at Morrice (7 pm)
Genesee Christian at Webberville (7 pm)

Mid-Michigan Activities Conference Games
Chesaning at New Lothrop (7 pm)
Montrose at Durand (7 pm)
Byron at LakeVIlle (7 pm)

Tri-Valley Conference East Division Games
Birch Run at Frankenmuth (7 pm)
Millington at Carrollton (7:30 pm)

​Tri-Valley Conference West Division Games
Vassar at Unionville-Sebewaing (7:30 pm)

Non-League Games
Flint Carman-Ainsworth at Lake Orion (7 pm)
Flint Powers Catholic at Lapeer (7 pm)
Flint Carman-Ainsworth at Lake Orion (7 pm)

   Here is Saturday's area schedule:

Non-League Game
Detroit Martin Luther King at Clarkston (6 pm)

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​​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.