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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.


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Click above to hear Thursday's episode of The Daily Gazette Sports Night Show with The Daily Gazette's Mike Killbreath. He's an award-winning sports columnist with a long history of championship ways in the local Flint area coaching ranks of baseball, ice hockey, roller hockey and basketball, including with Team USA in roller hockey.

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  ESSEXVILLE (CCN) — Davison

​The Davison baseball team split a doubleheader with Essexville Garber on Tuesday, winning 4-3 in nine innings before losing 6-1.

Garber took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the opener, but Davison tied the game at 1-1 in the third. Neither team scored again until the ninth when Garber took a 3-1 lead. The Cardinals added three runs in the bottom half to steal the victory. Individual stats were not reported.

In the nightcap, Matt Strobl took the loss on the mound, recording two strikeouts over 3-2/3 innings. Mitchel Strader closed the game with three strikeouts over 1-1/3 innings.

Davison opens postseason play on Saturday against Grand Blanc in the district semifinals at Lapeer High School at 1 p.m.


6/1: Davison vs. Grand Blanc, 1 p.m.; District final: Winner vs. Lapeer, 3:30 p.m.

Davison won a district title a year ago. The Cardinals were 23-10 under Slezak's second season of leadership in 2018.

​Jim Slezak, who formerly played baseball at Yale and in the Class A London Majors, hopes to replicate that success in his third season at the varsity helm.

“Our league is always challenging,” said Slezak. “Our goal for the season is to win.”

This year’s squad lost three players to graduation but features returning senior outfielder Max Slezak, who made first team All-Saginaw Valley last season. 

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Mott Bears fall one victory short of trip to nationals by losing OT heart-breaker to Wayne County at Grand Rapids Regional finals

​   GRAND RAPIDS (CCN) — The Mott Bears fell one victory short of making it to the national tournament in junior college women's basketball Saturday by losing a 66-60 heart-breaker in overtime to Wayne County Community College. The loss was in the Regional Finals at Ford Fieldhouse in Grand Rapids.

   Mott finished with a 21-9 record under 14th-year Coach Letitia Hughley. 

   Sophomore Jacara Thompson led the Bears with a 20-point performance to close out her career at Mott. The Swartz Creek grad was a second team All-American selection a year ago and is a first team candidate this season after leading Mott to the Eastern Conference championship in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. It was Mott's first in women's basketball since 2006 and only the second one in program history.

   Thompson had scored 34 points two days earlier to lead Mott to a 78-65 triumph over St. Clair Community College in the semi-finals of the Regional tourney.

   Freshman Alaysia Fowlkes from Flint Beecher added 13 points for Mott in Saturday's finale while two fellow freshmen also came up big. Sasha Penn of Flint Hamady contributed 9 points to go with passing out 4 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds while freshman ChiAnne Gloster snared a team-high 10 rebounds.

Mott Bears beaten 75-65 in semis at Grand Rapids men's basketball regional; fall two shy of reaching Division 2 national tournament

   GRAND RAPIDS (CCN) — The Mott Bears were beaten 75-65 by the Skippers of St. Clair County Community College Friday afternoon in the semi-finals of the District 10 regional. They fell two victories short of making another appearance in the national tournament for Division II junior college basketball.

   Coach Steve Schmidt, who has led Flint's Mott Community College to four national titles and three national runner-up finishes, was optimistic about getting out of the Grand Rapids regional because of his team's work ethic and four veteran performers — sophomore stars Jordan Roland from Flint Beecher, Dewayn Allen from Flint Hamady and Saginaw High pair Henry Speight and Eddie Thigpen. 

   It turned out to be an end to their Mott Community College careers on Friday in Grand Rapids, however, as St. Clair County CC's Skippers rallied from a 7-point deficit to tie the game at 55-55 with 10:13 remaining, went ahead to stay less than a minute later and pulled away down the stretch. READ MORE 

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