New season upon us as MHSAA Tourney arrives

Photo by: Alex Seder / ESPN 100.9-FM

It’s known as ‘March Magic’ in this state and we couldn’t be more excited for the MHSAA Tournament to finally be here! It’s been another strong year in the Saginaw Valley League with some teams finding their way into the Top 10 in the Associated Press rankings throughout the season. We’ve also had perfection as Mt. Pleasant is headed into the SVL Championships undefeated at 17-0.

One thing we’re proud of at ESPN 100.9-FM is that we are able to donate money from our season sponsorships back to the schools. This year, we’re excited to announce that $4,547 will be gifted to the SVL with the check being presented on Feb. 28. That brings the total donated to the SVL to over $55,000 dating back to 2008. The schools are able to use these funds for leadership training, sports equipment and facility improvements.

With the bulk of the regular season now complete, we head in to maybe the most exciting night on the SVL basketball calendar with the boys and girls Championship Games. This is the 6th installment of the North champ playing the South champ on a neutral floor for league bragging rights. This year, we will be treated to Dow (16-2, 7-1) vs. Carman-Ainsworth (15-3, 8-0) in the girl’s matchup, followed by Mt. Pleasant (17-0, 8-0) vs. Grand Blanc (15-3, 8-0) in the nightcap for the boy’s title. Both games will be held at Bay City Western High School on Friday.

This is the second year in a row that the Chargers and Cavaliers have played in the championship game for the girls. And this year’s showdown will feature three league MVP’s: North MVP Jada Garner and Co-South MVP’s Chenelle King & Aaliyah McQueen.

The Oilers make their return to the title game for the second consecutive year with Co-North MVP Jo Ostrowsky at the helm (Sir’Real Smith from Saginaw is the other). The Bobcats will be making their first-ever appearance in the championships ending Carman-Ainsworth’s stranglehold on the South. They have been led all season long by South MVP Ty Rodgers and feature a balanced scoring attack with all five starters for head coach Mike Thomas averaging in double figures.

The All-Saginaw Valley League teams were also announced this week. Grand Blanc led the way with five all-league selections on the boys side, followed by Carman-Ainsworth (4), Mt. Pleasant (3), Saginaw (3) and Arthur Hill (3). For the girls, Carman-Ainsworth received five, including a freshman in DeAndrea Smith. The only other freshman to make either the first or second teams was RJ Taylor from Grand Blanc.

All games are to be broadcast on ESPN 100.9-FM and the primary stream. If conflicts arise, the games may be moved to ‘The Deuce’ stream.
Fri. Feb. 28 – SVL Championship Games @ Bay City Western – 5:30 & 7 p.m.
  • Girls: Dow vs. Carman-Ainsworth
  • Boys: Mt. Pleasant vs. Grand Blanc
Wed. Mar. 4 – Girls District Semifinals @ Dow – 5:30 & 7 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 6 – Girls District Final @ Dow – 6 p.m.
Mon. Mar. 9 – Boys District Quarterfinals @ Flushing – 5:30 & 7 p.m.
  • Saginaw vs. Flushing
  • Carman-Ainsworth vs. Heritage
Tues. Mar. 10 – Girls Regional Semifinals @ Gaylord/Lapeer – 7 p.m.
Wed. Mar. 11 – Boys District Semifinals @ Bay City Western – 5:30 & 7 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 12 – Girls Regional Final @ Mt. Pleasant – 6:30 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 13 – Boys District Final @ Bay City Western/Flushing – 6 p.m.
Mon. Mar. 16 – Boys Regional Semifinals @ Gaylord/Lapeer – TBD
Tues. Mar. 17 – Girls State Quarterfinals @ Flushing – 7 p.m.
Wed. Mar. 18 – Boys Regional Final @ Mt. Pleasant – 6:30 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 20 – Girls State Semifinal @ Breslin Center – 2 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 22 – Girls State Finals @ Breslin Center – 12 p.m.
Mon. Mar. 24 – Boys State Quarterfinals @ Davison – 7 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 27 – Boys State Semifinals @ Breslin Center – 2 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 28 – Boys State Finals @ Breslin Center – 12:15 p.m.
Front page photo taken by Daelyn Dalson / Cherish Grand Blanc.

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