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Preview: Grass Lake at Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central

Game: Grass Lake (6-3) at Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (8-1)

History: 3rd meeting (SMCC 2-0)

Preview:  Grass Lake is in the playoffs for the 10th consecutive year despite three conference losses to end league play.  The Falcons won the Huron league, giving up only 21 points in conference play, including 4 shutouts.  Lansing Catholic (9-0) beat SMCC in the regular season finale 27-22.  SMCC has been in the postseason 11 out of the last 12 years, advancing to State Final games in ’05, ’09 and ’10.  Grass Lake is coming of its best offensive performance of the season, a 53-27 win at Jonesville in a game where Warrior Running back Justin Wright ran 24 times for 203 yards and 6 TDs.  QB Kyle Farley probably had his best game of the year as he completed 19 of 21 for 243 yards and had 1 carry for 20 yards and a TD.  The Warriors are a big underdog in this game and will need to play their best football of the year to be in the game.  These teams met in 2010 (SMCC 48 GL 14) and 2012 (SMCC 28 GL 21) The game is set for 7pm Friday at Navarre Field in Monroe.

Preview: Hillsdale at Hanover-Horton

Game: Hillsdale (7-2) at Hanover-Horton (8-1)

History: First meeting

Preview:  The Hillsdale Hornets (2nd place in LCAA) are coming off a tough loss to league Champion Hudson 34-14 while the Comets (2nd place in Cascades) just defeated Quincy in a six overtime thriller to secure its 8th win of the year, a new school record.  Hillsdale is in the playoffs for the 14th consecutive year, 5th consecutive in Division 6.  Hanover-Horton’s only loss of the season was at Cascades Champion Manchester, a game the Comets were six inches away from winning.  Last season, Hillsdale lost in the District Final to Constantine while Hanover-Horton’s last playoff appearance was 2008.  The Comets lost to eventual State Runner-up Leslie in the opening round that year.  The Hornets are averaging 37ppg while holding its opponents to 17ppg.  Hanover is putting up 29ppg and its defense is allowing an average of 16ppg which is the best defensive average for the Comets since 1987.   This is one of the better opening round games in the state and figures to be close.  The game is scheduled for 7pm Friday night and will air on JTV at 1pm and 7pm this Saturday and Sunday.  (Hanover-Horton’s 2-0 forfeit win over East Jackson in week 2 was used in figuring point averages.)

Chucky’s Playoff Picks

Well, it’s playoff season – and that means Chucky spends a lot of time indoors, thinking about birds and cuddling up with himself. But he sees things regarding these football playoffs… Oh yes, he sees things.

 

Quincy (6-3) @ Lumen Christi (9-0): In an effort to shore up their defense, the Titans decide to have everyone lock arms and not move whenever Quincy has the ball. This confuses the Orioles, who can’t figure out what’s happening. Plus, it really builds team unity. PICK: Lumen Christi

Hillsdale (7-2) @ Hanover-Horton (8-1): The Comets host a non-conference opponent in a playoff game for the first time since Chucky was flattened by a medicine ball in the fifth grade. PICK: Hanover-Horton

Grass Lake (6-3) @ Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (8-1): Former championship boxer Bronco McCart (a Monroe native) suits up when it’s learned he still has some eligibility left. He punches the first Warrior he sees and, well, that pretty much takes care of that. PICK: Monroe

Manchester (8-1) @ Clinton (9-0): These two powers locked horns in Week #1 and Clinton won big 41-19. But the Dutch want revenge, the Dutch want payback, the Dutch feel they were slighted! But Clinton is really, really good. PICK: Clinton

Homer (7-2) @ Hudson (8-1): The Tigers are still seething from that loss to Ishpeming in 1975 that ended their 72 game winning streak. Especially with Ithaca getting so close to matching it. Did you know that, after seeing that streak end, they won their next 10 games? See? 82-1 isn’t all that bad. PICK: Hudson

Pewamo-Westphalia (6-3) @ Union City (8-1): Everyone loves an upset, and no one loves an upset more than Chucky. Plus, say Pewamo really, really slow. It’s pretty funny. PICK: Pewamo

Onsted (6-3) @ Lansing Catholic (9-0): Onsted is late for the game after stopping to help a pack of old ladies across a busy street. Wait, those weren’t old ladies! PICK: LCC

Stockbridge (6-3) @ Olivet (7-2): A crazed eight-foot man in a hockey maskscares everyone on Halloween night. Sadly, the opening kickoff careens off his beezer and he cries all the way home. PICK: Olivet 

Preview: Quincy at Lumen Christi

Game: Quincy (6-3) at Lumen Christi (9-0)

History: First meeting

Preview:  Lumen Christi, a team that has advanced to the State Playoffs for the 17th consecutive year, drops down a Division after back-to-back opening round exits in Division 5.  The Interstate 8 Champion Titans completed a perfect 9-0 season and boast the school’s all-time leading rusher in Michigan State Commit Khari Willis.  Willis has yet to be stopped and is a candidate for Michigan High School Player of the Year.  If you haven’t seen him play, it’s highly suggested you do so.  Quincy, out of the Big 8, finished its season with a 6-3 mark including a big win over Homer.  The Orioles ended the regular season with a six overtime home loss to Hanover-Horton in the Cascades/Big 8 crossover game.  The Titans should roll into the second round behind its fast paced offense that averages over 45ppg. Quincy allows 22ppg and has given up 28 points or more in 5 of its 9 games.  The game is scheduled for 7pm on Friday at Withington Stadium and will air on JTV and jtv.tv this Saturday and Sunday at 3:30pm and 9:30pm.

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SAUWomen’s Soccer Moves Up to No. 7 in Top 25 Poll

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The Spring Arbor University women’s soccer team continued its ascent up the rankings, climbing two spots to No. 7 in this week’s edition of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, released by the national office on Tuesday.

 

The Cougars claimed their fourth straight Crossroads League championship after closing out the regular season with victories over Indiana Wesleyan University and the University of Saint Francis last week. Following a 2-0 shutout of the Wildcats, it took a last second goal by freshman Jacquelyn Martin to pull out a 2-1 win over USF.

 

Spring Arbor will enter the postseason as the conference’s top scoring team, averaging 3.24 goals per game. Leading the way for the Cougars this season has been sophomore Corrie Good and freshman Aubrey Schierbeek, who have accumulated 11 and 10 goals, respectively. Good, along with senior Becca Lynn, also paces the team with eight assists.

 

Not only has SAU been very dynamic on the attack, but the Cougars are just as skilled defending, holding opponents to 0.47 goals per game and posting 11 shutouts, which ranks third in the nation.

 

Spring Arbor (15-1-1, 9-0 Crossroads League) has earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Crossroads League Tournament and will host the No. 8-seeded Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

Jackson Area Playoff Schedule

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Division 5

Region 3 District 1

Onsted (6-3) at Lansing Catholic (9-0) 7pm Friday at Holt Jr. High

Stockbridge (6-3) at Olivet (7-2)

Division 6

Region 4 District 1

Quincy (6-3) at Lumen Christi (9-0) 7pm Friday

Hillsdale (7-2) at Hanover-Horton (8-1) 7pm Friday

Region 4 District 2

Grass Lake (6-3) at Monroe St. Mary Catholic (8-1) 7pm Friday

Manchester (8-1) at Clinton (9-0) 7pm Friday

Division 7

Region 3 District 2

Homer (7-2) at Hudson (8-1) 7pm Friday

Pewamo-Westphalia (7-2) at Union City (8-1) 7pm Friday

Chucky’s Regular Season Finale

It’s been a tough week for Chucky. Apparently he got into some nip last week and his picks were pretty far out. He also spent three hours in the yard on Sunday chasing chipmunks that turned out to be dead leaves. Strange…

Concord @ Bellevue: A rough year for the Jackets gets even rougher when Bellevue’s Week 9 Fan Appreciation Night goes awry. Bellevue staff vows to revisit the ‘Free Tarantula Night’ concept during the offseason. PICK: Bellevue

Michigan Center @ Springport: A tractor pulling a wagon of Spartan fans veers off-course and disappears in a neighboring field. Drug cartels are suspected. PICK: Springport

Addison @ Reading: The Rangers need a win to secure their 17th straight winning season and that’s impressive. Why they’re known as the Rangers, and not the Railroads, still raises questions, however. PICK: Reading

Hanover-Horton @ Quincy: Comet boosters hold a bake sale before the game to raise funds to replace the two saxophones destroyed during the homecoming monsoon against Vandercook Lake. Not a single Quincy fan buys anything. PICK: H-H

Grass Lake @ Jonesville: Legendary Jonesville track star Pam Vincent makes an appearance before the game but no one’s impressed. She switches to singing campfire songs at midfield, but is carried off by angry boosters. PICK: Grass Lake

Vandercook Lake @ Homer: The ‘Hawks need a win to reach the playoffs. That desperation doesn’t help, however, when their bus breaks down on the way to the game and a mysterious winged creature swoops in and steals their helmets. PICK: Homer

Northwest @ Dexter: The Mounties have one last chance to get a win this season but they’re up against the Dreadnaughts. Trouble erupts when it turns out no one on the Dexter team actually knows what a Dreadnaught is. PICK: Dexter

Western @ Owosso: Good news, Owosso! The Trojans win their season opener! Bad news Owosso, they go on to lose eight in a row. PICK: Western

Onsted @ Columbia Central: The Columbia community is unnerved when a mysterious ship rises from the depths of Lake Columbia and sails again. Although this doesn’t make sense, it’s pretty creepy. PICK: Onsted

Manchester @ Union City: Union City and Cement City should get together and play a game between two cities that aren’t really cities. That’s a topic for another day. PICK: Manchester

Lumen Christi @ Jackson: Titans coach Herb Brogan rejects a proposed JTV’s Larry Jacobson Night, on the grounds that it would be ridiculous. PICK: LC

Hudson @ Hillsdale: 1,000 flesh eating piranhas are turned loose before the game, causing mass panic. The panic ebbs, however, when the fish just flop around on the field and eventually die without causing any real damage. PICK: Hudson

Early goals push Lumen Christi past Country Day and onto regional final

By Mike Moore

JTV Sports Writer

BEVERLY HILLS — These are supposed to be close games, battles back and forth that come down to the final moments, overtime, or ever later than that.

A battle it certainly was, but close, well, not Tuesday night.

Not with the kind of soccer the Lumen Christi boys are playing right now.

The Titans kept their magical season rolling right along, making the lengthy trip to Beverly Hills for a Division 3 regional semifinal, and then exiting with a 4-0 shocker over Detroit Country Day.

“Shocked to win like this,” Lumen coach Damon Havlicek said simply, afterwards. “At this point in the season you expect it to be 1-0. Nobody expects to win 4-0.”

Bryce Hoornstra scored all three goals in the first half for the Titans.

Lucas Foust added the only goal in the second frame.

“That set the tone for the rest of the night,” Hoornstra said of the early goals. “It’s huge.”

His tallies stunned the crowd at Country Day, most of whom had succumb to blankets, winter coats and hats.

Those in Lumen gear had a slightly easier time staying warm.

“This is what happens in sports sometimes,” Country Day coach Bob Bukari said. “It just wasn’t a good performance by us tonight.”

Bukari said the three early goals took the wind of his teams sails.

“It’s just huge,” he added. “I mean, you give up one, and as a team you can bounce back. But when they get three like that, it just kills you.”

On Monday, Havlicek downplayed his team’s district title from the weekend, instead shifting all focus to the semifinal and a chance to move to the regional title, something this group of players had never done.

On Tuesday, he downplayed the semifinal victory, instead shifting all focus to the final.

“The next step is what we’re worried about now,” he said. “Our goal has always been November. Now the challenge is on us to keep this going.”

Lumen, 17-3-1, faces Grosse Ile in a 6 p.m. final Friday back at Country Day.

Grosse Ile (13-4-4) beat Allen Park Cabrini 2-1 Tuesday night.

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