Local Sports

Sweet feat, Jets’ 3-peat

EAST LANSING — Super sizzling start. Short scary stretch. Fantastic finish. That, in a nutshell, summarizes what happened here Saturday as the North Central Jets secured their third straight Class D state championship at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. The Jets upended Buckley ...

Amazing run ends with title

EAST LANSING — A basketball state three-peat. A national active best of 83 straight victories. That is what the North Central Jets accomplished here Saturday by defeating unbeaten Buckley 78-69 for the Class D boys basketball state championship. Amazing! Incomprehensible! Magnificent! ...

Dennis Grall | Daily Press
Jason Whitens of North Central cradles the Class D state basketball championship trophy Saturday after the Jets beat Buckley 78-69 for their third straight crown.

Sparse college offers for Whitens

EAST LANSING — Jason Whitens earned a state championship ring for his thumb here Saturday, but surprisingly has not landed a college scholarship in basketball or football. The North Central High School standout claimed his share of a third straight Class D boys basketball championship ...

Prep scores

By The Associated Press Boys’ Basketball Championships Class A Clarkston 75, Grand Rapids Christian 69 Class B New Haven 45, Ludington 36 Class C Flint Beecher 73, Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 58 Class D Powers North Central 78, Buckley 69

Prep schedule

Tuesday’s games Softball Gladstone at Green Bay Preble, 4:30

Cage tournament

CARNEY — The Carney-Nadeau 4-on-4 basketball tournament is set for May 13. Cost is $60 a team. Entry deadline is May 6. Team captains will be notified about their first-game time by May 11. A few games may be played May 12 depending on the number of entries. The tournament is open to ...

Race postponed

ESCANABA — The 33rd Annual Slip-Sliding-Away five-mile run, scheduled for Sunday has been postponed to March 12 at 2 p.m. For more information contact John Vrancic (789-1237).

Prep scores

Friday’s Scores By The Associated Press BOYS’ BASKETBALL Class A State Tournament Semifinal Clarkston 78, West Bloomfield 35 Grand Rapids Christian 74, Romulus 52 Class B State Tournament Semifinal New Haven 78, Benton Harbor 49

Prep schedule

Today’s games Boys’ basketball State finals At MSU-East Lansing Class D North Central vs. Buckley, 10 a.m. Class A Clarkston vs. Grand Rapids Christian, noon Class C Flint Beecher vs. Grand Rapids Covenant Christian, 4:30 Class B New Haven vs. Ludington, 6:30

­Dennis Grall | Daily Press
North Central’s Seth Polfus is hoisted in the air by teammate Bobby Kleiman Thursday as the Jets celebrate an 84-83 double overtime conquest of Southfield Christian in a Class D semifinal game at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Polfus made the game-winning basket with .2 second left.

One for the ages!

By Dennis Grall For the Daily Press EAST LANSING - The North Central Jets extended their national-best winning streak to 82 straight games Thursday night, but not until a video replay confirmed that Seth Polfus converted the game-winning basket just a skosh before the final buzzer in the ...

Dennis Grall | Daily Press
Seth Polfus of North Central dribbles past Southfield Christian defender Bryce Washington in the second quarter of Thursday’s Class D semifinal basketball game at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

Jets focus on Buckley after big win

By Dennis Grall For the Daily Press EAST LANSING - How sweet it is. But how can it get any better? The North Central Jets will try to answer comedian Jackie Gleason’s age-old question at 10 a.m. today when they face Buckley for the Class D boys basketball championship. It could be no ...

Dennis Grall | Daily Press
Seth Polfus of North Central prepares to hoist his game-winning shot against Southfield Christian Thursday in a Class D semifinal in East Lansing. The Jets won 84-83 in double overtime and will play Buckley at 10 a.m. Saturday in quest of their third straight championship.

Unexpected hero hits Jets’ winning shot

By Dennis Grall For The Daily Press EAST LANSING — Dreams do come true in sports, but even Seth Polfus admitted this scenario was way above and beyond anything he ever imagined. Simply put, Polfus made an ad-lib shot as time elapsed here Thursday night to send the North Central Jets into ...

Buckley ready for big challenge that awaits them in North Central

EAST LANSING — The Buckley Bears are making their state championship debut this morning, and they realize an immense task awaits. The Bears (26-0) meet two-time reigning Class D state champion North Central (27-0) at 10 a.m. at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. The Jets, who also ...

Lexi Hongisto

Ferris State honors Braves’ Hongisto

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University sophomore Lexi Hongisto of Gladstone was named this week’s Silvernail Realty Bulldog Female Athlete of the Week. Hongisto is off to a fast start as she currently leads the Bulldogs with a .339 batting average and team-best 19 hits, 15 RBI’s and nine ...

Courtesy photo
Marissa Maino signs her Letter of Intent to play basketball for Bay College. Pictured from left to right are Rebecca Maino, Marissa Maino, Ishpeming AD Terry Roberts, Geno Maino, and Bay coach Rae Drake.

Maino commits to Bay

ISHPEMING — Marissa Maino, a senior from Ishpeming High School, has signed a NJCAA letter of intent, to play for the inaugural women’s basketball team at Bay College. Maino, the daughter of Rebecca and Geno Maino, signed her letter of intent at a ceremony this afternoon at Ishpeming High ...

Prep scores

Boys’ basketball State semifinals Class C Flint Beecher 76, Det. Edison 68 Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 62, Manton 35 Class D North Central 84, Southfield Christian 83 (2 OT) Buckley 68, Lansng Christian 61

Magic blow by Pistons

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Elfrid Payton had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season, Terrence Ross scored 18 points and the Orlando Magic routed the slumping Detroit Pistons 115-87 on Friday night. It was another costly defeat for the Pistons, who entered ...

Prep schedule: Friday-Saturday

Today’s games Boys’ basketball State semifinals At MSU-East Lansing Class A Clarkston vs. W. Bloomfield, 1 Romulus vs. Grand Rapids Christian, 2:50 Class B Benton Harbor vs. N. Haven, 6 Ludington vs. River Rouge, 7:50 Saturday’s games Boys’ basketball State ...

AP photo
Detroit Tigers’ J.D. Martinez runs to first during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals in Detroit.

Tigers’ Martinez to miss time

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is expected to miss the beginning of the season with a right foot injury. Martinez sprained his foot last weekend, and manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Friday he is expected to be out three to four weeks. The injury is an ...