Jets own nation’s longest win streak

POWERS — North Central is riding the longest boys’ basketball winning streak in the state — make that the nation.

The Jets pounded Menominee 64-42 Tuesday night for their 69th straight victory. And a recent story in USA Today reports this likely is the longest current streak in the country after two teams out west were beaten Saturday.

Federal Way (Wash.) had its 63-game win streak snapped and Chino Hills (Calif.) lost to Oak Hill Academy (Va.) 95-91 to break its 60-game winning streak.

North Central — located in the unfamiliar small setting of tiny Powers in the Upper Peninsula –is now being recognized nationally for its impressive streak, which started after a March 18, 2014 loss against Cedarville in the Class D state quarterfinals.

Yeah, the Jets are aware of the national streak and what happened over the weekend.

“That’s kind of crazy,” Jets’ guard Seth Polfus said about the national streak. “We watched (the other teams) games on YouTube. We’re riding this high now.”

North Central coach Adam Mercier didn’t make a big deal out of the Jets being put in the national spotlight.

“The next game tonight was a big game for us,” Mercier said after being asked to comment on the national streak. “You just have to focus on the next one because it can be over in an instant.

“Menominee is a good enough of a team. We had to prepare for this team. Our kids did that. We had a good game plan going in. It’s always about the next one. We’ll prepare for the next one at Big Bay Friday night.”

North Central is favored to finish its regular season 20-0 with a 75-game win streak entering the state tournament in March.

The Jets, who surpassed Chassell’s 65-game state record win streak Jan. 27, are the two-time defending Class D state champions.