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Beecher makes history, wins third consecutive Class C title, 73-58, over Covenant Christian

 | Tom Markowski

East Lansing – Flint Beecher made Monte Morris proud on Saturday. The Bucs pulled away from Grand Rapids Covenant Christian and won its third consecutive Class C title, 73-58, at the Breslin Center. Morris, Mr. Basketball in 2013, led Beecher to two state titles in his fou...  

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Clarkston and the Fifes, at long last, celebrate a state title

 | Tom Markowski

East Lansing – The family of Fifes finally have their dreams fulfilled. Starved for a state championship since seemingly the Bronze Age, Clarkston High and the community were able to celebrate on Saturday when the Wolves outlasted top-ranked Grand Rapids Christian, 75-69, in ...  

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North Central starts fast, then holds off Buckley, 78-69, to win its third consecutive Class D title

 | Tom Markowski

East Lansing – If you were waiting for a Powers North Central letdown following its last-second, double overtime victory over Southfield Christian on Thursday think again. The Jets never played better in the first quarter as they stormed to a 38-20 lead and then were forced t...  

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Boys Basketball Finals Picks: GR Christian to take A title; Beecher, North Central picked to win third consecutive titles

 | Tom Markowski

East Lansing – Clarkston, New Haven and Buckley are the only schools of the eight finalists that have never been to a state final. It’s good for the game to have new teams participate in the finals. It’s also good to have teams like Flint Beecher and Powers North ...  

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New Haven downs Benton Harbor, 78-49, in its first semifinal

 | Tom Markowski

East Lansing – New Haven had never been to a semifinal until Friday and the Rockets played as if they were regular visitors. New Haven has had many good teams in the past but the Rockets just couldn’t seem to get past the quarterfinals, or the regionals in other seasons...  

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Loyer, Alderson team for 59 points and Clarkston breezes past W. Bloomfield, 78-35, to reach first final

 | Tom Markowski

East Lansing – Foster Loyer missed his first shot on Friday and that was about all he missed. Loyer scored 12 points in the first quarter, had 20 at half and finished with 32 as Clarkston jumped out to a 22-8 lead 6:24 into the game and easily defeated West Bloomfield, 78-35,...  

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Boys Basketball Semifinal Picks: North Central vs. Southfield Christian highlight Thursday's games

 | Tom Markowski

(PHOTO CREDIT - Lenny Padilla) East Lansing – Not since 2009 has there been such anticipation for a Class D semifinal as there is for Thursday’s game between top-ranked and two-time defending state champion Powers North Central and No. 2-ranked Southfield Christian. ...  

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Xavier Tillman, James Beck II power G.R. Christian past Kalamazoo Central, 66-46

 | Tom Markowski

Lansing – Xavier Tillman had a point to make on Tuesday. The senior from Grand Rapids Christian said he didn’t think he should have been named Mr. Basketball on Monday but even so, he wanted to prove he was a deserving candidate nonetheless. Tillman, in front of a st...  

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Boys Basketball Quarterfinal Picks: U-D picked to reach fourth consecutive semifinal

 | Tom Markowski

Lansing – The best matchup in Class A, and perhaps the state, when top-ranked Grand Rapids Christian (25-0) plays Kalamazoo Central (21-3) in a quarterfinal at Lansing Eastern on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Xavier Tillman, a Mr. Basketball candidate who signed with Michigan State,...  

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Girls Basketball Finals Picks: E. Kentwood, Arbor Prep, Edison and Pittsford are primed for titles

 | Tom Markowski

East Lansing – The general consensus throughout the season was that the Class A tournament was wide open. Even the teams not ranked were thought to have had a shot at the title. Saturday’s finalists support this premise. Flushing (23-3) and East Kentwood (25-1) will ...  

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