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It’s been long enough

Michigan Center boys on course to end title drought that’s lasted since 1993   By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Michigan Center – When asked about the last time the Michigan Center boys basketball program captured a conference title, Travis Gaddy didn’t have to think very hard.   The sixth-year varsity coach was just a student himself at Center, and also a member of the 1993 team that ended up first in the final standings.   Since then, some close calls and frustration.   But as the second half the 2015-16 season begins to take shape, the Cardinals have put themselves in a spot to change all that.   After starting the year by splitting the first four games, they’ve reeled off five-consecutive wins at find themselves alone on top of the Cascades Conference heading into tonight’s home tilt with East Jackson.   “Our next game is our biggest. Each game presents a different set of problems, and that’s how we’ve focused,” Gaddy said when asked to explain the winning streak. Center is 7-2 overall and 5-0 in the Cascades, one game better than Hanover-Horton and Vandercook Lake. “The second round through the league is going to be tougher, so…

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Onsted stays perfect

Davis scores 25 with ease as Onsted rolls past Columbia Central  (file photo)   By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Brooklyn – The plan was to start strong, start inside, and take control, well, from the start.   Mission accomplished for the Onsted boys basketball team Thursday night.   The Wildcats, especially Michigan-bound senior center Austin Davis, came out flying at Columbia Central.   Davis scored 11 in the opening frame as Onsted jumped out to a 17-6 lead in what turned into a 62-24 victory that wasn’t even that close.   “They played hard and we knew in this building they are a tough team,” Onsted coach Brad Maska said of Columbia. “We wanted to come out and force our will inside. We wanted to take care of business. With the size advantage we have, it’s stupid if we don’t get going inside.”   And they did.   Davis had dunks on two early possessions, and 10 of his 11 points in the opening frame came within two feet of the basket.   “With a player like that, it’s probably unavoidable,” Columbia coach Jason Rychener said of trying to avoid the early disadvantage. “We had to play almost a perfect…

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Friday, January 29

Today we celebrate 15 YEARS OF THE BART HAWLEY SHOW!  Highlights from Jackson Co. Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting;  Brad Kuhbander, Michigan International Speedway;  Garry Applegate, Small Business Person of the Year;  Lloyd & Judi Ganton, Lloyd Ganton Retirement Centers, with Athena Award Winner, Janice Sweet Fairley;  Brian Surgener, Jackson Coffee Company Drawings of the Month;  Dave DeBaker, Entertainment Correspondent;  Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group

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