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Hot Streaks Collide in Title Game

By Larry JacobsonJTV Sports         Columbia Central came into Friday night’s Class B District Championship game at Napoleon High School on a hot streak.  The Eagles flew into Friday’s title game having won nine in a row – not losing since a thumping at Hillsdale in late January. Lumen Christi, however, entered the game having been on a hot streak… well… all season. In the end, the season-long hot streak won out. The Titans claimed the district title with a 69-61 win over CC in front of a loud, packed house at Napoleon. Lumen Christi was in control from the outset, leading 25-16 after one quarter and 41-28 at the half by controlling the tempo of the game. They pushed the ball up court on offense and pressed on defense, forcing the Eagles to adjust on the fly. Columbia Central came into the game with an advantage down low, featuring 6’7 senior center Riley Boyers and 6’6 forward Tucker Kik. Lumen Christi, however, negated any advantage by getting their wing players out in space. “We definitely wanted to control the tempo of the game,” Titan junior forward Matt Bullinger said. “We wanted to make them play our style…

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District Final Schedule

Class A at Battle Creek Lakeview - Jackson (12-10) vs. Holt (16-6) 7pm Class B at Napoleon - Columbia Central (14-6) vs. Lumen Christi (18-3) 7pm Class C at East Jackson - Hanover-Horton (15-5) vs. East Jackson (17-4) 7pm

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Vikings Hire Farley as New Coach

By Larry JacobsonJTV SportsBlackhawk down… … US-127 from Leslie to Jackson High School, that is. It became official on March 4 when longtime Leslie High School football coach Scott Farley announced he was leaving the Blackhawk program and taking over at Jackson. “This was a very, very difficult decision to make,” Farley said. “The people in and around the Leslie program and community have been very supportive and we’ve built something special here. I had to take some time before making a decision, but I look forward to this challenge.” And quite a challenge it will be… The difference in the programs is immense. Farley compiled a 117-82 record at Leslie - including an 84-42 mark since 2001 – three conference championships and trips to the state semi-finals in 2007 and 2008.    The ‘Hawks have featured one of the area’s most high-powered offenses in recent years and have waged several epic battles with perennial area power Grass Lake. The Vikings, on the other hand and although playing on a larger stage, have struggled, going winless last year and 4-23 the last three years. Jackson has lost 16 consecutive games and hasn’t posted a win since a 35-34 victory over…

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Tonight’s Boys Schedule

Class A at Battle Creek Lakeview Jackson vs. Mason 6:00pm Class B at Napoleon Onsted vs. Lumen Christi 5:30pm Stockbridge vs. Columbia Central 7:00pm Class B at Charlotte Western vs. Eaton Rapids 5:30pm Class C at East Jackson Homer vs. Hanover-Horton 6:00pm East Jackson vs. Vandercook Lake 7:30pm

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Vikings Win District Opener

Jackson wins the Class A District Opener 57-39 over Richland Gull Lake.  The Vikings will play Mason in the District Semifinal on Wednesday at Battle Creek Lakeview.

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