Inching Closer to Districts

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Now that Super Fat Tuesday is over, the pączki have been devoured or put on the “day old” table and the Democratic race for president has become even muddier, we can enjoy this Ash Wednesday and National Letter of Intent Day. Teams are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Contenders and pretenders are showing us what they are made of. Records are being set and reset. League titles are on the line, boys, so eat a good meal, get some sleep, and practice hard because districts will be here in no time.

Has anyone noticed how many games have been canceled in the past week or so? 24 games were canceled last Friday alone. I know we had a snow day at work and I don’t even work at a school!

Coach Cottrell’s Blowout of the Week
Saginaw High 91 Pontiac Northern 40

Daniel West, Saginaw High senior, scored his first career triple double in this January 31st game. He had 10 points, 14 assists, and 11 steals. Junior Jimmy Davis came off the bench to score 19. Draymond Green scored 24. Coach Lou Dawkins said, “They’re going to get their candy, and they’re eating it up with their scoring. (West is) keeping everybody happy, and he’s playing tremendous basketball; not just on the offensive end, but on the defensive end too.” Pontiac Northern is having a down season from what they typically do in basketball.

High Score
Grand Rapids Union 81 Grand Rapids Central 75

This game was an upset for Grand Rapids Central. The Rams were hoping to overtake Grand Rapids Christian for the City League lead. Steve Echavarry had 25 points for Grand Rapids Union. Grand Rapids Central missed 20 of its 33 free throws. A few more points there could have been the difference in the game. Echavarry’s point total equaled the team total for Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy in their 25-30 loss to Flint Valley School.

Watch out Draymond, here comes Brad!

As I’ve talked about in the past couple of blogs, Frankenmuth senior Brad Redford is going to give everyone a run for their money in regards to the Mr. Basketball title. After weather canceled games, the Eagles got back onto the court last night. Redford impressed, that’s for sure! He has a career high 52 points (matching a school record set by Mike Piesko), 36 of which came in the first half. On top of that, he hit 17 consecutive free throws to push his record to 92 straight. He trails Daryl Moreau who has hit 126 straight. Redford’s free throw percentage is a staggering 98.2 which his best in state and national history. Caro tried to double team him and use a 1-3 zone to slow him down, but even though they were happy with how they played, they still lost 83-55.