Class D Regionals Heading to Negaunee

Negaunee Memorial Gymnasium is the place to be this Monday night for the best in Class D boy’s basketball action!

NEGAUNEE, MI – 3/14/15 – Negaunee Basketball may be done for 2014-2015, but Negaunee Memorial Gymnasium isn’t quite done yet.  There will be three more games played in what is considered by many to be the best gym in the U.P.  Class D Region 32 will be headed to Negaunee, MI to decide who will represent the U.P. in the quarterfinals.  There is a chance of a couple other teams representing as well, St. Ignace is down in Pellston, but this is the one region with a guarantee.

The district champions of District 125, 126, 127, & 128 will be headed to Negaunee to duke it out.  Here is a look at the match-ups coming to Negaunee!

GAME #1 @ 6pm on March 16th

Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes vs. Forest Park Trojans

  • The Lakes are coming in with a 22-0 record and CCC championship under their belts.  They absolutely dominated Chassell in the first round of the playoffs, 80-36.  They then dispatched Jeffers for the third time this year with a 46-31 win.
  • Forest Park comes in with the worst record in the region, a disappointing 18-4 record (sarcasm).  Three of their four losses have been against Munising and North Central twice.  Just for perspective, they share a combined record of 45-1, and North Central only beat Munising by two.  Coming off of two impressive wins, a 34 point win over Wakefield-Marenisco, and a 33 point win over Bessemer.

Both of these teams will have the chance to take on the U.P. Class-D powerhouses in the next game…
The biggest rivalry in Class D the past two seasons, and Munising has been on the wrong end of it. Will it change Monday night”?

GAME #2 @ 6pm on March 16th

Munising Mustangs vs. North Central Jets

  • Munising has one loss this year.  Was it against Marquette?  Nope, they beat them 38-36 on the road.  Gwinn had their moments this year, how about them?  Nope, destroyed them twice.  Who was it then?  North Central.  The Mustangs are coming in with a 21-1 record and have revenge on their minds.  The Jets eliminated Munising from last year’s playoffs with a half-court shot, then hit a buzzer beater to beat Munising this year.
  • The Jets are undefeated.  The #1 team in the UPSSA polls, and looking to continue their recent luck against the Mustangs.  They’re coming in off of a 11 point win over Bark River-Harris, and a 17 point win over North Dickinson, who they swept this year by a combined 77 points in three games.

Negaunee will be the place to be this Monday.  The path to the Class D quarterfinals will run through Lakeview.  Good luck to all teams involved!

-Carl Leander Johnson