2013-02-28 / Sports

Emeralds and Bears district match ups set

MANISTIQUE - Michigan High School Athletic Association basketball district action is underway for the boys and girls. For the first time in years, the quest for a trip to regionals by the Emeralds will not run through Rudyard or St. Ignace. Both schools dropped to Class D, leaving Manistique in search of new district challengers.

The search took the Emeralds down below the bridge, where they added the Inland Lakes Bulldogs and Harbor Springs Rams, along with Newberry.

The Lady Emeralds jump started post season play in Harbor Springs Wednesday night after press time. After backto back wins to start the season, Harbor Springs dropped 16 in a row. The winner of the night’s game was set to advance to the title game against Newberry on Friday.

The Indians beat Inland Lakes 50-31Tuesday night for the right to play in and host the district finals. The Emeralds beat the Indians twice during the regular season. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in Newberry.

While the Emeralds tread in new territory, Big Bay de Noc (4-15) will see familiar faces when the girls kickoff district semifinal action tonight at home against the 9-10 Mustangs from Munising. The winner will take on either the Superior Central Cougars (20-0) or the Rapid River Rockets (0-19) for the right to advance to the title game in Cooks this Friday.

Boys action gets underway March 4 when the Emeralds play host to Inland Lakes. Following a slow start, Inland Lakes has won four out of their last five games to improve to 7-11. The winner of that game will advance to take on the winner of Harbor Springs (8-10) and Newberry (3-15).

District action also kicks off in Cooks with the 2-16 Bears taking on the 13-6 Superior Central Cougars. The winner will advance to the semifinals against Munising (15-5) on March 6 in Munising. Rapid River and Engadine will also battle for the right to advance to the semifinals against Grand Marais.

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