After 20 or so regular-season games, and one week of the postseason, only four teams are still alive in the Battle Creek area in the Michigan High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball state tournament.
In the city, Harper Creek and St. Philip came away with district titles and will be involved in regional tournaments starting today. In the area, Maple Valley and Bellevue also won district championships.
Harper Creek will play in a Class B regional at Coloma. The Beavers will play Otsego in a semifinal at 6 p.m. today.
Harper Creek comes in with a 16-6 record and advanced after beating host Marshall in a Class B district. It was the second district crown in a row for the Beavers, the first time the boys’ basketball program has pulled off that double in school history.
In the other side of the regional, Benton Harbor will face Edwardsburg in the 7:30 p.m. game tonight. The regional final will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Coloma.
Otsego is 20-2 and is ranked No. 5 in the state and features 7-foot junior Seth Dugan.
Maple Valley, with a 19-4 record in the tough Kalamazoo Valley, will play in a Class C regional at Jonesville, facing Adrian Madison in a 6 p.m. game today.
In the other side of the regional, Hillsdale will face Hanover-Horton with the tourney final on Wednesday in Jonesville.
Maple Valley advanced to the regional after winning the Galesburg-Augusta district with a victory over Potterville.
Adrian Madison beat Addison to win its district and improve to 17-3 on the season.
St. Philip is ranked No. 5 in the final Associated Press Class D boys’ basketball poll and won the Southern Central Athletic Association crown. The Tigers advanced to the regional with a win over rival Climax-Scotts in the district championship.
St. Philip will face Wyoming Potter’s House in a Class D regional at Portage Northern playing in today’s 6 p.m. semifinal contest. In the other half of the regional, Covert will face Marcellus, with the tourney title game on Wednesday.
Wyoming Potter’s House defeated Wyoming Tri-unity in the district final, 69-62, after facing a battle in the district semifinal with an overtime win over Holland Calvary. It is the first district title in boys’ basketball in school history for Potter’s House, which improved to 18-1.
The second area team out of Class D to win a district was Bellevue as the Broncos advance to a regional at Morenci. Bellevue will face Morrice in a regional semifinal at 6 p.m. today. In the other half, Hillsdale Academy will see Adrian Lenawee Christian, with the tourney title game on Wednesday.
Bellevue is 15-6 and comes in with its second district title in a row and third in school history.
Morrice finished the regular season at 15-5 and has a 1,000-point scorer in Griffin Lewis. Morrice came out of a district with only three teams and a had a bye into the tourney final where it beat Lansing Christian, 57-51.