The girls’ tennis squads at Battle Creek Central, Harper Creek, Pennfield and St. Philip will all try to accomplish something this weekend that has not been done since 2005.
The Division 2 seventh-ranked Spartans will host the All-City Tennis Tournament on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. Lakeview has won each of the last eight city championships, and has claimed the top prize in the city in 23 of the last 24 seasons.
The only non-Lakeview squad to win the All-City Tournament was Pennfield in 2005.
While the rest of the city will be gunning for Lakeview’s team title, individual city championships for all eight flights will also be on the line. Last year, the Spartans won seven flights, with St. Philip claiming the other city title at No. 2 singles.
St. Philip baseball plans benefit for former coach Mike Bess
The St. Philip baseball team will take on SCAA rival Climax-Scotts today at Bailey Park’s Nichols Field, beginning at 4 p.m. In between the doubleheader, there will be a cookout to benefit former Tigers coach Mike Bess, who in February was diagnosed with multiple myeloma — a form of blood cancer.
Bess was the head baseball coach at St. Philip for 15 seasons, where he recorded over 300 career victories before stepping down in 2008. A member of the St. Philip Catholic Central Athletic Hall of Fame, he is also on the Battle Creek Baseball Wall of Fame.
Now coaching at East Lansing High School, Bess has also umpired at the professional and collegiate levels, and was the head baseball coach at Kellogg Community College from 1978-1980.
Pennfield set to host 56th annual Lions Club Relays today
An annual event that began at Springfield High School in 1958 will continue today at Pennfield High School in the Lions Club Relays.
Six teams — host Pennfield, Delton Kellogg, Allegan, Parchment, Paw Paw and Lake Odessa-Lakewood — will compete in relay events with hopes of winning the meet in its 56th running.
The Lions Club Relays begin at 4:30 p.m. Last season at the event, Allegan won the boys’ title while Paw Paw took home the girls’ crown.
Locals make rankings
Some local prep teams have been recognized among the best squads in the state in their respective sport, according to the latest rankings:
* Boys’ golf: Lakeview is ranked No. 5 in Division 1; Marshall is ranked No. 2 in Division 3, according to the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association.
* Girls’ tennis: Lakeview is ranked No. 7 in Division 3, according to the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association.
* Baseball: Homer is ranked No. 5 in Division 3; Climax-Scotts is ranked No. 9 in Division 4, according to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association.
* Softball: Bronson is ranked No. 2 in Division 3; Colon is honorable mention in Division 4, according to the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association.