It’s been quite the run for the Lansing Catholic boys basketball program over the last decade.
The Cougars have added to that this season with another CAAC White title.
Lansing Catholic captured a share of its eighth conference championship in nine years last week and can claim the White crown outright Friday with a win at Williamston.
“It’s demonstrated our consistency across our program,” said Lansing Catholic coach Darren Zwick, who is in his 12th season. “It also gives the younger kids in program something to strive for and something to look forward to. They know that basically over the last decade that the goal, and maybe even expectation, is to win a conference title so they certainly want to put in the work that’s needed to accomplish that.”
It was especially something the Cougars (11-6, 8-1 CAAC White) were shooting for after a rare title miss last season. Williamston (15-4, 7-2) won the White outright last year and can gain a share of its third straight title with a victory Friday.
“We’re in a pretty good position,” said Matthew Fata, who leads Lansing Catholic in scoring at 20.8 points per game. “Us and Williamston is a big rivalry and both are always pretty good teams. They’re good this year, we got them the first time and I know they’re going to be ready to play.”
Lansing Catholic took control of the White with its home victory over Williamston last month. The Cougars lost three straight following that win with Tony Poljan — who averages 17.9 points and 9.5 rebounds — sidelined by an ankle injury.
Poljan said it’s taken longer than he thought to feel comfortable on his ankle, but his return has helped Lansing Catholic enter Friday’s matchup with five straight victories.
“I think we’re starting to play pretty good basketball here going into the end of the season, which is right where we want to be,” Fata said.
“Over the past couple weeks, Tony came back and we’ve been moving the ball, playing well as a team. I think we can be dangerous going into the tournament.”
The CAAC White is one of several conference titles that will be decided Friday. The Everett (CAAC Blue), DeWitt (CAAC Red) and Laingsburg (CMAC) boys each have claimed shares of league titles and can clinch outright with wins. Laingsburg faces Fulton, the only team that can catch it in the CMAC.
The Leslie and Lakewood boys are tied atop the GLAC and can earn title shares with wins.
The CAAC Blue girls race is still up for grabs and could be shared three ways. Grand Ledge clinched a share of the Blue last week, but Holt and East Lansing can each gain a share with victories Friday. Holt hosts Grand Ledge.
DeWitt and Haslett can each claim a share of the CAAC Red girls title with wins.
St. Johns at Waverly, 6 p.m.
Eaton Rapids at Fowlerville, 6 p.m.
Sexton at Eastern, 6 p.m.
Grand Ledge at Holt, 6 p.m.
DeWitt at Mason, 6 p.m.
Jackson at Everett, 6 p.m.
Owosso at Haslett, 6 p.m.
Ionia at Portland, 6 p.m.
Okemos at East Lansing, 6 p.m.
Lansing Catholic at Williamston, 6 p.m.
Maple Valley at Olivet, 7 p.m.
Fowler at Saranac, 7 p.m.
Corunna at E.A. Johnson, 7 p.m.
Perry at Leslie, 7 p.m.
Genesee at Webberville, 7 p.m.
Potterville at Bath, 7 p.m.
Stockbridge at Lakewood, 7 p.m.
Morrice at New Lothrop, 7 p.m.
Carson City-Crystal at Ashley, 7:30 p.m.
Ithaca at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, 7:30 p.m.
Fulton at Laingsburg, 7:30 p.m.
Pewamo-Westphalia at Portland St. Patrick, 7:30 p.m.
Ovid-Elsie at Alma, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Coldwater, 7:30 p.m.
Corunna at Mount Morris, 5:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Coldwater, 6 p.m.
Ovid-Elsie at Alma, 6 p.m.
Whitmore Lake at Stockbridge, 7 p.m.
Byron at Perry, 7 p.m.
Leslie at Hillsdale, 7 p.m.
Eaton Rapids at Fowlerville, 7:30 p.m.
Ionia at Portland, 7:30 p.m.
Grand Ledge at Holt, 7:30 p.m.
DeWitt at Mason, 7:30 p.m.
Okemos at East Lansing, 7:30 p.m.
Sexton at Eastern, 7:30 p.m.
St. Johns at Waverly, 7:30 p.m.
Owosso at Haslett, 7:30 p.m.
Lansing Catholic at Williamston, 7:30 p.m.
Jackson at Everett, 7:30 p.m.