Kalamazoo-area football district finals picks: Who hoists the hardware in 2021?
KALAMAZOO, MI - The first piece of playoff football hardware is on the line Friday, as teams from around the state compete for 2021 district championship trophies in the 11-player game and regional titles in 8-player. Portage Central's Devin Porter (3) runs the ball at the playoff game between Jackson and Portage Central at Portage Central High School, on Friday, October 29, 2021. Pick: Portage Central 26, Battle Creek Lakeview 21---Three Rivers sophomore Caleb Quake (15) throws the ball at The Battle for the Bone between Three Rivers and Vicksburg at Vicksburg High School on Friday, October 1, 2021. Pick: Lawton 42, Union City 18---White Pigeon seniors (from left) Daniel Jackson, Jack Davidson, Luke Group and Dylan Carper pose for a portrait during Kalamazoo-area high school football at The Dome Sports Center in Schoolcraft, Michigan. Pick: White Pigeon 32, Saugatuck 14---Martin players (from left) Charles Martin, James Hildebrand, Christopher Tuinstra, Samuel Jager and Jason Krick pose for a portrait during Kalamazoo-area high school football at The Dome Sports Center in Schoolcraft, Michigan.mlive.com
Kalamazoo-area high school football predictions for Week 1 of 2021 season
KALAMAZOO, MI – Game day is here for high school football teams across Michigan, and it’s only a matter of hours before toe meets leather to officially begin the 2021 season. Last season, I compiled a 152-26 record predicting Kalamazoo-area contests, and while that .854 winning percentage is rather impressive, it doesn’t help me much in 2021. Kalamazoo Central brothers (left) Taahleak Lewis and Cincear Lewis pose for a portrait during Kalamazoo-area high school football at The Dome Sports Center in Schoolcraft, Michigan. Pick: Plainwell 21, Otsego 20---Kalamazoo United seniors ((from left) Brandon DeVries, Andrew Findley, Will Zuiderveen and Reid Stilson pose for a portrait during Kalamazoo-area high school football at The Dome Sports Center in Schoolcraft, Michigan. Vicksburg football to play season opener at neutral site amid ongoing stadium constructionDecatur football welcomes new head coach for first time in 43 yearsNew Michigan high school football playoff point system aims to ease scheduling woesMichigan officials say ‘safer’ to wear masks for contact sports in high-risk COVID settingsGobles green lights varsity football season after uncertainty amid low numbersMichigan high school football teams kick off first practice with renewed ‘family’ feelKalamazoo-area prep football teams embrace normalcy at first practice of 2021 seasonSee Kalamazoo-area high school football schedules for 2021 seasonmlive.com
Kalamazoo-area boys high school basketball 2021 regional pairings, predictions
Portage Central sophomore Grant Pikkaart (20) dribbles the ball down court during a game against Loy Norrix at Portage Central High School in Portage, Michigan on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Kendall Warner | Mlive.com) Kendall Warner | MLive.comKendall Warner | MLive.comDivision 1, Regional 4 at Grand LedgeTuesday, March 30 (regional semifinals)Holt (9-7) vs. East Lansing (9-1), 5:30 p.m.Coldwater (13-4) vs. Portage Central (8-5), 7 p.m.Thursday, April 1Holt/East Lansing vs. Coldwater/Portage Central, 7 p.m. Winner advances to face Muskegon Reeths-Puffer regional champ at Muskegon Orchard ViewPredicted regional winner: East LansingAll four teams have a decent case for why they could hoist a regional title trophy. Coldwater needed overtime to beat Sturgis, and Portage Central got a big boost in its district tournament when Portage Central knocked off a shorthanded Kalamazoo Central team. (Hope Davison | MLive.com)Hope DavisonDivision 3, Regional 20 at BronsonTuesday, March 30 (regional semifinals)Centreville (12-2) vs. Kalamazoo Christian (12-5), 5:30 p.m.Lawton (7-8) vs. Schoolcraft (16-1), 7 p.m.Thursday, April 1Centreville/K-Christian vs. Lawton/Schoolcraft, 6 p.m.mlive.com
Kalamazoo-area girls high school basketball 2021 regional pairings, predictions
Such is the case with this week’s MHSAA girls hoops regional tournament, which features 32 of the state’s top teams in each division. As New York Yankee’s Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,” but I’m taking my shot at guessing the four regional basketball tournaments featuring Kalamazoo-area teams. Kalamazoo Central’s senior Morasha Wiggins (30) drives down the court at the Kalamazoo Central vs. Mattawan basketball game in Mattawan, Michigan on Wednesday, March 5, 2021. ---- Plainwell's Vanessa Robinson puts up a shot during a girls basketball district championship game against Otsego on Friday, March 26, 2021 at Allegan High School. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Division 3, Regional 20 at WatervlietMonday, March 29 (regional semifinal)Schoolcraft (12-2) vs. Kalamazoo Hackett (15-0), 6 p.m.Gobles (12-4) vs. Hartford (11-5), 8 p.m.Wednesday, March 31Schoolcraft/Hackett vs. Gobles/Hartford, 7 p.m.mlive.com
Bobby Brown, 96, a life of Yankees, military, medicine, dies
FILE - New York Yankees third baseman Bobby Brown poses at Yankee Stadium in New York, in this Oct. 2, 1950, file photo. Bobby Brown, who won five World Series as an infielder with the New York Yankees and later became president of the American League, has died at age 96. Five-time champion with the New York Yankees. In the World Series, Brown became a Bronx bruiser. Brown was not only a great baseball player, but a great gentleman and a great patriot.
3 title game quarterbacks have similar draft history
The Packers then made Rodgers the starter in 2008 and have made the playoffs 10 times since then with one Super Bowl title. TOM TERRIFIC: Tom Brady can join some illustrious company with a win this week for another Super Bowl appearance. Brady will appear in his staggering 14th conference title game in 19 seasons as a starter when Tampa Bay visits Green Bay on Sunday. MIGHTY MATT: Packers coach Matt LaFleur is back in the NFC title game for the second time in two seasons as an NFL coach. All those coaches reached at least one Super Bowl in those years with the exception of Ryan, who lost to Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.
At last it’s 2021
So, my prediction #1: people in 2021 will waste good money buying nonsense. Prediction # 3: Just as fear showed itself to be wide and deep in these United States, nothing will lessen this in 2021. Police roadblocks prevent travel from town to town unless you can prove you have the right to enter. Prediction # 4: Doing more of the same and expecting different results will remain popular in 2021. I see no chance these tools will be abandoned in 2021.monroenews.com