Northmen eye Big North title-clincher
Northmen head coach Dennis Starkey (left) and assistant Jason Miller have led the Northmen to 38 consecutive home victories. (News-Review file photo)
The Northmen are 15-1 overall, 9-1 league, and ranked ninth in the Associated Press Class A state poll. Ogemaw is 4-12, 2-8.
Petoskey is coming off its first loss of the season, 58-51, at Traverse City West a week ago. The Northmen wrapped up a share of their third consecutive Big North title with a 53-27 victory at T.C. Central 10 days ago.
Petoskey won the first meeting with Ogemaw, 75-24, on Jan. 13. If the Northmen lose, they can claim the outright crown by beating Alpena at home on Friday, Feb. 24.
The boys game is the nightcap of a girls-boys doubleheader.
The Northmen and Falcon girls will square off beginning at 6 p.m.
The Petoskey girls are 8-9, 5-5, while Ogemaw is 5-13, 0-11. Petoskey won the first meeting, 58-27, on Jan. 13, a victory that ignited a seven-game win streak that ended a week ago with a 35-31 loss to Big North Conference champion Traverse City West.
Petoskey High School will celebrate Snowcoming tonight at halftime of the boys game, and judges from the Michigan High School Athletic Association will be on hand to watch the Blue Crew, Petoskey’s student cheering section, for its Battle of the Fans competition. It is also parent’s night.
The girls game will be carried live on WJML-AM 1110, and the boys will be carried on WMBN-AM 1340.
The Lake Michigan Conference will feature its Friday night girls-boys varsity doubleheaders tonight.
Boyne City plays host to Grayling, Harbor Springs visits Charlevoix, and East Jordan goes to Traverse City St. Francis. The girls game at all sites begins at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game.
The Pellston boys, fresh off their 60-51 win over No. 1-ranked Bellaire on Wednesday, play host to Onaway in a Ski Valley Conference game tonight.
The Hornets are 15-1 overall, 13-1 league and ranked third in Class D. Onaway is 2-13, 1-12.
The area’s other Ski Valley boys team, Inland Lakes, plays at Oscoda in a non-league game. The Bulldogs are 5-10, while Oscoda is 1-14.
In Northern Lakes Conference boys games tonight, league-leading Boyne Falls, 14-1, 8-0, plays host to Mackinaw City, 5-10, 3-6; and Ellsworth, 5-9, 5-2, is home with Alba, 5-7, 4-4.
Alanson, 0-15, entertains Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy, 11-1, in a non-league boys game.
The Petoskey High School hockey team will play two games this weekend, both non-leaguers.
The Northmen go to Benzie Central at 7 p.m. today, Friday, then play host to the Bay Area Thunder 1 p.m. Saturday at Griffin Arena.
Six wrestlers from three area schools will attempt to qualify for their respective state tournaments when they partake in regional tournaments on Saturday.
Petoskey’s Cody Hallworth, Nick Strobel and Dylan Bechaz will wrestle in the Division II Individual Regional at Mount Pleasant High School. Charlevoix’s Jake Novotny and Mark Durkee, along with Boyne City’s Jon Calo, will wrestle in the Division IV regional at Manton High School.
The top four finishers in each weight class earn a berth in the Individual State Tournament at the Palace of Auburn Hills March 1-3.