CC-C’s Schmitt transitions to basketball from football

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:43 am on Thursday, January 03, 2013

CC-Crystal’s Brann Schmitt (10) goes up for a shot as Belding’s Kole Hart, right, watches during the teams’ game Dec. 18.

CARSON CITY — Brann Schmitt had a very successful football season.

He hopes to improve his basketball, too.

Schmitt runs the offense at center on the Carson City-Crystal basketball team, as coach Ryan Fritz said Schmitt “is the focal point of our offense.”

But before Schmitt got on the basketball court, he was a huge cog in the 7-3 Eagles football team.

“It was pretty cool,” Schmitt said of all the awards. “I worked pretty hard all summer and hope it paid off during the season and it did.”

Schmitt was Associated Press first-team all-state in Division 7-8. He was also first-team all-conference in the Mid-State Activities Conference and was named to several big Michigan newspapers’ first team list.

The all-state nod stands out to Schmitt though.

“That’s a huge thing for me,” he said. “One of my goals was first-team all-conference, but first-team all state was cool.”

Schmitt had no idea he would be all-state in football.

“It came out of the blue for me. It was awesome,” he said.

Now Schmitt is on the boys basketball team, where he thinks the Eagles are pretty good.

“So far I feel the team’s doing all right,” he said. “We have some areas to improve.”

So does he, Schmitt said,

“Me, there are a lot of things to work on,” he said. “My jump shot and my post moves are things I can work on. People are seeing me with a couple of moves and I should mix it up a bit.”

CC-Crystal is 3-3 after losing 45-42 to Ithaca at the Mid-Michigan High School Basketball Showcase in Shepherd last week. Schmitt did his part, scoring nine points.

“We’re not off to a bad start,” he said. “We just have to make sure guys keep working hard and staying healthy.”

The goals of the Eagles haven’t changed, and Schmitt believes they are realistic.

“I think an MSAC championship would be huge for the team,” he said. “I think we’ll finish up in the top and compete for the MSAC championship.”

But to do so, the calling card of the Eagles will have to step up, according to Schmitt.

“We pretty much need to play defense really well,” he said. “We’ve had some pretty good games. We held teams to not very many points, so we need to work hard. Defense is our main thing and that’s pretty much what our motto is.”

The next time CC-Crystal will play is Friday when they host Fulton in what has become an annual M-57 rivalry game.

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