As we near the end of January, high school sports teams have reached at least the mid-point in their respective seasons.
So far this year, several of our area teams are having outstanding seasons. Some with legitimate chances of conference titles, district titles and beyond.
The girls basketball season is producing a few of those legitimate chances with Greenville, Belding and Carson City-Crystal all having stellar seasons.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets (10-2, 3-0) are alone in first place in the O-K Bronze and have won four straight games heading into tonight’s league game at Forest Hills Eastern (4-6, 1-2).
The senior-heavy Yellow Jackets are playing outstanding defense, finishing games and getting to the free throw line. Junior Leah Somerfield is usually among the leading scorers and rebounders each game and is followed with a great supporting cast of Megan O’Brien, Taylor Baker, Britta Bernth, Kae Page and Sam O’Herron.
Greenville has lost just two games against Grand Rapids Christian and Forest Hills Central this season. The two teams are a combined 17-3.
Greenville and FH Central are probably the favorites to win the district title at FH Northern this year. The game against Central was close throughout, before the Rangers pulled it out in overtime.
With a conference title in sight, a district title is possible as well for the Yellow Jackets.
The Belding Redskins are the opposite of Greenville in terms of experience.
The Redskins, with a new coach in Brad Wilson, are a team full of freshman and sophomores in starting and supporting roles.
At 9-4 overall and 4-2 in the O-K Blue, the Redskins have positioned themselves very well in the conference race. Belding’s 54-41 overtime win at Sparta (4-1 in the league) on Tuesday proves just that.
McKenzie Breimayer — point guard — makes the team go. Stefanie Harig, Monica Baylis, Peyton Mount and others are capable of leading in scoring on any given night.
Mount, who’s role has increased as the season has progressed, is just a freshman and dropped 17 points in the win against Sparta.
The Redskins are off tonight, but will travel to Lakewood on Tuesday for a nonconference game.
The Carson City-Crystal Eagles were coming into this season after a very successful season a year ago. Last year, the Eagles won conference and district titles for the first time since the early 1980s.
With most of the team back this year, expectations were high again. So far, the Eagles (10-2, 5-1) have not disappointed.
Wednesday’s 42-24 win at home against Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart moved the Eagles into a first place tie in the MSAC with the Irish.
Carson City-Crystal has been playing tremendous defense since the Christmas break. Offensively, the team isn’t deep, but they are effective and led by sophomore Mikayla Duflo.
Hailey and Mackenzie Geister, along with Tori Christensen and Emily Ward provide depth.
A tough schedule, which includes road wins against Belding, Shepherd and Tri County, has given the Eagles experience and even more confidence they can make a deep run in the postseason.
The Eagles’ two losses were by a combined nine points at Sacred Heart and at home against ranked Portland St. Patrick.
All three of these teams are primed for great seasons this year. If you haven’t noticed yet, now is the time to do so.