In football, the state playoff semi-finals are on tap for this weekend with Saturday afternoon’s winners advancing to Ford Field in Detroit and two days of championship contests beginning a week from today. In volleyball, the Class-C and Class-B semi-final matches were played Thursday and Concord of the Big Eight had its season come to an end as the third-ranked Yellowjackets fell 3-games-to-1 to
Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, the top ranked team in Class-C and last year’s finals runner-up. Concord’s run to Kellogg Arena included a regional semi-final victory over eighth-ranked Bronson. The two other area teams still competing in the Cereal City are both Class-D schools, six time defending champion Battle Creek St. Philip and St. Joe Valley Conference champion Mendon.
In this afternoon’s semi finals, in the first match, top-ranked St. Philip takes on fifth ranked Onaway followed by second-ranked Mendon against third-ranked Beal City.
Turning to the football playoffs, SMAC East champion Harper Creek and Constantine are the two area schools that captured regional titles last weekend and are now a win away from completing the second season journey to Ford Field. Harper Creek’s Division Three semi-final game Saturday afternoon is against Orchard Lake St. Mary at Chelsea while in Division Six, its Constantine vs. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central at Harper Creek.
Today on the Coach’s Corner, its Coldwater volleyball with coach Gene Pensari and a portion of his remarks from Monday’s annual volleyball awards banquet.