Traverse City Record-Eagle

Basketball

March 26, 2010

Norse reach the end

Suttons Bay to play in today's state title game

EAST LANSING -- On Friday afternoon, Suttons Bay coach Todd Hursey experienced something completely new.

When his Norsemen held practice at Okemos High School, he knew it would be the final one for this season.

"It hit me that in my varsity career, this was the first time I've known it was the last practice," Hursey said. "We collected practice jerseys at the end of it. It was kind of strange."

There is no tomorrow for Suttons Bay or any of the other seven remaining high school basketball teams in the state of Michigan. State titles will be awarded in four classes today at Michigan State's Breslin Center, including the Class C showdown between Suttons Bay (25-1) and Melvindale Academy of Business and Technology (25-2).

The Class C title game will tip at noon and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit.

Suttons Bay practiced at Okemos on Friday, where Hursey's brother Tyler is an assistant coach. He was on staff with the Chieftains in 2006 when they lost to Saginaw Arthur Hill 85-84 in double overtime for the Class A state title.

Todd Hursey will be hoping for a different ending today in his first state final appearance.

In front of the Norsemen is Melvindale ABT and two-time Class C Player of the Year Michael Talley.

"He's a special player that can hurt you in many ways," Hursey said. "It's going to take more than one guy to stop him. Hopefully we can contain him and limit them to one shot."

McBain coach Bruce Koopman agreed. He took his Ramblers to the Class C semifinals a year ago, but fell to the Gators 68-46. Talley had 25 points, eight assists and only one turnover in the game.

"It's funny, we tried playing zone, we tried playing man, but he's just a tremendous player," Koopman said. "The other thing is he's so unselfish. If you double or try to give help, he's going to find somebody open."

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