TRAVERSE CITY — St. Francis tied a school record by finishing the regular season 19-1 after a 76-58 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Elk Rapids on Thursday.
That lone loss came Tuesday to Glen Lake.
“I was glad we got a chance to play another game before the tournament,” St. Francis coach Keith Haske said. “We’re looking forward to the tournament. Hopefully, we can keep things going.”
The Gladiators, who finished 14-0 in winning back-to-back league titles, led 41-24 at half.
Five St. Francis players reached double figures. Byron Bullough led with 16 points, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi 14, Connor Archer 12, Kody Kleinrichert 11 and Austin Currie 10. Sheehy-Guiseppi added eight assists.
Austin McMullen’s 16 points topped Elk Rapids (9-11, 6-8). Shae Somers added 12 and Adam Trautman 11.
St. Francis won the JV game 50-41 as Gus Banz netted nine points for the 10-9 Gladiators. Cody Waite’s 11 points paced Elk Rapids.
A hot start got Charlevoix off and running in a 75-50 Lake Michigan Conference win over Grayling.
“I thought we played the best game of the year for us,” Rayders coach Adam Wood said.
Charlevoix (14-5) jumped out to a 16-0 start and never looked back. The lead was 41-21 at half.
Charlie Hamilton knocked down eight 3-pointers for 30 points. Zach Hankins had 12 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks while Sawyer Russell had 12 points and eight boards.
Tanner Catt also dished out 14 assists.
Scott Parkinson had 18 points for the Vikings.
Charlevoix travels to Boyne City on Monday to play the Ramblers in the Class C opener.
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Cadillac held off Traverse City Central for a 52-50 Big North Conference win, creating a three-way tie for the league title.
Cadillac, Traverse City West and Petoskey all finished 9-3 in the Big North. Petoskey defeated Gaylord 63-34 on Thursday. West closed out its league season last week.
It did not come easy for the Vikings against Central despite a 27-13 lead at half.