Sand Creek wrestling adds special display board

By DOUG DONNELLY

SAND CREEK — Clearing out my notebook of prep sports items from the past week or so from the Tri-County Conference and other area schools:

Garrett Miller is preparing to play in next week’s Orange Bowl. But, that didn’t prevent him from being part of a special moment in Sand Creek wrestling.

The Aggie graduate who plays defensive tackle for the University of Michigan took part in a ceremony during a break in action at Saturday’s Sand Creek Holiday Wrestling Tournament in which a large board featuring state place winners by Sand Creek wrestlers went on display.

“Going to wrestling tournaments throughout high school, I noticed that a lot of the really good schools had those,” Miller said. “Coach (Marc) Spicer told me about it earlier in the week and I wanted to come back and see it.”

Miller wrestled four years at Sand Creek and is among the Aggies to place at the state meet. Several of the other state placers were on hand for the unveiling and had their picture taken with the new display board.

Spicer said he wanted to do something to commemorate the last decade of Sand Creek having its own wrestling program. When the school first launched wrestling, it was a co-op program with Madison.

“This is kind of like 10 years of Sand Creek wrestling,” he said. “We separated from Madison 10 years ago. I’ve been here most of them. I think this is my ninth year. It’s nice to have that, to recognize those kids and hopefully motivate some of the young guys to get their names up there.”

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Addison’s boys basketball team has a different look this year – mainly because there’s no one about 6-foot-10 or bigger in the post.

Luke Meyer (6-foot-11) and Paul Zysk (6-10) have both taken their talents onto college basketball courts over the last few years, leaving Addison with a significantly smaller roster.

“It’s definitely different not having a 6-foot-10 guy down low to pound the ball inside too,” Panther coach Andy Kubish said. “We don’t really have a go-to guy right now, which is good and bad.”

Drew Rokita led Addison with 23 points Thursday to lift the Panthers to 2-1 on the season.

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A couple streaks are over for Hudson boys basketball player Drew Creger.

The Hudson forward led the Tigers in scoring in each of its 21 games in 2015-16 plus the first two games of this season. The string was stopped Thursday against Ida when he was limited to a pair of 3-pointers by Jamison Webster’s squad.

It also stopped his streak of 33 consecutive games of reaching double figures for Creger, dating back to the middle of the 2014-15 season when he scored only nine points against Hillsdale.

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Sand Creek’s boys basketball team is off to a 4-0 start, the first 4-0 start for the Aggies since 2005-06. And, they’ve done it so far without Logen Gallagher, who is out with an injury until after the first of the year.

Gallagher was among the top 20 scorers in the TCC last season.

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Two Lenawee County teams will have a chance this week to do something no team has done since January, 2013 – beat Pittsford in a regular season girls basketball game.

The Wildcats went 27-0 in winning the Class D state title last season, following a 26-1 season in which they lost in the state finals. The 2013-14 Pittsford team went 20-0 in the regular season before ending a 22-1 campaign in the District final with a loss to Madison. Pittsford’s off to a 4-0 start this season, extending its regular season unbeaten streak to 70 games.

Hudson travels to Pittsford Monday while Morenci will play at Pittsford Wednesday in a game re-scheduled from earlier this season.

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Blissfield will play back-to-back games after Christmas in the 22nd annual Motor City Roundball Classic.

The Lady Royals will play December 26 against Utica Ford with tip-off scheduled for 2:20 p.m. They return on Tuesday, December 27 to play Toledo Waite at 12:40 p.m.

Both games will be played at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School, formerly Detroit Northwestern High School, 2200 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit.

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