2021 Bay City area boys basketball district pairings, predictions, results

BAY CITY, MI – A look at the MHSAA district tournament trail for the 26 high school boys’ basketball teams in the Bay City area with results as they become available.

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2021 DISTRICT PAIRINGS

DEPARTMENT 1 in MIDLAND

Thursday March 25th

5:30 p.m. – Midland Dow versus Mount Pleasant

7pm – Midland vs. Bay City Western

Saturday March 26th

7 p.m. – championship

The winner will advance to Mount Pleasant Regional

PREDICTION: Coronavirus issues denied a third round of rivalry between Central and West. Western would like to have a positive influence on this season and cannot be considered in the matchup against Midland. But chemistry is the tournament’s favorite, and rightly so. Master: Midland

DEPARTMENT 2 at STANDISH-STERLING

Tuesday March 23rd

7 p.m. – Gladwin versus Clare

Thursday March 25th

5:30 p.m. – Remus Chippewa Hills v Ogemaw Heights

7 p.m. – Standish-Sterling versus Gladwin / Clare

Saturday March 26th

7 p.m. – championship

The winner will advance to Traverse City Central Regional

PREDICTION: Standish-Sterling v Ogemaw Heights was a marquee matchup when they first met, and they’re on their way to clash with a district championship on the line. Gladwin has the skills to come up with a surprise or two this time of year so this should be a fun draw. Champion: Standish-Sterling

DEPARTMENT 2 at ESSEXVILLE GARBER

Tuesday March 23rd

5pm – Saginaw Swan Valley vs John Glenn

7pm – Essexville Garber v Midland Bullock Creek

Thursday March 25th

5pm – Carrollton v Swan Valley / John Glenn

7pm – Freeland versus Garber / Bullock Creek

Saturday March 26th

1 p.m. – championship

The winner will advance to Owosso Regional

FORECAST: John Glenn and Garber are looking for signature wins to highlight a season of fighting, and the potential is there for both. The Bobcats and Dukes are longshots, but look for one or both to make some noise. The favorites are Freeland and Carrollton, but they should be on the alert. Master: Carrollton

DEPARTMENT 3 at LAKER

Tuesday March 23rd

7 p.m. – Laker versus Cass City

Thursday March 25th

5:30 p.m. – Unionville-Sebewaing v Harbor Beach

7 p.m. – Bad Ax versus Laker / Cass City

Saturday March 26th

7 p.m. – championship

The winner will advance to Reese Regional

PREDICTION: Harbor Beach is the overwhelming favorite after taking the “Greater Thumb East” title 13-1. But this district is ripe for something unusual to happen. Champion: Bad ax

DEPARTMENT 3 at VASSAR

Tuesday March 23rd

7 p.m. – Saginaw Arts & Sciences in Vassar

7pm – St. Charles in Saginaw Valley Lutheran

7 p.m. – Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Hemlock

Thursday March 25th

5:30 p.m. – Reese versus Vassar / SASA

7:30 p.m. – Valley Lutheran / St. Charles v Hemlock / MLS

Saturday March 26th

3 p.m. – championship

The winner will advance to Reese Regional

PREDICTION: A showdown is looming on the horizon. The two best seeds are on collision and course, and Reese vs. Hemlock could be epic. Both teams are built for a tournament run, but this is where it ends for one. Master: Reese

DEPARTMENT 3 in ROGERS CITY

Tuesday March 23rd

7 p.m. – Tawas versus Rogers City

Thursday March 25th

5:30 p.m. – Whittemore-Prescott v Lincoln Alcona

7 p.m. – Oscoda versus Tawas / Rogers City

Saturday March 27th

7 p.m. – championship

The winner moves to Sault Ste. Marie regional

PRELIMINARY: A year ago, history was interrupted for Oscoda, and one of the strongest teams in program history never got a chance to show what it could do after the coronavirus shutdown. It’s hard to tell if anyone or anything can stop the owls this time. Master: Oscoda

DEPARTMENT 3 in BEAVERTON

Tuesday March 23rd

5:30 p.m. – Sanford Meridian v Beal City

7 p.m. – Farwell v Harrison

Thursday March 25th

5:30 p.m. – Beaverton v Meridian / Beal City

7 p.m. – Pinconning versus Farwell / Harrison

Saturday March 26th

7 p.m. – championship

The winner will advance to Houghton Lake Regional

PREDICTION: Sanford Meridian and Pinconning have some potential in this draw. But this year it belongs to the Beavers, who won the Jack Pine Conference boys and girls’ basketball titles and may do the same with the district titles. Master: Beaverton

DEPARTMENT 3 at HOUGHTON LAKE

Tuesday March 23rd

5:30 p.m. – Roscommon v Houghton Lake

7 p.m. – Lake City v Mesick

Thursday March 25th

5:30 p.m. – McBain v Roscommon / Houghton Lake

7 p.m. – Manton v Lake City / Mesick

Saturday March 26th

Midday championship

The winner will advance to Houghton Lake Regional

PREDICTION: It’s pretty easy to draw for Roscommon. The Bucks are a group of undersized gamblers who compete with big hearts. But there’s something in the water at McBain. Anyone who plays a basketball in this city knows how to win. Master: McBain

DEPARTMENT 4 at UBLY

Tuesday March 23rd

5:30 p.m. – Owendale-Gagetown versus Carsonville-Port Sanilac

7 p.m. – Caseville versus Deckerville

Thursday March 25th

5:30 p.m. – Ubly versus OwenGage / CPS

7pm – Kinde North Huron v Caseville / Deckerville

Saturday March 26th

7 p.m. – championship

The winner will advance to Midland Regional

PREDICTION: Let’s call it the overall championship of the Greater Thumb Conference. GTW Champion North Huron and GTE Champion Ubly face a showdown. Master: Ubly

DEPARTMENT 4 at AKRON-FAIRGROVE

Tuesday March 23rd

5:30 p.m. Mayville v Akron-Fairgrove

7pm – Ashley v Bay City All Saints

Thursday March 25th

5:30 p.m. – Midland Calvary Baptist v Mayville / Akron-Fairgrove

7 p.m. – Saginaw Nouvel versus Ashley / All Saints

Saturday March 26th

7 p.m. – championship

The winner will advance to Midland Regional

PREDICTION: All Saints would be a Cinderella story if it could run to the crown after being idle since March 12th. But the Nouvel girls are likely to have a long tournament run and the boys don’t want to be left behind. Master: Nouvel

DEPARTMENT 4 at AU GRES

Thursday March 25th

5:30 p.m. – St. Helen Heston versus Au Gres

7 p.m. – Hale vs. Atlanta

Saturday March 26th

7 p.m. – championship

The winner will advance to Midland Regional

PREDICTION: Hale was stopped short of his lofty goals last season by the coronavirus break. Notably, the Eagles have started exactly where they left off – despite the completion of all-time all-time top scorer Joseph Kimmerer – and once again have the ambitions of a district championship. Master: Hale

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