A wild night time in Fraser led to Port Huron Northern getting its first convention title in 19 seasons.
In March, COVID-19 considerations compelled the Michigan Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation to cancel the remainder of the sports activities calendar, which shortchanged followers the chance to look at baseball, softball, soccer, golf, lacrosse and observe and area.
However, thankfully for the Blue Water Space, there have been loads of superb moments that happened in the course of the fall and winter seasons. So with commencement rapidly approaching, the Occasions Herald is counting down the highest 20 sports activities moments of the 2019-20 faculty 12 months (with a handful of non-high faculty sports activities moments sprinkled in).
Every day we’ll be counting down till we attain the No. 1 second. We’ll even be releasing an “honorable point out” listing of different superior moments that have been simply exterior our high 20 listing. So in case you have any nominations, ship them to email@example.com and we will embrace them on the finish of this collection.
Let’s check out at this time’s high sports activities second:
No. 14 — Port Huron Northern backs into convention title
Port Huron Northern coach Brian Jamison wasn’t going to make the journey right down to Fraser.
Late within the common season, his boys basketball workforce beat Sterling Heights to get ready to win its first convention championship since 2001. All of the Huskies wanted was for St. Clair to lose yet one more Macomb Space Convention-Gold sport, and the 2 St. Clair County colleges would share the league title.
Jamison obtained that St. Clair loss, which went down as a 50-48 additional time thriller.
A wild fourth quarter noticed Fraser erase a earlier 10-point deficit by occurring an 11-Zero run and holding St. Clair scoreless for the primary 7:29 of the interval. However St. Clair’s Sean Donaldson drove to the basket for a tricky layup, after which Ryan Zimmer cleaned up a miss on the finish of regulation to tie it at 38 and pressure additional time.
Jamison may hardly sit nonetheless as he watched 4 rows from the highest of the bleachers behind Fraser’s bench.
The Ramblers obtained a scorching begin to the additional interval, scoring six of the primary eight factors, and St. Clair’s makes an attempt to get Zimmer, its 6-foot-5 ahead, the ball within the put up solely yielded that one area objective. Brady Gleason managed to knock down a 3-pointer, however the Saints resorted to fouling down the stretch, and Fraser had no hassle making 4 free throws within the bonus.
The Saints ran out of time, and Fraser obtained the win on its dwelling courtroom.
Jamison had instructed the Occasions Herald he wasn’t going to attend the sport. But, there he was, blushing as he and a handful of his gamers walked into Fraser’s gymnasium two minutes, 36 seconds earlier than the Saints and Ramblers tipped.
Proper earlier than the Huskies’ coaches and gamers climbed the bleachers and settled in to look at the sport, Jamison simply shrugged, after which he cracked a smile.
“I am unable to assist myself,” he stated.
St. Clair would later defeat Northern within the MAC Blue/Gold championship just a few weeks later, in the end settling the rating as soon as and for all. However coach Mike Boullard and the Saints weren’t comfortable to have the outright regular-season title ripped from their fingers.
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