Basketball teams back in action this week

Dean McGuire
Dean McGuire

REED CITY — Boys basketball teams are back in action this week after a busy practice schedule during the holiday break.

The Reed City boys, 2-2, were scheduled to play home Tuesday against Fremont and will be home Thursday against Manistee in a pair of non-league games. They return to Central State Activities Association action next week at Grant Jan. 13 and are at Big Rapids Jan. 16.

“I know that Fremont is traditionally good and is 1-3 now,” Reed City coach Dean McGuire said prior to the game. “They lost a one-point game to Grant, who is in our conference. Grant is pretty good. Manistee is off to a rough start right now. I don’t know a whole lot about them.”

Evart, 1-3, was scheduled for two Highland Conference games this week on the road, including at McBain NMC Tuesday and at Beal City Friday. They are home next Tuesday with Manistee in non-league play.

“NMC will be a battle, they’re 3-0,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said prior to the Tuesday game. “We’re expecting a good start to the conference.”

Morgan said he had a good attendance for practices during the holidays, plus a scrimmage against Evart alums.

Pine River has a showdown with rival McBain Friday in Highland Conference action and Tuesday at Traverse City St. Francis for a non-league contest. The Bucks were scheduled to be at Manton on Tuesday.

“They’re two of the better teams in our conference,” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. “Manton is very young but has a lot of talent. McBain is going to be tough. We know they’re going to be one of the toughest teams in the conference. They have some experience back, plus some young talent up from the JV team. I predicted Manton and McBain would be two of the best teams along with us, in the conference. It’s a pretty tough week for us.”

The Bucks had a scrimmage last week with Crossroads and Mason County Central.