Kingsford host to seven-school district tournament
By BURT ANGELI
IRON MOUNTAIN — Kingsford will serve as host school for a seven-school Class B basketball district tournament and the fluctuating Class C District 94 tournament will undergo another change for the 2017-2018 season.
Michigan High School Athletic Association has announced the 2017-2018 postseason basketball sites.
Kingsford, in the non-traditional Class B District 64 boys and girls basketball tournaments, will serve as host school with Escanaba, Gladstone, Menominee, Sault Ste. Marie, Boyne City and Cheboygan.
The Kingsford boys drew a bye to the March 7 semifinals, where Escanaba or Gladstone will await. The Flivver girls will host Gladstone on Feb. 26.
Ironwood returns to Class C District 94, joining Iron Mountain, Norway and West Iron County. Westwood and Carney-Nadeau have also been a part of Class C District 94 in recent years.
Iron Mountain will host the Class C Distict 94 boys tournament in 2017-2018 while Norway is the girls tournament site.
In the girls district semifinals on Feb. 28, Norway will host Iron Mountain and Ironwood will travel to West Iron County. Championship is Friday, March 2, with a site to be determined.
In the boys district semifinals on March 7, Norway visits Iron Mountain and West Iron travels to Ironwood. Finals will be held March 9.
Forest Park will host the Class D District 127 girls basketball tournament with Bessemer, Ewen-Trout Creek, Republic-Michigamme, Wakefield-Marenisco and Watersmeet. The Lady Trojans will open with Ewen-Trout Creek or Republic-Michigamme on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
Bessemer hosts the Class D District 127 boys tournament. Forest Park travels to Ewen-Trout Creek in a district opener on March 5.
Class D District 126 includes North Dickinson, North Central, Carney-Nadeau, Bark River-Harris, Stephenson and Hannahville. Carney will host this coming season’s boys tournament and North Central the girls.
Kingsford will continue to host the Class D Region 32 girls basketball tournament.
MHSAA Represenative Council did not adopt a basketball committee proposal to seed both the girls and boys tournaments at the district and regional levels. There are plans to explore seeding options for the district level only.
“While the results of the Representative Council’s vote was not to our liking, I believe the MHSAA is open to some form of seeding,” said Tom Hursey, executive director of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. “Our seeding committee is still working on promoting seeding.”