Niles’ Gavin Rasler and the Vikings will be looking to get into the win column as they play host to Portage Northern Friday night. (Leader photo/JOSEPH WEISER)
Niles’ Gavin Rasler and the Vikings will be looking to get into the win column as they play host to Portage Northern Friday night. (Leader photo/JOSEPH WEISER)

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Teams playing final games before heading to break

Published 12:57pm Thursday, December 19, 2013

This is the final weekend before most teams break for the holidays.

The weekend actually kicks off tonight with the Brandywine girls basketball team finally getting back on the court.

Due to a pair of weather postponements, the Bobcats haven’t played a game since the first week of December.

Brandywine will take its first step toward a fifth consecutive Lakeland Conference championship when it hosts Bridgman at 7:30 p.m.

The Bobcats (2-0) will also be in action Saturday night when they host Benton Harbor Dream Academy. Tip-off for that contest is set for 6 p.m.

Saturday will be a varsity only doubleheader with the boys team playing Dream Academy at 7:30 p.m.

Brandywine fans are being asked to help with a food drive Saturday night.

The original doubleheader was postponed due to weather last Saturday.

Fans can get in free with at least $4 worth of canned or packaged non-perishable food, which will be collected at the gate.

Normal gate admission is $5.

The Niles girls basketball team will be trying to rebound from its first loss of the season when it hosts Portage Northern Friday night at 5:45.

 

Boys basketball

Brandywine is 1-1 on the year following its 63-52 win over former Lakeland Conference foe River Valley.

The Bobcats got a game-high 20 points from Austin Knapp and 16 points from Zach Schmidt in the victory.

Brandywine will open up its Lakeland Conference schedule against visiting Bridgman Friday night.

The Bees are currently 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the league following wins over Bangor and Buchanan and Tuesday night’s non-league lost to Zeeland West.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Niles boys basketball team will be looking for its first win of the season when it hosts Portage Northern at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

 

Wrestling

The Bobcats will split their wrestling squad in order to compete in a pair of invitationals Saturday.

The Brandywine A squad will travel to Michigan Center for its annual duals scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The Bobcat B team will head to Covert for the Bulldogs’ tournament also scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Brandywine has been 2-3 at both of its first two weekend invitationals.

 

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