Niles, Brandywine, Buchanan open week with full schedules

Published 11:00 pm Monday, April 25, 2005

By By ERIKA PICKLES / Niles Daily Star
NILES - No matter which sport you prefer, you'll get a little taste of them all this week as area teams prepare for another busy week.
Lets just hope the weather coaperates. All events taking place this past weekend were canceled due to the weather.
Niles and Dowagiac will meet on the soccer field for the first time this year at the Chieftains field.
The two teams had a chance to meet at the beginning of the season at the Dowagiac Early Bird Invitational, but the tourney was canceled due to snow. The Vikings are 3-1 entering this evening's game which is set to begin at 5:45 p.m.
Niles will host St. Joseph on Wednesday for a Big 16 match set for 5 p.m. and will host River Valley Friday at 5 p.m.
Niles' tennis team will also travel to Dowagiac this afternoon in hopes of adding another win to its record.
The Vikings are currently 2-2, losing the first two matches of the season in a row against against Sturgis and Lakeshore and picked up two straight wins against Bridgman and Three Rivers. Match time is set for 4:30 p.m.
Niles will also host St. Joseph on Wednesday for a Big 16 match set for 4:30 p.m. and travel to the Allegan Tournament on Saturday set to begin at 8 a.m.
The Lady Vikes golf team will host South Haven for a non-league match-up this afternoon.
Niles is 2-0 overall, is undefeated so far this year taking first place at the last two jamborees held at Hampshire Country Club and Indian Lake Hills. Tee time is set for 3:30 p.m.
Brandywine's tennis team will be hosting Bridgman this afternoon at Plym Park. The Bobcats, 2-1 overall, 1-1 LAC, picked up their first loss against Edwardsburg last week. Match time is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Brandywine will face Berrien Springs at home on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and travel to Dowagiac on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The Bobcats' track team will travel to Three Oaks this afternoon to face Coloma and River Valley.
Brandywine's girls team fell to Decatur and Lawerence last week while the guys picked up the win against the two. Meet time is set for 4 p.m.
Brandywine will then travel to St. Joseph on Friday for the Rotary Meet which also involves Buchanan and Niles. Meet time is set for 4:30 p.m.
Buchanan's track team will travel to Edwardsburg this afternoon to face the Eddies and Berrien Springs.
The Bucks have had a rough start so far, but hopes to pick up the pace tonight. Meet time is set for 4 p.m.
Buchanan will travel to the Rotary Meet in St. Joseph on Friday.
On Tuesday, the Niles baseball and softball teams will travel to St. Joseph. The boys game is set to begin at 4 p.m. and the girls at 4:30 p.m.
The Vikings baseball team is 10-1, recently picking up a doubleheader win against Edwardsburg last Thursday.
Niles picked up its first loss against Portage Central a few weeks ago. It will travel to East Lansing on Saturday at 12 p.m.
The Lady Vikes, 3-3 overall, hope to get back on the right track after falling to Edwardsburg last Thursday.
Niles was supposed to travel to Mishawaka on Saturday, but the game was canceled. No further date has been set.
The Vikes will travel to Portage Central on Thursday with game time set for 4:30 p.m. and will host Watervliet on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Brandywine and Buchanan's baseball and softball teams will meet on the field Tuesday afternoon for a pair of Lakeland Conference games.
The baseball team, which is 5-7 overall, split a pair of LAC games last Monday against Cassopolis.
The Bucks had a rocky start, but are starting to come around as the season moves on.
The Bucks will host St, Joseph on Thursday at 4 p.m. and Coloma on Friday at 4 p.m.
The Lady Bobcats, 8-4, 4-0 LAC, hope to stay undefeated in the conference, but will have to work hard against the also undefeated Lady Bucks who are 6-4, 4-0 LAC.
Brandywine will then travel to the Mattawan Tournament on Saturday. Tourney time is set to begin at 9 a.m.
Brandywine's soccer team will host the Eddies on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The team has also had a rough start not being able to win a game yet, but the Bobcat coaches are confident that their team will come around.
Not only has Brandywine, who is 0-5 overall, been shorthanded, but they also have a lot of injured players.
Buchanan's tennis team will host Berrien Springs on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Bucks have had a great start so far with a 3-0 record and hope to continue the winning streak.
Buchanan will travel to Cassopolis on Wednesday with match times set for 4 p.m. and to the Almont tournament this weekend. Match times are yet to be determined.
On Friday, the Ring Lardner track team will be host a meet at NIles High School with 10 teams expected to show.
The Vikes boys and girls picked up first place last week at the Edwardsburg relays.
Be sure to catch all the action of area sports this week and check out the Niles Daily Star for all of the highlights, scores and upcoming events.