NOVAK: Area teams put on quite a display

Published 8:33 am Tuesday, November 6, 2018

great weekend of sports actually started last Thursday with the Division 2 district volleyball semifinals at Edwardsburg High School.

It concluded with the championship match at Edwardsburg Saturday morning.

We are now in one of my favorite times of the year — the postseason.

I love watching our teams compete for district and regional championships with the hopes of going even further down the road toward the state finals.

Our area volleyball teams put on quite a performance last week with Brandywine hosting and winning its second straight district championships.

The Bobcats have overcome so much this season to successfully defend their championship.

Hopefully, Brandywine can take that next step when it faces No. 3-ranked Schoolcraft tonight in Bronson.

The winner will more than likely face the host Vikings, who are the defending state championships.

Meanwhile at Edwardsburg, three of our teams battled each other for the right to compete in the Vicksburg regional tonight.

With the state switching from a class system to divisions this year, a pair of defending district champions — Niles and host Edwardsburg — were in the same district.

The Vikings have had a rollercoaster season, but put together a strong finish, falling to the Eddies in the championship game Saturday morning.

Niles also had to go through an up and coming Dowagiac program in the semifinals.

Under the leadership of first-year coach Tony Hooley, the Chieftains showed vast improvement throughout the season and had the Vikings on the ropes before Niles found its footing and defeated the Chieftains 3-1.

I switched my focus to football Friday morning and got myself ready to see if Cassopolis and Edwardsburg could continue their march toward Ford Field in Detroit.

The Rangers and Eddies had little trouble winning district championships and setting up regional title games at William F. Scott and Leo Hoffman Field respectively.

Cassopolis will play at 1 p.m. against Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, while Edwardsburg will play at 7 p.m. against Holland Christian.

It will make for a long, cold day of football as the forecast is calling for snow.

But it will also make for a great day of high school football.

Make sure you come out and support the Brandywine and Edwardsburg volleyball teams tonight.

I am hoping they both advance to Thursday’s regional championship matches.

Then pull out the cold weather gear and take in a high school football doubleheader at Cassopolis and Edwardsburg.

Scott Novak is sports editor for Leader Publications. He can be reached at