By Dan Hardenbrook

Perseverance paid off for the Engadine Boys Varsity Basketball team in a 63-28 win over the Mid Pen Wolverines. Senior Matthias Miller dominated early and ended up with 19 points, and all five Eagle starters had at least 8 points in the win. The victory came after a long 11-game losing streak to start the season. Head Coach Joe Brownson picked up his first career win as well. “It feels so good and these guys have worked so hard. I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Brownson said after the win.

Newberry JV boys and St. Ignace create an instant classic

An intense Straits Area Conference showdown between longtime varsity rivals was overshadowed by the two JV teams that stole the show in Newberry last Friday night. The Indians and Saints JV teams went toe-to-toe in a game that was tied at 48 at the end of regulation and forced into overtime. In the extra period, the Indians lost two players to foul outs, leaving them with just four players to finish the contest. Even then, they almost did the unthinkable before falling just short in overtime. Ethan Pavey launched a 70-foot heave from his own free throw line as time expired, but the ball rattled off the rim, just a fraction of an inch away from being the greatest shot in Newberry basketball history. Replay of the end of the 4th quarter and overtime is available on the M-123FM Facebook page. Do yourself a favor and go back and watch the exciting end to the classic encounter.

Indians and Eagles middle school teams get their turn

It’s always an intense and exciting rivalry, even in middle school. The Newberry and Engadine 7th and 8th grade teams took their turn in the spotlight Monday night in a doubleheader at Engadine. The 7th grade game was just as intense as any other matchup between the two neighboring towns, with the Indians getting the edge 26-22. Coleman Loebach had 9 points for the Eagles, and Newberry was led by Quentin Magnusson, who finished with 8 points. Newberry also picked up the 43-15 win in the 8th Grade game. Keegan Martin led the way for the Indians with 11 points.