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Lady Skippers close season with 4th in NJCAA tournament

The Lady Skippers took fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Tournament, ending the season with a record of 32-3.

In addition to placing in the tournament, the Skippers claimed three championships this season: the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference and state championships, and the NJCAA District H championship.

At the tournaments, the Skippers beat Elgin Community College 71-64, and they proceeded to win the quarterfinal the next day against South Suburban College, 65-64.  Continue reading Lady Skippers close season with 4th in NJCAA tournament

Skippers claim MCCAA state championship

The Lady Skippers defeated the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars 68-62 to win the Michigan Community College Athletic Association state championship title on March 2.

The victory was SC4’s third MCCAA championship and the second championship of the season for this team, making their record 28-1.

The scores stayed close during the first half, with the Skippers carrying a five-point lead at halftime. In the second period they reached double-digit leads four times, but the Cougars fought back and managed to make it a three-point game in the final minute.   Continue reading Skippers claim MCCAA state championship

Sophmore’s last stand

Coach Mike Groulx and Coach Dale Vos honored their second year students with this season’s last home game against the Schoolcraft Ocelots.

The recognition ceremony might have given the teams the boost they needed as the Lady Skippers won 97 to 60 and the men 90 to 74. The women took the court first with a short bench as Sophomores Cianna Peterson and Teisha Knott sat out for disciplinary reasons. The Ocelots kept the game close into halftime with the score 44 to 33.

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Skippers defeat Monarchs, women take eastern conference title

Both Skippers teams defeated the Monarchs at Macomb Community College on Feb. 27, the last games of the regular season. The SC4 women won 50-40 and the men won 85-74.

The women were playing for the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference title, and the victory poised them to play for the MCCAA championship on March 2.

The Lady Skippers are holding steady in their place as sixth in the nation in NJCAA Division II polls, which posted the same day as the game. The NJCAA also named Skippers forward Heidi Highstreet as its Division II player of the week for Feb. 18-24.

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Basketball: Skippers play Wildcats

Johnnie Mills guards Raiders Aaron Hayes. Photo credit: Emma Williams

On Feb. 6 the men and women’s basketball teams played the Wayne County Community College Wildcats.

The Lady Skippers played first, winning 73-69.

SC4 took the first shot and led throughout the game, maintaining a 10 point lead in the first period.

That changed toward the end. The Skippers called three time-outs in the last two minutes, and the Wildcats came within two points.

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Skippers Teams Play for Breast Cancer Awareness

The Port Huron Hospital Women’s Wellness Place benefited from the Skippers’ basketball game on Feb. 9. The “Think Pink” games raised $247 to promote breast cancer prevention.

At the women’s game, the Skippers played in pink uniforms, and Coach Mike Groulx wore a pink shirt. The referees also used pink whistles in recognition of the event.

Most of the men’s basketball team wore pink socks.

Both Skippers teams played the Oakland Community College Raiders.

The women’s team defeated the Raiders 84-59.

At the end of the first half the Lady Skippers led by 21 points, which they built on into the second. However, the Raiders picked up the offense in the second period.

Groulx was critical of the Skippers’ performance in the second half.

“I think we played a great 30 minutes of basketball,” he said afterward. “We defended well; we rebounded well; we scored well. The last ten minutes we got a little less vigilant and they took advantage of it. I wish we’d tightened up a little bit.”

Groulx spoke supportively of the Think Pink event, saying he was glad to be a part of it.

“I think the breast cancer awareness was a great cause,” he said, adding, “We were hoping for a bigger turnout.”

The men’s team lost 109-103 after a close fight through the last five minutes.

“A lot of this game’s gonna be decided by the rebounds,” Coach Dale Vos said before the lineups. “This is a really good rebounding team. It’s gonna hinge on that.”

Throughout the game the Skippers’ chant remained “defense,” and both teams had to work to score in the paint. In the second half, Skippers guards Johnnie Mills, Deion Stegall and Corey McKinney made too many fouls and were taken out of play.

“They just lost a tough game,” said Vos, who declined further comment directly after the game to take care of the team.

The Raiders’ Coach Antoine Joubert called it “a nerve-wracking game,” and said, “I was so glad that #2 and #5 fouled out.”

Both the Skippers and the Raiders played “very hard and very well,” Joubert said.

“I’m glad that both teams played good and nobody got hurt.”


Rachael Pittiglio

Sports Editor


Men’s Basketball 4-1 through first five 2-0 at home

Men’s Basketball 4-1 through first five 2-0 at home

DJ Palm

Sport Editor

SC4 Skippers men’s basketball team beat Lambton College in their last home game 71-


Lambton CC looked a bit outmatched as they could only get as close as nine after halftime.

From there it was all Skippers.

Kem Bradshaw had 12 of his 19 points in the first half going four of five from the line. Johnnie Mills also added 16 points, nine in the second half that came off of three straight 3-pointers.

“Coach Vos really challenged us this game to play harder. Last game, the other team pulled to within single digits after halftime and we didn’t want to let that happen again,” Bradshaw said.

SC4 guard Joshua Harvey (#10) tries to get around teammates during practice Nov. 5. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore.

Skippers now have been on the road for four straight games.

The Skips will either split their four game road swing, or come back home to Lakeland CC a week from Friday with only one loss, depending on what happened Tuesday night at Lansing CC.

Skips right now have sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference, just below Mott CC, who is 4-0.

The Skips won’t have a crack at them until Jan. 16 at home.



DJ Palm

Sport Editor

The Lady Skippers have been nothing but dominant since the start of the season.

Their first five games have been won by an average of 30 points, the narrowest margin of victory for the Lady Skippers, and oh yeah, they’re 5-0.

That came last Tuesday Night with Lansing CC.

Lady Skips opened up like they always have, with Head Coach Mike Groulx’s game plan of a full court press had them up early opening the game with a 9-2 run. Starting center Hiedi Highstreet was a little bit limited in the first half as she had three fouls in the first nine minutes.

LCC has been the toughest challenge for the Lady Skips so far this season, holding the Lady Skips to 58 points after scoring 89,83,87, and 66 through their first four games.

Tiesha Knott in the second half wasn’t letting the team drop one in the loss column as they  were only up 9 at halftime.

“We weren’t executing like we wanted to,” said Knott, who had 10 of her 18 points in the second half, six of those 10 consecutively to open after halftime. “We stayed in control, kept communicating and that’s what got us the win.”

Groulx called the win against LCC an “ugly win.”

“They(LCC) did a real good job of slowing the tempo of the game, we like to play faster but we adjusted and pulled it out,” said Groulx.

Lady Skips’ next game is on the road Thursday in Grand Rapids, where they look to go 6-0.

Lady Skippers home finale spoiled by Schoolcraft College

Lady Skippers home finale spoiled by Schoolcraft College

DJ Palm

Sports Editor

The Lady Skippers volleyball team had their final home game not go their way as they lost in four sets 30-28, 28-26, 25-13, and 25-17.

The Skippers night didn’t start easy as the set was tied eight different times in the first 25 points of the match. The Lady Skippers would finally get consecutive points, giving them their biggest lead of the set 17-13.

Schoolcraft wasn’t going away as they would tie 17-17.

Skippers looked like they were pulling away as they would take seven of the next 11 points, putting them on top 24-21, with the set point in their grasp.

But as the Skippers were trying to close out the set, Schoolcraft roared right back with three straight points to tie the match, sending the set into extra points.

Extra points were a see-saw battle as each team would trade the first eight points.

The Skippers would get two consecutive points to win thanks to Kelcey Stauffer, as she would land two back-to-back spikes giving the Skippers the win 30-28.

Second set was almost a mirror image of the first set as the first 12 points would split between the two teams. Lady Skips would get three straight points, matching their biggest lead of the night 9-6.

Lady Skippers volleyball team members Emily Fasel, Olivia Krause, and Heather Griffis wait for a serve in the third set of their match Thursday night, Oct. 11, against Schoolcraft College. Photo Credit: DJ Palm

Schoolcraft would comeback as they landed two straight aces to only be down one. The Lady Skips would keep the lead throughout the set, having a three point edge 18-15, but Schoolcraft would take five of the next seven points to tie the set at 20 apiece.

With Schoolcraft up one going into extra points, Katie Bearse would have a greatly timed “love tap” that landed to tie the match at 25.

With the set now tied at 26, the Lady Skippers would make costly mistakes as a serve into the net would give Schoolcraft up one.

The next point Bearse would be called for a double hit that would give Schoolcraft the point and the set.

The Third set wouldn’t start SC4’s way as they would be in a hole early on, netting only one of the first 11 points.

Skippers would be down 13-3 as Schoolcraft would step on the gas from there winning the set 25-13.

SC4’s night would start to turn rough as Schoolcraft jumped out to a 12-7 lead.

Attempted blocked spikes by Schoolcraft would land out of bounds, pulling the Skippers within six.

The Lady Skips would take three of the next four points, cutting the lead to four 15-11.

Emily Fasel would then serve and ace, putting them down only three.

Schoolcraft unfortunately would receive four of the next five points, putting Schoolcraft one point away from winning.

The match would end when a ball that was going out of bounds just grazed the wrist of Olivia Krause, giving the match to Schoolcraft.

Fasel was asked if the second set had anything to do with the overall loss. Fasel said, “It typically does when you lose a close set like that. The game is all momentum.”

Coach Chuck Wiesner said, “After the second set slipped away from us we never recovered, we played hard but the game got away from us.”