BUSY WEEK NEXT WEEK IN STATE TOURNAMENTS

     It's finally March-- so March Madness now makes sense.  But play continues in the boys state tournament Monday with regional opening games with a doubleheader at Lansing Eastern's Don Johnson Fieldhouse.  The regional finals will be played on Wednesday.  The girls quarter-finals will be played Tuesday, including top ranked East Lansing, 23-1, at Eastern's Fieldhouse against rugged Grand Haven and that will perhaps be the best match up of the night around the state.  The girls semi finals will be played in Ypsilanti next Thursday and Friday with the finals set for next Saturday.

     The CAAC hockey league is competitive and improving but it isn't very good around the state.  Lansing Catholic beat Durand in an opening game 3-0, but no other team won a state tournament game except against teams from its own league.  Haslett/Williamston is the only team still alive after wins over weak East Lansing and Okemos, but this team should bow out in the Regional final at 8pm Friday against Forest Hills Eastern, an earlier 4-3 winner over DeWitt/St. Johns.

     Rick Comley is right.  The CCHA play offs would be better served by eliminating the bottom four teams.  The play offs begin next week with the top four teams, including Michigan State, drawing byes.  But that eliminates a good week end for hockey fans.  The bottom eight meet and those four survivors join the top four teams.  The final four then meet at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.  It makes no sense to add lousy teams to post season play since none are headed to the NCAA tournament any way.

     College baseball is underway.  Michigan is ranked eighth in the nation and playing this week end at top ranked Arizona State.  Michigan State is 2-2 after a 4-2 Thursday loss at Lamar in Texas.  That was the first game of a ten day trip through the south.  The Spartans hope to open at home the third week of March but considering the weather we have that will take some doing.

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