The high school sports year ends a week from Saturday in Battle Creek with the state softball and baseball tournaments. Those two sports have Regional competition on Saturday with nine mid Michigan teams in action. The premier game may be the division one opener at noon Saturday, Portage Central, 33-3 at Grand Ledge, 33-2. Grand Ledge's five seniors will go through graduation ceremonies Friday night.
The girls' soccer regionals feature Williamston hosting Flint Powers in division three at 6pm Friday. Williamston is ranked number four and Powers number two. Okemos plays a game in division one which has been moved to Saturday at noon from Friday night because of the weather.
In golf, division two defending state champion Haslett had a rough day Friday in Ypsilanti. The winds were high and so were the scores. Haslett is seventh, 26 shots behind team leader Battle Creek Lakeview. Chris Mory led Haslett with a 75 on the first of the two days. In division three at Forest Akers East created more high scores, but Lansing Catholic is third after day one, four shots behind leader, Big Rapids and one behind second place Schoolcraft. Lansing Catholic basketball starting guard Pat Duda shot the round of his career Friday, a one under par 71 to take the individual lead. Duda is hoping for a second state title by Saturday since his Cougars won the class B crown nearby in the Breslin Center back in March. Among individuals, Ovid-Elsie's Nathan Gunthorpe shot 77. The golf finals Saturday begin at all sites at 8am.
Lansing Catholic senior Sean Courtney shot 80 on Friday and then headed to baseball practice. His Cougars face Olivet at 10am Saturday in the Regionals at Lansing's Municipal Park. Because Catholic is in the top five in the team standings, Courtney will play golf in the morning. If his team wins in baseball and advances to an afternoon Regional final, he'll then play baseball as well.