2017-02-02 / Sports

Sault Blue Devils Too Much for St. Ignace Saints Boys on Courtwarming Night

By Jacob A. Ball


The 2017 LaSalle High School Courtwarming court (back, from left) are EJ Schultz, Drew Marshall, Steve Seccia, Robert Rountree, Joel Dodds, D’Angelo Davis, Ryan LaVake; (front) Eileen Law, Peyton Belonga, Jade Edelman, Callie Kammers, Annie Steel, Elizabeth Rountree, and Tessa Shepard. EJ Schultz and Eileen Law were voted Courtwarming King and Queen. The 2017 LaSalle High School Courtwarming court (back, from left) are EJ Schultz, Drew Marshall, Steve Seccia, Robert Rountree, Joel Dodds, D’Angelo Davis, Ryan LaVake; (front) Eileen Law, Peyton Belonga, Jade Edelman, Callie Kammers, Annie Steel, Elizabeth Rountree, and Tessa Shepard. EJ Schultz and Eileen Law were voted Courtwarming King and Queen. The St. Ignace Saints celebrated Courtwarming Friday, January 27, with a full crowd in the high school gymnasium between the junior varsity and varsity boys basketball games. EJ Schultz and Eileen Law were voted king and queen.

Representing the freshman class were Ryan LaVake and Tessa Shepard, followed by D’Angelo Davis and Elizabeth Rountree from grade 10. The class of 2018 chose Joel Dodds and Annie Steel as their representatives. For the senior class, four boys and four girls were voted by their peers to be finalists for the honor: Peyton Belonga, Jade Edelman, Callie Kammers, Eileen Law, Drew Marshall, Robert Rountree, Steve Seccia, and EJ Schultz. All the students were introduced alongside their family members to applause from the crowd. Former Courtwarming king and queen Gage Kreski and Hayley Dumas crowned their successors.


Center Preston Mayle lines up a shot over a Sault Ste. Marie defender on courtwarming night at LaSalle High School Friday, January 27. Mayle would finish the game with a team-high nine points. Center Preston Mayle lines up a shot over a Sault Ste. Marie defender on courtwarming night at LaSalle High School Friday, January 27. Mayle would finish the game with a team-high nine points. The varsity game got underway with a raucous student section cheering loudly as the boys basketball team made their way onto the court for pregame warm-ups. Their opponents, the Sault Ste. Marie Blue Devils, entered the game undefeated on the season. The contest would become lopsided quickly, with a 16-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, culminating in 63-20 defeat for the Saints.

Senior Preston Mayle worked hard in the paint throughout the night, finishing with a team-high nine points. In the first half, Mayle was responsible for seven of 10 points scored by the team. During the second quarter St. Ignace tried their hardest to slow the Blue Devils’ attack, but struggled to maintain position on defense as the Sault’s deep, fast squad asserted their style on the game. The Saints had a better quarter than the first, but the Blue Devils continued to roll as they took a 32-10 lead into the locker room.

The St. Ignace fans remained in the bleachers cheering on their squad for the whole game, as the students raised a ruckus in support.

Coach Bob Brandstrom said the team is “ready to go, it comes down to execution.”

Of Mayle’s performance on a tough night, he said, “When he is working hard, no one can stop him.”

Moving forward, the coach hopes to see some of his younger players develop more consistency, especially Tucker Shepard and Cameron Leveille, who will both be given expanded minutes following a possible season-ending injury to junior guard Nate Causley in the previous game.

Coming up, the Saints will play two road games in a row against Harbor Springs Tuesday, January 31, and at Newberry Friday, February 3. Their next home game will be the following Tuesday, February 7, as the boys host Gaylord.

Statistics:

Sault Ste. Marie: Tristan Johnston 18 points, Riley Alaspa 13 points, Brandon Paul nine points, Nicholas Anderson seven points, Robert Morris six points, Matt Knowles four points, Shane Thompson four points, and Nathan Edington two points.

St. Ignace: Preston Mayle nine points, Joel Dodds four points, Tucker Shepard three points, Shawn Livingston two points, and David LaVake two points.

Junior Varsity Puts in Good Performance

The all-freshmen JV squad put in one of their better performances of the season in a 47-31 loss to the Sault JV team. With the teams tied at seven points apiece following one quarter of play, the Blue Devils eventually were able to pull away. The young Saints worked hard, proving that with time their talents and teamwork are improving on the court.

Ryan LaVake finished with a game-high 21 points, followed by Cooper Lannoo with seven points.

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