LANSING - An hour before tipoff, the line stretched out the door and into the parking lot.
Fans didn’t seem to mind the cool evening air as they waited patiently for a chance to watch Lansing Everett battle Kalamazoo Central for a Class A regional championship.
The gym filled long before tipoff with fans uncomfortably seated elbow-to-elbow. Those on time found refuge by sitting in aisle. And fans arriving 30 minutes before game time were forced to the standing room only section.
The No. 8 Haslett Vikings girls basketball team defeated Benton Harbor in the Class B state semifinal, 63 to 52, at the Breslin Center to advance to the state championship tomorrow at 6pm against Detroit Country Day. Senior Forward Makenna Ott lead the team with 16 points and eight rebounds, as four of the five Vikings starters scored in double-digits.
LANSING--- Lansing Everett’s gym echoes with the sound of sneakers squeaking across the hardwood. The energy level was high, matching a fresh team, not one at the end of a grinding regular season.
Forward Trevor Manuel sweated profusely as he raced up and down the court, barking out defensive assignments and swatting shots. Manuel was working hard, under the banner of Everett’s most famous alumni, Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Manuel competes like an athlete fighting for minutes, rather than a star player for a team that already won its conference championship.
After being a basketball standout at Everett and the University of Detroit, Ferguson spent 11 years playing professional basketball, including a stint with the Portland Trailblazers . Ferguson also became a businessman in 2002, when he founded Moneyball sportswear.
The Lansing Everett Vikings manage to remain undefeated in the CAAC Blue with a 61-56 win over the East Lansing Trojans. Mikhail Myles lead the way for East Lansing, pouring in 21 points, while Trevor Manuel kept the Vikings afloat with 27 points. Watch full game hilights here, shot by WKAR's Al Martin.
WKAR's Al Martin reveals the second part of his sit-down with hoop great, and Lansing native, Magic Johnson. The game of basketball has evolved over time and Magic believes it has become too catered to its "superstars." He explains why, along with why rivalries are so important to the game.
Hoop great, and Lansing native, Magic Johnson has teamed up with the Lansing School District and is part owner of a company now providing providing the food for the district. Starting July 1st SodexoMAGIC, a partnership between Sodexo, Inc, and Magic Johnson Enterprises, took over the running of food service for the Lansing School District. Johnson is SodexoMAGIC's C.E.O. and President. WKAR's Al Martin caught up with Johnson to chat about the endeavor, along with the feeling of returning home, and so much more...
This week saw a battle in the CAAC blue conference as Grand Ledge hosted Lansing Everett. Grand Ledge pulled out a 41 to 19 win, propelling them to second place in the conference. Pretty remarkable, seeing as though the Comets started the season 0-3! Alex Scharg talked with Grand Ledge head coach Matt Bird afterward.