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SHELBY — While COVID-19 has been an overwhelming negative for so many people, it has not been devoid of silver linings. For the Shelby basketball program, one of those silver linings came in the form of former star guard Jason Beckman being available to be an assistant coach for the Tigers t…

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MAPLE CITY — Hart faced an imposing foe last Wednesday night in the regional finals, taking on an unbeaten Glen Lake squad, on its home court, that had only beaten one opponent by fewer than 25 points. A fast start was essential.

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MAPLE CITY — Hart saw plenty to like when it evaluated its regional semifinal matchup with Beaverton coming into the game. Beaverton is a paint-focused team that prefers not to play a high-flying style — and a team that hasn’t been tested by the likes of Kent City, Montague and Western Michi…

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SCOTTVILLE — Maybe it was meant for Mason County Central to turn a 13-point loss to rival Hart just nine days before into a 55-31 runaway victory for an improbable, season-redefining district championship victory at home in Scottville.

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SHELBY — Last Wednesday’s rematch between Hart and Shelby played out very similarly to the Pirates’ win just five days prior, as Hart again jumped out to a big early lead and again was deliberate with its offense in the second half, knocking out the Tigers 49-27.

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SHELBY — There was no way for Hesperia to simulate the size of Mason County Central before facing the Spartans in Wednesday’s district semifinal game, and it turned out there was little way to overcome it, either, as the Panthers lost 44-25 to end their season.

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McBAIN — Pentwater ran into a juggernaut in Wednesday’s district semifinal against top seed McBain Northern Michigan Christian, and lost the game 58-21.