By Scott Nason “The Game” ESPN 1400
The Rudyard Bulldogs varsity volleyball season came to an end Tuesday night in Manistique, as they fell to Carney-Nadeau, 3-1, in a Division Four quarterfinal game.
The scores were 25-21, 25-16, 27-29, 25-18.
Carney-Nadeau advances to a Division Four semifinal game on Friday at 2 p.m. at Battle Creek where they will take on Auburn Hills Oakland Christian. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Mesick-Battle Creek St. Phillip winner, in the Division Four State Final on Saturday.
This was a rematch of the 2019 quarterfinal, won by the Bulldogs, as they advanced to their first ever State Semifinal.
This ends the fall high school sports season in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Barring any extended or new mandates from Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the winter sports season will commence on Saturday, January 16, with practices beginning for boys and girls basketball, hockey, swimming and diving, and wrestling. The first games will begin on January 22.
The Sault High Blue Devil boys basketball team will be home to Newberry on January 22, with the girls team traveling to Newberry to face the Indians. Blue Devil hockey will be at home on January 22 to take on Port Huron Northern. The Sault High swimming and diving teams’ first meet is in Rudyard on January 23. The Blue Devil wrestling team will be home for their first meet on January 27.
You can hear Sault High Blue Devil basketball and hockey all season long, on your official home for Blue Devil Athletics, 1230 WSOO with Dave Watson.
The postseason dates for high school winter sports haven’t changed, making the season much more compact. Girls basketball districts will begin on March 8, with the boys districts commencing on March 9. Hockey will have their regionals start on March 15. Swimming and Diving U.P. Finals are in Marquette on February 27. Wrestling districts are set to start on March 1.
Spring high school sports, according to the Michigan High School Athletic Association, are not affected. If current orders further delay activity beyond January 16, the MHSAA staff and Representative Council will devise updated plans that address this.