2018-03-01 / Sports

Norsemen look to defend district crown


TWO OF the best big men in Leelanau County collided in Suttons Bay on Friday: Garrett Keith of Suttons Bay (left) and Zach Stowe of Northport. Photo: Dan Duffiney TWO OF the best big men in Leelanau County collided in Suttons Bay on Friday: Garrett Keith of Suttons Bay (left) and Zach Stowe of Northport. Photo: Dan Duffiney How do Ron Anderson and his Suttons Bay players plan to recapture the magic from March 2017?

“It’s going to be tough,” said Anderson, whose Norsemen upset Frankfort in the 2017 district final and Bellaire in the regional semis. “We had a lot of seniors, and we hadn’t had our whole team together for the majority of the season. Once we got everyone together we played better and had more tools in the toolbox. We’re relying on sophomores this year where last year we had seniors playing. It’s a learning process, but we’ll have to rely on those kids to make plays if we want a chance to defend our district championship.”

One of those sophomores, Lucas Mikesell, showed promise in a 57-50 win over visiting Northport on Friday.

Mikesell shot 6-of-8 from the floor and finished with a season-high 15 points for the third time in five games.

“We spent some time preparing, anticipating Thomas Hursey being a powerful scorer and Garrett Keith playing well underneath,” Northport coach Dan Stowe said. “The person we did not anticipate putting a Class A performance out there was Lucas Mikesell. He found the holes in our defense and it cost us.”

Garrett Shananaquet led Suttons Bay (8-11, 5-10 Northwest) with 17 points.

Zach Stowe was the high man for Northport (11-5, 5-1 Cherryland) with 14 points. Ethan Pino added 12 points; Austin John chipped in with 10.

“He’s a really strong young man,” Anderson said of Zach Stowe.

Suttons Bay added another mark in the win column last Wednesday with a 58-51 victory at Mesick. Keith led Suttons Bay offensively with 14 points; Hursey had 11; Shananaquet and Will Anderson each netted nine.

The Norsemen, who will host St. Mary in the district opener Wednesday, wrap up their regular season against visiting Buckley tonight.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” Anderson said. “That’s not an easy one, but it’s a good tuneup going into the playoffs.”

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