St. Clair Skippers get some ink in the local paper

Posted: November 9, 2010 by Jared Field in College

I’m always thrilled to see local papers covering JUCO basketball. The Times-Herald doesn’t go crazy with coverage, but I think they probably do more than any other paper outside of Flint. Here’s an excerpt from the team preview ahead of the opening game Tuesday night versus Rochester College:

From the Times Herald:

Even with SC4 losing key sophomores Kieon Arkwright, Jake Stark (Richmond) and Devin Kling (Memphis), high expectations remain.

Last year’s team went 27-8 overall and 2-2 during the
program’s first trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national tournament.

The Skippers finished the season ranked No. 7 in the country. Now, for the first time in several decades, SC4 is ranked in the NJCAA Division II poll entering the season at No. 25.

This team is going to be hard to predict. They lost the core of their team, but they’ve added some pretty decent prospects including former Flint Northwestern standout Travon Mitchell.

I think the team’s ability to make it back to the national tournament ultimately rests upon the shoulders of Mitchell and 6-6 sophomore forward Terrance Keaton — two Flint boys. If those guys can rebound and score with the forwards from Henry Ford and Mott, this team is good enough in the backcourt to score some upsets.

Editor’s note: In the preseason, St. Clair lost to Hope College. On the surface that looks like a bad loss for a team that’s supposed to compete with Henry Ford, Mott and Grand Rapids. In reality, Hope College is not exactly a slouch. Even though it’s D-3 ball, Hope has some really talented players on its roster every season. This year the trio of David Krombeen, Peter Bunn and Ty Tanis will lead the way for the Dutchmen. Those guys are legit.

  1. JucoJunkie says:

    The Times Herald did have a nice article on the team along with a photo and short bio of each player. They don’t cover the Skippers to the extent that the Flint Journal and GLH does, but then again, the Skippers haven’t accomplished as much over the years as Mott. I didn’t get to go to last night’s opening game for SC4, but the men’s team won 70-49 over the Rochester College JV team.

  2. Jared Field says:

    Whoa. What happened? He’s listed on their website as a team captain for 2010-2011.

  3. SBell says:

    Well, he’s injured. But there’s other speculation as well, but don’t want to legitimize it. Hope is a “big time” program in terms of following, facilities etc., but the Holland Sentinel doesn’t have the reporting chops to find out what the injury actually is, as Hope uses “student confidentiality” to not provide straight answers.

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