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Tuesday night I took in a double feature of Belsay Road’s finest with Burton Genesee Christian/Lansing Christian and Burton Bentley/New Lothrop. Both games were fairly competitive from what I could tell — I didn’t stay to see the end of either one because I was a little worried with the weather and wanted to somewhat take them both in.

While the games were fine, in and of themselves, one thing that stood out to me was the overall lack of talent. It’s not a shot at these programs, but something I’ve been struggling with overall in Genesee County. We used to always have killer class A and B teams, and our smaller area schools always had a few diamonds in the rough that could play for anyone.

Just a few years ago, this same double-header would have featured college level players like GCS’s Scott Soldan and Kevin Payne, LCS’s Peter Bunn, DeOndra Callahan, Mickey DeVries and Jonah Hatt, Bentley’s Joey Jerisk, Patrick Ellison and Jermaine Wyatt, and New Lothrop’s Ryan Praski, Brian Sheridan and Jason Knieper, just to name a few.
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After every season, we try to give players around Mid-Michigan some love with our postseason awards. This year, we will hand out awards for the Flint area, the Tri-Cities and Lansing. Flint is first.

Hardwood Hardware: Flint Area Edition

Most Valuable Player: Cody Campbell, senior, Swartz Creek: Campbell led the Dragons in scoring, assists and 3-point shooting percentage (44%). He’s the best ballhandler I’ve ever seen in that league and among the best players. Campbell helped turn a .500 team into a league champion. He led the league in scoring at 17.6 points per game and played several games early on with a broken wrist.

Player of the Year: Demarco Sanders, senior, Flint Powers — This award came down to two players on the same team: Sanders and fellow senior Patrick O’Brien. Sanders gets the nod, however, for emerging as one of the state’s top shooting guards after playing second fiddle for the previous two seasons. The southpaw led the Big Nine in scoring at 19.1 ppg and shot nearly 55% from the floor.

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