New Greenville boys basketball coach Joel Visser plans to instill toughness with Jackets in face of a tough schedule

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Joel Visser hasn’t lived in Michigan in nearly 20 years.

The Rockford native left his hometown for the University of Toledo in 2003 and didn’t look back, staying in the Ohio area for a large portion of his adult life. He had built a family of three with his wife, Jess, a native of Toledo, and was establishing himself as a known basketball coach in Ohio.

BCAM hands out several postseason awards to local players

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The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) recently announced its annual basketball awards and several local players were recognized for their efforts this season.

To be eligible for a BCAM award, the team’s coach must be a BCAM member and nominate his players for the awards they are eligible to receive.

All-Area 2022 Winter Sports Awards

All-Area 2022 Winter Sports Awards

GALLERY: Freeland beats Cadillac in Division 2 boys basketball quarterfinals at Central Montcalm

Freeland beats Cadillac in Division 2 boys basketball quarterfinals at Central Montcalm

Grinding for an opportunity

Asher Vissman uses lessons learned at Central Montcalm during time at Mid Michigan

Asher Vissman follows the same tradition with every game he’s played at Mid Michigan College:

Hug his parents.

The Raiders’ Greenville duo

Greenville’s Brock Kohler, Joe Fox reflect on first year as starting guard, head coach combo with GRCC basketball

Brock Kohler’s journey to college basketball has been far from conventional.

Upon graduating from Greenville High School in 2018, the former runner-up for the Daily News All-Area Player of the Year took his basketball talents to Grand Rapids Community College, where he trained with the Raiders for the summer of 2018.

Vestaburg boys hoops historic season ends with loss in regional semifinals versus Fulton

Each member of the Vestaburg boys basketball team stood in the hallway between the locker room and the gym at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart and waited for coach Ty Warczinsky. 

Once Warczinsky wrapped up questioning from the media, he took the few steps separating him from the Wolverines squad that made so much history this season. 

At long, long last

Vestaburg boys basketball win first district title in 20 years, beat Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart 40-22

Levi Halliwill hugged Ty Warczinsky and picked him off the floor in a moment neither will soon forget.

When fellow Vestaburg seniors — Cole Dailey, Hayden Palmer and Jaylin Maddox — left the floor, they all sprinted over and hugged Warczinsky and shared hugs with their teammates.

Montabella’s 15-point lead evaporates, Ravenna beats Mustangs, 56-53, in district finals

The outcome didn’t seem possible, the Mustangs felt the surreal nature of the moment.

High emotions poured out as the final buzzer sounded during Friday’s district final boys basketball game at White Cloud. The Mustangs’ last-second shot at the buzzer was short, there was no foul call, the game, and their season, was over.

Lansing Catholic fights back from 14-point deficit, beats Ionia 57-55 in district semifinals

District basketball can often lend itself to teams unfamiliar with each other facing off in do-or-die basketball games.

Wednesday’s showdown in Portland wasn’t one of those instances — the two teams were quite familiar with each other.