Bronson boys look ahead to districts

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By Jenna McKenna

With Friday night's 55-42 district win over Trenton, the final district game of the regular season for Bronson, the Eagles can take one quick look over the last week of their season before leaping into the district tournament.

Their 9-3 district finish is probably good for the second or third seed in the tournament, head coach Kelly Beckham thinks.

"We're tied with Oak Hall for our district record, but they may have the tiebreak over us because I think they beat Mayo twice and we split with them," he explained.

With that in mind, Bronson will probably face either Branford or Bell in the first round of the tournament, which this year will be held in Mayo.

Following an uplifting road win against Oak Hall two weeks ago, the Eagles had high hopes of winning out their district schedule and exiting with the top seed. A tough loss at home to Hawthorne, whom they had beaten decisively in the first part of the season, followed by Oak Hall's revenge in Bronson, knocked the starch out of that plan.

Oak Hall coach Edwin McTurious made sure to rub it in a little, as his maroon team left the building, saying that his players had reminded him that their away win was the first time in history that Oak Hall had had back-to-back wins in at Bronson. The first win had come last year, the first year Bronson played in their new gymnasium.

"I definitely like the new gym better," McTurious said.

Beckham was not pleased."We normally defend," he said.

However, for a district finale, the Eagles traveled up to Trenton and earned a decisive win against an always emotional, always physical Tiger squad to get themselves back on track.

"We played a very strong first quarter," Beckham said. "We played about 10 people, and had them down 14-0 before they sank a three-pointer at the buzzer."

Bronson led from wire to wire, surviving a late comeback by the Tigers.

"We played pretty well," Beckham said."The kids did their best."

Bronson has two final tests before districts start. First came Tuesday's reprise battle against Newberry, which won't look anything like the first meeting, which Newberry played without its football players. Second, the Eagles will close out the regular season against Williston, a hotly-anticipated matchup between these area rivals.

"These are two of the best 3A clubs in the area, so we?ll have to have our best game," Beckham said.