St. Ignace Returns to Semifinals for First Time Since 2015

ST. IGNACE – For the first time since winning the 2015 MHSAA Class D state championship, St. Ignace returns to the state semifinals.

The top-ranked Saints (26-0) will face fourth-ranked Kingston in a Division 4 semifinal Thursday at Calvin College’s Van Noord Arena.

St. Ignace punched its semifinal ticket with a 76-45 win over Baraga on Tuesday.

Winners of five state titles, the Saints rolled through the postseason, picking up victories over DeTour (64-15), Cedarville (73-30), Pickford (84-41), Hillman (72-12) and Mackinaw City (71-17).

“We’ve been nervous and excited because we haven’t made it to the Final Four yet, at least I haven’t,” St. Ignace senior Emily Coveyou said. “It’s really exciting and we’re happy to make it and ready to play there.

After reaching the quarterfinals three of the last four years, Kingston (24-2) is making its first state semifinals appearance. Champions of the North Central Thumb League Stars division, the Cardinals recorded postseason wins over Caseville (49-13), Akron-Fairgrove (56-10), Mayville (54-9), Chesterfield Austin Catholic (59-24), Genesee Christian (42-20) and Clarkston Everest Collegiate (40-27).

The winner of Thursday’s game will face either second-ranked and defending Class D state champion Adrian Lenawee Christian (24-2) or Fowler (17-7) for the state championship on Saturday.

Thursday’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m.


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