Mesick, Brethren to Meet with History on the Line
MESICK – A share of the West Michigan D League championship is up for grabs Friday as Mesick welcomes in defending conference champion Brethren.
Mesick is seeking its first conference title since sharing the 1998 Northwest Conference championship with Frankfort, while Brethren can win only its third conference title since 1980 with a victory on Friday. In addition, Mesick won a share of 1973 Northwest title and last won a league championship in outright fashion in 1972.
Both sides currently a two-game lead over second-place teams Marion (3-3, 3-2) and Manistee Catholic Central (2-4, 2-2).
“I think everyone’s looking for us to win the conference, but we’re just taking it game by game so this week it’s just Brethren,” Mesick senior Ethan Kline said.
The Bulldogs (5-1, 4-0) are off to their best start since going 8-2 and reaching a Class C pre-regional in 1995, while the Bobcats (4-2, 4-0) can become just the second team in program history to record back-to-back .500 seasons or better since 1969-70 with a win on Friday.
“It would mean a lot to us because I know we haven’t won conference very often, so it would just be a lot to do it two years in a row,” Brethren senior Troy Macurio said.
Following this week’s contest, Mesick closes out its conference slate at Bear Lake next Friday, while Brethren visits Baldwin.