MARQUETTE – It’s volleyball week next week with 11 area high school teams playing in seven district tournaments across the four divisions of the MHSAA.
All districts except one are considered “Non-traditional”, which means that each match in these tournaments will be hosted by one of the teams involved. And that also means some non-hosts could host their league games on Thursday or Friday.
The one “traditional” district is hosted by Big Bay de Noc and involves Munising and Superior Central in Division 4, so all matches will bring teams to Garden.
The action begins Monday, however, with six of the Districts in play. The only one that won’t play that day is hosted by Rudyard in Division 4 and includes Newberry, and that’s because there’s only four teams, so a quarterfinal won’t be necessary.
Barely half of the schools will have to play a quarter-final match on Monday. Marquette plays in his own gym for the Division 1 district hosted by Traverse City Central. Les Redettes take on Traverse City’s other public school, TC West, in this game at 6 p.m.
Gwinn is playing Westwood at 6 p.m. Monday in a Division 3 district hosted by Hancock.
Three regional teams will play in a pair of Division 4 districts on Monday.
Munising faces Mid Peninsula in Garden in the Big Bay area of Noc at 6:30 p.m., the second game of a doubles program there.
L’Anse welcomes Lake Linden-Hubbell and Baraga welcomes Chassell in a district hosted by L’Anse, these two games at 6 p.m.
Negaunee in the Division 2 district hosted by Houghton, Ishpeming in the Division 3 district hosted by Hancock, Manistique in the Division 3 district hosted by Gladstone and Superior Central in the Division 4 district hosted by Newberry will join Newberry on Monday. Great Bay.
The seven districts will play a pair of semi-final games on Wednesday, so every team that survives a Monday game will play.
Then, three of the districts play their league games Thursday night and the other four Friday. It is believed that some of Thursday’s finals were scheduled to avoid any possible conflict with Friday’s football playoff games.
The district champions move on to the regional ones which will take place the following week. The regional semi-finals are scheduled for Monday, November 9, and the championships on Wednesday, November 11.
While regional venues change from time to time, often due to the geography of the teams involved, Westwood High School is set to host a Division 3 regional semi-final on November 9. Certain other UP venues outside of the region will host other regional Division 3 and 4 games.
The final three rounds of the MHSAA tournaments will be played in the third week of November. The quarter-finals are scheduled for Tuesday, November 16 at a number of venues statewide, including Division 4 Munising High School.
The semi-finals on Thursday November 18 and Friday November 19 and the national finals on Saturday November 20 will all be played at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
For more information on this tournament and other MHSAA tournaments, visit their website at www.mhsaa.com.
Here is the district schedule, sorted by day and tournament. Some districts have Monday games that will not include a zone team:
Division 1, hosted by Traverse City Central – TC West at Marquette, 6 p.m. Gaylord at Petoskey, 6 p.m.
Division 2, hosted by Houghton – Escanaba at Houghton, 6 p.m. Sault Ste. Marie at Kingsford, 7 p.m. EDT
Division 3, hosted by Hancock – Gwinn at Westwood, 6 p.m. Western Iron County at Calumet, 6 p.m.
Division 3, hosted by Gladstone – Menominee at Bark River-Harris, 7 p.m. EDT
Division 4, All Big Bay de Noc matches – Rapid River vs. Big Bay de Noc, 5 p.m. Munising vs Mid Peninsula, 6:30 p.m.
Division 4, hosted by L’Anse – Lac Linden-Hubbell at L’Anse, 6 p.m. Chassell at Baraga, 6 p.m.
Division 1, hosted by Traverse City Central – Winner Marquette-TC West at TC Central, 6 p.m. Alpena winner at Petoskey-Gaylord, 6 p.m.
Division 2, hosted by Houghton – Sault Ste. Marie-Kingsford winner in Negaunee, 6 p.m .; Cheboygan at Escanaba-Houghton winner, 6 p.m.
Division 3, hosted by Hancock – Winner of Gwinn-Westwood at Hancock, 6 p.m. Ishpeming at Calumet-West Iron County winner, 6 or 7 p.m. EDT
Division 3, hosted by Gladstone – Gladstone at Manistique, 6 p.m. Iron Mountain at Winning Menominee-Bark River-Harris, 7 p.m. EDT (tentative time)
Division 4, all matches at Big Bay de Noc – Superior Central vs. Rapid River-Big Bay de Noc winner, 5 p.m .; Winner of Munising-Mid Peninsula vs. North Dickinson, 6:30 p.m.
Division 4, hosted by L’Anse – Winner Jeffers at L’Anse-Lac Linden-Hubbell, 6 p.m. Winner Baraga-Chassell at Dollar Bay, 6 p.m.
Division 4, hosted by Rudyard – Engadine in Brimley, 6 p.m. (provisional time); Newberry at Rudyard, 7:30 p.m. (tentative time)
Division 2, hosted by Houghton – Championship, in Negaunee, Kingsford or Sault Ste. Marie, 6 p.m.
Division 3, hosted by Hancock – Championship, at Gwinn, Westwood or Hancock, 6 p.m.
Division 4, hosted by L’Anse – championship, in Baraga, Dollar Bay or Chassell, 6 p.m.
Division 1, hosted by Traverse City Central – Championship, at Marquette, TC Central or TC West, 6 p.m.
Division 3, hosted by Gladstone – Championship, at Manistique or Gladstone, 7 p.m.
Division 4, at Big Bay de Noc – championship, 6 p.m.
Division 4, hosted by Rudyard – championship, Engadine or Brimley, 6 p.m. PT
Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is [email protected]