Sports Roundup: Wednesday February 5th

Pistons

The Detroit Pistons continue Florida trip tonight when they visit the Magic in Orlando.  The Pistons are 19-28 this season, in third place in the Central Division. The Pistons host Brooklyn on Friday.

Big Ten

The Wolverines host Nebraska tonight. The two teams met last month in Nebraska, where the Wolverines managed to escape with a one-point win. Michigan is 16-5 overall and 8-1 in Big Ten play.

The MSU Spartans host Penn State tomorrow night.

Boys’ Basketball  

Harper Creek 75, Pennfield  66   Ryan Lowe 23 points with eight rebounds and five blocks as the Beavers go to 10-2.

Battle Creek Central 41, Gull Lake 36   Curtis Trigg and  Joseph Bowser led a balanced Bearcat attack with 10 points each.
Mattawan 63, Lakeview 52

St. Philip vs. North Adams-Jerome – postponed

Coldwater 53, Galesburg-Augusta 40 Dillion Whipple with nine points
Olivet 56, Kalamazoo Christian 48
Parchment 50, Maple Valley 45

Tekonsha 49, Will Carleton Academy 34
Litchfield 67, Calhoun Christian 57

Girls Basketball
Gull Lake 64, Battle Creek Central 46 McKenzie Latt had a season-high 31 points for Gull Lake

Mattawan 46, Lakeview 40
St. Joseph 24, Harper Creek 23
Marshall 48, Pennfield 26  Freshmen Jill Konkle and Nikki tucker combined for 20 points.

Athens 46, Jonesville 37 Ally Fuller finished with 15 points
Camden-Frontier 41, Climax-Scotts 39
Coldwater 49, Galesburg-Augusta 26
Reading 47, Homer 34
Parchment 51, Maple Valley 12
Olivet 75, Kalamazoo Christian 36  Hayley Walkowski had 28 Union City 29, Quincy 18   Haley Harty scored nine points

Calhoun Christian 45, Litchfield 37  Claire Tribbett had 20

Tonight….
Boys Basketball
Jackson Christian vs. Climax-Scotts
Homer vs. Michigan Center

Red Wings

The Wings will hit the road to take on the Florida Panthers Thursday.   Detroit stops at Tampa Bay to play the Lightning on Saturday, and then they’re off for 18 days for the Olympic break.

New Red Wing Arena on Track

The Detroit Red Wings are a step closer to a new home after the Detroit City Council approved a land transfer deal which opens the door for a new arena near Comerica Park and Ford Field.  The panel voted 6-3 yesterday in favor of the plan, which is projected to cost 650-million-dollars. The arena will take up eight blocks of a planned 45-block entertainment district which will also include retail and residential space along with a hotel and parking facilities.  Red Wings officials say the project could be completed in time for the 2016-17 hockey season.

Tigers Truck Pulls out This Morning

The Tigers Spring Training equipment truck loads up at 9 this morning, and pulls out bound for Lakeland Florida today.  PAWS will be on hand in his long underwear at Comerica Park.  Tiger Pitchers and Catchers report…in 9 days.  (Feb 14)

College Football Signing Day

Today is National Signing Day for 2014 college football recruits.  The Michigan Wolverines have one of the top-five recruits ready to sign in Cornerback Jabrill Peppers.

The five-star cornerback from New Jersey is expected to be the crown jewel of Brady Hoke's 16-man 2014 recruiting class, which can become official today.

Rivals.com projects Alabama to have the top-rated prospect class, followed by Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and defending BCS champion Florida State.

Olympics

The Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony is set for Friday, with competition coming to a close on Sunday, February 23rd.  The first events actually begin Thursday, with the team men's and pairs figure skating short programs, women's freestyle skiing moguls, and men's and women's snowboard slope style qualification.