There has been a shift at the top of the Interstate 8 Conference so far this season, with a surprise squad leading the way.

The Harper Creek Beavers will head into tonight's game at home looking to defeat the conference-leading Coldwater Cardinals, who are 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference. A win for the Beavers will tie the Cardinals at the top, with possibly Marshall and Charlotte joining them by the end of the night.

The Beavers will look to end a two-game skid tonight following a 80-67 loss to the Pennfield Panthers a week ago. While Harper has had no problem finding offense, they will have to find ways around Coldwater's stout defense, who has allowed just 55 points a game this season. It's also not the first time the Beavers have faced a team predicted to do well this season, holding off Charlotte in December.

The Cardinals have yet to truly find a home this season, only playing on their home floor once. Their lone loss came in Kalamazoo against Loy Norrix 72-68 on January 5th. Tonight's game is part a five-game road schedule that concludes next week at Jackson Lumen Christi. They average 64 points a night, but they have shown that they can score when they need to.

Join me tonight from Harper Creek around 7pm on 95.3 WBCK-FM, online at and on our RadioPup app on your smartphone or tablet.

Here are the rest of tonight's games and scores from Thursday...

Game of the Night
Coldwater vs. Harper Creek
Coldwater 5-1 (3-0 Interstate 8) - Harper Creek 3-3 (2-1 Interstate 8)
Catch the game tonight at 7pm on 95.3 WBCK-FM!

Mattawan vs. Battle Creek Central (BC Central 4-5)
Lakeview vs. Loy Norrix (Lakeview 1-4)
Pennfield vs. Charlotte (Pennfield 3-2)

Centreville vs. Bronson (Bronson 1-4)
Delton vs. Schoolcraft (Delton 2-4)
Lawton vs. Galesburg-Augusta (Galesburg-Augusta 1-4)
Gull Lake vs. Kalamazoo Central (Gull Lake 0-6)
Concord vs. Homer (Homer 4-2)
Maple Valley vs. Leslie (Maple Valley 0-5)
Jackson Northwest vs. Marshall (Marshall 5-2)
Olivet vs. Perry (Olivet 2-4)

Girls Basketball
Mattawan vs. Battle Creek Central (BC Central 1-7)
Lakeview vs. Loy Norrix (Lakeview 5-2)
Coldwater vs. Harper Creek (Harper Creek 4-2)
Pennfield vs. Charlotte (Pennfield 2-4)
St. Philip vs. Tekonsha (St. Philip 5-3, Tekonsha 2-7)

Athens vs. Reading (Athens 7-1)
Hillsdale Academy vs. Bellevue (Bellevue 7-1)
Jackson Christian vs. Climax-Scotts (Climax-Scotts 7-1)
Delton vs. Schoolcraft (Delton 1-7)
Lawton vs. Galesburg-Augusta (Galesburg-Augusta 5-3)
Gull Lake vs. Kalamazoo Central (Gull Lake 5-3)
Concord vs. Homer (Homer 7-2)
Maple Valley vs. Leslie (Maple Valley 1-8)
Jackson Northwest vs. Marshall (Marshall 7-1)
Olivet vs. Perry (Olivet 5-3)
Quincy vs. Springport (Quincy 0-7)
Jonesville vs. Union City (Union City 2-6)

Scores from Thursday, January 14
Boys Basketball
St. Philip 57, Tekonsha 48 (St. Philip 4-5, Tekonsha 1-7)

Athens 51, Reading 44 (Athens 1-5)
Hillsdale Academy vs. Bellevue
Climax-Scotts 68, Jackson Christian 46 (Climax-Scotts 8-2)
Quincy 62, Springport 35 (Quincy 4-2)
Union City 53, Jonesville 25 (Union City 4-2)

Girls Basketball
Centreville 44, Bronson 33 (Bronson 3-3)