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West Michigan Conference boys basketball: Roundup from Jan. 8-10, 2024

Montague wins tuneup in advance of matchup against unbeaten North Muskegon.

Photos by Kara Raeth | CatchMark

Boys basketball action in the West Michigan Conference has been a bit sparse this week, but it’s about to ramp back up.

Below is a roundup of games played Monday-Wednesday (Jan. 8-10) based on info submitted by coaches. If your game does not appear in this roundup, then it’s because no info was submitted to CatchMark.



MONTAGUE 72, KENT CITY 31: Every Montague player scored in this nonleague tuneup against visiting Kent City. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday at Kent City, but inclement weather forced it to be postponed and moved to Montague.

Montague jumped out to a 22-11 first-quarter lead and outscored Kent City 35-7 in the second and third quarters combined.

Montague hosts unbeaten North Muskegon Friday in an intriguing WMC nondivisional matchup.

Montague leaders:

Owen Raeth 24 points (5 3-pointers)

Kellan Francis 14 points

Isaiah Atchison 8 points

Braylen VanSickle 6 points

Kent City leaders:

No stats or details submitted


Montague 6-5 overall

Kent City 3-6 overall

Montague senior Owen Raeth (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)




OAKRIDGE 72, MUSKEGON CATHOLIC CENTRAL 36: Host Oakridge built an 18-10 first-quarter lead and extended it by outscoring MCC 41-12 in the second and third quarters combined. The Eagles won for the 10th time in 11 games leading up to Thursday’s WMC Lakes Division showdown at unbeaten Whitehall.

Oakridge leaders:

Evan Miller 17 points

Bryson Stephenson 12 points

Brody Jennings 9 points

MCC leaders:

Jacob Lyonnais 12 points

Owen Lyonnais 8 points


Oakridge 10-1 overall

Muskegon Catholic Central 2-9 overall

In this file photo, Oakridge’s Evan Miller poses for a portrait during CatchMark SportsNet Boys Basketball Media Day on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at CatchMark Technologies in Whitehall, Mich. (Kara Raeth | CatchMark)




MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 38, ORCHARD VIEW 24: Visiting MCC outscored Orchard View 18-5 in the second half to pull away for the WMC nondivisional victory.

“Solid defensive game for us. We wanted to come out and set the tone. Our guys really bought in tonight on defense. Our team effort was better tonight,” MCC coach Chris VanderHaag said.

“Eathen Huffman had a good game for us tonight. He was a difference-maker in the paint defensively. Cole VanderHaag was solid for us tonight on both ends. He was strong with the ball tonight. OV runs a good uptempo game. And our guards were able to stay in control. It was a good win on the road for us tonight with great team effort from everyone.”

MCC leaders:

Cole VanderHaag 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals

Dakota Sterley 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks

Braylin Thurow 5 points, 2 steals

Eathen Huffman 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

OV leader:

Sylvester Jefferson 10 points


Mason County Central 5-6 overall

Orchard View 3-8 overall

Mason County Central sophomore Cole VanderHaag (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)

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