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WMC boys basketball: Shelby adds road win; Montague plays well in nonleague test

North Muskegon scraps but falls just short in nonleague test against Muskegon Heights Academy.

Four West Michigan Conference boys basketball teams took the court on a snowy Monday night, including Shelby’s road victory at Mason County Central.

Elsewhere, Montague got back in the win column in a nonleague home test against Fremont, while North Muskegon fought hard but fell just short at home against Muskegon Heights Academy.

Here is a roundup of action from Jan. 24, 2022:

SHELBY 43, MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 24: At Mason County Central, Shelby prevailed in a defensive struggle by pulling away in the fourth quarter. The Tigers remain securely in the upper echelon of the conference standings, one back of league-leading Ravenna in the loss column.

Shelby leaders:

Joseph Hayes 21 points, 7 rebounds

Mason Garcia 11 points, 6 rebounds

MCC leaders:

Will Chye 12 points, 9 rebounds

Jayden Perrone 8 points, 4 rebounds


Shelby 6-3 overall, 4-2 WMC

Mason County Central 3-7 overall, 0-6 WMC

Next games:

Shelby at Hart, 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Whitehall at Mason County Central, 7:30 p.m. Friday

MONTAGUE 61, FREMONT 49: At Montague, the host Wildcats were sparked by Owen Raeth and used a team effort to get back in the winning column after losing four of their last five games. In the process, Montague snapped a five-game winning streak by Fremont, which will join the Wildcats in the West Michigan Conference next school year.

Montague leaders:

Owen Raeth 17 points (4 3-pointers), 2 rebounds

Isaiah Atchison 9 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists

Rodney Brassfield 9 points, 9 rebounds

Tugg Nichols 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists

Tate Stine 7 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Braeden Johnston 5 rebounds, 4 assists

Fremont leaders:

No stats submitted


Montague 5-4 overall, 3-4 WMC

Fremont 7-5 overall, 6-1 CSAA Gold

Next games:

Montague at Holton, 7 p.m. Wednesday

Fremont at Big Rapids, 7:30 p.m. Friday

North Muskegon’s Sam Gallo (30) looks for an open teammate while defended by Muskegon Heights’ Jon’athon Moore during the fourth quarter Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at North Muskegon High School. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS ACADEMY 48, NORTH MUSKEGON 43: At North Muskegon, visiting Muskegon Heights made a few more plays down the stretch in a nonleague game that was hotly contested throughout.

“Heights brings something you just don’t get (in the West Michigan Conference). You can’t simulate it in practice, you can’t simulate all that athleticism and how hard they go and stuff like that,” North Muskegon coach Chuck Rypstra said. “I say this to our guys, when we play them, we’re a team that runs a lot of plays, but when you play Heights you have to ‘play’ — not run plays. Does that make sense?

“We needed to ‘play,’ but we don’t ‘play’ a lot. Usually, they’re looking over at me and I’ll call a play and we’re running it or trying to execute something off of it; Heights makes you do something different. We made a few (plays), but we missed a few.”

Muskegon Heights leaders:

Ja’Kari Edwards 18 points

William Davis 16 points

North Muskegon leaders:

Troy McManus 13 points

Sam Gallo 10 points

Ben Meyers 6 points, 3 assists, 3 steals


Muskegon Heights 6-3 overall, 3-1 Lakes 8

North Muskegon 7-4 overall, 5-2 WMC

Next games:

North Muskegon at Manistee, 7 p.m. Wednesday

Muskegon Heights at Orchard View, 7 p.m. Friday

Former North Muskegon standout and ex-Michigan State shot blocker Drew Naymick was on hand for the Norsemen’s basketball game against Muskegon Heights Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at North Muskegon High School. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

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