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WMC boys basketball: Whitehall clinches share of second-straight conference title

Vikings can win it outright with win over Shelby at home Tuesday.

On Dec. 10, Whitehall’s boys basketball team did not look anything like a conference-title contender. The Vikings lost by 24 points on their home court against Ravenna.

Now, they’re West Michigan Conference champs.

Whitehall secured at least a share of the league title with a 61-53 victory over visiting Mason County Central Friday. The Vikings (13-5 overall, 10-3 WMC) can claim the outright championship with a win at home over Shelby Tuesday.

“We got a share of the conference, which was one of our goals at the end of the season, so I’m extremely proud of them,” first-year Whitehall coach Christian Subdon said.

Coach Christian Subdon of the Whitehall boys basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

Whitehall has come a long way since the 66-42 home loss to Ravenna. Standout freshman Camden Thompson returned from an injury, players settled into their roles and the Vikings began to play harder.

Now, they’ve won 11 of their last 13 games, including an impressive 57-54 overtime victory against Ludington Wednesday. The two losses during that stretch were by one point against Shelby and by two points in overtime to equally red-hot Oakridge.

“We changed how we played. We decided that we’re just going to get back to being tough and that’s what we’ve done,” Subdon said. “They bought in at practice, they’ve worked, they’ve grinded – that’s just something that I’m extremely proud of where they’ve come (from). They could have just packed it in at the beginning. Ravenna beats us up by 25 and we come back and beat them later in the season. I’m just extremely proud.

“We’ve got one more. Hopefully we can take the conference outright. It’s going to be a tough game against Shelby.”

Here are details from each of the West Michigan Conference games Friday, Feb. 25:

Camden Thompson of the Whitehall boys basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

WHITEHALL 61, MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 53: At Whitehall, the host Vikings were led by Camden Thompson and used a balanced effort to keep the Spartans at arm’s length. Whitehall earned at least a share of a second-straight conference title.

Whitehall leaders:

Camden Thompson 23 points

Red Watson 6 points

Nate Bolley 6 points

Isaac DeHart 6 points

Brodie Fogus 6 points

Kal Koehler 5 points

MCC leaders:

Jayden Perrone 18 points, 9 rebounds

Will Chye 13 points, 6 rebounds

Jack VanderHaag 8 points

Records:

Whitehall 13-5 overall, 10-3 WMC

Mason County Central 5-12 overall, 2-11 WMC

Grant Becklin of the Ravenna boys basketball team is photographed at the CatchMark Media Day on Nov. 24, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Cody Ottinger | CatchMark)

RAVENNA 51, SHELBY 47: At Ravenna, the host Bulldogs assembled a furious fourth-quarter rally to pull out the win and keep their conference title hopes alive. Ravenna rallied from a 15-point deficit in the quarter. The Bulldogs need to beat Montague Tuesday and hope Shelby knocks off Whitehall to earn a share of the league championship.

Ravenna leaders:

Grant Becklin 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Kyle Beebe 13 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Travis May 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

Owen Scott 6 points

Clay Schullo 5 rebounds

Shelby leaders:

Joseph Hayes 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals

Bishop Lee 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists

Mason Garcia 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists

Records:

Ravenna 11-6 overall, 9-4 WMC

Shelby 11-7 overall, 7-6 WMC

OAKRIDGE 59, NORTH MUSKEGON 49: At Oakridge, the host Eagles remained red-hot in notching their sixth straight win by turning back North Muskegon in the CatchMark SportsNet Game of the Week.

Oakridge leaders:

Garrett Wever 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists

Hunter DeLora 15 points

Ethan Jozsa 14 points, 10 rebounds

North Muskegon leaders:

James Young 12 points

Sam Gallo 11 points

Jason Bogue 8 points

Records:

Oakridge 11-8 overall, 7-6 WMC

North Muskegon 10-8 overall, 7-6 WMC

MONTAGUE 63, HART 30: At Montague, the host Wildcats jumped on Hart in the first quarter with a 17-5 lead and coasted to the victory in their home finale. Sophomore Isaiah Atchison was dominant for Montague.

Montague leaders:

Isaiah Atchison 14 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks

Tate Stine 12 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Colton Blankstrom 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Owen Raeth 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals                   

Paul Olson 8 points, 2 assists, 3 steals

Owen Petersen 5 points, 3 steals

Hart leaders:

Wyatt Dean 6 points

Caleb Bitely 6 points

Tony Rayo 7 rebounds

Records:

Montague 13-5 overall, 8-5 WMC

Hart 5-13 overall, 2-11 WMC

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