Women's Basketball Earns MCCAA State Championship
As the number one seed in the Michigan Community College Athletics Association (MCCAA) Northern Conference, Mid’s Women’s Basketball team was invited to compete for the MCCAA State Championship.
The Lakers drew Kalamazoo Valley as an opponent to open the tournament and found themselves down at halftime 32-24. The Lakers made an impressive comeback, highlighted by a 44-25 second half surge. The Lakers were led by Satori Griffin (Mt. Pleasant) with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals. Bailey Vissman (Stanton) also scored 15 points in the round one win.
After the 68-57 win over Kalamazoo Valley, the Lakers set their sights on Jackson College as they looked to win their first ever MCCAA State Championship. They would not be denied and the scoring onslaught included six players scoring double digits. Leading the scoring with 21 points was Satori Griffin. Off the bench, Couper Agema (McBain) scored 18 points; Brooke Brauher (Big Rapids) scored 13 points and added 7 rebounds; and Olivia Nelson (Beal City), Bailey Vissman, and Alexys Carlstrom (Harrison) all scored 11 points to round out the double-digit scorers that night.
The Lakers finished the season as MCCAA Northern Conference Champions, MCCAA State Tournament Champions, and compiled a record of 25-4 and 13-1 in conference play.
Women's Basketball Wins District, Plays in NJCAA National Tournament
The Laker Women’s Basketball team entered the NJCAA Great Lakes District A Tournament on the heels of winning the MCCAA Northern Conference regular season title, as well as the MCCAA State Championship.
In game one, the Lakers were paired against Marian-Ancilla College. The team didn't leave much doubt, routing the Chargers 68-33, earning a spot in the district finals. Bailey Vissman led the team in scoring with 19 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and a pair of steals. Brooke Brauher also turned in a good performance with 16 points and 6 rebounds. The convincing win sent the team to the finals of the district tournament to take on the Lakeland Lakers.
In a stand-off between Lakers, it was Mid Michigan who prevailed, knocking off Lakeland 69-65 in a tightly contested, back-and-forth contest. Solid performances were turned in by Bailey Vissman, Satori Griffin, and Olivia Nelson, all amassing double-digit scoring totals. The leading scorer of the game came off the bench—Terre'ya Moore (Saginaw) scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
These strong performances led to well-deserved recognition, with Brooke Brauher and Terre'ya Moore earning All-District Tournament team honors and Bailey Vissman being named MVP.
The Lakers moved on to the National NJCAA Tournament, but suffered a round one loss to eighth-seeded Richard Bland College, with a score of 88-85. The Lakers were led by Satori Griffin with a star-studded performance on the biggest of stages, scoring 37 points, shooting 13 of 20 from the field, and 4 of 7 from the three-point line. Griffin also grabbed 6 rebounds and had 3 steals. Brooke Brauher also turned in a strong performance, scoring at will in the paint adding 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in a dominant double-double performance. Bailey Vissman also turned in a 17-point performance shooting 9 of 12 from the free throw line, while also contributing 5 assists.
The team continued to compete in the consolation bracket of the tournament, but their season finally ended after an 83-70 loss at the hands of United Tribes Technical College. Satori Griffin led the team in scoring with 21 points and also grabbed 6 rebounds. Alexys Carlstrom shot an efficient 5 of 7 from the field en route to a 13 point performance. Carlstrom also grabbed 6 rebounds. Couper Agema scored 10 points on 5-7 shooting and dished out 3 assists.
The Lakers historic season included an MCCAA Northern Conference title, an MCCAA State Championship, and a District Championship accompanied by a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament. The conference and state championships were firsts in the program’s history.
Men's Basketball's Season Ends in District Semifinals
After an 85-64 quarterfinal win over Kirtland Community College to open postseason play, Mid’s Men's Basketball team looked ahead to the NJCAA Great Lakes District C semifinals, in pursuit of a bid to the national tournament.
Their opponent in the district tournament, the Macomb Community College Monarchs, who were ranked eighth in the nation, brought a defensive slugfest to the court. The Lakers found themselves in a 26-26 ball game at halftime. The Monarchs defense proved to be too much for the Lakers, who were outscored 31-21 in the second half, resulting in a 57-47 loss ending the Lakers season. Jayden Sims (Toledo) led the team in scoring with 16 points.
It was a record-setting season for the Laker Men’s Basketball team. Their 20-win season under Coach House was the first in program history. The Lakers ended the season with a 22-7 record and a postseason bid. They went 12-2 in conference play, finishing second in the inaugural MCCAA Northern Conference. The Lakers will return six players next season including major contributors Delon McCloud (Kentwood), Devin Watts (Flushing), and Nick Ellis (Grand Ledge).
Mid Michigan College competes in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) against other community colleges for conference and State championships. The Lakers also compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for national tournaments. Mid currently fields teams in the following sports: men's basketball, women's basketball, men's bowling, women's bowling, baseball, softball, bass fishing, and clay target shooting. Cross Country for both men and women will join the roster in the fall of 2023.