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Cardinals Head to Fremont to Try for Another Upset

After a season sweep of the Tri County Vikings last Friday, the Big Rapids Cardinals head to Fremont to take on the 1st place Packers!

Big Rapids is 8-5 overall, 5-3 in Gold play and currently sit in 3rd place.

The Fremont Packers are 11-1 overall, 6-1 in Gold play and currently lead the standings in 1st place.

Fremont's only loss on the season was at Reed City back in December, 61-49. They returned the favor to split the season series last Friday beating the Coyotes in Fremont, 60-49. The Packers have now won 9 in a row dating back to that single loss on December 7th.

The Cardinals are on a 5-game win streak dating back to January 8th when they lost at home to the Central Montcalm Hornets. 4 of the 5 games are conference wins which has helped propel the Cardinals to 3rd place.

Big Rapids dropped game 1 of the series to Fremont on December 14th, 54-44. The Cardinals only led twice in that game, both very early. Fremont then ran away with it in the 4th.

The game was much closer than the final showed, however. Staying within 10 points until the end of the 3rd, the Packers ripped off 10 unanswered heading into the 4th. The Cardinals eventually closed the deficit to 2 but from there Fremont controlled the pace of play maintaining a somewhat comfortable 5 to 7-point lead until the final moments.

Fast forward to tonight, the Cardinals are not the same team they were on December 14th. With DJ Lee, LJ Graves, Dorian Martin, and Jayden Mason coming as of late, the Cardinals are a tad deeper than game 1.

If the Cardinals can pull off another “Reed City at Reed City” upset tonight they could potentially move into a 3-way tie for 1st. The Coyotes would also need to lose at Grant tonight. A tall order considering they beat the Tigers back on December 14th in Reed City by 14, 56-42.

Both the Girls and Boys will be broadcast tonight on WBRN 1460, 107.7, & 96.5
Also streaming via the Better Baker Big Rapids Stream:

Big Rapids Public Schools Girls Pre-Game 5:45p
Big Rapids Public Schools Boys Pre-Game 7:15p








HS Basketball: Cardinal Boys & Girls Head to Tri-County for Round 2

Both the Big Rapids Cardinals boys and girls travel to Tri County for doubleheader action starting at 6pm tonight. Both games will be aired live on WBRN 1460, 107.7, & 96.5 as well as streaming via the Betten Baker Chevy Buick GMC Live Stream.


The boys are riding a 4-game win streak coming off an eventful start to their week. Monday night they survived against Chippewa Hills 48-43. Tuesday night they won the “Battle of the Cardinals” at Orchard View, 47-45.


Sitting at 7-5, 4-3 in Gold play, the boys will look to sweep the season series tonight. They took game one way back on December 17th of 2018, 82-32. Count on the Vikings (2-10, 0-6), who have found ways to score as of late, to cut that margin closer tonight. Game 1 box and game flow below.


The Lady Cardinals have yet to find their stride. Where the boys had a signature win at Reed City, the girls have struggled to beat the teams they must in order to stay alive in a conference with the #2 ranked team in the state, Central Montcalm.


The main problem? Scoring. The Cardinals have eclipsed 40+ points only 5 times this year with 2 of those games heading into overtime.


The good news? The 2nd half of the year ends the everlasting road trip. After tonight’s game the girls will conclude a 7-game road trip dating back to December 20th, 2018. In fact, they only have 2 road games the rest of the 2018-2019 season: February 1st at Fremont and February 26th at McBain.


In game 1 of the series, the Lady Cardinals fell in overtime to the Vikings in Big Rapids, 56-53. Tonight, Ry-Guy’s metrics have the Vikings winning a defensive affair, 35-31. However, Ry-Guy is only right 50% of the time…


Tune to WBRN 1460, 107.7, & 96.5 for the play-by-play action of both the Lady Cardinals and the Boys Cardinals with Bryan Fongers and J.T. Scarpelli starting at 5:45p.


You can also stream the game via the Betten Baker Chevy Buick GMC Live Stream here!




Big Rapids takes Battle of Cardinals at Orchard View; 47-45

The Big Rapids Cardinals (7-5) took care of business Tuesday night with a non-conference win at Muskegon Orchard View (8-4) 47-45.

The Cardinals opened the game on a 9-0 run that Orchard View could not recover from. The closest they would come would be halfway through the 4th when the home Cardinals pulled within 1, 41-40 before Big Rapids tacked on 4 unanswered.

Big Rapids would then close the game out 47-45 to move to 7-5 overall and hand Orchard View their 4th loss and only 2nd non-conference loss.

Freshman DJ Lee notched the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs. Jake Martinson lead in scoring with 11 points while the Iceman Trevor Woodard knocked down 3 of 3 3-point shots.

Big Rapids was 6 of 8 from the Charity Stripe, 5 of 15 from Beyond, out rebounded Orchard View 40-36, and shot 41% overall.

A markedly better performance from Monday night versus the Chippewa Hills Warriors when they shot 28% overall and went 3 of 29 from 3. Despite that, the Cards still managed to grind out a Conference win 48-43.

Both the Lady Cardinals and the Boys Cardinals head to Tri-County Friday night in a Conference Matchup with the Vikings.

Tune to WBRN 1460, 107.7, & 96.5 for the play-by-play action of both the Lady Cardinals and the Boys Cardinals with Bryan Fongers and J.T. Scarpelli.

You can also stream the game via the Betten Baker Chevy Buick GMC Live Stream here!




Cardinals Survive Warrior Scare; 48-43

It wasn’t an easy Monday night for either the Big Rapids Cardinals (6-5) or the Chippewa Hills Warriors (3-7) but somehow Big Rapids came away with the victory, 48-43.

Scoring only 16 points in the first half and going 1-20 from 3-point land, the Cardinals limped into the 2nd half shocked. The Warriors were up 25-16 with as strange a stat line as you’ll see.

Chip Hills had 16 turnovers, hadn’t even attempted a 3-point shot, and were being out rebounded offensively 12 to 4.

The Cardinals had 1 defensive rebound to the Warriors 16. They were shooting 5% from 3-point land and 18% from the field. Sharp shooters Jake Martinson and Sam Alley airballed multiple 3-point shots long. It seemed like the entire Cardinal unit would have had a better chance punting the ball towards the basket.

But then came the 3rd quarter. Then came some true Cardinal heart and soul. Finding any and every way to score Big Rapids threw up 15 3rd quarter points to the Warriors 5 to go up 1; 31-30.

The 5-point Warrior offense was less because the Warriors went cold and more because both Dorian Martin and Jayden Mason played one of the best defensive half’s of basketball you’ll see.

Finishing with a team leading 14 points and 6 rebounds, Mason stifled and frustrated the Warriors at half court. Causing multiple turnovers including in 4 straight Chip Hills possessions. Mason compiled 4 steals in the effort.

Martin finished with 5 points including a fresh and pure 3 pointer in the 4th. But Gucci was all about the defense in the 2nd half frustrating the Warrior’s Cole and Rogers who had a combined 16 turnovers between the 2 of them.

Ironically on the offensive side, it was free throws that ultimately sealed the deal. The Cardinals shot just 11 of 18 from the charity stripe, but they hit them when they needed. The Warriors were spectacular at the line all night but went cold in the 4th. Chip Hills finished 17 of 28. They were 11 of 15 at half.

In fact, in the first half the Warriors had 14 points in the paint. 14 plus 11 is the full 25. So why shoot 3’s when Kuzma and Frebes can run unabated to the hoop.

For both sides it was ugly. But the Cardinals take the win and the Warriors have nothing to be ashamed. They came, they saw, and they very nearly conquered the Cardinals.

The Cardinals (6-5) travel to Orchard View (8-3) tonight in a Battle of the Cardinals.

Tune to WBRN 1460, 107.7, & 96.5 for the play-by-play action with Bryan Fongers and J.T. Scarpelli.

You can also stream the game via the Betten Baker Chevy Buick GMC Live Stream here!


HS Basketball: Cards Edge Grant in Seesaw Affair

The Big Rapids Cardinals edged the Grant Tigers 44-42 at Grant High School in CSAA-Gold Conference action Friday night.

The game was a back and forth affair with 8 lead changes including a final minute 3 point hit by Big Rapid’s Trevor Woodard.


The Cardinals had possession with less than a minute to go when Coach Kent Ingles drew up another in-bound gem. Running picks to draw the defense to Jake Martinson, who averages 21, 3 Grant defenders bit opening up Trevor Woodard for a wide-open shot on the far side of the court. The 3 point bomb hit the rim and bounced a few times before landing home and sealing the deal the Cardinals.


Woodard finished with 6 points, while Martinson tallied yet another double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cardinals are on a 2 game win streak in conference while the Tigers have now lost 3 in a row.


Despite the conference win, the only movement in the CSAA - Gold was the Cardinals and Tigers swapping spots (BR to 5th, Grant to 6th) as Fremont and Reed City, Gold’s 1st & 2nd place teams respectively, both took care of business. Fremont handled Chip Hills at home 74-30 while the Coyotes had little issue in Newaygo’s “Lions Den” winning 73-62.

Conference standings below.


The Cardinals (5-5) host the Chippewa Hills Warriors (3-6) tonight at 7:00pm in Big Rapids.

Tune to WBRN 1460, 107.7, & 96.5 for the play-by-play action with Bryan Fongers and J.T. Scarpelli.

You can also stream the game via the Betten Baker Chevy Buick GMC Live Stream here!



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