(AREA) -- The Associated Press has released the names of the players selected for the Class D High School Boys Basketball All-State team. Matt Falls, a senior at Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools, earned first-team All-State honors. Falls is 4th on the schools all-time scoring list with 1,057 points. He averaged 19.4 points per game this year, 7.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 3.2 steals per game. Cliff Amey is the schools all-time leader in assists with 287. Amey also averaged 14.5 points per game and 9 rebounds per game. Special Mention went to Brett Stockton of Owendale-Gagetown. Three local players were selected for honorable mentions including Connor Amey of Carsonville-Port Sanilac, David Sharpe of Marine City Cardinal Mooney and Austin Fader of Akron-Fairgrove.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State has received a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region and will open the NCAA tournament against Valparaiso on Thursday in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Spartans (25-8) are coming off a loss to Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. Valparaiso (26-7) received a No. 14 seed after defeating Wright State to win the Horizon League tournament.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Michigan won't have far to travel as it begins the NCAA tournament. The fourth-seeded Wolverines (26-7) will face No. 13 seed South Dakota State (25-9) on Thursday in a South Regional matchup at The Palace of Auburn Hills, located about an hour's drive from Michigan's campus. This game features two of the nation's top guards in Michigan's Trey Burke and South Dakota State's Nate Wolters. Burke was the Big Ten player of the year and a unanimous first-team all-Big Ten selection by the league's media and coaches. Wolters, the Summit League player of the year, averages 22.5 points and 5.8 assists per game. South Dakota State won the Summit League tournament to earn the conference's automatic NCAA bid for the second straight year.
CHICAGO (AP) - Trey Burke scored 21 points and No. 6 Michigan beat Penn State 83-66 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday, avenging a shocking loss to the Nittany Lions during the regular season. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nick Stauskas each had 15 points for the Wolverines (26-6), who will play fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the quarterfinals on Friday. Freshman reserve Mitch McGary added 10 points and 11 rebounds, helping Michigan to a 28-15 advantage in second-chance points. D.J. Newbill scored 20 points for Penn State (10-21), which faded after a fast start. Sasa Borovnjak scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half, and Ross Travis finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Dillon Gee struggled with his command, giving up six runs in the New York Mets' 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Gee allowed three hits, four walks and hit two batters in two innings. He also threw three wild pitches. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run single in his first spring training game back since leaving to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. He homered in one at-bat for the Tigers in an exhibition against Florida Southern on Wednesday. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a two-run homer in the second inning for Detroit. Tigers starter Doug Fister allowed just one run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts over four innings. Friday the Tigers play host to the Toronto Blue Jays in Lakeland, Fl. Listen LIVE at 1 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM. Saturday the Tigers play the Cardinals and Sunday they host the Washington Nationals in preseason play.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions tackle Jeff Backus is retiring, ending a 12-year career in which he missed only one game. Backus played for the Lions his whole career after being drafted in the first round out of Michigan in 2001. He started his first 186 games before a hamstring injury forced him to miss last year's Thanksgiving matchup against Houston. Backus says in a statement he's content knowing he gave everything he had and played as hard as he could. With Backus gone, Riley Reiff could step in at left tackle. Reiff was Detroit's first-round pick in 2012. Also Thursday, the Lions re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract.
(AREA) -- Jenna Hirsch of Marlette and Reyna Frost of Reese were recently named to the Associated Press's Girls Basketball Class C All-State first team. Reese Girls Basketball Coach Dennis Gruber was recognized by the 10-member panel. Drew Findlay of Reese and Kayla Deering with the Elkton Pigeon Bay Port Lakers received Honorable Mention.
Class B at Flint Power's Catholic
Flint Power's Catholic 54, St. Clair 39
Detroit Country Day 73, Detroit Douglass 51.
Flint Power's Catholic plays Detroit Country in Tuesday's Quarterfinal at Imlay City
Class D at Lansing Christian
Lansing Christian 67, Peck 32 (The Pirates end their season at 19-3. Wesley Bissett led Peck with 8 points,
Tristen Haener added 7, Tyler Beumann & Cody Abrego had 6.)
Beal City 42, Saginaw Buena Vista 36
Lansing Christian plays Beal City in Tuesdays Quarterfinal at Waterford Kettering
CHICAGO (AP) - The Big Ten tournament starts Thursday and it's not hard to see why Michigan State coach Tom Izzo declared it one of the best ever. And by best ever, he didn't just mean best Big Ten tournament. Izzo says it could be "one of the great conference tournaments of all time." The league is tops in the Sagarin ratings and boasts five teams ranked in the Top 25, including four in the top 10. One of those top 10 teams - No. 6 Michigan - didn't even get one of the four first-round byes. Instead, the Wolverines face Penn State on Thursday after falling a point short of sharing the conference championship with a 72-71 loss to Indiana on Sunday.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A couple inches were all that separated No. 6 Michigan from a Big Ten title. When Jordan Morgan's putback attempt rolled off the rim Sunday against Indiana, the Wolverines fell all the way to the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten tournament. Now they won't even have a first-round bye. Instead, Michigan faces a Penn State team that upset the Wolverines a couple weeks ago. In fact, Michigan may need to beat Penn State, Wisconsin and Indiana to reach the tournament final. Those teams handed the Wolverines four of their six defeats this season. Michigan takes on the Nittany Lions on Thursday.