T hey’ll never be each other’s major rivals; no, that distinction belongs to Gladstone and North Central. But to label Escanaba and Bark River-Harris as typical nonconference opponents would be selling it short.
There’s a unique familiarity between the two groups. Taylor Ray transferred from BR-H to Escanaba, while Cassidi Stannard started at BR-H, went to Escanaba for a season before flipping back to where she began. And if you talk to people around the towns and programs, they’re not shy about discussing each team’s desire for beating the other. BR-H has had more recent success within its program, while Escanaba is the bigger school. So there are complexes with both groups.
“There’s a little bragging rights and rivalry going on,” Escanaba coach Mike Beveridge said. “There’s a little more at stake when there’s people you play who you know well.”