T here are 11 miles between Powers and Bark River, and despite being long involved in their respective programs, Marc Zawacki and Mike Malone had never met.
But as luck would have it, the two first-year varsity coaches ran into each other at the casino not long before they played. They sat down and talked basketball.
That was their first introduction.
The second came on the sidelines of the North Central gym in an intense, overtime game. A rivalry with two new coaches doesn’t need much more drama, but the extra frame pushed things to the brink.
North Central came away with the 63-58 victory in the first of many on-court meetings for the rival coaches.