I n the midst of celebration after Dollar Bay defeated Pellston in the quarterfinals, a voice boomed over the intercom, interrupting the moment of elation.
The message: Dollar Bay’s semifinal opponent.
“Oh no,” one of the Blue Bolts cheerleaders said, dropping her pom poms to her side. “Not Southfield Christian.”
Yes, that Southfield Christian.
The team that ran an undefeated Dollar Bay squad off the court in last season’s semifinal.
It seems unfair that Dollar Bay’s quarterfinal celebration was interrupted with such an ominous name. It also seems unfair that Dollar Bay has to play the same team two years in a row, after consecutive historic seasons.
But that’s just the way things are sometimes: Unfair.
“It’s not a fair game,” Coach Jesse Kentala said. “It’s an unfair game. If I’m speaking openly, in a lot of states they would be in their own division, or they would play in Division 1. That is not to say we don’t want to play them; we are happy to be here. But they can reload, and we have who we have.”
That’s because Southfield is a private school that can draw players from anywhere, while Dollar Bay is a public school that doesn’t get that luxury.
For all you Dollar Bay natives, Yoopers or fans of the underdog, I wish I could tell you Dollar Bay shattered expectations. I wish I could say David slayed Goliath. That Dollar Bay avenged last season’s loss.
I know that’s what you all want to hear. But I can’t tell you that. Because Southfield Christian took down Dollar Bay once again, 55-28 on Thursday at the Breslin Center.