Clinton Township Chippewa Valley senior Devin Goodwyn controls the ball March 5 during a district playoff loss against Sterling Heights Stevenson. Chippewa finished the season at 15-6 overall and 7-3 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley senior Devin Goodwyn controls the ball March 5 during a district playoff loss against Sterling Heights Stevenson. Chippewa finished the season at 15-6 overall and 7-3 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Chippewa Valley boys hoops ends season with district loss

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published March 12, 2018

 Chippewa Valley senior D’Lano Woods puts the ball up against Stevenson.

Chippewa Valley senior D’Lano Woods puts the ball up against Stevenson.

Photo by Donna Agusti

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s boys basketball season came to an end with a 49-41 loss to Sterling Heights Stevenson in a Class A district playoffs opener March 5 at Stevenson.

The Big Reds finished at 15-6 overall and 7-3 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

Although Chippewa has gotten away with having what coach Kevin Voss referred to as a “small” team for much of the season, it ended up being the primary reason for the team’s departure from the playoffs.

“We’re small compared to most people,” Voss said. “These guys (Stevenson) are obviously the almost worst-case scenario. They have two guys that they can go down low (to) that are strong and physical. … It’s hard to overcome that.”

Although March is an exciting time of year for basketball fans across the country, for many, enthusiasm ends up getting replaced with heartbreak.

“It’s ‘March Madness,’ but it’s also March anguish for those that lose,” Voss said. “That’s why I don’t go watch many games after this. The highs are high; the lows are really low. … Not many people thought that we would win 15 games this year. So I give our kids credit. … They’re a pretty tough-nosed bunch (of) kids.”

Devin Goodwyn, Cardell Snorton, D’Lano Woods, Dennis Pozios, Allen Whaley and Mac Tokarski are the seniors who made up Chippewa’s roster.

“They’re great kids; they’re hard workers,” Voss said. “They love the game. … I’ve been blessed at Chippewa, and I’m blessed this year with a bunch of really good kids. … I’m proud of (them).”

 

In other local boys basketball district news
Warren De La Salle beat Fraser High 69-32 in a Class A opener March 5 at Fraser.