Macomb Lutheran North senior wing Lauren Mow drives to the basket Feb. 1 against Bloomfield Hills Marian. The Mustangs had a coaching change last month and welcomed back former coaches Matt Knutson and Kevin Murawski.

Macomb Lutheran North senior wing Lauren Mow drives to the basket Feb. 1 against Bloomfield Hills Marian. The Mustangs had a coaching change last month and welcomed back former coaches Matt Knutson and Kevin Murawski.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Former coaches return to guide Lutheran North girls basketball

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published February 8, 2019

 Macomb Lutheran North junior forward Leyna Gatti takes a jumper during a Feb. 1 game against Bloomfield Hills Marian. The Mustangs’ next scheduled game is against Warren Mott at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at home.

Macomb Lutheran North junior forward Leyna Gatti takes a jumper during a Feb. 1 game against Bloomfield Hills Marian. The Mustangs’ next scheduled game is against Warren Mott at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at home.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Matt Knutson and Kevin Murawski are no strangers to the sidelines at Macomb Lutheran North, but they have their work cut out for them as they prepare the Mustangs girls basketball team for the state tournament.

Knutson and Murawski now serve as co-coaches of Lutheran North’s girls basketball squad after Greg Mangold left the team in late January. He noted that it was a mutual decision between himself and the program.

Knutson and Murawski’s first assignment was Jan. 29. The Mustangs lost to Warren Regina 42-36.

Knutson last coached in 2016, when he led the Mustangs girls basketball team to a division title. Murawski previously coached both the Mustangs boys and girls basketball teams, with his last stint also coming in 2016, but with the boys.

“It’s a bit of a tough spot for us and the girls,” Knutson said. “They’d been working in one system for most of the season; now we come in a month before the playoffs start. They’re working hard. They’re listening, but we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

The state playoffs begin March 4. North will play in a Division 2 district hosted by Richmond High.

The Mustangs (4-10 overall and 1-7 in the Catholic High School League Central Division, at press time) open the postseason with a district semifinal matchup against Richmond at 7:30 p.m. March 6. The other side of the bracket includes Algonac High, Marine City High and St. Clair High. The district final tips at 7:30 p.m. March 8.

“We’re going to do as much as we can to get the girls ready for the playoffs. That’s the goal now,” Murawski said. “We’re going to look at our personnel and look to install a playbook that puts them in the best position to succeed.”

Both coaches recognize that the team has some talent to work with. Senior wing Lauren Mow earned CHSL All-League honors last season. Junior guard Tessa Briney and sophomore wing Julia Zauel have made strong contributions this season.

“Those are some good players,” Knutson said. “We have work on making sure everybody knows their role. We’ve got to ensure everybody knows what their job is. With the players we have, I think we can be OK. I think we’ll have a good shot to make a good showing in the playoffs.”

Lutheran North’s next scheduled game is against Warren Mott at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at home. For scores, check www.candgnews.com.