Bay College announces basketball schedule

Ishpeming's Marissa Maino shoots a layup against Gwinn on Wednesday night, Feb. 1, 2017, at Gwinn High School. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

ESCANABA — Bay de Noc Community College, the Bay College Norse, will play a 30-game schedule, including 13 games at home, in both men’s and women’s basketball later this fall and throughout the winter.

With area players who include Dre Tuominen of Negaunee and Darien Nichols of Manistique on the men’s team and Marissa Maino of Ishpeming on the women’s, Bay’s game will be broadcast by radio station WMXG, 106.3 FM, of Stephenson, and also be available on the Radio Results Network online site at RRNSports.com.

The Norse men return for their first intercollegiate season since 1978-79, while the women’s team is playing for the first time in the Escanaba-based school’s history.

“We have pieced together a very competitive independent schedule, featuring some of the premier junior college programs across the Midwest and some former rivalry games with Gogebic, Finlandia and Alpena,” Director of Athletics Matt Johnson said. “It will be exciting to rekindle some of those rivalries from years past.”

Bay will play its home games at the Bay College-Northern Lights YMCA Gymnasium in Escanaba.

Each Bay College team will open with exhibition games against Sault Ste. Marie College of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, at home on Saturday, Oct. 21, while the men play in Marquette against NCAA Division II Northern Michigan University on Sunday, Oct. 29.

The regular season begins Nov. 1 against Wisconsin-Marinette, also at home.

Bay’s home schedule features games against Alpena Community College on Nov. 8, Mid-Michigan on Nov. 11, Lake Superior State JV on Nov. 20, Wisconsin-Fond du Lac on Dec. 9 and hosting the Quality Inn & Suites Holiday Classic Dec. 29-30.

After the new year, the Norse also host the Wisconsin-Superior JV on Jan. 8, Finlandia on Jan. 13, Silver Lake College on Feb. 9, Wisconsin-Fox Valley on Feb. 10 and Gogebic on Feb. 24.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.