As expected, the New Franklin boys basketball team had little trouble in the opening round of the Sturgeon Tournament on Tuesday by beating eighth-seeded New Bloomfield 77-20.
The Bulldogs, improving to 15-0 on the season, outscored or matched New Bloomfield for 32 minutes and led 45-10 at the half and 73-16 after three quarters of play.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said it’s always a good feeling when the boys come out and do their job.  
“We can not rely on anybody else doing our jobs for us and we have to earn everything the rest of the year,” Dobson said. “Nobody will give us games or trophys, we will have to work to win every possession on offense and defense.”
Tre Cowans led 11 players in scoring for New Franklin with 22 points. Tyler Perkins chipped in 11, Tysen Dowell 10, Gavin Bishop and Crayton Gallatin each with eight, Blake Evans six, Tyler Jennings four and Jackson Dorson, David Brucks, Caleb Hull and Sammy Marshall each with two.
As for the New Franklin girls, they dropped their opening round game on Monday against Paris 53-41.
The Lady Bulldogs, 7-8 on the season, trailed Paris by just three (18-15) after first period’s end but were outscored 38-23 for the rest of the game.
Paris led New Franklin 34-25 at the half and 43-28 after three quarters of play.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said the girls battled throughout against a good Paris team. “I saw some good things offensively that we needed,” Vetter said.
Tori Hamilton had 33 points to lead all scorers for Paris. Nicole Skinner chipped in 11.
For New Franklin, Abby Maupin finished the game with 18, Madelyn Chaney seven, Addy Salmon five, Carly Dorson four, Campbell Cooper three and Kristen Flick and Kelsi Fair each with two.