Capac’s Tom Mailloux makes a call in Thursday’s Division 4 semifinal clash.

CAPAC — Capac’s Tom Mailloux officiated the Division 4 girls’ basketball semifinal contest which saw two-time defending champion Fowler square off versus Baraga last Thursday evening.

The Breslin Center, in East Lansing, is where the action took place.

It was the first time Mailloux has ever called a girls’ semifinal game.

Previously, Mailloux worked the 2009 Division 4 girls’ Class D state championship game at Eastern Michigan University which saw New Lothrop hand Cardinal Mooney a 50-32 setback.

His officiating resume also includes the 2022 Division 4 boys’ title game between Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian and Ewen Trout Creek (won 56-45 by Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian) as well as the 2005 boys’ Class B championship clash between Detroit Rogers and Bellaire which saw the former take advantage of four-point play during the closing seconds of overtime to pull out a heart-stopping 71-68 victory.

In Thursday’s semifinal matchup, Fowler took a 10-6 edge after one quarter was over with.

Quarter two saw Baraga respond to the challenge presented them with an 11-5 second quarter edge, good for a 17-15 lead at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Fowler struck with a 10-9 advantage. That trimmed their deficit to 26-25 with 24 minutes gone.

Baraga then outscored Fowler 20-19 the rest of the way, closing out a 46-44 win.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.