|Since returning to the
tournament field in 2010, the Panthers
are an even 7-7.
In each of the past four
tournaments, Central has met up with
Metamora. Only one of those meetings was
in the opening round. The Redbirds are
4-0 in those matchups.
last three years of competition in the
tournament prior to their 2010 return
(2002-04), Central was only 1-6. However,
their average losing margin in those six
loses was only six points.
the Central's fifth stint in the
tournament field since the M-WHT expanded
to 16 teams in 1969. Central has
participated 1969-73, 1975-85, 1989-94,
1999-2004, and 2010 to present.
current tournament partcipants, only
Macomb (159), Pittsfield (142) and Canton
(129) have played more tournament
contests than Central (86).
86 games, the Panthers are 31-55 (.360)
including a 1-12 stretch from 1999-2004.
Nielsen shares the tournament record of
24 rebounds in a game. (vs. Winchester
1975). That record is also held by
Metamora's R.J. Romani (1995). Nielson
finished the 1975 tournament with a total
of 78 rebounds which is also a tournament