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Bears to begin 2023 season at Niles

Thursday 12/1 -- While the 2023 schedule has not been released, or even completed as of yet. We do know where we will be for our 1st game. St. Joseph will renew our 100+ year rivalry with the Niles Vikings. Niles left the SMAC after the 2019 season joining the BCS for a year before joining the Wolverine in 2021. The opening game of the season will also mark the first game for Niles football on their new artificial turf field. Niles played two of their games last year at St. Joseph as the field at Niles was not complete. We will post the full 2023 schedule when it becomes available.

SMAC Update - 3.4.23

In this edition of the SMAC Update.

  • Lakeview names new head coach
  • BCC head coach adds job as Interim AD, assistant leaves
  • BCC also replacing turf surface.
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MHSAA Divison 3 Playoffs- District
Friday, November 4, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM
Steve Upton Field at Dickinsn Stadium

2023 Season Opener
Friday, August 25, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM
Viking Stadium - Niles
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Web: St. Joseph Bears Sports Network
Video: NFHS Network
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