SAGINAW COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2003
THE NOUVEL CATHOLIC CENTRAL STATE CHAMPIONS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL '86-87, '87-'88, '89-'90, '90-'91.
Nouvel Catholic Central Boys State Basketball Champions
1987 * 1988 * 1990 * 1991
The Nouvel Catholic Central varsity basketball team became
the first boy’s team from Saginaw County to win back-to-back
state championships. They eventually won four state titles in
five seasons with a combined record of 94-16. The Panthers,
under coach Jim Carideo, captured its first state title in Class
C in 1986-87 when they defeated Benzonia Benzie Central
72-59. They finished with an overall record of 24-3 on the season.
The next season (1987-88), Carideo’s Panthers defeated
Roscommon to cap a 25-3 season and its second consecutive
Class C title. Joe Ricard took over for Carideo and two years
later (1989-90) Catholic Central wound up in the state
championship game against Ishpeming, coming away with a
78-59 victory. NCC finished the season with a 24-4 mark.
The Panthers made it four titles in five years when they
captured the 1990-91 championship when they toppled Iron
River-West Iron County 51-37. Nouvel finished the season with a 21-6 record.