Recipe by Terrie Ortwein
Your favorite recipe for pie crust (2 crust pie)
1 ½ lbs. rhubarb, trimmed of leaves
1 16-oz. container strawberries, hulled, halved
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
1 large egg yolk beaten to blend with 1 tsp. water (for glaze)
1 tsp. water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix first 7 ingredients for pie filling in large bowl. Toss gently to blend.
Roll out half the pie dough to a 12-13 inch round. Transfer to a 9-inch glass pie dish. Trim excess dough, leaving a ¾ inch overhang.
Spoon filling into crust. Roll out second half of dough. Place over pie plate with filling. Trim ends of dough to match bottom crust. Press edges together slightly and crimp edges or use a fork to seal the edge.
Brush glaze over crust and transfer pie to baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake pie until golden and filling thickens, about 1 hour 25 minutes. Transfer pie to rack and cool completely.
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Cloud Finishes Successful Season With District LossThe Indians ended their season with a loss in the first round of districts to a tough Shelby team. Leading scorers were Isabel Karnes with 7 points and Elexis Plotts with 4. Olivia Bowman led with 5 kills followed by Allison Schulz with 4. Plottsalso led in digs with 13 while Bowman helped out with 10. Alexis Strait had 12 assists and was second on the team in blocks with 2. She followed Hailey Clifford who led the team with 5 blocks.
“I'm very happy with how far we have come this season,” said Coach Desirae Strait. “ We fought a lot of adversity throughout the season and were able to fight back in some very difficult situations.”
White Cloud ends the season with a 19-13 records and 2nd place in the conference.
Tigers Sweep Knights In District Opener
Hosts to face Pack, Lions take on Spartans in Wednesday Semis
The Grant Tigers have had their share of success this season filling some spots in the trophy case and picking up another conference title.
Now they have their eyes on a District crown and the trip to the Orchard View Regional that comes with it.
Monday night they took the first step toward that goal by sweeping past the Belding Black Knights 25-12, 25-17, 25-17.
Olivia Keelean led the Tigers with 15 kills while Kylie Patton contributed 13 and Nicole Whan added 39 assists. Defensively Taylor Wegener led the team with 11 digs, followed by Jill Arends and Keelean each with 7 digs. Patton added 3 blocks at the net.
The service line offered an opportunity for aces. Jill Arends had 3 aces, Kendall Wilkerson, Whan, and Keelean tallied 2 aces each, and Brooklyn Presler added one.
The Tigers move on to the District semi-finals against Fremont on Wednesday night at at 7pm. preceded by the Newaygo/Sparta match at 5:30pm. Both contests will be held at Grant Middle School with the winners to face off Thursday at 7pm for the title.
Tigers face down Oakridge Friday; Eagles 'Yotes, and Hawks continue play
By Ken DeLaat
Grant at Oakridge
The last 2 victories for Grant were retribution wins. First they took out Ravenna in the final game of the regular season settling a score from the previous season finale when the Bulldogs sent the Tigers into tournament play with a loss that hurt their seeding.The win got them into the tournament where they were able to avenge a homecoming loss to their northern neighbors in last weeks game.
Now here come the Eagles. The team that squeezed the Tiger offense and jumped on opportunities given them to blast Grant from the playoffs last season.
But that was last season.
The Eagles have lost twice. Once to Whitehall. The Vikings fielded a strong team that got bounced from the playoffs by the surging Black Knights of Belding. The other came against Montague.
And if you haven’t been beaten by Montague, you haven’t played them yet. They are a team that began the season playing really good football and have elevated their game since.
And it’s not just a team the Tigers will be facing it’s a program. The Eagles have flown the state title banner 3 times, been to the playoffs 13 years in a row and missed the postseason just once since 1995.
That is indeed a Program.
Grant will have it’s hands full but so should the Eagles.
The Tiger team I saw play last Friday night came out ready to do business. They were focused, played with a high level of confidence and minimized the mistakes that might have cost them earlier in the season. The offense tossed out a number of differing looks and the intensity of their defense remained high from kickoff to the final gun.
They will need all of that and perhaps more Friday night.
This team has already written their legacy by moving the Orange and Black into their first District Final.
And now they want more.
A District title and a ride to the Regionals would be nice.
And with it would come that revenge trifecta.
Kent City at Montague
These two undefeated teams roll into the District final after facing each other in the pre districts last year. The Eagles triumphed in a thrilling 21-20 gridiron classic and the sequel looks to be an intriguing matchup.
The Wildcats play a much tougher schedule.They faced 5 playoff teams during the season while Kent City faced two, a Mohawk team they have beaten soundly twice and Lakeview. The Wildcats managed 23 points in that game the most against KC this season.
Montague shut out those same Wildcats last week 47-0. They have dominated every game but one, their rivalry match with Whitehall. And that includes a 34-10 drubbing of Muskegon Catholic Central the team looking to extend their streak as D8 State Champions to 5 seasons in a row.
On the road, mind you.
Those 10 points the Crusaders posted were the only points scored on the ‘Cats since September 22nd.
Last year the Eagles posted their first winning record since 2001.Then this year they ran through their regular season undefeated for the first time ever. They’re a confident team with ample offensive weaponry facing a shutdown defense with a steamrolling offense.
And they’re playing in Montague.
Kent City needs to be at the top of their game. They’re a good team, a very good team.
Friday they face a team that many liken the ‘08,’09 teams that brought home state titles.
Except with more defense.
Cedar Springs at DeWitt
The Red Hawks pulled off a big win over highly regarded East Grand Rapids who came in undefeated and poised for a lengthy playoff run.
DeWitt, like East, is one of those programs. They’ve missed the playoffs just one time this century and lost a single game this season, the opener to GR Christian by 8 points.
The same Eagle team who nipped the Hawks by 4.
Cedar Springs has 3 losses on their resume but each of those teams are still playing.
Clare at Reed City
The Coyotes will be facing their toughest opponent since the opener when Montague blew by them. The Pioneers also ran the table after getting thumped by perennial powerhouse Ithaca.
Both teams can score. Both play rugged defense.
Reed City is a tough place to play but Clare travels well.
Grant Boys Team Advances To State MeetGirls finish 9th at Allendale
The Tiger Boys team is headed to Michigan International Speedway to compete at the State Finals after the entire team ran personal best times at the Regional meet that was hosted by Allendale. Grant finished third among the 13 teams competing.
The Girls team turned in some outstanding performances as their top five all broke 24 minutes. Elizabeth Gates led the way for the team breaking 21 minutes, and her new PR gets her on the Top 10 board. Also running varsity for the team were Gracie Bearup, Maggie Whitney, Zoe Zimmerman, Samantha Fryling, Ashley Bearup, and Madelyn Harvey. The tem finished 9th.
White Cloud Harriers Head To MIS
Girls finish 1st, Boys 2nd. Bowman captures 3rd
White Cloud girls cross country team won their regional in Allendale yesterday. The boys finished 2nd and also will move into the state meet next Saturday. Medalists (top15) were Ella Bowman 3rd, Haley Foster 14th, Aramis LaClair 5th, Jordan Richmond 6th, Adrian Rodriguez 9th.
Packer Runners Place 2nd, 4thBoys team, Metz, heading for Brooklyn
By Coach Cliff Somers
Gaylord - Regionals
42 degrees slight wind
Top 3 teams qualify for the State Finals
Top 15 individuals qualify
We thought we could qualify if we placed 5 in the top 30, but we also knew that it was going to tight for places 3 through 6. We ran a good race beating some teams that we haven't before and ended up placing 4th. While we were disappointed to finish 4th I was pretty happy with the way the girls ran. Our 1-5 split was about a minute fifteen, a little over what we wanted, but part of that was due to the break out race by Emma Metz (So). The girls got out in decent position to be able to move up in the second loop of the double loop course. Starting the second loop Emma and Riley Sweet (Sr) were in 16th and 17th places. Both girls started to move up into the qualifying spots together. By the two mile mark they were in the top 15. With about 3/4 of a mile to go Emma had moved up to 8th with Riley hanging on to 15th. Kendra Fowler (Jr) was moving up into the top 30 with Hannah Hamilton (Jr) starting to charge hard. Sammy Schmidt (Jr) was running in about 38th and Leah Converse (Fr) and Annika Tuls (So) moving up. Coming into the last 400 Emma had fallen back to 11th while Riley had fallen to 19th. Kendra was hanging on in the 20s while Hannah had a great finish to finish a few seconds ahead of Kendra. Sammy came in at 38th with Leah and Annika finishing strong also. The girls ran a good race and improved on last years 6th place finish at Regionals.
We thought we would have to place 5 in the top 15 to win and we were right. Ceder Springs put 5 in the top 15 to beat us by 3 points. The boys got the job done up front going 1, 2, 3, with Ben Schmidt (Sr), Nathan Walker (Fr), and Colton Best (Fr). Josh Zerfas (Fr) ran 4th for us getting out very aggressively and trying to hang on in the last mile. Ben Paige (Fr) on the other hand got out a little slow and was trying to chase people down in the last mile. Carter Moon (So) also was working hard to chase in the last mile, with James Pekel (Sr) trying to hang on in the last mile. Colton Best did a great job getting through a rough patch where he had fallen back to 5th place. He recovered well to move back up into 3 and put a gap on the 4th place runner. Nathan and Colton ran well together until the start of the 2nd loop where Nathan started to put a gap on the rest of the field. In the morning session an athlete from Harbor Springs broke the course record running 15:41. The record didn't last very long as Ben Schmidt smashed that time beating the field by over a minute running 15:13. We ran a solid race but still need to improve on on 2 -5 split. The boys and Emma will be running next Saturday in the State Finals in the afternoon session.
Full results can be found here - https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=131997#/12961Two Lions Qualify for State
One day. One race. One chance to qualify for the State Meet.
The temperature was in the 30s. Rain was driving through the air at a sideways angle. Snow even mixed itself into the air.
But none of that mattered to the runners at the Regional meets across the state of Michigan. Because for some this would be the last race of the season. And for others it would be their only chance to race their way to the State Meet.
In order to qualify, a runner must finish in the top 15 individuals or be a part of one of the top 3 teams from the Region.
Two athletes from the Newaygo Lions cross country team qualified for State: senior Ellie Nausadis and junior Ryan Brummel.
Ellie Nausadis ran on the edge of the 15 qualifiers for the first two miles of the race. She asserted her experience and wisdom from four years of competing and propelled herself into 12th with 200 meters left in the race. When she crossed the finish line, she was in 14th place, earning her 2nd trip to Michigan International Speedway on November 3rd.
Ryan Brummel started in a pack of 45-50 boys who all were determined to find themselves in the top 15. Slowly but surely that pack started to thin itself out as the pace was too intense for most. The top runner was 20 meters ahead at the mile mark, but the pack following him was still at 25. By the 2 mile mark that pack had stretched out, with 20 still surviving the pace. It was in the third mile that the top 15 had asserted their dominance, with Ryan Brummel finishing solidly in 9th to earn his first trip to MIS.
In addition to Ellie for the girls team, senior Alexis Brocker and freshman Jaylee Long both ran personal records (PRs) despite the excruciating cold and wet ground. Sophomore Sophia Frisbie, junior Samantha Dosch, sophomore Liza Nausadis and freshman Anna Brummel rounded out the varsity 7 for the Lions.
The boys team came to race. In addition to Brummel’s PR, five others of the varsity 7 also set PRs for their careers. Junior David Grodus, senior Nolan Brockway, freshman Brandon Badgero, sophomore Dylan Heminger, and freshman Blaise Brockway earned those PRs. Sophomore Bret Bays rounded out the varsity team for the Lions.
All results for the Division 3 Regional at Allendale where Newaygo competed can be found at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=132008#12803
The Fremont, Hesperia, Newaygo and White Cloud Cross Country teams all ventured north to the Warriors Late Season Invitational at Chippewa Hills on Saturday, October 21 to compete in the final regular season meet of the season before heading into Regionals.
The weather was unseasonably warm and the colors of the leaves were remarkably vibrant as the athletes ran through the wooded trails of the Chip Hills course.
The top 50 individuals in each the boys and girls race took home medals. The top two teams in each division (small and large school) took home trophies. Both the medals and trophies are unique for this invitational in that they are cut pieces of tree!
The following is a write up from Coach Cliff Somers of the Fremont day.
"It was pretty good running weather, just a little windy. We rested a few athletes on both the girls and boys team but were still able to win both races. This is the first time this year the girls were able to beat Chip. Hills who were also resting some athletes. The girls had a tight pack of 4 placing in the top 10 with a 39 second spread. Annika Tuls (So) was our 5th giving us a 1:11 1-5 split. Many girls ran their PR on a full length course today. It was a great way to go out for those who were running their last race of the season. The boys put 6 in the top 10 of their division. Ben Schmidt (Sr) broke the course record he set last running 15:47. Freshman Josh Zerfas stepped up big running his best race of the season to fill the hole left with a couple runners sitting out. As with the girls, many of the boys ran their season PR on a full length course." Fremont heads to Gaylord next week for Regionals.
The following is a write up of Newaygo's results by Coach Alexis Mercer.
"We haven't been to the Late Season Invite when it has been this warm for as long as I have been coaching. It was a beautiful day to run through the wooded trails. The girls team finished third overall in the large division, with 6 of the varsity girls taking home medals. Ellie Nausadis led the Lady Lions with a 5th place finish. Also medaling were Sophia Frisbie, Samantha Dosch, Liza Nausadis, Alexis Brocker and Jaylee Long. It was the final race for the JV girls. Elizabeth Childs ran her best race of the season by far and set a PR. Two Lions earned medals for the boys side. Ryan Brummel finished 5th overall and David Grodus earned his first medal at this meet in his three years running. Two other boys finished with PRs on the season: Blaise Brockway and Ryan Anderson. Both the boys and girls will now head to Allendale next week for Regionals."
Both Tiger squads came in third at their final tuneup for the Regionals in Allendale next Saturday. Elizabeth Gates ran to a 5th place finish to lead the girls team with Gracie Bearup (13th), Monica Padron(17th), Maggie Whitney(19th), Samantha Fryling(20th), Zoe Zimmerman(21st), and Ashley Bearup(22nd).
The boys ran as a team with Spencer Cole, David Jaimes, Colten Covington, Aaron Zimmer,and Connor VanderWilt finishing in the 12-16th spots followed by Carter Cole (18th) , and Reece Welch(31st).
Raymond Gardner also set a new personal best time at this final race of the regular season
Newaygo 49 Manistee 20
The Lions finished up the regular season on a high note defeating the Chippewas (2-7) to make it 5 in a row as they head into next week’s tournament.
McBain 62 Fremont 18
Down 27-0 and buried in their own territory the Pack came up with a huge play when Caleb Koomen hit Riley Krim with a pass that the speedy Mr. Krim took 95 yard to the house.
McBain poured on the points from their potent offense to put the game away early but the Packers managed two more scores, a 22 yard Parker Dalson run and a 15 yard sprint by Kade Widing.
Shelby 21 Hesperia 19
The Streak is over.
No, not the season long skid by the Panthers that came out of nowhere.
It was the 30 game free fall of futility the Tigers have endured since their seniors were freshmen that came to an end.
That year Shelby followed up a win over Montague with a pasting of the Pirates, a 57-0 win over Hart.
The following week their modest 2 game winning run was halted by Oakridge and now three seasons and another 29 losses later it is over.
For Hesperia it will be time to regroup and take a look at what has turned out to be an most unexpected season..
Hart 8 White Cloud 0
A scoreless battle came down to the final seconds of the game when the Pirates sailed into the endzone for the winning score.
The Indians moved the ball into scoring territory several times during the game but were victimized by turnovers penalties and dropped passes.
Kevin Arnold hit on 3 passes for 52 yards with Conner Maring taking 2 for 35 yards and Eric Plotts catching for 17 yards.Alex Doke rushed for 56 yards on 12 carries and Buck Seabrook added 56 yards on 11 carries.
Nine seniors took the field the final time for the Cloud.
Kevin Arnold, Sean Kakoczki, Conner Maring, Derrion Holland, Buck Seabrook, Derek Moore, Ryan Larsen, Eric Plotts and Hunter Jackson.
“They will be missed’” said Coach Hance.
Northpointe Christian 49 Holton 21
The Mustangs shook off a 3 game losing streak and beat the hosts in Red Devil Stadium, never an easy task. The win puts NPC into the postseason at 6-3 and Holton finishes with a 3-6 mark.
Kent City 47 Tri County 19
The Eagles completed a season sweep by defeated the Vikings on the road. Their next game looks to be at home and they will find out who will be coming to town Sunday night..
Lakeview 42 Central Montcalm 8
The Wildcats completed their table run and will be the third Silver team to tune in Sunday evening to see when and where they next play.
The Cats have played on in 3 of the past 4 years. Since their first appearance in 2000 when they advanced to the district final Lakeview has made 10 trips to the postseason without a win. They will be looking to snap that streak next weekend.
Lake City 35 Morley Stanwood 6
The Mohawks ran into a Trojan team hitting on all of their substantial cylinders.
Whoever gets chosen as their foe for next weekend will likely not be as formidable as Lake City.MS will sit down Sunday evening to see who that opponent might be.
Alma 39 Big Rapids 33
The Cards put up a good effort against a powerful Panther squad
Reed City 50 Pine River 10
Reed City rolls on and will likely snare a game on their home turf, a big edge for the Yotes and their raucous fans.
Chippewa Hills 28 Beal City 12
The Aggies a D-8 perennial playoff powerhouse with a pair of state titles on their resume will be missing the dance for the first time this century and just the third time since 1980.
Think of that. If you started kindergarten in 2000- your high school team was playoff-bound every year you attended school including 4 years of college.
The Warriors capped off their 7th straight season of playing beyond the first 9 and will await their next assignment coming Sunday.
Grant 41 Ravenna 26
Football Preview Week 9
Playoffs for Tigers? Lions look for 6th in a row.
Manistee 2-6 at Newaygo 6-2
The Chips struggle on the road where they are 0-4 and yield an average of close to 45 points a game.
The Lions have evolved from a team hoping to make the playoffs into a team capable of being a dangerous district draw and a victory could help them secure a better seeding for next week.
The game is on Newaygo turf and their run to the postseason with 5 straight wins has electrified their fans.
Look for a strong showing by Lions.
Ravenna 3-5 Grant 5-3
The only Ravenna wins have come against teams that reside in the bottom tier of the West Michigan conference, teams with a collective 3-21 record.
The Tigers are bent on returning to the dance and Coach Geraghty’s team will be looking to make their fans forget the homecoming loss last week.
Last year the Bulldogs took the season finale from the Tigers and advanced to the regionals in postseason play before falling to Pine River.
This is not that team.
But the WMC is a rugged league with undefeated Montague, a Whitehall team with just two narrow losses and the perennial powerhouse Oakridge program that has missed the playoffs once since 1994.
Grant looks like a better team but the Dogs can bite when they’re let loose as shown by their 50+ points in each of their wins so the Tiger defense will be tested.
McBain 6-2 at Fremont 0-8
The Packers season has been a rough go for players and fans. It’s a lot more fun on the field and in the stands when your team is winning and Fremont has yet to win.
It doesn’t get any easier with the playoff bound Ramblers coming to town.
Give enormous credit to these Packer players.They have weathered a winless season and yet they put forth the same effort at game’s end as they do at opening kickoff.
A win doesn’t seem likely but this team has earned our highest respect for their efforts.
Hart 1-7 at White Cloud 2-6
The Cloud has a chance to match last year’s 3 wins with a victory over Hart.
The Pirates only victory came against winless Shelby and they have been outscored 300-31.
If the Indian offense gets a little traction the hometown fans should be going home happy.
Kent City 8-0 at Tri County 1-7
The Vikes have the unenviable task of standing in the way of the Eagle quest for an undefeated regular season.
In their 7 losses TC has only held one team under 30 points.
In their 8 wins KC has only scored under 30 once.
TC has yet to score 30 in a game.
Hesperia 0-8 at Shelby 0-8
A season finale between two teams without a win. One who started the season hoping to snare a game or two and one with playoff aspirations.
The Panthers need this one. A win won’t salve the wounds of a disappointing season but this is not a team to finish 0-9.
Northpointe Christian 5-3 at Holton 3-5
The Mustangs have dropped three in a row after beginning the season 5-0.
Those losses were all to playoff teams and the 5 wins were against teams that have not fared well this year.
It’s been over a month since the Red Devils have been on home turf where they are 2-1.
NPC needs a win to play next week and they might be able to get it here but it is not going to be easy. Holton can be a pretty tough place to play. Look for a lot of scoring.
Central Montcalm 5-3 at Lakeview 2-6
At 2-3 the Wildcats needed to run the table to get into the playoffs. Three wins later they are on the cusp of becoming the third team from the Silver to get into the dance.
Who stands in their way? Their oldest rival in the 54th meeting between the teams.
The Cats have won the last 5 and the Bees are playing for pride not a playoff berth. CM hasn’t beaten a winning team yet and they are on the road in hostile territory so if the hosts prevail they can make it into the second season for the third time in four years
Reed City 7-1 at Pine River 1-7
The Bucks stopped a season long skid with last week’s win against Calvin Christian.
Friday they play at home against the Coyotes but barring a gridiron miracle their fledgling winning streak won’t be reaching 2.
Alma 6-2 at Big Rapids 3-5
The Panthers have dropped the last 2 games after a 6-0 start and want a win going into the postseason.
The Cardinals have struggled keeping good teams out of the endzone and Alma is a good team.
Lake City 8-0 Morley Stanwood 7-1
The undefeated Trojans have torn through the rugged Highland conference and bested two strong non conference foes..
The Mohawks have lost just one game to a really good Kent City team.
This time they’re at home.
Against a really good team.
Silver Girls – Kent City
Silver Boys – Kent City
Gold Boys – Fremont
Gold Girls – Chippewa Hills
All-Conference Gold Boys
Remus Chippewa Hills
Honorable Mention Gold Boys
All-Conference Gold Girls
Remus Chippewa Hills
Remus Chippewa Hills
Remus Chippewa Hills
Honorable Mention Gold Girls
Remus Chippewa Hills
Remus Chippewa Hills
All-Conference Silver Boys
Honorable Mention Silver Boys
Aramis La Clair
All-Conference Silver Girls
Honorable Mention Silver Girls