Bearup Nets Winner, Scott Stymies Panthers, Tigers Advance
Senior Alyssa Bearup broke up a 0-0 ties when she found the back of the net with 15:28 left in the game and Freshman keeper Lily Scott made 14 saves to give Grant a 1-0 win over host Comstock Park in their tourney opener.
“I was a little nervous playing on turf and challenged the girls to play tough defense and not to give up any easy goals,” said Coach Dan Scarbrough.”This was the best teamwork we have shown all season.
The Tigers will hit the road again on Friday traveling back to Orchard View to face the Lakeview Wildcats at 4pm.
Lakers Knock Pack From Tourney Play
The Packers season came to an end Wednesday night in their first round tournament match with perennial powerhouse Spring Lake.
The Lakers dominated Fremont ending the game 20 minutes early with an 8-0 win. Sarah Thornley and Emily Batts both netted two goals for the Lakers while Laney Peasely, Phoebe Saunders, Kayley George, and Kaleigh Fritscne all added single tallies. George and Batts also added assists.
Spring Lake outshot Fremont 21-4 in the match. Taylor Mulder made 13 saves for Fremont while Kamryn Lewk made all 4 saves for the Lakers. Spring Lake (16-2-1) moves on to play Reeths-Puffer on Thursday evening. The Packers ended their season at 12-7
Sportsmanship Award Goes To Fremont,Grant Boys, Newaygo,Grant Girls
The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan revealed their 7th annual Top 100 Sportsmanship Award teams for 2016-17 and four area squads (as well as their coaches fans and directors) received the honor this season.
Fremont boys team made the list for the third time since the inception of the award while the Grant boys and girls teams and the Newaygo girls team were recognized for the second time.
After each regular season game, the basketball officials are asked by the MHSAA to provide feedback on the sportsmanship of each school's players, coaches, administrators and fans. To receive the award the coaches association must receive high sportsmanship reports from game officials of the players and coaches in 5 or more games. At the end of the basketball regular season, schools are ranked by the MHSAA and the top 100 boy's teams and top 100 girl's teams are given an award banner the following season to hang in their school's gym.
“The girls were always good sports,” said Lions Coach Nate Thomasma. ”Pretty proud of the fact that they played hard but always showed good sportsmanship to the opposing teams. It also shows a lot of how our administration and community acts during the games.”
“It really is a community award.”
Packer Coach Pete Zerfas posted on social media “Congratulations boys, a 13-8 record is something you can be proud of, being honored from officials and the state basketball association for your character and sportsmanship is something your should be VERY proud of.”
Track: Packers Shine In Distance Events
By Coach Cliff Somers
We had a good showing at last night’s West Michigan Invitational. The meet invites the top athletes from the Muskegon area to compete against each other in an All-Star meet. Fremont athletes who were invited were; Seth Vogal, Ryan Geeting, Bruno Cipolla, Matthew Zerfas, Ben Schmidt, Cole Hamilton, and Sam Kaastra.
There were no team scores.
The highlights of the meet for us were in the distance events. The 4x800 relay team of Sam Kaastra, Ben Schmidt, Cole Hamilton, and Matthew Zerfas set a season record running 8:13.83. This included a 2:00 split by Sam, with a nifty pass squeezing between two competitors, to lead things off, and a 1:56 anchor by Matthew to move us up from 5th to 3rd.
In the 1600 Sam ran a PR of 4:27.08 with a great battle in the home straight to place 2nd. Matthew placed 2nd in the 800 with a time of 1:58.77, making a great move in the last 150 to move from 5th to almost 1st. He just ran out of track and was beat by 1 hundredth of a second.
Ben Schmidt seized control of the 3200 right from the gun and ran solo to the win in 9:45.61. Sam placed 2nd, pulling away from 3rd in the last 300, with a time of 9:51.6
Red Hot Vikings Continue To Roll In Win Over Packers
Tri County 8 Fremont 0
The Vikings of Tri County possess a wealth of scorers as well as a cadre of dominating defenders. The team had won 14 of their 15 games going into their match with Fremont Wednesday evening including 10 in a row. The defense led by goalie Macey Mikula had already notched 9 shutouts on the season and the Viking offense has averaged nearly 6 goals a match.
Tri County proved to lie up to their billing outshooting the Packers 20-2. Savannah Wilson and Alean Nawrocki led the way with 2 goals each while Payden Gilles, Mickalia Sprik, Grace Miller, and Aubrey Hearth all had single goals. Taylor Mulder made 12 saves in net for the Packers while Macey Matulis made 2 saves for the Vikings. Tri County moved to 15-1 overall and Packers fell to 12-6.
Fremont will begin tournament play Tuesday when they travel south to face former Lakes 8 rival Spring Lake on the Lakers’ home field while the Vikes will be heading for Orchard View on Wednesday to match up with the host Cardinals.
Lion Hurlers Silence Panther Bats
Connor Swinehart and Orion Gordon combined to scatter 4 Panther hits for a shutout in the opener then in the nightcap Jarrod Heideman shook off a first inning run then peeled off 6 innings of one-hit ball to give Newaygo the sweep.
In game 1 Brendan Verburg drove home a pair of teammates while Cooper Heinzman, Swinehart and Heideman each finished with a pair of hits.
The second game saw Swinehart, Jacob Polasek and Noah Graff knocking in 2 runs piece. Heinzman drew 2 walks giving him 4 free passes on the day.
Softball: Cloud Splits With Coyotes
Tourney game June 3rd
White Cloud 6-4 Reed City 5-15
White Cloud’s Varsity softball team ended regular season play splitting a doubleheader with Reed City.
In the 1st game Meghan Sutherland had 2 hits, none bigger than a walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th resulting in a 6 – 5 win. Hallie Schulz blasted a 3 run homer Hannah Brown had 2 hits and scored 4 runs including the game winner and Jordan Bulk added a double.
In Game 2, Maddie Seabrook had 2 hits with a double and Olivia Bowman singled twice. Hannah Brown tripled while Hallie and Allison Schulz each laced a double in a 15 – 4 loss to the Coyotes.
White Cloud will now prepare to take the field on Saturday June 3rd in Newaygo where they will face long-time nemesis Morley Stanwood inn a District semi-final game that will begin at noon.
Lions Take A Pair From Panthers
Newaygo 11-13 Hesperia 7-10
The opener was a seesaw affair and Hesperia held a 7-5 lead heading to the final frame but the Lions exploded for a 6 run 7th then Daniella DuChemin blanked the Panthers to pick up the win.
Ali VanAlstine laced a trio of hits and Leandra McKenna finished with a pair of hits including a home run and picked up 3 RBI’s.
Claire Rumsey led the Panther offense with 3 hits.
In the nightcap Madi Bush knocked home 5 teammates and Ashlynn Beemer plated 3 more as the Lions scored early and often. Newaygo took a 13-2 lead into the 7th then he;d back a furious rally by the Panthers to snare the win and the sweep.
Makennah Swisher rapped out 3 hits for Hesperia and collected 3 RBI’s.
Tiger Soccer: Robinson Notches 4 in 8-0 Win
It was Senior Night on the pitch at Grant High School and both of the seniors on the Tiger squad got on the score sheet in the win against Kent City 8-0.
In the first half. Senior Halley Robinson scored 4 goals and Senior Alyssa Bearup added another along with 2 assists. Junior Angela Contreras (1 goal) Sophomore Nikki Tellkamp (1 goal, 1 assist), Freshman Delaney Cronk (1 goal) and Freshman Gracie Bearup (1 assist) rounded out the scoring.
Everyone that got into the game registered at least 1 steal and Junior netminder Michelle Settlemyre made a save on the lone shot she faced.
Packer Soccer: Harris, Schmidt Fill Nets in 8-0 Win
The Packers of Fremont scored early and often on Monday night to defeat the Coyotes of Reed City 8-0. Bre Harris led the way with four goals, Samantha Schmidt was close behind with three tallies, and Elly O'Neill netted the final goal of the contest. Harris also had two assists, Kate Luker had two assists, and Schmidt had one helper.
The Packers outshot the Coyotes 16-2. Katelynn Latin made 8 saves for Reed City while Taylor Mulder made two saves while recording the shutout. The Packers move to 12-5 overall and 10-3 in the conference.