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