Plentiful birds, 10 million-plus acres of public land available for hunting, and spring turkey season just days away – don’t miss your chance to gobble up some prime hunting April 23-May 31. The state’s strategic season structure – with multiple “openers” – gives hunters options that provide the opportunity to have a great hunting experience this spring.
That’s a giant leap from just decades ago. There was a time in Michigan when wild turkey was difficult to come by.
“I’ve heard stories from my grandpa about some of the wildlife we have today being hard to find when he was a kid,” said Katie Keen, communications coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division. “It’s hard to imagine it was so different just a few generations back.”
Unregulated hunting and dramatic habitat changes had made some wildlife, including turkeys, scarce.
“This once-common bird was eliminated from Michigan by 1900. In 1977, Michigan’s turkey population was estimated at 6,000 birds, and only 17 counties were open to turkey hunting,” said Al Stewart, DNR upland game bird specialist. “Through reintroduction efforts by the DNR and other conservation partners, more than 200,000 turkeys now roam the wilds in nearly every corner of the state.”
Keen said that in 1977, hunters had a 1-in-4 chance of getting a spring turkey license, and only 400 turkeys were taken.
Today, she said, hunters just need to determine where they’d like to hunt, watch the DNR’s frequently-asked-questions video, get a license and go. Last year, hunters bagged about 33,000 wild turkeys during the fall and spring seasons combined.
“This spring, hunters should find good numbers of turkeys distributed throughout the state,” said Stewart. “Based on production last year, hunters can expect success similar to last spring … and last spring was pretty good.”
Interested in watching the woods come alive at sunrise, hearing the turkey’s call, and possibly putting some wild game on your dinner table? Learn more and buy a license at michigan.gov/turkey, or contact Katie Keen at 989-385-0336.
While weather has certainly dampened the Spring schedule a few games slipped through the flakes and cold.
Softball: Huge first inning propels Cloud to victory
White Cloud erupted for 11 runs in the first inning and went on to defeat Grant 17-1 in four innings. Hallie Schulz picked up the win giving up just two hits, striking out one, and walking none. Carlie Stray picked up 2 hits, Allie Dubbink added a hit, and Alissa Diltz had the lone RBI for Grant. The second game was cancelled due to cold temperatures.
Baseball: Grant Comeback Fuels Win Over Cloud
The Tigers escaped with a win against the visiting Indians from White Cloud with a final score of 14-13. The first inning saw the Tigers first five batters coming around to score. Freshman Elliott Butchart got the scoring started by way of an RBI single that brought home Casey Deater. A couple Indian errors and walked batters later the score was 5-0 after one. Eventually the Indians would take the lead and they were able to enter the bottom of the 7th inning up 13-8. "Our youth showed in innings 3-6," said Coach Rider.
"One thing we did not do was think a pitch ahead. We have been telling them how important it is to talk and think a pitch ahead. During those innings it just seemed they were overwhelmed and we started making a ton of mental mistakes because they were not doing this."
However, the Tigers would not go down without a fight.
Freshman Ryan Hether led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single and made it to second on an error by the left fielder. Tristen Chesebro doubled to score Hether making the score 13-9. A couple batters later Jake Miller singled home Chesebro, Dalton Wagner reached on an error that plated two more making the score 13-12 with runners on second and third. Ryan Hether stepped to the plate for the second time that inning and delivered the knockout punch lacing a single up the middle that scored that game winning runs.
For the Tigers, Casey Deater ended up getting the win pitching 2 innings. Offensively Ryan Hether collected 3 hits, Elliott Butchart had 2 and Deater, Chesebro, Miller, Vander Weide, and Wagner all had one.
"This was an interesting game. I thought we came out of the gates high energy and then when White Cloud scored 4 in the third we backed right off. I give the boys credit for fighting there way back in the bottom of the seventh," said Coach Rider
Left To Right:
Carter Chase, So. Grant- Can shoot with the best and handle the ball efficiently and effectively. Good basketball instincts and if left alone he will burn the nets with regularity.
Tyler Naffziger, Sr. Grant- Naffziger is one of those players who can put a team on his back and will them to a win. Against Fremont in the District Finals he kept breathing life into the Tiger hopes and single-handedly took a 10 point lead down to 3 in the space of 30 seconds.Great skills and a true battler.
Steven Holt So. White Cloud- He makes his team better. Holt can score and defend and plays smart basketball. He got better as the season progressed and so did the Indians.
Ben Schmidt, Sr. Fremont- The proverbial straw stirring the drink, Schmidt was all go all the time. His passing ability is a thing of beauty and he is unafraid to knock down a three when needed.
Logan Karnemaat, Jr. Fremont- Can dominate a game from the inside like no other in the area. His improvement from last year to this has been huge, primarily in his ability to thwart the efforts by opponents to get him in foul trouble. He turned shot blocking into an art form this season.
Calvin Miller, Jr. Fremont- A banger with a nice scoring touch. Teaming with Karnemaat they held opponents off the boards and Miller seemed to smell an opening when he had the ball in his hands.
Connor Swinehart Jr. Newaygo- An absolute force on the court he can score and defend against taller foes and his athleticism allows him to clean up a lot of glass on both ends. Deceptive quickness gets him a lot of points.
Mitch Karrip, Sr. Newaygo- When he’s hot from outside forget about it. He can burn it from another zip code if needed and draws out the defense to allow the Lion inside game to flourish.
Cooper Heinzman, Sr Newaygo - Plays with absolute passion and leaves it all on the court. Heinzman is one of those players whose accomplishments aren’t reflected in the stats. He bothers opponents with his in-your-shirt defense, sets a mean pick and knows how to win A fearless competitor.
Bryce Hallman, Sr. Tri County- The Vikings didn’t win a game but you would not know that by watching Hallman and his teammates competing. He was the leader who kept his team grinding through a struggling season and his points came despite being the focus of every team’s defense every game.
Left To Right:
Alexis Strait, Fr. White Cloud- How valuable was this addition to the Indian squad? Her ability to score freed up teammate Hannah Brown who was often double and triple teamed before Strait’s arrival. This freshman gets it done on both ends and plays like a varsity veteran.
Hannah Brown, Jr. White Cloud- With the graduation of Bre Harris, Brown assumes the mantle of the best player in the area. She can play cover defense, dish it out like a lunch lady on goulash day, and man, oh man, can she score. Brown ripped the nets to achieve the 1000 career point mark sometime in February and has continued to pile up the points since. The catalyst for the teams success this season when the Cloud posted a 16-7 record, tied for second in the Silver and made it to the District Finals.
Cecelia Male, Jr. Grant-Part of a group of scrappers in Grant. While the Tigers didn’t post many W’s, teams that played them came away knowing they were in a game from tip-off to buzzer. Male has the ability to light it up when she gets hot as evidenced by her performance against Morley when she poured in 22 of her team’s 40 points in the win.
Riley Sweet, Sr. Fremont- Her dogged determination on the court and leadership by example helped pull together a team beset by a pair of key injuries. Sweet defers to her higher scoring teammates with seeing eye passes and seems to always be in the mix whenever there’s a scrum for a loose ball.
Bre Harris, Sr. Fremont- A year that began with such promise took a hit when she crashed to the floor in the final seconds of a heartbreaking loss to Reed City with a broken wrist. Her addition to the team is based partly on her body of work over 4 seasons of premier play and the difference she made this season when able to play.. Harris gave Packer Backers a lot of thrills since she took the court as a freshman and she will be missed.
Calla Miller, Fr. Fremont- One of three freshman to grace this squad, she stepped up big time after the injury to Harris. Pressed into duty Miller did not miss a beat and displayed some defensive wizardry to go with her superior ball handling ability.
Jaylee Long, Fr. Newaygo- Another freshman phenom who will only get better as she learns (ala Brown and Harris) to manage the double teaming that was tossed at her once teams got a look at her scoring ability. Long plays the game with the kind of reckless abandon that is fun to watch and will be a force on the court in the coming years as well.
Alexis Brocker, Sr Newaygo- A grinder who will do whatever it takes to succeed. Brocker leaves it all on the court and plays a fearless brand of basketball that is fun to watch. A fiery competitor who goes after it as if she is oblivious to the scoreboard.
Emma Overbeek, Sr. Tri County- A spark plug for a team that truly came together, winning 12 of their last 14 including 8 in a row and grabbing a District title at season’s end. Overbeek never stopped believing in her team and never stopped playing like it was the final seconds of overtime. She scored when needed, played in your face defense and had an innate ability to find open teammates.
Tricia Slavens, Sr. Tri County - A player’s player Slavens does so many things well on the floor. She can score, defend, pass and rebound with the best of them and fills whatever role is needed. Her play in the Districts helped propel her team to the title. A true gamer.
Don't forget! Michigan's 2018 fishing license season kicks off April 1
For those interested in going fishing in Michigan, a new license is required starting Sunday, April 1.
That day is the kickoff to the state’s 2018 fishing license season, as well as the new fishing regulation cycle. All 2018 fishing licenses are good through March 31, 2019.
Anglers have eight options to choose from when making their purchase. All fishing licenses are good for all species.
For more information on Michigan fishing licenses and regulation changes, check out the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide – available at license retailers or online at www.michigan.gov/dnrdigests. The online version is always up to date and available to download.
Don’t forget, there are two simple ways to buy a fishing license in Michigan:
Here are the All Conference Basketball teams as released by the CSAA.
Look for the N3 All Area Teams coming soon to Near North Now.
GOLD GIRLS ALL CONFERENCE
Hannah Putnam (11) Central Montcalm
Libby Ledford (11) Central Montcalm
Kiara Wernette (11) Central Montcalm
Jayla Strickland (12) Big Rapids
Kaitlyn Ray (12) Big Rapids
Tricia Slavens (12) Tri County
Emily Libey (12) Reed City
Calla Miller (9) Fremont
Nicole Whan (10) Grant
Jaylee Long (9) Newaygo
Bailey Vissman (9) Central Montcalm
Savannah Seath (10) Big Rapids
Grace Miller (11) Tri County
Kamyrn Myers (11) Reed City
Anna Patenge (12) Fremont
Madison Bush (12) Newaygo
Payton Ethridge (12) Chippewa Hills
GOLD BOYS ALL CONFERENCE
Braeden Childress (12) Big Rapids
Jackson Lund (12) Big Rapids
Jake Martinson (11) Big Rapids
Logan Karnemaat (11) Fremont
Ben Schmidt (12) Fremont
Calvin Miller (11) Fremont
Connor Swinehart (11) Newaygo
Karsten Koopman (12) Reed City
Tyler Naffziger (12) Grant
Gunner Hill (10) Central Montcalm
Mitchell Kuzma (11) Chippewa Hills
Dorian Martin (11) Big Rapids
Wyatt Kaastra (11) Fremont
Mitch Karrip (12) Newaygo
Cody Kailing (11) Reed City
Carter Chase (10) Grant
Jared Ledford (11) Central Montcalm
Seth Mackenzie (12) Chippewa Hills
Bryce Hallman (11) Tri County
SILVER BOYS ALL CONFERENCE
Fraser Wilson (12) Kent City
Jace Dailey (12) Kent City
Eli Carlson (10) Kent City
Carson Brauher (12) Morley Stanwood
Aiden McLaughlin (10) Morley Stanwood
Keola Kaaikala (12) Lakeview
Nathan Slowik (10) Holton
Jacob Klemundt (11) Hesperia
Darrion Holland (12) White Cloud
Brenden Geers (11) Kent City
Tyler Dard (12) Morley Stanwood
Andrew Nummer (11) Lakeview
Dalton Giddings (12) Holton
Scott Peters (12) Hesperia
Steven Holt (10) White Cloud
SILVER GIRLS ALL CONFERENCE
Kenzie Bowers (9) Kent City
Jenna Harrison (9) Kent City
Zara Weber (11) Kent City
Breanna Berry (10) Morley Stanwood
Brooke Brauher (9) Morley Stanwood
Hannah Brown (11) White Cloud
Elexis Plotts (12) White Cloud
Ciarra Magnuson (11) Lakeview
Emily Bayle (9) Hesperia
Kaylie Piper (11) Holton
Lauren Freeland (11) Kent City
Bethany Elenbaas (12) Morley Stanwood
Alexis Strait (9) White Cloud
Amanda Larson (12) Lakeview
Alyssa Miller (11) Hesperia
Haylee Brant (11) Holton
Packer loss ends area basketball season
By Ken DeLaat
Photos By Mike Gesler, Catalpa Photography
South Christian 74 Fremont 27
They were the last area team left standing in tournament play. Still, lot of things were going to need to go Fremont’s way if they were going to have a chance to knock off a really good South Christian squad. The three pointers would need to fall they would have to protect the ball against a lightning quick Sailor defensive backcourt and getting some points in the paint would be crucial. Meanwhile they would need to somehow deny offensive boards and limit the damage the Sailors can do from distance.
All those things would need to happen along with perhaps a crucial alignment of the stars.
South Christian showed everyone in the gym why it was no surprise when they knocked off perennial powerhouse Godwin, halting the lengthy Wolverine run of District titles. The came out and took command early never letting up on the gas and crushing any attempts at a Packer run. With a smothering defense, a lethal group of shooters and total dominance on the glass the Sailors cruised to a 45-12 lead by intermission. Four different SC players hit home with a total of 6 three pointers including a bomb at the buzzer to put an exclamation point on a stellar first half performance.
The Packers won the tip and held a brief 3-2 lead when Carter Moon hit from beyond. The Sailors countered with a quick 10 point run leading to a Packer time out. Bailey Baddis came off the bench and fired in a triple to stop the streak and following a SC basket Varsity newcomer Tristen Campbell hit one to keep the Packers within 7. A (rare) Sailor turnover gave Fremont a shot at pulling even closer as the quarter was coming to an end.
Then the wheels came off. A quick steal and score by Peyton Vis and an immediate repeat followed by a Packer turnover and a triple at the horn by Conner Kok and the quarter ended with the Sailors suddenly holding a 14 point edge.
And the Packers could not recover.
Buckets by Ben Schmidt and Logan Karnemaat provided the only offense for Fremont in the second quarter and the halftime rest did nothing to improve matters. The second half opened with a Packer turnover and a 12-0 run by the Sailors that ended when Campbell ripped a 3 from far beyond the arc. Soon the lead was in running clock territory and the game and the season came to an end for Fremont.
"We struggled from the get go not able to handle their pressure and get the ball inside, or able to make shots,” said Coach Pete Zerfas. “ South Christian showed why they were able to knock off the number 2 team in the state with a multitude of shooters who could shoot from any range. We were just beaten by a much better team.
“That was my 9th regional and I can’t remember a single team with that type of size that could shoot like that. Our kids had a great season winning Conference and Districts, but if we are ever going to compete at the regional level going south, we have to have more scoring on the floor. It was a good learning experience for our kids that return. This year was the first time any of our kids have won a championship or finished first at any level in basketball, so it was a nice step up. Next year we will try to get even better."
Packers fight off Tiger attack to capture District crown
By Ken DeLaat
Photos by Mike Gesler, Catalpa Photography
Fremont 61 Grant 55
They filled the gym at Tri County. There were the usual suspects on hand, a raucous traveling student group of Packers and their Tiger counterparts, and the family members, alumni and team followers from both sides. But others came as well. Players from Newaygo and Tri County who had been part of this tournament, coaches from around the area, and a whole lot of folks hoping to see a good basketball game.
They got one.
This one was like a heavyweight fight between a pair of top contenders. Each team took their measure of the other. Each went to their strength and were countered by adjustments. Coaches Pete Zerfas and Matt McCorkle played a substitution chess game looking to create matchups that could be exploited and both worked the officials in a game that saw an elevated level of physicality between the squads.
When Calvin Miller, who would be an absolute force on the floor for Fremont, nailed a bucket to open the scoring it gave the Packers a lead they would hold all night. He followed with a three that was immediately answered by Tyler Naffziger then Logan Karnemaat who had his first attempt blocked by Patrick Lancestremere made his signature spin move to lay one off the glass and draw a foul from Lancestremere. His conversion made it an 8-3 game.
The teams exchanged points with Longcore hitting and Schmidt dropping in a pair from the line then Riley Krim went the distance off a steal to stretch the lead to 7.
The Tigers punched back.Michael Frey hit a jumper then after a stop Naffziger ripped a triple and Grant pulled within 2. Miller and Lancestremere exchanged but as the period buzzer went off Carter Moon let one go from distance and found net to put the Pack up 5 after one.
The second quarter saw Fremont working it in to Karnemaat with Krim, Schmidt and Miller taking turns getting the ball in his hands. A quick third foul sent Naffziger to the bench and the Grant offense struggled in his absence falling behind by 11. His return seem to spark the Tigers as Frederick Hull got open for a score and Carter Chase tripled while Chase, Frey and Lancestremere drew points at the line.In between they were still unable to stop Karnemaat who scored twice. It looked to be a 7 point Packer edge at intermission but Carter Chase drew a foul with a second left on the clock and amidst a sea of noise emanating from the Packer student section cooly dropped in both. The teams went to break with Fremont up 31-26.
The second half the teams continued to exchange blows. A pair of hits by Frey and Naffziger drew the Tigers to within 3 but Schmidt and Moon answered then Krim zapped a shot from the top of the key and the lead jumped to double digits.Frey got to the line to split and topped it off with a triple off a steal that brought the Pack back into range before Bailey Baddis who had missed his first few attempts ripped one from distance.the lead crept to 10 points and with 3 ½ on the clock and down double digits the Tigers had one more run left.
Naffziger drew a foul, hit the pair, grabbed a steal and fired in a three then off a stop got free again and his deuce got Grant back within 3 points. Fremont responded by going in to their big guy for 2 then on the defensive end saw him slap away a Tiger attempt leading to a Schmidt pair from the stripe and a 7 point edge.
Less than a minute remained when Naffziger again provided the counterpunch with a bucket from another area code. Schmidt was fouled and went to the line for a 1:1 as the Packers tried to nurse the 4 point lead toward the buzzer. The shot bounced off and Calvin Miller hauled it down for a huge rebound that would get.Schmidt back to the line where he split to make it a 5 point edge. Chase got to the line for a split with 17 seconds left and Krim was fouled shortly after to end the scoring with a free throw.
“It was very similar in the first half to the first two times we played Grant,” said Packer Coach Pate Zerfas.” We had chances to extend the lead and we just couldn’t. They’re so scrappy and well coached and they just never stop playing.They’re just a really hard working team.
“I’m really proud of my guys for staying with it. They could have really fallen apart and they didn’t. they made some mistakes but they collected themselves and did what they had to do to win.”
Coach Zerfas was asked about the play of Miller and responded,“Calvin Miller came to play. He was playing extremely well early in the season then he was out almost a week with the flu and it took him a long time to recover.When he came back he didn’t play well and wasn’t as strong physically. He’s been slowing building himself back up and you could tell early in the game he was on a mission, He was a monster offensively, defensively, rebounding, everything.
“We expect Logan (Karnemaat) to play well and he did but we had guys stepping up all night. When Krim broke through with that layup then stole the ball and scored another layup that gave us 4 points in 4 seconds. And Ben Schmidt sometimes goes unnoticed because he’s not flashy but he just grinds. He never stops. I wanted to get him some short stints on the bench tonight but I didn’t. He was out there the whole game.”
Karnemaat put together a stellar game dropping in 20 points and snaring 15 rebounds while dominating the paint on defense much of the night. Miller finished with 13 points while pulling down boards and the Krim/Schmidt backcourt scored 10 apiece.
Naffziger hit for a game high 24 for Grant.
Fremont moves on to Regional play Monday night when they travel to West Catholic to face the Sailors of South Christian at 8pm.
Packers, Tigers Meet For District Title; Cloud advances to Finals
By Ken DeLaat
Photos by Mike Gesler, Catalpa Photography
It seemed only right that once the dust settled the Tri County District Finals would involve a pair of teams with a good chunk of history behind their rivalry. When the Tigers defeated Newaygo it was perhaps the most competitive of the games played thus far and with the Pack cruising to a win over Tri County the two teams faced opposition from outside their conference in the semis.
And both teams won.
The teams will do battle Friday at 7pm
In the Class C Districts at Shelby White Cloud emerged with a win over their neighbors to the west and will be playing for the district crown as well. Their game begins at 6pm in Shelby
Fremont 55 Sparta 46
The Packers jumped out to a 6-2 lead behind a pair of Ben Schmidt buckets and the Riley Krim to Logan Karnemaat combination but Spartan sharpshooter Logan Armockfired in a pair from distance to give Sparta an 8-6 lead. Bailey Baddis hit a basket to tie then Schmidt go to the line and converted a pair for the lead Fremont would hold the rest of the game.
The Packer defense was outstanding all night making penetration close to impossible for the Spartan offense. Attempts were leading to turnovers and on one try inside Karnemaat who had already rejected a pair of attempts simply took the ball out of the hands of Kyle Grice when he went up for a shot and passed it to Schmidt who hit a streaking Krim down the floor for a layup.
Sparta. Armock and Grant Kelley managed a pair of buckets as the half came to a close that kept the Spartans in the game though down 7 points.
Sparta kept coming after the Packers with Garrett Cheslek holding his own in the paint with Karnemaat but each time they edged closer the Packers would put some distance between them.With the margin staying at 7 the third was winding down then at the buzzer Wyatt Kaastra took a pass at the top of the key and buried it for a 3 pointer and a 10 point Packer lead heading to the final frame. In the fourth the teams were exchanging buckets with Fremont adding an extra here and there off turnovers. Finally Sparta was forced to foul in an attempt to get back into the game and the Packers “I thought that was one of if not our best defensive effort of the season,” said Coach Pete Zerfas. “We rebounded well tonight. Our outside shooting wasn’t there in the first half but our defense created opportunities for us on the offensive end.”
“In the 4th we were able to get out in transition thanks to the defense ramping it up even more.”
Karnemaat finished with 14 points 14 rebounds and 5 blocks on the night. Krim reached double figures with 10 points while Calvin Miller notched 7 to go with his 7 boards and Kaastra hit for 5.
Grant 73 Belding 31
This one was a blowout from the start with the Tigers scoring at will against the outmanned Knights. Frederick Hull and Michael Frey started the offensive outburst and the Tiger defense never let Belding get anything going.
White Cloud 51 Hesperia 45
The Cloud took the rubber match of this season series with a hard fought combacke win over the Panthers
Hesperia took the lead before the half and held a 5 point lead heading to the 4th but the Indians put togtheer a strong charge to finish in front.
“We didn't play our best game but we came away with a victory and now we have a shot at the district finals,” said Indian Coach Bob Jones.
Eight Indians found their way into the scoring column led by Andy Newfer with 17 points. Buck Seabrook hit for 10 points and Steven Holt finished with 9.
Jake Klemundt and Scott Peters each scored 16 points for the Panthers and Logan Balkema hit for 9.
The Indians will take on the host Shelby Tigers in the District Finals Friday night at 6pm
Breuker, Dalson, Montney, and Jenerou earn All State honors
Four Packer wrestlers competed at the State Finals held at Ford Field March 2nd and 3rd. Freshman Cody Routley was at 103. Matthew Halasinski was at 130. Seniors Cade Breuker competed at 140, and Parker Dalson was in the 145 pound weight class.
Routley lost his first match 10-8 to Nolan Rodriguez from Alma, but battled back and defeated JD Gross from Richmond 5-2. His second loss of the tournament was to Jordan Rodriguez of Chesaning, which knocked him out of the medal rounds.
Halasinski lost to Christian Killion of Dundee in the first round and to Codie Aidif of Mt. Morris in the second round. He gained some good experience and hopes to return to the finals next year.
Cade Breuker and Parker Dalson were both honored as All-State Wrestlers.
They both won their first round matches. Breuker pinned Cole Hansen from Gladstone in 2:21. Parker Dalson beat Ethan Wyatt of Richmond 8-6.
In the second round, Breuker lost a tough one to Bastian of Richmond and Dalson lost to Trombley of Lake Fenton.
Both were resilient and won their consolation matches to place. In sudden victory overtime, Breuker beat Jackson of Otisville-Lakeville 9-4. After tying it up with 3 seconds left, Breuker scored a takedown and nearfall points to seal his spot on the All-State podium. Dalson beat Makiah McCracken of Newaygo ( his opponent in the CSAA Conference finals as well) by a score of 9-2 to be All-State also.
Breuker went on the defeat the number one seed, Lipka, from Montague 13-7. He then lost to Hubbard to place 6th in the state.
Dalson lost to Spiess of Perry to place 8th in the state.
Grant also sent four wrestlers to Ford Field. Seniors James Montney and Jaggar Jenerou came away with All-State Honors. Montney finished 7th at 152lbs opening the tournament by losing a close match to Garett Morris from Ogemaw Heights. Moving into the consolation bracket Montney defeated Max Sandzik from Clawson 5-1,and Trenton Naragon from Birch Run 5-2 in the blood round, securing his all-state status.
Montney lost another close match to Lane Allen from Lakewood who would eventually finish 3rd then finished his wrestling career by defeating Eric Barr from Richmond in the ultimate tiebreaker 3-2 to finish 7th.
This was his second time earning all-state honors.
Jenerou opened the tournament besting Max Kyser from Shepherd by pin, then defeating Mike Pizzo from Clawson by major decision 14-3. A loss to eventual state runner-up Trevor Robinson from Shepherd in the semi-finals sent him to the consolation bracket where he advanced with a 3-1 overtime win over Evan Jones from Kent City.
Jenerou ended his wrestling career by defeating Tom Balakovitz from Whitehall 11-5 to finish 3rd and also secure his 2nd all-state honors.
Jenerou and Montney are the first wrestlers in school history to be 2-time All-staters and Jenerou is the first 3 time state qualifier in school history. Sophomore Billy Ostyn and Senior Kalub Bonter both came up short in achieving All-state status, but both have been 2-time state qualifiers