Holton 11 Frankfort 1
Holton 19 Onekama 2
In 2015 Holton blasted their way to the quarterfinals and defeated Coleman before falling in the semis to eventual champion Unionville Sebewaing The following year the Red Devils once again got past the Comets in the quarters and fell in the semis, this time to Indian Lakes. In 2017 Colemen returned the favor getting the win and a shot at the semifinals
Then last year Frankfort stalled the Holton quest for the quarters knocking them out before losing in the round of 8 to...Coleman of course.
This year the Devils were determined to return for another shot at playing in the final four so they dispatched the Eagles11-1 then cruised past the Portagers of Onekema 10-2 to take their game to Hope College where they will face a familiar foe.
Kylie Gould whiffed 10 Eagles in the opener then fanned another 15 Portagers in the final to take both wins from the slab.Riley Legard ripped a trio of hits in the finals with Gould and Haylee Brant adding 2 each. Brant also recorded a pair of hits in the opener.
Standish Sterling 9 Hesperia 0
The Panthers won the title but it was the Standish Sterling variety who will be moving on.
Hesperiamanaged just a Becci Castillo hit while Caragan Frees reached base on an error and a walk. Those proved to be the only time the Panthers (Hesperia) were on the basepaths and combined with 7 errors on defense gave SS the win.
“We ran into a real solid team today, Said Coach Bolles.”We were putting the ball in play, but we weren’t getting solid knocks.Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance.”
It’s tough to end the season this way, but I’m so proud of this group.We had a great run, we finished 22-15 on the season and 12-8 in the CSAA Silver which was a 3rd place finish. We also won a District Championship- the 3rd one in the last 29 years.
“We are losing 6 quality seniors who we will miss, but on the bright side we have some quality underclassmen and our JV’s had a great season, so we’re disappointed today, but excited for the future of Hesperia Softball.”
Local players fill all conference baseball, softball squads
Jayna Hance, Grant
Carlie Stray, Grant
Sophie Frisbie, Newaygo
Daniella duChemin, Newaygo
Lilly Williams, Fremont
Honorable Mention All Conference
Jaycee Rider, Grant
Haley Stefans, Newaygo
Maggie Degen, Fremont
Morgan Murat, Holton
Kylie Gould, Holton
Haylee Brant, Holton
Kaylie Piper, Holton
Ellie Palmer, Hesperia
Alyssa Miller, Hesperia
Hannah Brown,White Cloud
Hallie Schulz, White Cloud
Honorable Mention All Conference
Gianna Reed, Holton
Makenna Swisher, Hesperia
Allison Schulz, White Cloud
Trent Maka, Fremont
Calvin Miller, Fremont
Cole Miller, Fremont
Andrew Goodin, Newaygo
Connor Swinehart, Newaygo
Jarod Howell, Grant
Ryan Hether, Grant
Honorable Mention All Conference
Zayne Stroven, Fremont
Noah Graff, Newaygo
Brandon Wirth, Reed City
Jed VanderWeide, Grant
Nathan Slowik, Holton
Aidan Poling, Holton
Jacob Klemundt, Hesperia
Hunter Dickinson, Hesperia
Jake Foster, White Cloud
Honorable Mention All Conference
Kaleb Kitchka, Holton
Logan Balkema, Hesperia
Trenton Jones, White Cloud
District Champs move on to Regional play Saturday in Clare
Hesperia 13 Mason County Central 7
For the third time in a row during their tournament ride the Panthers pounded out a baker’s dozen runs to capture District honors and move on to Regional play. After defeating Shelby 13-0 and Hart 13-1 they made it a triskaidekaphilia sweep with the win over the Spartans in Manistee.
Hesperia hitters have been hot in this postseason and the title game was no exception.They crossed the plate at least once in every inning including the 3 run rally in the opening frame that gave the Panthers a lead they would not relinquish despite the determination of the Spartan squad. Holding an 11-3 lead the Panthers saw a 5th inning rally by the MCC offense get them back within striking distance but the Hesperia hits kept coming and a couple of insurance runs were added while the defense held the Spartans in check for the rest of the contest.
Coach Bolles: ““I never really felt safe with our lead but offensively we continued to put pressure on our opponents.We had timely hits today when we needed them and now we are district champs for only the 3rd time in 29 years.”
Ellie Palmer who went the distance from the slab knocked in 4 teammates with 3 singles. Daelyn McKinnino and Lynsey Tinkham rapped out three hits apiece and Becci Castillo drove home a pair with a double and single.
Total hits on the day for the Panthers?
Total times they struck out?
It will be Panther vs. Panther as Hesperia heads for Clare this weekend to face Standish-Sterling Saturday at high noon. The winner will face the survivor of McBain/Clare in a 2pm matchup.
“We look forward to the challenge,” said Coach Bolles.”So proud of these girls. We’ve pushed them this year.We demanded a lot from them and they responded with a great effort down the stretch."
TRACK & FIELD
Kendra Fowler, Fremont
Hannah Hamilton, Fremont
Kennedy Christoffesen, Fremont
Leah Converse, Fremont
Katie Nicholas, Fremont
Kendall Mathis, Newaygo
Maya Reeve, White Cloud
Carsyn Scarlavai, White Cloud
Alexis Strait, White Cloud
Krystianna Faltinowski, White Cloud
Elizabeth Compeau, White Cloud
Nichole Kinney, Hesperia
Delaney Yates, Hesperia
Ella Bowman, White Cloud
Alekzandria Taylor, White Cloud
Gabby Kolk-Kakoczki, White Cloud
Avery Acosta, White Cloud
Haley Thompson, White Cloud
Nathan Walker, Fremont
Corbin Wolfsen, Fremont
David Gonzales, Newaygo
Colten Covington, Grant
Conor Somers, Fremont
Carter Dunbar, Fremont
Colton Best, Fremont
Adam Ward, Fremont
Wes Ekkel, Fremont
Aaron Herron, Holton
Elia Lamparth, Holton
Delton Dowling, White Cloud
Austin Hawkins, Holton
Hunter Ciolk, White Cloud
Lilian Scott, Grant
Delaney Cronk, Grant
Gracie Bearup, Grant
Samantha Schmidt, Fremont
Audrey Johnson, Fremont
Casey Deater, Newaygo
Jaylee Long, Newaygo
Natalie Jamieson, Fremont
Emmerson Losee, Grant
Wyatt Kaastra, Fremont
Tyler Holmes, Fremont
Nick Sherman, Grant
Division 3 @ Manistee
Hesperia 13 Hart 1
Through two innings the Pirates had shut down the Panther offense and had registered 5 strikeouts, but the Panthers bats came to life as they knocked out sixteen hits over the next four innings to take command of the game and move on in tournament play.
Ellie Palmer was on her game from the slab yielding just 4 hits and striking out 4. A solo shot by Skyler Smith accounted for the lone Pirate run.
Palmer had it going with the bat as well doubling twice and adding 2 more singles as she sent 4 teammates across the plate.Caragan Frees scored three times and plated a pair with three hits and Becci Castillo went 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
“We really put together some quality at bats there in those middle innings, the girls waited for their pitch and had some really good at bats. Once we started to hit, everyone joined the hit parade, it was fun! Now we just need to bottle that up and bring the same mentality to the plate on Monday and we have an opportunity to reach one of our goals and that’s winning a district championship! Our work isn’t finished and we know whoever we face will be a challenge, but we feel we’re peaking at the right time”.
The Panthers will play the winner of the 1pm semifinal between, Manistee and Mason County Central. Gametime is scheduled for 3pm
D4 @ BR Crossroads
Holton 11 White Cloud 1
On Saturday, the Lady Indians were hoping to carry the late season momentum of a win over Holton into the District semi-finals, only to find the Lady Red Devils with other plans. Holton scored in every inning except the 1st including 3 in the 4th and 4 in the 5th and 6th on the way to a 13 – 1 6 inning win. Allison Schulz had 2 hits and the lone RBI.
White Cloud finishes their season at 16 – 13.
Holton 9 Pentwater 2
Holton hosts their own regional Saturday
The Red Devils will face Frankfort at noon with the winner playing the survivor of the 10 am Onekam/ Marion clash at 2pm.
Other Tournament Results:
Grant 2 Big Rapids 1
Cedar Springs 14 Grant 2
Chip Hills 8 TC 3
Montague 7 Newaygo 0
Tiger Tennis leaves a legacy of grit, talent and determination
Coach Scott Zerlaut:
The girls tennis team finished the best season is school history yesterday at the Division 4 state Finals in Kalamazoo. Finishing with 10 points and an 11th place finish among the 23 teams that qualified for state. The ladies played their best tennis against many top seeded teams and represented Grant with class and pride.
Olivia Keelean at 1S won her first match 6-0 6-0 over Frankenmuth. She then faced the #5 seed, battling the player from Grosse Ile, toe to toe, in an awesome display of power and shot making.
Jada Zerlaut, at 2S, advanced to the quarter finals winning 6-0 6-1 over Chesaning. Her next match was vs the #1 seed from Grosse Ile. She showed her athleticism and court smarts winning 3 games in each set against the top player.
The Tigers 3rd singles player, KirstynThroop, had the toughest draw, having to play the #4 seed from Royal Oak Shrine in her first match. Matching power for power and showing big serves and deft touch, she played almost every game to deuce, but couldn't quite pull off the upset.
Sophomore, Emma Hetler, at 4 singles and the junior, sophomore duo of Kathryn Stong and Sydney Patin at 1 Doubles, both had to face Jackson Lumen Christi in their first matches and battled hard.
Kaitlyn Pascoe and Liberty Pleune were seeded #4 at 3 Doubles and beat Saginaw Nouvel 6-0 6-0 in their first match before losing a tough battle to Monroe St Mary Catholic Central, losing the first set in a tiebreaker.
Grant's 4 Dubs team of Elvira Cruz and Cecilia Ovalle, seeded #6 beat the team from Grosse Pointe Woods University of Liggett in their first match advancing to the quarter finals vs the #3 seed from Grosse Ile. The girls fought back in the second set winning 6-4, but couldn't secure the win in the third set.
The Tigers last flight left playing was their #3 seeded 2 doubles team of seniors Jill Arends and Brooklyn Presler. The ladies beat Niles Brandywine first and then Portland second to advance to the semifinals. Playing in their third match of the day vs Traverse City St Francis, the girls came out strong winning the first set 6-4, but their opponents came back to level the match and the Tigers couldn't get back on track falling 6-4 in the third set.
Great season ladies!!!
Warrior Linksmen Take 3rd at Regionals
Caleb Minasian and Brevin Byrne, both from Fremont, helped Western Michigan Christian (WMC) to a team score of 345 which placed the team third at the Regional Golf Tournament at the Muskegon County Club.With the top three finish the Warriors qualified to compete in the State Golf Tournament at Grand Valley University's Meadows June 7 and 8 for the second consecutive year.
Daniel VanBiesbrouck scored a team best 79 took medalist honors for the tournament. Byrne shot 85,Minasian recorded an 86, Jared Swords finished at 93 and Joe Hain posted 116.
Minasian will play in his second consecutive state golf tournament and VanBiesbrouck, a senior, has qualified for the state golf tournament all 4 years of his high school career including twice individually and twice as a part of the Warrior squad.
Slowik, Palmer dominate on the mound
Holton 2 Zion Christian 1
Nathan Slowik tossed a gem and Drew Trygstad’s squeeze bunt in the 4th brought home Austin Fowler with what proved to be the winning run in the 4th inning as the Red Devils advanced to face Muskegon CC on Saturday at noon.
Slowik fanned 9 without a walk scattering 6 hits in the process and added a pair of hits to the cause. Fowler also tallied a Pair of hits scoring both of Holton’s runs.
Hart 8 White Cloud 6
Oakridge 6 Grant 4
Hesperia 13 Shelby 0
In Manistee the Panthers wasted no time scoring 5 times in the opening inning and shutting down the Tigers behind the 2 hit 5 inning shutout performance by Ellie Palmer who got the win from the slab while setting down 9 players on strikes.
Daelyn McKinnon ripped a double and a single, Alyssa Miller drove home 2, Lynnsey Tinkham plated 3 teammates and Natalie McGahan drove home a run with a double and single.
“Proud of where my team is at this point of the season,” said Coach Bolles. “We’re peaking at the right time. Hopefully we continue to progress along come Saturday.”
Hesperia moves on to face Hart in a semifinal matchup Saturday at 10 am.
Here we go as the high school sports season culminates with post season play.
The Tigers are the lone soccer entry remaining and Coach Daisy Gomez de Leon will have her team motivated to play Wednesday at Oakridge after defeating the CP Panthers in round one. They will face off with the Vikings of Tri County. Should they win they will play for the district title on Friday.
Softball action begins Tuesday as Grant visits Big Rapids to take on the Cards and the Panthers cruise north to Manistee for a matchup with Shelby. Both games are at 4pm. The rest of the teams will begin play Saturday.
In baseball the Tigers get a home game as they face Orchard View at 4:30pm, White Cloud will play Hart at 6pm in Manistee and Holton stays home to face Byron Center Zion at 4:30pm. Hesperia, Newaygo, and Fremont open on Saturday
Grant defeated Comstock Park 4-1 and will face Tri County who defeated the host 2-0. The match is Wednesday at 5pm.with the winner advancing to the championship vs the winner of OV and GR West Catholic Friday at 6pm.
Fremont vs. OV 12pm Saturday
Winner advances to championship game vs. winner of Oakridge/Ludington vs. Whitehall
At Big Rapids
Grant vs. Big Rapids Wednesday 4pm
Winner plays Cedar Springs at 10 am Saturday
Tri County vs. Chippewa Hills 12pm Saturday
At Kent City
Newaygo vs winner of Montague/ WM Christian 10 am Saturday
Kent City vs winner of North Muskegon/Ravenna 12pm Saturday
Hesperia vs Shelby Tuesday 4pm
Winner plays Hart Saturday at 10 am
Manistee vs. Mason County Central at 12pm
Championship Saturday 2pm
At Big Rapids Crossroads
White Cloud vs. Holton 12pm Saturday
Winner advances to championship at 2pm vs. winner of Pentwater/BRC vs. Walkerville
Grant vs OV 430 Tuesday at Grant
Fremont plays winner of Oakridge/Whitehall at 10am Saturday. Grant/OV winner plays Fruitport at 12pm
At Kent City
Newaygo vs winner of Montague/WM Christian at 12pm
Winner advances to championship vs winner of Kent City vs. N Muskegon/Ravenna
White Cloud vs. Hart 6pm Tuesday
Winner vs. Hesperia 12pm Saturday
Winner advances to championship
Holton vs. Byron Center Zion 430 Tuesday
Winner plays Muskegon CC Saturday at 12pm
Winner advances to Championship at 2pm.
Track & Field
The girls had 7 qualify for the West Michigan Invitational, All Star Meet. It is a fun and exciting meet with strong competition. The top 6 in each event medal.
The following girls qualified:
Alyssa Gustman (Jr) high jump
Kylee McDonald (Sr) long jump
Kennedy Christoffersen (Fr) long jump and 100 hurdles
Kendra Fowler (Sr) pole vault, 800, 3200 and 4x800
Katie Nicholas (Sr) 400 and 4x800
Leah Converse (So) 1600, 3200 and 4x800
Hannah Hamilton (Sr) 1600, 3200 and 4x800
The following earned medals:
Kendra ran an awesome 800 finishing 1st with a time of 2:20.77.
4x800 team of Nicholas, Fowler, Converse and Hamilton finished 2nd with a time of 10:01.25.
Hannah finished 5th in the 1600 running 5:21.97 and 3rd in the 3200 with a time of 11:38.24.
Kennedy took 5th in the 100 hurdles.
Kendra, Kennedy and Hannah will be competing on June 1 in Zeeland in the state meet.
We had another round of good performances at the West Michigan Invitational (All-Star Meet).
As the last meet of the season for most of these athletes is was nice to see them go out with a bang.
Adam Ward (So) set a massive PR in the 800 dropping his time by a little over 5 seconds to run 2:03.44 and place 7th. Coming into the race he was seeded last out of 16 entries so this was huge race for him. He got right into the mix from the start and had a strong finish to top things off.
Nathan Walker (So) was a double event winner leading wire to wire in both the 1600 (4:21.63) and 3200 (9:31.19).
Conor Somers (Fr) ran a PR in the 3200 (9:56.99) to break the 10 minute barrier and place 5th.
The 4x100 relay team of Carter Dunbar (Jr), Jared Luchies (Jr), Caleb Geeting (So), and Corbin Wolfsen (Sr) had great hand-offs to run another season record in 46.32.
Dylan Essebaggers (Sr) threw 116-7 to record a PR in the Discus.
In the High Jump Wes Ekkel (So) tied his PR of 6-0 to place 4th.
Full Results can be found here - https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=356233&show=all
Holton 19 Hesperia 9
Hesperia 17-15 Lakeview 5-0
Hesperia 13-15 Shelby 3-0
The Panthers have had a busy week beginning Monday in a previously suspended game against Holton. The Red Devil put their potent offense on display in the scoring 11 times in the 7th to take the win
Tuesday the Panthers shook off the loss and swept Lakeview with Ellie Palmer and Allison Homfeld taking the victories from the slab. Mackenna Swisher drove home 3 in the opener and 3 more in game 2 while Lynnsey Tinkham plated three teammates in the nightcap and Becci Castillo knocked in a pair.
Wednesday Hesperia racked up another 2 wins taking Shelby in a pair of mercy rule shortened contests. Emily Bayle and Daelyn McKinnon each collected 3 RBIs in game one and McKinnon drove home 3 more in game 2 with Caragan Frees adding 2 more.
Holton 5 Hesperia 2
In a make up game from earlier rainout Holton broke open a 2-2 tie with a 3 run 7th and held off the Panthers to take the victory.
Cody Wright earned the mound win for the Red Devils backed by some timely hitting by Nathan Slowik who singled twice doubled and drove home a pair of teammates. Kaleb Kitchka single twice, walked and scored a run and the defense did their part turning a trio of twin killings in the game.
Johnny Segura doubled and picked up an RBI for Hesperia
Fremont 8-6 Reed City 5-3
The Packers got two hits apiece from Calvin Miller, Trent Maka, Zayne Stroven, Austin Kukal and Logan Nelson in the opener. Miller took the mound win.
In the ‘cap Miller and Jake DeLong rapped out a trio of hits and Maka picked up hs 7th win of the year against no losses.
The Packers are now 23-8 overall with an 8-2 mark in the Gold.