Tiger Tennis Qualifies For State Finals; Panther Softball Peaking, Baseball Sweeping; Packer Track Runs At Regionals
Grant Tennis Regional Results
The 2019 girls tennis team finished with 19 points at the Division 4 South Christian Regional and have earned a place in the State Finals in Kalamazoo at the end of the month. This is the first time the team has qualified for the state tennis finals.
Our 2 doubles team of Brooklyn Presler and Jill Arends were the regional champs beating the #1 seed from south 7-6(8) & 6-3 in the final. The Tigers put 4 other flights into the finals, earning runner up status, Olivia Keelean (1S), Jada Zerlaut (2S), Kirstyn Throop (3S), and Kaitlyn Pascoe and Liberty Pleune (3D). The ladies finished 2nd, behind state ranked #5 North Muskegon (26 points). Way to go Tigers!!!
Hesperia 12-5 White Cloud 7-2
The opener saw the teams battle back and forth with the Panthers taking an early lead and the Indians coming back to take the lead before a 7th inning run took the game into extra frames. Both teams tallied in the 8th but the Panther bats caught fire in the top of the 9th and before the third out they sent 6 runners across the plate and held a dominant lead the Cloud could not overcome.
Lynnsey Tinkham singled twice and ripped a pair of doubles while Mackenna Swisher homered doubled and collected 3 RBIs on the day. Daelyn McKinnon followed Swishers home run with a round-tripper of her own in the third inning to jump start the scoring for the Panthers
Ellie Palmer got the win from the slab going the full 9 innings and recording 9 strikeouts.
Hannah Brown had 3 hits with a HR, Hallie Schulz had 2 hits with a HR and 3 RBI’s, Allison Schulz had 2 hits with a HR and 2 RBI’s and Kayla Pasch had 2 hits with a 2B for the Indians.
Tinkham took the mound in the nightcap and kept the Indian bats quiet as she scattered 6 hits and struck out 3 for the win. McKinnon doubled twice and singled and Alyssa Miller sent three teammates home with a pair of hits.
For the Cloud Pasch had 3 hits with a 2B, Brown had a 2B, Olivia Bowman had 2 hits and Hallie Schulz collected a pair of RBI’s.
Hesperia 14 Pine River 4
Cadillac 3 Hesperia 2
On Saturday Hesperia took their game to the Cadillac Invitational
The Panthers opened with a 14-4 5 inning win over Pine River with Palmer getting the win. Tinkham doubled and singled driving home a pair and McKinnon also rapped a double and single plating 3 teammates.Sophomore Becci Castillo playing in her first varsity since being called up from the JV team went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Emily Bayle drove home the run that ended the game.
In the Championship Gamethe hosts held on for tne close win despite an outstanding mound performance by Allison Homfeld, also recently called up from the JV squad.
Caragan Frees Rachel Romero and Palmer led the hitting attack for the Panthers
Homfeld pitched great, she kept us in the game, we just couldn’t get that timely hit when we needed it.mThe Cadillac pitcher is the best we’ve seen all season and she held us in check. It’s disappointing to lose, however the team has really come together over this past week. Our bats for the most part have really come alive and we’re starting to peak at the right time as we get closer to districts.We have four DH’s coming up this week, so we’ll see what we’re made of.
Next game is Monday May 20th @ home, it’s the conclusion of the Holton game that was suspended ten days ago, with the Red Devils leading, 7-5 with us coming up to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning...
The Panthers are now 14-12 overall and 10-7 in the CSAA Silver.
Hesperia 8-11 White Cloud 1-5
In game one, Hunter Dickinson went five innings allowing two hits and one run while striking out six. Chris Stapel threw two scoreless innings in relief. Offensively the Panthers were led by Jacob Kelmundt (.479 on the season) and Logan Balkema (.391 on the season) with two hits apiece.
In game two, Johnny Segura earned the win in relief of starter Logan Balkema. Segura pitched five innings of relief for the win giving up four earned runs. Offensively Jacob Klemundt was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI's. Hunter Dickinson was 2 for 2 and Kolby Dickinson was 2 for 4.
The Panthers improved to 7-14 with the sweep with CSAA games on Monday with Holton and Tuesday with Lakeview to conclude league play. The Panthers are 6-11 in CSAA Silver League Play.
The girls did a great job at regionals. Hannah Hamilton (Sr) won the 3200 in 11:31.9, Kennedy Christoffersen (Fr) finished 2nd in the 100 hurdles running a PR time of 16.96 and Kendra Fowler (Sr) finished 3rd in the 800 running her PR of 2:20.91 and missing the school record by 1 second. All three girls will be competing at the State Meet in Zeeland on June 1.
The 3200 relay, of Katie Nicholas (Sr), Kendra Fowler, Leah Converse (So) and Hannah Hamilton earned 5th place medals and missed the state qualifying time by 4 seconds.
We also had many PRs today:
Megan Walker (Sr) in the 200 running 29.73
Kylee McDonald (Sr) season record in the 200 running 30.02
Katie Nicholas season record in the 400 with a time of 1:04.31
Taava Johnson (Fr) in the 100 hurdles 20.8
Isabella Coelho (Sr) in shot with a put of 27’10”
Hanna Hallberg (Sr) in shot with a put of 26’8.25” and a season record in discus with 75’08”
The boys put in a solid showing at the regional meet. We had several personal records highlighted by our 4x100 relay team who PR’d by over half a second without our top 100 runner. It was pretty exciting to see those boys step up.
Jared Luchies (Jr) 200 - 24.56
Cy Frankhouser (Sr) 1600 - 4:56.03
Gavin Orcutt (Jr) 1600 - 4:57.79
4x100 Relay – Jared Luchies, Carter Dunbar (Jr), Caleb Geeting (So), Corbin Wolfsen (Sr)- 46.86
Dylan Essegaggers (Sr) Discus – 113-09
Athletes who earned All-Region honors
Wes Ekkel (So) – High Jump – 5th
Conor Somers (Fr) – 3200 – 7th
Nathan Walker (So) – 3200 – 1st
Nathan Walker – 3200 run
Our next meet is on Wednesday at Reeths Puffer HS. The West Michigan Invitational. This meet highlights some of the top talent in the area. Finals will start at 5:30
Full results for boys and girls can be found here
Grant 7 Sparta 1
From Coach Zerlaut:
The Grant tennis team brought the regular season to a close with a victory on the road vs Sparta. The team finishes the dual season at 7-1 on the year. The Lady Tigers showed their dominance in the doubles by completing the sweep. Stong and Patin picked up the win at #1 doubles. Arends and Presler won their 19th match of the season at #2 doubles. At 3 doubles, Pascoe and Pleune only gave up 1 game. Ovalle and Cruz didn't surrender a game at 4 Dubs. Emma Hetler battled back in the second set at #4 singles, winning 6-0, but Sparta pulled out their lone win 11-9 in the third set. The top 3 singles players, Keelean, Zerlaut, and Throop all won. Keelean won 0&0 for the 9th time this season and Zerlaut now has 8 wins at "6-0 6-0".
The Grant squad travels to South Christian for Regionals on Friday. The teams has 6 out of 8 flights seeded either 1st or 2nd as they look to punch their ticket to the state finals in Kalamazoo at the end of the month.
Newaygo 3-1 Fremont 1-6
In the first game completed from earlier the Lions scored one in the first then added 2 more in the later innings while holding the Packers to just 5 hits and a lone run in the 7th,
In the second game Newaygo once again scored a first inning run but this time it was the last Lion to cross home as Calvin Miller tossed 5 tough innings had start pitching 5 innings setting down 11 batters on strikes in the process. Trent Maka worked the final 2 for the save. The bats came alive for Packers as Maka, Austin Kukal and Carter Moon each banged out a pair of hits
Fremont is now 20-8 overall with a conference mark of 8-2.
Devils Sweep, Panthers Swept in BB: Panther SB Take Two in 3; Tigers Ground Rockets; Cloud Girls Set School Mark in T&F
Holton 9-10 Kent City 8-7
Down 8-5 in the bottom of the 7th the Red Devils came up big in the clutch with a game winning rally to take the opener. Cody Moreen singled then Cody Wright reached base on an Eagle error. Broc Brown delivered a double that scored Moreen before Drew Trygstad tied the game with a 2 run double. Rice Robin came to the plate and laid a bunt down the first baseline sending the winning run home.
Wright picked up the mound win in relief.
In game 2 the teams battled back and forth with 5 lead changes before Holton took command with 3 runs in the 6th. Trygstad got the win coming out of the pen to shut down the Eagles for an inning before Aiden Poling slammed the door in the 7th to earn the save.
Nathan Slowik went 7 for 7 on the day including a pair of doubles, 4 RBI's and 5 runs scored.
Austin Fowler drove home 4 with 4 hits and crossed the plate 3 times for the Devils.4 hits, 4 RBI's, 3 runs scored 1 walk
Brendan Boyd finished with 5 hits and 4 RBIs and Bryant Fahling collected 5 hits and scored 3 times for Kent City.
Morley Stanwood 11-14 Hesperia 0-4
In game one the Panther bats were cold, as they could only muster four hits against Mohawk starter Kyle Ososki. Jacob Klemundt (triple), Logan Balkema (double), Hunter Billman and Logan Pierson (double) each collected hits for Hesperia.Balkema took the loss on the mound.
In game two the Panthers began with four runs in the bottom of the first inning off MS starter Tucker Cook. . After giving up four runs in the first the Mohawks cruised the rest of the way scoring fourteen unanswered runs. Jacob Klemundt accounted for all three of the Panther hits off Cook.
With the sweep the Panthers slip to 5-14 on the season and 4-11 in the CSAA Silver. The Panthers travel to White Cloud on Friday and conclude CSAA action next week with a single game on Monday with Holton and a doubleheader with Lakeview next Tuesday.
Hesperia 17-18 Morley Stanwood 2-3
The Panthers banged out 16 hits to take the opener in 3 innings. Ellie Palmer got the win from the slab and Makenna Swisher paced the offense lacing 4 singles and plating a pair of teammates. Alyssa Miller doubled and tripled to collect 4 RBIs while Caragan Frees and Palmer each finished with a pair of hits
Game 2 proved to be another 3 inning affair with Lynnsey Tinkham picking up the win for the Panthers.Frees homered. Tinkham drove home 3 and Natalie McGahan singled twice and picked up 2 RBIs.
Hesperia evened its season mark at 11-11 with an 8-7 record in the Silver.
White Cloud 16-17 Lakeview 0-0
Coach Barnhard: Last night the Varsity Girls were able to partially heal their batting averages against a Lakeview team that is still struggling to rebuild as they swept both ends of their doubleheader.
In Game 1, Hannah Brown was a single away from hitting for the cycle as she collected a 2B, 3B,HR and a pair of RBI’s, Allison Schulz had 2 hits with a 2B and 2 RBI’s, Jordan Bulk had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s, Olivia Bowman blasted a 2-run HR, while Hallie Schulz and Kara Davis each had a hit and 2 RBI’s. Hallie picked up the win striking out 8 in the 16 – 0 4 inning win.
The girls kept it going in Game 2 with Allison Schulz leading the way with 3 hits including a 2B and 3 RBI’s, followed by Hallie Schulz with 2 hits and 4 RBI’s, Olivia Bowman with 2 hits, one being a 3B and 2 RBI’s, Hannah Brown with a solo HR and scoring 4 runs, Kala Pasch with a 3B, Madison Smith and Kylie Plotts with a 2B each for a 17-0 3 inning win. Kara Davis struck out 5 for the win.
Kent City 11 White Cloud 0
Monday night the Varsity Girls hosted Kent City in a single game make-up of a rainout from April 30. The girls struggled on both sides of the ball and fell by a score of 11 – 0 in 6 innings.” You can’t have more errors than hits and have a good outcome,” said Coach Barnhard.
Grant 7 Reeths-Puffer 1
The Tigers kept it rolling with a win over the Rockets
No. 1 - Olivia Keelean, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Alivia Depies, MUSKEGON REETHS-PUFFER, 6-0, 6-3, -;
No. 2 - Jada Zerlaut, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Kayleigh Wilhelm, MUSKEGON REETHS-PUFFER, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 3 - Kirstyn Throop, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Loveleen Kaur, MUSKEGON REETHS-PUFFER, 6-1, 6-1, -;
No. 4 - Bella Borgeson, MUSKEGON REETHS-PUFFER def. Emma Hetler, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7;
No. 1 - Kathryn Stong - Sydney Patin, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Karina Vanduinen - Madison Root, MUSKEGON REETHS-PUFFER, 6-0, 6-1, -;
No. 2 - Jill Arends - Brooklyn Presler, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Abby Antor - Grace Luker, MUSKEGON REETHS-PUFFER, 6-1, 6-3, -;
No. 3 - Liberty Pleune - Kaitlin Pascoe, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Joey Yang - Morgan Champoux, MUSKEGON REETHS-PUFFER, 6-1, 6-1, -;
No. 4 - Cecilia Ovalle - Elvira Cruz, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Kylee Belcourt - Korina Nicolai, MUSKEGON REETHS-PUFFER, 6-2, 6-1, -;
TRACK & FIELD
White Cloud girls’ track team finished second at the CSAA Conference meet on Thursday, May 8th at Morley Stanwood with 104 points. The girls set an all- time school record with 10 athletes earning All Conference awards. First Team All Conference are Ella Bowman, Maya Reeve, Alexis Straight, Carsyn Scarlavai, Krystianna Faltinowski, and Elizabeth Compeau. Honorable Mention are Alek Taylor, Gabby Kolk-Kakoczki, Avery Acosta, and Haley Thompson.
Discus: 1st Maya Reeve 110’1”
6th Alek Taylor 84’4”
Shot Put: 3rd Maya Reeve 30’7”
Long Jump: 3rd Carsyn Scarlavai 14’9.5”
4th Elizabeth Compeau 14’2.75”
Pole Vault: 2nd Carsyn Scarlavai 7’
6th Ella Bowman: 6’6”
High Jump: 7th Alek Taylor 4’
3200 Relay: 4th Alek Taylor, Courtney LaClair, Avery Acosta, Krystianna Faltinowski 12:41.00
100 Hurdles: 7th Gabby Kolk-Kakoczki 20.84
9th Haley Thompson 21.06
100 Meters: 1st Carsyn Scarlavai 13.90
3rd Alexus Strait 14.13
800 Relay: 2nd Alek Taylor, Gabby KK, Avery Acosta, Haley Thompson 2:12.5
1600 Meters: 4th Ella Bowman 6:06.49
7th Courtney LaClair 6:53.0
400 Relay: 1st Alexis Strait, Elizabeth Compeau, Krystianna Faltinowski, Carsyn Scarlavai 53.88
400 Meters: 2nd Elizabeth Compeau 1:06.23
300 Hurdles: 6th Haley Thompson 58.15
800 Meters: 2nd Ella Bowman 2:37.62
6th Krystianna Faltinowski 2:45.24
200 Meters: 9th Avery Acosta 32.80
3200 Meters: 6th Courtney LaClair 14:45.09
1600 Relay: 2nd Alexis Strait, Carsyn Scarlavai, Ella Bowman, Elizabeth Compeau 4:31.71
Regional competition will be Friday in Saugatuck.
Packers Make It 5 in a Row; Devils Drop 2; Cloud Sweeps; Panthers Place 3rd in Ken Smith Memorial; Fremont T&F at Scottie Invitational
Fremont 13-14 Chippewa Hills 2-4
Tristan Campbell went the distance in the 5 inning game striking out 7 and scattering 4 hits in game one. The Packers put together an 8 run rally in the third to turn a one run lead into a rout.Cole Miller and Peyton Mansfield each went 3-4 and Zayne Stroven was 2-4.
In the nightcap Fremontscored in all 5 innings to gain the sweep.. Jake Delong Zayne Stroven and Austin Kukal each knocked a pair of hits in the win. Peyton Mansfield got his first start for the season pitching 4 innings and striking out 6.
The pair of wins gives the Packers 5 in a row and a record of 16-6 overall and 7-1 in conference play.
Lakeview1-5 Holton 0-3
Aiden Poling ended up on the losing end of a great pitching duel uas an unearned run in the 5th turned out to be the difference in game one.. Hayden Rentschler from Lakeview pitched a gem, gpoing 7 innings and yielding just 2 hits while setting down 13 Devils on strikes.
Rice Robins, and Kevin Erickson both reached base twice on the day for the Red Devils and Austin Fowler reached base 3 times delivering one of Holton's 2 hits against Rentschler.
Holton is now 11-12 overall and 8-5 in the league
White Cloud 4-11 Morley Stanwood 3-2
On Friday the Indians traveled to Morley Stanwood and struggled to get their bats going in the 1st game. The game was scoreless through the 5th only to see both teams score 3 in the 6th and carry that into extra innings. In the 8th Hannah Brown was walked, stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd on a ground out by Hallie Schulz and scored on a wild pitch. Schulz recorded 7 K’s to pick up the win.
In the 2nd game, the girls got things going with a 6 run 6th and added 4 in the 7th for a 11-2 win. Hallie Schulz led the way with 3 hits including a double and 6 RBI’s. Madison Smith had 2 hits with a double and an RBI, Kara Davis picked up 2 hits and an RBI and Kayla Pasch added a pair of hits. Kara Davis got the win striking out 6 and walking none.
On Saturday , Hesperia hosted their annual Ken Smith Memorial Tournament.There were two pools. Pool A in Hesperia and Pool B played in Fremont...
North Muskegon won pool A and Grant won pool B..Hesperia was runner up in Pool A and Fremont was runner up in Pool B.
North Muskegon defeated Grant for the tournament championship and Hesperia defeated Fremont for 3rd place.
:North Muskegon 7 Hesperia 3
NM took the early lead but Hesperia responded with a Lynnsey Tinkham 3 Run HR in the bottom of the 4th. Unfortunately hat would be all the Panthers could muster as the Norsemen scored a run in the 5th to tie it and then rallied for three more in the seventh to take the win...
Ellie Palmer took the loss going 7 innings and striking out 7.
Hesperia 27 Walkerville 0
Game 2 saw the Panthers rout the Wildcats who committed 6 errors in the 2 inning affair. Caragan Frees and Emily Bayle each knocked home a trio of teammates while Makenna Swisher plated 3 more. Tinkham tossed 2 shutout innings for the win.
Hesperia13 Fremont 3
Tinkham went 5 innings for another win from the slab in the third place game. Swisher collected another three RBI’s as did Daelyn McKinnon
With the two wins the Panthers improve to 9-11 overall on the season and 6-7 in the Silver.
Their next game is Tuesday at home vs Morley Stanwood...
Track & Field
Scottie Invitational - Alma
From Coach Hamilton:
Hannah Hamilton won the 3200 in 11:21.09
Kennedy Christoffersen (Fr) took 2nd in the 100 hurdles in 17.96
Katie Nicholas (Sr), Kendra Fowler (Sr), Leah Converse (So) and Hannah Hamilton finished 2nd in the 4x800 relay at 10:08.76 setting a new PR.
PRs for the day went to:
Megan Walker (Sr) in the 100 with a time of 14.75
Erika Maddox (Fr) in the 100 with a time of 14.81
Katie Nicholas with a season PR of 1:04.74
Leah Converse in the 800 at 2:42.01
Erin Norton (So) in the 1600 running 6:09.75
Taava Johnson (Fr) in the 100 hurdles at 20.99 and the 300 hurdles running 57.85
Hanna Hallberg set a new season record of 25’09” in shot and a season record in discus 73’01”
From Coach Somers:
The boys had a solid showing today highlighted by some new PRs in the distance events.
Nathan Walker (So) 1600, and Corbin Wolfsen (Sr) 110 Hurdles were event winners.
PRs went to
Carter Dunbar (Jr) 100 - 12.42
Adam Ward (So) finally gaining some fitness after missing most of the season with an injury 800 - 2:08.15
Nathan Walker 1600 leading wire to wire setting a new school record of 4:16.76 (Riley Klingel 4:19.) with splits of 62.81, 64.92, 65.94, 62.88
Conor Somers (Fr) 1600 - 4:40.99
Ben Paige (So) 3200- 10:16.84 Making the Regional additional qualifying mark
Gavin Orcutt (Jr) 3200 - 10:47.87
Dylan Essebaggers (Sr) Discus - 110-03
Full Results can be found here
Track & Field
The Newaygo Boys and Girls Track team competed in Ravenna tonight in an 11 team Invitational. Taking home medals for the teams:
David Gonzalez- 1st Place Long Jump
Makenna Young- 1st Place Pole Vault
Ryan Brummel- 2nd Place 3200m
Kendall Mathis- 2nd Place High Jump
David Gonzalez- 3rd Place 100 m Dash
Haleigh Schmitt, Samantha Dosch, Emily Oldham, Clara Riddering 3rd Place 4x400m Relay
Setting Personal Records for the Boys teams:
David Gonzalez- 100m
Jasper Sanderson- 100m
Jasper Sanderson- 200m
Owen Warner- 1600m
Caleb Stevenson- 110m Hurdles
Austin Daniels- Shot Put
Austin Daniels- Discus
Angel Guevara- Long Jump
Setting Personal Records for the Girls Teams:
Kendall Mathis- 200m
Clara Riddering- 200m
Haliegh Schmitt- 800m
Jennafer Lavette- 100m Hurdles
Kaylyn McDaniel- 300m Hurdles
Kyla Rounds- Shot Put
The girls continue to work hard and improve. They split last night with a win against Grant and a loss to Central Montcalm. The highlights of the meet were:
Alyssa Gustman and Melissa Maddox set new PRs in high jump with a 4’8” for Alyssa and 4’6” for Melissa.
Kendra Fowler vaulted 7’6”
Mikayla Slovinski a new PR in the 1600 6:45
Kennedy Christoffersen jumped 14’9”
This meet was a makeup date and therefore took place after the Conference Meet. The boys needed to beat Central Montcalm and Grant to win a share of the conference championship with Big Rapids. Despite being short handed the boys stepped up to beat both teams. This is the first conference championship the boys have won in Track and Field in many years. I am really proud of how the boys competed this year.
Full results can be found here -
Grant 1 Reed City 1
Coach Gomez de Leon:
Reed City started off the game with urgency as they scored their first goal a minute into the game. Grant’s defense was caught off-guard and keeper Lilian Scott, was unable to react due to a crowded box. The Lady Tigers had multiple attempts at recovering ball at midfield but Reed City had speed on their side which made possession and recovery difficult for our Tigers. The first half slipped away and ended with Reed City leading 1 to 0.
In the second half started theTigers were starting to get frustrated. A foul in our box led to a penalty kick in favor of Reed City. Penalty kicks are nerve wracking to most but Tiger’s goalkeeper, Lilian Scott, loves the challenge. Reed City took the penalty kick as we held our breath on the bench and let out a scream of joy and relief when Scott, with great reaction, denied them the goal. The ball bounced off Lili’s hands and was alive in our box but the Tiger defense was able to clear it.
With 26 minutes left, a ball was sent to the right side of the field where midfielder, Delaney Cronk, settled the ball and started a run up the field. At the top right side of the 18 box Delaney took a quick look up and decided to take a shot that landed the ball gracefully into Reed City’s goal. This tied up the game and it remained tied to the end.
Hesperia 6-8 Kent City 4-6.
In game one the Panthers scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning in a CSAA Silver match up.
Hesperia racked up nine hits. Logan Balkema, Chris Stapel, and Hunter Billman each collected multiple hits and they tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Stapel led the way with two.
In game two the Panthers scored three runs in the top of the seventh behind the bats of Billman, Jacob Klemundt and Logan Pierson to sweep their first double header of the season. Billman earned the win in relief. The Panthers improved to 4-10 with the wins.
Kent City 5-9 Hesperia 4-8
Caragan Frees doubled twice and drove home 3 runs and Alyssa Miller tripled in a run but it wasn’t enough in the opener as the Eagles scored 3 times in the 7th to capture the win.
In game 2 the Panthers again held the lead but KC scored in each of the last 3 innings to gain the sweep.Frees and Miller each collected 2 hits.
“We had an 8-3 lead after four innings and couldn’t close it out. My kids played hard and never quit but give credit to the Eagles, they kept battling and they pulled out another one run victory in the bottom of the seventh inning.
These are tough to lose and we did it twice today and it hurts. Hopefully we will get more mentally tough and if we get out in the same situation again, we’ll have learned from it and we’ll have a better outcome.
With the two losses we fall to 7-10 overall and 6-7 in the CSAA Silver...
We play next on Saturday May 11th in our own Ken Smith Memorial Tournament...
Fremont played in the Benona Shores West Michigan Invitational last Friday at the beautiful Benona Shores Golf Club in Shelby finishing 2nd to Pentwater in the eight team event. Wyatt Kaastra paced the team shooting a 76 and tied for 4th medalist among the 48 players in the field.
Also competing for the Packers were Tyler Holmes (86) Devin Poll (86) Noah Christensen (89) Preston Osterhart (97) and Nathan Anderson (98). Teams playing in the event included Whitehall, Hart, Shelby, Ludington, Montague and MCC Scottville.
On Monday the Packers competed in its third Central State Activities Association (CSAA) event of the season at the Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids finishing second to State powerhouse and host Big Rapids High School. The venue is one of the tougher rated courses high school golfers will play. The ten teams competing in the division in addition to Big Rapids and Fremont are Reed City, Kent City, Tri County, Grant, Chippewa Hills, Hesperia, Lakeview, and Central Montcalm.
Fremont is currently in third place trailing leader Big Rapids and second place Kent City. The next Conference match for Fremont is Tuesday, May 14th at Moss Ridge hosted by Kent City High School.
The next event for the Fremont Varsity boys is Friday May 10th when they travel to play in the Montague High School Golf Invitational at the Old Channel Trail Golf Course
Fremont 10-0 Tri County 7-2
The Packers crossed the plate four times in the first inning to jump out to the lead then hung on for the win. Brianna Regeczi ripped a trio of hits and Lily Williams collected two and scored3 times. Maggie Degen and Rhi Pafford each finished with a pair of hits as well. Haley Zerlaut picked up the mwin from the slab.
The nightcap was a different game from the slugfest opener. A pitchers duel saw the teams go scoreless until the 6th when the Vikings put a pair on the board. The Pack did not answer and the teams ended with a split.
Pafford continued to get her bat on the ball lacing a pair of doubles and Morgan Carson singled and doubled but the Vikes were able to quell each scoring threat to preserve the shutout win.
Zerlaut pitched again and this time was saddled with the loss.
Holton 7-12 White Cloud 0-1
On Tuesday, the Varsity Girls got a 1st hand look as to why Holton is leading the conference as they dropped both ends of their doubleheader. In Game 1 the girls were held to 5 hits and fell by a score of 7 – 0. The 2nd game was not any better as they collected just 2 hits, one of which was a solo HR from Hannah Brown for a 12 – 1 6 inning score.
Cedar Springs 10- 4 Fremont 0-5
The Red Hawks jumped out early scoring a pair in the 1st and 4 more in the 2nd as the Packer bats were silent. CS plated anther 4 in the 4th to end the contest early. The 15 hits from the Hawks were aided by a trio of costly errors for Fremont.
The nightcap saw the Packers rebound for a tough 5-4 win.
Trent Maka came to the plate in the bottom of the 7th with the score knotted at 4, promptly laced a one out double, then scored the winning run on a drive to right by Zayne Stroven.
Austin Kukal, Carter Moon, and Cole Miller each had a pair of hits and 4 Packer hurlers combined to hold back the Red Hawks.
Grant 3 Newaygo 0
The Lions and Tigers held a rematch just a week after Grant came away with a 5-1 win. When Grant opened with pssession the Lions showed a new look according to Grant Coach Daisy Gomez de Leon.
“Their strategy was to ‘park the bus’ putting all players in the middle to play defense in an attempt to slow our Lady Tigers down.”
“We start with a slow tempo, passing to push forward around the opponent’s defensive line up and had several attempts at goal. Forward Nikki Tellkamp had 4 clear shots at goal that unfortunately landed in their keeps hands. With our defense (Sydney Higgins/Haleigh Moyer, Gracie Bearup, Carli Fryling, and Avery Geisen) pushing up it was only a matter of time before we would score. In a quick, one-two pass play Makayla Cronk cashed in and scored our first goal. This was Makayla’s first goal as a varsity player.
"Shortly after Makayla scored, Delaney Cronk gained possession on the right side of the field where she dominates, dribbled past 3 players and took a shot that landed the ball in Newaygo’s net.”
The first half ended with Grant holding a 2-0 lead.
In the second half Kim Settlemyre, who was responsible for multiple controlled steals on defense ended the scoring as she pounded one in from the 18 box.
Grant 7 Big Rapids 1
#1 Singles ace Olivia Keelean went up against Eden Short the Cardinal junior who reached the state finals last year after an undefeated regular season.
In a lengthy hard fought battle Short edged Keelean 7-5, 7-5 to put a point on the board for the cards.
It was their only point.
The tenth ranked Tigers mowed through the rest of the opposition.
Kathryn Stong and Sydney Patin battled into overtime for the win at #1 dubs while Jill Arends and Brooklyn Presler shutout their opponents at #2. Liberty Pleune and Kaitlin Pascoe posted a win at #3 and Cecilia Ovalle and Elvira Cruz outdueled their opponents at #4.
Jada Zerlaut continues to impress at #2 Singles posting a shutout win and Kirstyn Throop did the same at #3 while Emma Hetler picked up another win at #4.
In a damp, but not drenched evening, the CSAA track teams came together at Newaygo High School to run in the league championship meet, which counts for 50% of the team title. The other 50% is earned in head to head competitions throughout the season.
The boys Big Rapids team took first overall, but the CSAA team champion will have to wait to be decided until one more meet is held this Wednesday.
For the girls, it was Chippewa Hills who took home the trophy, having won the championship meet and also the head to head competitions throughout the season.
Fremont and Newaygo individual results are listed below. Results for all events of last night’s competition can be found here:
The boys place 3rd at the championship meet scoring 116 points. This is our best finish in many years at the championships. I was really proud of the boys effort and response to a little adversity when we lost one of our top sprinter in the prelims and had to shuffle around our relays. Athletes placing in the top 8 scored points in the meet. Listed below are our point scorers. You can find the times on the results page.
100 dash – Brayden Muir 8th
200 dash – Carter Dunbar 4th
400 dash – Colton Best 3rd, Case Dekryger 4th
800 run – Nathan Walker 2nd
1600 run – Nathan Walker 1st, Conor Somers 7th
3200 run – Nathan Walker 1st, Conor Somers 2nd, Ben Paige 4th
110 Hurdles – Corbin Wolfsen 1st
300 Hurdles – Corbin Wolfsen 1st
4x100 Relay – 4th Carter Dunbar, Brayden Muir, Corbin Wolfsen, Caleb Geeting
4x200 Relay – 4th Carter Dunbar, Brayden Muir, Corbin Wolfsen, Caleb Geeting
4x400 Relay – 6th Colton Best, Case DeKryger, Gavin Orcutt, Blake Voshel
4x800 Relay – 2nd Colton Best, Adam Ward, Conor Somers, Nathan Walker
Shot Put – Dennis Zacharias 7th
High Jump – Wes Ekkel 2nd
Long Jump – Carter Dunbar 5th
1st team All-Conference is still being determined. The league championship is waiting on a make up meet that we will be participating in on Wednesday.
The girls finished 4th at the Conference Championship meet today in Newaygo. They continue to work hard and beat their personal records.
The following girls finished in the top 8:
Kennedy Christoffersen (Fr) Conference Champion in the 100 hurdles running 17.08
4x800 team took first place running their PR of 10:12 (Katie Nicholas (Sr), Kendra Fowler (Sr), Leah Converse (So), and Hannah Hamilton (Sr)
Hannah Hamilton Conference Champion in the 1600 and running a new PR of 5:19
Kendra Fowler Conference Champion in the 800 at 2:25 and 6th in pole vault 7’
Leah Converse 4th in the 3200 running 12:17 and 7th in the 1600 setting a new PR of 5:45
Kylee McDonald 6th in long jump, 14’4”
Isabella Coelho (Sr) 6th in discus and a huge new PR of 85’3”
Katie Nicholas 8th in the 400 1:05
Leading the Newaygo boys tonight was David Gonzalez (2nd place in long jump with a jump of 20' 2" and a 2nd place the 100 meter dash)
Personal Records for the Boys that were broken tonight included:
David Gonzalez (100m Dash)
Mallaci Mayle (400m Dash)
Brayden Mumper (400m Dash)
Ty Miedema (400m Dash)
Ryan Anderson (800m)
Own Warner (1600m)
Elvis Smith (Pole Vault)
4x100m Relay (David Gonzalez, Mallaci Mayle, Jasper Sanderson, Caleb Stevenson)
Leading the Newaygo girls in points tonight was Kendall Mathis (3rd place Long Jump and 4th place in High Jump). Makenna Young took home 3rd place in the Pole Vault.
Setting some Personal Records (PR's) for the girls:
Kendall Mathis (Long Jump)
Hannah Postma (200m Dash)
Audree Adams (400m Dash)
Emily Oldham (800m)
Casey Deater (3200m)
Jennafer Lavatte (100m Hurdles)
Kaylyn Mcdaniel (100m, 300m Hurdles)
Kyla Rounds (Shot Put and Discus)
Allie Powell (Shot Put)
All four relays teams also PR'd.
"Even though we didn't end up team wise where we wanted in points tonight, I thought the girls ran well. We had a lot of good runs and jumps tonight. Hopefully we'll continue to peak as Regionals approach next week."
Cloud Sweeps (SB) and Splits (BB) with Panthers, Devils Late Rally Takes ‘Cap, Packer T&F and Hardball
White Cloud 10-18 Hesperia 6-0
The Panthers dropped a pair at home to the Indians who crossed the plate 28 times in the twinbill.
The hosts held a 6-5 advantage in game one and were one out away from the win before White Cloud scored to tie the game. After holding the Panthers scoreless to force extra innings they plated 4 runners in the top of the 8th to capture the contest.
Ellie Palmer went the distance for Hesperia walking 4 and striking out 5 and the Panther defense yielded 4 errors in the game. Natalie McGahan rapped a trio of singles and Palmer doubled, singled twice and drove home a pair.
For the Cloud Olivia Bowman had 3 hits, Kara Davis and Izzy Cruzan each had a pair of hits and 2 RBI’s, and Madison Smith also drove in 2 runs. Hallie Schulz got the win striking out 3 and walking none.
The ‘cap was a short 4 inning blowout with the Indians scoring 10 times in the opening inning enroute to the mercy win.
Kala Pasch had 3 hits including a double and 2 triples and collected 5 RBI’s. Kara Davis had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s, Allison Schulz had 2 hits with a double and 3 RBI’s, Hannah Brown had a double and a solo HR and 2 RBI’s, Izzy Cruzan had a pair of hits and Hallie Schulz added a double. Kara Davis got the win holding the Panthers to 4 hits and walking none.
Coach Bolles “We were without our #2 pitcher, Lynnsey Tinkham and that put us in a bind, but give the Indians credit, they came to play, no excuses on our part.”
The Panthers are now, 5-8 overall and 5-4 in the CSAA Silver and will play at Lakeview on Tuesday.
White Cloud 7-2 Hesperia 5-8
The Panthers could only manage three hits in the first six innings before scoring four runs in the seventh inning only to lose a heartbreaker when they left a runner at third to end the rally. Logan Balkema went six and third innings, striking out seven and walking one. This was his best outing of the season. Offensively for Hesperia, Logan Balkema was 2 for 2 and Jacob Klemundt tripled.
In game two Hesperia jumped to a 3-0 lead through five as Hunter Dickinson cruised through the Indian lineup. White Cloud rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth inning before Dickinson slammed the door with a huge strikeout to end the rally, To cement the win the Panthers scored five insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.,
Dickinson had his best start for striking out eight and walking two. Offensively for Hesperia, Jacob Klemundt, Hunter Dickinson, Kolby Dickinson and Logan Pearson each had two hits.
Hesperia improves to 2-7 on the season.
Holton 2-6 Morley Stanwood 6-4
In the opener Holton held a 2-1 lead in the 6th before the Mohaks crossed home 5 times courtesy of 2 walks, 2 errors and a timely hit. Aiden Poling took the mound loss despite yielding just 1 earned run.Landon Elenbaas went the distance to get the win for MS.
In Game 2 Holton was down 4-2 in the bottom of the 6th with 2 outs with the bases loaded when Morley-Stanwood brought Elenbaas back in from the first game to try to close the door. Nathan Slowik promptly singled sharply to right center scoring the tying runs and set the stage for Chip Wright who laced a ball to the right field fence scoring the go ahead 2 runs.
Slowik scattered 7 hits and struck out 2 from the mound picking up the win and Cody Wright slammed the door in the 7th to notch the save.
Kaleb Kitchka (single, 2 walks, 2 runs scored) and Chip Wright ( single, 2 walks, 2 RBI) each reached base 3 times.
Holton's record is 10-7 overall and 7-2 in conference
Fremont 10-14 Grant 0-5
Trent Maka picked up the victory in the opener giving up just 3 hits and striking out 4 as he posted his second straight shutout.
The Packers banged out 13 hits to compliment a strong defensive effort in their 4th straight win. Cole Miller and Trent Maka went 3 for 3 and Carter Moon was 2 for 2.
In game 2 Zayne Stroven got the start on the mound and had a rough start giving up 4 runs in the first inning. He came back to shut the Tigers down the next 3 innings with 6 strikeouts.
.Jacob Visser came on in relief to grab the save and secure the 5th straight win for Fremont.
Tye Pack finished with 14 hits in game 2 scoring in every inning except the 4th Jake Delong went 3 for 4, while Cole Miller and Austin Kukal finished 2 for 3. Packers holding winning streak of 5.
Fremont 11-5 and 3-1 in the Gold will host Cedar Springs on Monday.
Track & Field
Golden Triangle Invitational-Saline MI
6 athletes travelled to Saline to compete against some of the best competition in the state. We started the morning with the girls 4x800. Unfortunately the team of Kendra Fowler (Sr), Katie Nicholas (Sr), Leah Converse (So), and Hannah Hamilton (Sr) did not get the performance we will looking for, running 10:18.51 to place 9th. The girls did not let that set the tone for their day as they went on to have fantastic performances in their individual events. Katie ran a season record 1:05.41 season record to place 9th in the morning section of the 400 dash. The rest of our athletes qualified for the evening session of competition. Leah got things started off with a bang running a PR 12:17.36 to place 9th in the Gold section of the 3200 run. Conor Somers (Fr) ran in the Gold section of the boys 3200 to record a 13 second PR of 10:02.55 just missing his goal of breaking 10 minutes. He placed 16th. Kendra was up next in the elite 800 run. She executed her plan for the first three 200s of the race to record a PR of 2:21.42 to place 4th and medal. She is closing in on the school record of 2:19 held by Pam Woodring. Hannah and Nathan Walker (So) ran in the featured event of the meet, the Mike Smith Elite 3200. This race brings in the top 2 milers from all over Michigan to compete. The girls ran first. Hannah did a great job staying focused on her pace early and was able to pick girls off later in the race as she began to move up. She finished in 12th with a time of 11:17.34. She is also closing in on the school record of 11:11 set by JoAnne Lanciaux. The boys Elite race featured a huge pack of 15-20 athletes bunched together, clicking off 68-69 second laps for the first mile. Nathan did a great job staying focused as he got bounced around a little. Rubbing is racing. At the mile the leaders picked up the pace a little and things started to string out a little. Nathan did a good job hanging on but lost a little ground on laps 6 and 7. He finished strong on lap 8 to finish in 9th with a time of 9:10.61 crushing the school record of 9:19 set by Riley Klingel.
It was great to see the athletes take advantage of competing against high level competition instead of being intimidated.
We will have a busy week this coming week with the Conference Championships in Newaygo on Monday, a Conference make up meet at Reed City on Wednesday, and the Scottie Invite in Alma on Saturday.
Full results for the Golden Triangle can be found here - https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=352346&show=all
Coach Somers took 4 of our top scoring girls and 2 of our top boys to compete in Saline and I took the rest of the team to the Central Montcalm Hornet Invitational. The girls finished 7th and the boys came in 2nd. The top 6 individuals medaled and the top 3 relays.
Some highlights of the girls meet:
Kennedy Christoffersen (Fr) is healthy again and finished 1st in the 100 hurdles 17.41!
Erin Norton (So) finished 4th in the 1600 and set a new PR of 6:22.
Alyssa Gustman (Jr) finished 5th in the high jump.
Erica Maddox (fr) and Megan Walker (Sr) earned new PRs in the 100.
Brianna Scott (Fr) a new PR in the 400.
Kassy Fialek (So) a new PR in the 800
Taava Johnson (Fr) set a new PR in 300 hurdles.
The boys had an awesome day with many medals and PRs! Highlights of the meet:
The 4x800 relay team of Colton Best (So), Adam Ward (So), Cy Frankhouser (Sr), and Gavin Orcutt (Jr) finished 1st with a time of 9:06.
Corbin Wolfsen (Sr) finished 1st in the 110 hurdles 16.8, 1st in the 300 hurdles and setting a new PR at 43.71.
Adam Ward (So) is healthy again and finished 2nd in the 800 2:11.
Ben Paige (So) finished 2nd in the 1600 running his PR of 5:01, and 2nd in the 3200 at 10:56.
Case DeKryger (So) finished 3rd in the 400 with his PR of 55.76.
Cy Frankhouser finished 3rd in the 1600 with his season record of 5:05.
Dennis Zacharias (So) finished 3rd with a new PR in shot of 40’.
Dylan Essebaggers (Sr) finished 3rd in discus setting a new PR of 109’11.75”, and 6th in shot with another PR of 38’6”.
The 4x200 team of Carter Dunbar (Jr), Caleb Geeting (So), Tristan Marfia (So) and Corbin Wolfsen took 3rd.
Gavin Orcutt finished 5th in the 800 with a PR of 2:18.
Wes Ekkel (So) finished 5th in high jump.
Full results can be found www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/367991/results
The showdown of #6 North Muskegon and #8 ranked Grant lived up to the hype Wednesday as two matches went almost to the 3 hour mark and there were many great long points. North Muskegon prevailed with a hard fought 5-3 win over the visiting TIgers.
The netters from Grant got wins at the 2, 3, and 4 doubles flights. Senior captain Jill Arends and fellow senior Brooklyn Presler went 6-3 6-3 at the # 2 dubs position. Liberty Pleune and Kaitlyn Pascoe won at 3 doubles 1&1. Cecilia Ovalle and Elvira Cruz were the victors at the 4D flight 6-2 6-3. Emma Hetler played great winning 4 games in the first set at 4S. Olivia Keelean and Jada Zerlaut hustled hard in long matches. Zerlaut went 3 sets with the Norseman player.
The Tigers won 4 games in the first sets at 1D, 3S, and 1S, but just couldn't quite secure the wins versus a very talented NM team. The Tigers look to avenge this first loss of the season next Saturday at the Conference tournament.
Tuesday night the Varsity Girls played another segment of “ Ice Bowl 2019” completing a game from April 10 and playing the 1st game of their regularly scheduled game with Kent City.
The night began with both teams tied at 9 runs each after 7 innings. Neither team could score in the 8th. Madison Smith singled in the 9th, stole 2nd , went to 3rd on a passed ball and scored what turned out to be the winning run on a wild pitch. Kara Davis got the win by getting the final batter to pop up with a runner on 3rd.
Things did not go as well in Game 1 of the rain soaked doubleheader as the girls left 9 runners on base including 2 in the bottom of the 7th in the 5 – 4 loss. Hannah Brown had 2 hits with a 2B and an RBI and Kara Davis had a pair of hits.