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
Pack, Spartans Meet Again, Tigers Duel Knights, Cloud/Panthers III
Class B District 60 at Tri County
Fremont vs. Sparta 6pm
Seven times the Packers have failed to score 50 points. They are 1-6 in those games.
When they score more than 50? They are undefeated.
One of those losses was an early season game against the Spartans when the Packer offense could not get in sync. They didn’t score and they turned it over with frightening regularity in a 14 point loss The next game was even worse as they were taken apart by Reed City and looking a bit lost.
They regrouped over the holiday break and it would be nearly 2 months before they lost another game.
The Spartans don’t generally score a lot and they haven’t won much either since their early 3 game streak when they beat 3 of the 5 other teams in this district (Fremont,Grant, Belding).
But they hang around and that could be dangerous for a team that can have occasional offensive dry spells.
Sparta will be trying to stop Riley Krim and Ben Schmidt from getting the ball into Logan Karnemaat where he can work some magic so the Packers will need their outside guys to hit a few to open things up and Schmidt will jump on any opportunity to drive the lane. If Baddis comes in and cans his first one I’d let him roam the arc and feed him the ball. His sharpshooting can cool off a comeback try in a hurry.
Grant Vs. Belding.7:30pm
Outside of a season opening loss to Montabella by 4 points and a recent (and only) win over the Rebels of Lee the Black Knights have not come closer than 20 points in any game they have played and have been beaten by more than 50 points 9 times.
Should a virus knock out 4 of the 9 Tiger players and a 5th foul out in the 4th quarter I would still be surprised if they were less than 10 points ahead by games end.
I know, I know, it’s tournament basketball and anything can happen but it won’t be happening Wednesday night. Grant moves to the finals.
Class C District 86 Shelby
Hesperia vs, White Cloud 5:30pm
This is truly anyone’s District to win though the Spartans of Mason County Central are the likely favorites. They open against the host Tigers of Shelby in the 7pm game.
Before that it will be the third meeting between the Panthers and Indians. Hesperia stole one on their home court by a point in early January and a month later the Cloud dropped a 19 point loss on them in the Indian gym.
Now they’re on neutral turf. The Panthers have only won twice since their victory over the Indians and White Cloud snapped a 12 game losing streak with 3 straight wins before dropping 4 of 5 down the stretch. Hesperia won their last game of the season defeating the hosts of this district for their 4th win and the first one against a team that didn’t start with a W. (WC, Walkerville twice). The Indians have won 4 of 5 when they score more than 50 and Hesperia has only topped that mark once.
The one point win over the Cloud.
By Ken DeLaat
Photos by Catalpa Photography
The Vikings knew the task ahead would be formidable. After a week of battling through 3 tough teams to repeat as District Champs their first round opponent would be perennial powerhouse South Christian, the OK Gold titleholder who spent the previous week dismantling their District with 159 points in their two games.
The Sailors possess speed and height amd most of all they have Mariel Bruxvoort their senior all-everything player who seems to be everywhere on the court. Bruxvoort scored 12 of the 14 first quarter points SC put up. Meanwhile the Vikes were struggling to score. Limited to one field goal by Tricia Slavens and a trio of free throws they would need to step it up to keep pace with the explosive Sailor squad.
In the second Bruxvoort continued to score and began sharing the wealth as SC followed a bucket by TC’s Errin Kamp with a 13-0 run that produced a 20 point margin.
Lesser teams might have cashed it in at this point but these young women from Tri County have no quit in them. Emma Overbeek stepped up to pop a three, Julia Bice nailed a pair from the line as did Dayoni Mahlich and just before the half Alicia Bowen scorched a triple. The Vikings had trimmed the lead to 14 as they went to intermission.
THe Sailors came out of the locker room on fire going on a 9-0 run to open the second half and burying the Vikes with a 23 point edge.
Once again it was Overbeek who stopped the bleeding by banging one in from distance. Grace Miller followed with another three and Bowen scored off a stop and split from the line as TC went on their own 9-0 run. The Sailors regrouped and pushed the lead to 24 eventually winning the contest but the Vikings did not go down without a fight. Slavens, Miller and Jessica Thompson battled in the paint all night and Coach Chris Overbeek kept sending in fresh troops from his long bench to try and contain Bruxvoort.
The Viking team showed a lot of moxie Tuesday and none more than Emma Overbeek who never stopped pushing and never stopped believing.
Coach (and Emma’s Dad) Chris Overbeek has a lot to be proud of in this team. They posted 15 victories on the season including an 8 game winning streak, they secured a second straight District crown, …... and they never cashed it in.
TC played the final minutes of their final game as if it were a tie game and not a 20 point deficit and when the final buzzer sounded there might have been disappointment in the result but it would be tough to find anything disappointing about this team.
Well done Vikings.
Swineheart hits for 30, Naffziger 29
By Ken DeLaat
Photos By Catalpa Photography
Grant 70 Newaygo 64
It was a typical game between these two long time rivals with the teams battling each other for the lead. Early on it was all Newaygo as Manchip opened with a score and two from the line before Mitch Karrip zapped in a three to stake the Lions to a 7-0 lead, Carter Case stopped the bleeding with a three of his own but a combination of outside shooting and finding room on drives in the lane led to a 22-8 advantage after one.
The Tigers began chipping away with Tyler Naffziger leading the charge and Frederick Hull finding ways to distribute and score. By halftime the Lion lead had shrunk to a lone point with turnovers hurting efforts to score inside.
After intermission and a Newaygo stop Patrick Lancestremere gave Grant their first lead of the night with a knock from the wing. Cooper Heinzman split at the line for the tie. The Newaygo offense went cold with one exception. Swineheart put the team’s offense on his back and scored the final 11 points of the quarter to hold off the charging Tigers and enter the final frame with a 50-46 lead.
Longcore scored for Grant and Naffziger took a steal all the way to knot the game again. Swineheart answered but Naffziger tallied again then off another steal then Longcore scored and was fouled. His conversion made it a 7-0 Grant run and delivered a 5 point lead Newaygo finally scored when Swineheart hit but Naffziger and Hull connected for Grant and the Lions were finding no other offensive answers. With less than 3 minutes Swineheart hit a triple to get the Lions to within 3. Carter and Cole Chase each hit and Carter Chase sank a pair down the stretch when Newaygo was being forced to foul.
When Karrip hit a triple with 14 ticks left on the clock it was the first time a Lion other than Swineheart had scored since the Heinzman free throw in the first minute of the second half, a 22 point run.
I would be lying if I said i wasn't disappointed, but when this tournament starts you can't have a night where you don't play your best basketball,” said Newaygo Coach Joe Barrette. “ I thought we came in ready winning 9 of our last 10 games, but in the second and fourth quarters Grant made more winning plays than we did.”
“I give a lot of credit to the boys for the way they hung with it and kept fighting,” said Tiger Coach Matt McCorkle.
Swineheart finished with 30 points and on the other side of the floor Naffziger fired in 29.
Other Newaygo scorers included Schmidt (13) Manlick (10) and Kade Bhuyan (6)
Carter Chase (12) Longcore (9) Lancestremere (8) Cole Chase (6) and Hull (4) provided offense for the Tigers
Grant will move on to Wednesday’s game against the Black Knights of Belding.beginning at 730pm at Tri County High School.
By Ken DeLaat
Photos By Catalpa Photography
Fremont 64 Tri County 37
If the Packers are going to move on in district play they will have to be stingy on defense.
They accomplished that on Monday holding a winless but scrappy Tri County team to just 15 points in the first three quarters to advance to a semi final matchup with Sparta.
The game went 2 ½ minutes before the 0-0 tie was broken when Riley Krim lofted a pass to Logan Karnemaat who spun and scored. After Friend converted twice from the line the twosome did the same move and on the next trip downcourt a Karnemaat block landed in Krim’s hands and he drove the court to make it 6-2 Packers. Jelinski scored for TC followed by baskets off the hands of Ben Schmidt and Calvin Miller. Karnemaat picked up his second foul sending Hannock to the line to convert a pair then Micah Whittle and Calvin Miller scored to end the first at 14-6 Fremont.
In the second Schmidt went the length of the court for a score then Friend answered for the Vikes.. 7 minutes and a dozen Packer points later Jelinski hit one at the buzzer for TC and the teams reached intermission with the Packers in front 28-10.
The second half saw the Packers come out of the locker room on fire as Schmidt split from the line then the Krim to Karnemaat connection tallied followed by Wyatt Kaastra,Schmidt and Karnemaat buckets and a dagger from distance by Bailey Baddis that made it a 21 point game
When Viking Hunter Merchant hit a triple it ended a 14 point run and was answered by a pair of Jaxx Miller shots, including an acrobatic flip that found the hole, and Baddis banged in another from beyond at the buzzer to end the third.
Karnemaat paced the Packer scoring with 14 points while Schmidt and Baddis finished with 9 each followed by Julian Echavarria and Carter Moon with a half dozen apiece.
Macario Castillo led the Vikings with 10 points with Jelinski, Merchant and Friend notching 6 each.
Fremont will tip off against the Spartans beginning at 6pm Wednesday at Tri County High School.
15 Lifters to Represent Grant at the State Powerlifting Meet
By Christi Evans
On Saturday, February 24th at Mona Shores High School, 3 additional Tiger lifters qualified for the State meet. 7 women and 12 men represented Grant.
Medaling in the women’s competition were previously qualified JV lifters Abbi Konicki with 2nd place in her weight class and Heather Crosby with 1st place in her weight class, previously qualified Varsity lifters Miriam Delgado with 2nd place in her weight class and Jaida Blair with 3rd place in her weight class, and new Varsity qualifier Amy Cruz with 2nd place in her weight class.
Medaling in the men’s competition were new JV qualifiers Jonah Nelson with 3rd place in the 114lb class and Colin Scholtens with 3rd place in the 242lb class, and Varsity lifters (all who had previously qualified) Jared Evans with 2nd place in the 181lb class, T.J. Railling with 1st place in the 194lb class, Chaise Konicki with 1st place in the 242lb class, and Marcos Garza with 3rd in the super heavyweight class.
The Tigers will compete at the State Meet on March 9th and 10th at Lake Orion High School. JV men and women compete on Friday, March 9th. Varsity men and women compete on Saturday, March 10th.