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).
"The girls played great! We did exactly what we needed to do. My girls stepped up their game and we hit 18 points before going into the finals. It is pretty sweet when you put 5 flights in the finals.
"It was nice to not have to depend on the outcomes of any matches to get us advancing to the finals. When Olivia, got the win in the semis, that was the deciding point, it was so special. The girls have worked hard this year and during the off season to achieve this goal. I am so proud of this group.
"Last year, we got our first ever regional champ, this year we got another one. Plus, we got 4 other flights that battled for the flight championship. And we fought hard in those too, losing the 3D in a three set match.
"We knew North Muskegon was going to be the favorite and we thought we could be right there with them, and their team played great today. Hats off to NM for winning the regional title."
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