Ludington 41 Fremont 22
COVID hit the local high school sports scene Friday as the Packers faced a change of plans with a quickly arranged trip to Ludington on the docket instead of the scheduled cross county jaunt to face the Tigers. Grant was shut down earlier in the week due to COVID concerns and thus all extracurricular activities bit the dust as well. Ludington’s scheduled contest with Michigan Center was cancelled for the same reason so the teams managed to resurrect what was to be the season opener
The trip into Oriole country proved to be a tough one for the visitors as Ludington's 2 quarterback system was hitting on all cylinders and the Oriole defense kept the Packers offense from gaining much traction in the first half.
The result was a 5 touchdown assault that dug the Pack into a deep 34-0 hole at the half.
The second half saw the Fremont offense come alive beginning with the Payton Mansfield to Gabe VanVleet td pass just two plays into the half. Later, thanks to some rugged play by the defense Mansfield would connect with Van Vleet again and add a running TD to the night. A misplayed punt attempt resulted in a safety for the Packer defense.
Fremont (0-2) will play their second home game of the season next week when they face the 1-1 Vikings of Tri County.
Holton 7 Lakeview 6
In a defensive battle the Red Devils and Wildcats put on a trench war with neither defense yielding ground. Finally Austin Fowler found Austin Hawkins with a pass that he took in for paydirt with 8 minutes to go in the game.
The Aidan Poling conversion kick proved to be the game winner as Lakeview found the end zone with 2 minutes to play opting to go for 2 and the win. The pass attempt failed and the Devs moved to 2-0 on the year.
:"We came away with a hard fought win,” said Coach Mike Jados. “ We struggled to gain momentum in the first 3 quarters on offense but our defense played great keeping Lakeview in check.”
. Austin Fowler finished with 156 yards passing and 24 yards rushing. Hawkins led the way again with 119 yards receiving.
Dylan Cartwright collected 9 tackles, Chris Hall notched 7, andCameron Edgerton and Eric German each posted 6.
“We have to get better quick as we have Kent City next week,” added Coach Jados.
Kent City 10 Hesperia 8
In a defensive battle the visiting Eagles held off the host with an interception by Kyler Larson inside the Eagle 20 yard line with under a minute to play in the game.
A scoreless first half was broken when the Eagles tackled Panther punter Mack Baird in the end zone for a safety for a 2-0 KC lead early in the third quarter...KC went up 10-0 early in the 4th quarter but the Panthers wouldn’t quit, as Junior RB Brandon Quinn busted loose for a 47 yard TD, QB Johnny Majersky hit Quinn with the PAT pass and the Panthers trailed 8-10 with just over six minutes to play.
After KC picked up a first down the Panther defense stiffened and stopped the Eagles on 4th and 5 around mid field when a pass fell incomplete.The Panthers took over and began marching down the field. As the clock was winding under a minute to play the Panthers opted to pass and it was picked off inside the twenty and the Eagles ran out the clock.
“What a game”, lamented Coach Doug Bolles. “A great HS football game that either team could have won, a great defensive battle.
“Really proud of my guys for leaving it all in the field. When we were down 10-0 in the 4th quarter, we never quit, we kept battling and we had a shot at the end”,.
“My hats off to coach Crane and the Eagles, they’re a tough young team. My kids are hurting, but we will get better from this”,.
Brandon Quinn paced the running attack with 108 yards while finishing with a team high 8 tackles
With the loss the Panthers fall to 1-1 while Kent City moves to 2-0.
Hesperia goes on the road next week to face Morley Stanwood (1-1)...
Morley Stanwood 48 White Cloud 8
The MS defense collected three pick 6’s and the running game rolled up over 200 yards as the Cloud fell to 0-2 on the season.
Tri County 26 Newaygo 7
Reed City 44 Big Rapids 13
Central Montcalm 19 Chip Hills 7
Klimek, McDonald, Converse net a pair apiece
Lakeview made the trip to Fremont Thursday afternoon for a conference game. The Packers netted 5 in the first half making it 5-0 at the half. 13 minutes into the second half the Packers ended the match early. Goal scorers for the Packers included Marcus Klimek with 2, Braiden McDonald with 2, Lane Converse with 2, Grant Vissia with one and Logan Nelson with one. Vissia also had two assists while David Wachter, Tee Ward, and Joe Kortge had single assists. The Packers outshot Lakeview 16-2. Joe Kortge, Carter Miller, and Braiden McDonald all chipped in for the shutout. Lakeview's Hunter Dehate made 8 saves in net. The Packers move to 6-0-1 and 6-0 in the conference while Lakeview falls to 2-3 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
Walker, Mater finish first
By Mike Paige
On September 22 Fremont hosted a CSAA Gold Jamboree at the Branstrom Park course. The weather was warm and calm and apparently just what the Fremont runners like as Fremont won all 4 races – Boys and Girls High School and Boys and Girls Middle School.
Senior Nathan Walker did it again, shaving 10 seconds off his record breaking time of a week ago and posting a mind-blowing time of 16:11.6 on the difficult course. The boys varsity race featured 57 runners from 8 schools. Walker led the Fremont team to a 1-5 finish in the varsity race for a 15 point total. He was followed by Fremont runners Conor Somers, Josh Zerfas, Ben Paige, and Adam Ward in that order. Fremont’s Gavin Schuler came in 11th, Nathan Johnson 15th and Jackson Fair 16th. The Fremont JV boys dominated their race with Brennan Schuler placing 1st. Chippewa Hills (82 points) and Big Rapids (102 points) rounded out the top three teams.
The Girls race was another nail biter with The Packers coming out on top, again by 1 point, with a total of 51 points. Taylor Mater won the race with a time of 21:10.2. Taava Johnson (6), Leah Converse (11), Erin Norton (16) and Emily Curtis placed (19) completed the scoring for the Packers. Elise Pfeiffer and Sierra Horton ran solid in the JV race placing 5th and 7th. Reed City (52) and Chippewa Hills (66) finished in the number 2 & 3 spots.
Both the Middle School Boys and Girls won handily. The boys were led by Cole Lowery with a 2 mile time of 13:49.7, good for 3rd place overall. Gabriel Jones (5), Blake Taylor (6), Carter Sherman (7) and Luke Bradley (8) were not far behind as the boys posted an impressive score of 29 points, followed by Reed City with 60 and Central Montcalm with 79. The Fremont girls were led by Linnea Paige with a time of 15:00.2. The other girls scoring points for Fremont were Madilyn Mater (6), Joelle Patten (7), Emmerson Dunbar (9) and Rachel Maddox (11). Fremont girls finished with 36 points. Central Montcalm finished with 55 and Reed City with 66 to round out the top three teams.
The Fremont Middle School teams run at Grant on September 29. The high schoolers run at Otsego on October 3.
The Packers traveled to Newaygo on Tuesday afternoon for a showdown of unbeaten teams. Both teams struggled to finish but Fremont's David Wachter struck first on an assist from Grant Vissia. This goal stood at the half making it 1-0.
The second half saw much of the same. Conner Roesler finished a shot with less than 10 minutes to play making the score 2-0 in favor of the Packers and the two goal lead held up for the remainder of the match
Fremont outshot Newaygo 15-2. Joe Kortge made 2 saves in net for Fremont and Matthew Richardson made 13 saves for the Lions. Fremont improved to 5-0-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference and Newaygo fell to 4-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
Ciolk, McHaney run one-two; Kristensen paces girls team
From Coach Atwood:
On Saturday the Cross Country team brought home the hardware, winning the Division 2 trophies at the Ludington Invitational. The boys team beat 2nd place Grant by 7 points. Leading the charge was Nathan Ciolk who won the race with a time of 18:11. Tristan McHaney was three seconds behind for second place. Our remaining scorers were Kobe Canning, Christian Ringler, Nik Parks finishing 10th, 19th, and 20th respectively. Pack running was on display as Carson Foondle, Malachi Graves, Sam Venema, Jaden Van Dam, and Ashton Byle all finished within 30 seconds of each other. All the boys posted season best times, with Nathan, Carson, Tristan, Jaden, and Sam running personal best times. Ian was most improved for taking 6:10 off his race time in Newaygo.
The girls demonstrated extreme tenacity and grit to best Holton by 15 points. Stine Kristensen finished 3rd, followed by Alexus Richmond (5th), Naomi Thompson (6th) and Andrea Feldpausch (7th). Jolena Deaton sealed the win with her outstanding effort in 21st place. Gracie Richards, CeCe Rodriguez, Chloe Higgs, and Allie Rodriguez gave it everything they had for a remarkable race. Annie, Stine and Allie achieved personal best times, while Jolena, CeCe, Grace, Alexus, and Naomi had their best times of the season.
Some of our teammates ran two miles, instead of the usual 5K. Each of them ran their fastest two mile split on the season. Congratulations to Adam Bulk, Zane Keith, Lillie Keith, Parker Karnes, and Sydnee Ochs.
Nice job, runners! White Cloud is PROUD of you!
The Vikings of Tri-County traveled to Fremont to face the Packers Thursday afternoon in a match up of unbeatens. It was a tight game that reached halftime knotted at 0-0. The Packers got the scoring started with 24 minutes to play on a goal from Marcus Klimek. Fremont's Carson Herman added another goal from Lane Converse 13 minutes later. Converse tacked on his own goal with 8 minutes left to put Fremont up 3-0. The Vikings answered just 2 minutes later on a goal from Matt Stevens and match ended at 3-1.
Fremont outshot Tri-County 16-3. Joe Kortge got the win for the Packers with 2 saves and Liam Prins made 13 saves for the Vikings. The Packers improved to 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference. Tri-County fell to 1-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
The Shelby Tigers visited the Packers on Friday afternoon in a non conference match. Shelby scored first off a corner kick that wasn't cleared by Fremont. Joseph Hayes finished the ball just 11 minutes into the match. One minute later David Wachter knotted the game at 1-1. That score ended up being the final and neither team could finish their attempts. Fremont outshot Shelby 7-3 overall. Joe Kortge made 2 saves in net for Fremont and Bishop Lee made 6 saves in net for the Tigers. Fremont moved to 4-0-1 overall and Shelby moved to 2-0-1 overall.
Grant 7 Tri County 6
The Grant Tigers faced off tonight against the Tri County Vikings as they battled for the “Hammer”, the traveling trophy between bordering districts.
Both teams played fantastic defense, forcing opposing offenses to fight for every inch. Grant scored the first points of the contest with 6:33 left in the second quarter as Brendan Keelean plowed it in behind a huge line surge from the left side of the offensive line for a 1-yard touchdown. The Tiger extra point, by Gonzalo Magana, split the uprights, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
Tri County answered with a touchdown on their next possession on a three-yard run capping off an 85-yard drive. The extra point attempt ricocheted of the right upright keeping the Tigers in front by a point
Senior Orion Evans led the Tigers with 82 yards rushing on 19 carries. Brendan Keelean connected on 5 of his 13 pass attempts for 57 yards. Brett Long was the leading receiver with 3 receptions for 36 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers were led by Senior Isaiah Powell who notched 8 tackles, including 3 for loss and 1 pass breakup. Junior Treyton Railling, had 7 tackles and 2 sacks. Ty Korson recorded 5 tackles and added 2 sacks. Brett Long also contributed to the defensive effort, making 5 tackles- 1 for loss- and 2 pass breakups.
Overall, the Tigers were happy to capture the win in the season opener.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but after the emotional rollercoaster these kids have endured, we’ll take It,” said Tiger Head Coach Darren Geraghty
Next week the Tigers take on the Fremont Packers at home. Fremont fell to Newaygo 42-14 in their opener.
Holton 15 White Cloud 7
The last touchdown scored by a WC team occurred at Red Devil Stadium two years ago. After taking a year off from the game the Cloud revisited Holton and scored on their first drive to take a 7-0 lead.
But that was their final trip to the endzone Friday as the Devs settled in on defense while Austin Fowler fired a pair of scoring strikes to Kevin Ericson and Rice Robins to give the hosts the win in the season opener for both teams.
“We came out fired up and energetic against a tough and much improved White Cloud team,” said Devils coach Mike Jados. “We played well and the offense moved the ball well but we stalled with 5 turnovers, 3 of them in the red zone.”
Fowler completed 16 of 20 passes for 212 yards with 2 td passes and 2 interceptions, while adding 88 yards rushing on 10 carries. Austin Hawkins had 8 catches for 117 and added 7 tackles and an int on defense. Kevin Erickson contributed 6 carries for 44 yards and 4 catches for 36 and a td, while adding a pick on defense. Rice robins added the other td reception. Eric German, Cam Edgerton, Dylan Cartwright, and Jarid Coburn all added 5 tackles each.
“ We are looking forward to getting better this week to limit mistakes,” added Coach Jados.
The Red Devils will be staying at home next week when they host Lakeview. The Wildcats opened with a loss to Hesperia.
Hesperia 34 Lakeview 7
Hesperia led 28-7at the half and came out in the 3rd quarter receiving the second half kickoff. The Panthers proceeded to take 11:14 off the clock on a grinding 20 play drive that ended in a touchdown. and a 34-0 lead.
"We came out in the second half and wanted to be physical and take some time off the clock and finish it off with a TD and we did that," said Hesperia Head Coach Doug Bolles. I was very pleased with our week of practice leading up to this game. We were focused and locked in. We definitely have things to work on, but I'm really proud of my guys for sticking to the game plan.
“Starting out 1-0 is sweet for sure, but we won't celebrate long, because we have more things we want to accomplish.”
Hesperia ended the night with 460 rushing yards on 50 carries, 0 passing yards on 3 attempts, for 460 yards of total offense!
The Panthers held the Wildcats to 107 total yards all on the ground, while picking off 3 Lakeview passes.
Tailback Mack Baird finished with 10 carries for 179 yards and a pair of TDs while QB Johnny Majerski ran for113 yards on 15 attempts and a TD.
Brandon Quinn and Kile Pomeroy also found the endzone for the Panthers.
The defense was led by Mason Taylor with 9 tackles and an interception, Quinn tallied 8 tackles and a pair of sacks while Baird and Armondo Escobedo each grabbed a pick.
It was the first season opening win for Hesperia since 2016, also the last time the Panthers made the playoffs
The team will be tested next week when they host perennial Silver powerhouse Kent City who shut out Morley Stanwood 14-0
Other CSAA scores
Reed City 46 Chippewa Hills 26
Central Montcalm 12 Big Rapids 7
Kent City 14 Morley Stanwood 0
Fourth Quarter blitz gives Lions the win
The Packers made it a game for 3 quarters.
They even held an early lead when qb Payton Mansfield put the Pack on the board with a 6 yard run in the second quarter.
But the final frame proved to be the downfall for a spirited Fremont squad who made it known they would not be afraid of airing out the ball this season.
The game began with both teams shaking off the rust inherent in a season delayed by an uncertainty about even having a fall schedule and devoid of the usual scrimmages and noncon openers. Dropped passes, a few misguided hikes, a bit of the confusion that generally accompanies the first game all were in play early on but both teams settled in after the first quarter and both showed some flashes of what the season might bring.
After Mansfield’s score and a failed PAT the Lions went 3 and out and the hosts took over near midfield. After a Packer first down the Lion defense clamped down to force a punt but a high snap resulted in Newaygo taking possession deep into Packer territory. A pass interference call took the ball to the 14 and 2 plays later qb Brenden Brechting found a hole and ran it in from 13 yards to even the score. Ashton Stephens converted and the Lions went up 7-6.
Early in the second half Brechting found a speedy Remy Wells who crossed the goal line and with another successful conversion by Stephens put the Lions up 14-6.
But the Pack answered quickly thanks in part to a lengthy kickoff return by Elijah Shears. Four plays later Mansfield ran the quarterback draw to perfection for 6 then ran in the 2 point conversion and the score was knotted at 14.
Early in the 4th Brechting hit Eddie Hammond for paydirt and a 20-14 lead and 2 minutes later Wells scored again when he caught a pass on a slant pattern and turned on the burners for a 63 yard touchdown adding the 2 pointer to stretch the lead to 28-14. Fremont struggled to move the ball and Jarrod Wismar scored on the next Lion possession.
Lineman Hudson Harkness put the exclamation point on the game as he picked off a pass and using the cross country practice experience he gained earlier when the football season was in jeopardy took it 60 yards for the final score of the evening.
The game was a battle between two teams who fielded much different squads from when they faced each other a year ago and both should improve markedly as the season progresses and the younger players gain more experience.
The Packer air game will be helped immensely by a reduction in the number of dropped passes witnessed in the opener and Mansfield looks to have opportunities to run as well behind a rejuvenated offensive line.
The Lions looked like they were in mid season form in the second half and will likely be getting some major contributions from their group of talented underclassmen.
From Coach Atwood:
The White Cloud Cross Country teams competed at their first 2020 CSAA jamboree on Wednesday in Hesperia. The tough course didn't keep Nathan Ciolk down, as he won the boys race in 19:33.52. The boys team finished in second place with help from Tristan McHaney ( 20:18.42, 5th), Kobe Canning (20:38.39, 7th), Terry Trendel (22:25.21, 15th), and Jaden VanDam (22:33.05, 16th). Rounding out the boys results for White Cloud was Nik Parks (18th), Carson Foondle (19th), Christian Ringler (23rd), Malachi Graves (24th), Sam Venema (29th), Ashton Byle (31st), Christian Moomey (37th), Keagan Kailing (40th), Ian Pierce (42nd), Zane Keith ( 43rd), Adam Bulk (44th), and Parker Karnes (45th). Congratulations to Jaden, Christian M, and Keagan for setting personal best times.
The girls narrowly missed a 3rd place finish by two points. Naomi Thompson (24:57.41) was our top finisher in sixth place. She was followed by Annie Feldpausch (26:48.57, 16th), Stine Kristensen (27:23.78, 17th), Grace Richards (28th), Chloe Higgs (32nd), Cecelia Rodriguez (33rd), Allie Rodriguez (34th), Lillie Keith (35th), and posting a season best was Sydnee Ochs (36th).
Nice job, runners! White Cloud will be in action at West Shore Community College on Saturday for the Ludington invitational.
Teams place 1-2 at H&B, sweep Falcons in duals
Story and photos by Mike Paige
On September 12, 2020 at the 16th running of the Hill and Bale Invitational hosted by Fremont, the defending Division 2 State Champion Fremont Boys Cross Country team quickly took control of the race seizing the top 5 places by the 1000 meter mark and maintaining that pace throughout the race. Nathan Walker (Sr) led the team setting a new course record of 15:48, besting the old record by 16 seconds (Isaiah VanDoorn Grant 2007). Ben Paige (Sr), Conor Somers (Jr), Josh Zerfas (Sr) and Adam Ward (Sr) finished 2-5 for a sweep of the top five spots and a perfect score of 15 points. Senior Nathan Johnson and freshman John Christensen rounded out the top 7 for Fremont. Grand Rapids Potter’s House (70) and Whitehall (101) finished 2nd and 3rd.
The girls varsity placed 2nd in a tight battle. Taylor Mater (Jr) led the way with a second place finish. Taava Johnson (Jr) finished 11th, Leah Converse (Sr) 16th, Erin Norton (Sr) 25th and Emily Curtis (Sr) 29th.
On September 15, 2020 the Fremont runners hosted Allendale for a dual meet at Fremont’s Branstrom Park course. Senior, Nathan Walker led the team, once again setting a new course record of 16:21. That’s right, 16:21 at the hilly and uneven Branstrom Park course. To date only four runners (Walker, Matthew Zerfas, Riley Klingel and James Lanciaux) have eclipsed the 17 minute mark at the course. But, it was not a one man show. Three other Fremont boys broke the 18 minute mark. Conor Somers ran 17:29 for 2nd place, Ben Paige ran 17:48 for 4th and Joshua Zerfas ran 17:59 for 5th. Senior, Hayden Rhodea of Allendale cracked the top five placing 3rd and running 17:47. Fremont’s Adam Ward, Gavin Schuler, Nathan Johnson and Jackson Fair placed 6th, 7th, 8th and 12th respectively. The boys won the meet 18-45.
The girls race was awesome!!!! Taylor Mater led the race wire to wire to become the 5th fastest girl to ever run the course, clocking in at 20:39. The rest of the race was a battle. At the mile mark there was a tight pack of 6 Allendale girls surrounding Fremont’s Taava Johnson. Close behind was another pack of five girls including Fremont’s Erin Norton, Leah Converse and Emily Curtis battling with two Allendale runners. By the two mile mark, Johnson was trailing Allendale’s top two runners while Norton had caught and was just ahead of Allendale’s next two runners. Converse and Curtis had caught and were jockeying positions with Allendale’s 5th runner. Allendale fought back and with about 700 meters to go their top two had about a 30 meter gap on Johnson and their 3rd and 4th runners had about a 30 meter gap on Norton giving them back the lead. But the Fremont girls owned the last 700 meters. Taava Johnson ran down Allendale’s number 2 runner to finish 3rd overall with a time of 24:00.8. Erin Norton held off Allendale’s fourth runner to finish 6th overall, coming in at 25:12.8. And in an epic finish, Emily Curtis (25:21.6) and Leah Converse (25:22.2) of Fremont finished just ahead of Jenna Hinken (25:22.6) of Allendale in the 8-10 spots to secure a 27-28 victory for the Fremont girls. It was fantastic display of head to head racing. Freshman Elise Pfeiffer and senior Sierra Horton rounded out the top 7 Fremont girls runners.