The Packers got on the board first on a Riccardo Lapertosa shot from 25 yards out, but Cardinal Devante Glover answered 20 minutes later to knot the match at 1-1 where it remained until intermission.
In the second half Glover again found the back of the net with 28 minutes to play with what proved to be the deciding goal.
Orchard View outshot the Packers 11-7. Joe Kortge ended with 9 saves for Fremont and Dakota Palenear made 6 saves for OV. Fremont ended the season 15-4-4 and the Cardinals improve to 15-4-2.
Orchard View will take on Ludington on Wednesday in the first round of the regional tournament in Clare.
West Michigan Christian shut out Holland Black River 6-0 to win the district title and advance to Division 4 Regional play.
WMC coach David Hulings:
"I love how our team is playing right now. We are moving the ball quickly and playing as a team. It is great to see them make each other better. Once again our captains, Brevin Byrne, Charlie Alfree, Isaac Van Hoeven, and Brandon Fles did a great job of getting their team ready to play.
“We started the scoring 41 seconds into the game.VanHoeven sent a great ball in from the flank and Sandi Masumpa came from the other flank to slam it home. That sent the pace for the night.
"We never really let Black River test us. They had a couple of attacks right after our goal, but our back line, along with keeper Jameson Goorman, did a great job to keep the score clean for the night."
The Warriors, now 15-2-3 on the season, face North Muskegon (17-5-1) in the Regional Semifinals Tuesday at Warrior Field.
The match is scheduled to start at 7pm.
Tigers Push For Postseason; ’Yotes Can Claim Title Share With Win Over Lions; Panthers Host Unbeaten OV; Pack Hopes To Stop CH; Devs Hit The Road To Face Ramblers
Reed City (5-1, 5-2) at Newaygo (4-2, 4-3)
Newaygo is coming off a disheartening loss to their long time rivals and this week the Coyotes come into town, a newer rivalry but one that has simmered for a few years now.
The Reed City players looked up after week three and saw a 1-2 record including the first conference loss since their players were roaming the halls of the middle school, a whopping 32 game streak .Was it to be the year someone other than the ‘Yotes held the top spot?
Not so fast.
Since then Reed City has rolled through their schedule and last week knocked off previously unbeaten Central Montcalm to join them atop the league standings.
The Lions fell short in a winnable opener then collected wins in 4 out of 5 conference games before being ambushed by the vaunted Tiger defense last week. Their play has been inconsistent and they’re coming off that emotional loss but this game means a lot. A shot at the playoffs and the opportunity to deny the Coyotes a title would seem to be pretty good motivators.
The Coyotes have averaged 48 points a game at home and 14 points a game on the road.
The Lions should put up points. They stalled out against Grant but so has everyone else this season.
Tough one to call. It should be close but RC has a way of exploiting mistakes that can lead to a rout. Early mistakes would be disastrous for the hosts and catching a break here and there certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Big Rapids (1-5, 1-6) at Grant (4-3, 5-2)
The Tigers are on the prowl for a posteason spot and clipping the Cardinals would get that card punched. Homecoming game, coming off winning their rivalry game, and boasting what is likely the best defense in the league the Grant gridders should be able to send their fans home happy. The only team the Cards have beaten this season is Fremont who has yet to notch a win.
The Tiger offense that went on hiatus in their loss to Chip Hills has roared back during their current 3 game winning streak. A lot would have to go BR’s way for them to stop the Tiger Train.
Chip Hills (3-3, 3-4) at Fremont (0-6, 0-7)
The Packers have 2 chances at not finishing the season without a win for the 4th time in 5 years.
The first is when they host Chip Hills at home this week. The Warriors team hasn’t fared well against the top tier teams in the conference with the exception of a baseball score win over Grant (7-2). They have handled the teams that reside in the lower half of the standings.
The Packers rest in the bottom spot of the conference.
Maybe the Packer seniors playing their final game on their home field will bring the inspiration needed to pull off an upset. A couple of Warrior mistakes here, a breakaway play there, maybe a little lucky bounce or two and it could happen.
If not there’s always the road game against Lakeview next week for their last shot at a W.
Central Montcalm (5-1, 6-1) at Tri County (2-4, 3-4)
Did the Coyote rout take some of the sting out of the Hornets? We’ll see how they bounce back after their first loss led to falling into a tie for the top spot in the Gold. A win over the Vikes will guarantee them a share of the crown but it won’t be easy. TC was able to extend their season with 5 wins last year so taking this one and finishing up with a win over Holton and they could be hanging out together in front of a TV and looking for their name to be called on selection Sunday.
Orchard View (4-0, 7-0) at Hesperia (1-3, 2-5)
This is a pretty strong OV squad. They already nabbed the Lakes 8 crown and a playoff berth while remaining unbeaten on the season while the Panthers have won a single game on the field.
The Cards are averaging 50 points in their last four games. Hesperia has scored once in their last three games.
This might be a rough final home game for the Panther seniors unless a whole lot of things go the Hespo way early and even then squads with smaller numbers like the Panthers wear down against teams blessed with a cadre of bench players.
They’ll have one more after this one when they visit Shelby.
That’s 0-7 Shelby.
Holton (0-4, 1-6) at Perry (1-3, 3-4)
It hasn’t been an easy season for the Red Devils. Combining a low turnout of players with a rash of early injuries makes for a long season and a lengthy bus trip to Perry pits them against a team that defeated their only common opponent, Carson City Crystal. The C3 Eagles shut down the Devs earlier this year. Here’s hoping the Holton squad holds their own against the Ramblers.
Morley Stanwood (4-0, 5-2) at Carson City Crystal (3-1, 4-3)
The ‘Hawks need one more win to secure a playoff spot but it won’t come easy.The Eagles need to win out and they are coming of a shellacking in a conference title game. Prior to that shutout they were averaging 5 TDs a game so they have some offensive firepower.
The Mohawk defense has turned things around for the team since Hopkins dropped 45 on them earlier this season. That was the first week of September and MS hasn’t lost a game since.
Kent City (3-1, 5-2) at Calvin Christian (1-6)
The Squires have a really good soccer team. Their only loss was to Lee early in the season. The CC football team has won just one game. They beat Lee early in the season. Their defense has a lot of holes and they yield a boatload of points every week. If you give the Eagles the opportunity they will score.
With Grant looming ahead in the season finale this one should propel KC into the playoffs.
Strait scores 20 for Cloud; Bayle notches 10 kills in Panther win
White Cloud 3 Holton 0
Wednesday night, the Lady Indians hosted Holton. After a couple of rough weeks, they came out ready to redeem themselves. They had a successful night winning 3-0, with scores of 25-23, 25-15, 25-15. Leading scorers were Alexis Strait with 20 points and 4 aces, followed by Cassie Watson with 10 points and 1 ace. Strait dished out 22 assists to aid in Olivia Bowman’s 10 kills and Abby Derks 7. Our back row was led by Strait, Boman, Carsyn Scarlavai, and Emily Feldpausch.
White Cloud will host Newaygo Lions Thursday night for Parent’s night.
Hesperia 3 Lakeview 0
Panthers defeated Lakeview Wednesday on the road with the scores 25-13, 25-16, 26-24. The Panther offense was led by Emily Bayle with 10 kills, Isabelle Rumsey and Rachel Romero had 8 and 7 kills respectively. Bayle and Kyra Sayer each had 3 aces and Rumsey had 2 aces at the serving line. Sayer led the team with 18 assists. Defensively, Bayle had 8 digs, Aria Thomas and Adriana Escobedo had 5 and 4 digs respectively. Romero had a single solo block. The Panthers are 7-1 in league and 27-8-1 overall this season!
The Panthers will host the Kent City Eagles next Wednesday, October 23rd. On October 26th, they will host the 8th Annual Lori Vargas Volley Against Violence Tournament. All proceeds of the event will be given to WiSE of Newaygo, Mecosta, and Osceola Counties for domestic and dating violence awareness education and support of families in crisis.
Final CSAA Gold Conference Jamboree
It was a cold, rainy fall day at Chippewa Hills High School for the final jamboree of the season. The leaves have started to turn colors, making the course through the woods enjoyable despite the unfavorable weather.
In order to earn All-Conference honors, an athlete must earn a spot in the top seven. Honorable Mention honors go to places 8-14. The team championship goes to the team who earns the fewest points over the course of all three conference meets throughout the season.
Girls All-Conference and Honorable Mention honors are as follows:
Remus Chippewa Hills
Remus Chippewa Hills
Remus Chippewa Hills
Stanton Central Montcalm
Stanton Central Montcalm
Boys All-Conference and Honorable Mention honors are as follows:
Remus Chippewa Hills
Stanton Central Montcalm
Meet results can be found here - https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/162739/results
From Coach Somers:
This was our last Conference Jamboree. The girls needed to win the race and have Reed City place 3rd to be able to share the Conference Championship with RC. The girls stepped up to pull off the victory, scoring 55 points, with many having their best conference finishes of the season. We were really proud of the girls to produce a win at our final conference meet. Reed City finished 2nd to take the Conf. Championship outright.
The boys won the meet with another perfect score of 15 points to win the conference championship. Nathan Walker (Jr) set a new course record of 15:18.5 breaking Ben Schmidt’s record of 15:47.8. The boys also took 6 of the 7 1st Team All-Conference slots.
1st Team All-Conference
Taylor Mater (So)
Nathan Walker (Jr) – Conference champ
Conor Somers (So)
Josh Zerfas (Jr)
Ben Paige (Jr)
Adam Ward (Jr)
Mikko Vesma (Sr)
All-Conference Honorable Mention
Leah Converse (Jr)
Erin Norton (Jr)
Colton Best (Jr)
Gavin Schuler (So)
Gavin Orcutt (Sr)
Packers advance to District Finals; Lapertosa nets a pair
Fremont 4 Oakridge 1.
Oakridge traveled to Fremont for the second round of district play on Tuesday afternoon. Packer Carter Moon started the scoring on a crossed ball by Kris VanTreese, but Oakridge answered just 5 minutes later on a head ball goal from Gavin Hazekamp.
Riccardo Lapertosa put the Packers up for good when he finished a ball from Moon with 17 minutes to play in the first half. Lapertosa and Jaxx Miller added goals in the second half for Fremont.
The Packers outshot Oakridge 11-2. Joe Kortge made 1 save in net for the hosts and Spencer Anderson made 7 saves for Oakridge. Oakridge finished the season 5-9-3 and Fremont improves to 15-3-4.
The Packers move on to compete for the District title when they face the Cardinals of Orchard d View Saturday at 2pm. The match will be held at Fremont.
Pafford collects 10 kills in conference win; Pack tied for top spot
Fremont 3 TC 0
The Packers defeated Tri-County in another conference win. Tonight was senior night as this was our last home game of the season. After honoring the seniors the Pack took the floor and beat Tri-County in a dominating fashion of 25-15, 25-18, and 25-16.
The Packer offense was led by Rhi Pafford with 10 kills followed by Natalie Jamieson with 8 and Grace Hudson with 6 kills.
Defensively a lot of athletes contributed as Kennedy Christoffersen finished with 10 digs, Rhi Pafford and Carle Bruggema 8 digs, Calla Miller and Kaitlynn Bennett 5 each. Carle Bruggema had 24 assists.
Serving aggressively as a team, the Pack had 15 aces. Calla Miller had 5, Kaitlynn Bennett and Natalie Jamieson had 3, and Bri Webber and Carle Bruggema had 2 each.
The win gives the Pack a 5-1 record and a share of first place in conference play with an overall record of 18-13-1.
This weekend the team will compete at the Sparta Invitational.
Football Fridays Week VII: Tigers Tame Lions; Vikes stop Pack, Coyotes Swat Hornets; Devs, Panthers Fall
Grant 27 Newaygo 7
Make it 35-all.
The record for the 70 games between these two teams since 1950 now stands at 35-35 after the Lions brought the hardware into town and left without it
The Tiger Defense continued to shine in a muddy affair at Ray C. Rynberg Stadium as they put the brakes a good Lion offense and came away with a convincing win. The Tigers offense stayed with a ground and pound mentality, accumulating 268 yards on 52 carries averaging just over 5 yards per carry. The Tiger ball carriers equally distributed the yardage behind a spirited performance by the offensive line. Orion Evans led the ground attack with 99 yards on 20 carries, with 1 TD. QB Brendan Keelean added 75 yards on 19 carries, with 1 TD. Trevor Lowry added 71 yards on 10 carries, including two touchdowns of 39 yards and 1 yard respectfully.
The Tigers defense was stout in the red zone turning the Lions away 3 out of 4 trips into the red zone. The defense was led by Senior LB Jarret Railling who had 12 tackles, including 4 tackles for loss. Sophomore Treyton Railling had 7 tackles including 1 tackle for loss. Junior Brett Long added 5 tackles with 1 tackle for loss and a pass breakup. Sophomore Brady Jacobs had an interception in the end-zone to stop the Lions attempt at a score.
“The defensive staff and players continue to impress and our offensive line imposed their will on the Newaygo front.What a total team effort we had tonight!. We have some things to fix, but I am extremely happy for these boys.
“They earned this.”
Tri County 48 Fremont 6
In less than 7 minutes the Vikings found the endzone three times as Cameren Friend ran one in from 43 yards out in the first minute of play. Nick Braunschweiger then passed for a TD and ran one in as well and it was 22-0 Vikes after the first quarter.
The Packers got on the board after a drive ended with Cody Andree finding Payten Mansfield for a 5 yard scoring strike.
But that was all they’d put up on the night.
TC answered with a TD to hit intermission up 28-6 then added three more scores in the second half to run away from Fremont and grab the home win.
Tristen Marfia pounded out 67 tough yards on the ground and Adam Halisinski added 42.
Kyler Kolk led the Packers on defense with 5.5 tackles.
Fremont (0-6, 0-7) will host Chip Hills next week while Tri County (2-4, 3-4) snaps a 4 game losing streak and faces the CM Hornets.
Morley Stanwood 38 Hesperia 0
The Panthers kept it close in the first half, yielding a first quarter to fall behind 6-0. In the second they grinded out an 8 minute drive deep into the visitors territory only to stall out in the red zone when a 4th and goal pass attempt didn’t find the hands of a receiver and MS took over on downs. The drive proved to be the closest the hosts would get on the night. Morley scored before the half to make it 14-0 and the second half was all Mohawks, as they reached the end zone twice in each quarter.
Logan Balkema led the Panthers with 43 yards rushing...
Balkema also led the defense with 14 tackles followed by Connor VanBuskirk with 11.
The win gives Morley Stanwood (4-0, 5-2) the Silver title and a win in their final two games gives them a spot in the playoffs. The Hawks play the CCC Eagles in Carson City next week while Hesperia (1-3, 2-5) hosts undefeated and Lakes 8 champ Orchard View.
Kent City 55 Holton 6
Each of the 7 turnovers committed by the Devs resulted in points on the board for the Eagles as KC flew past their hosts.
“We had a rough game from the opening kick but we never gave up and continued to fight,” said Coach Jados “In the cold and rain we had many bad snaps to start in the first quarter and never got going.”
“We will look to regroup and get ready to travel to Perry next Friday and fight to get a win on the season,”
Bright spots for Holton were Logan Burns and Joe Crowell on defense. On offense, Austin Hawkins looked to be healthy again and had the lone Devil touchdown early in the 2nd half.
The Red Devils will travel to Perry to take on the Ramblers (3-4)while the Eagles (3-1, 5-2) will take on Calvin Christian (1-6) in Grandville next week.
Reed City 34 Central Montcalm 6
Not so fast, Hornets.
The Coyotes peeled off their 4th straight win in a convincing manner that announced their intention to retain the Gold crown.
Led by the running of Payton Hansen and the work of the RC o-line the hosts built a 22-0 lead before a Hornett kickoff return just before the half put them on the board.
But in the rain and mud it was the Coyote offense grinding out yardage on long drives and keeping the Hornet defense on the field that iced the game.
Reed City (5-1, 5-2) can lock up at least a share of the crown with a win at Newaygo. The Hornets (5-1, 6-1) can do the same with a win over Tri County.
Chippewa Hills 41 Big Rapids 26
The Warriors (3-3, 3-4) won at home over the Cardinals (1-5, 1-6)
Gerth narrowly misses trip to The Meadows, Mulder sneaks into double figures
From Coach Krim:
The Pack finished 7th out of the 12 teams competing in the Division 3 Golf regionals held at Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids. The host Cardinals dominated the tournament by shooting a school record 331 and besting 2nd place Whitehall by 50 strokes.
Both Katelynne Gerth and Taylor Mulder shot well for Fremont. Gerth shot 93 but finished just 2 strokes short of playing in the State Finals while Taylor shot a career best 99. It was Taylor's first time breaking the century mark.
Haley Zerlaut, Rhiannon Ziebke and Sarah Redder also competed on the links for the Packers.
Big Rapids, Whitehall and Coopersviille each qualified to play in the State Finals team competition.
For all results:
Karlton Zerlaut heading for state finals
The Tigers faced off against some high caliber tennis programs at North Point Christian Thursday, with 3 of the top 10 state ranked teams were in this regional.
The team battled earning 5 first round wins. Four of the next 5 matches were against the #1 seeded flights. The players fought hard winning many games, but could only secure one upset achieved by the #1 Doubles pair Jed VanderWeide and Carter Chase who knocked off the #1 seed from Calvin Christian 6-4, 6-7, 7-6.
Karlton Zerlaut also won his semi final match beating NPC 6-0 6-3. The Tigers competed well in both the regional finals but couldn't come up with the win. #1 Doubles went down 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 and #1 singles 6-3, 6-3.
Zerlaut advances as an additional individual qualifier to next week's State Finals held at Hope College.
No. 1 - Karlton Zerlaut, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Jack Dobb, NORTH MUSKEGON HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-1, -;
No. 2 - John Kulich, COMSTOCK PARK HIGH SCHOOL def. Riley Holmberg, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 3 - Ryan Mcclelland, CATHOLIC CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL def. Riley Schwartz, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 4 - Ben Bocian, GRAND RAPIDS WEST CATHOLIC def. Eli Bradley, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-3, 6-0, -;
No. 1 - Karlton Zerlaut, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Malachi Yaffey, GRAND RAPIDS NORTHPOINTE CHRISTIAN, 6-0, 6-3, -;
No. 1 - Andrew Solarewicz, GRAND RAPIDS WEST CATHOLIC def. Karlton Zerlaut, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-3, 6-3, -;
No. 1 - Jed Vanderweide - Carter Chase, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Adam Bocian - Ben Pelton, GRAND RAPIDS WEST CATHOLIC, 6-3, 6-2, -;
No. 2 - Dustin Slachter - Payton Swinehart, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Zach Foreman - Austin Meiste, MUSKEGON WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN, 6-3, 7-6 (3), -;
No. 3 - Trent Patton - Diego Krepps, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Shamus Corbett - Gavin Grimm, NORTH MUSKEGON HIGH SCHOOL, 6-4, 7-5, -;
No. 4 - Kyle Bay - Isaac Higgins, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Ian Kittendorf - Cj Phinney, COMSTOCK PARK HIGH SCHOOL, 6-2, 6-0, -;
No. 1 - Jed Vanderweide - Carter Chase, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Jack Bristol - Tyler Elliott, GRANDVILLE CALVIN CHRISTIAN, 6-4, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (1);
No. 2 - Derek Diepenhorst - Elan Bosma, GRAND RAPIDS NORTHPOINTE CHRISTIAN def. Dustin Slachter - Payton Swinehart, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-1, -;
No. 3 - Chase Berends - Sam Bradley, GRAND RAPIDS NORTHPOINTE CHRISTIAN def. Trent Patton - Diego Krepps, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-3, 7-5, -;
No. 4 - Cameron Beachler - Ben English, CATHOLIC CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL def. Kyle Bay - Isaac Higgins, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-3, -;
No. 1 - Jace Deshetler - Ben Vergouwe, GRAND RAPIDS NORTHPOINTE CHRISTIAN def. Jed Vanderweide - Carter Chase, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5;
The Tigers of Grant traveled to Fremont to take on the Packers in the first round of district play on Wednesday afternoon. Fremont outshot Grant 20-4 and won the game 4-1. Grant took an early lead on a Cesar Hernandez goal. However, Carter Moon answered just two minutes later on a ball from Lane Converse tying the score at 1-1. Riccardo Lapertosa, David Wachter, and Braiden McDonald also added goals for the Packers. Unus Opgard and Moon also added assists on the afternoon. Joe Kortge made 3 saves in net for the Packers while Logan Osborn made 16 saves for the Tigers. Fremont improved to 14-3-4 overall while Grant fell to 6-10-1.
Tournament action returns to action Tuesday at Fremont Middle School with the second round of the Division 3 Soccer District 46.
Round 2 Games: Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
Orchard View at Tri County 4:30 pm
Oakridge at Fremont 4:45 pm
The winner advances to the Finals at Fremont Middle School on October 19 at 2:00 pm.