Grant 5 Newaygo 1
Coach Gomez de Leon: Due to the rivalry between both Grant and Newaygo, most players and fans look forward to the match. We uphold the idea that we adjust our formation based on the teams we are playing, and this game was no different. Adjustments were made to our defense to encourage offensive play and it worked to our advantage. Our midfield dominated the center of the field and Emme Losee, sophomore center mid, was the playmaker of the game. Right wing player Delaney Cronk, demonstrating her footwork was able to make several runs and achieved her third Hat Trick of the season scoring our first, fourth, and fifth points of the game. Makayla Cronk, playing right wing, had an assist to senior forward Nikki Tellkamp who played smart and tapped the ball into Newaygo’s net for our second point. Emme Losee also shot a ball through the center of Newaygo’s defense and Tellkamp with her speed, caught up to it and was able to score the third point of the game. Newaygo had one good run but our defense was well prepared to not just stop opponents play but gain control to start our attacking play. Newaygo was able to score off of a corner kick.
Holton 7 Hesperia 3
The Panthers fell to the Red Devils in the opener of their doubleheader. Lynnsey Tinkham drove in a pair of runs with a single one of only 4 hits by the Panthers. Ellie Palmer took the loss on the slab. The nightcap was suspended in the 4th with Holton holding a 7-5 lead and Hesperia coming to bat. The game will be completed at a later date.
Hesperia is now 4-3 in the Silver and 5-6 overall.
Holton 10 Hesperia 0
The Red Devils moved to 6-1 in conference play (9-6 overall) with the win over the Panthers.
Aiden Poling went 4 innings to capture the mound win striking out 3 along the way and adding a pair of hits to the cause. Nathan Slowik and Cody Wright banged out a pair of hts apiece as well.
Hunter Dickinson collected the only 2 hits of Poling.
Fremont 8 Shelby 0
Fremont 20 Mason County Eastern 0
The Packers took home the hardware Saturday in the Mason County Eastern Tournament.
Senior Zayne Stroven pitched 5 innings of shutout ball striking out 4 and walking only batter to lead the Pack over the Tigers in the tournament opener Hot hitters for the Packers were Zayne Stroven 1-1, Payton Mansfield 2-3 with a home run, and Cole Miller 2-4.
Packers were on fire with the bats in game two. Coach Foster was able to get everyone in during this tournament along with the 2 JV players he brought up for the day. Joe Kortge was 3-3, Calvin Miller was 3-4, Austin Kukal was 2-2 with a grand slam in the 5th inning. Jacob Visser pitched a shutout striking out 7 and walking only one batter. Fremont's record is 9-5, and 1-1 in conference play.
Coach Zerlaut: The Girls tennis team had another great day of competition. They handled the cold and their opponents down at the Plainwell tournament Saturday. The team won 22 of 24 matches to finish first. Kathryn Stong and Sydney Patin at #1 doubles battled back in their first and toughest match of the day to win in 3 sets, then only lost 3 games in their last two matches, as they showed that they were the best doubles team at the tournament. The top 3 singles flights were also undefeated, only giving up a few games. Olivia Keelean at #1 singles, had two 6-0 6-0 matches to claim the best player of the invitational. The Tiger's 2, 3, and 4 doubles teams also swept the competition.
Grant 22, Plainwell 11, Paw Paw 9, Kalamazoo Central 4
Coach Barnhard: On Friday the Lady Indians of White Cloud traveled to Lakeview for a conference doubleheader to take on a team in a very deep rebuilding process. In Game 1, Hallie Schulz threw a 1 hitter and had 3 hits of her own with 2 RBI’s, followed by Hannah Brown with a double and a triple and 2 RBI’s, Izzy Cruzan with a double and 3 RBI’s and Kara Davis with a double and 2 RBI’s and Madison Smith with a pair of RBI’s on the way to a 3 inning 18-0 win.
Game 2 was another 3 inning contest with Olivia Bowman collecting 3 hits with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI’s, Kara Davis with 3 hits and 3 RBI’s, Jordan Bulk with 2 hits and 2 RBI’s, Allison Schulz had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s, Kayla Pausch with 2 hits, Hannah Brown with a double and 2 RBI’s, and Breanna Taylor picking up a hit and 2 RBI’s. Kara Davis got the win striking out 4 and walking none in the 20 – 3 win.
Coach Hamilton: The Girls continue to work hard, finishing 7th out of 9 teams at the MCC Optimist Invitational on Friday. Even though it was really windy and cold several girls earned medals and/or season records.
The following girls earned medals:
Hannah Hamilton 1st in the 1600 and 2nd in the 4x800
Kendra Fowler 2nd in the 800, 2nd in the 4x800 and 6th in the 400
Leah Converse 2nd in the 4x800 and 6th in the 1600
Katie Nicholas 2nd in the 4x800
Alyssa Gustman 5th in the high jump
The following girls beat their season record:
Alexis Bowen 100
Kassy Fialek 800
Mikayla Slovinski 800
Erin Norton 1600
Taava Johnson 300 hurdles
Isabella Coelho shot and discus
Hanna Hallberg shot
Ayana Powell discus
Makayla Robart long jump
Full results can be found here -
Coach Somers: The Boys competed well we had several medal winners. The team placed 7th out of 11 teams. Conner Roesler posted the fastest times by a Fremont freshman since 2000 to place in both the 100 and 200 dashes.
Other Medal winners
Wes Ekkel – 3rd High Jump
4x800 Relay – Cy Frankhouser, Gavin Orcutt, Ben Paige, Jackson Fair – 6th
Conner Roesler – 6th 100, 5th 200
Dylan Essebaggers – 6th Disc, 6th Shot Put
Conor Somers – 5th 1600
Nathan Walker – 1st 1600 and 800
Ben Paige – 6th 3200
Full results can be found here -
Holton 8-11 Kent City 3-6
The Red Devils swept a pair from the Eagles in Silver baseball action.
In the opener Aiden Poling went 6 innings picking up the win behind a 5 strikeout perfomance.
Kaleb Kitchka doubled and drove in a run, Poling swiped a pair of bases and collected an RBI and Chip Wright doubled in a run
In the second game Nathan Slowik laced 4 singles and a double plating 3 teammates and Poling reached base 4 times scoring 3 times. Kitchka singles and drew 3 walks crossing the plate 3 times.
Holton is now 8-6 overall and 5-1 in the Silver.
Hesperia 14-21 Morley Stanwood 2-0
The Panther offense put a pasting on the Mohawks plating 35 runs in a total of 9 innings.
In the opener Ellie Palmer struck out 10 from the slab getting the win while Daelyn McKinnon and Emily Bayle each rapped out a trio of hits. The Panther defense did their part yielding just one error.
In the nightcap Lynnsey Tinkham mowed down the opposition for a 3 inning no-hit gem striking out 5 and walking none.
McKinnonc continued to wield a hot bat as she homered, drove in 7 runs and scored 4 times and Bayle tripled drove in 2 and scored 4 times as well.
“We played great team ball today,” said Coach Bolles. “ We’re really hitting the ball all over and putting up some runs.”
Hesperia is now 5-5 overall and moves to 4-2 in the Silver race.
The Panthers return to the field Monday at home against West Michigan Christian.
Newaygo competed at Kent City Friday, April 26 in a 16 team invitational. Earning medals for the Lions were the following athletes:
David Gonzalez (4th Place) Long Jump
Kendall Mathis (1st Place) High Jump
Malin Braennlund, Casey Deater, Haleigh Schmitt, Emily Oldham 4x800m Relay Team (6th Place)
Kendall Mathis (7th Place) Long Jump
Newaygo's Girls Varsity Coach Nate Thomasma said of the meet: "The boys and girls ran hard and competed well in some blustery conditions. Kent City's Invitational is always a very competitive meet. We will look forward to continue to build off of this."
Complete results can be found here at athletic.net.
White Cloud 6-3 Hart 5-1
On Thursday the Lady Indians traveled to Hart for a non-conference doubleheader. The girls had things going their way headed into the bottom of the 4th leading 6 - 0 only to see Hart rally for 5 runs. They managed to shut them down the rest of the way for a 6 – 5 win. Hannah Brown went 3 for 4 with a HR and scored 3 runs. Allison Schulz had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s. Hallie Schulz got the win striking out 4 and walking none,
The 2nd game was close throughout with WC coming away with a 3 -1 win. Hannah Brown led the hitting with a pair of hits including a 2B while Kara Davis scattered 3 hits over 6 innings for the win.
Grant 8 Comstock Park 0
The Tiger tennis team played at home Thursday and improved to 3-0 in duals this year with a convincing 8-0 win over Comstock Park. The top 3 singles all improved to 8-1 with 6-0 6-0 victories. Freshman Sara Arends won at #4 singles 7-6(5) 6-1 to pick up her first varsity win!! The Tigers swept the doubles to complete the win. The #1 doubles team of Stong and Patin won 6-1 6-1. Arends and Presler went 6-0 6-1 at 2 Dubs. #3 doubles of Pascoe and Pleune were victorious 6-0 7-5. Cruz and Ovalle at 4D went 6-1 6-1. Beth Ann Golden, Sami Atwood, Savannah Passage, Kayla Crater, Alexis Bazzett, Morgan Woodard, Alaina Booth, Lucero Orduna, Cristal Vargas, and Samantha Clouser all won matches as well.
The team will travel to Plainwell on Saturday
Panthers, Cloud Softballers Sweep; Fremont Golf Finishes 4th; Hesperia Hardball Drops 2: Lions, Pack Find T&F Success
Hesperia 11-19 Kent City 1-17
The Panthers showed some offensive firepower in their double dip with the Eagles.
Emily Bayle knocked a 3 run homer Ellie Palmer added a two run shot and Alyssa Miller went yard twice as they wrapped things up in 5 innings 11-1. Palmer tossed a gem on the slab scattering 3 hits and striking out 10 without issuing a walk.
Game two turned into a slugfest, as the Eagles jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the top of the 2nd before the Panthers responded with 7 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning to make it a ballgame again. Innings three through five saw the Panthers gain a 15-9 advantage, only to have the Eagles claw back with 8 runs in the top of the 7th to take a 17-15 lead. The Hesperia hit squad wasn’t through at the plate though as they put together another big inning, with 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good, 19-17.
Lynnsey Tinkham shut the door in the top of the 7th and the Panthers took the sweep.
Tinkham also went 3 for 5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and 2 RBI
Palmer ripped a double and a single plating 4 teammates and 4-RBI’s and Caragan Frees drove home a pair with 2 hits.
Emily Bayle ignited the 2nd inning comeback with a 2 Run HR to start the rally.
Coach Bolles: “Our bats came to life and we really hit the ball. The five HR’s in the DH were huge. We were aggressive on the bases and we played really hard against a good Kent City team.”
Hesperia is now 3-5 on the season and evened up their Silver record at 2-2 with the sweep. The continue conference play Friday when they visit Morley Stanwood.
White Cloud 6-13 Morley Stanwood 1-1
On Tuesday, the Lady Indians broke into the win column picking up a pair of victories from Morley Stanwood behind two strong pitching outings. In game 1, Hallie Schulz recorded a career high 9 strikeouts and did not allow any walks enroute to a 6-1 win. Allison Schulz had a 2B and 2 RBI’s, followed by Jordan Bulk and Kara Davis with 2 hits apiece and Hannah Brown doubled.
Kara Davis also had a career best 11 strikeouts in the 2nd game, allowing just 2 hits and walking only one batter. Hallie Schulz had 3 hits with a 2B and 3 RBI’s, Allison Schulz had 2 hits with a Home Run and 3 RBI’s, Hannah Brown and Jordan Bulk each had 3 hits, Madison Smith had 2 hits with an RBI and Olivia Bowman added a 2B for a 13 -1 win.
The Packer golfers began play in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) at Whitefish Golf Course in Pierson. The format for the 5 scheduled conference events for the 2019 season is 18 holes of stroke play with 6 golfers playing for each team. The 4 lowest scores are tallied for the final team total leading to the conference standings.
The 10 teams participating in the first event of the season faced buffeting winds and temperatures in the low forties. Individual scores were up for all players including some of the most accomplished in the field due to the playing conditions.
Despite the challenging weather the Fremont Packers held their own placing 4th with a total of 402. Perennial powerhouse, Big Rapids finished first, (325) followed by Tri-County, (386) and Kent City (393) finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Conference teams Grant, 5th, Chippewa Hills, 6th, Central Montcalm, 7th, Reed City, 8th, Hesperia, 9th, and Lakeview, 10th round out the final standing.
Leading the Packers in individual play and placing 8th overall in the field was Wyatt Kaastra, Tyler Holmes, 10th , Noah Christiansen 19th, and Devin Poll, 28th Preston Osterhart, and Nathan Anderson also played on the Packer team.
The next conference date for the team is Tuesday, April 30th at the Brookside Golf Course hosted by Lakeview High School.
Kent City 5-16 Hesperia 0-3
The Panthers dropped a double header in Silver action tonight 5-0 and 16-3 to Kent City. Logan Balkema started game one and took the loss going 4 innings and surrendering three runs, with two of them unearned. Balkema struck out six and yielded six hits. River Montague was two for three for Hesperia.
In game two Kent City got the bats going against four Hesperia pitchers winning 16-3 in six innings. Jacob Klemundt was two for three at the plate for Hesperia. The Panthers dropped to 1-5 on the season and 1-3 in the Central States. Hesperia travels to Morley Stanwood on Friday.
The Lions split their CSAA Gold Tri-Meet last night. Newaygo defeated Grant 87-37 and fell to Central Montcalm 116-20. Their conference record is now 4-1 on the year.
Taking home some first place finishes for the Lions were Kendall Mathis (High Jump) Casey Deater (3200m), Malin Braennlund (1600m).
Coach Thomasma: "It had been over 2 weeks since we have competed in a track meet so we still aren't where we are going to be. I thought the girls competed pretty well. We had quite a few "PR's" from many different girls. We're looking forward to building on this at the Kent City Invitational on Friday."
Full results can be found here:
The Packers defeated both Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills in their Tri-Meet with a slew of PR’s in the sprints and sprint relays.
Corbin Wolfsen (Sr) won both the 110 High Hurdles and the 300 Int. Hurdles.
Wes Ekkel (So) won the high jump
Nathan Walker (So) won the 3200 run.
Full results can be found here - https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=375553&show=all
The Grant girls tennis team won their Invitational on Saturday finishing with 41 points. The Tigers were the flight champions at the top 3 singles spots and #2 doubles. Olivia Keelean was the top player in the tournament winning all 3 matches and only lost 1 game on the entire day at #1 singles. Jada Zerlaut and Kirstyn Throop also went undefeated on the day at #2 and 3 singles. Seniors Brooklyn Presler and Jill Arends took the 1st place medals at #2 doubles Emma Hetler at #4 singles and the #1 doubles team of Kathryn Stong and Sydney Patin were flight finalists.
Hastings and Coopersville tied for 2nd place with 31 points and Manistee was 4th.
The Tigers returned to action on Monday with a 6-2 win over Ludington.
Keelean, Zerlaut and Throop each notched wins in their singles matches, and doubles wins came from Arends and Presler (#2) doubles, Liberty Pleune and Kaitlin Pascoe ( #3) and Cecilia Ovalle and Elvira Cruz (#4)
Fremont 2- 10 North Muskegon 0-1
Finally baseball weather sun was out Monday and so were the Packers. as the middle of the line up tonight combined for the 5 hits in the game. Austin Kukal and Trent Maka were both 1-2. Calvin Miller was a force on the mound for the Packers going 6 plus innings and striking out 8 to pick up his third win of the season. Tristian Campbell slammed the door in the 7th to pick up the save.
Miller is off to a good start for the season with an ERA 0.83, and 42 strikeouts.
In the nightcap Maka took the mound and went the distance yielding a single run and scsttering 6 hits while striking out 8.
A 1-1 tie in the 6th quickly became history as 9 Packers crossed the plate before the inning was through including 3 of them on a homer by Miller.
Maka was hot with the bat tonight finishing 3-4 with 2 doubles while Miller. Payton Mansfield, Zayne Stroven, and Carter Moon also made major offensive contributions.
Grant 1 Big Rapids 2
Coach Gomez de Leon: The anticipation of playing a tough team like Big Rapids was killing us as the game was originally scheduled to be played on 04/15/19, but due to weather it was rescheduled for Tuesday, 04/16/19 and then again rescheduled a second time for 04/19/19. Going into this game we all knew Big Rapids as a dangerous team, but my father taught me that if we want to be the best we have to play the best and want it more. How much we wanted it showed as our lady Tigers started the game playing smart defense; in fact pressing was the name of the game.
In an intense fight for ball control Lady Tigers took advantage of a clear run creating a beautiful play in which Nikki Tellkamp was able to crash the ball into our opponents net. The first half ended 1-0 with our Tigers leading. Second half started and in one of the many chancy corner kicks from Big Rapids they ended up scoring; leaving the game at 1-1 with time still on the clock. The clock was ticking down and with a minute and a half left Tigers kept trying to pressure forward for the win, but a great shot from Big Rapids caught us off-guard and ended the game 1-2 in favor of Big Rapids. Despite the hard loss, I am proud of my girls as they showed up and demonstrated that they are a team to watch out for. A team that will force other schools to bring their A game, because we will not make it easy.
Grant 8 Kent City 0
Coach Gomez de Leon: Despite the weather, Lady Tigers were excited to play. We had to be cautious to not be overconfident prior to the start of the game, but as the game started it was noticed that our ladies were not playing at the high intensity I know they can play at. During the first half, the Tigers were able to get 7 goals in and less than 10 minutes into the second half the 8th goal was scored and the game ended 8-0 in favor of our Grant Tigers. Delaney Cronk and Nikki Tellkamp achieved hat tricks (scoring three goals in one game), Emme Losee scored for the second time this season, and Teslynn Ausema scored her first goal in her high school career. Our defense did not see much action today, but Carli Fryling (stopper position) pushed forward and attempted to get near the opponents goal. Lili Scott (keeper), was able to play forward where she had 1 assist and while in goal had 1 clear save. Good job ladies! Way to get those points.
Fremont 2 Big Rapids 5
Coach Vissia: The Packers and the Cardinals played a back and forth match until Fremont finally broke down in the final 10 minutes of play. Natalie Jamieson for Fremont netted the first goal of the match in the first minute. Selena Wright answered 10 minutes later for Big Rapids and the scored remained 1-1 at the half. Fremont's Avery Curnett started the scoring 10 minutes into the second half on a pass from Jamieson. The Cardinals scored 15 minutes later to knot the match once again. The game remained tied at 2-2 until the final 10 minutes of the match when Big Rapids scored three goals. Josie Sanders, Leah Alley and Vallery Seay all netted goals for Big Rapids in the final minutes of play. Big Rapids outshot Fremont 11-5. Audrey Johnson from Fremont made 6 saves and Geralynn McAdams from Big Rapids made 3 saves. Big Rapids improves to 4-1-1 while Fremont falls to 3-2-1.
Whitehall 9-9 Hesperia 1-6
The Panthers were held to a single run in the opener courtesy of an Ellie Palmer RBI while the Vikings jumped out to a quick lead and cruised to the win. Alyssa Miller and Caragan Frees each doubled for Hesperia.
Game 2 saw the Whitehall offense put up numbers in every inning while the Panthers fired back with a pair of rallies but still came up short.
Makenna Swisher slashed three singles and scored twice while Palmer also delivered a trio of singles and crossed home two times. Miller drove home a pair with 2 hits and a sac fly.
Palmer took the loss from the slab in game one and Lynssey Tinkham was saddled with the defeat in the ‘cap.
Zoe Bancroft playing in right field had a handful a great defensive plays, including a diving catch to rob a Viking hitter from an extra base hit.
With the losses the Panthers fall to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the CSAA Silver.
Coach Bolles: “It’s tough only having one win to show for all of our hard work, but in our first three DH’s we’ve played three quality opponents in, Newaygo, Holton and Whitehall and we’ve competed each time our... these tough games are only going to make us better in the long haul.
“Also getting better weather and getting outside on a consistent basis will help as well, I love my team and we’re getting better each time out.”
The Packer golf team traveled to Saint Ives at Canadian Lakes to play in the 2019 Lakeview High School Invitational on Thursday April 18th. A total of 16 teams competed in two divisions where temperatures were in the low 50’s and a light rain persisted for most of the day.
The format is different than all other events the team will play during the season. Rather than individual stroke play the format is match play in which players compete against each other for nine holes. The match play format awards points for the individual matches which in turn determines the team championship and the finish for all the teams in their division.
The individual players are reset for a second and a third nine hole match throughout the day.
The Fremont boys team competed in a competitive field of teams from Big Rapids, Cadillac, Cedar Springs, Belding, Sparta, Orchard View, and Tri-County.
At the end of the day Cadillac and Cedar Springs tied with scores of 41 points with Cadillac emerging the winner after a tiebreaker.
The Fremont varsity team accounted for itself quite well finishing 3rd with a total of 29 points narrowly besting Sparta with 28 points.
The remainder of the division included Belding, 25 points, Big Rapids, 22points, Tri-County, 20 points and Orchard View 10 points. They finished 4th through 8th respectively.
Competing for Fremont were Wyatt Kaastra, Noah Christiansen, Cole Roseler, Tyler Holmes, Preston OsterHart, and Nathan Andersen.
While an individual medal honor was not achieved the team played well together to garner the 3rd place finish.
The boys returned to action on Saturday, April 20, playing in the Kent City High Eagle Invitational at The Falls Golf Club..
Fremont Track & Field
Bulldog Relays – Ionia
Cool and very windy.
The boy’s placed 4th of 8 teams scoring 128 points. All events were run as relays. The 4x1600 was run and scored cross country style will all runners starting at the same time and doing a loop outside the track.
Teams placing in the top 3 earned medals. Medal winners were –
Shot Put relay – 3rd – Dennis Zacharias (So), Dylan Essebaggers (Sr)
Discus relay – 3rd – Dylan Essebaggers, Cody Visscher (So)
Long Jump relay – 2nd – Carter Dunbar (Jr), Wei Chen (Fr)
Pole Vault relay – 2nd – Jackson Fair (So), Gabe Whittle Fr)
Distance Medley relay (1200, 400, 800, 1600) – 1st – Conor Somers (Fr), Case DeKryger (So), Colton Best (So), Nathan Walker (So)
4x1600 – 1st – Ben Paige (So), Nathan Walker, Colton Best, Conor Somers
Full results can be found here
*there was a timing error in the 4x800 and 4x200 so those times are not correct.
- The team will run against Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills on Tuesday at 4:00 in Reed City.
First loss of season for Fremont
From Coach Vissia:
Fremont was outplayed by the Orioles of Ludington Tuesday evening and the score reflected the play. Bre Mesyar scored her first goal with 7 minutes to play in the first half off a set play. She followed that goal up with another 2 minutes later when she chipped the Packer keeper. The scored remained 2-0 until 10 minutes remained when Katrina Lesinski netted a penalty kick goal.
Ludington outshot Fremont 10-3. Audrey Johnson made 7 saves in net for the Packers while Lindsey Brato made 3 saves for Ludington. Ludington improved to 1-3-1 overall and the Packers fell to 3-1-1.