Toth shines in goal again. Long, Son score on Painter assists
Photos by Tara Hefferan
Newaygo traveled to Oakridge and defeated them 2-0 on the Eagles home field.
Goalkeeper Barbara Toth had 13 saves on the night including a penalty kick save!
The Lady Lions worked together to possess the ball from back to front resulting in the two goals: Alexandra Son scored in the first half and Jaxi Long found the back of the net in the second half. Both goals were assisted by Grace Painter. Newaygo hosts Fremont on Monday.
The Lions have now outscored their opponents 26-1.
White Cloud Track & Field teams continue to shine as well as add to the trophy case.
Both teams captured first place at the 8 team Mustang Invitational hosted by Montabella HS.
Top 3 finishers
1st- Jaden Gomez 28.84
2nd- Gomez 1:13.51
1st- Andrea Feldpausch 2:59.38
2nd Feldpausch 6:44.69
3rd- Jolena Deaton 15:44.33
3rd-Ryleigh Balke 20.25
1st- Balke, Gomez, Carsyn Scarlavai, Chesney Kooman 58.19
2nd- Scarlavai, Kooman, Balke, Grace Richards
1st Janessa Shepard 32’3.5”
2nd Gaby Reeve 30’ 1”
1st Reeve 97’5”
2nd Shepard 92’5”
2nd- Scarlavai 7’6”
3rd- Gomez 13’7”
1st-Hunter Ciolk 12”
1st- Dexter Cox 6’2”
1st-Jace Silverthorn 111’ 8”
2nd-Lloyd Seabright-Johnson 107’9”
3rd-Joel Bradley 104’8”
1st- Bradley 43’5.50
2nd- Silverthorn 42’11.07
2nd Parks-Josephson 45.68
3rd- Terry Trendel 48.38
2nd- Carson Foondle 11:52.92
1st-Tristan McHaney 4:56.5
1st- McHaney 2:08.11
2nd- Ashton Byle 59.97
3rd- Mason Morris 12.06
Fremont 17-12 Tri County 0-6
In the opener Payton Mansfield doubled, singled scored 3 times and drove in a pair of runs.
Oh yeah, and he also tossed 3 innings of near perfect baseball as he no hit the Vikes and allowed just a lone baserunner when he plunked the second batter he faced.
Meanwhile the Packer offense feasted on TC pitching led by Joey DeLong who slashed 4 singles and drove home a quartet of teammates in the process.
Every Packer in the lineup scored with Logan Nelson crossing the plate 4 times.
In the ‘cap the Vikings took a 3-0 lead after one but the Packers came back with 3 of their own in the second. The TC defense was their downfall as Fremont scored their 12 runs on just 6 hits with the Viking pitchers only allowing 3 earned runs due to 10 errors in the field for the hosts .
Drew DeBlake tossed 5 innings for the win and Michael Baden finished it off the final 2.
Fremont is now 14-1-1 on the year and return to action Monday when they host Montague in a non con game before returning to league action Tuesday when Chip Hills comes to town.
Two local players received Honorable Mention on the Associated Press Division 2 Boys All State Team.
Braiden McDonald of Fremont and Seth Schuitema of Grant earned the spots for their on court contributions to the Packers and Tigers.
We asked their coaches for a few words on the players.
Tiger Coach Joe Schuitema:
“It's a nice honor for him during this strange season.
“First, we couldn't get into the gym as a team to figure out how to manage ourselves without Carter for a full 10 months. When we finally get in the gym, we can't come into close contact with our teammates. We finally get the surprising news that we can play and get one real practice before traveling to Reed City. Seth went down in the 3rd with a blown ankle that still hasn't healed to 100%. Under normal circumstances, he would have been out 3-4 weeks, but that was basically our season. I think he battled through it despite his lack of mobility and discomfort. He certainly left a mark on the season with his play and it keeps him hungry to come back stronger next season."
Packer Coach (ret.) Peter Zerfas:
"Associated Press all state Honorable Mention is a very deserving honor for Braiden, the second year in a row, as he is one of the best players in the state averaging 21.3 points per game and scoring 1,063 points for his career. This also qualified him for Academic All-State as he has a 3.8 GPA, a very talented and well rounded young man."
Newaygo competes at Chippewa Hills; Fremont at Reed City
Top Three Finishers:
3rd Remington Gracik 12.33
3rd Jaydon Joseph 25.17
2nd Michael Murray 2:22.09
2nd Caleb Stevenson 20.45
2nd Tim Dosch 49.33
3rd Stevenson 50.07
1st Joseph, Dosch,Stevenson, Chad Saucier 47.59
2nd Dosch, Saucier, Joseph, Mallaci, Mayle 1:43.05
1st Amaree James 5-09
1st Joseph 10-00
1st James 18-08.75
1st Kendall Mathis 15-07.50
1st Makenna Young 9-00
1st Mathis 4-10
3rd Haleigh Schmitt, Aamori Paz, Libby Young, Olivia Sinkler 15:03.92
Top three finishers
3rd Taava Johnson 2:57.31
1st, Taylor Mater 5:56.87
1st, Emily Curtis 13:30.85
2nd,Leah Converse 13:34.23
1st, Kennedy Christofferson 17:03
2nd,Avery Christofferson 56.87
3rd, Laura O’Malley 56.87
2nd, Nadia Fritz, A. Christofferson, K. Christofferson, Lily Kate Christofferson 57.91
2nd, LK. Christofferson,Erica Maddox, Madison Pettis, Courtney Ramthun 2:10.37
2nd, Mater, Johnson, Nadia Fitx, Erin Norton 4:52.83
2nd, Mater, Johnson Curtis, Converse 11:28.19
1st, Maddox 4-04
1st, K Christofferson 14:06.5
2nd, A. Christofferson 13:08
100 – Conner Roesler
400 – Nathan Walker
800 – John Christensen
1600 – John Christensen
3200 – Ben Paige
300 Hurdles – Daniel Romero
4x100 – Conner Roesler, Caleb Geeting, Wei Chen, Wes Ekkel
4x200 – Conner Roesler, Caleb Geeting, Gabe Whittle, Case DeKryger
4x400 – Case DeKryger, Gabe Whittle, Conor Somers, Nathan Walker
4x800 – Jackson Fair, Gary Springstead, Sean Pettis, John Christensen
Discus – Cody Visscher
High Jump – Wes Ekkel
Pole Vault – Gabe Whittle
Health concerns bring and end to 21 years at the helm
Peter Zerfas announced he is stepping down as boys basketball coach for Fremont High School. His decision was greatly influenced by the complications of his Type 1 diabetes and a more recent development of Peripheral Arterial Disease, often related to diabetes.
Coach Zerfas, 51, amassed a 318-151 record and during his tenure the Packers filled the trophy case with 9 District titles and 8 conference crowns. This past season the team finished 14-5 His departure coincides with the graduation of his point guard for the past 3 years who also happens to be the youngest member of the Zerfas family, Joshua.
During an interview following his 250th win (2017) Coach Z. was asked who his mentors have been.
“My parents. I learned so much from them and I try to pass those lessons on to my kids.
“As far as basketball mentors I was very fortunate to have 2 Fremont coaching legends who I learned from. Dean Morehouse hired me as a JV coach and I learned a ton about basketball coaching under him. I worked side by side for 3 years with Steve Eckert and I have learned more about basketball from him than anyone else."
We also asked what he liked best about coaching.
"The relationships you make with players and watching and helping them grow as young men. Playing a part in their development is very rewarding."
Late Son goal rewards strong defensive effort
Photos by Tara Hefferan
It didn’t come easy by any means and it took over 78 minutes to get on the board but the Lions made it 6 in a row with a 1-0 win over visiting Montague.
With just 1:35 left in the match Alexandra Son dropped a floater over the extended hands of the Wildcat goaltender to break the game-long scoring drought for both teams and secure the non-conference win.
A highly skilled Montague team controlled possession for the majority of the game with much of the play taking place on the Newaygo side of the field but the Lions worked together with a ‘bend don’t break’ defensive mentality that succeeded in shutting down the Wildcats.
Newaygo’s defensive line of Sofia Briggs, Anna Brummel, Emma Reyburn, and Lynnea Briones played an excellent 80 minutes of soccer while goalkeeper Barbara Toth was outstanding in the nets making 16 saves on the night and employing some acrobatic moves to keep the visitors off the board.
Newaygo (6-0, 4-0) will take on another member of the West Michigan Conference Friday when they travel to Oakridge to face the Eagles (5-4, 3-0)
Grant 17 Tri County 5
The Grant Tigers stole the lead late and defeated Tri County 17-5 on Friday.
Trailing 5-4 in the top of the fourth inning Tiger Ryan Chapin doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs part of a 4 run rally that gave Grant the lead they would hold for the rest of the game.Isaiah Powell doubled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run and Jed Vanderweide doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.
In the 6th the Tigers took advantage of some Viking wildness on the mound as Vanderweide, Noah Chesebro, Dalton Wagner, and Powell drew walks and addeda single by Kyle Bay, and a double by Cole Lesley. By the time the dust cleared the Tigers had plated 9 runs and had the game well in hand.
Grant was boosted by Elliot Butchart who went 5-for-5 at the plate. Butchart singled in the first, singled in the second, singled in the fourth, singled twice in the sixth.
Grant racked up 15 hits in the win.. Grant also tore up the base paths with two players stealing a pair of bases and Butchart pilfering 3.
Tri County 6 Grant 1
In the nightcap the Vikes got 7 strong innings on the mound from Carson Wagner who held the Tigers to a single run and scattered 9 hits to gain the win and the split.
Cole Lesley, Elliot Butchart, and Isiah Powell each had a pair of hits for Grant. While Ryan Hether led the Tigers with three hits in four at bats.
1st Portland-39 pts
2nd Grant -34 pts
3rd Hastings -22 pts
4th Comstock Park -7 pts
Kayla Weller PORT def Jada Zerlaut GT 6-3 3-6 ((11-9))
Alyssa Jack PORT def Nadia Zerlaut GT 6-4 6-3
Adriana Krieger PORT def Bailey Cook HAST 7-5 6-1
Anna Haywood HAST def Madison Brooks GT 6-4 6-1
Maura Lufkin /Corey Smith PORT def Emma Hetler/Sydney Patin GT 7-6(8) 6-1
Liberty Pleune /Lauryn Maynard GT def Kara Kraczon /Bella Virk PORT 6-1 4-6 ((10-6))
Mya Collins/Xanthe Cross PORT def Emily Simmons/Julia McLean HAST 6-1 6-2
Kayla Crater/Baylee Miller GT def Olivia Morrow/Elizabeth Seavey PORT 6-1 6-2
Cloud splits with Morley in baseball, drops a pair in softball.
Newaygo 12-11 Fremont 2-3
In this Friday conference matchup the Lions took care of business early pounding out a 5 inning win in the opener. Lily Swinehart ripped a pair of doubles to plate 5 teammates while Addison Goodin, Emmerson Goodin, Olivia DeJohn and Sydnee Kirk each collected a pair of hits.
Kirk sparkled on the mound tossing a two hitter while striking out 6 to earn the win.
Game 2 saw Addison Goodin touch ‘em all as she belted a round tripper to go with her double, single and 3 RBI’s and Swinehart’s bat kept producing with 3 runs knocked in from her 3 hits. DeJohn added another pair of hits in the ‘cap as well.
Kirk once again took to the mound and once again went the distance for the win setting down 4 Packers on strikes.
Newaygo 11-4 Montague 10-5
Saturday the Lions hosted Montague in a non con double header and managed a hard earned split
In Game 1 the Lion bats kept producing with Emmerson Goodin rapping a pair of doubles that brought in 2 runs and Beverly Kerr sending a pair of teammates home via her 2 singles.
Sidney Lay tripled in a run and Swinehart rapped a pair of hits while Kirk toiled on the mound to capture her 3rd mound win in 2 days.
The nightcap took 10 innings to decide with the Wildcats eking out the win for the split. DeJohn, Kirk, and Haley Stevens laced a pair of hits apiece as did Addison Goodin who doubled in a run for the Lions.
Next up for Newaygo is a return to conference play Tuesday when the TC Vikings sail into town for a doubleheader starting at 4pm.
Morley Stanwood 5-13 White Cloud 4-9
The visiting ‘Hawks edged their hosts twice in the conference twinbill.
Fremont 4-20 Newaygo 2-3
In the opened Payton Mansfield went the distance for the Packers sending 16 Lions back to the dugout on strikes to secure the win for the visitors. Logan Nelson knocked in a pair and Michael Baden also collected an RBI. Brendin Brechting tossed 4 strong innings for the Lions but the Newaygo bats were limited to a pair of hits and 2 first inning runs.
In the ‘cap it was all Fremont as they pounded out 17 hits and took advantage of 5 Lion errors to gain the sweep.Joey DeLong, Jaxon Deur, and Drew DeBlaked plated 3 teammates apiece and Deur tossed 5 innings to get the W.
Morley Stanwood 7-7 White Cloud 3-11
The Cloud dropped the opener before coming back to beat the 'Hawks in the nightcap.
Cloud blows by the field in discus, shot put
White Cloud T&F excelled at the Lakeview Invitational Friday as the Boys team earned the top spot while the Girls team finished a strong third.
The Indians dominated the field events capturing the top three spots in discus (Joel Bradley, Jace Silverthorn and Nikolas Parks-Josephson) and shot put ( Bradley, Silverthorn and Lloyd Seabright-Johnson), the top two in the pole vault (Hunter Ciolk 11’6’’ and Nathan Ciolk 9’6”) and Dexter Cox captured first in the high jump reaching a personal record 5’10”.
The Cloud runners also made their mark in the meet.
The relay team of Nathan Ciolk, Terry Trendel, Kobe Canning and Tristan McHaney took the 4x800 by more than 10 seconds (8:58.84) and Nikolas Parks-Josephson, Trendel, Canning and McHaney (3:52.63) bested the competition in the 4x400.
McHaney also captured the top spot in the 800m run (2:11.2) and came in 2nd in the 1600m.
Nathan Ciolk took 2nd in the 3200m, while Parks-Josephson was second in the 300m hurdles and 3rd in the long jump.
On the Girls side Janessa Shepherd continues her stellar senior season taking first in the shot put with a 34’5” toss outdoing her closest competition by nearly 5 feet. Meanwhile discus dynamo Gaby Reeve launched one from the circle that landed nearly 15 feet past the second place hurl for a personal record 107’7” and first place.
Carsyn Scarlavai pole vaulted to the top of the heap clearing the bar at 7’6”.
Jaden Gomez (13’6.75 was second in the long jump.
The teams will travel to Morley Stanwood Wednesday for a conference meet.
Fremont places 4th at the Kathy Talus Invitational Saturday
Coach Somers: “This group of boys continues to show up to each meet to have fun and compete.”
1600 Meter Run – 4:16.5h – 1st, Meet Record – Nathan Walker
4:35.5h – 3rd – Conor Somers
4x100 Relay – 47.3h – 5th – Conner Roesler, Caleb Geeting, Connor Pettis, Wei Chen
4x200 Relay – 1:35.5h – 1st – Roesler, Geeting, Gabe Whittle, Case DeKryger
4x400 Relay – 3:39.6h – 2nd – Whittle, Gavin Schuler, Somers, Walker
4x800 Relay – 8:43.5h – 2nd – Ben Paige, G. Schuler, John Christensen, Brennan Schuler
800 Sprint Medley Relay (100,100,200,400) – 1:42.1h – 2nd – Geeting, Chen, Roesler, Dekryger
Super Distance Medley Relay (1200,400,1600,3200) – 19:31.7h – 1st, Meet Record – Paige, Christensen, Somers, Walker
High Jump Relay – 11’6” – 1st, Meet Record – Wes Ekkel, Caleb Geeting
Pole Vault Relay – 9’00” – 3rd – Gabe Whittle