Noble, Rider each plate 3
Grant 5-9 Chippewa Hills 14-8
Grant hosted the Warriors of Chippewa Hills for a double dip on Friday.
The Tigers struggled in game one losing 5-14, but then rallied back in the nightcap with a 7th inning rally to gain the split with a 9-8.
Emma Bliss was the winning pitcher in game two and led the Tigers offensively going 5 for 8 from the plate. Allie Noble and Gracen Scott were both 4 for 7 with Noble driving home 3 teammates. Jayci Hance was 4 for 10 scoring 3 times and adding an RBI, while Jaycee Rider went 3 for 10 with a double, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI’s. Emma Bradley finished with 3 hits and Taylee Self had a pair.
The Tigers play Shelby at home on Monday.
Photos and Story by Tara Hefferan
Newaygo Lions women’s soccer hosted the Oakridge Eagles Friday afternoon. Though the Lions dominated possession and put several shots on frame, the first half was scoreless. The Lions started the second half with intensity and crisp passing, leading to several more shots against the Eagles. At the same time, the Lion defense, anchored by centerback Sofia Briggs and defensive midfielder Lynnea Briones, with outside backs Bella Welch and Madi Couch, worked to contain the Eagles, preventing many shots from reaching keeper Barbara Toth.
Eventually, Connelly Hefferan Nordlund found the top corner of the net, off an assist from Grace Painter. This energized the Lions but frustrated the Eagles, who shortly after fouled Hefferan Nordlund. Taking the resulting free kick, Jaxi Long sent the ball into the box, finding Hefferan Nordlund, who bodied the ball in for a second goal. With continued offensive pressure, the Lions earned a corner kick. Taking the corner, Laura Haavisto launched the ball into play. After ping ponging around the box, the ball was seized by Jaxi Long, who fired the third and final goal past the Eagles keeper.
Coach Painter: “Oakridge showed us a defensive we had not seen yet this year, which offered us an opportunity to test our passing and possession. Our girls were up to the challenge and controlled much of the possession for both halves. Connelly turned in her best performance of the season with great passing and 2 goals. And getting Lynnea back from injury really helped connect our back line with our mids! We are looking forward to our conference games this coming week!”
This win puts the Newaygo Lions overall record at 7-1. They return to action away at Fremont next Monday.
Long, Hefferan Nordlund tally for hosts
Photos and story by Tara Hefferan
Newaygo 3 Grant 0
Rivals Newaygo and Grant met Wednesday on the Lion home turf. Early play had the Lions and Tigers alternating ball possession. The game momentum switched after a Grant penalty against Jaxi Long, which she converted into a goal. Following crisp combination passing, Jaxi scored again near the end of the first half, putting the Lions up 2-0. The Lions dominated the second half, controlling the ball much of the time. While the Tigers defense was speedy and aggressive, Natalie Richardson found space to fire a shot toward goal. That shot found the crossbar instead of the net, rebounding the ball back into play. Connelly Hefferan Nordlund pounced, scoring the third and final goal of the game.
Tiger Coach Gomez de Leon : “Before every game we study our opponent and today was no different. We were going into this game expecting a very difficult game because Newaygo played a full game against Sparta and won by 8 against Hart. In comparison we were destroyed by Sparta and we were only able to get 3 goals on Hart.
“I also had my dad in mind. He taught me if your opponent has one stat leader then you have one neutralizer and that is what we did. Sydney Higgins neutralized Newaygo's stat leader at midfield which made the Lions work harder to find options to attack our net. However, we failed to find our passing stride which is detrimental in every game.
“Unfortunately, Newaygo capitalized on a penalty, a lucky lobbed ball, and a rebound. Our defensive line, led by Hailey Holmberg, made Newaygo work hard for every inch, That, in my opinion, says a lot about our Tigers!
It is always tough losing, it is always tough losing to our Lion neighbors, but it was fulfilling to see our Tigers challenge such a team.”
The Lions have a 6-1 overall record and are 3-0 in conference play. They are in action again this Friday at home against Muskegon Oakridge.
Grant (2-4, 1-3) will host state ranked Big Rapids also on Friday.
Photos by Kacey Nelson
Fremont 11-3 Central Montcalm 0-1
Gabe VanVleet tossed another gem shutting down the Hornets and striking out 11 as his teammates provided more than enough cushion to cruise to a 5 inning mercy win in the opener.
Michael Baden collected a pair of hits for the Packers
In the nightcap Brendan Maka tossed a 3 hitter and drove in a run for good measure in the three run 3rd that gave the Packers the lead they needed. Joey DeLong collected a pair of hits including an RBI single to pace the Packer offense.
Hesperia 9-0 Lakeview 7-15
Hesperia scored 3 runs in the 6th inning to take the lead.
Travis Kurtz went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Hunter Billman also rapped 3 hits driving in a pair of teammates. Alex Sayer plated a pair as well.
Kohen Heckman went the first 3 for the Panthers and Sam Gager finished the final four not allowing a hit.
In the second game defensive miscues spelled trouble for the visitors and the Wildcat bats took advantage pounding out 10 hits in securing the 3 inning mercy win
Hunter Billman doubled for the Panthers who are now 3-5 with a Friday contest with Holton on Friday.
The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan announced their awards for the 2021=22 season.
Since 1988 BCAM has given Academic All State honors to student athletes.
To qualify, players must be nominated by their BCAM coach, be either a junior or a senior, have a GPA of at least 3.5 and be listed on one of the All-State Teams: Associated Press, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, or BCAM's BEST.
These are the area players who earned the honor and the impressive GPAs they bring to the table.
Jaxi Long Newaygo 4.60
Bryce Decker Newaygo 4.03
Emmerson Goodin Newaygo 3.94
Jordan McDonald Fremont 3.64
Logan Nelson Fremont 3.86
BCAM Best are the top players in the state who were nominated by their BCAM member coach.
Seniors Emmerson Goodin and Jaxi Long of Newaygo were both named to the BCAM All State Girls Team.
Grant senior Seth Schuitema was named to the BCAM All State Boys Team while Newaygo junior Bryce Decker, Fremont junior Jordon McDonald and Fremont senior Logan Nelson each received Honorable Mention.
Jaxi Long finished second in the state in free throw percentage hitting on 73 of her 83 attempts for a sparkling 87.95 mark.
Julianne Hernandez of Fremont received one of BCAM’s Team First Awards. This team member is the person that most exemplifies putting team before self, teamwork, commitment, service and sacrifice.
Complete listings can be found at
Story and photos by Tara Hefferan
The Lions were on the prowl tonight, outscoring the Hart Pirates 8-0. The visitors started the game strong, with an early goal off the powerful left foot of Laura Haavisto. Grace Painter netted three more soon after, giving the Lions a commanding 4-0 lead within the first twenty minutes. This advantage permitted field time for more novice players, who were enthusiastically cheered on by the Lions bench. Before the half was over, Laura Haavisto would score another, and Jaxi Long would also get on the board.
The second half started with the Lions ahead of the Pirates, 6-0. The Lions practiced stretching the attack, moving the ball forward with width and depth. With twenty minutes left, Grace Painter fired her fourth goal. Flustered, the Pirates handled the ball in the box shortly after, giving way to a penalty kick. Jaxi Long capitalized, completing the 8-0 mercy end to the game.
Belen Torres and Lynnea Briones each collected an assist for the Lions.
Coach Painter: "Our girls came out ready to play! They put up 6 goals in the first half and several of them had the opportunity to play in new or different positions. Sofia Briggs anchored the back line once again making stop after stop and then distributing the ball forward. While our passing wasn't always pretty tonight, the girls kept after it with good hustle, which paid off with quick counter attacks. Several girls who don't always get a chance to contribute on the field were able to make a positive impact on the game. We are looking forward to another conference game against Grant on Wednesday!"
The Lions (5-1, 2-0) return to conference action Wednesday when they host the Grant Tigers. Match begins at 4:30pm.
Photos by Delaney Cronk
The Tigers got on the board first ten minutes in when Carli Fryling fired a shot into the Viking goal but the speedy TC squad responded with a goal of their own. From there the Tigers held off an aggressive attack by the visitors and the teams reached intermission knotted at one apiece.
The second half saw the Vikings controlling possession as they had much of the first half and on one of their breakthrough runs up the middle they found paydirt again to edge ahead 2-1.
The Tigers came back jumping on an opportunity when Lola Cronk sent a missile across the front of the goal where Lilli Kreps buried the ball into the TC net and the teams were tied again.
With 9 minutes left to play the relentless Viking pressure finally got through a spirited Tiger defense and took the lead. The hosts had a couple more shots at the Viking goal before time ran out but the score held up and TC earned the victory to stay undefeated in conference play.
Coach Gomez de Leon: “It was a tough loss. We lacked control and communication and once we let go of that discipline we let go of our chances at success. We hope to get back at it and prep for our next match on Wednesday. But again, it is apparent that we, as a team, need to solidify our game.”
Grant (2-3, 1-2) will make the 5 mile trip up M37 to face Newaygo on Wednesday.
Packer Track & Field compete at Kathy Talus Memorial Invitational
The team placed 9th out of 11 teams finishing with 13 points. Lowell finished first with 91 points Here are the top finishers for Fremont Girls.
16th Taava Johnson 6:32.57
5th Lauren O’Malley 18:08
6th O’Malley 53:07
4th Victoria Ekkel, Rachel Maddox, Justina Reimerova, Erica Maddox
7th Ekkel, E Maddox, Madison Pettis, Morgan Best
Johnson, Best, Olivia Stroven, O’Malley
9th Johnson, Best, Shyann Callison, R. Maddox
Sprint Medley Relay
7th Ekkel, Reimerova, E Maddox, Stroven
15th Ayana Powell 27-02.25
15th Powell 71-05
5th E. Maddox 4-08
8th R Maddox 4-06 PR
8th Maddy Ott 4-06 PR
5th Reimerova 13-08
Our first day of warm spring weather brought a lot of personal records (PRs). This was a relay meet with a few open events. Field events were scored by combining each teams top two marks. The boys placed 4th of 11 teams with 50 points. Caledonia won with 122 points.
Conor Somers (Sr) 1600 run
Medalist and PRs
Conner Roesler (Sr) - 3rd 100 dash
Daniel Romero (So) - Pr 110 hurdles, and 300 Hurdles
Michael Romero (Jr) - Pr 110 hurdles, and 300 Hurdles
Carter Rottman (Fr) - Pr 110 hurdles, and 300 Hurdles
4th place 4x100 relay team - Conner Roesler, Khai Noordyk (Fr), Conner Pettis (So), Garrett Hanshue 9Jr)
2nd place 4x200 relay team - Conner Roesler Khai Noordyk, Conner Pettis, Gabe Whittle (Sr)
2nd place 4x400 relay team - Gabe Whittle, Gary Springstead (Jr), Sean Pettis (So), Conor Somers
4th place Super DMR - Gavin Schuler (Sr), Gary Springstead, Johnny Christensen (So), Conor Somers
Andrew Steger Pr - Shot put and Discus
Singh Cheema Pr - Shot put
Garrett Hanshue Pr - High Jump
On a rainy Friday afternoon the Packers made the trip over to Grant to play the Tigers in girls' soccer. Fremont got out to an early lead when Mia Clemence found Trinity Freriks for the goal. That score stood until the half. 12 minutes into the second half Grant knotted the game up when Carli Fryling struck a ball from 25 out. 10 minutes later Riley Chase put the visitors back on top. However, Grant's Fryling struck again just 2 minutes later launching a shot that found the top of the Packer net.. Both teams had opportunities and Fremont's Chase finally put the game-winning goal away with 10 minutes to play.
Tiger Coach Gomez de Leon: “ We knew we were going into a tough game. Playing Fremont is always a challenge but we felt prepared. Unfortunately, we had some mistakes that Fremont capitalized on. It was a close game with both teams fighting for possession but unfortunately we ran out of time.”
Grant outshot Fremont 14-10. Fremont's Macey Powers made 12 saves in net and Rachael Robinson collected 7 saves for the Tigers.
Fremont (4-32-1) will host Kent City (1-2, 0-2) on Monday while Grant (2-2, 1-1) welcomes in Tri County (3-1, 2-0) also on Monday.
Bode’s bat brings win in ‘cap
White Cloud split their double header with Morley Stanwood on Friday Night, on a rainy, windy, miserable night.
In Game #1, the Indians held the Mohawks scoreless for the 1st 3 innings, then an error-plagued 4th inning allowed 4 runs to come across the plate. The Mohawks won game #1 by the score of 7-0. The Indians were led in pitching by Taylor Bode, who struck out 4 and gave up only 2 hits in 3 2/3 innings of work. Mason Cruzan led the team in hitting, going 2 for 2.
In the night cap, the rain continued to fall, but that did not cool off the Indians as they jumped out to a 3 run lead in the first inning aided by a ringing double down the left field line by Taylor Bode. Bode added another RBI single in the 2nd inning.
WC fought through another error prone inning in the 2nd allowing Morley to tie the game at 4, but they would not score again in the game.
Landyn McGowen laced an RBI single in the 4th inning scoring Jacob Francis, to take back the lead 5-4.
As darkness loomed, in the 6th inning, with the bases loaded, Bode boomed a long shot over the left fielder's head driving in 3 runs, and then scored on a throwing error, allowing the Indians to take a commanding 9-5 lead. The game was then called because of darkness.
Landyn McGowen picked up the win on the hill, throwing 4 innings, striking out 8, while allowing only 2 hits. Mason Cruzan came on in the 5th to shut the Mohawks down in order for the Save.
Alex Cruzan's outstanding fielding play on a grounder behind 2nd base to end the 5th inning was the defensive highlight of the game.
White Cloud will host Lakeview Tuesday in a doubleheader beginning at 4pm