Lions Sink Vikings
Team posts 6th shutout of the season, Painter notches another hat trick
Story and photos by Tara Hefferan
After six consecutive home matches, Newaygo Lions Soccer took to the road on Saturday to battle the Whitehall Vikings. In another physical match up, the Lions emerged victorious, unleashing three goals to the Vikings’ zero.
The Lions scored three minutes after the opening whistle, when Connelly Hefferan Nordlund made a forward pass to Lynnea Briones, who then made a through pass to Grace Painter. Cutting against the keeper’s momentum, Painter slammed the ball into the lower left corner of the net, just out of the keeper’s reach. The Lions continued their offensive pressure, putting six shots toward goal without success until, with just ten minutes left in the half, Landry Hefferan Nordlund put a shot on frame. The ball hit the post, ricocheting back to Maddie Couch, who laid it off to Painter to put away. The Lions ended the half up 2-0.
The Vikings returned from the break energized, making some incursions into the Lions’ territory but not able to break through the robust defense of Natalie Richardson, Maddie Couch, McCaiden Rienstra, and Sofia Briggs. Within the first ten minutes of the second half, Lions Keeper Barbara Toth faced three back-to-back free kicks. Only one was on goal, and Toth was able to deflect that ball back into play for a counter-attack. Regaining possession, the Lions then had their own run of free kicks, as the Vikings were called for ten fouls and issued two yellow cards. The tenth foul was in the box, with just four minutes left in the match. Grace Painter took the penalty kick, sending it past the keeper to bring the Lions up 3-0.
Coach Matt Painter commented, “Saturday games are out of the norm for us, and I felt like we were just a bit off for much of the game. Our passes and chemistry just weren’t connecting like normal today, but our hustle and energy made up for this! We were able to get a lot of pressure on goal and had several quality shots. I was most proud of how our girls kept their composure even after numerous fouls. We have a full week of games coming up which will hopefully give us a chance to continue to improve as a team.”
The Lions next play in Ravenna on Monday, May 1 at 5:00 PM. Their record now stands at 7 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie. They are tied for first place in the CSAA Conference standings.
Cloud Sweeps Chip Hills
Photos by Bobbie Cruzan
At the ballfield, Friday Night in White Cloud, the Indians took on the Chippewa Hills Warriors.
In Game #1 - The Indians started the scoring in the 2nd inning, with Christian Ringler leading off the inning with a deep line drive two bagger to left center. After a ground out, Reece Hewitt drove in Ringler with a hard hit single. Jayden Robinson then singled and scored on an error, for the Indians to take a 3-0 lead. In the 4th, Alex Cruzan singled, stole 2nd and was driven in by a single by Ringler, for a 4-0 lead.
Chip Hills fought back in the 5th inning, by scoring a single run, on an error, and another 2 runs in the 6th innings to close the gap to 4-3. White Cloud started off the 6th inning with a strikeout, but followed that with a walk by KJ Strait, a single by Mason Ruether, Alex Cruzan was hit by a pitch, then Mason Cruzan stepped to the plate and smashed a single up the middle to drive in 2 insurance runs, for the final score of 6-3 White Cloud.
On the mound, Mason Ruether had 12 strikeouts, 3 walks and gave up 3 runs, of which 2 were earned, in 5 1/3 innings, to pick up the win. Jayson Ruether came on in relief to strike out 4 of the 5 batters he faced, picking up the save. The offense was led by Christian Ringler with a double and a single, and Mason Cruzan with 2 singles and 2 RBI's.
In Game #2, the Warriors scored 3 runs in the 3rd inning, and another run in the 4th to take a 4-0 lead. White Cloud responded with 2 runs in the 4th inning, led by a single by Mason Ruether and errors by Chip Hills. The Warriors scored another 2 runs in the 5th inning for a 6-2 lead.
The Indians picked up a single run in the 5th inning on an RBI single by Mason Ruether, putting White Cloud down 6-3.
White Cloud would not give up, in the 6th inning, after a lead off pop fly out, Christian Ringler singled to left field, Landyn McGowen hit into a fielder's choice, Reece Hewitt got aboard on an error and Jayden Robinson walked to load the bases with 2 outs. Mason Cruzan hit a line shot to right field to score 1 run, then KJ Strait laced a sharp single up the middle to drive in 2 more runs to knot the score at 6-6.
In the bottom of the 7th with the scored tied 6-6, after a strikeout, Christian Ringler reached base on an error, and promptly stole 2nd base, the next batter grounded out to shortstop, then Freshmen Reece Hewitt stepped up to the plate and smashed a hard ground ball up the middle to drive in the speedy Ringler for the come from behind 7-6 win.
White Cloud's record now stands at 9-6-1, and will take on Lakeview next Tuesday in Lakeview.
Hungry Lions Pounce on Cardinals
Defense never rests for Newaygo
Story and photos by Tara Hefferan
It was a rematch more than a year in the making, as Newaygo Lions Soccer faced the Big Rapids Cardinals at home Wednesday night. After nearly a decade of losses to the Cardinals, the Lions sensed a change was afoot last season when they played two competitive matches, one to a tie and another to a 1-0 loss. The win finally came tonight, in a physical match up that saw the Lions playing with equal parts skill, determination, and passion.
From the opening whistle, the Lions went toe to toe with the Cardinals. The momentum shifted in their favor five minutes in, when centerback Sofia Briggs made a line splitting pass to forward Grace Painter. Painter used speed to put herself in a one v. one with the Cardinals keeper, powering the ball into the side panel to give the Lions the lead, 1-0.
Over the next 75 minutes, the Lions strategically pursued some possession play with offensive pressure, but mostly assumed a defensive posture. Lions keeper Barbara Toth found herself put to work for the first time this season, facing sixteen shots total, with ten on goal. While most shots were easily scooped up, Toth had several noteworthy saves, including a rocket aimed at the top left corner that she expertly tipped over the net to preserve the Lions fragile lead.
Indeed, the entire defensive line of McCaiden Rienstra, Natalie Richardson, Rachel Larsen, and Briggs were focused on slowing the Cardinal’s attack. They were supported by the midfield, playing deeper than usual, as Belen Torres and Aby Laurrysens patrolled the wings, and Connelly Hefferan Nordlund, Lynnea Briones, and Painter cleaned up the middle. Even strikers Landry Hefferan Nordlund and Luella Hilden found themselves working more to disrupt plays at the midfield rather than make runs deep into the Cardinal’s territory. In the end, Newaygo had six shots total, with three on goal and one in goal. The match ended in a 1-0 win for the Lions.
Commenting on tonight’s game, Coach Matt Painter said, “Last year we battled Big Rapids twice: tying the first 1-1 and losing 0-1 the second time. Our returning girls have been looking forward to this game all season. The girls executed a full 80 minutes of excellent teamwork. In the first half, we moved the ball well and generated good offensive pressure which resulted in the sole goal of the game. In the second half, we decided to move to a defensive formation, and our girls responded by thwarting each Big Rapids’ attack. It was an aggressive game, and our girls matched that physicality with grit, determination, and poise. I am so proud of each one of our girls and am excited to watch as they continue to grow as a team!”
The Lions’ record now stands at 6 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie. In conference play they are 3-0 and tied for first place with Tri County. They play next on the road in Whitehall this Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 PM.
Lions blank Warriors 8-0
Story and photos by Tara Hefferan
It was a scoring bonanza for Newaygo Lions Soccer, as they hosted the Chippewa Hills Warriors at home on Monday, April 24. While the Warriors failed to fire off a single shot, the Lions sent in 39 shots total, with 20 of them shots on goal. The unrelenting attacks ended midway through the second half, when the Lions mercied the visiting Warriors 8-0.
The Lions controlled the game from the first seconds, rarely turning over possession. Given their dominance, the Lions were able to experiment with positioning, as well as with passing and shooting. This was a fun game, with everyone getting field time, and Captain (and senior) Sofia Briggs earning the first goal of her high school career. Commenting on this milestone, Briggs said “It feels unreal! I’m so happy that I got the chance to score during my senior year! It’s definitely a goal I won’t forget!”
Coach Matt Painter in post-game analysis said, “It was a beautiful night for a soccer game, and our girls stepped up and gave the fans a passing and shooting show. Our back line stopped each attack and quickly passed it up to the midfielders, who worked the ball up to our forwards. Everyone on the team was able to get good minutes on the field and demonstrated some of the skills they have been working on in practice. One of our 4-year starters even netted her first goal tonight! We now need to focus on a good practice tomorrow as we prepare for Wednesday’s game against Big Rapids.”
Tonight’s victory was a full team effort, with the following players earning points:
The Lions are at home again this Wednesday, April 26 in a match against conference rival Big Rapids. The game will kick off at 4:30 at the Newaygo Middle School
Sparta came away with the hardware Friday in both the girls and boys divisions at the Rich Tompkins Packer Relays named in honor of the legendary Fremont Coach who transformed the school into a Track and Cross Country powerhouse. Coach Tompkins, who competed for MSU during his collegiate career. passed away in 2015.
White Cloud girls finished second and the boys took third in the seven team meet. Host Fremont took third in the boys division and fourth in girls while Newaygo teams finished fifth in both.
White Cloud’s Mariah Edwards and Andrea Feldpausch leapt to a 4 way tie for first in the high jump clearing 4’8” and teammate Gaby Reeve who recently signed on to compete at Muskegon CC took top honors in the discus flinging it 99’11.5 and also placed first in the shot put with a 33’1”.
In the Distance Medley Relay Newaygo captured second with the team of Grace Hughes, Matria Riddering, Elizabeth Chaffee and Remington Arney while in the Sprint Medley Relay the Fremont quartet of Victoria Ekkel, Rachel Maddox, Ariana Tanner and Olivia Stroven came in first followed by Newaygo’s Rebecca Grandy, Madison Cristensen, Thalia Pineda and Elizabeth Chaffee placing second.
In the 4x400 the Lions ran third behind the efforts of Chaffee, Riddering, Hughes and Emma Mortenson and the Packer team of Maddox, Tanner, Victoria Ekkel and Cayman Ramsey took top honors in the 4x200 with Newaygo’s Pineda, Elisha Gibson, Emma Mortenson, and Emma Dosch running third.
The 300m Hurdles saw WC’s Caedance Traynor post a 100.83 for a second place finish with Traynor (20.4) teaming with Ryleigh Balke (21.2) to finish first in the 100m Hurdles Relay Split. Cloud’s Andrea Feldpausch topped the 1600m relay split running a 6:34 and Packer Linnea Paige took second place in the 1600m posting a 5:40.61 with Lion Remington Arney placing third at 5:48.01.
Cloud’s Jolena Deaton grabbed second in the1200m Relay Split with a 4:47 while teammate Mariah Edwards (2:43) finished first in the 800m Relay Split with Deaton (3:01) placing third. The team also got a first from Ryleigh Balke (30.5) in the 200m Relay Split with Gabrielle Dakin (30.8) taking third.
The 100m Relay Split saw a trio of Cloud runners Edwards (13.5), Balke (13.9) and Dakin (14.2) taking the top spots.
The 100m was won by Fremont’s Victoria Ekkel who posted a 13.44 with White Cloud’s Mariah Edwards coming in third with a 14.19 time.
Packer Connor Pettis (12.01) notched third in the 100m with teammate Sean Pettis (4:36.98) taking second in the 1600m.
Bryce Higman (18.8) and Degan Wawsczyk (20.2) posted the top two times in the 100m Hurdles Relay Split. Packer Daniel Romero (42.17) was the top finisher in the 300m Hurdles, chased by Lion Tim Dosch (44.84)
The Packers took first in the 4x100m behind Pettis, Gabe Curtice, Jacob Burns and Khai Noordyk (45.95) with the Lions quartet of Dosch, Ethan Reyburn, Jordan Holm and Chad Saucier (47.45) coming in third. Fremont also took top honors in the 4x200m with Romero, Burns, Pettis and Noordyke posting a 1:35.25 with White Cloud running third with Dalton Crawford, Dominick Burkhart, Noah Robinson and Vincent Ockert ((1:38.78).
In the 4x400 Packers Gary Springstead, Owen Hertel, Bjorn Johnson, and Lucas Bradley placed second (3:41.89) while in the 4x800 White Cloud finished third behind Coleson Cruzan, Joshua Brown, Carson Foondle, and Nathan Ciolk (9:11.59).
In the Sprint Medley Relay WC nabbed first with Crawford, Ciolk, Burkhart and Ockert (1:41.75) and Newaygo’s Reyburn, Dosch, Cole Hefner, and Jadon Ryman (1:43.28) took third. The Distance Medley Relay saw Fremont finish third with Hertel, Pettis, Carter Sherman and Chase Lowery posting 11:38.58.
White Cloud dominated the shot put getting a first from Lloyd Sebright -Johnson (45 '4) and a second from Jace Silverthorn (44’5) with Silverthorn adding a second in discus, flinging it 134’.075.
Cloud’s Noah Robinson cleared 5’10” to finish first in the high jump and teammate Bryce Higman leapt 5’6”, good enough for third. White Cloud pole vaulter Nathan Ciolk nailed down second with an 11’6” vault.
Full results of the meet can be found at:
Lions Tame Tigers
Story and photos by Tara Hefferan
Newaygo 3 vs. Shelby 2
Friday night soccer was rough and tumble, as host Newaygo Lions battled the visiting Shelby Tigers to a 3-2 win. While the Lions dominated possession, stringing together pass after pass to get the ball up the field, Shelby’s defense was effective at limiting shots on goal. The first half ended scoreless, with neither team finding success in the back of the net.
After the halftime break, the Lions made some position adjustments, which bore fruit when Grace Painter, assisted by a line splitting pass from Sofia Briggs, blasted the ball past the Shelby keeper. The Lions were up 1-0 seven minutes into the second half. Less than a minute later, however, Shelby was awarded a penalty kick for a foul in the box. The Tigers were able to capitalize on the opportunity, slotting the ball by Newaygo Keeper Barbara Toth to bring the game level at 1-1.
The next goal came five minutes later, when the referees called a handball against Newaygo, awarding the Tigers a free kick. The Tigers used that advantage to advance the ball up field, scoring their second goal to put the Tigers up 2-1 with 26 minutes of play remaining.
The reenergized Lions answered soon after, as Grace Painter weaved her way through the Shelby defense to score her second goal of the match, earning a brace. The final goal came with six minutes left in game, when McCaiden Rienstra shut down a Shelby attack to reverse the ball back up field to Lynnea Briones, who then sent it into the box for Connelly Hefferan Nordlund, who buried it. The game ended with Lions 3 goals and Shelby 2 goals.
Reflecting post-game, Coach Matt Painter said, “Facing Tri County on Wednesday and then Shelby tonight has been challenging for us, as we fill in for our injured starting Center Back. Trying people out in different positions has been a work in progress to find out what works best against the opponent’s formation. Tonight, we battled through the first half to a 0-0 tie. After making some adjustments at half time, our girls started to find their stride, stringing some passes together and finding ways to get quality shots on goal. I was proud of how our girls never gave up. Even when we were down 2-1, they kept their heads in the game, and it was clear that they believed that they would find a way to get the win. One of our values is ‘The team comes first…’ I appreciate how our girls live into this value, whether they are playing a non-preferred position or even cheering from the bench. Like we say before and after each game ‘ONE WIN: We Only Need Everyone to Commit to What’s Important Now.'"
The Lions record now stands at 4 wins, 0 losses, 1 tie. Their next game will be at home versus Chippewa Hills on Monday, April 24 at 4:30 PM.
Gaby Reeve Commits To Jayhawks
“MCC is getting a great player”
Newaygo County Schools have provided a bit of a pipeline to the Muskegon Community College Women’s basketball team in recent years. Calla Miler and Hayley Zerlaut of Fremont along with Emmerson Goodinn and Kayla Fisk of Newaygo all spent time on the Jayhawk hardcourt this past season.
The latest player destined to don the MCC colors is Gaby Reeve of White Cloud who put her signature to a letter of intent on Thursday.
WC Basketball Head Coach Wilk provided us with a few words about the talented Ms. Reeve who was an integral part of the Indians success this past season
“Gaby Reeve spends more time in the gym working on her craft than most kids who play high school basketball. During weekends and the offseason if I went into the school there was a very high chance that Gaby would be shooting 1,000 shots or working on her post moves. She attended every workout in the summer, and she has been a great example for our younger players. Not only does she work hard on the court, but she also works hard in the classroom. Gaby is the valedictorian for the class of 2023.
“Today Gaby signed to play for Muskegon Community College. MCC is getting a great player. Gaby will be successful at the next level because she will continue to work hard. It has been an absolute joy to coach a player with her determination to be successful. We are very proud to have Gaby represent our school this upcoming season as she puts on her new Jayhawk uniform.
Lions Mercy Big Reds
Newaygo Soccer still undefeated
Story and photos by Tara Hefferan
It was the best of times and the worst of times, to channel Charles Dickens. When it comes to Newaygo Lions soccer, the best came in the 8-0 mercy win over the Muskegon Reds. The worst owed to the blustery, 30-degree snowy weather that seemed to flash freeze players and fans alike. Even though many local sports teams canceled games and practices, soccer went forward on Monday, April 17, with the Lions playing host to the visiting Reds.
The night was marked by several “firsts” for the Newaygo Lions, beginning with a new announcement system. While Newaygo football, basketball, and baseball teams long have had announcers introduce their games, Newaygo Girls Soccer welcomed their first announced event. The National Anthem kicked off the evening, followed by announced roster calls for both teams.
Several other firsts characterized the night. With much fanfare, less than two minutes into the match, senior center midfielder Lynnea Briones scored the first goal of her high school career, with Landry Hefferan Nordlund earning her first career assist from a drop ball to Briones. Briones said the goal “felt good and long overdue.” Immediately after, freshman Hefferan Nordlund scored her own first goal off a post ricochet from a Grace Painter shot attempt. The goal was “exciting” said Hefferan Nordlund. With two starting players unavailable for tonight’s match, a number of players rotated into new positions. Sofia Briggs, typically a central defender, found herself in the midfield, passing balls forward to the front line and herself making several attacks against goal. Briggs earned the first assist of her high school career tonight. Midfielder Aby Lauryssens also earned a first assist of the season.
In addition to the goals just mentioned, other first half goals were scored by:
The Lions entered halftime with a 7-0 lead. The match ended almost twelve minutes into the second half, when McCaiden Rienstra sent a ball to Grace Painter, who scored the 8th and final goal to complete the mercy win.
Said Coach Matt Painter, “Tonight we were able to get all the girls some good minutes, and each was able to contribute in their own way to the win. It was fun to see the team rally around a couple girls who scored their first goals! We are now looking forward to an important conference game on Wednesday!”
That game will be at home on Wednesday, April 19 at 5:30 pm against Howard City Tri County. The Lions currently stand at 3 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie.
Lions Compete at Home Track Invitational
Photos and story by Alexis Mercer
Newaygo welcomed 7 teams from around West Michigan to its track on Friday, April 12 for the annual Newaygo Track Invitational. The weather was unseasonably warm (in years past the event has been canceled due to snow on the respective date) and sunny, making for a beautiful day to showcase the athletes’ talent.
Among the participating schools were Hesperia, Comstock Park, Kent City, White Cloud, Reed City, Holton, Mason County Central and Newaygo.
Highlights for the Newaygo boys included Ethan Reyburn taking 5th place with a new PR (12.16) in the 100 meter dash finals and also 4th place in the 200 meter dash with another PR (24.67).
Jadon Ryman earned a 5th place spot in the 400 meter dash with a time of 56.36 and a PR. In the 800 meter run, Eli Banks took 4th place with a time of 2:15.87, a shiny new PR.
In the hurdles, Tim Dosch earned his way to two medals. In the 110 meter hurdles, he took 5th with a time of 18.43 and in the 300 meter hurdles he ran a season record 46.82 for 3rd place.
The team consisting of Tim Dosch, Cole Hefner, Ethan Reyburn and Chad Saucier flew to a 2nd place finish in the 4 x 100 meter relay. And in the longest distance relay of the day, the team of Eli Banks, Caleb Bays, Jadon Ryman and Gage Sanborn earned a 3rd place medal.
On the field event side of things, Luke Acton vaulted his way to a PR of 9’0” and 4th place! And in the long jump, Newaygo went 1st and 2nd overall with Blake Kerr and Cole Hefner’s respective jumps of 19’11” and 19’8.5”.
The girls team earned 2nd place overall and took home a team trophy for their efforts.
In the 100 meter dash it was Elsha Jibson with a PR and time of 14.26 who took 4th place in the finals. Jibson then followed it up later in the meet with a 3rd place in the 200 meters with a time of 30.08 (PR). Emma Dosch also earned a medal in the finals of the 200 with a time of 30.85 and 6th place.
Maria Riddering dominated the 400 meter dash with a time of 106.93 (PR) while Elizabeth Chaffee was just behind her in 3rd with a time of 1:10.51 (SR). Freshman Grace Hughes took 2nd in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:40.43. She was joined in the medal standing by Remington Arney whose SR time of 2:52.12 earned her 4th place.
Arney got another season record time for herself, but in the 1600 run, coming in 3rd place with a time of 5:47.97. Also in the distance category, Joseline Sanchez Magana took 5th with a time of 15:18.04 (PR).
Leah Ruehmeier sprinted and jumped her way to a 2nd place medal in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.5 (PR). She then went on to take 3rd place in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 57.71.
In the 4x100 meter relay it was the team of Elsha Jibson, Keely Verhoy, Rebecca Grandy, and Emma Dosch who took 3rd place with a time of 57.13.
The 4x800 meter relay took 1st place with a time of 10:53.23. This was the team of Remington Arney, Elizabeth Chaffee, Grace Hughes, and Maria Riddering.
Ending the meet in fine fashion was the lightning quick team of Elizabeth Chaffee, Emma Mortensen, Grace Hughes and Maria Riddering. They closed out the meet with a 1st place finish in the time of 4:39.66, sealing 2nd place overall for the team.
On the field event side Elsha Jibson got her fourth medal of the meet, taking 5th place in the high jump. Rebecca Grandy came in big for the Lions, taking 2nd place with a season record distance of 13’8”.
A full list of results can be found here: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/484497/results
White Cloud Boys Begin Season with Positive Results
Photos and story by Joan Ludke and Tod Reeve
The White Cloud Boys’ Track and Field team came off of Spring Break with their first conference meet of the season and, despite the time off, started the season off successfully. On Tuesday, April 11, the boys traveled to Newaygo for a four team conference meet with the host team, Grant, and Big Rapids. The boys defeated Newaygo 101-36 and bested Grant 115-21, but fell to Big Rapids 74-63.
“We were a bit rusty, but we had some pretty good performances overall,” commented Head Coach Tod Reeve. “I think that there are still many holes that we need to fill, but I think that, given time, we will be able to compete well with all of the bigger teams in the CSAA. Being the smallest team in the 11-team conference is difficult, but our theme this year is ‘fight the good fight’, and we are working very hard to fill our holes and achieve success.”
The field events helped White Cloud be successful. The Indians won 4 out of the five field events, and finished 2nd in the fifth. In the shot put, junior Lloyd Sebright-Johnson and senior Jace Silverthorn went 1-2, with Lloyd throwing a personal best of 46 feet, 8 ½ inches. Jace and Lloyd switched positions in the discus. Jace finished first with a throw of 128 feet, 10 inches, while Lloyd threw 116 feet, 1 inch. Junior Noah Robinson jumped a personal best of 6 feet, 3 inches to win the high jump, while senior Nate Ciolk jumped a personal best of 12 feet to win the pole vault. In his first track and field In his first track and field meet ever, sophomore Reece Johnson long jumped 18 feet, 8 inches to finish 2nd overall.
On the track, the Indians finished 2nd in 7 of the 12 events. Senior Bryce Higman was runner-up in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, setting a personal best in the latter. Junior Jace Silverthorn backed up his efforts in the field events with 2nd place showings in both the 200 meter dash and as part of the 4x200 meter relay with teammates Dalton Crawford, Vinnie Ockert, and Dominick Burkhart. Junior Carson Foondle finished 2nd in the 1600 run and teamed up with Coleson Cruzan, Josh Brown, and Nathan Ciolk to finish 2nd in the 4x800 run. Nathan rounded out the 2nd place scoring for White Cloud in the 400 dash. The Indians will return to Newaygo Friday, April 14 for the eight-team Newaygo Invitational.
White Cloud Boys 2nd at Newaygo Invitational
The White Cloud Boys Track and Field team returned to Newaygo Friday night, April 14, to participate in the Newaygo Invitational against seven other schools. The boys ended the night bringing home a plaque by finishing 2nd overall with 104 points. Reed City won the meet, scoring 157 points.
Senior Jace Silverthorn led the Indians on the night. Jace finished first in both the discus and shot put, setting a personal best in the shot put. He also finished 5th in the 200 dash and teamed with Vinnie Ockert, Noah Robinson, and David Higgs to end up 4th in the 4x200 relay. Vinnie also finished 3rd in the 100 dash and 6th in the 200 dash, and ended up 3rd in the 4x100 relay with teammates Dalton Crawford, Reece Johnson, and Dominick Burkhart,
Senior Nathan Ciolk added to his victory in the pole vault with a 3rd place finish in the 400 dash. He also combined with Carson Foondle, Coleson Cruzan, and Josh Brown to finish 2nd in the 4x800 relay. He also teamed up with Josh Brown, Giuliano Venditti, and David Higgs with a 3rd place finish in the 4x400 relay.
Coleson Cruzan also added to the scoring for White Cloud by finishing 3rd in the 800 run and 4th in the 1600 run, while sophomore Kaleb Canning lowered his best time in the 3200 run by 35 seconds to finish 4th overall.
The Indians will take part in a four-team CSAA contest Monday, April 17 in Big Rapids, before traveling to Fremont Friday night to take part in the eight-team Packer Relays.
White Cloud girls’ track team finished 3rd at the Newaygo Invitational on Friday with 94 points. Kent City with 118 and Newaygo with 97 placed first and second among the 8 teams.
White Cloud placed first in 5 events. Mariah Edwards and Gaby Reeve lead the team with two first places each. Mariah finished first in the 100 meters (13.91) and the 200 meters (29.14) while Gaby won both the discus (112’2”) and the shot put (30’3”). Annie Feldpausch earned another 10 points for the team, winning the high jump (4’10”). Congratulations to all of the teams and competitors on their fine performances.