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Tigers Top Tigers, Pack & Panthers Corralled, Devs Downed in Double OT, and Eagles Hold Off Lions
Ludington 35 Fremont 0
The Oriole team that last year ran off a 5 game season ending win streak to make the postseason was supposed to have been hurt by graduation but it seems no one told their successors on defense.
They just plain stopped the Packers.
After all Fremont finished with much more time of possession, more plays, and half the penalties.
Where they were bested by the O’s was on the scoreboard. Ludington put up a bunch and Fremont could not hit paydirt.
After Thursday’s lightning delay, the game resumed at the start of the 2nd quarter with the Orioles up 7-0. The second quarter saw the teams go scoreless but the visitors found the endzone three times in the third quarter to put the game on ice.
The Packer offense proved to be less than puzzling to the Ludington squad and averaged but a couple yards a carry. Carter Dunbar grinded out a tough 55 yards on 15 carries while Shawn Murphy (14 yds.) and Wyatt Hansue (12yds) struggled to get into double figures on the ground. Tristen Marfia snared the lone reception a 12 yard gainer from Cody Andree.
Oriole qb Riley Calhoun tossed for 90 yards and ran for 78.
The Pack take their game north to face Reed City in the conference opener.
The O’s will welcome in the Panthers of Hesperia.
North Muskegon 56 Hesperia 12
Two touchdowns in the opening quarter then three more before the half gave the Norsemen all they needed in routing the Panthers.
Finally in the 4th the hosts got on the board with a pair of scores as Logan Pearson ran for 6 and Logan Balkema found Johnny Majersky who scored on one of his two receptions on the night.Freshman Armondo Escobedo made his varsity debut with a 39 yard reception the teams longest gainer of the night.
Balkema also led the defense with 8 tackles.
“NM dominated the game in all facets,” said Coach Bolles. “Their special teams played a huge part with 2 punt returns for TD’s and they controlled the line of scrimmage and bottled us up all night.
“Give Coach Witham and his players and staff a lot credit, they came well prepared to play and it showed.”
The Panthers head north next week to face Ludington.
“We’ll go back to work on Monday and hopefully learn from our shortcomings and get better.We knew they were a quality opponent, I just figured my guys were further ahead of where we actually are at this point.”
Grant 37 Shelby 6
The Grant Defense led the Tigers to a 37-6 victory over the Shelby Tigers. The defensive effort was led by senior Jarrett Railling with 10 tackles including a tackle for a safety. Junior Brett Long had eight tackles and an interception for a touchdown. Junior Trevor Lowry completed the defense scoring with a 23-yard interception for a touchdown.
Additionally, the Tigers were able to control the line of scrimmage on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive line paved the way for over 175 yards rushing with Junior Orion Evans leading the charge with 99 yards. Junior Quarterback Brendan Keelan added to the offensive effort by running for two touchdowns and throwing for another.
Grant will head to Central Montcalm to face the Hornets who opened the season by posting a win over Morley Stanwood. It was the first W for the Bees since a mid season victory over Fremont two seasons ago.
Hart 48 Holton 40 (2 OT)
The Devil drama of last season continued as the Holton squad battled back again and again on the road against a spirited Pirate team only to fall just short in the second extra frame. Despite the offensive heroics of Drew Trygstad, Austin Hawkins and Kaleb Kitchka the Red Devils dropped their opener.
Holton welcomes the Eagles of Carson City Crystal while Hart who won their first opener since 2014 will see the Vikings of Whitehall (0-1) sail into town.
Kent City 21 Newaygo 14
The Eagles scored all three touchdowns in the first half then held off a Lion attack in the second half to come away with the cross conference win in the opener for both teams.
Kent City running back Max Hudson scored al 3 TDs and led the team in tackles on the defensive side.
Newaygo will be taking the bus to Remus next week to face Chippewa Hills. The Warriors fell short in their opener losing to Gaylord 12-7.
Other CSAA Games
Tri County 35 Lakeview 0
Montague 42 Reed City 0
Shepherd 42 Big Rapids 22
The Lady Panthers came back from an 0-2 am start, to win 4 straight sets to win the Blue Bracket Championship at the Cadillac Invitational on Thursday, August 29th. After their slow start against Kingsley and North Muskegon in pool play, the Panthers made some adjustments and went to work to get back on track! After an almost 12 hour day, they brought home the Blue Bracket Trophy.
At the service line, Allison Homfeld and Brooke Billings led with 5 aces. Emily Bayle and Rachel Romero each added 4 aces on the day. Offensive leader Bayle had 40 kills on the day, Romero 25, Isabelle Rumsey and Homfeld with 14 and 13 kills respectively. Hitters were assisted by Kyra Sayer with 46 assists and Aria Thomas with 30 assists.
Defensively, Bayle had 46 digs, Romero 43 digs, Sierra Cechura 29, and Rylee Gleason with 21 digs on the day. Billings was the blocking leader of day with 10 blocks, Bayle 7 blocks, and Rumsey with 6 blocks.
The final match had the Panthers defeating the Big Rapids Cardinals 25-17 and 25-19. The Panthers are now 6-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
Newaygo's Volleyball teams opened their home season tonight playing against Orchard View. The Lions came out swinging and serving on a mission to stun OV the first game 25-14. But Orchard View collected themselves at the game break, stepped up their defense and were able to turn the score the other way for game 2, 18-25. The third game was intense as both teams sensed that it was make or break for the overall match at that point. Newaygo came back from a huge deficit to beat out OV 25-23 and then kept the momentum going in the 4th game to win 25-20.
The Lions play next week Tuesday again in their own gym against the Holton Red Devils.
Well, this time of year the first half lights usually involve the sun but headlines aside high school football is back.
Ludington at Fremont
Ok maybe no playoffs again last season, but the Pack got off the schneid with a win that snapped a brutal 30 game skid.
And the defense was better. Much better.
They nearly beat Tri County and gave the playoff bound Ramblers of McBain fits before falling short.
Ludington graduated a bunch of starters including qb Garrett Meeker who was tough to contain last season.
The Pack has Cody Andree back to run the wing T offense and Kyler Kolk centering an offensive line that will need to provide protection if the team is to put points on the board
The last time Fremont saw the Orioles was in 2015 their final season in the Lakes 8. They lost but they put up 26 points. One more than they scored in all of 2016.
This would be a sweet game to win with a trip to Reed City looming as the conference opener next week but it’s not likely to be an easy one.
Grant at Shelby
The Tiger/Tiger matchup has gone the way of Grant the past few years as Shelby's football fortunes have faded with a lone win over the past 40 contests.
The Tigers (Grant version) had a lot of youth on the field last season and sometimes gave up big plays that led to one heartbreaking loss and a couple of games that got away from them.
Grant is a good team but needs to be careful in this one. In last season’s opener it took them awhile to show up in squeaking out a win at home over the visiting Tigers and this one’s on the road.
Holton at Hart
Got to say, it is never boring in Red Devil country.
Last season the Devs were on a roll and heading for the playoffs when a 3 game losing skid to end the season nearly shattered the dream. Lo and behold Jack Nummerdor’s squad squeaked in and took the town on a raucous run to the playoff semifinals in their coach’s final season at the helm.
A new coach was named but resigned shortly thereafter and now Mike Jados has taken the helm. Jados serves as defensive coordinator last season when the playoff run took place and ironically was on the coaching staff the previous time the Red Devils landed in the postseason in 2007.
We’ve heard Hart has a bit of talent this season particularly on the line. Holton lost some inspirational payers who produced during that playoff run so this is a transformed team in many ways. Getting back Drew Trystad and Kaleb Kitchka helps a lot.
If Holton is going to be successful they need this one to get them rolling. The Pirates conference schedule (also WMC) is certainly no picnic so they would love to tack on an early win at home.
Kent City at Newaygo
Gio Weeks and John Meeks are no longer in the Eagle backfield.
Connor Swinehart is no longer under center for the Lions and Noah Graff is on the gridiron at Hope toiling for the Dutchmen.
A host of other starters from both teams have departed from graduation so the opener looks to provide a lot of answers. And likely a few questions as well.
Last year the Lions went into Eagle country and in a game marked by early season mistakes came home saddled with a loss.
A loss that ended a 9 game winning streak over Kent City dating back to 1992 when the teams toiled in the NCAA.
The Lions are home this time and the Gold/Silver matchup should be a good one.
North Muskegon at Hesperia
How much help can Logan Balkema get? The qb who also plays linebacker on defense is a stalwart for Rick Tank’s squad but last season he was often harassed in the backfield and the Panthers struggled to score against teams possessing a defense.
A tough opener even at home. The Norsemen graduated some key players but they have built a program that has made the playoffs twice in a row despite playing in the always rugged West Michigan Conference.
Grant finishes 3rd as Zerlaut continues unbeaten streak
The Tiger tennis team traveled to Traverse City St Francis to face 3 teams in the state top 10. Karlton Zerlaut stayed undefeated on the season winning the #1 singles flight 6-2 6-0 in the finals. Dustin Slachter and Payton Swinehart were the runner ups at 2 doubles fighting #6 ranked Ludington 6-4 6-3. Diego Krepps and Trent Patton took the runner up medals at #3 dubs also in the finals with Ludington going 7-6 (7-4) in the first set. Kyle Bay and Isaac Higgins took 3rd place winning 6-1 6-2, after a hard fought semifinal with Ludington going 6-7 5-7. The Tigers #1 doubles team of Carter Chase and Jed VanderWeide won 2 matches including 2 sets without giving up a singles game, but couldn't quite get past Ludington today. Riley Schwartz won 2 matches at #5 singles. The Tigers finished the tournament in 3rd place with 9 points. Ludington took first, #8 ranked TCSF took 2nd, and #9 ranked Whitehall finished 4th with 6 points.
Gerth medals, Mulder chips for a chirper
Fremont 220 Manistee 286
Fremont's Haley Zerlaut and Rhiannon Ziebke improved by 11 shots from their previous round at Water's Edge Golf Course to help the Packers beat Manistee in a dual match.
Katelynne Gerth was the match medalist with a score of 46 while Taylor Mulder had the shot of the day with a birdie chip in on the par 4 12th hole.
Packers clip Eagles
Fremont 5 Kent City 1
The Kent City Eagles traveled to Fremont Tuesday afternoon to face the Packers in the first conference match of the season. It was a slow start for both teams but the Packers finally got on the board with 20 minutes left in the first half. Lane Converse sent a ball to Ed Hallberg's head making the score 1-0. 4 minutes later Converse finished a ball of his own from Carter Moon. The Eagles answered just a few minutes later on a set play from Jarek Jaramillo. The scored was 2-1 at the half. Fremont came out strong in the second half scoring a minute in when Wyatt VanBoven sent a ball to Carter Moon. Fremont's 4th goal came on a Penalty Kick from David Wachter. The final goal of the match was sent from the Packer's Grant Vissia to the foot of Wyatt VanBoven for the finish. Fremont outshot the Eagles 22-7. Joe Kortge made 6 saves in net for the Packers and Carson Synder made 17 saves for the Eagles. Kent City dropped to 2-1 and 0-1 in the conference while the Packers improved to 2-2 and 1-0 in the conference.
Hesperia sweeps past Holton as Bayle tops stats page in kills, aces,and digs.
The Panthers defeated the Devils in three straight in their home opener 25-13, 25-20, 25-11. Panther offensive leaders were Emily Bayle with 9 kills, Rachel Romero with 8 kills, and Isabelle Rumsey with 5 kills for the night. Bayle led at the service line with 5 aces along with Kyra Sayer with 3 aces, while Aria Thomas and Romero each added 2 aces for the Panthers. Sayer and Thomas each had 11 assists on the night. Defensively, Bayle led with 9 digs along with 3 digs from Adriana Escobedo. Bayle, Romero, and Rumsey each had a single block on the night.
The Panther team will get up early to play at the Cadillac tournament on Thursday, August 29th and resume conference play on September 4th, when they will travel to White Cloud to face the Indians. The Panthers are currently 1-0 in league competition and 2-2 over all on the season.
Fremont takes runner-up at MCC Tourney
The Packers placed 2nd at the Mason County Central Invitational bringing home the runner up trophy. Tough defense and staying aggressive on the attack was what helped the Packers accomplish this runner up finish. Kennedy Christoffersen lead the Pack with 39 digs. On the attack Rhi Pafford and Carle Bruggema lead the Packers in kills with 25 and 21 respectively. Serving aggressively, Calla Miller added 9 aces. Making it to the finals, the Packers were defeated by the Ludington Orioles.
High School sports is back in the picture as we have begun to see a few results trickle in.
Soccer (boys) football, tennis (boys) , volleyball, cross, golf (girls) and swimming and diving (girls) comprise the fall season sports our area offers.
N3 will strive to bring our readers all the sports skinny we can gather.
Panthers open play with tough competition
Cloud sweeps to a trophy
The Panthers set a goal of being more prepared for the State Tournament at the end of this season. The first step toward this goal was playing a higher level of competition, as they did opening the season yesterday at WMC. The Panthers started out with a tough loss to the always challenging home team WMC , 18-25,17-25. After finding their groove, the Panthers faced the team from North Pointe Christian that had knocked us out of our first ever Regional appearance last season. The Panthers avenged that loss defeating North Pointe 25-17, 25-13. In bracket play, the Panthers could not keep their momentum going and lost (1-2) to Covenant Christian. Panther stat leaders at the service line were Rylee Gleason with 8 aces, Isabelle Rumsey with 7 aces, and Allison Homfeld with 6 aces on the day. Leading the team in kills were Emily Bayle with 16 kills, Rumsey 10 kills, and Rachel Romero with 8 kills. Assist Leaders were setters Kyra Sayer with 21 assists and Aria Thomas with 18 assists. Defensively, Bayle and Romero each led with 18 digs and Sierra Cechura had 9 digs on the day. The team is well rounded this year with 6 returning junior starters and adding 6 talented juniors to the roster. This all-junior team is back together as a whole unit for the first time since 8th grade and they are ready to work for another great season for Panther Volleyball!
White Cloud Lady Indians started out their season with the Fremont First Dig tournament. The ladies went 6-0 on the day and brought home the hardware. After going undefeated in round robin play and coming out on top against Tri-County in the semi-finals, they faced tournament host, Fremont, in the finals. After battling back and forth early in the first set, the Indians were able to get a cushion in the second set and run away with the championship. Cassie Watson led with 55 points and 10 aces, followed by Olivia Bowman with 45 points and 7 aces and Alexis Strait 37 points and 14 aces. Olivia also provided the team with 41 kills, along with Alexis' 31. Alexis did a great job running the offense with 76 assists. Olivia led the back row with 51 digs and Alexis had 45 digs. Emily Feldpausch also had a great day in the back row by getting her hands on a lot of plays. Way to start the season out!!! We head to Kent City to open up our conference play this Wednesday.
Fremont splits a pair
Thursday Fremont faced the Tigers of Shelby for their second match of the season and came away with a 3-1 victory pounding in all 3 goals in the first half, then holding off the Tigers as Joe Kortge collected 5 saves. Kasidy Wright scored two of those goals on assists from Jaxx Miller. The third goal came off a corner kick when Grant Vissia sent a ball to Braiden McDonald's head.
Friday the Pack headed south to face a tough Trojan team who came into the match having won both of their season opening games. The Fruitport defense kept the Pack in check limiting them to just 5 shots on goal while firing an even dozen at the Packer goal.
The teams battled to a scoreless tie at the break and with 20 minutes to play in the second the Trojans found the net later adding another goal to secure a 2-0 win.
Grant Tennis falls to Plainwell
The Tigers played senior heavy Plainwell in their second match of the day Monday afternoon in humid conditions. The team dominated at the top singles spot with a win by senior Karlton Zerlaut 6-1 6-0. Grant's #1 doubles team of Carter Chase and Jed VanderWeide recorded a 6-2 6-0 victory. Trent Patton and Diego Krepps went to the third set for the second time on the day at second doubles, coming back after dropping the first set, to force the match tiebreaker, but couldn't quite secure the win. Kyle Bay and Matt Hautamaki played a tough 4-6 5-7 match at #3 dubs.