Line Play Lifts ‘Yotes Over Lions
Story by Ken De Laat
Photos by Alexis Mercer
Reed City 44 Newaygo 14
It turned out to be one of those epic early autumn evenings with a harvest moon gracing the field for Newaygo’s homecoming. The floats were in place for halftime, the crowd filled the stands and lined the fences, the student section in the endzone had a ripple of excitement running through it and the anticipation for the game was high.
Then came the kickoff.
The Coyotes received and began play on their own 25. 6 plays and 75 yards later they were in the endzone and after a 2 point conversion led 8-0.
The Lions mishandled the kickoff but were able to recover the ball putting them inside the 20. On their first play from scrimmage a fumble gave the ball back to the visitors who tossed a 21 yard pass to a wide open receiver and after another 2 point conversion the score was 16-0 with the game not yet 3 minutes old.
Newaygo fought back, assisted by a pass interference call that took them just inside Coyote territory. Then Damone Moore busted one loose, bouncing off tacklers and battling his way to the endzone to put the Lions on the board. The conversion failed and the score sat at 16-6.
On the next Reed City drive the Lions had an opportunity for a stop with a 4th and 4 but the ‘Yotes converted the first down then scored on the next play to go up 24-6.
Newaygo began with a penalty on the return and were pushed back to start on their own 12. The Lions put together a solid drive that was ended by a fumble giving Reed City another chance to drive down and score. The Lions were unable to move the ball on their next possession and with less than 2 minutes on the clock RC scored again and by the time the teams hit the locker rooms it was 38-6.
Each team scored once in the second half with the Lions getting a 9 yard TD run from Aaron Garza and Moore putting 2 more points on the board with his conversion run to make the final 44-14.
Though a couple of crucial mistakes and untimely penalties hurt Newaygo the game was decided by the line play of Reed City with Lion players giving up a good deal of size in their one to one matchups. Combine this with a boatload of speed coming out of the backfield and the Coyote offense proved to be tough to contain.
The Lions (1-3, 2-4) will ride to Remus Friday to take on Chip Hills (1-3, 3-3) while Reed City (3-2, 3-3) will visit Silver champ Kent City (3-0, 5-1).
Grant defeated Tri County tonight in 4 sets, winning 25-11, 23-25, 25-15, 25-14.
Coach Schuitema: “We did a lot of things really well tonight. What especially stood out to me was our hitting and passing. Because we passed well, we were able to be in-system a lot! We've been working hard on getting better at our hitting efficiency! Chloee, our setter, was able to use a lot of different options on offense and it worked!”
Leaders for the game were:
Chloee Chase with 5 kills, 3 aces, 31 assists and 16 digs
Madison Brooks led us with 15 kills
Danica Gee added 12 kills, 1 ace, 1 block, and 11 digs
Bella Welch had 17 digs, 4 kills, 2 aces
Jocee Pleune had 20 digs
Payton Bouwkamp had 12 digs, 5 kills, 2 aces
Grant plays Central Montcalm on Thursday at home starting with the MS at 4 pm, JV at 5:30 and Varsity following. Grant's overall record is 12-10-1
White Cloud volleyball dominated the night against Chip Hills in sweeping 3 games. Leading the effort was Brooklyn Foondle's 7 kills and 7 points. Hannah Cruzan's perfect serving led to 14 points. Hailee Brown added 8 points and Brown/Cruzan combined for 14 digs. Gracy Holmes had 7 service points. The defensive effort led by Jaden Gomez's 17 digs kept the Chippewas at bay. The Lady Indians are 5-1 in league play.
Lions, Tigers, Panthers, Devs, and Pack at home. Cloud hits the road...maybe
Reed City (2-2, 2-3) at Newaygo (2-2, 2-3)
A few years back this was a simmering rivalry starting in ‘12 when after taking a beating in the regular season the Lions knocked the ‘Yotes from the post season with a dramatic win. Two years later the Lions beat RC in the season and when they met in the playoffs it was the Coyotes time to howl ousting a good Lions team.
Since then Reed City has dominated the series winning 7 of 8 with most being by 5 or 6 touchdowns. The teams come into this one with identical records, both getting beat by Big Rapids and Tri County though the Coyotes stayed in each game quite a bit longer than the Lions. Both need a win to keep any possible postseason hopes alive.
If Newaygo can hang around and keep it close anything can happen, but if their visitors jump out early it could be a long night for Lion fans.
Big Rapids (4-0, 4-1) at Grant (0-3, 1-4)
The Cardinals are heading for a showdown with the Vikings next week that will likely decide the title but they won’t be looking past this one. The Tigers have really struggled on offense and while the defense has played well they just spend way too much time on the field. Not saying the Tigers don’t have a chance but they’re averaging less than 10 points in their last 3 games and they’ll likely need triple that to have a shot here.
Orchard View (0-2, 2-3) at Fremont (0-2, 2-3)
In 2019 the Cards went undefeated in the regular season capturing one of the last Lakes 8 titles.Going into this season they had won just one game on the field since Little wonder there was enthusiasm among the OV faithful when they began the season 2-0, albeit over 2 teams who have yet to post a W. In the three games since they haven’t been close after the first quarter.
The Packers had opportunities to beat Oakridge last week, had a couple of plays gone their way, but the Eagles held them off then scored late to ice the game. The Packers can move the ball and should be in a position to put up some yards in this one. With three pretty tough weeks ahead on the schedule they need to take this one and should, barring the untimely turnovers they have been prone to. The defense has been decent if you can overlook Ludington running wild in game 3 and the Cards have had trouble getting the ball into the endzone.
White Cloud (0-1, 3-2) at Muskegon Hts. (0-4)
If the Heights are able to field a team the Indians will notch win #4 and keep their postseason hopes alive. If not they’ll still get #4. The Tigers forfeited their last game and have been outscored 94-0 in the three they were able to play.
Ravenna (2-1, 2-3) at Hesperia ( 0-2, 1-4)
The Panthers have scored 7,7,7,& 6 in their last 4 games. That’s not enough to win many games and it certainly isn’t enough to compete with the Dawgs. Ravenna’s only wins have been over teams with a losing record, but they are still hanging on in the conference race and a win sets up a showdown with conference rabbit North Muskegon. The Panthers would need an inspired defensive effort then toss in the discovery of a more potent offense and add a break or two and maybe, just maybe…but not likely.
Shelby (0-2, 1-4) at Holton (0-2, 0-5)
The two touchdowns by the Red Devils last week equaled their total scoring in the first four games. The Tigers haven’t fared much better on offense but they put it in the endzone 3 times against Hesperia last week. The RD’s are having one tough season and while this is one of the few games they might have a shot at avoiding a winless season, it’s a pretty long one.
Central Montcalm (1-2, 2-3) at Tri County (3-0, 5-0)
The Vikings can score in bunches and with a trip to Cardianal country next week they would like to put this one away early. The Hornet offense can sting as well but I’d be surprised if they can do it often enough to stay with Coach Butler’s point-a-minute guys.
Feldpausch cracks record book
Coach Atwood: Continued Improvement was the theme on Saturday and the White Cloud Harriers competed at the Veterans Serving Veterans Invitational in Cadillac. Medal winners were Coleson Cruzan and Kaleb Canning who finished 13th and 28th in the 28 team field. Angelo Hinson was third for White Cloud at 55th place. Avery Bowman, Wyatt Karnes, Donnie Grovesteen and Mason Price rounded out the Varsity squad with 67th, 68th, 83rd, and 95th places, respectively. In the 113-man JV race, Trystan Tancock and Tyler Higgins finished 57th and 97th. Season Best times were posted by Avery, Coleson, and Donnie. Personal Best times were achieved by Kaleb, Tyler, Angelo, Mason, and Trysten.
The girls race has a break-out performance by Annie Feldpausch, putting her on the record board for the top 15 best times in White Cloud Girls Cross Country history. Knocking 38 seconds off her previous best, Annie ran a 21:34 for 20th place and a medal. Brooklyn Foondle placed 73rd, Allie Rodriguez was 129th and Charlotte Karnes was 138th. In addition to Annie, Charlotte also had a personal best time and both Brooklyn and Allie ran their fastest times this season.
Runner of the meet is Annie Feldpausch. Congratulations to all the runners!
Our next race is Saturday, September 30, at Shepherd.
Photos by Cassie Rickert
White Cloud 66 Holton 12
Landyn McGowen piled up a total of 215 yards and notched 5 touchdowns as the Cloud sent the homecoming crowd home happy with a dominant win over the Red Devils. Lloyd Sebright-Johnson and Nate Campeau each scored two TDs and Jayden Robinson added another to the offensive surge. Compeau also picked a Devil pass on defense
Ashton Graham led the D with 12 tackles and an interception white Reece Johnson tallied 9 tackles.
For the RD’s Riley Pierce hit Hunter Zang for a touchdown and took another in on the ground to account for the Holton scores. Pierce finished with 58 yards passing and 81 rushing. Zang caught 3 passes for 58 yards and David Addison pounded out 48 rushing yards.
White Cloud (0-1, 3-2) is scheduled to play at Muskegon Heights (0-3) Friday.
Oakridge 26 Fremont 14
The Eagles jumped off to an early lead scoring on a 2 yard run midway through the 1st. The Packers responded on their next drive when Talen Reichert-Slater hit Daniel Romero who took it in for a 26 yard TD. Ben Mellema converted and Oakridge held an 8-7 edge. The visitors showed a little razzle dazzle as QB Evan Miller flipped the ball to Trever Jones who found Brayden Cunningham streaking downfield for a 76 yard score. The conversion failed and the teams went to the locker rooms tied after Khai Noordyk ran it in from 24 yards out followed by a Mellema boot to make it 14-14.
Fremont missed an early scoring opportunity in the 3rd and the Eagles took command with a short TD pass going up 20-14. Another Packer scoring chance ended with a turnover and Eagle running back Jones busted a 60 yarder for the final score of the game.
Reichert-Slater completed 13 of his 28 passes for 150 yards hitting Romero 5 times for 65 yards while Kyler DeKuiper hauled in 4 for 25 yards. DeKuiper also recovered a fumble on defense.
Khai Noordyk piled up 68 yards on the ground with Owen Hertel adding another 53 yards. Hertel also had a team leading 8 tackles on defense with Connor Pettis notching 7.
Fremont (0-2, 2-3) will host Orchard View (0-2, 2-3) Friday.
Shelby 21 Hesperia 7
Anything that could go wrong for the Panthers did so during the first half of their visit to Shelby. The Tigers took advantage of turnovers and struck twice with scoring passes to hit intermission up 13-0.
Skyler Stalbaum capped the initial Panther drive in the second half with a 20 yard run to daylight and the conversion put the visitors back in the game down just 13-7. But that was all the points the Panthers could muster while the Tigers visited the endzone twice more to ice the WMC-R game.
Hesperia (0-2, 1-4) will host Ravenna (2-1. 2-3) Friday.
Tri County 44 Morley Stanwood 6
The Vikings remained undefeated with a convincing win over the ‘Hawks.
Tri County (3-0, 5-0) will host Central Montcalm (1-2, 2-3) Friday.
More WC Homecoming Below- Photos By Missy Gomez
Newaygo at Grant
72 times these teams have met on the field and discounting the forfeit during the wretched 2020 Covid plagued season they stand even at 36 apiece.
That’s kind of incredible.
The 90’s belonged to Newaygo when they ran off 9 straight over the Tigers. The previous 6 in a row were all Grant.
Going back a bit more from 1954 to 1970 the Tigers beat the Lions every year but one. In 1966 it must have been some celebration in Newaygo when the 12 game losing streak was snapped. The Lions went undefeated that year.
In this century the Lions hold an 11-10 edge.
Friday the bragging rights will once again be on the line when they take the field in Grant for the latest edition of this classic prep rivalry. It is indeed the best show in town because it is The Season for each. I’m certain the celebration for the Lion win in the '66 game was more boisterous than the later one for going undefeated.
Both teams are 1-3. Newaygo’s coming off a bruising loss to a white-hot TC team. The Tigers got blanked by Fremont.
None of that matters. After all this is The Game.
Oakridge at Fremont
The current squad may not be as potent as the Eagle teams of old but a program that has been to the playoffs 27 out of the last 28 years is likely to always be tough to beat. Besides they just knocked off a solid Ludington team up in Oriole country. The same Orioles that ran wild against the Pack.
It's a cliche to say the Pack needs to minimize mistakes and catch a break or two but its turnovers that are hurting their ability to put up points and the defense is spending too much time on the field. A win would be huge for Fremont, but it is going to take a really good game out of a lot of people to get there.
Holton at White Cloud
The Red Devils are struggling to say the least. Give the players a lot of credit. They take the field on Fridays against teams with a lot more firepower and they don’t back down.
But scoring has been almost as big a challenge as keeping the other team out of the endzone. Not a great combination.
The Cloud’s defense has struggled at times but should do well in this one. It’s in WC and the Indians have more than enough offense to get them back on a winning track.
Hesperia at Shelby
Since being edged 13-12 in the season opener loss to White Cloud the Tigers have been outscored 141-6. Granted those were three pretty good teams, but it’s safe to say scoring is an issue in Shelby.
The Panther offense could do some damage here, but it won’t be easy. The three teams that rang up those 141 points possess a lot of offensive weaponry and Hespo hasn’t shown they can score with any consistency. And they’re on the road against a team hungry for a win.
Tri County at Morley Stanwood
The Mohawks haven’t won yet. The Vikings haven’t lost yet.
The same will be true after Friday night.
Photos by Joan Ludtke
The first CSAA jamboree of the season was hosted by Reed City, last night. White Cloud boys made a great showing at the 11 team event. Coleson Cruzan put in the work in mile two to finish 12th. Carson Foondle and Kaleb Canning showed true grit and broke into the top 30 with a 27th and 28th place finish, respectively. Angelo Hinson (39) and Wyatt Karnes (40) rounding out the top five giving the spread a mere 95 seconds. Donnie Grovesteen and Dalton Crawford were our important sixth and seventh finishing 50th and 63rd. Additional finishers for the White Cloud squad were Trystan Tancock (64th), Mason Price (66th), Jarrett Warlick (70th), Avery Bowman (73rd), Tyler Higgins (86th), Landon Edwards (87th), and Sam Viher (89th). Personal Best times were achieved by Dalton, Landon, Tyler, Angelo, Wyatt, Mason, Trystan, and Sam. Kaleb, Carson, Coleson, Donnie, and Jarrett ran their best times of the season.
Annie Feldpausch led the girls with her 19th place finish, running her fastest time this season. Brooklyn Foondle, also posting her best time this year, finished 42nd. Allie Rodriguez and Charlotte Karnes finished 67th and 77th, respectively. Allie also had her best time of the season.
Our runner of the meet is Coleson Cruzan.
Congratulations to all the runners! Our next meet is Saturday, in Cadillac.
At the Portland tournament Saturday Drew Carter and Hayden Schwartz at #1 Doubles brought home the runner up medals.
At #2 dubs, Thomas Devos and Garrett Frye made the championship match and
went 3 sets with the overall champs from Portland, going 6-7 6-3,4-10.
The Tigers competed at all flights and finished with 6 points.
On Monday the team faced off against the Orioles. Currently ranked 5th in D4. The perennial powerhouse Orioles proved to be up to their state ranking by sweeping the matches
No. 1 - Robby Killips, Ludington def. Grant Frye, Grant, 6-0 , 6-0 , -;
No. 2 - Charles Kolb, Ludington def. Evan McKnight, Grant, 6-0 , 6-0 , -;
No. 3 - Jack Stidham, Ludington def. No Player, Grant, 2-0 , 2-0 , -;
No. 4 - Reece Ward, Ludington def. No Player, Grant, 2-0 , 2-0 , -;
No. 1 - Chaz Leonard, Ludington - Will James, Ludington def. Drew Crater, Grant - Hayden Schwartz, Grant, 6-0 , 6-3 , -;
No. 2 - Ryan Higley, Ludington - Oliver Kolb, Ludington def. Garrett Frye, Grant - Thomas Devos, Grant, 6-0 , 6-1 , -;
No. 3 - Zach Walunas, Ludington - Tyler Kellior, Ludington def. Manny Tiffany, Grant - Aaron Palmer, Grant, 6-0 , 6-1 , -;
No. 4 - Jonah Bluestein, Ludington - Christian Serna, Ludington def. Cotter Scholtens, Grant - Tom Kasper, Grant, 6-0 , 6-0
From Coach Atwood:
On Saturday, the cross country team competed at West Shore Community College for the Ludington Invitational. In the 13 team field, the boys finished fourth place, behind much larger Big Rapids, Ludington and Shelby. Our medal winners were Coleson Cruzan (15th), Kaleb Canning (21st), and Carson Foondle (28th.) Rounding out the scoring squad was Wyatt Karnes (38th) and Angelo Hinson (39th) which reduced our 1-5 spread to 1:43. Other White Cloud finishers were Donnie Grovesteen (61st), Mason Price (73rd), Trystan Tancock (77th), Tyler Higgins (83rd), and Joziah Smith (84th.) Personal best times were achieved by Angelo, Mason, and Joziah. Season best times were posted by Kaleb, Carson, and Wyatt.
The girls team included medal-winner Annie Feldpausch in 17th place. Allie Rodriguez, Charlotte Karnes, and Anna Mohr finished 68, 72 and 75, respectively. Charlotte and Anna had their personal best times and Annie and Allie ran their fastest race, this year.
Kaleb Canning and Wyatt Karnes were runners of the meet. Congratulations to all the runners! Our next meet is Tuesday, September 19 at Reed City High School. Early dismissal is 2:14 PM.
Fremont Runners Compete at MSU Invite, Packer Girls Take 2nd At First Conference Meet
By Michael Paige
In a program with many traditions, including a tradition of excellence, the expectation that Fremont runners will train during the summer is a given. Starting about a week after the completion of track season in the spring, Packer runners can be seen all over town running literally thousands of miles collectively in anticipation of the upcoming fall cross country season. Fremont coach Cliff Somers rewards those that hit certain individual milestones with a trip to East Lansing to compete in the annual MSU Invitational. This year 3 girls ran the miles necessary to run in the meet, held each year at Akers East Golf course on the south end of the beautiful MSU campus. The race is broken up into divisions and also includes an Elite race. The girls ran in the Bronze (Division 2) race. Linnea Paige (So) placed 7th out of 294 runners with a season record time of 19:56.2. According to Coach Somers, “she committed to the lead pack early and moved up 6 or 7 places in the middle mile to 6th. She held 6th for most of the 3rd mile before sliding back to 7th.” Rachel Maddox (Jr) placed 152nd with a time of 24:34 and Rocquel Richards (So) was 205th coming in at 26:10.
The Fremont boys competed in the elite race. Fremont senior Sean Pettis had a breakout performance, placing 11th in 15:46.7, the 2nd fastest performance by a Fremont athlete ever at this meet, and the fastest since this version of the course started in 2010. According to Coach Somers, “he ran a smart race grabbing onto the tail end of a big lead pack and slowly picking through over the middle part of the race.” Junior Carter Sherman (17:00) 50th, sophomore Issac Romero (17:28) 80th, junior Cole Lowery (18:14) 123rd, and junior Blake Taylor (18:23) 131st all turned in season record performances. With five runners, Fremont compiled a team score of 329, good for 14th out of the 19 teams in the elite race,
Montague hosted the first West Michigan Conference Lakes Division meet this year on Sept. 12. The Ludington girls took an early lead, led by Junior Summer Brower (19:43 finish), and went on to win the meet with a team score of 26. Despite a great finish, Fremont sophomore Linnea Paige, was outsprinted in the last 100 meters by Ludington freshman Annabelle Lowman and Whitehall junior Cami Kraai. The three finished about a second apart. Manistee senior Cecilia Postma rounded out the top 5.
Paige finished with a time of 20.09, leading the Packers to a second-place finish. According to Coach Somers, “She ran a good race, and despite (being) out kicked in the last 100 she had one of the best finishes I have seen her turn in.” Joelle Patten finished 14th with a season best time of 22:59. Elise Pfeiffer came in 19th with a time of 23:39, just seconds from a PR. Junior Rachel Maddox (24:13) and freshman Kira Manchip (24:56.36) rounded out the scoring spots for the Packers. Rocquel Richards (24:56.44) and Olivia Stroven (26:44) also ran well for Fremont.
The Packers took second overall with 85 points, just one point ahead of Manistee. Whitehall, Montague and Oakridge finished 4, 5 and 6.
The next conference meet is Sept. 19 at Whitehall.