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.
Vikes tame Lions; Pack cage Tigers; Cloud, Hespo, Devs lose big
Tri County 36 Newaygo 8
Well, the Vikings are as good as they were predicted to be. They controlled the field in Newaygo from the start with an impressive display of line play on both sides of the ball. The Lions were going to have to play a mistake free game and get a few breaks to have a decent shot at TC and they got neither. Viking Chase Keller found the end zone 4 times on the night and added a couple of 2 point conversions as Tri County remained undefeated with a convincing win over the Lions.
The Lions went 3 and out after the opening kickoff and following the punt TC was on the move until a fumble saw Wyatt Gorby grab it to give the hosts the ball back. Newaygo couldn’t move the ball and punted again. This time the Vikes drove down and put up points.The next Lion drive was halted by an interception and soon the Vikes were up 16-0
The Lions best early scoring opportunity came when they drove the ball to the TC 10. They knew they badly needed a score to stay in a game that was fast slipping away. Damone Moore pounded ahead for 6 yards setting up a 2nd down 4 yards short of the goalline. 3 plays later the visitors took over after stuffing a trio of tries. Another successful drive ended the half at 22-0 TC.
Then came a disastrous start to the second half. Viking Bryce Reed took the kickoff all the way and a 2 pointer by Keller made it 30-0. On the next Lion possession they went 3 and out but the punt attempt was mishandled and TC was in business again at the Lion 21. Three plays later it was 36-0.
Brian Badgerow finally got the Lions on the board with a late TD and Blake Kerr hit Isaiah Lopez for the conversion but the game was long in hand by then.
Henry Wood led the Lions in tackles with 9, Noah McLaughlin tallied 7 and Aaron Garza and Jordan Holm each finished with 6.
Kerr was 6-10 passing while Moore (46 yds), Badgero (39) and Matt Miedema (33) anchored the rushing duties.
Newaygo (1-3) will head down M37 to face forever rival Grant next Friday while Tri County (4-0) will be looking to stay undefeated as they face winless Morley Stanwood.
Fremont 20 Grant 0
The Tigers night started badly with a fumble on the first play from scrimmage. 6 plays later Kyler DeKuiper took it in from 3 yards out and after the Ben Mellema conversion it was 7-0 Packers early on. Grant’s next possession ended when Owen Hertel picked off a pass. Early in the second quarter Fremont began a drive that ended when Khai Noordyk racked up 6 from a dozen yards out and after a failed conversion Fremont led 13-0 a score that would hold up to intermission.
The final score of the game came in the third when Hertel rammed it in from 7 yards and with the Mellema boot it showed 20-0 on the board.
Talen Reichert-Slater hit on 11 of 18 passes with Hertel the target for 6 of those and DeKuiper gathering in 3. Hertel led all rushers with 82 yards while Karter Noordyk piled up 69 and Noordyk finished with 61.
But it was the defense that was the story of this game, tossing a shutout behind a defense led in tackles by Connor Pettis (11), Trentyn Corley (6), Hertel (5) and Levi Wimmer (4).
The Packers even their mark at 2-2 on the season and return to conference play when Oakridge comes to town also bearing a 2-2 record.. On Friday the Eagles defeated Ludington 29-21 at Oriole field.
Just not much else to say about these three games,
Kent City 50 White Cloud 0
The Eagles put this one to bed early.
White Cloud (2-2) will regroup and host winless Holton (0-4) on Friday
North Muskegon 65 Hesperia 7
The Norsemen remained undefeated setting up a conference showdown with Hart next week.
The Panthers never had a shot in this one with the hosts scoring early and often.
Hesperia (1-3) will be looking to get back in the win column when they travel to Shelby (0-4) to face the Tigers.
Mason County Central 64 Holton 6
Peyton Merz took the opening kickoff 80 yards for a TD then merely scored 5 more on the night as the Spartans dished out a 59-0 licking by halftime. The merciful running clock was the only thing that kept the numbers from breaking the scoreboard.
The Devils will be looking for win number 1 when they travel to White Cloud Friday.
Above photos by Bobbi Cruzan
By Ken De Laat
Week 3 is in the books and our local teams are having mixed success this far. Fremont stumbled in their conference opener against a surprisingly explosive Oriole offense who have put up 97 points the last 2 games. Speaking of the Lakes division, Manistee stayed undefeated with a win over Oakridge on the Eagle home turf, no easy feat, to put themselves in the title race. At least until they face Whitehall in 2 weeks.
In the Rivers division Hart and North Muskegon are each undefeated on the season and 1-0 in the division, but don’t go to sleep on Ravenna who despite a pair of early losses will undoubtedly compete for the crown.
In the CSAA Tri County looks even better than last season. The win over Reed City up in Coyote country was huge and while Coach Butler will never let his team look ahead of the next game, you can bet the matchup with the Cardinals in early October is etched on a few calendars.BR and RC play this week.Kent City started 2-0 then got stuffed in their home field last week. Can the Cloud snap a lengthy losing streak to the Eagles?
Grant at Fremont
Two long time rivals who both need a win to pull even on the season.
The Tigers are playing away from home for the fourth straight game and have struggled with keeping teams other than Kelloggsville out of the endzone. Fremont had no answers for an Oriole team that seemed to score whenever they wanted to. If Reichert-Slater finds Hertel a few times and Noordyk pounds the line on the ground it could be a rough night for the Tigers. Grant has scored on big plays and special teams. They’ll need to put together a few lengthy drives to keep their defense from spending so much time on the field. Look for Tiger Obenauf to attract a lot of Packer attention.
Kent City at White Cloud
The Cloud hasn’t beaten the Eagles on the gridiron since 1996 when both competed in the old NCAA Conference. That’s been 11 games and they haven’t kept a Kent City team under 50 points since 2015. The Eagles started out with a pair of wins but last week the Bucks of Buchanan controlled the KC offense most of the night. Coach Trice and his staff will likely see a lot of film of that one in preparation for Friday. It will be a big crowd and it will take a big game from a number of Indian players on both sides of the ball to pull off a win over their visitors. McGowen has been productive on both sides of the ball, Stockwell, Graham and the Indian D will be tasked with keeping the game from being a catchup affair.
Tri County at Newaygo
The Vikings are steaming hot right now. They have averaged over 40 points a game and have simply outscored opponents. TC has a title on their agenda and don’t want to stumble on the wayThe Lions got off the schneid with a convincing win over Morley but there are still more mistakes on the field than Coach Munger would like. It will be imperative that they minimize the kind of errors the Vikings have been feasting on early this season if they are going to give themselves a chance in this one,
Hesperia at North Muskegon
The Panthers are facing one of the top teams in the conference on the road. The Norse knocked off perennial powerhouse Pewamo-Westphalia then whipped Muskegon Catholic and Mason County Central.
Hope to see Hesperia fare well but NM has far too much talent on the field to believe an upset is imminent.
Holton at Mason County Central
The Spartans don’t score much but the Devils are barely scoring at all. Looks to be a rough year for Holton with a schedule that's not getting any easier.
Tiger teams were busy the past couple of days. The netters knotd up with the Panthers Tuesday then came back the next day to fall short in a battle with the Vikings.
Vballers came up on top of three close sets with the Lions.
Grant 2 Whitehall 6,
No. 1 - Grant Frye, Grant def. William Burger, Whitehall, 3-6 , 7-5 , 10-8
No. 2 - Owen Bass, Whitehall def. Evan McKnight, Grant, 6-1 , 6-0
No. 3 - Jones McDowell, Whitehall def. Asher Merrifield, Grant, 6-0 , 6-0
No. 4 - Evan Schuitema , Whitehall def. Lincoln Richards, Grant, 6-0 , 6-0
No. 1 - Isaac VanAmberg, Whitehall - Ian Sampson, Whitehall def. Drew Crater, Grant - Hayden Schwartz, Grant, 6-0 , 6-2
No. 2 - Garrett Frye, Grant - Thomas Devos, Grant def. Jonathan Hall, Whitehall - Patrick Cole, Whitehall, 1-6 , 7-5 , 11-9
No. 3 - Elijah Roberge, Whitehall - Myles Welch, Whitehall def. Manny Tiffany, Grant - Aaron Palmer, Grant, 6-1 , 6-3
No. 4 - Adam Sikkenga, Whitehall - Remington Whelpley, Whitehall def. Cotter Scholtens, Grant - Tom Kasper, Grant, 6-0 , 6-1
Grant 3 Newaygo 0
Grant varsity defeated Newaygo in 3 sets tonight with scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-22. We were confident, controlled, and finished well under pressure. We did a lot of nice things tonight!
Our JV and Freshmen teams also defeated Newaygo tonight. All 3 teams keep getting better and better! We're attending to the details of the game, playing more relaxed, and keeping the simple things simple!
Leaders from Grant Varsity vs.Newaygo;
Danica Gee, 10 kills, 2 aces, 11 digs
Chloee Chase, 3 kills, 4 aces, 19 assists, 10 digs
Reese Gragg added 6 kills, 5 digs
Jocee Pleune had 15 digs
Payton Bouwkamp had 2 aces, 13 digs
Hailey Guerra had 3 blocks
Grant 4 Comstock Park 4
No. 1 - Grant Frye, Grant def. Dylan Vandermeer, Comstock Park, 6-3 , 7-5
No. 2 - Evan McKnight, Grant def. Brendan Williams, Comstock Park, 6-2 , 6-1
No. 3 - Brady Vanoverloop, Comstock Park def. Lincoln Richards, Grant, 6-0 , 6-0
No. 4 - Ben Keasler, Comstock Park def. Asher Merrifield, Grant, 6-1 , 6-4
No. 1 - Drew Crater, Grant - Hayden Schwartz, Grant def. Aden Cole, Comstock Park - John Bryant, Comstock Park, 6-2 , 6-2
No. 2 - Thomas Devos, Grant - Garrett Frye, Grant def. Keegan Hockey, Comstock Park - Ewan Robinson, Comstock Park, 6-2 , 6-4
No. 3 - Cole Brozozowski, Comstock Park - Connor Phinney, Comstock Park def. Manny Tiffany, Grant - Aaron Palmer, Grant, 6-3 , 6-2
No. 4 - Jamar Lewis, Comstock Park - Ryan Brinkman, Comstock Park def. Cotter Scholtens, Grant - Tom Kasper, Grant, 6-4 , 1-6 , 10-4
Photos by Brent Foondle
White Cloud Cross Country was in action at the Fremont Hill & Bale Saturday, September 9. The Boys finished third in their division behind Muskegon West Michigan Christian and Wyoming Potter's House. Coleson Cruzan led the charge with a fourth place finish. Carson Foondle was tenth, Kaleb Canning 14th, Wyatt Karnes 24th, Angelo Hinson 25th, Avery Bowman 29th, and Trystan Tancock 36th to round out our Varsity seven. Coleson, Carson, and Kaleb were medal winners. The boys improved, on average, by 1:15 from the 2022 Hill & Bale, and 1:38 from their previous race.
In the girls race, Annie Feldpausch was the lone medal earner with a 13th place finish. Charlotte Karnes was 33rd and Anna Mohr was 34th.
Our JV runners were led by Donnie Grovesteen in the combined division race. He medaled, taking 10th place. He was followed by Dalton Crawford (19th), Mason Price (30th), Jarrett Warlick (31st), Landon Edwards (35th), Tyler Higgins (37th), Joziah Smith (43th), and Sam Viher (45th.) The JV boys finished 4th in the nine team field.
Our Runners of the Meet were Charlotte Karnes and Mason Price for improving their times from last week by 6:05 and 4:18 respectively.