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It has been 5 years since Grant Cross Country has been represented at the MHSAA State Finals. Brodie Delamater broke that streak and placed 7th at Allendale’s Div. 3 Region-21 Meet last Saturday.
Delamator ran his best race of his career with a time of 16:43. Coming into his senior year, he set his goal to have his best season and make the State Finals. He spent his summer on a rigid training program set up by his coach, Marie Covey.
“He did everything we talked about in early June. He ran a lot of miles on the road and track, and he spent time in the weight room getting stronger. He has earned his place on the starting line this Saturday at the State Finals.” reports Covey.
The last Tiger runner to compete at State was Colton Covington who finished 15th with a time of 16:19.5 in 2018.
Story by Michael Paige
The Division 2 Region 10 meet was held Friday at Chippewa Hills.
For Fremont, senior Sean Pettis continued his fine season finishing 1st overall as regional champion with a time of 16:16, about 14 seconds better than his time at the same race a year ago. He earned All-Region honors and qualified for state. Junior Carter Sherman ran a strong race and finished 10th with a time of 16:47 also good for All-Region honors and a trip to the state finals. Sophomore Isaac Romero (17:36), junior Cole Lowery (18:03) and junior Blake Taylor (18:31) rounded out the top five. The boys’ team placed 4th with 112 points. Gladwin, Petoskey and Sparta advanced to the state finals.
On the girls’ side, the team placed 8th with 195 pts, 1 point out of 7th. They were ranked 9th in the region coming in. According to Coach Somers, “the course ran much slower than last week (Late Season Warrior Invite) due to the wind and some pretty muddy footing in some areas. I am really happy with the way the girls ran the race. They got out well and put themselves in positions to compete.” Sophomore Linnea Paige finished 6th at 19:51, earning All-Region honors and qualifying for the state finals. Sophomore Joelle Patten placed 25th with a PR. She ran 39 seconds faster than the week prior on the same course. Sophomore Rocquel Richards continued to improve, taking one minute 50 seconds off her time at the same race last year and placing 48th. In her last race in the red and white stripes, senior Elise Pfeiffer placed 57th with a time of 23:37. According to Coach, freshman Kira Manchip “ran her best race of the season” and placed 59th with a time of 23:53. Junior Rachel Maddox and freshman Jessie Kendziorski also ran for the Pack.
In team scoring, Ludington, Petoskey and Cadillac qualified for the state finals.
Other individual area runners qualifying for the state meet, include, Whitehall junior Cami Kraai (8th – 20:14) and Newaygo senior Remington Arney (11th – 20:50).
The Division 2 Finals are at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday November 4. The girls run at 1:30, boys at 2:50.
Newaygo's Arney Defies the Odds: Qualifies for 4th Consecutive Cross Country State Meet
Story and photo by Alexis Mercer
For the majority of runners in the state of Michigan, Regionals is the last meet they will run for the season. Only the top 3 teams and 7 individual runners from each Region move on to the State Finals at Michigan International Speedway.
For Newaygo’s Remington Arney, she was one of the minority to qualify this past weekend. And this is her fourth consecutive year doing so.
As a freshman, Arney edged out her competition at the Regional in Buckley by less than .1 of a second to be the final individual qualifier at that race. No spectators knew who had won between the two, who both dove for the line in a dead sprint. It was Arney who earned the spot and the trip to MIS. That year she took 211th place in the final showdown with the best of the state.
Her sophomore year, Arney wasn’t leaving it up to less than a second. At the Regional at Chippewa Hills, she ran 20:16 and took 9th place overall. This set her up for a significantly better year at the State Finals, where she took 41st place with her time of 19:38.9.
Coming into her junior year, the goal was a higher Regional and State finishing places. At the Region, she actually ran a better time by 26 seconds with a 19:50, but took 10th place. This time improvement, however, meant she did earn a better spot at State: 34th place and a PR there of 19:26.
This year, her senior year, Arney was primed and ready for the best yet. She had her sights set on All-State (top 30). But midway through the season, she suffered a terrible injury: fractures in BOTH of her feet. She crossed the line at the White Cloud CSAA Meet and crumpled onto the ground, unable to walk.
It was at this point that her goals changed. She went from looking at being a potential All-State runner to not knowing if she would even lace up her spikes one more time as a senior. Three weeks in boots, using the elliptical, biking, swimming and a lot of heat therapy and epsom salt baths was her new reality.
She did lace up those spikes and gave herself a shot on Friday, October 27 at Chippewa Hills. Despite the pain and loss of conditioning, she pulled off what many thought to be an impossible task. She crossed the finish line in 11th place with a time of 20:50. She would be headed to MIS one more time to finish up her high school career.
Full team results from the Regional meet can be found here: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/223278/info
Fremont Harriers Excel at Regional Meet
Story by Cliff Somers, Fremont Cross Country Coach
2023 D2 Regionals - At Chip Hills
Steady mist, Breezy, mild temp., soft footing
The girls placed 8th with 195 pts, 1 point out of 7th. They were ranked 9th in the region coming in. The course ran much slower than last week due to the wind and some pretty muddy footing in some areas. I am really happy with the way the girls ran the race. They got out well and put themselves in positions to compete. Linnea Paige (So) led the way with a 6th place finish moving up well throughout the race. Joelle Patten (So) had an outstanding race placing 25th with one of the few PR’s in the race. Rocquel Richards (So) piggybacked off of last weeks breakthrough performance to run the second best time of her career placing 48th. Running in her last race Senior Elise Pfeiffer placed 59th running a solid race. Kira Manchip (Fr) ran her best race of the season to place 59th, while Rachel Maddox (Jr) had a strong last 400 to place 72nd. Freshman Jessie Kendziorski ran her best race of the season to place 85th.
The boys placed 4th with 112 points, missing the 3rd state qualifying spot by 19 points. About 10 points closer than they were predicted. While disappointed at missing team qualification the boys turned in a good performance on the day. Sean Pettis (Sr) became another of Fremont’s Regional Champions by winning the race. Carter Sherman (Jr) ran a strong race to place 10th, while Issac Romero (So) went out strong, faded a little then finished strong to place 22nd. Cole Lowery (Jr) ran a great last 400 to place 33rd, with Blake Taylor (Jr) returning from a stress fracture to race on almost no run training to place 46th. Chase Lowery (So) and Evan Christoffersen (Fr) had good finishes to place 52nd and 60th.
All-Region – Top 7
Linnea Paige, Sean Pettis, Carter Sherman
Linnea Paige, Sean Pettis, Carter Sherman
This race was a great reminder on how hard it is to qualify for the State Finals. I am excited about how the teams performed this year and based on their yearly improvements they should be also.
Linnea Paige 15 sec. improvement
Joelle Patten 20 sec. improvement
Elise Pfeiffer 50 sec. improvement
Rachel Maddox 30 sec. improvement
Rocquel Richards 1:10 improvement
Sean Pettis 50 sec. improvement
Carter Sherman 30 sec. improvement
Issac Romero 50 sec. improvement
Blake Taylor 50 sec. improvement
Cole Lowery 40 sec. improvement
Brandon Rasmussen 40 sec. improvement
Full Results can be found here - https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/223278/info
Silver Division Champs: Grant Tigers Volleyball
Story by Tricia Schuitema
The Grant Tigers won the Silver Championship at the Central Montcalm tournament this weekend going 2 - 0 - 2. We really serve tough, play great defense and serve receive so well! We have been getting better and better every day, every match, every tournament.
Leaders for the tournament were:
Madison Brooks with 18 kills
Juliet Gonzalez with 7 aces
Hailey Guerra led us in blocks with 6 and added 9 kills
Bella Welch had 65 digs and added 2 aces
Chloee Chase led us in assists with 56, and added 6 aces, and 28 digs
Other contributors were:
Payton Bouwkamp had 13 kills, 3 aces and and 35 digs
Reese Gragg had 13 kills and 2 blocks
Jocee Pleune had 4 aces and 28 digs
Danica Gee had 2 aces and 19 digs
Alexa Obenauf added 8 kills and 3 blocks
Our next match is Districts on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Newaygo vs. Kent City at 5 pm!
White Cloud Runners Headed to State Finals
Photos and story by Andrea Atwood
The White Cloud Harriers returned to Chippewa Hills to compete at the MHSAA Region 30-4 on Saturday, October 28. The boys team emerged as champions as they bested both Breckenridge and Saginaw Lutheran Seminary. The Indians were favored by one point, but the flawless execution of the race plan resulted in a 25 point difference between White Cloud and second place Breckenridge. In addition to the win, the White Cloud team qualifies for the Michigan D4 State Meet on November 4. Coleson Cruzan was third overall, followed closely by Carson Foondle in 6th place. Kaleb Canning was 12, Avery Bowman 15th, Wyatt Karnes 24th, Donnie Grovesteen 29th, and Dalton Crawford 32nd.
Andrea Feldpausch was first for the girls, finishing in 8th place and securing her spot at the State meet next weekend. Allie Rodriguez was 59th, Charlotte Karnes 62nd and Anna Mohr 63rd.
In addition to qualifying for the State Meet, Andrea, Coleson, Carson, Kaleb, and Avery were Regional medalists. Avery had a perfectly timed Personal Best along with Dalton Crawford, and Charlotte Karnes. Donnie Grovesteen had a Season best time. Our runners of the meet were the boys' Varsity seven. Congratulations to all the runners!
Grant Takes Down Thornapple Kellogg in Four
From Tricia Schuitema, Grant Varsity Volleyball Coach
Grant defeated Thornapple Kellogg Varsity Volleyball team in 4 sets this week with scores of 21-25, 25-15, 25-22, 28-26. They made us work hard for our points because they played good defense! Our offense was really spread out and our middles were really effective against them! We had five girls with 6 or 7 kills! I thought Chloee did a great job of sharing the ball and she was able to be offensive and produce some key kills from the setting position!
Chloee Chase had 6 kills, 26 assists, 23 digs, 2 blocks
Bella Welch led us in digs with 33
Jocee Pleune added 19 digs
Payton Bouwkamp had 4 aces and 22 digs
Alexa Obenauf had 7 kills, 2 blocks
Madison Brooks had 7 kills
Reese Gragg added 6 kills
Hailey Guerra had 6 kills and 3 blocks
Grant Tigers will play in a tournament at Central Montcalm on Saturday!
The Fremont boys' soccer team traveled to Big Rapids on Thursday evening to take on Alma in the Regional Final match.
Alma got off to a quick start scoring 10 minutes into the match. Brayden Truman finished a ball from the top of the 18 making it 1-0. The rest of the half was back and forth and the scored remained 1-0 in favor of Alma at the half.
Alma struck again in the second half just 12 minutes in. Leo Richter scored the goal. Fremont battled back when John Vissia found Chaz Miller with 16 minutes left in the match making the score 2-1.
Although Fremont had several chances down the stretch they simply were not able to knot the game up. Alma outshot Fremont 10-5. Fremont's goalkeeper Caleb Vissia ended with 8 saves while Alma's keeper Noah Vega ended with 4 saves. Alma improves to 20-4 overall while Fremont ends its season 21-2-1.
Story and photo by Andrea Atwood
On Tuesday, October 24 the White Cloud Cross Country team hosted the Run Around the Cloud at their home course, Strider's Grove. Teams from Hart, Holton, Lakeview, and Baldwin joined White Cloud for an awesome evening in the woods. First for White Cloud and third overall was Carson Foondle. Wyatt Karnes was 12th, Avery Bowman 16th, Donnie Grovesteen 18th, Angelo Hinson 20th, Trysten Tancock 24th, Dalton Crawford 25th and Tyler Higgins 26th. In the girls race Andrea Feldpausch was 3rd, Allie Rodriguez 19th, Anna Mohr 24th, and Charlotte Karnes was 25th.
Our next race is Regionals at Chippewa Hills High School. Girls race at 10:00 AM and the boys follow at 10:45 AM on Saturday. Top three teams and 7 individuals will qualify for the State Meet on November 4th at Michigan International Speedway.
The boys wore WCXC jerseys designed by Coach Tony McHattie in 1974 for their warm-up.
Recap by Tricia Schuitema
Grant defeated Potter's House at all 3 levels tonight! Our Freshmen and JV teams both won in 2 sets and Varsity won in 3 sets! It was a fun environment because Potter's House had a great fan base with lots of cheering! I thought our girls served really well tonight, which got them out of system, and as a result we were able to push our offensive attack! Our serve receive and defense is always solid, too!
Leaders for the game were:
Chloee Chase with 20 assists, 16 digs, 2 aces and 3 kills
Reese Gragg led us in kills with 12, adding 7 digs, and 1 block
Bella Welch led the team in digs with 17
Danica Gee added 12 digs
Madison Brooks had 7 kills, 5 digs, 1 block
Alexa Obenauf had 4 kills, 1 block
Hailey Guerra had 3 kills, 2 blocks
Payton Bouwkamp added 3 kills, 2 aces and 8 digs
Grant's next game is Thursday at Thornapple Kellogg HS, then Saturday at the Central Montcalm tournament.