From Coach Grimard:
Although the Panthers lost to West Michigan Christian 0-3 in the Regional Match tonight, they did not go down without a fight and did not give up! After losing game one 11-25 and game two 13-25, the team was determined to give their home crowd their best effort and not give up on themselves!
They came out strong in game 3 and held the lead until the very end, when the Warriors fought back to defeat the Panthers 26-24 in an exciting final game.
The Lady Panthers end their season with an impressive 39-12-1 record, the most wins in a season in school history! They also finished 2nd in the conference with an 8-2 record behind the always strong Morley Stanwood Mohawks.
Kill Leaders were Rachel Romero and Emily Bayle with 12 and 8 respectively. Romero had the only ace for the Panthers. Kyra Sayer had 11 assists and Aria Thomas had 8 assists. Brooke Billings led with 2 blocks and Sayer had 1 block on the night. Bayle led with 10 digs. Sayer, Romero, and Adriana Escobedo had 5 digs each.
Although the season didn't end how the Panthers were hoping for, it was one to be proud of and they are left with the hopes of even bigger things in the 2020 season when all 12 of the girls return as seniors
5 Lions, 5 Packers fill All League team; Tigers place 2.
1 Newaygo Coach Jason Long
1 Fremont Coach Steven Vissia
3 Big Rapids
3 Tri County
7 Reed City
8 Kent City
9 Chippewa Hills
All Conference Team
Angel Guevara, Newaygo Brian Corbett, Tri County
Francisco Rios, Newaygo Caden Hoezee, Tri County
Noah Painter, Newaygo Ethan Nawrocki, Tri County
Jonathan Soto, Newaygo Derek Osbourne, Tri County
Pedro Torres, Newaygo Alberto Macias, Grant
Joe Kortge, Fremont Logan Osborn, Grant
Jaxx Miller, Fremont Tarik Jack, Lakeview
Carter Moon, Fremont Jonathan Larson, Lakeview
Grant Vissia, Fremont Ethan Maddox, Reed City
David Wachter, Fremont Abel Diaz, Kent City
Aden Herron, Big Rapids Mathias Johansen, Chippewa Hills
Lewis Macdonald, Big Rapids
Jackson Rogers, Big Rapids
Jack Somsel, Big Rapids
Oliver Geroux, Newaygo Brenden Kurtze, Lakeview
Conner Roesler, Fremont Jordon Lofquist, Reed City
Colin Morrissey, Big Rapids Trent Buckner, Kent City
Luc Flintoff, Tri County Cade Palmer, Chippewa Hills
Ian Oatis, Grant
Katelynne Gerth notched all conference honors while teammates Taylor Mulder and Haley Zerlaut achieved spots on the Honorable Mention list along with Kathryn Stong of Grant and Holton’s Leah Fox.
1. Big Rapids Coach Mark Posey
3. Chippewa Hills
4. Central Montcalm
5. Kent City
8. Tri County
All Conference Team
Hope Thebo, Big Rapids Jordyn Papendick, Lakeview
Holly McKenna, Big Rapids Kerstin Stadtfeld, Chippewa Hills
Lauren Posey, Big Rapids Chloe Miller, Big Rapids
Avery Chaput, Big Rapids Kiali Stout, Big Rapids
Katelynne Gerth, Fremont
Honorable Mention All Conference
Taylor Neeb, Chippewa Hills Kathryn Stong, Grant
Taylor Mulder, Fremont Riley Case, Chippewa Hills
Anna Lake, Central Montcalm Michelle Carr, Kent City
Haley Zerlaut, Fremont Alyssa Miller, Chippewa Hills
Joan Carr, Kent City Leah Fox, Holton
1. Kent City Coach Jill Evers
2. White Cloud
4. Morley Stanwood
Layla Martini, Kent City Elizabeth Sible, Kent City
Alyeska Linsley, Kent City Emily Lantzer, Kent City
Abby Ignasiak, Kent City Stevey Hogle, Lakeview
Becci Castillo, Hesperia
Abigail Gilliam, Morley Stanwood Naomi Thompson, White Cloud
Alexus Richmond, White Cloud Kierra Flegel, Kent City
Carley Denhof, Kent City Aivery Devereaux, Morley Stanwood
Lily Crowell, Holton
1. Kent City Coach Jill Evers
2. White Cloud
3. Morley Stanwood
Aiden McLaughlin, Morley Stanwood Thomas Swanson, Kent City
Reginald Richmond, White Cloud Chris Stapel, Hesperia
Nick Flegel, Kent City Graham Resterhouse, Holton
Ryan Wheeler, Kent City Nathan Ciolk, White Cloud
Josh McNeil, Morley Stanwood Casen Armstrong, Kent City
Kobe Canning, White Cloud Riley Pritchard, Morley Stanwood
Tristan McHaney, White Cloud Terry Trendel, White Cloud
Brock Hearth, Kent City
1. Fremont Coach Cliff Somers
2. Big Rapids
3. Chippewa Hills
4. Reed City
7. Central Montcalm
8. Tri County
Nathan Walker, Fremont Adam Ward, Fremont
Conor Somers, Fremont Calvin Rohde, Reed City
Joshua Zerfas, Fremont Mikko Vesma, Fremont
Ben Paige, Fremont
Kaden Torres, Big Rapids Gavin Orcutt, Fremont
Gavin Schuler, Fremont Jake O’Neil, Chippewa Hills
Colton Best, Fremont Andrew Hardy, Central Montcalm
Benjamin Knuth, Big Rapids
1. Reed City Coach Susan Saladin
3. Chippewa Hills
4. Big Rapids
5. Central Montcalm
8. Tri County
Natalie Newcombe, Chippewa Hills Natalie Zochowski, Chippewa Hills
Abbigail Kiaunis, Reed City Hanna Brock, Big Rapids
Taylor Mater-Gerth, Fremont Kate Langworthy, Big Rapids
Sarah Storey, Chippewa Hills
Taylor Harrison, Reed City Erin Norton, Fremont
Elizabeth Gates, Grant Sophia Frisbie, Newaygo
Leah Converse, Fremont Tea Hoffman, Central Montcalm
Claire Akin, Central Montcalm
1. Central Montcalm 6-1 (Coach: Scott Cripe)
2 Grant 5-2
2 Newaygo 5-2
2 Reed City 5-2
5 Chippewa Hills 4-3
6 Tri County 2-5
7 Big Rapids 1-6
8 Fremont 0-7
Teague Donozzolo (12) Central Montcalm Jeffrey Samuels (12) Reed City
Brock Ryan (11) Central Montcalm Auston Major-Kailing (12) Reed City
Trey Chapin (11) Central Montcalm Austin Fowler (12) Reed City
Ethan Rutz (12) Central Montcalm Austin Whitehead (12) Reed City
Aiden Train (12) Central Montcalm Noah Jones (11) Reed City
Gunner Hill (12) Central Montcalm Payton Hansen (11) Reed City
Dillon Weston (12) Central Montcalm Joseph Shewan (11) Reed City
Caleb Hagen (12) Central Montcalm Chayton Wiggins (12) Chippewa Hills
Jarrett Railling (12) Grant Mason Brockless (12) Chippewa Hills
Tyler Kopischka (12) Grant Koronte Lowery (12) Chippewa Hills
Hayden Crosby (12) Grant Carl Whipple (11) Chippewa Hills
Billy Ostyn (12) Grant Cam Friend (11) Tri County
Brendan Keelean (11) Grant Hunter Dewey (12) Tri County
Brett Long (11) Grant Nick Braunschneider (12) Tri County
Orion Evans (11) Grant D.J. GreenBay (11) Big Rapids
Brenden Brechting (11) Newaygo Jacob Alber (12) Big Rapids
David Gonzalez-Tirado (12) Newaygo Tristen Marfia (11) Fremont
Logan Heidman (12) Newaygo
Jacob Jibson (12) Newaygo
Gaven Rake (11) Newaygo
Carlos Magana (12) Newaygo
Jarrod Wismar (11) Newaygo
Andrew Johnson (12) Central Montcalm
Trevor Lowry (11) Grant
Aidan Culver (11) Newaygo
Darrin Halladay (12) Reed City
Bryce Spaugh (12) Chippewa Hills
John Nelson (11) Tri County
Jack Cooley (11) Big Rapids
Payton Mansfield (11) Fremont
4-0 Morley Stanwood (Coach: Clark Huntey)
3-1 Kent City
Jason Bialik (12) Morley Stanwood Hayden Rentschler (12) Lakeview
Logan Griffes (12) Morley Stanwood Jacob Voelker (12) Lakeview
Ryland Nelson (11) Morley Stanwood Mason Myers (12) Lakeview
Tucker Cook (12) Morley Stanwood Noah Johnson (10) Lakeview
Carter Veldkamp (11) Morley Stanwood Logan Balkema (12) Hesperia
Kevin Phillips (12) Morley Stanwood Logan Pearson (12) Hesperia
Max Hudson (12) Kent City Johnny Majersky (11) Hesperia
Jayden Williams (12) Kent City Drew Trygstad (12) Holton
Nathan Baker (11) Kent City Joe Crowell (12) Holton
Jesus Hernandez (12) Kent City
Brendan Boyd (12) Kent City
Aaron Garrow (11) Morley Stanwood
Dolan Bair (12) Kent City
Evan Vining (10) Lakeview
Jarrett Budde (11) Hesperia
Austin Hawkins (11) Holton
6-1 Grant (Coach: Tricia Schuitema)
6-1 Fremont (Coach: Kaitlyn VanBoven)
5-2 Big Rapids
5-2 Central Montcalm
3-4 Tri County
1-6 Reed City
0-7 Chippewa Hills
Kirstyn Throop (12) Grant
Savannah Passage (12) Grant
Megan Wegener (12) Grant
Rhiannon Pafford (12) Fremont
Carle Bruggema (9) Fremont
Natalie Jamieson (12) Fremont
Grace Fath (12) Big Rapids
Megan Mackall (11) Big Rapids
Morgan Train (11) Central Montcalm
Jessica Tanner (12) Central Montcalm
Ashley Bialek (11) Tri County
Lily Ruehmeier (11) Newaygo
Mackenzie Wein (12) Reed City
Madison Wrisley (10) Chippewa Hills
Ashley Longcore (12) Grant
Kaitlynn Bennett (10) Fremont
Olivia Owens (11) Big Rapids
Haley Baker (12) Central Montcalm
Alicia Bowen (11) Tri County
Lily Swinehart (10) Newaygo
Alison Duddles (12) Reed City
Morgan Perkins (12) Chippewa Hills
10-0 Morley Stanwood (Coach: Robin Kozuch)
6-4 Kent City
4-6 White Cloud
Braelyn Berry (10) Morley Stanwood
Brooke Brauher (11) Morley Stanwood
Breanna Berry (12) Morley Stanwood
Emily Bayle (11) Hesperia
Rachel Romero (11) Hesperia
Erica Bull (11) Kent City
Jenna Harrison (11) Kent City
Alexis Strait (11) White Cloud
Paige Byrnes (12) Holton
Avery Johnson (11) Lakeview
Landrie LaPreze (11) Morley Stanwood
Kyra Sayer (11) Hesperia
Jasmine Weeks (11) Kent City
Olivia Bowman (12) White Cloud
Kylie Gould (11) Holton
Grace Hopkins (12) Lakeview
Panthers claw past Tigers to capture District crown
Posting a third straight shutout Hesperia defended their title from last year as they blasted their way into the Regionals with a 27-25, 25-20, 25-17 victory over Shelby at the Hart District Tournament.
Emily Bayle led the Panther attack with 10 kills Rachel Romero and Brooke Billings added 8 and 7 kills respectively. Kyra Sayer had 19 assists and Aria Thomas had 17 assists. Bayle had 3 aces at the service line and Allison Homfeld had 2 aces.
Defensively, Isabelle Rumsey had the only block of the night. Romero had 13 digs, Bayle had 10 digs, and Thomas 7 digs on the night.
The Panthers will host Regional play beginning on Tuesday when they will face the winner of Friday’s matchup between WM Christian and North Muskegon. The other bracket pits Morley Stanwood against the winner of Pewamo Westphalia and Saranac.
Games are scheduled to begin at 5:30pm.
Coopersville defeated Grant in the Coopersville District 25-11, 25-18, 25-18.
District Volleyball Round 1 Results
N3 Sports Team
Photos of Newaygo v Tri County by Alexis Mercer
Hesperia won (3-0) over Hart in the first round of district play tonight. Game scores were 25-19, 25-23, 25-17. The Panther attack was led by Emily Bayle with 12 kills, Rachel Romero with 9 kills, and Delaney Yates with 5 kills. Kyra Sayer had 18 assists and Aria Thomas had 9. Sayer led with 3 aces at the service line. Brooke Billings and Isabelle Rumsey each had 2 aces. Defensively, Romero and Bayle had 7 and 6 digs respectively. Bayle had 2 blocks on the night, Rumsey and Brooke Billings each had 1.
The Panthers are now 37-11-1 going into the semi-final round of districts against the Mason County Central Spartans Wednesday at 7:00.
Holton will face Shelby Wednesday at 5 with the winners squaring off Friday at 6 pm.
MS defeated Lakeview 3-0 and will face White Cloud Wednesday at 7:30 pm
The survivor gets the winner of KC/Ravenna Friday at 7pm
Fremont fell 3-0 to the hosts and Newaygo shut out Tri-County.
When Newaygo visited Tri-County during regular season conference play, they lost to the Vikings in 4. A few weeks later at the Kent City Invitational, Newaygo was defeated once again by the Vikings in both sets of pool play. But the Lions were determined to change the story line and keep their season going on Monday night in Coopersville.
In the first set, the Vikings and Lions each went on runs putting themselves ahead significantly only to have the other team surge and tie, then pull ahead themselves. Newaygo found themselves down more than up, however, and it looked like TC was going to pull out the first game. Until the Lions’ head coach Kristin Melvin called a time-out and lit a fire under the hitters. Newaygo came back swinging hard and often, and despite a solid final ditch effort by the Vikings to keep their lead, won 29-27.
The close score at the end of the first set continued on to the second with neither team seeming to be able to break open the lead. Back and forth they went, point after point. But it was the strong offense, especially Rylee Maat’s outside hitting, that sparked the Lions who went on to win 25-20.
The third set the Lions had control of from the beginning so they were able to sub in players to get some valuable tournament time experience, including for freshman setter Emma Mortensen and sophomore hitter Kayla Fisk. The final set score was 25-20. With the shutout, the Lions continue their season.
Newaygo faces Grant at 7:00 pm Wednesday.
Sparta plays Coopersville in the other semi-final game and the winners of each will face off on Friday night.
For two halves and 2 overtime periods the two surviving D4 soccer schools in the state went head to head and toe to toe battling to gain an advantage that never came as Jameson Goorman and his Liggett counterpart Sam Sword each collected 9 saves while defense dominated the field of play.
So once again it came down to a shootout.
And once again the Warriors prevailed as Goorman yielded one Knight shot then slammed the door and kept the ball out of the net while Brendan Fies and Isaac VanHoeven provided the SO goals to give the Warriors the win and their 7th title.
It was the 6th shutout during their tournament run with opponents managing only a single goal against the Warriors.
Checkout Warrior Brevin Byrne's input to our previous piece with his take on the semi-final, his team, and his Grandfather
Fremont Harriers Taylor Mater, Nathan Walker, Conor Somers, Adam Ward and Ben Paige came home from Brooklyn with All-State honors Saturday.
From Coach Somers:
Taylor Mater (So) was representing the “Pack” as our sole qualifier in the girls race. Tayor missed all of last season with injury and the middle 1/3 of this season. Because of this she had not yet raced in a field as large and competitive as the state finals. (MSU, Portage) Despite lacking big meet experience she went out and raced like a champ. She had a decent start, running just outside the top 30 at the mile mark. The top 30 finishers are all-state. In the 2nd mile Taylor moved up through the crowd into 23rd by the 2 mile. She was showing signs of stress as she headed back to the infield for the last ¾ of a mile. From a distance I could see Taylor struggling as she faded to about 26th with 800 to go. Getting a little close to losing that all-state spot. But she never gave up, kept fighting and was able to recover with a strong finish over the last 400 to move up to 22nd at the finish to earn her all-state award. Taylor is our first girls all-stater since 2011. She did a great job of cross-training and believing she would recover during the time that she missed in the middle of the season.
The boys came in to the race heavily favored and they delivered. This is still a young group and they handled the pressure well. They do a good job staying pretty loose until it is time to perform. The boys seized control of the race by the ¾ mile mark and never let go, finishing with 68 points to 2nd place (Otsego) 176.
Nathan Walker (Jr), one of the individual favorites led the way going right to the lead pack. Conor Somers (So) was at the front of a small chase pack at the mile. At the mile Josh Zerfas (Jr), Ben Paige (Jr), and Adam Ward (Jr) were grouped up at the front of the main field. Mikko Vesma (Sr) and Colton Best (Jr) were well back in the field at the mile mark. In the second mile Nathan took the lead and pushed the pace to thin out the lead group of 5 while Conor and another athlete broke free of the chase pack. Josh, Ben were holding position while Adam was starting to move. Mikko started to improve his position a little over the 2nd mile while Colton was holding steady. Over the last mile the lead pack splintered as Evan Bishop of East Grand Rapids set a fantastic tempo. Nathan held on to 3rd until the last 50 meters where he was nipped at the line to finish 4th. Conor continued his one on one battle for 6th and 7th, until they were caught from behind with about 1000 to go making it a 3 way battle. He couldn’t quite hang on and finished a solid 8th. The last mile saw Adam continue to run strong and moving up and fighting off some strong finishers to finish 18th. Ben faded the first 400 of the last mile, recovered, started moving back up, lost a shoe with about 800 to go, and took off to have a great last 300 to finish 20th. Josh had a rough time the last mile, but fought all the way to finish 43rd. Mikko had a screaming last mile improving 30-40 places to finish 36th, missing all state honors by 6 places. Colton had a tough last mile also fighting home in 100th.