A few contests of interest this week
Our high school scholar athletes are playing full schedules since a belated return to action.
With Spring sports taking a COVID caused sabbatical last year participants have taken to the fields of play with unharnessed enthusiasm.
Do yourself a favor and catch them in action.
Here are upcoming home games, meets, matches, etc. involving some of our local teams
Fremont at Newaygo 4:30pm
The Packers have struggled with scoring and struggled with keeping the ball out of their goal.Shut out in 3 of their last 4 their bright spots include a win over an enigmatic Kent City team and another over Chip Hills, a team with challenges that mirror the Packers.
Newaygo is currently in the midst of an exceptional run with a 7-0 record that includes 6 shutouts and a lone goal against while peppering the nets for 26 tallies. They have talent and a nice blend of experience and youth. Their ability to control the pace of the match and capitalize on opponent mistakes has led to an undefeated season thus far and assisted by a strong defense, Toth has excelled in goal.
Fun team to watch with an enthusiastic fan base.
Chip Hills at Fremont 4pm
The Packers (14-1-1) have burned through their schedule with a lethal combination of strong pitching and good bats up and down their lineup.
And they have one of the best (and quite possibly the best) 3 sport athletes in these parts, Payton Mansfield. Coming off a stellar basketball season Mansfield took his place on the mound and at the plate and has been dominant in both spots. In a recent 3 inning appearance cut short due to the mercy rule he simply retired every batter he faced except for the player who took one for the team on a pitch that must have gotten away from the Packer pitcher.
White Cloud at Hesperia 4pm
The Panthers have had a rough start with a season interrupted by a quarantine so Coach Grimard’s youthful team is still dealing with early season adjustments.
White Cloud has some punch at the plate and the pitching isn’t getting knocked around.
Lakeview at White Cloud 4pm
White Cloud’s teams have been putting together exceptional seasons with a number of hardware hauling events under their belts already. This one is a conference dual and given both Cloud teams outscored the Wildcats at their Invitational and in the Mustang Invite so they should be in good shape to do well in front of a home crowd.
We hear Lakeview freshman Emma Kosinski can burn it in the dashes but the hosts are strong in the relays and exceptional in many field events like the shot and discus where Reeve and Shepard’s main competition is usually each other
On the boys side Lakeview could challenge in the relays but once again the field events will likely belong to WC.
Comstock (just Comstock, no Park) at Newaygo. Lion hurler Kirk gets the job done on the slab and Swinehart leads a long list of hitters in the lineup.
We know nothing of the Kalamazoo area Colts but we caught the Lions last week and they look like a highly energetic scrappy group of ballplayers.