Chase, VandeWeide get the gold for Grant
The Tiger tennis players traveled to the Caledonia Invite Saturday playing against bigger schools, facing Lowell and Caledonia. The guys played well bringing home 7 medals. Carter Chase and Jed VanderWeide won 6-1 6-0 in the final to take the gold medals at #1 doubles, improving to 11-3 on the year. The team's #1 singles as well as the team's 3 & 4 doubles took home runner-up medals.
No. 1 - Karlton Zerlaut, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Collier Kaufman, LOWELL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6-3, 6-3, -;
No. 2 - Miles Droski, LOWELL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL def. Riley Holmberg, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 3 - Will Devoest, LOWELL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL def. Matt Hautamaki, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 4 - Ty Knottnerus, LOWELL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL def. Eli Bradley, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 1 - Andrew Larson, CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL def. Karlton Zerlaut, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-4, 1-6, 10-5;
No. 2 - Grant Peek, CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL def. Riley Holmberg, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-0, -;
No. 3 - Alec Bisterfeldt, CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL def. Matt Hautamaki, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-3, -;
No. 4 - Jordan Rundhaug, CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL def. Eli Bradley, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-1, -;
No. 1 - Jed Vanderweide - Carter Chase, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Aiden Kelley - Winton Garrelts, LOWELL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-1, -;
No. 2 - Patrick Devoest - Terrick Stewart, LOWELL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL def. Dustin Slachter - Payton Swinehart, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 5-7, 6-1, 10-7;
No. 3 - Trent Patton - Diego Krepps, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Max Del Rosario - Tyler Spinella, LOWELL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 10-4;
No. 4 - Kyle Bay - Isaac Higgins, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. Connor Kleinedler - Alex Kleinedler, LOWELL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6-4, 6-4, -;
No. 1 - Jed Vanderweide - Carter Chase, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL def. John Kotarski - Adam Morris, CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-0, -;
No. 2 - Anthony Oliver - Mathias Vanderelde, CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL def. Dustin Slachter - Payton Swinehart, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 7-5, 6-4, -;
No. 3 - Aiden Sowerby - Evan Ries, CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL def. Trent Patton - Diego Krepps, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 7-6 (3), 6-0, -;
No. 4 - Brayton Robertson - Landon Reynolds, CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL def. Kyle Bay - Isaac Higgins, GRANT HIGH SCHOOL, 6-4, 6-0, -;
Panthers add to the trophy case
Both JV and Varsity Lady Panthers brought home trophies today! The Varsity team went 3-0 in Pool Play, then moved on to defeat a tough Central Montcalm team in the semi-finals with the scores 25-21, 25-22. Followed by a 25-19, 25-20 win of Saranac in the finals, making them back to back champions of the Mustang Invitational. The Panthers were led offensively by Emily Bayle with 25 kills. Rachel Romero, Brooke Billings, and Isabelle Rumsey added 16,15,14 kills respectively for the Panther offense. Kyra Sayer led with 37 assists along with 24 assists from Aria Thomas. Sayer led at the serving line with 6 aces, Allison Homfeld and Bayle served up 5 and 4 aces respectively. Defensively, Bayle led with 19 digs, Romero 12, and Adriana Escobedo with 10 digs. Rumsey led the team with 7 blocks while Billings had 5 blocks on the day. The Panthers have a 12-4 record overall and are 2-0 in the CSAA.
Cloud grabs third straight Zion title
This past weekend the Lady Indians traveled to Zion Christian in hopes of bringing the championship trophy home for the third year in a row. After coming out of pool undefeated, the ladies had to play tournament hosts Zion Christian. They carried on their undefeated record and made it to the semi-finals against Martin. Defeating Martin 25-13 and 25-11, they were looking to face Maple Valley in the finals.
After a rough start, the Lady Indians battled back to win the first game 26-24. The second game was just as intense, but in the end, they came out on top with a score of 28-26. They had some great defense against a very tough Maple Valley offense.
Alexis Strait led the team in serving with 67 points and 28 aces, followed by Olivia Bowman with 40 points and 13 aces, including the winning ace in the finals. Olivia also led in kills with 37 and Alexis with 23. We had a great day of blocking with Alexis earning 10, Emily Hodges with 7, and Cassie Watson with 4. Alexis did a nice job dishing out assists with 69. Emily Feldpausch had a great day in the back row with 40 digs followed by Alexis, Olivia, and Carsyn Scarlavai with 34, 30, and 30, respectively. We will be heading to Holton Wednesday to continue continue conference play.
Pack shut out
The Bulldogs swept past the Packers in a dual meet Thursday 3-0..Rhi Pafford led Fremont with 10 kills followed by Natalie Jamison with 5. Carle Bruggema finished with 11 assists while Calla Miller added 8.
Moon scores 4 in Fremont win
The Packers traveled to Grant Thursday afternoon for a non-conference match against the Tigers. Fremont's Carter Moon had a big match with four goals while Waden Woods added one of his own. Conner Roesler and Kasidy Wright tallied single assists for Fremont. Grant's Albert Macias scored Grant's lone goal off a corner kick directly. The halftime score was Fremont 2-Grant 0 and the final Fremont 5-Grant 1. Fremont outshot Grant 19-3. Joe Kortge made 2 saves for Fremont and Ed Hallberg also made 1. Logan Osborn made 14 saves for the Tigers. Fremont improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Grant fell to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
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Photo by Justice Long
Interesting week 2 though once again our coverage schools went 1-4 with the Lions emerging with the only W on the night. The Gold has 2 undefeated teams but instead of RC and CH they are CM and TC and the Silver possesses just 1 win thus far among the 5 teams playing this season.
Newaygo 28 Chippewa Hills 12
The Lions shook off last week's loss, avenged a tough defeat from last season, and gave their school their first win over the Warriors since 2013.
And in doing so notched that all important first conference win in what should be a tight and wide open race for the league title.
The Lions struck early when David Gonzales broke away and sprinted 25 yards for an early touchdown and after an Angel Guevera conversion the defense went to work holding the hosts scoreless to intermission.
In the third, Brendan Brechting capped a Lion drive with a scoring run from 6 yards out and again Guevera converted to make it a 14-0 game but the Warriors answered and put up six with a 19 yard scoring strike by CH qb Dylan Sharp. The extra point failed so when Brechting found the end zone again on an 18 yard run the successful PAT gave Newaygo a 21-6 lead. CH scored again in the 4th when Sharp ran one in. Still down by 9 they went for the 2 point conversion but the Lion defense stopped them and another Brechting tally on a 26 yard run iced the game and sent the Lions home winners.
Carlos Magana (8), Logan Heideman (8) and Cameron Goodin (7) led the team in tackles with Hudson Harkness (6) Gonzales (6) and Gavon Rake (5) close behind.
Brechting finished with 126 yards on the ground and Gonzales gained 91 as the running game averaged over 6 yards a carry thanks to the o-line efforts in the trenches.
Guevera was 4-4 in PATs.
Newaygo (1-1, 1-0) hosts Central Montcalm (2-0, 1-0) next week while Chip Hills (0-2, 0-1) will be visiting the undefeated Vikes at Tri County (2-0, 1-0).
Reed City 54 Fremont 6
Adam Halasinski punched it from 2 yards out to put the Pack on the board for the first time this season.
Unfortunately the initial 2019 Fremont sojourn into the endzone came as time expired and after their hosts piled up 54 points including 32 before intermission.
The Coyotes bounced back from a (Montague) Wildcat whipping last week to announce on the field of play that they were not going to be easily yielding the conference crown they have owned since 2011 except for sharing it with Newaygo in ‘14.
Halasinski gained 88 yards on the ground to account for more than half of the 160 yards the Packer offense accumulated but the Yotes averaged 14 yards every time they put the ball in play and created three turnovers on defense to dominate the conference opener for both teams.
Tristen Marfia ran for 34 yards Matthew Halasinski gained 27 and Carter Dunbar added 22.
Kyler Kolk led the defensive effort with 6 tackles.
Fremont (0-2, 0-1) welcomes in the Cards of Big Rapids (o-2, 0-1) next week and Reed City (1-1, 1-0) will visit Grant.
Central Montcalm 26 Grant 20
The Tigers battled the Hornets to the final gun but fell short in the conference opener for both teams.
Coach Geraghty:“We shot ourselves in the foot when it really mattered”
The Tigers offense was led by a rushing attack that totaled 239 yards. Junior Orion Evans led the charge with 142 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. Junior Trevor Lowery had 62 yards on the ground to go with his two touchdowns.
The defensive effort was led by senior Jarrett Railling with 12 tackles. Junior Trevor Lowery and Sophomore Treyton Railling followed with seven tackles apiece.
“I’ve got to do a better job getting these kids ready,” added Coach G. “They played their tails off and we will rebound from this”.
Grant (1-1, 0-1) welcomes in Reed City (1-1, 1-0) on Friday.
Carson City Crystal 38 Holton 0
The Eagles scored early and often while holding the Devil offense at bay most of the night and came away with the non conference win.
“We came into the game without a few starters, did everything we could to try to move the ball but struggled most of the night,” said Coach Jados. “ Defensively we struggled to make tackles and it hurt us all night.”
Kaleb Kitchka led the way on both sides of the with 64 yds rushing from the QB position and 9 tackles on defense, before leaving in the 3rd quarter with an injury. Aiden Poling played a tough game with 8 tackles.
Holton (0-2, 0-0) will be the home team in the annual rivalry game with Hesperia next week. It will also open the conference season for both teams.
Ludington 55 Hesperia 24
The Panthers put up a game effort on the road and managed to put up some points against a tough Ludington defense but the O’s can put up the points behind a dominant o-line and Friday night they most certainly did.
Panther QB Logan Balkema had a solid game with a pair of TD’s and Logan Pearson added a score from the running back position.
AJ Perysian ignited his teammates and the faithful fans who made the trip with a kickoff return for paydirt in the 2nd quarter to break the visitors into the scoring column.
Hesperia suited just 16 players and lost 2 more to injuries during the game.
“Proud of my guys, playing short handed again tonight,” said Cach Bolles.”We never quit and kept battling until the end.
“We’ve played two quality opponents in our first two weeks of the season and we may be 0-2, but we’ve showed some spunk. I like that”
The Panthers open Silver play next week with their annual rivalry game at Holton.
Other CSAA Games
Tri County 24 Big Rapids 22
Orchard View 28 Kent City 6
Hopkins 45 Morley Stanwood 12
Onsted 49 Lakeview 12
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Newaygo at Chippewa Hills
For any of the players from last years Lions squad the previous matchup with CH might still sting a bit. The loss to the Warriors, marked by a controversial ending, put them in a 0-2 hole and it took winning 6 0f their last 7 to make it into the postseason.
This time they’re heading for Remus to take on the Warriors and again enter the game having dropped the opener. And no one wants to be on that bus coming home with an 0-2 mark.
It took the Lions a half to get going last week and they will likely need to score some points early to come out on top here. The Warriors are coming off a low scoring loss to Gaylord.
If the Lions are to contend for what looks to be a pretty wide open title race they need this one and I like their chances even on the road.
A long road.
Grant at Central Montcalm
The Tigers stomped Shelby last week and now they hit the highway again with a matchup against Central Montcalm. They controlled the trenches and stifled the Shelby offense while Brendan Keelean looked really good behind center and Jarrett Railling displayed a nose for the ball and some bone crunching tackles.
The Hornets beat Morley last week. The victory gave them one more than all of last year but make no mistake, the Bees weren’t that bad last season they just seemed to not know how to win or even hold a lead.
The Tigers should win but Stanton is a tough place to play and the win over the Mohawks likely won't be the last one the Hornets gather this season.
Fremont at Reed City.
Since joining the CSAA Gold Fremont has faced Reed City, an old WWAC foe, three times.
The Coyotes have captured all three by a total score of 141-13.
But this is not the Coyote team that has dominated the decade in the CSAA.
There are schools that lose some key players to graduation and then there are programs that send off not one not two not three but 6 that’s s-i-x players to play college ball.
A half dozen starters good enough to continue their football careers past the high school level leave a school the size of Reed City and there is major rebuilding to be done.
Granted the 6 haven’t been there since the program started their 8 season playoff run but that is indeed a lot of talent to replace.
Can the Packers compete with the Yotes? Well they didn’t get on the board last week but neither did Reed City. The Wildcats made certain the game was not going to be a repeat of last year and took care of business in that efficient Montague fashion by closing the door on RC.
The Packers offense will have to move the sticks early and often and more importantly get the ball into the endzone when they get a chance. The Coyotes may be a bit tamer than the juggernaut of last season but they are always dangerous and rebuilding year or not they will be looking to show their fans they still have some bite. If Fremont falls behind early it could be something less than pretty.
Hesperia at Ludington
The Panthers are heading north to take on an Oriole defense that simply took apart the Packers last week.
Ludington is in the Lakes 8 conference which no longer has 8 schools (5) but hey, the Big Ten has 14 teams and the Big 12 has 10 and those are colleges so despite the apparent lack of math majors making these decisions…
Coming off a playoff season the O’s looked pretty polished in Fremont last week and their Friday visitors struggled a bit in the opener albeit against a likely playoff bound Norsemen squad.
The Panthers got on the board in the 4th courtesy of Logan’s (Pearson) run, not to be confused with the mid 70’s sci-fi movie classic, and another Logan td when qb Balkema hit Majersky who took it home for 6, so they know how to score. Getting deep enough to make it happen looks to be a challenge so a big play here and there might help a lot.
Of course the Orioles might be looking into next week when they face forever rival Manistee in Chippewa country. Last year the Chips pounded out a 3 touchdown win on the O’s home turf and no one has forgotten that.
But this is a good team playing on their beloved turf so a lot will have to go Hesperia’s way for Coach Bolles and his team to enjoy their bus ride home.
Carson City Crystal at Holton
Now that was indeed a heartbreaker last week.
This team is peppered with players who recall last season’s rise from disappointment so having the Pirates pilfer the win will not likely stay with them.
The C3 Eagles lost their raptor rivalry opener to the Eagles of perennial powerhouse Fowler (a school known for graduating such notables as Newaygo Superintendent Peg Mathis as well as the recently retired RN who oversees day to day operations at N3 World Headquarters and Butterfly Sanctuary and allows this reporter to live there as well).
The Red Devils will be ready and so will their fans who are waiting to see this years version of the team that ignited a town’s spirit last year.
This team wants another shot at the post season and with a tough schedule ahead to win at home would be a great start down that road.
And also number one for Coach Jados.
Panthers sweep Cloud: Bayle collects a baker's dozen kills
The Panthers defeated CSAA rival, White Cloud Indians, in conference play tonight in a 3-0 road sweep! After a shaky start, the girls fought their way back from a deficit and found their groove winning 25-22. Games 2 and 3 finished 25-21 and 25-22. Emily Bayle led the Panthers with 13 kills and 9 digs. Rachel Romero added 5 kills, 3 digs, and 2 aces for the Panthers. Delaney Yates had 3 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs, and 3 aces. Brooke Billings and Kyra Sayer each added two blocks for the Panthers. Rylee Gleason had 6 digs for the Panther defense. Sayer and Aria Thomas had 14 and 7 assists respectively on the night.
The Panthers are now 2-0 in CSAA Silver and 7-4 overall. They will travel to Montabella this weekend to defend their tournament championship win from 2018. League play continues next Wednesday at home against Lakeview on 9/11/19.
Kortge stops 9 and Packers hold on; Moon Converse score
Fremont 2 Ludington 1
The Packers traveled to play the Orioles of Ludington Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup. Ludington got out to a quick start scoring on a shot from John Biggs. The Packers recovered and 11 minutes later when Kasiday Wright sent a set play to the foot of Carter Moon who knotted the match at 1-1. Just 2 minutes later David Wachter sent a corner to Lane Converse who finished the game-winning shot. The play was largely controlled by the Orioles in the second half but the Packers managed to hang on for the 2-1 win. Ludington outshot Fremont 10-5. Joe Kortge made 9 saves in net for Fremont while Kyle Wendt made 3 saves in net for Ludington. The Packers improved to 3-2 while the Orioles fell to 1-7-2.
Pack Takes 3rd. Gerth finishes 6th.
The Fremont girls team shot a combined 442 to finish 3rd out of the 9 conference teams. The match took place in the wind and rain at the Pines Golf Club in Canadian Lakes.
Katelynne Gerth finished 6th overall shooting a 95 while Taylor Mulder and Rhiannon Ziebke shoot 114 to finish in a tie for 15th place. (54 total golfers).
Tigers sweep in dubs
Grant 6 West Michigan Christian 2
The Tigers hosted WMC for their first home dual match. The host team jumped out to an early lead sweeping the doubles only dropping 1 game. Nice work; Carter, Jed, Dustin, Payton, Diego, Trent, Kyle, and Isaac. The Tigers got the win at #1 singles 6-0 6-0 by Karlton. Eli Bradley fought back in a marathon match that almost lasted 2 hours, winning 4-6 6-4 6-2 at #4 singles. Riley Holmberg played a close match at #2 singles going 3 sets. The team heads to Caledonia on Saturday and will be back home next Wednesday.
No. 1 - Karlton Zerlaut, GRANT def. Tyler Newhouse, MUSKEGON WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 2 - Michael Kamps, MUSKEGON WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN def. Riley Holmberg, GRANT, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3;
No. 3 - Christopher Newhouse, MUSKEGON WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN def. Matt Hautamaki, GRANT, 6-1, 6-3, -;
No. 4 - Eli Bradley, GRANT def. Alexander Miller, MUSKEGON WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2;
No. 1 - Jed Vanderweide - Carter Chase, GRANT def. Hugo Campillo - Sam Liggett, MUSKEGON WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 2 - Dustin Slachter - Payton Swinehart, GRANT def. Zach Foreman - Austin Meiste, MUSKEGON WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN, 6-0, 6-1, -;
No. 3 - Trent Patton - Diego Krepps, GRANT def. Nate Vanderweide - Joey Prince, MUSKEGON WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 4 - Kyle Bay - Isaac Higgins, GRANTwon by default.
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Tigers Top Tigers, Pack & Panthers Corralled, Devs Downed in Double OT, and Eagles Hold Off Lions
Ludington 35 Fremont 0
The Oriole team that last year ran off a 5 game season ending win streak to make the postseason was supposed to have been hurt by graduation but it seems no one told their successors on defense.
They just plain stopped the Packers.
After all Fremont finished with much more time of possession, more plays, and half the penalties.
Where they were bested by the O’s was on the scoreboard. Ludington put up a bunch and Fremont could not hit paydirt.
After Thursday’s lightning delay, the game resumed at the start of the 2nd quarter with the Orioles up 7-0. The second quarter saw the teams go scoreless but the visitors found the endzone three times in the third quarter to put the game on ice.
The Packer offense proved to be less than puzzling to the Ludington squad and averaged but a couple yards a carry. Carter Dunbar grinded out a tough 55 yards on 15 carries while Shawn Murphy (14 yds.) and Wyatt Hansue (12yds) struggled to get into double figures on the ground. Tristen Marfia snared the lone reception a 12 yard gainer from Cody Andree.
Oriole qb Riley Calhoun tossed for 90 yards and ran for 78.
The Pack take their game north to face Reed City in the conference opener.
The O’s will welcome in the Panthers of Hesperia.
North Muskegon 56 Hesperia 12
Two touchdowns in the opening quarter then three more before the half gave the Norsemen all they needed in routing the Panthers.
Finally in the 4th the hosts got on the board with a pair of scores as Logan Pearson ran for 6 and Logan Balkema found Johnny Majersky who scored on one of his two receptions on the night.Freshman Armondo Escobedo made his varsity debut with a 39 yard reception the teams longest gainer of the night.
Balkema also led the defense with 8 tackles.
“NM dominated the game in all facets,” said Coach Bolles. “Their special teams played a huge part with 2 punt returns for TD’s and they controlled the line of scrimmage and bottled us up all night.
“Give Coach Witham and his players and staff a lot credit, they came well prepared to play and it showed.”
The Panthers head north next week to face Ludington.
“We’ll go back to work on Monday and hopefully learn from our shortcomings and get better.We knew they were a quality opponent, I just figured my guys were further ahead of where we actually are at this point.”
Grant 37 Shelby 6
The Grant Defense led the Tigers to a 37-6 victory over the Shelby Tigers. The defensive effort was led by senior Jarrett Railling with 10 tackles including a tackle for a safety. Junior Brett Long had eight tackles and an interception for a touchdown. Junior Trevor Lowry completed the defense scoring with a 23-yard interception for a touchdown.
Additionally, the Tigers were able to control the line of scrimmage on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive line paved the way for over 175 yards rushing with Junior Orion Evans leading the charge with 99 yards. Junior Quarterback Brendan Keelan added to the offensive effort by running for two touchdowns and throwing for another.
Grant will head to Central Montcalm to face the Hornets who opened the season by posting a win over Morley Stanwood. It was the first W for the Bees since a mid season victory over Fremont two seasons ago.
Hart 48 Holton 40 (2 OT)
The Devil drama of last season continued as the Holton squad battled back again and again on the road against a spirited Pirate team only to fall just short in the second extra frame. Despite the offensive heroics of Drew Trygstad, Austin Hawkins and Kaleb Kitchka the Red Devils dropped their opener.
Holton welcomes the Eagles of Carson City Crystal while Hart who won their first opener since 2014 will see the Vikings of Whitehall (0-1) sail into town.
Kent City 21 Newaygo 14
The Eagles scored all three touchdowns in the first half then held off a Lion attack in the second half to come away with the cross conference win in the opener for both teams.
Kent City running back Max Hudson scored al 3 TDs and led the team in tackles on the defensive side.
Newaygo will be taking the bus to Remus next week to face Chippewa Hills. The Warriors fell short in their opener losing to Gaylord 12-7.
Other CSAA Games
Tri County 35 Lakeview 0
Montague 42 Reed City 0
Shepherd 42 Big Rapids 22
The Lady Panthers came back from an 0-2 am start, to win 4 straight sets to win the Blue Bracket Championship at the Cadillac Invitational on Thursday, August 29th. After their slow start against Kingsley and North Muskegon in pool play, the Panthers made some adjustments and went to work to get back on track! After an almost 12 hour day, they brought home the Blue Bracket Trophy.
At the service line, Allison Homfeld and Brooke Billings led with 5 aces. Emily Bayle and Rachel Romero each added 4 aces on the day. Offensive leader Bayle had 40 kills on the day, Romero 25, Isabelle Rumsey and Homfeld with 14 and 13 kills respectively. Hitters were assisted by Kyra Sayer with 46 assists and Aria Thomas with 30 assists.
Defensively, Bayle had 46 digs, Romero 43 digs, Sierra Cechura 29, and Rylee Gleason with 21 digs on the day. Billings was the blocking leader of day with 10 blocks, Bayle 7 blocks, and Rumsey with 6 blocks.
The final match had the Panthers defeating the Big Rapids Cardinals 25-17 and 25-19. The Panthers are now 6-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
Newaygo's Volleyball teams opened their home season tonight playing against Orchard View. The Lions came out swinging and serving on a mission to stun OV the first game 25-14. But Orchard View collected themselves at the game break, stepped up their defense and were able to turn the score the other way for game 2, 18-25. The third game was intense as both teams sensed that it was make or break for the overall match at that point. Newaygo came back from a huge deficit to beat out OV 25-23 and then kept the momentum going in the 4th game to win 25-20.
The Lions play next week Tuesday again in their own gym against the Holton Red Devils.
Well, this time of year the first half lights usually involve the sun but headlines aside high school football is back.
Ludington at Fremont
Ok maybe no playoffs again last season, but the Pack got off the schneid with a win that snapped a brutal 30 game skid.
And the defense was better. Much better.
They nearly beat Tri County and gave the playoff bound Ramblers of McBain fits before falling short.
Ludington graduated a bunch of starters including qb Garrett Meeker who was tough to contain last season.
The Pack has Cody Andree back to run the wing T offense and Kyler Kolk centering an offensive line that will need to provide protection if the team is to put points on the board
The last time Fremont saw the Orioles was in 2015 their final season in the Lakes 8. They lost but they put up 26 points. One more than they scored in all of 2016.
This would be a sweet game to win with a trip to Reed City looming as the conference opener next week but it’s not likely to be an easy one.
Grant at Shelby
The Tiger/Tiger matchup has gone the way of Grant the past few years as Shelby's football fortunes have faded with a lone win over the past 40 contests.
The Tigers (Grant version) had a lot of youth on the field last season and sometimes gave up big plays that led to one heartbreaking loss and a couple of games that got away from them.
Grant is a good team but needs to be careful in this one. In last season’s opener it took them awhile to show up in squeaking out a win at home over the visiting Tigers and this one’s on the road.
Holton at Hart
Got to say, it is never boring in Red Devil country.
Last season the Devs were on a roll and heading for the playoffs when a 3 game losing skid to end the season nearly shattered the dream. Lo and behold Jack Nummerdor’s squad squeaked in and took the town on a raucous run to the playoff semifinals in their coach’s final season at the helm.
A new coach was named but resigned shortly thereafter and now Mike Jados has taken the helm. Jados serves as defensive coordinator last season when the playoff run took place and ironically was on the coaching staff the previous time the Red Devils landed in the postseason in 2007.
We’ve heard Hart has a bit of talent this season particularly on the line. Holton lost some inspirational payers who produced during that playoff run so this is a transformed team in many ways. Getting back Drew Trystad and Kaleb Kitchka helps a lot.
If Holton is going to be successful they need this one to get them rolling. The Pirates conference schedule (also WMC) is certainly no picnic so they would love to tack on an early win at home.
Kent City at Newaygo
Gio Weeks and John Meeks are no longer in the Eagle backfield.
Connor Swinehart is no longer under center for the Lions and Noah Graff is on the gridiron at Hope toiling for the Dutchmen.
A host of other starters from both teams have departed from graduation so the opener looks to provide a lot of answers. And likely a few questions as well.
Last year the Lions went into Eagle country and in a game marked by early season mistakes came home saddled with a loss.
A loss that ended a 9 game winning streak over Kent City dating back to 1992 when the teams toiled in the NCAA.
The Lions are home this time and the Gold/Silver matchup should be a good one.
North Muskegon at Hesperia
How much help can Logan Balkema get? The qb who also plays linebacker on defense is a stalwart for Rick Tank’s squad but last season he was often harassed in the backfield and the Panthers struggled to score against teams possessing a defense.
A tough opener even at home. The Norsemen graduated some key players but they have built a program that has made the playoffs twice in a row despite playing in the always rugged West Michigan Conference.
Grant finishes 3rd as Zerlaut continues unbeaten streak
The Tiger tennis team traveled to Traverse City St Francis to face 3 teams in the state top 10. Karlton Zerlaut stayed undefeated on the season winning the #1 singles flight 6-2 6-0 in the finals. Dustin Slachter and Payton Swinehart were the runner ups at 2 doubles fighting #6 ranked Ludington 6-4 6-3. Diego Krepps and Trent Patton took the runner up medals at #3 dubs also in the finals with Ludington going 7-6 (7-4) in the first set. Kyle Bay and Isaac Higgins took 3rd place winning 6-1 6-2, after a hard fought semifinal with Ludington going 6-7 5-7. The Tigers #1 doubles team of Carter Chase and Jed VanderWeide won 2 matches including 2 sets without giving up a singles game, but couldn't quite get past Ludington today. Riley Schwartz won 2 matches at #5 singles. The Tigers finished the tournament in 3rd place with 9 points. Ludington took first, #8 ranked TCSF took 2nd, and #9 ranked Whitehall finished 4th with 6 points.
Gerth medals, Mulder chips for a chirper
Fremont 220 Manistee 286
Fremont's Haley Zerlaut and Rhiannon Ziebke improved by 11 shots from their previous round at Water's Edge Golf Course to help the Packers beat Manistee in a dual match.
Katelynne Gerth was the match medalist with a score of 46 while Taylor Mulder had the shot of the day with a birdie chip in on the par 4 12th hole.
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Fremont 5 Kent City 1
The Kent City Eagles traveled to Fremont Tuesday afternoon to face the Packers in the first conference match of the season. It was a slow start for both teams but the Packers finally got on the board with 20 minutes left in the first half. Lane Converse sent a ball to Ed Hallberg's head making the score 1-0. 4 minutes later Converse finished a ball of his own from Carter Moon. The Eagles answered just a few minutes later on a set play from Jarek Jaramillo. The scored was 2-1 at the half. Fremont came out strong in the second half scoring a minute in when Wyatt VanBoven sent a ball to Carter Moon. Fremont's 4th goal came on a Penalty Kick from David Wachter. The final goal of the match was sent from the Packer's Grant Vissia to the foot of Wyatt VanBoven for the finish. Fremont outshot the Eagles 22-7. Joe Kortge made 6 saves in net for the Packers and Carson Synder made 17 saves for the Eagles. Kent City dropped to 2-1 and 0-1 in the conference while the Packers improved to 2-2 and 1-0 in the conference.
Hesperia sweeps past Holton as Bayle tops stats page in kills, aces,and digs.
The Panthers defeated the Devils in three straight in their home opener 25-13, 25-20, 25-11. Panther offensive leaders were Emily Bayle with 9 kills, Rachel Romero with 8 kills, and Isabelle Rumsey with 5 kills for the night. Bayle led at the service line with 5 aces along with Kyra Sayer with 3 aces, while Aria Thomas and Romero each added 2 aces for the Panthers. Sayer and Thomas each had 11 assists on the night. Defensively, Bayle led with 9 digs along with 3 digs from Adriana Escobedo. Bayle, Romero, and Rumsey each had a single block on the night.
The Panther team will get up early to play at the Cadillac tournament on Thursday, August 29th and resume conference play on September 4th, when they will travel to White Cloud to face the Indians. The Panthers are currently 1-0 in league competition and 2-2 over all on the season.
Fremont takes runner-up at MCC Tourney
The Packers placed 2nd at the Mason County Central Invitational bringing home the runner up trophy. Tough defense and staying aggressive on the attack was what helped the Packers accomplish this runner up finish. Kennedy Christoffersen lead the Pack with 39 digs. On the attack Rhi Pafford and Carle Bruggema lead the Packers in kills with 25 and 21 respectively. Serving aggressively, Calla Miller added 9 aces. Making it to the finals, the Packers were defeated by the Ludington Orioles.