Packers place 7 boys, 3 girls
1. Fremont Coach Cliff Somers
2. Reed City
3. Chippewa Hills
4. Central Montcalm
5. Big Rapids
1st Team All Conference
1. Abbigail Kiaunis (12) Reed City (All-State -- 12th -- D3)
2. Taylor Mater-Gerth (11) Fremont (All-State -- 19th -- D2)
3. Sarah Storey (11) Chippewa Hills
4. Ava Hollandsworth (9) Chippewa Hills
5. Claire Akin (12) Central Montcalm
6. Taava Johnson (11) Fremont
7. Remington Arney (9) Newaygo
8. Kate Langworthy (11) Big Rapids
9. Claudia Francke (12) Reed City
10. Gwendalynn Rickard (9) Big Rapids
11. Tea Hoffman (11) Central Montcalm
12. Nora Smoes (10) Reed City
13. Leah Converse (12) Fremont
14. Oliviah Malloy (9) Big Rapids
1. Fremont Coach Cliff Somers
2. Reed City
3. Chippewa Hills
4. Central Montcalm
5. Big Rapids
1st Team All Conference
1. Nathan Walker (12) Fremont (State Champion -- D2)
2. Conor Somers (11) Fremont (All-State -- 5th Place -D2)
3. Joshua Zerfas (12) Fremont (All-State -- 26th Place -- D2)
4. Ben Paige (12) Fremont (All-State -- 18th Place -- D2)
5. Adam Ward (12) Fremont (All-State -- 27th Place -- D2)
6. Ryan Ososki (11) Big Rapids
7. Ben Knuth (10) Big Rapids
8. Brennan Schuler (11) Fremont
9. Jake O’Neil (10) Chippewa Hills
10. Ryan Allen (9) Reed City
11. Gavin Schuler (11) Fremont
12. Andrew Hardy (10) Central Montcalm
13. Matthew Hardesty (12) Big Rapids
14. Anthony Kiaunis (9) Reed City
1. Kent City- Coach Jill Evers
2. Morley Stanwood
4. White Cloud
1st Team All Conference
1. Layla Martini (12) Kent City (All State -- 11th -- D3)
2. Alyeska Linsley (11) Kent City (All-State -- 28th -- D3)
3. Miranda McNeil (9) Morley Stanwood (All-State -- 26th -- D3)
4. Becci Castillo (12) Hesperia
5. Emily Lantzer (11) Kent City
6. Isabella Max (9) Kent City
7. Vanessa Peltoniemi (10) Holton
8. Kierra Flegel (11) Kent City
9. Naomi Thompson (12) White Cloud
10. Gracie Houtman (9) Kent City
11. Abigail Gilliam (12) Morley Stanwood
12. Lily Crowell (12) Holton
13. Stine Kristensen (11) White Cloud
14. Lily Peterson (9) Kent City
1. Kent City- Coach Jill Evers
2. White Cloud
3. Morley Stanwood
1st Team All Conference
1. Tristan McHaney (10) White Cloud
2. Nathan Ciolk (10) White Cloud
3. Jaren Vogel (9) Kent City
4. Samuel Martini (9) Kent City
5. Graham Resterhouse (12) Holton
6. Casen Armstrong (12) Kent City
7. Kobe Canning (11) White Cloud
8. Thomas Swanson (11) Kent City
9. Ryan Wheeler (12) Kent City
10. Daniel Loew (10) Kent City
11. Tyler Vining (9) Morley Stanwood
12. Brock Hearth (11) Kent City
13. Terry Trendel (12) White Cloud
14. Nikolas Parks-Josephson (11) White Cloud
Photos by Joan Ludtke
The cross country team competed at the MHSAA State finals in Brooklyn on Saturday. The boys placed 12th of all qualifying D4 teams and the girls placed 20th.
Tristan McHaney (17:51.20) was 31st, Nathan Ciolk (17:59.93) 38th, Kobe Canning (18:57.55) 111st, Terry Trendel (19:15.78) 135th, Nik Parks (19:37.69) 159th, Christian Ringler n(20:07.47 187, and Carson Foondle (20:29.34) 198th.
Naomi Thompson (22:29.88) led the girls in 100th place, Stine Kristensen (22:31.30) 102, Annie Feldpausch (23:58.48) 157th, Jolena Deaton 223, Alexus Richmond (28:32.11) 228, Cecelia Rodriguez (32:54.96) 231, and Chloe Higgs (32: 19.16) 232.
Coach Atwood: “Our runners work as hard in the classroom as they do in practice and both teams have earned Academic All-State honors. Additionally, Kobe Canning and Christian Ringler have earned individual Academic All-State. Congratulations to all the runners. White Cloud Pride!”
Cloud Takes District Crown
Photos by Bailie Ruether
The White Cloud volleyballers faced Hesperia for the third time this season after dropping both regular season matchups with the Panthers but this time it was for the district crown and a chance to move onto the Regionals. Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Mason County Central forced the matchup with their conference rivals who had dispatched the Pirates of Hart in 3 games
"Coming into the district finals, we knew that we were going to have to play some good volleyball in order to get the win. The first two times playing Hesperia, we weren't successful and we knew we had to change our mindset and focus on the game at hand.
"After a long season of ups and downs, we were able to play some consistent volleyball and come away with the trophy. After being down 14-20 in the first set and then again 20-24, we were able to rally back and take the first set 26-24. After a rough second set, we were able to get the job done and get the victory by scores of 26-24, 14-25, 25-22, 27-25.
"The seniors had great leadership the entire night. I was very impressed with the way they stepped up. We had so much energy from the bench and they played a huge role in keeping up the energy on the court. "
Leaders for the game were Alexis Strait with 10 kills, 13 assists and 17 digs. Cassie Watson also had 10 kills and 10 points. Carsyn Scarlavai led with 18 digs and Naomi Thompson served up 10 points.
White Cloud now preps to face Morley Stanwood in Regional play. The ‘Hawks delivered a pair of regular season losses to the Cloud just as Hesperia had.
Coach Strait’s team is hoping, just like Hesperia, the third time’s the charm.
The match is scheduled to begin at 5pm in the Shelby High School gym.
Local gridders receive all conference honors
CSAA Gold Football -- 1st Team All-Conference
Trey Chapin Central Montcalm WR/LB 12
Sam Alley Big Rapids ATH 12
Brett Long Grant WR/LB 12
Jarrod Wismar Newaygo RB/DB 12
John Nelson Tri-County WR/DB 12
Alex Wirgau Reed City LB 12
Fisher Hill Central Montcalm WR/DB 11
Noah Jones Reed City RB 12
Seth Jackson Reed City DB 10
Austin Vennix Big Rapids LB 12
Payton Hansen Reed City RB 12
Jamal Strickland Big Rapids WR 11
Adam Halasinski Fremont WR/DB 12
Cam Friend Tri-County WR/DB 12
Preston Scott Central Montcalm RB/DB 11
Orion Evans Grant RB/DB 12
Tristan Marfia Fremont RB/DB 12
Payton Mansfield Fremont QB/LB 12
Mitchell Herald Central Montcalm RB/TE/LB 11
Glen Tobias Tri-County DL 12
Joe Shewan Reed City OL 12
Brock Ryan Central Montcalm RB/LB 12
Colby Roosa Chippewa Hills OL/DL 12
Micah Johnson Central Montcalm OL/DL 12
Jonathan Calabrese Chippewa Hills OL/DL 12
Caleb Thompson Grant OL/DL 12
Gavin Fish Central Montcalm OL/DL 12
Hudson Harkness Newaygo OL 12
Teddy Cross Reed City DL 12
Sawyer Meeuwes Big Rapids DL 12
Dylan Schebil Reed City OL 11
Aiden Culver Newaygo OL 12
Chaz Davis Reed City LB 12
D.J. Greenbay Big Rapids OL 12
Austin Maneke Big Rapids OL 12
Carl Whipple Chippewa Hills OL/DL 12
Honorable Mention All Conference 2020
Isaac Williams Reed City DB 11
Brendan Keelean Grant QB/DB 12
Isaac Johnson Central Montcalm RB/DB 10
Grant Kidder Big Rapids DB 11
Brenden Brechting Newaygo QB 10
Carson Wagner Tri-County DB 12
Gabe Miller Chippewa Hills RB/DB 12
Cody Visscher Fremont OL/DL 12
CSAA Silver Football -- 1st Team All-Conference
Brandon Quinn Hesperia RB/LB 11
Lane Dailey Kent City LB 12
Gabe Prado Hesperia DT 12
Austin Fowler Holton QB 11
Carter Veldkamp Morley Stanwood RB/DB 12
Mason Ruether White Cloud QB/DB 10
Rylan Nelson Morley Stanwood QB/LB 12
Johnny Majersky Hesperia QB/DB 12
Austin Hawkins Holton WR/DB 12
Mackenzie Baird Hesperia RB/DB 12
Mason Westbrook Kent City RB/LB 10
Kodee Engstrom Morley Stanwood TE/LB 11
James Farrington Kent City TE/LB 11
Brandon Lintemuth Morley Stanwood OL/DL 11
Wesely Penland White Cloud OL/DL 11
Logan McVicker Kent City OL/DL 11
Dylan Cartwright Holton OL/DL 11
Isaiah Duran Morley Stanwood OL/DL 12
Nathan Baker Kent City OL/DL 12
Noah Johnson Lakeview OL/DL 11
Joe Anderson Kent City OL/DL 11
Honorable Mention All Conference 2020
Kyler Larson Kent City QB/DB 10
Ashton VanLangen Morley Stanwood RB/DB 11
Evan Vining Lakeview RB/LB 11
Cameron Edgerton Holton FB/LB 11
Hunter Ciolk White Cloud RB/DL 12
Logan Hernandez Hesperia OL/DL 12
Packers run to second straight title, Mater returns to all state team
By Mike Paige
The Fremont boys Cross Country team finished their season by winning their second consecutive state title at Michigan International Speedway.
Nathan Walker was the Division 2 boys champion with a time of 15:19.4. Connor Somers finished 5th, Ben Paige 18th, Joshua Zerfas 26th and Adam Ward 27th. Fremont’s top five runners all received All-State honors (top 30 overall). Brennan Shuler finished 81st and Gavin Shuler 89th rounded out Fremont’s runners in the field of 250.
The team finished runner up in 2018 for an impressive three year run. This was the final high school race for seniors Walker, Paige, Zerfas and Ward. The four have put together quite a resume of success. Walker is a four-time All-Stater, Paige earned three, Ward two and Zerfas one. Connor Somers, a junior, has now won his second and along with the Shuler brothers and some young talent on the Fremont team, hopes to continue the tradition of excellence next year. Walker, Somers and Paige will run at postseason meets next week.
Junior Taylor Mater came in at 19:16.44 to finish 19th in the girls race to win her second straight All-State honor. Taava Johnson, also a Junior, passed a dozen other runners over the final mile and finished 135th. There were 250 runners counted in the girls results.
Fremont boys state qualifying team L-R: Adam Ward, Conor Somers, Nathan Walker, Benjamin Paige, Gavin Shuler, Brennan Shuler, Joshua Zerfas and Nathan Johnson. They are bookended by Taylor Mater on the left and Taava Johnson on the right who both ran impressive times at the Regional meet and qualified for the individual Girls State Championship race.- Photo by Emily Paige
By Mike Paige
The Fremont boys cross country team has seen plenty of success over the years. Today they head to the Division 2 State Finals as a team for the 7th straight year. With 9 state titles Fremont is tied with Concord and Napoleon and trails only Kalamazoo Central (11) for the most in the Lower Peninsula. The UP runs their own race each year and Marquette has won 23 titles.
Fremont’s first six titles were won under legendary coach, Rich Tompkins. Tompkins coached Fremont for years and instituted many of the traditions and training rituals employed today. Fremont’s current coach, Cliff Somers, ran for Tompkins and was a part of the state title team in 1989. Somers has coached the Packers to three state titles, 2007, 2015 and 2019. Two traditions of many that Somers employs from his mentor are the 500 mile club and team camp. The 500 mile club is the tradition to award runners that run a set number of miles in the summer. Somers preaches that championships are won and lost through dedication to training and summer miles are a huge part of that.
It is easy to pick out runners early in the season that do not dedicate themselves to training in the summer and those miles cannot be made up during the season. The reward for Fremont runners who make that commitment is a trip to East Lansing for the annual MSU Invitational. As it is a reward for summer miles, Fremont does not send the whole team to the meet. While placing well individually among the 300 or so runners in the Elite Division race each year, the team score is not necessarily reflective of the Fremont boys’ talent.
Team camp is a week-long journey to a spot on the Pine River for running, canoeing and team bonding. There is a mileage requirement for camp as well, but the majority of the team attends each year, running 70 miles +/- over the six days. The sprint run into camp, the 14 mile run to Caberfae and running “dunies” are Fremont traditions at camp.
The core of the boys current team has been dominating races since the 6th grade. Nathan Walker, Benjamin Paige and Joshua Zerfas, all seniors, have regularly been at the top of the leaderboard. For most of those years senior Colton Best was part of the mix, often claiming the #2 spot on the team’s top five. Senior Adam Ward joined the group sophomore year and has fit in well, often competing directly with Paige and Zerfas for the 3, 4 and 5 spots on the talent laden team.
The top spot among this group has belonged to Nathan Walker. Walker recently committed to attend and run cross country at Purdue University. He has set the bar high, setting the course record at many of the area courses, including an incredible 16:11 this year at Fremont’s hilly home course at Branstrom Park. Only four boys have finished with a time of 17:00 or better at Branstrom Park: Walker, Matthew Zerfas, Riley Klingel and James Lanciaux.
The 6th grade race at the Portage mega-meet in 2014 was when it first became apparent that the boys possessed special talent. In a field of 252 runners the boys took four of the top 19 spots en route to a first place tie with Portage North. They won the Portage meet outright in the 8th grade placing five runners in the top 54 places of the field of 727 runners. That 5th place was occupied by 7th grader Conor Somers, son of Cliff Somers. The team finished first in every meet that 8th grade year, except one that Paige was forced to miss due to injury.
When in 9th grade the boys had great senior leadership in Ben Schmidt, Ben DeVries and James Pekel, all holdovers from the previous 3 years of excellence turned in by 2017 grads Sam Kaastra, Matthew Zerfas, Sam Stitt and Cole Hamilton, state champions in 2015 and two-time runners up. Schmidt and DeVries provided great mentorship to the younger boys and DeVries has continued to be a big part of the program, often attending meets, running cool-downs and providing valuable insight into races and opposing runners. The 2017 season saw Ben Schmidt dominate most races with Walker and the other boys close behind. Regional runner-up and 6th place at the State Finals that year may not have been the exciting finish the freshman boys had hoped for, but it provided a base of humility and an appreciation for the work required to get to the top that they would employ in future years.
In their sophomore season, Nathan Walker won all but the biggest races the team ran that year. Now joined again by Conor Somers, the team dominated races from start to finish, often having many runners, even beyond the top seven varsity runners, finish with excellent times. Again, outstanding senior leadership played a role in helping form this team into the juggernaut they were to become. Captain Cy Frankhouser and Colton Christoffersen were outstanding runners and role models for the young team. The only team better that year in Division 2 was Chelsea, behind whom Fremont finished at both the Portage and State meets, the only two meets of the year that the full complement of Fremont boys did not win.
Junior year saw the boys win every team competition in dominant fashion. They won the Portage meet by 67 points and the State Finals by 108 both over runner-up Otsego. Usually led by Walker and Somers and then some combination of Ward, Zerfas and Paige, the solid top five were strongly complemented by Gavin and Brennan Shuler, Nathan Johnson, Jackson Fair, Gavin Orcutt, Seven Laroue, Colton Best, Colton Isenhart and Bryce Cosens, many of whom would have been the top varsity runners on virtually any other team in the state. Exchange student Mikko Vesma also contributed heavily to the success of the team and their state championship.
As they ready themselves today for the 3 hour journey to Brooklyn, MI and the 2020 State Finals, the boys are likely reflecting on a bit different kind of season than they expected for their senior year. Many of the bigger meets, MSU and Portage notably, were cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19 and the ability to socially distance at such large events. The boys were however able to run at invite only meets at Otsego and Grand Rapids and test their mettle against some of the top teams in the state. They won both meets in convincing fashion, scoring 51 points at Otsego and 33 at Grand Rapids. The boys placed first in each conference meet and the pre-regional and regional meets never scoring higher than 18 points. And, they are now the mentors for freshman and sophomore runners, John Christensen, Sean Pettis, Gary Springstead and Henrick Quist as they look to join the Shuler brothers and Somers in continuing the excellence of the program over the next few years.
They go into the state meet as heavy favorites to win the Division 2 state championship, but even though they are a close-knit group and have fun together, they are not cocky and take nothing for granted. They know they have worked hard and have earned the right to compete, but they also know that this is the state finals, there are no weak teams here and nothing will be handed to them at this race. As they say, “that is why they play the game” or in this case, run the race.
The boys run Friday November 6 at 2:00 p.m. and the girls on the same day at 3:00 p.m.
Tigers face Vikings, Red Devils seek to clip Eagles
Tri County at Grant Friday 7pm
It was the first game of a long delayed season complete with new rules requiring masking limited crowds, and a plethora of procedures and protocols.
And the offenses sputtered a bit as turnovers and missed opportunities played leading roles in this tight contest but much of this was the result of outstanding defensive performance by both teams.
The Tigers pulled it out by virtue of a barely missed extra point attempt and came home with r the rivalry’s traveling trophy known as The Hammer.
From there each team had their share of challenges as the season grinded on. Grant missed the next 2 games when COVID shut down school activities while the Vikes defense continued to shine and the offense picked up some steam in wins over Fremont and Newaygo.
The Tigers returned to action after just a single practice and fought hard before falling to Big Rapids. The following week they put a whipping on highly regarded Central Montcalm before ending the season with a tough loss to conference champion Reed City.
TC lost their next three coming within one score in each game.
Then came tourney time and a rematch with the Hornets. This time the Vikings offense was on full sail producing their most points of the season.in a relative rout of a good Hornet team.
In the meantime the Tigs went to Cardinal Country where they shook off an early gaffe by the special teams and had the game in control by halftime 34-8.
If the teams play like they did in their tourney opener it should be a competitive and entertaining contest.. Grant is at home which helps regardless of the crowd size and they are a good team that could easily have added 2-3 wins to their record in a ‘normal’ season.
While a good team,TC has been sporadic but their win over a solid team like the Bees after being shut out by them 3 weeks earlier shows how difficult it is to beat a good team twice.
And the Vikings lost their first meeting with these Tigers.
Winner will take on the Big Rapids/Oakridge survivor
Holton at Fowler Friday 7pm
Coach Jados has gotten a lot out of his team. In the regular season they played Morley tough, stayed with Hesperia and beat White Cloud and Lakeview.
They drew WC in the first round and shook off a whupping by Catholic Central (Muskegon variety) to edge the Cloud at home and move on to the next level.
And believe me, Fowler is the next level.
The Eagles, from the always tough Central Michigan Athletic Conference, have a lengthy football lineage often easy to trace because the names of current players are much the same as the ones that dotted the roster of Eagle teams (see Koenigsknecht, Simon, Thalen, etc.) who have missed the playoffs just 5 times since 1985 and own a trio of state titles.
But the Red Devils aren’t playing against history.
Fowler dropped their last two in the regular season. One to their primary rivals, the perennial powerhouse Pirates of P-W and one to a solid Nouvel team before dispatching their conference cellar dwellers in the first round. From what we have heard their defense can be susceptible to a good passing game while remaining strong on stopping the ground game.
The qb who will face Fowler?
Still, this will be an uphill climb that begins after the 2 hour bus ride to Eagle country.
The winner gets the victor of the Saranac/Carson City/Crystal game.
Seven Seniors Leave Mark on Newaygo Volleyball
By Alexis Mercer
No summer camp. No weight room. No pre-season at all.
In fact, no first few weeks of the season really. Unless you count moveable volleyball nets that were set up on the football field where athletes were only allowed to handle one volleyball a piece that they didn’t share with anyone else.
Then finally word arrived that volleyball could begin practicing inside. With limitations. But it was inside. On the court.
Newaygo Lions Volleyball was forced to take the season in stride. Afterall, it is a pandemic and lives are at stake. The sports teams were only given one chance to do it right or face the very real possibility of no season at all.
So masks were worn. Distance was kept. But they were on the court and ready to play.
For the seven seniors on the team, this was their final chance to play the sport they have grown to love together. All but two of them, Rylee and Sydney Maat, who came from Rockford the summer before their junior year, had been playing for Coach Kristin Melvin for five years.
Kendall Mathis, an outside hitter for the Lions, says “playing for the same coach for five years was a blessing in disguise. Because we were together for so long, we really got to understand each other. There were times where we loved each other and (temporarily) times where we hated each other, but in the end I always knew she had my best interest at heart.”
Sydney Maat shared about coming in as a new student athlete her junior year was nerve wracking. “When my sister and I first came to Newaygo we were super nervous because we were joining a team that had been together for a while. But they welcomed us with open arms and we became part of the team so fast.”
2020 was a new year and everyone had been together for at least one season prior.
As the season progressed, the Lions started to play together in a way they hadn’t in seasons past. Leaders were stepping up and taking control.
And then Covid hit. The entire team was quarantined after having been exposed to a positive case. It meant two weeks out of school, away from friends and family, and out of volleyball.
It was a major blow but one that they dealt with together; despite the physical distance.
Coming back from their two week break with everyone healthy and anxious to be back to school, a routine and the court, was like a fresh start. A chance to continue the progress they had obviously made from last year.
That is when all the parts started falling into place. Facing rivals Grant, the Lions took them to five games and won. With only one day before playing another intense rival in Fremont, Coach Melvin kept them focused on what was to come rather than being complacent with their big win. The efforts paid off as they also went to five games and won.
“Last year it seemed hard for us to pull through and win games, but this year we won some five set games and even beat our biggest rivals! I am so proud of this team and every single person on it,” says Sydney Maat.
Tri County would be the final barrier between the Lions and sharing a conference championship with Central Montcalm and Fremont. The Vikings had proven worthy competitors against both Fremont and Grant but the Lions handled them easily in three games to earn the honor of sharing the trophy: something that hadn’t been done in 20 years in Newaygo.
A first round bye in Districts meant the Lions would face off against a tough Coopersville team. Going in, they knew Coopersville would be tough. Newaygo would be the underdog, but they were used to that.
Stepping on the court, it was obvious the Lions had come to play. Lily Ruehmeier blocked their power hitter and the belief started to show in their eyes. The first game went back and forth with neither team making runs too big. In the end the Broncos were able to put the ball down and won the first game 28-26.
The second game went similarly, except the Lions did have a run that put them up while the Broncos figured out a rotational error that threw them for a loop. But Coopersville had the wherewithal to pull it back together and find the way to win with their tough offense.
Newaygo didn’t have it in them to bring Coopersville to extra games. It would be the end of their season in three.
Despite the loss, the season was a success. The Newaygo Lions showed their maturity and drive every step of the way, led by Alexis Feutz, Rylee Maat, Sydney Maat, Kendall Mathis, Emma Reyburn, Lillian Ruehmeier, and Haleigh Schmidt, the seniors who helped grow the volleyball program stronger one day at a time.
Story and photos by Michael Paige
Fremont Boys Win Third Straight Regional Championship
The Fremont boys Cross Country team ran away with their third straight regional title scoring 16 points by taking five of the top six spots in the race at Buckley High School’s course. The flat, back and forth course featured many hair-pin turns with lots of opportunities for the crowd to cheer on the runners. Fremont senior Nathan Walker took control of the race early and never looked back to finish in 14:56.5. Junior Conor Somers ran most of the race alone in 2nd to finish with a time of 15:43. Seniors Ben Paige, Adam Ward and Joshua Zerfas worked together, battling with Jackson Jones of Sparta to move up over the second half of the race. Both Ben and Adam had great sprint finishes to place 3rd and 4th in 16:22 and 16:22.8, passing Jones in the final 100 yards. Zerfas had a great first 2 miles and worked hard to the finish to place 6th in 16:32.6, rounding out Fremont’s top five. Gavin and Brennan Schuler were Fremont’s 6th and 7th runners with impressive times (Gavin – 9th place/16:49 and Brennan – 15th place/17:04) that earned them All-Region honors. Walker earned his fourth All-Region while Somers, Paige, Ward and Zerfas each earned their third. Petoskey placed 2nd with 72 points, and Sparta was 3rd with 97. All three teams will compete Friday, November 6, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn at the State Finals.
Fremont’s Taylor Mater and Taava Johnson qualify for State Finals
The Fremont Girls Cross Country team ran a fantastic race with every girl running their best time of the season. Unfortunately, they did not qualify as a team but came very close with a score of 118 for 4th place. The top three teams move on. Petoskey (39), Cadillac (41) and Sparta (98) finished 1-3 to qualify. The top seven runners on teams other than the three qualifying teams also earn spots in the State Finals. Fremont’s Taylor Mater finished fourth for her second straight All-Region honor with a time of 18:55.4. Fremont’s Taava Johnson finished 20th overall with a personal record time of 20:15.4, beating her previous best by almost a minute. Both earned spots in the State Finals. Seniors Leah Converse (33rd with a time of 21:12), Emily Curtis (36th in 21:25.2) and Erin Norton (44th in 21:54.7) rounded out Fremont’s top five. Freshman, Elise Pfeiffer finished 65th with a time of 24:30, ending an impressive first year on the varsity squad that saw her drop many minutes in her races throughout the year. Sierra Horton came in at 25:09.1 beating her season best by over a minute to place 68th.