High School sports is back in the picture as we have begun to see a few results trickle in.
Soccer (boys) football, tennis (boys) , volleyball, cross, golf (girls) and swimming and diving (girls) comprise the fall season sports our area offers.
N3 will strive to bring our readers all the sports skinny we can gather.
Panthers open play with tough competition
Cloud sweeps to a trophy
The Panthers set a goal of being more prepared for the State Tournament at the end of this season. The first step toward this goal was playing a higher level of competition, as they did opening the season yesterday at WMC. The Panthers started out with a tough loss to the always challenging home team WMC , 18-25,17-25. After finding their groove, the Panthers faced the team from North Pointe Christian that had knocked us out of our first ever Regional appearance last season. The Panthers avenged that loss defeating North Pointe 25-17, 25-13. In bracket play, the Panthers could not keep their momentum going and lost (1-2) to Covenant Christian. Panther stat leaders at the service line were Rylee Gleason with 8 aces, Isabelle Rumsey with 7 aces, and Allison Homfeld with 6 aces on the day. Leading the team in kills were Emily Bayle with 16 kills, Rumsey 10 kills, and Rachel Romero with 8 kills. Assist Leaders were setters Kyra Sayer with 21 assists and Aria Thomas with 18 assists. Defensively, Bayle and Romero each led with 18 digs and Sierra Cechura had 9 digs on the day. The team is well rounded this year with 6 returning junior starters and adding 6 talented juniors to the roster. This all-junior team is back together as a whole unit for the first time since 8th grade and they are ready to work for another great season for Panther Volleyball!
White Cloud Lady Indians started out their season with the Fremont First Dig tournament. The ladies went 6-0 on the day and brought home the hardware. After going undefeated in round robin play and coming out on top against Tri-County in the semi-finals, they faced tournament host, Fremont, in the finals. After battling back and forth early in the first set, the Indians were able to get a cushion in the second set and run away with the championship. Cassie Watson led with 55 points and 10 aces, followed by Olivia Bowman with 45 points and 7 aces and Alexis Strait 37 points and 14 aces. Olivia also provided the team with 41 kills, along with Alexis' 31. Alexis did a great job running the offense with 76 assists. Olivia led the back row with 51 digs and Alexis had 45 digs. Emily Feldpausch also had a great day in the back row by getting her hands on a lot of plays. Way to start the season out!!! We head to Kent City to open up our conference play this Wednesday.
Fremont splits a pair
Thursday Fremont faced the Tigers of Shelby for their second match of the season and came away with a 3-1 victory pounding in all 3 goals in the first half, then holding off the Tigers as Joe Kortge collected 5 saves. Kasidy Wright scored two of those goals on assists from Jaxx Miller. The third goal came off a corner kick when Grant Vissia sent a ball to Braiden McDonald's head.
Friday the Pack headed south to face a tough Trojan team who came into the match having won both of their season opening games. The Fruitport defense kept the Pack in check limiting them to just 5 shots on goal while firing an even dozen at the Packer goal.
The teams battled to a scoreless tie at the break and with 20 minutes to play in the second the Trojans found the net later adding another goal to secure a 2-0 win.
Grant Tennis falls to Plainwell
The Tigers played senior heavy Plainwell in their second match of the day Monday afternoon in humid conditions. The team dominated at the top singles spot with a win by senior Karlton Zerlaut 6-1 6-0. Grant's #1 doubles team of Carter Chase and Jed VanderWeide recorded a 6-2 6-0 victory. Trent Patton and Diego Krepps went to the third set for the second time on the day at second doubles, coming back after dropping the first set, to force the match tiebreaker, but couldn't quite secure the win. Kyle Bay and Matt Hautamaki played a tough 4-6 5-7 match at #3 dubs.