Sweep in doubles sparks Tiger win over Vikes
The Tigers hosted state ranked #11 Whitehall and pulled out a tough 5-3 win. The team swept the doubles, led by senior captains Carter Chase and Dustin Slachter. Carter, at #1 doubles with Jed VanderWeide winning 6-0 6-2 and Dustin paired with Payton Swinehart at 2 dubs winning 6-2 6-1. Diego Krepps and Trent Patton only gave up 3 games at 3 doubles and Kyle Bay and Isaac Higgins closed out the doubles with the win at 4. Eli Bradley fought the first set to a tiebreaker barley getting edged by the visitors 8-6. Senior captain, Karlton Zerlaut was the last match on in a dog fight at #1 singles. Winning the first set 6-4 and losing the second 3-6 in almost 2 hours, the top 2 players went to the final set. Karlton started out strong, racing out to a 3-0 lead, but the opponent fought back to win the next 3 in a row to tie the score. The next 3 games were close, but Karlton won each of them to claim the hard fought victory 6-3 in almost 3 hours. The Tigers are host to state ranked #8 Ludington Wednesday.
Pack, Cards draw
Fremont 1 Big Rapids 1
The Fremont Packers traveled to Big Rapids in a CSAA match up of unbeaten in the conference. Through the first 40 minutes of play there was no score. With 20 minutes remaining in the match Jonah Hengesbach of Big Rapids finished a breakaway goal making it 1-0 in favor of the home team. Fremont answered with just 4 minutes left to play when David Wachter sent a set play to Braiden McDonald's head who finished to tie up the match. The final score remained 1-1. Big Rapids ended with 3 shots on frame and the Packers matched that total with 3 of their own. Ben Decker for Big Rapids ended with 2 saves and Joe Kortge of Fremont also ended with 2 saves. Big Rapids moves to 8-4-4 overall and 4-0-1 in the conference. Fremont moves to 6-3-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the conference.
Pack Harriers take 1st, 2nd
What a race. We knew going in that this was going to be a battle with Chippewa Hills. The girls were focused on where they needed to finish compared to Chips top 5 to beat them. We got out a little slow but made up a lot of ground over the last mile to put us in contention. We didn’t quite get to where we wanted to be, but we were in the mix. Taylor Mater (So) ran with the leaders through 2 miles where she started to apply a little pressure and open a slight gap. With about 1000 to go she really started to pull away to win by about 15 seconds to help our team cause. Leah Converse (Jr) closed the gap to Chips #3 the whole race but didn’t quite get there, while Erin Norton (Jr) ran her best race of the season to finish shortly behind Leah. Taava Johnson (So) and Annika Tuls (Sr) ran solid races to round out our top 5. Lauren Boerger (Sr) came in as our 6th with a PR while Alyssa Gustman (Sr) ran a season record as our 7th runner. In the team race Reed City ran a great race to sneak in on both us and Chip Hills to win. They had some big improvements to surprise us. The team race was about as close as it can get – Chip Hills 3rd with 61 points, Fremont 2nd with 59 points, and Reed City 1st with 58 points.
The boys won in dominant fashion scoring 16 points and placing 7 the top 9 finishers. Nathan Walker (Jr) led the way, followed by Conor Somers (So), Josh Zerfas (Jr), and Ben Paige (Jr) to place 1-4. Mikko Vesma (Sr), Adam Ward (Jr), and Gavin Schuler (So) placed 6-8th. Colton Best (Jr) ran his best race of the season to place 11th. Colton Isenhart (Jr) ran a great race to set a huge PR to place 53rd, with Peem Torjaras (Sr) also setting a PR.