Reed City junior enjoying solid basketball season

Coyotes finished regular season at 14-6

Ty Kailing



Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – Reed City’s boys basketball team was scheduled to play Ludington at Manistee in district action on Monday, and payers like Ty Kailing were hopeful of victory to give them another chance against Big Rapids.

Kailing had 11 points in his team’s 66-22 romp over Kingsley on Friday.

The regular season ended at 14-6 which was OK, in Kailing’s book, albeit some of the losses, the Coyotes felt should have been wins, and there was the disappointment of the bench-clearing incident vs. Central Montcalm, which forced the Coyotes to forfeit their next game against Newaygo.

“It’s too bad we had to finish 14-6 instead of 15-5 with the Newaygo forfeit,” Kailing said after Friday’s loss. “Hopefully we’ll go pretty far in district.”

Beating Central State Activities Association power Fremont was a key win for Kailing and his teammates.

“We came together as a team,” Kailing said. “We got beat pretty bad before. We really wanted to win that one.”

It’s his second varsity season and Kailing said he improved “a lot” from last year.

“I’ve gotten four inches taller and that definitely helped,” Kailing said.

He feels he was able to take advantage of those additional inches. His best game was 20 points vs. Central Montcalm.

“I had four threes on that game,” he said.

Having success in upcoming games will be “working as a team and wanting it more than them,” Kailing said.