Evart cross country team qualifies for state final

UNIVERSITY CENTER — The Evart boys cross country team finished third at Division 4 regional competition at Delta College on Saturday to clinch a berth in the state final at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn next Saturday.

The Wildcat boys tallied 101 points to get into the final while the Evart girls didn’t log a team score.

McBain was fourth at 103.

“We didn’t know what would happen,” Evart coach Kevin Mills said of his team’s expectations going into the meet. We knew it’d be close.”

For the boys, Santana Scott led the way in second overall (16:49.59), followed by Josh Woods in fifth (17:26.14), Micah Wetters in 19th (18:43.14), Andrew Bengry in 27th (19:10.69) and Nick Niles in 48th (21:20.47).

Those last three runners “stepped up doing some big things this season,” Mills said.

For the Evart girls, Clairese Clark had the best finish by coming in 23rd (22:15.78), followed by Mara VanOrder in 40th (24:26.89), Arianna Mooney in 52nd (25:45.29) and Brooklyn Ellenbaas in 60th (28:27.25).

Evart football falls

BLANCHARD — Evart ended its football season with a 42-14 loss at Montabella Friday night.

Montabella, with the win, improved to 6-3 to qualify for the playoffs.

“Our kids played hard all season long,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “The same things hurt us. We were in the game. It was only 14-7 at halftime. Even with that, we had opportunities early on to take the lead and do some things. You turn the ball over offensively and negative yardage and negative plays offensively hurt us.”

Dillon Danley scored both touchdowns on running plays of 15 and 20 yards for Evart.

“Defensively, I thought we played pretty tough,” Craven said. “We gave up a couple of big plays. We kind of got worn down toward the end of the game.”

Evart’s final record is 2-7.

Pioneer sports editor Greg Buckner contributed to this report.