Patterson eyes huge season in throws for Reed City

REED CITY —  T.J. Patterson is gearing up for his final year in high school sports and the Reed City senior is hoping it goes as well as the last two.

For the Reed City track team, Patterson will be a thrower this season. He’s been throwing in track since middle school.

His best throw in the shot put has been 43 feet and in the discus 129-11.

Patterson said he’ll have to throw farther in both to make it to the state finals this season.

“I have to keep on practicing, stay in the weight room and work on fundamentals,” he said. “We’ve got some guys who can score in the throws this year.”

The Coyotes will be down in numbers for boys track, but will still be capable of getting points.

Patterson was a two-way lineman on a Reed City district championship football team and was a key player on the basketball squad that took its first district title in 22 years.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “I had more fun than last year. (The district title) helped out the program for the kids coming up from the lower levels.”

The Coyotes lost 53-50 to Cadillac in the regional semifinals. Cadillac went to the state semifinals. In the first game of the season in December, Reed City lost 52-38 to Cadillac. The Coyotes weren’t at full strength and had several players coming off the football season, which went until mid-November.

“Our players were prepared for this one this time and we had everybody,” Patterson said of the regional semifinals.

After he graduates, Patterson plans on going to Ferris State as a walking for football.