Reed City 1-2 at volleyball tourney

REED CITY — Reed City’s volleyball team was 1-2 at the Big Rapids Invitational on Saturday.

The Coyotes lost to Grant 25-14, 25-16 and swept Alma 25-11, 26-24. Reed City lost to Lakeview 25-21, 25-22.

Sami Mitchell had 16 kills and seven aces for the day for Reed City while Jacolyn Mullins had five kills and four aces and Emma Lockhart added seven kills.

Because of the death of high school teacher Angie Pontz last week, a match at White Cloud with the host school was postponed to early October;

“We’ll have a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday that week,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson.

Big Rapids and Reed City will be at Holton on Wednesday.

“Holton does a great job every year,” Paterson said. “It will be an interesting match for us. They’re young like we are. Big Rapids has a few more veterans on their teams.”

Saturday, Reed City plays at the Cadillac Invitational.


EVART — Evart prevailed 3-2 over Montabella in nonleague volleyball action Thursday night.

The Wildcats lost the first game 25-15 but took the next two 25-18, 25-23. Evart lost 25-20 in Game 4 but won the final set 15-8.

Magdalen Hyde had eight kills and five aces for Evart while Lydia Wetters added nine assists and four digs, Saige Nabozny had seven kills, Chelsea Bengry added 11 blocks, and Kirsten Parsons had four blocks, five aces and four digs.

“We were down a player and a little out of sorts,” said Evart coach Cindy Zielinski. “But we got it together and took a win. Serves were very vital to our win with only five missed on the night.”

Evart’s volleyball team improved its record to 5-7-1 overall and 1-0 in the Highland with a 3-1 league victory over McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 12

Evart lost the first game 25-23 but then came back with 25-23, 25-15, 25-22 wins to take the match.

Bengry, Stephonya Hamilton and Nabozny had six kills each for Evart. Hamilton contributed 18 assists. Bengry added seven kills while Parsons had three. Bengry and Magdalen Hyde had four aces. Hyde contributed two digs.

“We need to work on consistency and being aggressive with our attacks,” said Zielinski.

Bengry said the team has improved “by a huge amount. Now we’re comfortable playing with each other. Individually, we’re all improving in serving, hitting and passing.”

Saturday, Sept. 10, Evart participated in the Montabella tournament. The Wildcats lost 2-0 to Pewamo-Westphalia but beat Farwell, Montabella and Vestaburg by 2-0 scores. In the final match of the day, Evart lost 2-0 to Beal City.

Nabozny had 14 kills while Bengry and Hyde added 14 each.

Hamilton added 34 assists, seven aces and six digs. Bengry contributed eight blocks and eight aces. Parsons had five blocks and Kristen Kullman added six digs.

“We had a really good day,” Zielinski said. “We played strong against Farwell. We’re making too many mistakes but overall I was pretty pleased with how the girls played.”


The Bucks lost a Highland Conference showdown on Sept. 13 at Beal City, 25-21, 25-13, 25-22.

Cayman Gatt had 23 digs and five kills for the Bucks, followed by Chelsea Nelson with 19 assists, five kill and 21 digs and Kassy Nelson with 19 digs.