Reed City coaching changes top sports story of 2019

Scott Shankel (right) took over as Reed City football coach this season. (Herald Review file photo)

Scott Shankel (right) took over as Reed City football coach this season. (Herald Review file photo)

It was another memorable year for Osceola County sports. Here's the top 10 stories:

1-Changes in Reed City coaching staff

Many coaching changes took place during the year at Reed City, including the departure of longtime football skipper Monty Price, who went to Belding after leading the Coyotes to eight straight CSAA and three straight district crowns. He was replaced by longtime assistant Scott Shankel.

Other new coaches include Chris Maddox for boys soccer, Tim Beilfuss for girls basketball, Jesse Kailing for boys basketball and Brad Smith for boys track.

2-Evart baseball

The Wildcats won the Highland Conference title for the first time in 23 seasons and a district title for the first time in 11 years. Their final record was 30-7.

3-Reed City girls cross country

Led by All-Stater Abbigail Kiaunis, the Coyotes won the Central State Activities Association Gold Division championship.

4-Reed City football recruits

Reed City's football team obviously had plenty of talent on a squad, which won Central State Activities Association Gold and district titles in 2018 and ended the season 11-1 prior to a narrow loss in the regional title game. The talent factor was evident in February's national signing day for college football. Six Coyotes signed their national letters of intent: Mason Bush (Alma), Michael Johnson (Concordia), Anthony Pelton (Grand Valley), Brandon Major (Olivet), Phillip Jones-Price (Albion) and Jackson Price (Colgate).

5-Pine River wrestling

The Bucks, under Tim Jones, again won conference, district and regional titles, and lost 53-16 to Hudson in the state semifinals.

6-Reed City football

The Coyotes narrowly lost out on a bid for its ninth straight CSAA Gold title but still finished 6-3 to make the playoffs, and lost to Kingsley in the first round. Scott Shankel made his debut as Reed City head coach.

7-Ryan Simmons

Reed City wrestler Ryan Simmons won the 112-pound weight class in the Division 3 regionals during the 2018-19 season to advance to the state final with an undefeated record in Detroit where he was 0-2.

8-Reed City boys basketball prevails

Reed City lost to Big Rapids twice during the regular season but prevailed in the district first round with a 56-46 win.

9-Reed City boys track

The Coyotes were All-State in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays during the spring season.

10-Reed City girls soccer

The Coyotes had another competitive season under second-year coach Andrea Pollaski.