CROSS COUNTRY Pine River takes sixth BLANCHARD -- The Big Rapids boys cross country team came home with the win in the White Division of Friday's Montabella Invitational with 54 points, finishing ahead of second-place Cadillac with 72. Pine River was sixth for the boys and seventh for the girls. Jayce Methner was fourth for the boys in 17:50.51) and Elizabeth Rigling 43rd (23:34.16). Reed City second NEWAYGO - Chippewa Hills girls scored 51 points to finish first in the CSAA jamboree in Newaygo on Oct. 8. Reed City was second with 60 and Big Rapids fourth with 98. Abbigail Kiaunis was second to lead Reed City (20:14.38) while Taylor Harrison was seventh (21:18.86), Paige Lofquist 13th (22:41.02), Olivia Lewis 17th (23:11.16) and Brooke Miller 21st (23:20.99). For the boys, Fremont took the top six individual spots and won with 15 while Big Rapids was second with 74, Chippewa Hills third with 111 and Reed City fifth with 12. Calvin Rohde for Reed City was seventh (17:34), Jared Karns 12th (18;22.21), Ty Kailing 34th (20:21.88), Noah Blythe 39th (20:56.97) and Mason Dozier 48th(21:56.41). Marion wins Marion girls won the West Michigan D League meet on Oct. 8. "We had a really good team effort," Marion coach Jason Keeler said. "I don't know if it was getting to run on the trails at Walkerville that got them pumped up or what but the girls really brought their best race of the season competing as a team. We've run 'packed' together pretty well on the girls' side for the last few races but we took it up a level as evidenced by three season best times and five personal best times." Standout racer though has to go to freshman Selena Quintero who dropped about 5 minutes from her PR time and moved up into our top 4. On the boys end of things we didn't finish as a full team but ran well. We got two personal bests in Eric William's 22:55 and Trey Davis, who finished his first race of the season returning from a medical procedure that has kept him from competing all year. "Our junior high crew competed in their second to the last race of the season and also really seemed to like the trail running in the woods at Walkerville. Everyone earned a PR for this race as it was a little shorter 2,500-meter race compared to the 3200-meter race we usually run. "Probably the biggest gain today for the junior high squad was made by Jeremiah Nolan for the boys and Britton Nowland and Jennifer Fouch for the ladies. Each proportionally made the biggest drop in time compared with their previous best two-mile race times." VOLLEYBALL Reed City falls REED CITY - Reed City fell in a home match 25-17, 25-14, 25-19 in CSAA Golf play to Big Rapids on Tuesday Oct. 8. For Reed City, Demi Lodholtz had five aces, four kills and 11 digs; Mady Brown had 19 digs, McKena Hill had two kills and one dig, Katelynn Holmes had three digs; Madelyn Wein had five digs; Alison Duddles had four kills, three digs and four assists and Rylie Olds had seven digs and nine assists. Beal City 3, Evart 0 Evart fell to Beal City in straight sets on Tuesday (Oct. 8) in Highland Conference action. For Evart, Kaylee Ladd had one kill and three digs, Kara Henry had four kills, two blocks and three aces, Kelci Elder had two blocks, Addy Gray had three assists, Katie Rueffer had three digs, Livia Hopkins had four digs and Skylor Baumgardner had three digs. FOOTBALL Houghton Lake 21, Pine River 12 Visiting Houghton Lake improved to 5-2 while Pine River fell to 3-4 on Friday. Houghton Lake fired out to a 21-0 lead. Pine River scored late in the second on a 40-yard interception return by Brock Nelson. Brian Fauble caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Rogan Nelson in the fourth quarter. Rogan Nelson rushed for 66 yards. Pine River is at Lake City on Friday. Marion 34, Manistee CC 6 Marion improved to 4-2 in the West Michigan D League and 4-3 overall with this road win on Friday. Brandon Stewart had 24 carries for 244 yards. Marion is at Vestaburg on Friday.