SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
Pine River 2-1
LEROY — Pine River traveled to Kalkaska on Thursday and went 2-1.
The Bucks defeated East Jordan 26-24, 25-16; lost to Kalkaska 25-17, 25-19, and defeated Clare 25-8, 25-18.
For the Bucks, Kyla Johnson had 16 kills, five digs and four blocks; KayLee Goodman contributed eight kills, nine digs and three aces; Julie Justin had eight kills, six aces, and seven digs and Tailor Charles added 10 digs. Logan Powell added 28 assists
“We played better than we did (Aug. 21 at Traverse City) so that was nice to see,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “They fought from behind a few times which showed some tenacity. Our communication fell apart at times, but for the most part they worked well as a team. The goal is to keep making progress and always be better than the last time we played.”
Reed City at Cadillac
CADILLAC — Reed City’s volleyball squad played at the Cadillac Invitational on Thursday.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. ‘We didn’t win a game, but we played pretty well all day. We were in every game really, I thought we had chances to win. We just didn’t finish.”
Reed City is at Tri County Sept. 8.
“We’ve been doing well as a team,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “Hannah is passing well. Our setters are coming along, both Liza (Emington) and Jordyn (Storch). (Meghan) Borst and (Megan) Donley have been doing a good job for us outside on the right.”
Pine River at Kingsley
LEROY — Pine River’s volleyball traveled to Kingsley Saturday and lost in the semifinals. In pool play, the Bucks split with Central Lake 25-16, 19-25; split with Elk Rapids 21-25, 25-21; and beat Benzie Central 25-23, 25-23. They lost in the semifinals to Kalkaska 16-25, 25-23, 21-19.
For the Bucks, Kyla Johnson had 20 kills and six blocks; KayLee Goodman had 19 kills and nine aces; Julie Justin added 17 kills and Kierra Justin contributed 10 kills
Logan Powell led the team in assists with 59.
“Even though we split with teams, it was still a good day for us,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “We proved that we are here to fight and refuse to give up. We were down in almost every game by four or five points and were able to get right back into it and fight to the end. This was a big step for this young team. We still have things to work on as any team does early in their season, but they proved a lot to themselves and that is huge.”
Pine River is 3-8-3 and has its home tournament Sept. 12.
BENZONIA — Pine River cross country teams were at the Pete Moss Benzie Central Invitational on Saturday.
For the boys, Pine River placed 16th.
For the Bucks, Derek Hartline was 38th (18:56.4), Sam Pentces was 92nd (20:48.1); Ira Waters was 103rd (21:18.5), Dominick Cousino was 134th (26:11.7) and Spencer Haskel was 135th (26:12.7).
For the girls, Pine River was 11th. Olivia Thompson was 35th (22:26.8), Kelsie Charles 44th (22:56.9), Holly Bailor 51st (23:10.4), Alexis Beebe 92nd (25:16.3) and Rachel DePew 102nd (26:43.6)
Reed City girls 18th
REMUS — Reed City’s girls were 18th among 20 teams in the Chippewa Hills Invitational on Aug. 25. For Reed City, Catherine Kettner was 17th (25:54.26) among sophomores, McKenzie Cornelius 26th (27:49.61) among seniors, Lindsey Kienitz (28:57.05) was 29th among seniors, Clover Krainik (30:26.50) was 37th among sophomores and Devin Willard was 42nd (33:08.65) among sophomores. Brandon Wirth was 62nd (19:51.15) for the Reed City boys. Trent Willard was 205th overall (31:11.30).
Pine River girls 16th
REMUS — The Pine River girls were 16th and the boys 18th on Aug. 25 in the Chippewa Hills Invitational on Aug. 25 out of 20 teams.
For the Pine River girls, Olivia Thompson was 24th among sophomores (24:17.77), Kelsie Charles 25th among freshmen (24:23.35), Holly Bailor 33rd among juniors (25:47.66), Alexis Beebe 43rd among sophomores (28:12.55) and Rachel DePew 44th among sophomores (28:32.13). For the boys, Derek Hartline was 53rd (19:43.35), Mark Geer 106th (21:14.92), Sam Pentces 120th (21:47.53) and Ira Waters 121st (21:48.08).
Newaygo 5, Reed City 1
REED CITY — Reed City’s boys soccer team fell to 0-5 with a 5-1 loss to Newaygo Monday in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action. Quinton Kichak scored Reed City’s goal, assisted by Brandon Wirth. Goalkeeper Alex Brummel had 18 saves.
Reed City will be home on Sept. 9 against Grant.