SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
LEROY — Pine River runners showed their improvement in times at the Buckley Invitational on Saturday.
Rachel DePew and Summer Jackson ran personal best times. Almost all the boys ran a seasonal best time, Bucks coach Ross Vrieze said, including Sam Pentces with a personal best time of 20:40.
Pine River’s combined boys, girls, and co-ed, relay teams finished fourth at the Manton Cross Country Invitational on Wednesday missing the third-place trophy by two points.
Medal winners for the Bucks include: Holly Bailor, Kelsi Charles, Alyssa Geer, Alexis Beebe, Derek Hartline, Olivia Thompson, Ira Waters, Rachel DePew, Mark Geer and Sam Pentces.
“It was a lot of fun to watch the kids run faster times as they chased other relay teams and held their positions for finishing medals,” Vrieze said.
REED CITY — Reed City’s runners performed on Thursday at the Leanna Geers Scottville Cross Country Invitational. For the Reed City boys, Brandon Wirth (18:49.1) was 23rd and Brett Walker (25:11) was 41st.
Joelynn Gamble-Brown was 39th (24:33), Catherine Kettner 42nd (25:42), McKenzie Cornelius 44th (26:16), Lindsey Kienitz 45th (26:16.01), Clover Krainik 46th (28:32), Hailey Duchene 47th (28:44), and Devin Willard 48th (29:40).
Tri County 3, Reed City 1
HOWARD CITY — Reed City lost the first two games 25-13, 26-24 to Tri County Tuesday night (Sept. 8), won the third set 25-19 and lost the fourth 25-21 in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action.
It was the league opener for the Coyotes and are 2-10 overall.
For Reed City, Hanna Price had six kills and six digs; Ally Yarger contributed four aces, five kills and 26 digs; Megan Donley added two aces, one kill and 11 digs; Megan Borst had an ace, one block, three kills and five digs; Lisa Emington contributed three kills, seven digs and 11 assists; Sidni Rushford contributed two kills and one block; Alyssa Olds had one ace and seven digs and Jordan Storch had seven assists, six digs and three aces.
“We had to play a little different lineup,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We had a kid who was a little bit under the weather and unable to play. As the match went on, we played better. If we served a little better, then I think we play a fifth game. We’re starting to play some offense. Our defense again was solid. Our serve receive was good. Once we find our serving rhythm, I think our offense will come around as the year goes on.”
Reed City will be at Cadillac on Saturday.