SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

CROSS COUNTRY

Evart wins at Carson City-Crystal

CARSON CITY — Evart won the boys “Blue Division” at the Carson City Crystal Invitational on Saturday.

In a field of 16 teams, Evart was first at 73 and Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart second at 78.

Evart didn’t have a full team for the girls.

Santana Scott won the race in 16:16.5 for Evart while Josh Woods was third (17:18.7), Nathan Woods sixth (17:43.9), Andrew Bengry 28th (18:33.8), Micah Wetters 38th (18:54.2), Jacob Quist 53rd (19:39.3) and Alex Hamilton 64th (19:51.8).

“The guys ran real strong,” Evart Kevin Mills said. “It was a close race. They put together some good times.”

For the Evart girls, Mara VanOrder was 40th (23:17.3), Brooke Belleville was 52nd (23:40.3) and Arianna Mooney 60th (24:28.5).

Evart 15, Reed City 48

EVART — Evart defeated Reed City in this dual meet at Spring Hill camp on Sept. 29.

Brooke Belleville was first for Evart (23:28), while Sarah Nelson was second (23;29), Mara VanOrder third (23:57), Arianna Mooney fifth (24:24.2) and Kimberly Wilson 12th (50:12).

Joelynn Gamble-Brown was fourth for Reed City (25:49) while Catherine Kettner was sixth (25:49), McKenzie Cornelius seventh (27:05), Lindsey Kienitz eighth (27:28), Hana Ondrus ninth (29:07), Hailey Duchene 10th (30:18) and Devin Willard 11th (31:18).

Reed City only had one runner in the boys race. Brett Walker was 10th (23:21). Santana Scott was first (17:34), Nathan Woods second (18:21), Josh Woods third (18;45), Alex Hamilton fourth (19:32), Andrew Bengry fifth (19:50), Micah Wetters sixth (19;51), Jacob Quist seventh (20:167), Nick Niles eighth (20:51), Tanner Ryan ninth (21:02) and David Green 11th (23:52).

VOLLEYBALL

Pine River second

LEROY — Pine River traveled to Farwell and placed second in the tournament on Saturday. In pool play, the Bucks beat Forest Area 25-21, 25-22,lost to Sacred Heart 25-20, 25-15 and defeated Vestaburg 25-19, 27-25.

In the playoffs, the Bucks beat Elk Rapids 25-12,25-19 and lost to Sacred Heart in the finals 25-18, 31-29.

For Pine River, Kyla Johnson had 31 kills, 14 digs and six blocks; KayLee Goodman contributed 29 kills, 46 digs and eight blocks, Julie Justin totaled 22 kills and 58 digs; Hannah Hill added 12 kills and 13 digs; Logan Powell had 101 assists and 29 digs and Chelsey TerBurgh added 44 digs.

“The girls played well,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “We had a couple girls take over new positions and did a great job stepping into those roles. We seemed a little more united and worked hard to back each other up. In our last game in finals against Sacred Heart we showed a ton of determination. We were down 19-24 and rallied back to tie it up.

“We then battled hard for the next few rallies before Sacred Heart finished the game. I was very happy with how we played for most of the day. I hope this was the fuel we need to finish the season strong.”

Beal City, 3, Pine River 0

BEAL CITY — Pine River dropped a Highland Conference match on Sept. 29 to Beal City 25-11, 25-23, 25- 12.

For the Bucks, Kierra Justin had six kills; Julie Justin added five kills and 13 digs; KayLee Goodman had four kills and 11 digs and Logan Powell had 17 assists and 11 digs

“We put ourselves in a rut in both games, one and three,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “Our passing failed us and our communication was real weak. After Kyla got injured at the end of game one, the girls did a great job regrouping and adjusting our lineup for people in new positions and had a great Game 2.”

We just couldn’t hold the lead we had due to minor errors on our side of the net. Now, we only can look ahead and focus on making the necessary adjustments in our lineup and our focus.”

SOCCER

Hart 3, Reed City 1

HART  —  Quinton Kichak scored the goal for Reed City in this non-league loss on Thursday. Reed City is home Wednesday against Big Rapids in Central State Activities Association play.