SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

FOOTBALL

All-state for Pelton

REED CITY —  Reed City senior Taylor Pelton was named by the Associated Press to its All-State Special Honors list for Division 5-6 football last week.

Pelton, a linebacker, had 106 tackles, including nine for losses, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one sack, one interception and five pass break-ups.

“Taylor was the most dominant defensive player in the area,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “He’s one of the most physical players that I’ve ever coached.”

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

National recognition for Holmquist

ANGOLA, Ind. — Five members of the Trine men’s basketball team, including former Reed City standout Jared Holmquist, have been named to the 2014-15 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, the organization announced recently. The players earned recognition on this year’s Honors Court for their work in the classroom. To be named to the Honors Court a student-athlete must be a junior or senior academically, a varsity player, have achieved a 3.2 GPA or higher, have matriculated one full academic year at their current institution and be a member of a NCAA Division I, II or III or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.

All five of Trine’s representatives on the Honors Court flew past the minimum academic requirements, as each student-athlete achieved a 3.45 GPA or higher. The efforts of these individuals helped the Thunder receive a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award for having a roster that combined for at least a 3.0 GPA.

Holmquist earned the distinction for the first time in their Trine careers.

A record number of 1,000 student-athletes representing 350 colleges and universities were recognized on this year’s Honors Court.

Trine concluded the 2014-15 season with its best record as a member of NCAA Division III. The Thunder finished with a 17-9 overall record and placed second in the MIAA. The team produced three All-MIAA performers, including two first-teamers.

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches.

All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education.

Holmquist becomes program leader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Trine University (Angola, Ind.) raced out to an early lead and never trailed as the Thunder defeated previously-unbeaten Carnegie Mellon, 62-47 in the championship game of the Carnegie Mellon DoubleTree Invitational last weekend.

The Thunder opened the game on a 14-2 run and later used a 15-4 surge to pull away after the Tartans had fought their way back into the contest. Jared Holmquist, of Reed City, notched his third double-double of the season to lead the way, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Holmquist became the program’s leader in rebounds in the Division III era (2004-present) and moved into seventh in team history with 563 career boards. Trine improved to 4-1 with the victory. Carnegie Mellon fell to 4-1.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Farwell 48, Evart 34

FARWELL —  Evart dropped its season opener Monday despite 23 points and 23 rebounds from senior Mara VanOrder. McKenzie Kimball had six points and five rebounds for the Wildcats while Cyana Dellar had six rebounds.

Farwell had quarter leads of 6-5, 20-14 and 34-26.

“It was a typical first game,” Evart coach Paul Higgins said. “Both sides were very sloppy. We had plenty of opportunities but couldn’t take advantage. We shot 35 free throws and made 14. We have to get better at that. Those are gimme points. Hopefully, we’ll come back, improve and be ready to go Friday.

The Wildcats are home Friday against Chippewa Hills.