SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

FOOTBALL

Honors for Monty Price

REED CITY — The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association has announced that Monty Price has been named one of the Regional Coaches of the Year for Region 3. The RCOTY award is determined by voting by the head football coaches in each of the 18 regions. Out of 618 schools playing 11 and 8-man football this past fall, only 52 of these awards are presented.

Price coached Reed City to a 9-0 regular season record for the fourth time in five seasons and to its fifth straight Central State Activities Association title. Reed City lost 21-14 in the district finals to Grand Rapids West Catholic, which went on to take its third straight Division 5 state title.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Holmquist Player of the Week

ANGOLA, IND. — Trine University’s Jared Holmquist of Reed City has been named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Holmquist averaged 24 points per game on 50 percent shooting in leading the Thunder to victories over Anderson and Great Lakes Christian last week. The senior added 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in the two contests. He totaled 32 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks in Wednesday’s 82-63 victory at Anderson.

Holmquist followed that up with 16 points and 14 rebounds in Saturday’s 78-52 win over Great Lakes Christian. He is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season and the fourth time in his career.

The Player of the Week honor is the latest in a string of accolades Holmquist has earned early this season. In addition to his two conference honors, he was named Division III News Player of the Month for November. Holmquist also earned all-tournament team recognition in helping Trine win the Carnegie Mellon DoubleTree Invitational.

Holmquist ranks among the MIAA leaders in numerous categories. His 10.1 rebounds per game lead the conference, while his 22.9 points per night rank second. The senior’s four double-doubles are tied for the conference lead. He is also tied for fourth in steals, and ranks second in blocks and fifth in free throw percentage.

With Holmquist’s honor, a Trine player has now won three of the first four MIAA Player of the Week honors this season. The Thunder are off to a 6-1 start for the team’s best seven-game start since the 2010-11 season.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pine River 56, Morley Stanwood 47

LEROY – Mason Powell had 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Bucks on Tuesday (Dec. 8) in both team’s season opener.

Teammate Conner Hoaglund had 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Hunter Esiline had 14 rebounds.

Nic Huntey led the Mohawks with 24 points and six rebounds, while Aiden Nelson had seven points.

Pine River 67, Harrison 42

HARRISON – Mason Powell scored 18 points for the Bucks (2-0) on Thursday while Hunter Esiline added 14 points. Tyler Wing and Matthew Goodenow each scored 10 points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Reed City 41, Clare 29

CLARE – Emily Libey led the Coyotes (2-1) with 10 points on Tuesday,, Dec. 8, while Megan Donley added six points.

Reed City led 14-10 at halftime.

Central Montcalm 63, Evart 31

EVART – Mara VanOrder led Evart (0-3) in points and rebounds with 10 and 12 respectively on Friday in a nonleague loss. Brook Belleville had eight points and Macey Wallace added five points and three steals.

The Wildcats played home Tuesday against McBain and are scheduled to play at Northern Michigan Christian on Friday.

WRESTLING

Allendale 61, Reed City 48

West Ottawa 61, Reed City 18

HESPERIA – Reed City lost two matches to open the season Wednesday at the Hesperia Invitational. Dylan Chrispell (189) and Kyle Lawerence (103) were both 2-0 for the Coyotes.