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Holmquist Player of the Week

FREELAND — For the third time this season, Trine’s Jared Holmquist has been named the MIAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

The former Reed City basketball standout led the Thunder to victories over Olivet and Albion to help Trine earn the No. 4 seed in the MIAA Tournament. The senior averaged 30.5 points in the two wins while knocking down 21-of-32 (65.6 percent) of his attempts from the field. Holmquist’s 35-point performance in Saturday’s victory over Albion on Senior Day was the sixth-highest scoring total on record in a game in team history. Holmquist has won six MIAA Player of the Week honors in his career.

The 2015-16 season has put the finishing touches on an outstanding career for Holmquist. He was recently named to the 2015-16 Capital One Academic All-District Men’s Basketball Team and will be eligible for Academic All-America  consideration. His other accolades this season include being named the Division III News Player of the Month for November and earning recognition on the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week.

Entering this weekend’s MIAA Tournament, Holmquist has totaled 1,491 career points. He ranks second in team history in blocked shots and third in rebounding. Holmquist has started more games than anyone in program history. This season, he ranked second in the MIAA in scoring at 21.2 points per game and notched nine double-doubles.

Trine will face regular-season MIAA Champion Hope in the MIAA Semifinals this Saturday at Hope College. This will be the fourth-straight season the two teams have met in the conference tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Holmquist scores 35

ANGOLA, Ind. — The Trine men’s basketball team pulled away in the second half to beat conference foe Albion 76-66 on Senior Day Saturday afternoon.

After a tight first half, the Thunder pulled away in the second half thanks in large part to senior Jared Holmquist, of Reed City, who had a career-high 35 points. Holmquist scored the sixth-most points on record in a game in team history on 11-of-16 shooting before fouling out. He also had five rebounds and was 12-of-13 from the line. Travell Oakes paced the Britons with 20 points and nine rebounds.

The victory propelled Trine to 17-8 (7-7 in the MIAA) and clinched them the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. Albion fell to 14-11 (10-5 in the MIAA).

Holmquist scored 21 of his 35 points in the second half.

HALL OF FAME

Pine River inductees

LEROY — The first class of inductees into the Pine River Sports Hall of Fame was inducted on Friday during halftime of the boys basketball games. The inductees were: Ted Raven, Cecil Burch, David Dickinson, Jeff Pullen, Cobb and Iliene Nelson, J.R. Holmes. Rob Feeley, the 1943-44 LeRoy High School basketball team and the 1991 Pine River varsity wrestling team.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Reed City 44, Grant 27

REED CITY — Lauren Voelker and Alyssa Olds each scored seven points on Feb. 16, while Emily Libey scored six points in a Central State Activities Association Gold Division win over Grant.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Reed City 54, Grant 53

GRANT — Andre Jones hit a last-second, 40-foot 3-pointer to give the Coyotes a dramatic one-point CSAA Gold win on Feb. 6 over Grant. Mykel Dillard had 14 points while Taylor Pelton had 10.

Clare 75, Evart 53

CLARE — The Wildcats (5-12) dropped this nonleague game on Monday. They lost in Highland Conference action to Manton 64-30 and to Beal City 61-51 last week. Evart is home with Lake City on Thursday and at Marion on Tuesday.

COMPETITIVE CHEER

Evart girls 10th

MUSKEGON — Evart’s competitive cheer season ended on Saturday at Muskegon West Michigan Christian with a 10th-place finish at the Division 4 districts.

“We were a little off,” Evart coach Marty Pattee said. “They did have a very good round 3, it’s probably one of the best times they performed it.”

Evart graduates two seniors. “We’re still very young and upcoming,” Pattee said.