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CROSS COUNTRY

Highland Conference meet

BEAL CITY — Evart’s boys cross country team was fourth with 75 points in the final Highland Conference jamboree on Oct. 18. Pine River was seventh at 183.

For Evart, Nathan Woods was fifth (1:43), Josh Woods eighth (1:55.7), Austin Hamilton 12th (18;01.29), Tanner Ryan 23rd (19:49.09), Alex Hamilton 31st (20:02.79) and Jacob Quist 35th (21:07.79).

Leading runners for Pine River were Mark Geer 21st (1934.9), Sam Pentces 42nd (21:39.2), Kaden Darrow 56th (22:59.8), and Wade Fullerton 62nd (23:50.3).

In the girls race, Pine River was third (94) and Evart seventh (143). Olivia Thompson was ninth (22:08.7) for the Bucks, while Anselma Barnett was 13th (22:21.2), Kelsi Charles 19th (23:10.3), Holly Bailor 23rd (23:53.09) and Grace Beebe 31st (25:09.7).

For Evart, Sarah Nelson was 14th (22:39.8), Brooke Belleville 18th (22:58.5), Arianna Mooney 30th (25:00.5) and Rose Clark 45th (27:13.59).

Runners at Central Montcalm

STANTON — Reed City runners competed in a preregional meet Monday at Central Montcalm. The Coyotes did not have a full team.

For the boys, Brandon Wirth was third (18:11.28) and Calvin Rohde fourth (18:17.29), while Noah Blythe was 10th (19;54.94) and Heaven Hurley 15th (21:05.94).

Mackenzie Vandawater was 11th (24:53.16) for the Reed City girls. Leigha Johnson was 15th (26:14.57), Hailey Duchene 20th (26:30.55) and Hana Ondrus 21st (27:39.60.

Evart boys third

REMUS — Area runners competed at the Late Season Warrior Invitational, hosted by Chippewa Hills on Saturday

The Warrior girls, who clinched the Central State Activities Association Gold Division league title earlier in the week, placed first at the home meet with 43. Fremont was second at 66, Manton third at 95 and Newaygo fourth at 104. Reed City was 12th at 322.

In the boys meet, Fremont won with 27, followed by Cedar Springs (97), Evart (116) Manton (121) and Chippewa Hills (126).

Catherine Kettner led Reed City in 46th place (23:57.10), followed by Mackenzie Vandawater (24:19.15), Leigha Johnson 49th (24:51.35), Hana Ondrus 83rd (28:42.04) and Hailey Duchene 92nd (31:18.85).

Evart didn’t have a full team, but had several girl runners. Sarah Nelson was seventh (22:02.39), Brooke Belleville 11th (22:30.19), Arianna Mooney 22nd (25:13.83), and Rose Clark 34th (28:15.78).

For the boys, the Woods brothers led Evart with seventh and eighth places from Josh (17:14.12) and Nathan Woods (17:21.71). Austin Hamilton was 10th (17:27.38), Parker Henry 46th (19:06.63), Tanner Ryan 55th, (19:24.83) Alex Hamilton 66th (19:59.96) and David Green 116th (22:39.83).

Reed City didn’t have a full team, but had strong races from Brandon Wirth, who was 17th (18:01.66), Calvin Rohde, who was 23rd (18:13.71) and Noah Blythe, who was 49th (19:16.37).

VOLLEYBALL

Pine River 2-3

LEROY — Pine River traveled to Hesperia and participated in the Volley Against Violence fundraising tournament on Saturday and went 2-3 on the day.

Pine River lost to Hesperia 25-23, 25-23; fell to Newaygo 25-17, 25-15; defeated White Cloud 25-14, 25-18; topped Big Rapids Crossroads 25-22, 25-8 and fell to Pentwater 25-19, 25-23

KayLee Goodman had 21 kills, 15 digs and eight aces; Maddie Martin had 10 kills and 16 digs; Julie Justin had 36 assists, 23 digs and nine kills; and Livy Vanderhoof added 15 digs.

“It was a day of constant change and reconfiguring,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “We were four players short for the majority of the day which meant we had many players stepping into new roles. Julie Justin set for us most of the day and did a great job giving us opportunities at the net. Maddie Martin also stepped into a bigger role on the team and did a great job.

“We worked hard all day and showed a lot of fight. Miscommunication between some players created unforced errors as well as the fact that we struggled behind the line with consistent serving. We learned a lot about each other and I thought that the entire team showed a lot of grit and did a great job with their roles for the day.”

Pine River is 15-27-6.