Sports News in Brief



MANTON — The Pine River boys basketball team stayed undefeated in Highland Conference play on Friday night with a 47-38 victory on the road over Manton.

Manton started out hot, leading 16-9 heading into the second quarter and had a 24-20 lead going into halftime. The Bucks fought back in the second half, outscoring Manton 27-14 in the last two quarters to pull out the conference victory.

Mitchell McDonald led the Bucks with 15 points and nine rebounds. Brandon Hoaglund added 13 points and six boards while Lucas Harris had seven points and seven rebounds. Skyler Nelson contributed seven boards in the win.

The Bucks play at McBain this Thursday night.


HOLTON — The Reed City Coyotes scored a lopsided Central State Activities Association (CSAA) victory on the road over the Holton Red Devils on Friday night, 80-35.

The Coyotes (9-1, 8-1 CSAA) were paced by Chad Samuels’ 20 points and four steals. Kyle Wright had a double-double with 19 points and 13 boards along with four steals while Dean Eichenberg had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists and TJ Patterson swiped eight rebounds in the conference victory.

After a three-game week that included matchups with Morley Stanwood and Lakeview, the Coyotes hosted Newaygo Tuesday night this week in another tough CSAA tilt.


Pine River first at conference meet

MANTON — Pine River won its fifth straight Mid-Michigan Wrestling Conference title Saturday at Manton by taking first place in the league tourney. The Bucks had won the dual portion of the conference season.

Pine River had 214 points compared to 157 for Manton 131, for Manistee and 121 for Benzie Central. There were nine teams at the meet.

Taking firsts for the Bucks were Nate Park (103), Tony Moore (112), Kyle Nixon (140), Tyler McCurry (189) and Chase Morrison (hwt.). Placing second were Robert Rogatzki (119), Elliot VanDreummel (125), Justin Cole (135), Philip Ragatzki (145) and Jeff Gross (160). Darwin Dean (130) was third.

“Chase Morrison had probably one of his best days all year,” said Pine River coach Tim Jones. “He beat a ranked wrestler to get in the finals. In the finals, he beat a wrestler who had beaten him earlier in the year. Tyler McCurry also had a good day.”

Pine River will host the Division 4 team district on Thursday. Manton faces Forest Area at 6 p.m. The winner goes up against Pine River around 7 p.m.

Two wins for Bucks

LEROY — The dual season ended Jan. 29 at Pine River with the Bucks getting two dual victories. Pine River won 54-15 over Benzie Central and 56-15 over Reed City.

Double-winners were Nate Park at 103, Tony Moore 112, Robert Ragatzki 119, Elliott VanDreummel 125 and Darwin Dean at 130. It was VanDreummel’s 100th career victory.

“It was a good year-end regular season dual,” said Pine River coach Tim Jones. “It was senior night.”

Reed City takes third place at CSAA meet

LAKEVIEW — The Reed City Coyotes took third place in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) wrestling tournament at Lakeview on Saturday in what Reed City head coach Roger Steig called a “good day.”

The Coyotes were third in the both the dual and individual meets, giving them third outright in the conference.

The Coyotes had one champion on the day in Adam Kehr at 145 who went 2-0. Andre Burks went 1-1 and took second place at 189. Mike McGahey (119), Devin Ward (160), John Green (171) and Evan Skiver (215) all took home third-place finishes for the Coyotes in their respective weight classes.

Troy Giesey (152) and Gerald Beemer (285) bout took fourth in their divisions.

Reed City took third place as a team with 95.5 points behind Hesperia (224.5) and Chippewa Hills (199.5). Lakeview took fourth with 92.5 points, Big Rapids was fifth with 66.5, Central Montcalm was sixth with 55.5, Holton was seventh with 38 and Newaygo was in eighth place with 31 points.

The Coyotes return to the mats on Wednesday at home as they host Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills in team districts.

Reed City 1-1

LEROY — The Reed City wrestling team went 1-1 on Wednesday night, Jan. 29, improving to 20-9 as a team on the season.

The Coyotes defeated Benzie Central 39-30 in the first round before falling to Pine River 56-15 in the second.

Michael McGahey (119), Drake Walker (140), and Adam Kehr (152) all went undefeated with two wins on the evening.

Abe Angious (125), Taylor Cutler (145), Troy Giesey (160), and Andre Burks (189) all picked up one win.

The Coyotes take on Lakeview in a conference meet on Saturday.



Reed City Sportsman Club Week 4 Scores

Trap: Jack Adrianse III 25, Don Aldrich 23, Bill Yost 23, Mike Adrianse 22, Kathy Yost 21, Tom Yost 21, Mark Curtiss 21, Terry Getts 21, Randy Rice 21, Pete Adrianse 20, Brian Erickson 20, Mark Pitzer 20, Jack Boden 20, Frank Fellows 20, Al Remus 20, Gordy Paine 20.

Skeet: Jack Adrianse III 24, Brian Erickson 22, Mark Pitzer 21. Darrel Andersen 21, Dick Nethers 21