Sports News in Brief

FOOTBALL

Evart Pop Warner

EVART— Evart’s peewee Gold team recorded a 6-0 victory over the Lake City Trojans in recent Pop Warner action.

“Lake City made a couple of big plays, but our defense hung in there, and they came through and held them the last five minutes while we had the lead,” said head coach Chad Booher.

Offensively, Cole Hopkins paced Evart’s run oriented attack with four carries with 42 yards and his 30-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter was the difference. Carson Hayes’ pass to tight end Haidyn Simmer for 15 yards was a key play on that touchdown drive.

Reese Ransom put the game away with key runs of five and four yards to get first downs to run the clock out. “Obviously Cole’s big run was big, but there were a lot of key plays that made that happen. Haidyn’s catch from Carson was another big play. Reese’s runs that iced the game were huge. Haidyn also had a big block on Cole’s run that was huge as well,” Booher added.

(Brief submitted by Christian Booher)

CROSS COUNTRY

Pine River first at McBain

LEROY — Pine River was first in the McBain Co-Ed Invitational on Saturday.

“The girls had four of the top five scoring runners in the top 10 varsity finishers,” said Pine River cross country coach Ross Vrieze.

Julia Lucas finished out the scoring five with a 17th place finish earning a medal as well.

“The girls fought through some tough footing in many areas on the course, but stayed strong and finished many within a minute of their seasonal best times. They joined the boys team in taking home the Co-ed trophy. JV runners also ran well and took home many of the coveted McBain cow medals,” Vrieze said.

For Pine River, Devyn Powell was first in 21:53 while Cheyanna Rizor was fourth in 23:35, Alyssa Geer ninth in 24:14, Holly Bailor 10th in 24:20 and Julia Lucas 17th in 26:08.

Pine River won the boys division with points.

“Our top five runners finished in the top 10 places with Jordan Stone No. 6 also taking home a medal. Elliot VanDreumel ran a seasonal best time of 19:09. With the girls also finishing first, the Bucks took home the combined co-ed trophy. It was a great day to be a Buck.”

Ben Rigling was second in 18:30 while Elliot VanDreumel was third in 19:09, Tony Moore sixth in 19:17, Derek Hartline seventh in 19:28 and Chris Terburgh 10th in 19:40.

Reed City at McBain

MCBAIN — Reed City was at McBain on Saturday. McKenzie Cornelius was eighth at 24:12 for Reed City while Lindsey Greer was 12th in 25:01, Emily Nardone 22nd at 27:12, Joelynn Gamble-Brown was 24th in 27:20, Lindsey Kienitz 29th in 28:53 and Shawna Riley 37td in 34:08.

For the boys, Matt McGahey was 11th in 20:14, Kris Kellogg 13th in 20:28 and Drake Walker 14th in 20:39. Jimmy Bywater was 31st in 24:18.

Pine River finishes third at Manton Invite

MANTON -- Pine River’s cross country combined boys and girls teams earned third place at the Manton Fox and Hound meet on Wednesday with a total score of 244.

Devyn Powell led the Lady Bucks with a fifth place overall finish out of 73 runners. Also running seasonal bests for the Bucks were Cheyanna Rizor, Holly Bailor, Julia Lucas, and Brooke Pennington.

Manton took first place at the invite while Grand Traverse Academy finished second.

SOCCER

Big Rapids 6, Reed City 0

BIG RAPIDS —Big Rapids built a 2-0 halftime lead and went on to a 2-0 win over Reed City on Sept. 3.

Scott VanderSloot and Jimmy Morningstar had two goals apiece for Big Rapids.

“We had maybe one of the best first halves of soccer we’ve played so far,” Reed City coach Matt Webster said. “That’s kind of a mantra this season, getting better every game and working hard.”

Troy Giese had 18 saves as Reed City’s goalkeeper.