Sports News in Brief


Reed City at CSAA meet

LAKEVIEW—Chippewa Hills’ girls cross country team had a big day at the Central State Activities Association jamboree on Sept. 10, taking first place honors.

In the girls division, the Warriors finished with 40 points, while Big Rapids was third with 90 points. Neither Reed City or Morley Stanwood had enough runners to score as a team.

Reed City’s Lindsey Greer (27:24.55) took 32nd.

Despite not logging a team score, Reed City got a 16th-place finish from Kris Kellogg (20:13.03) while Matt McGahey came in 25th (20:45.99) and Drake Walker came in 35th (21:34.05).

Reed City next travels to Evart on Friday.

Evart boys 10th at MSU

EVART — Evart’s boys cross country team was 10th in the bronze division of the Michigan State Spartan Invitational Saturday.

The boys were led by Max Hodges who was ninth in 16:51, followed by Santana Scott 52nd in 17:59, Zach Douglas 59th in 18:07, Ryan Tuttle 80th in 18:26, Josh Woods 81st in 18:26, Micah Wetters 144th in 19:31 and Andrew Bengry 195th in 21:22.

The Evart girls were in the White Division but did not qualify as a team. Grace Hamilton was 33rd in 20:45, Clairese Clark 105th in 23:08, Brooke Belleville 168th in 24:50 and Stevie Duey 195th in 28:02.

Pine River boys second

HARRISON — Pine River boys cross country team took home the runner-up trophy from the Harrison Invitational on Saturday. Five medal winners for the Bucks include Ben Rigling fourth (18:43), Chris Terburgh ninth (19:20), Elliott Vandreumel 13th (19:42), Tony Moore 14th (19:46), and Derek Hartline 22nd (20:32).

Pine River girls cross country team battled a very hilly course at the Harrison invitational to finish fourth out of 11 scoring teams. The Montabella Mustangs galloped away with the first-place trophy followed by Highland Conference rival Manton taking the runner up hardware home and with Marion finishing third only two points ahead of the Lady Bucks. Devyn Powell and Cheyanna Rizor paced the Bucks and brought home medals for fourth (22:07) and 11th place (23:42) finishes respectively. Julia Lucas was 31st in 25:32 and Alyssa Geer 32nd in 25:35.


Heritage Christian 4, Pine River 2

LEROY — Cadillac Heritage Christian built a 3-0 halftime lead en route to a 4-2 win over Pine River last Tuesday.

Curtis Reito, Jordan Volk, Joel Vredenburg and Aaron Wanner scored goals for Heritage Christian.

Ethan Crawford and Cole Gingrich scored for Pine River.

Crossroads 6, Pine River 0

BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads boys soccer team last Thursday picked up a 6-0 victory over Pine River.

The Cougars rode a five-goal first half to the win, which pushed CCA’s current winning streak to six games.

Pine River coach Jennifer Hoaglund said she was pleased with the way the Bucks held tough the entire game, limiting the Cougars to just one second-half goal.

“They’re continuing to improve,” she said. “We’re getting stronger and the players are working on different things. It’ll come together.”

Hoaglund said the Bucks’ problem this season has been getting off to a slow start to games.

“This team shows up in the first half but we start playing in the second half,” she said. “I’ve just got to figure out the right ingredients or whatever you may say to get them to come out and be competitive in the first half. If we could be competitive in the first half like we are in the second half, we’d likely have a very different record right now.”


Pine River wins two on Thursday

GLEN LAKE — Pine River traveled to Glen Lake last Thursday in volleyball action and took two wins: 25-16, 25-18 over the hosts and 25-20, 25-17 over Northport.

Alexis Stokely had 18 assists, 10 aces and four kills while Rachel Motzer had 10 aces and four kills and Kassy Nelson contributed six digs and eight kills.

“It’s early in our season, therefore kinks will always show up,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “Last Thursday they showed up multiple times. We were able to pull out some wins but definitely have some work yet to do.

Pine River wins Benzie Central Invitational

BENZIE — The Pine River volleyball team took home first-place honors from the Benzie Central Invitational on Saturday.

The Bucks picked up victories over Glen Lake (22-20, 21-11, 21-11) and Mason County Eastern (21-8, 21-5, 21-9) in pool play.

In bracket play, Pine River picked up victories over Mason County Central (25-26, 25-14, 14-6) and Ludington (0-25, 25-21, 15-12) before taking down Gaylord in the final (25-17, 25-16).

On the day, Michelle Kelsey had 33 kills, 21 digs, eight aces and five blocks while Kassy Nelson had 37 kills, 25 digs and nine aces. Alexis Stokely had 22 kills, 17 aces, 20 digs and 82 assists and Paige Esiline had 13 kills, 14 digs and nine blocks.

Pine River (13-6) next plays on Tuesday at home against Lake City.

Reed City goes 3-3 at Bay City Central Invite

BAY CITY — The Reed City volleyball team went 3-3 on the day at the Bay City Central Invite on Saturday.

The Coyotes opened the day with a loss to Alpena (27-25, 25-20) before bouncing back with a victory over Clio (25-21, 25-19). Reed City followed the win with a loss to Mount Pleasant (25-15, 25-22) before coming back with victories over John Glenn (25-15, 25-17) and Essexville-Garber (25_18, 25-14).

The Coyotes’ day came to an end in the silver bracket final with a loss to Clio (25-23, 25-23).

Michaela Reed had nine aces, 19 kills, nine blocks and 21 digs for the Coyotes while Alison Schermerhorn tallied two aces, nine kills and 10 digs, Jacolyn Mullins had seven aces, 37 kills, three blocks and 70 digs and Heather Tacey scored six aces, nine kills, 39 digs and 85 assists.

Reed City (12-10) returns to action today with a trip to Holton.