Sports News in Brief


Reed City 2-2

CADILLAC — Reed CIty’s volleyball team was 2-2 on Saturday in the Cadillac Invitational. The Coyotes lost in the quarterfinals of the Gold Bracket.

Reed City defeated Gladwin 25-13, 25-15 and Central Lake 25-23, 25-15.

Reed City fell to Ludington 18-25, 25-23, 17-15 and to Cadillac 25-14, 25-18.

For Reed City, Mikayla Reed had an ace seven kills, four blocks and 13 digs; Jacolyn Mullins contributed two aces, 15 kills and 51 digs; Heather Tacey collected three aces, eight kills, three blocks, 22 digs and 54 assists; Natalie Westhoff had one ace, 14 kills and four blocks and Karah Hensel contributed 31 digs, 15 kills and five blocks and Alaina Woodard had 15 kills and five blocks.

Reed City is 14-11 and is home Wednesday against Newaygo.

Pine River 2-2

CADILLAC — Pine River played in the Cadillac Invitational and went 2-2 for the day. The Bucks beat White Cloud 26-24,25-22; defeated Saginaw Heritage 17-25,25-15,15-12 and lost to Leland 25-17, 25-14, In the first round of the gold bracket, Pine River lost to Mt. Pleasant 25-12, 25-15.

For the Bucks,

Kassy Nelson had 24 digs and 15 kills;  Michelle Kelsey contributed 18 digs and 20 kills,  Alexis Stokely had 49 assists, 17 digs and 11 kills and  Paige Esiline added 10 digs and eight kills.

“Our day would best be described as sluggish,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “We started the day with energy but it faded as the day went on. Our serving and serve receive let us down today. We did not communicate well most of the day. The girls know and understand that these types of days can’t get us down. They will bounce back from this I’m confident in that.”

Pine River is 16-8 and is at Beal City on Tuesday.

Reed City 3, Holton 1

HOLTON — Reed City defeated Holton in Central State Activities Association action Wednesday 25-15, 22-25, 25-13, 25-18.

For Reed City, Michaela Reed had one ace, nine kills and two blocks; Jacolyn Mullins added 17 kills, one block and 18 digs; Heather Tacy had three aces, two blocks, one kill and 36 assists, Natalie Westhoff had three kills, three blocks and 14 digs; Alicia Woodard had five kills and a block and Karah Hensel had 13 digs and two aces.

“I think our defense continues to improve,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson.

Reed City is 2-1 in the CSAA.

Pine River 3, Lake City 0

LEROY — Pine River’s volleyball team made quick work of Lake City on Tuesday (Sept. 17) in its first Highland Conference action of the season.

The Bucks defeated Lake City 25-17, 25-18, 25-19 to improve to 14-6 overall.

Alexis Stokely led the way for the Bucks with 22 assists, five kills and six aces, while Kassy Nelson added nine kills and 10 digs. Michelle Kelsey chipped in seven digs, three aces and three kills.


Evart boys first at Highland jamboree

MANTON — Evart’s boys cross country team took first place in Tuesday’s (Sept. 17) Highland Conference jamboree in Manton.

The Wildcats finished first with 43 points, while Pine River was second with 48.

Evart’s Max Hodges led the way with a first-place finish (16:52), followed by Zach Douglas in fourth (17:36) and Josh Woods in eighth (17:51).

Pine River got a second-place finish from Ben Rigling (17:09), while Chris TerBurgh took fifth at 17:42. Tony Moore took ninth (17:53), while Elliott VanDreumel was 15th (18:23) and Derek Hartline was 17th (18:29).

In the girls division, Pine River took third place with 101 points, behind first place Beal City with 28 points.

Pine River’s Devyn Powell finished fourth at 19:49, Cheyanna Rizor was 13th at 21:53. Evart’s Grace Hamilton posted a sixth-place finish at 20:33.


LEROY — The third annual Highlands Chapter Conservation & Sportsmen’s banquet is set for Saturday, Sept. 28, at El Dorado Golf Club in Cadillac.

The chapter is a part of the Ruffed Grouse Society.

The purpose of the society is to preserve the sport traditions through the creation of healthy woodland habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife.

The dinner starts at 7 p.m. A social hour and raffles are set for 5:30 p.m. Sponsor contributions listed by Sept. 25 will be in the


For more information, contact Larry Visser at (412) 228-9472 or at LarryV@ruffedgrouse