Sports News in Brief


Reed City girls seventh

REED CITY — The Chippewa Hills’ girls cross country team narrowly held off Hesperia to win the (Sept. 24) Central State Activities Association jamboree at Big Rapids High School, edging the Panthers with 38 points while Hesperia finished with 44. Reed City was seventh.

Reed City was led by Lindsey Greer in 23rd place at 25:06.44. Joelynn Gamble-Brown (26:57.28), Lindsey Kienitz (27:10), Emily Nardone (27:26.15) and Shawna Riley (32:23.02) rounded out the scoring for the Coyotes.

Reed City was ninth with 238 points in the boys meet.

Reed City was led by Matt McGahee in 33rd (20:33.7), Drake Walker in 35th (20:38.6), Joseph Vanliew in 55th (20:07.57) and Zack Borst in 73rd (26:01.59).

Pine River places third

BENZIE — Pine River’s boys cross country team was third at the Great Northwest cross country meet at Benzie Central on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

The girls were ninth for Pine River.

Benzie was first at 46 and Manistee also had 46 for second place in the boys.

For the Pine River girls, Devyn Powell was sixth in 19:47, Holly Bailor 52nd in 23:35 and Jasmine Blackrick 56th in 23:52.

For the boys, Ben Rigling was eighth in 16:57, Tony Moore 19th in 17:55, Chris TerBurgh 22nd in 17:58, Derek Hartline 23rd in 18:09 and Elliott VanDreumel 27th in 18:28.

Pine River Invitational

LEROY — The Cecil Burch Pine River Invitational cross country race will start at 9 a.m. Saturday. The girls run first, followed by the boys varsity race. JV, middle school and fun races also will be featured. Race officials are expecting 14 schools to attend.

Lake City Invitational

LAKE CITY — Reed City and Evart cross country teams were at the Lake City Invitational on Saturday. Evart won the boys race with 19 points while Mesick was second with 58. In the girls division, Evart was third with 85 while Reed City had 90.

Max Hodges and Santana Scott of Evart were one-two overall in 16:47.52 and 17:23.09. Zach Douglas and Josh Woods of Evart were fifth and sixth in 17:55.79 and 18:03.45. Also for Evart, Ryan Tuttle was eighth in 18:31.68, Micah Wetters was 11th in 19:12.51 and Andrew Bengry was 19th in 20:10.06.

Matt McGahey led Reed City with a 12th-place finish in 19:17.67 while Drake Walker was 14th in 19:27.47 and Zack Borst 36th in 23:21.47.

For the girls, Evart was led by Grace Hamilton who was second in 20:48.33, Clairese Clark who was eighth in 23;05.30, Brooke Belleville who was 19th in 25:21.21, Stevie Duey who was 34th in 28:49.29 and Rachel Galley who was 42nd in 36:07.39. Reed City was led by Lindsey Greer and Joelynn Gamble-Brown in 15th and 16th in 24:33.13 and 25:02.5. Lindsey Kienitz was 23rd in 16:13.06, Emily Nadone 25th in 26:26.74 and Shawn Riley 37th in 30:01.52.


Reed City 2-2

MCBAIN — Reed City was 2-2 at the McBain Invitational on

Saturday. The Coyotes beat Evart 25-9, 25-4, lost to Roscommon 25-21, 25-17 and defeated Manton 25-10, 25-22. They lost to Pine River 25-22, 25-23.

Mikayla Reed had 15 kills and three blocks, while Jacolyn Mullins had 28 kills, five aces and 42 digs, Heather  Tacey seven aces, 10 kills and 23 digs, Brittany Yarger 11 aces, Natalie Westhoff eight kills, three blocks and 28 digs and Alaina Woodard nine kills.

Reed City (17-13) is at Lakeview Wednesday.

Pine River 2-2

LEROY — Pine River’s volleyball team traveled to McBain for an invitational Saturday and lost in the semifinals. In pool play, Pine River split with Kingsley: 10-25, 25-14, defeated  Mason County Eastern: 25-18,25-12 and topped NMC:25-20, 27-25. In bracket play, the Bucks defeated  Reed City: 25-22, 25-23 and lost to Roscommon 25-19, 25-20.

For the Bucks, Kassy Nelson had 23 kills and 40 digs, Michelle Kelsey contributed 18 kills and 29 digs, Paige Esiline added nine kills, nine digs and 10 blocks; Alexis Stokely had 54 assists, 22 digs and seven aces and Rachel Motzer added 10 kills.

“We got off to a slow start but picked up our intensity as the day went on,”  said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “We played great against Reed City and that gave us the confidence going into the Roscommon game. During this game, we had some unforced errors that seemed to deflate us. We kept fighting but just couldn’t get things rolling again for us. We will definitely be ready for our game on Tuesday.”

Pine River is 19-10-1.

Beal City 3, Pine River 1

BEAL CITY — Pine River’s volleyball team fell to Beal City in Highland Conference action on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

The Bucks fell in four games to the Aggies, 3-1, 25-20, 23-25, 25-11, 25-14.

Kassy Nelson led the Bucks with 14 digs and nine kills, while Michelle Kelsey had five kills and 11 digs. Alexis Stokely added 20 assists.

RCHS Grad Jones excelling

YPSILANTI — Former Reed City volleyball standout Kelsey Jones, a red-shirt sophomore at Eastern Michigan University, ranks 27th in the nation in Division I in blocks per set at 1.38. She also earned all-tournament honors at the 2013 Brown Invitational at Brown University in Rhode Island. Jones leads the Eagles in blocks as a middle blocker. At Brown, Jones had 134 blocks with one solo and 12 assists. She also had 10 kills with just one attack error.