Sports News in Brief
Honors for basketball teams
REED CITY — Though the 2013-2014 high school basketball season is behind us, a number of local teams were recently honored by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) with Academic All-State honors.
Reed City and Pine River girls basketball teams all made the grade in their class.
Reed City came in eighth place in Class B with a team GPA of 3.785, while, Pine River (3.617) and Big Rapids (3.492) were all named as honorable mentions.
In boys basketball Class C, Pine River posted the sixth-highest GPA at 3.548.
“I’m very proud of our guys, as they actually raised their collective GPA through the course of the season,” Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. “The demands on a student athlete’s time are exceptional, given the daily practice and game schedule, plus long bus rides resulting in late nights. I’m very proud of their ability to manage their time, stay focused, and keep the emphasis on academics. We continuously stress that the student part of student-athlete must be their primary concern.”
Reed City golfers fourth
REED CITY — Big Rapids, Chippewa Hills and Reed City were all in action on the links on Tuesday (April 29) at Hesperia for the second Central State Activities Association (CSAA) golf jamboree of the season.
Chippewa Hills tallied a 352, putting them in first place after two meets at 722 overall. Big Rapids shot a 358, putting the Cardinals in second place with a total at 734 while Reed City shot a 430 putting the Coyotes in fourth place with 825. Lakeview is in third overall with 763 while Central Montcalm and Hesperia are tied for fifth with 885.
Spencer Battle shot a 96 for Reed City, the only Coyote golfer to come in under 100 strokes on the day, as Kaden Phelps shot a 103, Jacob Green scored a 111 and Colt Start had a 120. Brady Slater shot a 127 and Spencer Mund had a 135 for the Coyotes.
Pine River 12-12, McBain NMC 0-2
MCBAIN — The Pine River baseball team improved to 12-0 overall with a pair of non conference wins over McBain NMC on Thursday.
The Bucks (12-0, 4-0 Highland) picked up a 12-0 victory in five innings in the opener before coming away with a 12-2 win in six innings in the nightcap.
Mitchell McDonald was the winning pitcher in the first contest. He struck out eight batters and only allowed one hit and two walks in five innings. Offensively, Greg Park was 2-for-2 with two RBIs while Luke Harris was 2-for-2 with a double and Tony Moore, Skyler Nelson and Brandon Hoaglund each had an RBI single in the contest.
Hoaglund picked up the victory on the mound in game two after giving up four hits and two walks while striking out eight in six innings of work.
Powell was 2-for-2 with a triple and a home run while McDonald was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.
The Bucks will next host Sanford-Meridian and Harrison for a tournament on Saturday.
Reed Cty 12-9, Manton 3-8
REED CITY — The Reed City softball team took two wins from Manton in nonconference action on Thursday.
The Coyotes (6-6, 1-3 CSAA) rolled to a 12-3 victory in the first contest before pulling out a 9-8 walk-off win in eight innings in the nightcap.
Trailing by one run in the bottom of the eighth in the second contest, Ally Yarger hit a walk-off two-run single to win the game.
Julianne Griffin picked up the pitching victory in relief of starting pitcher Olivia Lawson. Griffin gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out three in three innings while Lawson gave up four runs on four hits with three strikeouts in five innings.
Brittani Yarger had three hits offensively while Ally Yarger and Taylor Steig each had two hits.
Griffin was also the winning pitcher in the first game after giving up three runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Yarger hit her first varsity home run with a two-run shot while Steig, Lawson, Lindsey Greer and Skiler Brigham each had two hits.
Pine River meet rained on
LEROY — Pine River’s Highland Conference track meet on April 29 with Lake City and Marion was rained out with three events to go and no official score was recorded.
For the boys, first places went to Ben Rigling in the 800 meters (2:22.09), Chris Terburgh in the 1,600 (4:55.48) and the 3,200-meter relay team.
First places for the Pine River girls came from Devyn Powell in the 100 meters (13.27) and 400 meters (1:03.3), Cheynna Rizor in the 1,600 meters (6:02.31), Shiloh Ruppert in the 100 meter hurdles (18.26), the 400 (55.12) and 800 (1:53.97) relay teams, Mary Ware in the discus (103-9) and Michelle Kinsey in the high jump (4-8).