Sports News in Brief



EAST LANSING — A proposal endorsed by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association to change the way football teams are determined for playoffs has been defeated by the Michigan High School Athletic Association Representative council.

Among the main aspects of the proposal was to change the automatic number of wins on a nine-game schedule for the playoffs from six to seven, and to place more emphasis on strength of opponents in making the postseason.

“The football coaches association representatives presented (it) at the rep council meeting, but the proposal was voted down,” MHSAA spokesman Geoff Kimmerly said. “It also didn’t have a lot of support from the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association when it surveyed its membership earlier this spring.”



HOLTON — The Reed City Coyotes lost a Central State Activities Association (CSAA) doubleheader against Holton on Monday, losing the first game 9-0 before losing 12-3 in the nightcap. 

Julianne Griffin took the loss in the opener, giving up nine hits on 11 runs with three walks and two strikeouts. Lindsey Greer and Olivia Lawson both chipped in a hit in the setback. 

Griffin also took the loss from the mound in the second game, giving up 12 runs on 16 hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Greer and Lawson both tallied two hits apiece while Skiler Brigham, Taylor Steig, Brittani Yarger, Nikki Smith and Griffin all had one hit in the loss. 

The Coyotes (12-15, 6-8 CSAA) return to action tonight at home against White Cloud. 


MARION — The Pine River softball team wrapped up its league schedule on Monday with a Highland conference sweep over Marion. 

The Bucks took the first game, 16-1, with Alexis Stokely taking the win from the mound as she went four innings with five strikeouts and three walks. The Bucks plated eight runs in the second inning in the win as Brooke Pennington had two triples and an RBI with Alyssa Johnson and Stokely both tallying two hits. Jenny Wickens also had three RBIs on three hits for Pine River. 

The second game was even more lopsided with the Bucks winning 20-3 after a seven-run second inning and a 10-run fourth. 

Pennington was the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts and one hit allowed in the mercy-rule victory. Wickens had two hits and four RBIs while Erin Millen had three RBIs on two hits. 


GLEN LAKE  — Pine River’s softball team lost a pair of games Saturday at the Glen Lake Invitational.

The Bucks lost 11-0 in the first game to Rogers City. Brooke Pennington was the losing pitcher, allowing 11 runs on eight hits. Alyssa Johnson, Pennington and Jenny Wickens had base hits.

In the second game, Pine River lost to Glen Lake 8-2. Erin Millen and Chelsey TerBurgh had two hits apiece.

Alexis Stokely was the losing pitcher, allowing eight runs on nine hits.


LAKE CITY — The Pine River Bucks swept Lake City in two lopsided contests on Tuesday, May 13, winning the first game, 9-1, before taking the nightcap, 17-7. 

Alexis Stokely picked up the pitching win in the first game, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Jenna Johnson had three hits and an RBI while Chelsey TerBurgh went 3-for-4 in the victory. 

Brooke Pennington took the pitching win in the second game for the Bucks, allowing seven runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Jenny Wickens went 4-for-4 with four RBIs while Alyssa Johnson went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.


EVART — Evart’s girls fell to 2-14 with 14-0 and 11-0 losses to Comstock Park and Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart on Saturday.

Sam Bresler, Rachel Martin and Sabrina McKay had singles for Evart.



GLEN LAKE — Uncharacteristically sloppy defense contributed to a 7-3 Pine River loss to Glen Lake in the championship game of the Glen Lake Invitational Saturday. The Bucks committed five errors, leading to five unearned runs for the Lakers, the difference in the game.

Mitchell McDonald took the loss for Pine River, going 6 2-3 innings, giving up seven runs (only one earned), seven hits and six walks, while piling up 11 strikeouts.

Offensively the Bucks managed just four  hits, one each for McDonald, Skyler Nelson, Lucas Harris and Greg Park. RBIs belonged to Harris, Park and Brady Long.

The Bucks beat the Rogers City Hurons in the semifinal of the invitational Saturday, 9-4. Nelson spun a gem on the mound, shutting out the Hurons and giving up just one hit and three walks through five innings, with eight strikeouts. Tony Moore took over for the sixth and Rogers City made a late rally, but the Bucks held on for the win.

The Pine River bats were hot, pounding out 10 hits. Harris led the way going 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Nelson was 2-4, also with a double, run scored and an RBI. McDonald added a double and two RBIs. Park and Lukas Sizemore each drove in a run with a hit.


LEROY — The Pine River baseball team completed a sweep of Lake City in Highland Conference play Tuesday, May 13, with 10-0 and 13-2 victories.

Skyler Nelson was the winning pitcher in the opener, striking out 11 and only giving up one hit in five innings.

At the plate, Mitchell McDonald was 3-for-3 with two RBIs while Lucas Harris had a pair of hits, including a double, with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored. Likewise, Greg Park was 2-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

In game two, Brandon Hoaglund earned the pitching victory after giving up three hits and walks apiece with 10 strikeouts in six innings.

McDonald went 3-for-5 with three RBIs while Hoaglund helped his own cause with two hits, including an RBI-double, Tony Moore added two hits, two RBI and two runs scored.


REED CITY — The Reed City Coyotes split a CSAA doubleheader with Hesperia on Tuesday, May 13, losing the first game, 9-8, before taking the second game, 8-6.

Eric Grannis took the pitching loss for the Coyotes, but he helped his own cause with a home run. Austin Hansen also went deep, batting 2-for-4 with five RBIs and a homer in the setback.

Logan Straub was the winning pitcher in the nightcap with Josh Saez coming in to get the save. Hansen went 1-for-1 with another home run and four RBIs, while Trevor Theil also had a homer in the win.

The Coyotes move to 5-15 overall and return to action on Friday at Central Montcalm.


EVART — The Evart Wildcats swept McBain NMC on Tuesday, May 13, in Highland Conference action, winning 4-2 and 9-6.

The win in the first game went to the Wildcats’ Andrew Race, who pitched six innings with 14 strikeouts, one walk and three hits allowed. Race helped his cause with a triple in the 4-2 win.

The pitching victory in game two went to Thomas Hyde, with three other pitchers helping him get the decision.

Nolan VanOrder had a two-RBI single while Adam Zinger had two singles and an RBI and Race had two RBIs.


EVART — The Evart Slam and Jam 3-on-3 tournament is set for June 21 at Evart. Contact for more information.


REED CITY — Carter Bechaz shot a 74 for medalist honors to lead Big Rapids to a 315 for first place in Tuesday’s Central State Activities Association (CSAA) golf jamboree at Spring Valley Golf Course.

Big Rapids shot a 315, followed by Lakeview and Chippewa Hills with 337, Reed City with 393, and Central Montcalm with 412.

Reed City was led by Spencer Battle, Jacob Green and Colt Start with 98s and Kaden Phelps with a 99.

“That’s kind of where we’ve been all season long,” Reed City coach Katrina Wray said. “We we’re hoping to creep up on third. We have to work harder.”

Golfers had to battle rain for most of the day.