Sports News in Brief


Pine River takes first

MANTON — Pine River posted 27 points to win the boys event in the Manton Fox and Hound cross country race on Wednesday.

Tony Moore was second in 19:39, while Ben Rigling was third in 19:47, Derek Hartline fifth in 20:07, Jordan Stone sixth in 20:15 and Brady Long 11th in 21:07.

The Pine River girls were third with 78 points. Grand Traverse Academy was first with 21 points

“With the combined point total with the boys team score, the Bucks brought home the overall combined trophy,” Pine River coach Ross Vrieze said.

Cheyanna Rizor was sixth in 23:51, Olivia Thompson 11th in 24:55, Julia Lucas 17th in 25:12, Holly Bailor 20th in 25:49 and Alyssa Geer 24th in 27:16 for the girls.

Pine River at Ferris

BIG RAPIDS — Pine River’s cross country team competed at the 40th Ray Helsing Invitational at Ferris State’s Katke Golf Course on Saturday. For the boys, the Bucks were in sixth place with 147 points. On the girls’ side, Pine River was ninth (278).

Ben Rigling led the Bucks by taking 11th (18:24.18), followed by Derek Hartline in 25th (19:11.27), Tony Moore in 27th (19:12.91), Jordan Stone in 36th (19:54.11) and Brady Long in 48th (20:44.11).

For Crossroads, Adam Curtis led the Cougar pack by finishing 20th (18:58.12) while Nick Heilman finished 76th (22.43.93), Logan Neal took 77th (22:43.94).

Cheyanna Rizor had the best finish for the female Bucks by coming in 19th (21:58.52), followed by Olivia Thompson (23:45.34), Holly Bailor in 57th (24:16.99), Julia Lucas in 66th (24:38.46) and Alyssa Geer in 89th (26:02.11).

“I thought both out teams did rather well,” Pine River coach Ross Vrieze said. “We were running against some bigger schools and I think it showed in their times overall. I think most of them did better than their previous races.”

Pine River will be at the Harrison Invitational on Saturday.

Reed City at McBain

REED CITY — Reed City’s girls were fourth at the McBain Invitational on Saturday.

Joelynn Gamble-Brown was sixth in 23:16 for Reed City. Lindsey Greer was 17th in 25:08. Emily Nardone 21st in 26:46.0 while Riley Vandenboss was 22nd in 27:18, Lindsey Kienitz 24th in 27:42, Hana Ondrus 25th in 27:43 and McKenzie Cornelius 26th in 28:08.

Matt McGahey ran in 20:11 for the boys and took 11th place, coach Brad Smith said. Trent Willard has also joined the boys team.

Reed City was scheduled to run in a CSAA race Tuesday at Big Rapids and will be off until another CSAA race Sept. 23 at Chippewa Hills.

Evart boys sixth

EVART — Evart’s boys cross country team was sixth at the Midland Bullock Creek Invitational on Saturday. There were 16 teams in Evart’s division.

Santana Scott was 11th in 17:54.52 while Josh Woods was 12th in 18:01.6. Micah Wetters was 29th in 19:10.0, Devin Day 33rd in 19:35.7 and Andrew Bengry 71st in 21:39.

The Evart boys were second on Sept. 2 in the Manton Fox and the Hound race. Scott won at 19:22.26. Woods was fourth at 19:58.61, Day 10th in 20:58, Wetters 14th in 21:11 and Bengry 24th in 22:28.

For the girls, Clarese Clark was 23rd in 26:06, Mara VanOrder 29th in 27:42 and Brooklyn Elenbaas 42nd  in 34:43.

Evart will run Saturday at Sparta and open the Highland Conference season Sept. 16.


Pine River at Kingsley

KINGSLEY -— Pine River’s volleyball team went 1-2-1 at the Kingsley Invitational on Saturday.

The Bucks lost to Kingsley (25-14, 25-15), swept Traverse City Christian (25-21, 25-15) and split with Houghton Lake (25-22, 11-25) in pool play. In bracket play, the Bucks lost to Kalkaska (20-25, 25-18, 15-10).

“Every time we compete we strive to be just a little bit better than the last time,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “We continue to meet that goal every time. Our serving in the past has let us down but we served well yesterday and that keeps us in games. We tweaked our lineup slightly and I think it made us a more solid team from start to finish.”

For the Bucks, Kyla Johnson had 11 kills and 19 digs, Julie Justin contributed nine kills, 22 digs and five aces, Morgan Sumpter had 26 assists and 14 digs and Jenna Johnson added 17 assists.

“We of course have things to work on but the team recognizes those weaknesses and embraces the chance to fix them,” Dennis said. “This team is determined to get better every time they play and realize that it is a team effort to gain the success they strive for.”

Pine River is 6-5-1. The Pine River Invitational is Saturday