Sports News in Brief


Pine River at Cadillac

CADILLAC — Pine River traveled to Cadillac for a tournament Saturday and lost in the first round of the blue bracket.

In pool play, the Bucks beat Reed City (25-22, 25-14), lost to Leland (25-18, 25-17),  and fell to Hopkins (25-8, 22-25, 15-13). The Bucks lost to Benzie in bracket play 25-22, 25-23. 

Reed City was at Cadillac Saturday but did not win a game during invitational action in matches with Leland, Pine River, Grayling and Hopkins.

For Baldwin, Kyla Johnson had 22 digs and 13 kills; Brittany Davis contributed 13 kills and six blocks; Julie Justin added 16 digs and eight kills and Tailor Charles added 15 digs. 

”Today we showed moments of the team we can be,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “We played well against Leland and even better against Hopkins. We have to work on finishing games and playing consistently.”

Pine River is 12-11-2.

Reed City 3, Newaygo 1

REED CITY — Reed City scored a 3-1 Central State Activities Association (CSAA) victory over Newaygo on Tuesday, Sept. 16, with scores of 25-17, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23.

Skiler Brigham had seven kills for Reed City while Alison Schermerhorn added eight aces, eight blocks and 21 digs, Meghan Borst had four blocks, Hannah Price had one ace and 19 digs and Liza Emington had three aces, seven digs and 11 assists. Jordyn Storch had an ace, nine digs and 10 assists while Brenna Westhoff had an ace, two kills and eight digs, Meghan Donley a kill and three digs and Ally Yarger three aces, five kills and 25 digs.

The Coyotes are at Benzie Sunday.

Lake City 3, Pine River 1

LAKE CITY — Pine River traveled to Lake City and lost in four games on Tuesday, Sept. 16 (25-14, 18-25, 25-22, 25-14).

”This was not the outcome we had hoped for but we will regroup and come back stronger than ever,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said.

For the Bucks, Brittany Davis had nine kills, Tailor Charles had 10 digs and Morgan Sumpter added 15 assists

Pine River is 0-1 in the Highland and 11-8-2 overall.


Pine River fourth

KINGSLEY  — The Pine River boys were fourth at the Kingsley Invitational last Thursday. Ben Rigling was third in 18:02, Derek Hartline ninth in 18:57, Tony Moore 13th in 19:30, Mark Geer 35th in 20:33 and Brady Long 38th in 20:57.

Pine River’s girls cross country team was seventh in the Kingsley Invitational on Thursday. For the Bucks, Cheyanna Rizor was 11th in 2153, Olivia Thompson 17th in 22:45, Holly Bailor 35th in 24:24, Julia Lucas 42nd in 24:37 and Rachel Depew 54th in 25:54.

Pine River XC teams place third at Highland meet

MCBAIN — The Pine River boys cross country team opened up the Highland Conference racing with a third-place finish Tuesday, Sept. 16, at McBain. Beal City was first at 38, Evart second at 75, Pine River third at 82, Marion fourth at 87 and McBain fifth at 89.

Ben Rigling paced the Bucks with a six-place finish time of 18:20, Derek Hartline ended 10th at 18:56, Jordan Stone was 14th at 19:12, and Tony Moore 16th at 19:18. Mark Geer rounded out the top five finishers with a personal best time of 20:57. Other seasonal best times include Ira Water 22:06 and Wade Fullerton 25:52.

The Pine River girls were also third. Beal City was first with 44, Manton second at 71 and Pine River third at 89. Leading the Bucks with a fourth-place finish was Cheyanna Rizor with a seasonal best time of 21:41. Olivia Thompson continues improving each meet she runs with a new best time of 22:42 and a 13th-place finish overall.

Julia Lucas placed 19th overall with a seasonal best time of 24:32. Holly Bailor had a 23rd-place finish and a time of 24:52. Rachel DePew rounded out the top five with a personal best time of 26 minutes. Mariah Curtis improved her clocking a fourth time this year with a new seasonal best of 29:47.

Evart second

CENTRAL LAKE — Evart’s cross country team was second on Sept. 16 at the Highland Conference meet. The boys, Josh Wood was third in 18:08, Santana Scott was fourth in 18:08, Michael Wetters was 13th in 19:11, Devin Day 23rd in 19:59 and Andrew Bengry 32nd in 20:42.

The girls did not score as a team. Clairese Clark was 17th in 23:36, Mara VanOrder 28th in 25:30 and Brooklyn Elenbaas 46th in 30:35.

Evart was second for the boys last Saturday at Central Lake.

“They’re looking pretty good,” Evart coach Kevin Mills said. “It’s nothing outstanding. We’re still in the middle of the season.”

Evart runs at the Carson City-Crystal Invitational Saturday.