Sports News in Brief


Reed City 1-1

BENZONIA — Reed City’s volleyball team was 1-1 in a double dual at Benzie Central on Thursday.

The Coyotes lost 25-21, 18-25, 25-23 to Benzie Central, but beat Manistee 20-25, 25-19, 25-14.

Skiler Brigham had two aces, six kills, three blocks and seven digs for Reed City, while Alison Schermerhorn had four aces, 11 kills, 33 digs, Meghan Borst had six kills and two digs, Jordyn Storch added six aces, nine digs and 15 assists, Brenna Westhoff had five aces, four kills and one block, and Hannah Price added 18 digs, six aces and one kill.

Also for the Coyotes, Ally Yarger had four aces, nine kills and 21 digs, Liza Emington had four aces, eight digs and 16 assists and Megan Donley had two aces, five kills and one block.

“We started out a little slow with Benzie and played better as the night went on,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We served much better as a team. Schermerhorn, Yarger and Price played very solid defense.”

Reed City is at Shelby Thursday, at Shepherd Saturday and at Big Rapids Tuesday.

Beal City 3, Pine River 0

LEROY — The Pine River volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to Beal City in Highland Conference play on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The Bucks lost the first set, 25-10, before taking 25-15 and 25-20 losses in the final two sets to fall to 12-12-2 overall and 0-2 in the Highland.

Pine River competes at McBain

MCBAIN — The Pine River volleyball team fell in quarterfinal play at the McBain Invitational on Saturday. 

The Bucks beat Harrison to kick off pool play (25-15, 25-9) before falling to Kingsley (12-25, 13-25) and splitting with McBain Northern Michigan Christian (17-25, 25-18). 

The Bucks then lost to McBain in the quarterfinals in bracket play (15-25, 20-25). 

Kyla Johnson contributed 17 kills, 15 digs and five blocks for the Bucks on the day, with Julie Justin adding 12 kills and 16 digs. Jenna Johnson and Morgan Sumpter split setting duties throughout the tourney with 24 and 22 assists, respectively.  

Evart volleyball third

EVART — Evart’s volleyball team was third in pool play at the McBain Invitational Saturday. The Wildcats split with Crossroads, swept Mason County Eastern and lost to Marion in pool play. They lost 2-0 to Houghton Lake in bracket play.

Standouts for Evart were Kristin Kullman, Loraine Foster, Tabby Turley and Danielle Beasley.


Cecil Burch Invitational Saturday

LEROY — The Cecil Burch Invitational is set for this Saturday at Pine River with the boys race at 9 a.m. and the girls meet at 9:30 a.m. The middle school and JV races will follow the varsity action.

Among the participants teams will be Buckley, Evart, Frankfort, Harrison, Lake City, Leland St. Mary, Marion, Manton, McBain and Suttons Bay.

Reed City CSAA jamboree

REMUS — Cross country teams from the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division met at Chippewa Hills on Sept. 23 and for the boys, Chippewa Hills took first with 51 points. Reed City didn’t receive a team score.

The Coyotes only had two runners competing with Matt McGahey finishing in 26th (20:17.29) and Trent Willard placing 57th (29:38.91). 

On the girls side, Reed City finished in sixth with 110 points. 

The Coyotes were led by Joelynn Gamble-Brown’s eighth-place effort (23:01.73) with McKenzie Cornelius finishing 23rd (25:48.68) and Lindsey Greer placing 24th (26.11.16). Lindsey Kienitz took 36th (27:33.86) and Hana Ondrus finished in 39th (28:16.35). 

“The girls didn’t finish as well (Tuesday) as they did last time at the conference meet, but we had a couple of girls out with injuries so there’s not much you can do there,” Reed City coach Brad Smith said. “Everyone else is running strong for where they’re at for this time of year.” 

After a few weeks of cooler weather, the balmy conditions on Tuesday made for a tough adjustment for the teams. 

“We trained all last week and it was cool and now this week we come out to run and it’s so hot,” Smith said. “It’s just tough on the kids to go from one extreme to another. They get used to one temperature and it’s kind of tough to get used to another one on race day.”

Pine River seventh

MESICK — Pine River was seventh with 139 points in the Great Northwest meet Sept. 23.

Cheyanna Rizor was 18th in 21:45 for Pine River, while Olivia Thompson was 23rd in 22:20, Julia Lucas was 40th in 23:32, Holly Bailor 44th in 24;02 and Alex Beebe, no placing, in 28:21.

Pine River boys fourth

MESICK — Pine River’s boys cross country team was fourth in the Great Northwest Conference meet Sept. 23 at Mesick. Ben Rigling was 10th in 17:51, Derek Hartline 15th in 18:40 and Tony Moore 21st in 18:55.

Evart boys take second

EVART — Evart’s boys cross country team was second with 124 points in the Great Northwest Conference meet on Sept. 23. Benzie Central won with 31 points.

Santana Scott was fifth in 17:22.98, Josh Woods 11th in 17:55.46, Devin Day 26th in 19:23.17 and Micah Wetters 29th in 19:39.7.

Evart did not have a full girls team. Clairese Clark was 39th in 23:29.57, Mara VanOrder 51st in 24:44.86 and Brooklyn Ellenbaas 92nd in 29:44.70.

Carson City-Crystal Invitational

CARSON CITY — Evart was in action at the Carson City-Crystal Invitational on Saturday. 

Evart boys took third in the Blue Division race with 104 points, while the girls didn’t score with just four runners competing.  

Santana Scott led the boys with a fourth-place finish in 16:53.8. Josh Woods also finished in the top-10, taking seventh in 17:34.4. Devin Day came in 18th (18.19.5) and Micah Wetters took 35th (18:51.3). Andrew Bengry finished 52nd (19:50.2), Nick Niles took 61st (21:02.2) and Jacob Quist finished in 69th (22:18.6). 

Clarise Clark led the Evart girls with a finish in 33rd (22:35.7) while Mara VanOrder took 42nd (23:38.3). Arianna Mooney took 62nd (27:13) while Brooklyn Ellenbaas finished in 66th (27:34.6). 

Coyotes run in Lake City

LAKE CITY — The Reed City cross country team traveled to Lake City on Saturday to race in the Lake City Invitational. 

The Coyote girls took fourth as a team with 88 points, while the boys failed to register a team score with just one runner. 

Matt McGahey was the Coyotes’ lone representative for the boys, finishing in 10th (19:40.3) while Joelynn Gamble-Brown led the girls with a third-place finish in 22:12.57. McKenzie Cornelius was the next Coyote to cross the finish line in 23rd (24:46.48) while Lindsey Greer took 25th (25:30.44). Lindsey Kienitz took 27th (26:37.52) with Ashley Andres right behind her in 28th (26:56.66). Devin WIllard took 38th (29:38.25) while Christian Parsons took 50th (35:29.49).