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Local runners compete at final CSAA jamboree

NEWAYGO — The Chippewa Hills Warriors came away with Central State Activities Association (CSAA) titles on Tuesday night at the last CSAA jamboree of the season, with the boys splitting the league title with Newaygo and the girls taking sole possession in the Gold Division.  Matt McGahey took 28th (20:43.77) and Trent Willard placed 56th (28:23.77) for the Reed City boys, who didn’t register a team score.

On the girls side, the Warriors clinched the Gold Division title with 25 team points with Big Rapids in second with 69. Reed City was fourth with 97.

Joelynn Gamble-Brown led the Coyotes in fifth (23:14.77) with Lindsey Greer taking 15th (25:13.18), McKenzie Cornelius taking 27th (27:11.97), Lindsey Kienitz taking 32nd (28:02.93) and Ashley Andres taking 35th (29:40.26). 

Reed City competes in the regional on Saturday.

Evart boys third, Reed City girls fifth

REMUS — Evart’s boys were third in the Blue Division with 61 points at the Chippewa Hills Invitational on Saturday.

Santana Scott was third in 16:38.29, followed by Josh Woods in fourth in 17:50.11, Micah Wetters 11th in 19:02.19, Andrew Bengry 16th in 19:33.67 and Nick Niles 30th in 21:14.76. Reed City had two runners competing. Matt McGahey was 28th in 29:05.37 and Trent Willard 56th in 27:11.32.

The Reed City girls were fifth. Joelynn Gamble-Brown was eighth in 22:15.06, Lindsey Greer 43rd in 25:59.55, Lindsey Kienitz 44th in 26:07.64, Catherine Kettner 47th in 26:43.33 and McKenzie Cornelius 50th in 27:30.21.

Evart had four runners with Clairese Clark 15th in 23:23.87, Mara VanOrder 25th in 25:02.77, Arienna Mooney 34th in 26:15.62 and Brooklynn Elenbaas 36th in 26:26.28.

Both schools run at regional meets Saturday.

Pine River fourth

MANISTEE — The Pine River boys cross country team finished fourth in the small school division out of 12 teams at the Manistee National Invitational. Ben Rigling and Derek Hartline were awarded medals for finishing in the top 25. Dylan Stephens, Phillip Ragatzki and Mark Geer ran personal best times. Several others were within seconds of their seasonal best times. Rigling was 10th in 17:56, Derek Hartline 17th in 18:22, Jordan Stone 30th in 19:02, Mark Geer 41st in 19:36 and Tony Moore 43rd in 19:38.

Pine River was eighth in the girls race. Cheyanna Rizor was 25th in 21:47, Olivia Thompson 33rd in 22:23, Holly Bailor 46th in 23:26, Julia Lucas 51st 24:00 and Alyssa Geer 52nd in 24:04.


Pine River falls

MCBAIN — Pine River lost to McBain Christian 17-25, 25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 15-10 on Oct. 14. Kyla Johnson and Brittany Davis had 14 kills apiece. Tailor Charles had seven digs, Julie Justin had eight digs and Morgan Sumpter had 18 assists.

“We came out flat and played on our heels all night. It’s very hard to beat another team when you’re too busy beating your own,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said.

Pine River is 17-18-3 overall and 2-3 in the Highland. The Bucks host McBain next Tueday.