Sports News in Brief
Bucks down Harrison, 68-58
HARRISON — The Pine River Bucks defeated Harrison, 68-58, to open their boys basketball season on the road on Tuesday night, Dec. 9.
Lucas Harris led the charge for Pine River with 15 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks while Mitch McDonald added 13 points and nine boards and Mason Powell and Greg Park each chipped in 11 points apiece.
Coyotes open season with loss
CADILLAC — The Reed City boys basketball team opened its season with a setback at Cadillac on Tuesday night, Dec. 9, as the Coyotes fell 52-38.
The Coyotes mustered just two points in the opening quarter and couldn’t recover the rest of the way in the nonconference loss.
Mykel Dillard led the Coyotes with 14 points and Chris Barton chipped in eight points and 13 rebounds.
Clare 49, Reed City 30
CLARE — The Reed City girls basketball team was on the losing end of a road contest at Clare on Tuesday night, Dec. 9, with the Pioneers taking a 49-30 win.
The Coyotes trailed by 10 at halftime and had three players with four fouls in the third quarter to give the Pioneers the edge.
Megan Donley led the Coyotes with 11 points and Hanna Price and Emily Libey each added four apiece in the setback.
Central Montalm 52, Evart 46
STANTON — The Evart girls basketball kept it close, but couldn’t edge out the Hornets on Friday night as the Wildcats fell to Central Montcalm, 52-46.
The game was tied at 13-13 after the first quarter, but the Hornets took a six-point lead at half and held on the rest of the way to secure the nonconference win.
Kristin Kullman led Evart with 19 points while Mara VanOrder added 14 points and 20 rebounds and Brooke Belleville added seven.
HOUGHTON LAKE — Evart competed at the Houghton Lake Invitational on Saturday.
It’s a scholarship-related meet so team placings were not kept, Evart coach Marty Pattee said.
“We had one of the top three scores in round 3, which is the stunt round,” Pattee said. “They’re making progress. They’re young. They have a long way to go to where I want to be. I was very happy with their round 3. That went really well.”
Evart is at Shepherd Saturday.
Pine River 3-2
HOWARD CITY — Pine River’s wrestling team was 3-2 Saturday at the Tri County Invitational to open the season.
The Bucks defeated Lakeview 56-23, Comstock Park 39-37 and Fennville 72-12. They lost to Sparta 45-27 and to Tri County 53-21.
Going 5-0 for the day were Chase Morrison (285) and Tony Moore (125). Pine River wrestlers that were 4-1 were Josh Jackson (215), Jordan Stone (119) and Nathan Park (112).
“This weekend was a young lineup and defensively, we’re a little behind the eight-ball,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said. “We have a tough dual coming up Wednesday against Reed City and Gaylord and we’re at Marquette Saturday. There’s a few things we can take away from last Saturday that we need to work on. Overall, the kids are in good spirits and we’re where we need to be.”
Evart at Big Rapids
BIG RAPIDS — Evart attended the Big Rapids tournament Saturday with just four wrestlers participating as the first-year program opened its season.
“All of our kids are first-year kids in a first-year program,” Evart coach Ryan Hopkins said. “A lot of our kids’ goals (Saturday) were to go a full six-minute match without getting pinned. Everyone hit that and we won some matches and I was very, very impressed. The kids did very well.”
Jonah Smith (189) picked up a pin for the Wildcats and Zach Parshall (171) had two wins on the day.
“Coach was pretty happy,” Hopkins said. “I was pretty excited and (the wins) were pretty nice. It shows the other teammates that it can be done.”
Caleb Parrish and Roman Tiedt also competed for Evart throughout the invitational as the Wildcats fell to Big Rapids, 59-6, GRWC, 72-6, and TC West, 30-18.
“They’re all first-year guys and I told them, look. You’ve seen the competition and now you know what kind of conditioning it takes,” Hopkins said. “We hit our goals (Saturday) and did very well. It’s just time to take it up a notch or two.”