GOLF It was the first match of the season for both golf teams and both Clare and Reed City coaches found reason to be upbeat after a nine-hole round Friday. Clare defeated the Coyotes 178-202 in a match played on the front nine, par 36, at Spring Valley Golf Course. \u201cIt\u2019s nice to get the season under way,\u201d said Reed City coach Katrina Wray \u201cand see where the kids are at. It was a good solid start. The first one, the kids are a little nervous since they hadn\u2019t played any competition before. We got the first one out of the way.\u201d Ben Schermerhorn and Kaleb Carmichael both shot 49s for the Coyotes while Tyler Wright scored a 50, Matt Kienitz had a 54, Kaden Phelps netted a 56 and Owen Rushford shot a 62. Wray was also happy with the performance of Wright, a freshman. \u201cWe were working with him on striking ball just a few weeks ago,\u201d Wray said. \u201cHe\u2019s a lefthander and he had a real good game. He\u2019s improved. Yesterday was a 52 when we had some competition to see who would represent us today.\u201d BASEBALL The Evart baseball team lost 17-11 on Thursday to Houghton Lake in non-league action. Matt Mishler, Jake McKinstry and Preston Boyd each had two hits for the Wildcats. Boyd had three RBIs. The Pine River baseball team lost 4-0 to Kent City on Thursday in the first game of a nonleague twinbill. Skyler Nelson took the loss, giving up two earned runs, striking out two and allowing two hits in three innings. \u201cHitting-wise, we didn\u2019t hit the ball all night,\u201d said Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert. \u201cWe had just two hits the first game. There wasn\u2019t a lot going on.\u201d The Bucks lost the second game 6-1. Grant Gugle took the loss. Mitch McDonald pitched in relief. Derick Waldfogel had two hits while Devin Ruppert had a hit and scored a run on a passed ball. Pine River was 0-2 at the Tri County Invitational on Saturday. \u201cWe actually hit the ball better,\u201d said coach Shawn Ruppert. In the opener, the Bucks lost 12-2 to Tri County. Lincoln Erickson was the losing pitcher. He had seven strikeouts. Ruppert had three hits while Nelson had two hits and McDonald added a single and RBI. Pine River lost to East Kentwood 13-6. \u201cIt was a 5-5 game in the fifth inning,\u201d Ruppert said. Devin Ruppert went the first five innings on the mound. He allowed three earned runs and two walks. Nelson had three hits including two doubles. Garrett Long was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. McDonald had a double and RBI. \u201cWe got to see some good pitching,\u201d said Shawn Ruppert. \u201cIt was a good weekend. I was much happier on Saturday. We hit the ball and were more aggressive at the plate. On Thursday, we were flat.\u201d SOFTBALL Houghton Lake swept Evart in non-league action on Thursday at Evart 13-2, 12-2. Nicole Bulloch led the Wildcats with a single and an RBI in the first game. Dani Gray and Katelyn Whitman each had a single. Dana Casey had two hits in the second game for Evart including a double. Sabrina McKay, Magdalen Hyde and Bulloch each had a hit. Pine River defeated Kent City 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday 4-3. Jamie Justin was the winning pitcher, striking out eight and allowing five hits. Erica Buchner had two hits, including a triple, and three RBI. Justin took the loss in the second game, a 10-3 KC victory. She struck out six and allowed nine hits. Chelsea Nelson and Jandney Mattson had two hits for the Bucks. Saturday at the Tri County Invitational, Pine River beat Godwin Heights in the first game 14-4. Justin was the winning hurler, striking out five, allowing three hits and walking three. Buchner had three hits, including a triple. Alexis Sebastiano had two hits including a double. Alexis Stokely and Mattson had two hits apiece. Christie and Chelsea Nelson both had two hits apiece and Brooke Sebastiano added a two-run single. The Bucks beat Holton 5-4 in eight innings. Justin was the winner, striking out two and allowing four walks. Sebastiano had a double and single. Chelsea Nelson had two hits. Justin took the loss in a 7-2 setback to Zeeland East. She allowed three hits in three innings. Christie Nelson had a double. Mattson, Justin and Sebastiano had hits for the Bucks, who are 4-3. BOYS TRACK Reed City won its division of the Cadillac Invitational on Friday. Joe Oehrli won the 800-meter run in 1:58.46. The 1,600-meter relay team of Oehrli, Michael and Eric Bradford and Eric Reed won in 3:33.9. The 400-relay team of Jon Green, Eric and Michael Bradford and Reed took second in 45.96. Reed clocked the 100 in 11.86 seconds for second place and was second in the 200 in 23.42. Corey Saladin clocked the 110 hurdles in 18.69 seconds for sixth place. Ridge Saladin placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 112-4. Nate Kailing was fifth in the shot put in 42.7 seconds. Kyle Voelker was fifth in the pole vault at 10-6. In the long jump, Michael Bradford was third in 19-7 \u00bd, Eric Bradford was fourth in 19-4 and Nate Kailing was fifth in 19-3. \u201cOur long jumpers were really happy with their performance,\u201d said Reed City coach Brent Michell. \u201cIt was a sign of improvement over last year. They\u2019re not where they want to be yet. We\u2019re also happy with our mile and 400 relay teams.\u201d Evart\u2019s boys track team was second in the Mohawk Relays Saturday at Morley Stanwood and took home a trophy. Sixteen schools competed. Ricky Miller and Chapman Long combined for second place. Miller had an individual clearance of 13 feet. The 3,200-meter relay team of David Zinger, Logan Hammer, Jesse Lang and Antonio Militello were first in 3:28, taking 20 seconds off their previous best. The 6,400-meter relay team of Zinger and Hammer combined for 20 minutes, 10 seconds for first place. The distance medley team won that event in 11:19.0 and also the 3,200-meter relay team took first in 8:26. Pine River competed in multi-team action at Kingsley on Wednesday. The boys 800-meter relay team took first in 42.7 seconds. Abel Langworthy was first in the pole vault at 11-6. On Saturday at the Mohawk Relays, Pine River was third in its division at Morley Stanwood. The hurdles relay team was third and consisted of Ethan Crawford, Dustin Eckert, Justin Seeman and Cuyler Huffman. GIRLS TRACK Sami Michell had four first-place efforts to pace the Reed City attack in the Cadillac Invitational on Friday. She covered the long jump in 17-10 \u00bd, clocked the 100 hurdles in 15.08 seconds and the 300s in 50.67 seconds and the 400 dash in 58.79. \u201cOur shot put and discus throwers had improvement from the night before,\u201d said Reed City coach Vikki Michell. \u201cShayla Kehr took 25 seconds off her mile time from Thursday night.\u201d Pine River\u2019s girls took firsts at the Mohawk Relays in the pole vault at 17-6, the Mohawk shuttle hurdles in 1:15.19, the 400-meter relay at 52.95, the Mohawk sprint medley in 1:54.62, the Mohawk medley at 3:02.83 and the 800-meter relay in 1:53.47. The shuttle hurdles consisted of Mariah Holmes, Megan Swanberg, Shanna Strowenjans and Angela Nicholson. The 400 had Holmes, Zee Moored, Sheena Vokes and Michelle Kelsey. The Mohawk sprint relay had Holmes, Moored, Michelle Kelsey and Devyn Powell. The Mohawk medley relay features Vokes, Kelsey, Powell and Jasmine Blackrick. Blackrick, Moored, Vokes and Powell were in the 800 relay. Pine River ran at Kingsley on April 11. Devyn Powell won the 400-meter dash in 1:01.82. Angela Nicholson and Holmes were one-two in the pole vault at 8-9 and 8-0.