Sports briefs for April 25


  • The Reed City varsity golf team scored a 194 to finish second on Thursday in a three-way match at Manton. Brethren was first with a 190, followed by Reed City and then Manton with 206.

Matt Kienitz and Ben Schermerhorn shot 46s for first place while Kaleb Carmichael and Kaden Phelps shot 51s, Tyler Wright fired a 57 and Josh Hughston a 60.

“What we’re seeing is that Ben Schermerhorn and Matt Kienitz are consistent,” said Reed City coach Katrina Wray. “We’re seeing who’s playing consistently. I see improvement in general.

“It was inspiring after one match to see our guys go from the last hole over to work on their chipping and putting.

The varsity plays at Manistee on Thursday and is home Monday against Providence Christian.

Reed City’s junior varsity golf team placed first in a Central State Activities Association jamboree on Wednesday, April 18, at Spring Valley Golf Course. Josh Hughston fired a 40 to lead the way for the Coyotes and for all golfers. Justin Daniels shot a 49 for the Coyotes, and Spencer Battle shot a 50, followed by Jacob Green with 54, Cameron Leonard with 57 and Kolt Slater with 58.


The Wildcats had their home tournament on Saturday.

“We had a lot of mental mistakes,” said Evart coach George Sims. “I guess the players were thinking more about the prom (that night) rather than the tournament.”

Evart lost 9-3 to Coleman in the first game.

“We had a couple of timely errors and walks,” Sims said. “They only scored in two innings. We had errors and walks in those two innings.”

The Wildcats lost 14-2 to Freeland in the second game. The Wildcats are 3-5 overall they played McBain Christian at home on Thursday.

Evart defeated Farwell 10-5 on April 17. Jake McKinstry collected two hits for Evart as did Devon VanOrder. McKinstry was the winning pitcher, going four innings in relief and allowing no runs.

“McKinstry has put the bat on the ball,” Sims said.


  • Evart fell 17-2 and 20-2 to Beal City on the road Monday night in Highland Conference action.

Magdalen Hyde had a double and Chelsea Bengry two RBIs in the first game. Sabrina McKay also had a double.

In the second game, Hyde had a triple and RBI. Bengry added an RBI.


  • Pine River was fifth in the Blue Division of the Chippewa Hills Invitational on Saturday.

Taking first places for the Bucks were Abel Langworthy in the pole vault at 12-0. John Lenz in the discus at 121-9, the foursome of Kyle Brasseur, Jesse Gingrich, Abel Langworthy and Cole Gingrich in the 800 relay in 1:42.9, the unit of Gingrich, Devin Wing, Joe Miller and Quint Mitchell in the 1,600 relay in 3:57.7, the foursome of Trevor Holmes, Wing, Mitchell and Ethan Whitley in the 3,200-meter relay in 8:57.9; John Lenz in the shot put at 41-0, Joe Miller in the 400-meter dash in 55.4 seconds and Dustin Eckert in the 110 hurdles in 17.1 seconds.

  • Pine River competed in the Benzie Invitational on April 19 and took fifth. Abel Langworthy was fifth in the 100-meter dash in 12.19 seconds. Devin Wing was sixth in 55.87 seconds and Joe Miller seventh in 56.56 seconds in the 400-meter run. The 400-meter relay team of Langworthy, Kyle Brassuer, Jesse Gingrich and Cole Gingrich in 48.14. The 1,600-meter relay squad of Quint Mitchell, Devin Wing, Joe Miller and Gingrich was fifth in 3:50.

Dustin Ecker was fourth in 17..69 seconds and Justin Seeman fifth in 17.71 seconds in the 110 hurdles. Langworthy won the pole vault at 12-0. Gingrich was third at 10-6.


  • Pine River was third in the Blue Division of the Chippewa Hills Invitational on Saturday.

Megan Keppinger, Erin Koetje, Elizabeth Whitley and Julia Lucas were first in the 3,200-relay in 11:44.1. The foursome of Mariah Holmes, Zee Moored, Sheena Vokes and Michelle Kelsey were first in 54.2 seconds. Kelsey, Moored, Holmes and Vokes were first in the 800-meter relay in 1:55.09.

  • Pine River also competed in the Benzie Invitational on April 19. Devyn Powell won the girl 400-meter run in 50.41 seconds. The relay combination of Mariah Holmes, Sheena Vokes, Zee Moored and Michelle Kelsey was second in 55.25. Kelsey was third in the high jump at 4-9. Angela Nicholson won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.98 seconds. Beth Wickens was fourth in the women’s discus at 79-5. Nicholson won the pole vault at 8-6.

Jasmine Backrick was third in the long jump 14-6.

The 3,200-meter relay team of Rachel Hartline, Julia Lucas, Hannah Kleppinger and Cheyana Rizor in 1:45.91. Pine River as a team finished third.


  • The Lake County Sportsman’s Club is sponsoring a turkey hunting contest starting with the upcoming season.

Forms for the contest are available at King’s Sports Center and Ed’s Sports Shop in Baldwin. They will also be available at

“At the end of the contest, we will determine the winner,” said sportsman’s club member and treasurer Greg Nichols. “The winner will be determined by spur length, bird weight and beard length. Those will be totaled up and the winner will be based on the total of the three.”

Contest rules are on the form. There will a $100 gift certificates for first places, $50 gift certificate for second place and $25 for third place. Hunters will be able to redeem those certificates at the following places: Ed’s Sports Shop, Kings Sports Center, Baldwin Bait & Tackle, Baldwin Orvis Shop and Ace Hardware.

Various turkey hunting seasons start from April 23 and go through the end of May. That’s how long the contest will last.

Meeting dates are at 10 a.m. the first and third Saturday of the month at the Pleasant Plains Township Hall.

The club is also promoting a 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Workshop. Training session include rifle shotgun, archery and hunting and wildlife will be offered at the workshop. The club’s website states that participants will learn how to foster positive youth development through the shooting sports and how techniques can be used to effectively help youth learn safe and proper use of guns and archery equipment.

The dates are April 27-29 and more information is available on the club’s website.