Sports briefs for May 2


  • Reed City’s boys track squad won meets in CSAA action over White Cloud 77-49 and Big Rapids 80-49 on April 24.

“It was a pretty windy day,” said Reed City coach Brent Michell. “The kids competed well.

Nate Kailing, Ridge Saladin, Joe Oehrli, Eric Reed, Michael and Eric Bradford and Eric Voelker were among the key point scorers for Reed City.

The Coyotes ran Saturday at Cedar Springs

In the junior varsity invitational at Reed City on Saturday, Jon Green, Drake Walker, Adam Kehr, Wyatt Meese and Caleb Wilson were among the Coyotes that had strong performances.

  • Pine River’s boys were eighth with 33 points Friday at the Scottville Optimist Invitational. John Lenz threw the shot 42-9 for second place. Abel Langworthy was second in the pole vault at 13-3. Kurtis Holmes was fourth in the discus at 118-11. The 3,200-meter relay foursome of Ethan Whitley, Devin Wing, Quinton Mitchell and Trevor Holmes were sixth in 9:03.06. Austin Cole, Mitchell, Kyle Brasseur and Langworthy were sixth in 1:39.57 in the 800 relay.

Dustin Ecker was second in the 110-meter hurdles at 15.42 seconds. Justin Seeman was fifth in 16.75 seconds and was sixth in the 300 hurdles in 44.21 seconds.


  • Reed City’s girls track squad lost meets to White Cloud and Big Rapids on April 24.

Hailey Pendley won the shot put while Bethany Church won the discus and Sami Michell took first place in both hurdles in 100 and 200.

“Overall, we did OK,” said Reed City coach Vicki Michell. “The girls are working hard.”

  • Pine River’s girls were fifth out of 11 teams at the Scottville Optimist Invitational on Friday.

Angela Nicholson cleared 8-9 in the pole vault for first place. She won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.26 seconds. Jasmine Blackrick was fifth at 13-9 in the long jump. Holmes was second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.27 seconds. Mariah Holmes tied for third in the pole vault at 8-3. Sheena Vokes was third in the shot put at 30-10. The 3,200-meter relay squad of Erin Koetje, Blackrick, Whitley and Cheyanna Rizor was fifth in 11:18.46. Devyn Powell won the 400-meter dash in 59.89 seconds. Rizor was sixth in the 3,200-meter run in 13:00.12.

The foursome of Holmes, Vokes, Koetje and Devyn Powell was fourth in the 800 relay in 1:53.08. The 400-meter relay squad of Holmes, Zee Moored, Vokes and Blackrick was fifth in 54.96 seconds. The 1,600-meter relay of Moored, Koetje, Blackrick and Powell was fourth in 4:30.43.


  • Evart’s baseball team came up with a pair of wins on Thursday over McBain Northern Michigan Christian 10-0 and 20-1. Jake McKinstry was the winning pitcher in the first game, allowing three hits and two walks while giving up no earned runs and fanning five batters. Jarek VanOrder was 4-for-4 at the plate. Preston Boyd and Andrew Race had three hits apiece. McKinstry had three hits, plus two runs score. Devon Reagan had two hits.

Race took the win in the second game, allowing one walk and no earned runs in four innings and fanning five.

McKinstry had three hits and scored three runs. Tyler Wirth and Race had three hits apiece. VanOrder had two hits and four RBIs while Matt Mishler had three hits and four RBIs.

Evart improved to 5-7.

Evart fell earlier in the week to Beal City 15-0 and 13-2. John Danley took the loss in the first game and Jarek VanOrder took the loss in the second game. Evart was no-hit in the first game.

McKinstry and VanOrder had hits in the second game.

  • Pine River swept Northern Michigan Christian on April 24 by scores of 14-0 and 11-1. Devin Ruppert had a no-hitter in five innings of the first game, allowing no walks, hitting one and fanning 13.

Zane Kanouse had two hits including a double and two RBIs, Garrett Long and Grant Gugle had a hit, double and two RBIs.

Derek Waldfogel was the winning pitcher in the second game, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out nine. Brandon Hoaglund had two hits plus a double an RBI while Kanouse had a single and two RBIs. Garrett Traynor and Skyler Nelson both had singles and RBIs.

“I thought we played well,” said Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert, adding that a game with Beal City earlier this week “will be a tough one.”

This Saturday, the Bucks have their home invitational and play St. Louis and Mesick.


  • Evart dropped a doubleheader to Beal City on April 24. Scores were not available. Magdalen Hyde had a triple in one game and a double in the other. Sabrina McKay also had a double for Evart.

The Wildcats play this Saturday at the Reed City Invitational.

  • Pine River was at Frankenmuth on Saturday and finished 1-2.

Jamie Justin took the loss in an 11-5 setback to Brighton. She struck out nine. Justin, Christie Nelson and Sebastiano had two hits apiece, and Jandney Mattson had a two-run double.

The Bucks beat Burton-Bentley 14-6. Pennington was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits and five walks. Chelsea Nelson and Mattson, plus Sebastiano had three hits apiece. Mattson had a 3-run homer.

In their final game, the Bucks lost 6-4 to Frankenmuth. Justin took the loss, allowing seven hits and three walks. Christie Nelson had three hits, including a triple.

Pine River is 9-8. The Bucks play Mesick, Cadillac and St. Louis at their home invitational on Saturday.

“We’re definitely heading in the right direction starting out conference play,” said Pine River coach Laura Raven.

  • Pine River played at home April 24 against Beaverton, winning the first game 10-5 and losing the second 11-1. Jamie Justin was the winning pitcher in the first game, allowing seven hits and allowing no walks while fanning six batters.

At the plate, Jandney Mattson had three hits with two doubles to go with three RBIs. Erica Buchner had three hits while Brooke Sebastiano had two hits and three RBIs. Justin and Chelsea Nelson had two hits.

Brooke Pennington took the loss in the second game, allowing six hits and four walks while fanning two batters. Mattson had two hits.