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Pine River 77, McBain NMC 53

LEROY — A balanced scoring effort lifted the Pine River boys basketball team to a 77-53 victory over McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Thursday. The Bucks are now 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Highland Conference.

Tyler Lewis netted 17 points to lead Pine River. Devin Ruppert and Mitch McDonald each tallied 14 points and Brandon Hoaglund finished with 10 points. Skyler Nelson also added nine. McDonald grabbed six rebounds to go along with six assists and three steals.

Evart 52, Manton 40

EVART -- Evart overcame a slow start to defeat Manton 52-40 Thursday night in Highland Conference action.

Manton led 9-2 after the first quarter, and 19-11 at halftime. In the third, Evart had a 21-10 scoring advantage to take a 32-29 lead and then outscored Manton 20-11 in the final eight minutes.

“We didn’t score until 30 seconds to play in the first quarter,” said Evart coach Kris Morgan. “At halftime, we told the starters to show that you deserve to be out there. We switched to a 1-3-1 zone and put on more defensive pressure. We got some easy baskets and that helped us. Jacob Hopkins scored 15 points and Jon Hooker had 11 while Nathan Struble had eight rebounds and four steals for Evart.

Evart, 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Highland, plays at Marion Tuesday.


Reed City 66, Lakeview 44

LAKEVIEW — The Reed City girls basketball team returned to action from the break on Jan. 8 with a victory over Lakeview, 66-44.

The Coyotes improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the Central State Activities Association.

Kalee Hensel and Emma Lockhart each tallied 15 points to pace the Coyotes. Karah Hensel added eight points and Tia Lintemuth recorded six. Kalee Hensel also handed out four assists, grabbed four rebounds and had three steals. Lockhart finished with five steals, five assists and four boards.

Reed City led 32-24 at halftime before outscoring the Wildcats 19-6 in the third quarter to take a 51-30 lead going into the final eight minutes.

Pine River 53, Lake City 17

LAKE CITY — The Pine River girls basketball team had little trouble in rolling past Lake City, 53-17. The Bucks led 30-4 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Pine River is now 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Highland Conference. Jamie Justin led Pine River with 23 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Kassie Nelson tallied nine points, Devyn Powell added eight and Cayman Gatt seven. Powell also had four steals, while Gatt finished with five assists and four steals.

Pine River ratings

The Associated Press has Pine River boys basketball (7-0) ranked eighth and the girls (7-1) 10th in Class C while the coaches poll has the wrestlers ninth in Division 4.


Reed City 2-0

LAKEVIEW -- Reed City defeated Lakeview 41-36 and Newaygo 42-37 in Central State Activities Association wrestling action at Lakeview on Wednesday.

Thayne Steig at 125, Adam Kehr at 140, Jared Shyrock at 160 and Matt Crysler at 215 were doublewinners for Reed City. Jimmy Bywater at 112, Matt McGahey at 119, Drake Walker at 145, Devin Ward at 152, Travis French at 171 and Evan Skiver at heavyweight won one match each.

“It was two really exciting matches,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “We knew going in we’d be in for a dogfight and would be equally matched. All of our kids gave us all that they have. I’ve felt good about this team since Christmas break.”

Reed City 1-4

ROCKFORD -- Reed City was 1-4 on Saturday at the Rockford Invitational. The Coyotes defeated Traverse City St., Francis and lost to Otsego, Tri County, Portage Central and Jackson Lumen Christi.

Adam Kehr was 5-0 for the day and is 26-1 for the season.

“The first round we wrestled Portage Central and I thought we came out wrestling well and lost to a couple of tough teams,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “As the day went on, I thought we lost focus.”

Reed City is home Wednesday against Big Rapids and Holton.

Pine River 3-2

ALMA -- Pine River’s wrestling team was 5-2 at the Alma Invitational on Saturday.

The Bucks defeated Onsted 45-3, beat Leslie 44-18, lost to Carson City-Crystal 33-30, defeated Alma 57-18 and lost to Farmington HiIls Harrison 38-30. Top wrestlers for the Bucks were Kyle Nixon 4-1 at 135, Larry Kissinger 5-0 at 145, Maverick Martin 5-0 at 152, Adam Langworthy 5-0 at 171. Tom Miller 5-0 at 189, Tyler McCurry 3-1 at 215 and Kyle Charles 5-0 at heavyweight. Charles had five points at heavyweight. Martin got the 100th win of his career.