Sports news in brief

SOCCER

Reed City 1, Manistee 0

Leland 5, Reed City 0 

LELAND — Reed City went 1-1 Saturday in the Leland Invitational to open the season.

Reed City won the first game, 1-0, with Taylor Weiss scoring the game’s only goal.

In the title match, Reed City fell to Leland, 5-0.

Troy Giese was goalkeeper for Reed City.

“He played very well both games,” said Reed City coach Matt Webster.

The Coyotes play today at Tri County.

CROSS COUNTRY

Evart takes first

BENZONIA — Several area cross country teams started the 2013 season by competing at the Benzie Central Invitational on Saturday.

For the boys, Evart won the small-school division with 77 points while Reed City and Crossroads Charter Academy didn’t qualify for a team score. Pine River finished in 11th place (329) and Big Rapids placed 13th (371) in the large-schools division.

For Evart, Max Hodges finished in fourth place (17:05.1) in the division, Santana Scott came in eighth (17:39.4), Zach Douglass placed 19th (18:10.1) and Josh Woods ended the day in 23th place (18:18.1).

For the girls, Reed City came in 18th (492) in the small-school division while Crossroads, Reed City and Evart didn’t qualify for a team score. In the large-school division, Big Rapids came in 11th (280) and Pine River finished the day in 13th (372).

In the small-school division, Grace Hamilton led Evart by finishing 26th (22:02.9) while Clairese Clark placed 123rd (26:59.3).Courtney McKinnon finished in 136th place (28:40.3) for Crossroads while the Coyotes had McKenzie Cornelius come in 93rd (25:07.5), Emily Nardone placed 99th (25:32.2), Lindsey Greer finished 121st (26:55.5) and Lindsey Kienitz came in 127th (27:03.4).

Pine River boys 11th

BENZONIA — Pine River’s boys cross country team placed 11th in the Benzie Central Invitational on Saturday with 329 points while Traverse City Central was first with 86.

“Six out of seven Pine River cross country boys ran over a minute faster than their last year’s time at this opening meet,” said Pine River coach Ross Vrieze. “Ben Rigling led the Bucks with a personal best time of 17:19 finishing 31st overall. It was very impressive times for this early in the season.”

Chris Terbergh was 65th in 19;03, Derek Hartline 75th in 19:26, Tony Moore 78th in 19:32 and Elliot VanDreumel 80th in 19:39.

Also for the Bucks, Pine River was 13th in the girls meet with 372.

“It was the first varsity cross country race for three of the five runners,” Vrieze said. “Cheyanna Rizor led the team with a time of 23:30, Alyssa Geer followed with a 24:07 and Holly Bailor 24:23.”

Rizor was 64th, Geer 74th, Bailor 79th and Julia Lucas 87th in 25;49 and Colleen Forges 89th in 26:50.

VOLLEYBALL

Reed City 2-2 at Alma

ALMA — The Reed City volleyball team went 2-2 on the day at the Alma Invitational on Saturday to start the 2013 season.

The Coyotes fell to Morley Stanwood, 18-25, 24-26, in the opening game before bouncing back with a victory over Birch Run, 25-9, 25-13.

Reed City continued its winning ways in bracket play with a victory over Breckenridge, 25-20, 25-14, before falling to Mount Pleasant in the semifinals of the Gold Bracket, 16-25,18-25.

Jacolyn Mullins paced the Coyotes with four aces and 20 kills during the tournament. Natalie Westhoff had eight kills and three blocks while Heather Tacey dished out 43 assists to go with her three aces, four kills and two blocks.

The Coyotes return to action Thursday to play in the Cadillac Invite.

Pine River 3-0 at Kalkaska

KALKASKA — The Bucks traveled to Kalkaska Monday and went 3-0. They defeated East Jordan 25-14, 25-16, Kalkaska 25-15, 25-12 and Clare 25-23,21-25,25-10.

For the Bucks, Kassy Nelson led team with 23 digs, 22 kills, eight aces and three blocks; Rachel Motzer added nine kills, seven aces and four blocks;

Paige Esiline had 11 digs and 13 kills and Alexis Stokely had 50 assists and nine digs.

“We had trouble serving tonight and also had trouble getting some consistency going. We battled the heat and came out victorious. Tonight definitely gave us a focus for our upcoming practices,” said PR coach Jana Dennis.

Pine River is 4-4 and has a home tourney Sept. 7.

Pine River 1-4 at Central Invitational

TRAVERSE CITY — The Pine River varsity volleyball team travelled to the Traverse City Central Invitational on Saturday and ended the day 1-4.

In pool play, Pine River lost to Waterford Our Lady 25-19, 25-4; fell to Traverse City Central 25-17, 25-18, beat Glen Lake 25-10, 25-22, and lost to Boyne City 25-16, 25-18. In tournament play, Pine River lost to Walled Lake Central 25-20, 25-15.

For Pine River, Kassy Nelson led the team with 21 kills, 26 digs, five blocks and seven aces; Michelle Kelsey added 15 kills and 15 digs; Rachel Motzer had eight kills and 12 digs; Paige Esiline added eight blocks, seven kills, and 11 digs and Alexis Stokely had 47 assists and 12 digs

“Going into this first tournament we knew that we would have some struggles. I felt that we improved every single game we played. We are a young team and are working hard to grow up fast,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis

“Our returners did a great job of leading the floor and helping out the younger girls.

Even though the team wished it had done better, we understand that all of the problems and issues we faced in this tournament are opportunities for us to grow as a team and the important thing is not where we start the year but where we end it.”

Evart 0-2 at Chippewa Hills Invitational

REMUS — Evart made its volleyball debut on Saturday in the Chippewa HIlls Invitational and lost to the host Warriors and Big Rapids.

The Wildcats fell to CH 25-7, 25-9 and to Big Rapids 23-25, 25-11, 15-7.