Sports news in brief
ALMA – Reed City’s volleyball team opened its season with a 2-2 performance at the Alma Invitational on Saturday.
The Coyotes beat St. Johns 25-8, 25-21 and Saginaw Swan Valley 25-11, 26-24 and lost to Morley Stanwood 18-25, 25-18, 19-17. In the quarterfinals of the Gold Bracket, they lost to DeWitt 25-21, 25-18.
Reed City coach Don Patterson said his team played without senior hitter Sami Michell, who is nursing a sore left knee and is out indefinitely.
For the Coyotes, Mikayla Reed had 30 kills and two blocks, followed by Natalie Westhoff with 13 kills and five blocks, Alaina Woodard with 13 kills and six blocks. Emma Lockhart with seven blocks, 31 kills and one ace, Jacolyn Mullins with 10 kills and five aces, Heather Tacey with six aces and 45 assists and Brittani Yarger with nine aces.
Reed City’s Kalee Hensel contributed 39 digs and two aces.
“I thought we played pretty well against pretty good competition,” Patterson said. “It was a fun match against Morley Stanwood. The kids played well all day. I thought we saw some improvement.”
Patterson said Michell injured her knee in a recent practice and the initial report is that it’s only a sprain.
“But the doctor wants her to be careful with it,” Patterson said, adding that it might be two to four weeks before Michell is ready to return. “She was on the bench (Saturday) but did not play. It’s critical with her out for the other kids to step up.”
Reed City plays Thursday at Cadillac.
LEROY – Pine River traveled to Traverse City Central for an invitational on Saturday and lost to the host school in the semifinals.
In pool play, the Bucks beat Elk Rapids 25-11, 25-20, lost to Walled Lake Central 25-12, 25-14 and topped Suttons Bay 25-16, 25-21. In bracket play, Pine River beat Suttons Bay 25-16,25-9 and Waterford Our Lady 18-25, 25-15, 15-11.
For Pine River, Cayman Gatt had 24 kills, 39 digs and 12 aces; Elizabeth Whitley collected 17 kills, 29 digs and 37 assists; Kassy Nelson had 81 digs, 13 kills and 7 aces and Jamie Justin totaled 9 kills, 6 blocks and 7 aces.
“Going into our first tourney we were excited to see how things would shape up,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “We’ve worked very hard our first week of practice and overall were pleased with how the day went. We had a hiccup during the second match of the day but rebounded well. I think overall the girls worked real hard and fought right to the end. They really showed tenacity during the Waterford game and hung in and kept fighting.”
REMUS – The Evart Wildcats opened their season Saturday at Chippewa Hills. The Wildcats began the day with a 25-7, 25-15 loss to Lakeview before dropping a 25-8, 25-4 decision to Midland Dow. Evart’s day came to an end against Crossroads.
Despite not winning a match, Evart coach Jayme Maddern was pleased with how her team played.
“We’re working on basic fundamentals; this is a rebuilding year,” she said. “We progressed, we got better throughout the day and they learned to play together. There was lots of improvement.”
Kirstin Parsons had four kills and Jessica Tea and Saige Nabozny had three kills apiece for Evart in one of its games. Kristen Kullman had a strong serving day with six points.
LELAND – Reed City’s boys soccer team opened its season with a 4-1 loss to Leland on Saturday in the Leelanau Tournament.
In the consolation game, the Coyotes scored a 5-0 win over Manistee.
For the day, Ricky Droke had two goals for Reed City while Quinton Kichak, Eric and Kyle Voelker and Trevor Nelson had one apiece.
Reed City opens Central State Activities Association play tonight at Newaygo and is at Lakeview Thursday.