Sports news in brief
CADILLAC – Pine River lost in the finals of the Silver Bracket at the Cadillac Invitational on Saturday.
In pool play, the Bucks lost to Mount Pleasant 25-18, 22-25, 21-19, defeated Central Lake 25-14, 25-17 and fell to Leland 25-22, 25-19.
The Bucks beat Northport 25-18, 25-13 and defeated Traverse City Christian 25-17, 25-19 and lost to Benzie Central 14-25, 25-19, 15-11.
For Pine River, Cayman Gatt collected 32 kills and 46 digs; Jamie Justin had 16 kills, seven aces and nine blocks; Kassy Nelson had 29 kills and 40 digs; Christine Nelson contributed with 56 digs; Alexis Stokely added 49 assists and 32 digs; and Elizabeth Whitley had 48 assists, 15 aces, 11 kills and 25 digs.
“We played some very tough ball at times throughout the day,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “The girls continue to do a great job of digging themselves out of jams but we have to stop putting ourselves in those positions. Unfortunately some of those holes were just too big to get out of. Our serve receive which is usually pretty strong let us down at times. I have no doubt this group of girls will bounce back from this disappointing day. They don’t like to play bad and will do what they need to do to get it together.”
Pine River is 19-11-2 overall and plays at Marion on Tuesday.
LEROY — The Pine River volleyball team made short work of Manton on Tuesday (Sept. 28), winning in three games, 25-14, 25-13, 25-15.
Elizabeth Whitley led the way with 14 assists, six kills and six digs. Jamie Justin recorded six kills, five digs and four aces, while Cayman Gatt tallied nine kills and four digs. Christie Nelson and Kassy Nelson led the defensive effort with 15 and 10 digs respectively.
MCBAIN -- Evart lost 25-10, 25-19, 25-12 to McBain in Highland Conference action Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Kirsten Parsons led Evart in blocks, Alexus Wimmer in hits and Tabby Turley in digs.
LEROY -- Pine River defeated Clare 2-1 in soccer action on Thursday at Clare.
Josh Gostlin had 14 saves for Pine River as goalkeeper.
Nate Millen and Schroeder Vanderhoof scored goals for Pine River. Eric Martin had an assist.
Clare had a 19-14 advantage in shots.
“Both teams played great defense tonight,” said Pine River coach Jenny Hoaglund. “Larry Kissinger had key blocks, and Cole Gingrich who left the game, injured had steals on defense that kept the game moving in our favor. Our offense applied pressure non stop in the second half and that allowed us to come out with a win.”
Pine River lost to McBain Northern Michigan Christian 8-0 on Sept. 18. The winners scored four goals in both halves.
CSAA CROSS COUNTRY
REED CITY -- Reed City was seventh for the boys and eighth for the girls in Central State Activities Association action at Chippewa Hills on Sept. 18.
Reed City’s Chad Zagacki, who finished second overall in the boys division with a 17:15.97, said the cool conditions took some time to get used to, but ended up being beneficial. Zagacki finished 15 seconds faster than his previous personal record in the jamboree.
“At first I thought I was running bad because it was cold and I was starting to tighten up,” he said. “Toward the end of the course I felt good, though, and I just stuck with it.”
Also for Reed City, Drake Walker was 30th in 20:03.95, Kris Kellogg 34th in 20:16.11 and Matt McGahey was 55th in 21:33.89.
For the Coyotes girls, McKenzie Cornelius was 12th in 22:38.61, Marie Kinsey 55th in 27:50.62, Hannah Cowsert 76th in 33:34.37 and Mariah Cowsert 77th in 35:18.52.
HIGHLAND CROSS COUNTRY
MCBAIN -- Evart was first with 39 points and Pine River second with 57 in a Highland Conference jamboree at McBain on Sept. 18.
Beal City was third with a 58.
Evart took the top three spots with Max Hodges, Logan Hammer and David Zinger recording respective times of 16:41, 16:49 and 17:06.
Also for Evart, Santana Scott was fourth in 18:38, Zach Douglas 21st in 19:06, Akira Inoue 29th in 20:33 and Micah Wetters 34th in 20:52.
Trevor Holmes led Pine River, going fourth in 17:15 while Ben Rigling was ninth in 18:14, Greg Schaefer 10th in 18:19, Elliot VanDrummel 15th in 18:56, Nick Woodman 19th in 19:03, Chris Terbergh 22nd in 19:38 and Tony Moore 24th in 19:46.
In the eight-team girls race, Beal City was first with 45, Pine River was third in 109 and Evart seventh in 126.
For Pine River, Devyn Powell was fourth in 20:42, Erica Loop 19th in 23:39, Rachel Hartline 25th in 24:15, Jasmine Blackrick 29th in 24;36, Alyssa Geer 32nd in 25:08, Julia Lucas 34th in 25:27 and Zyporia Mored 40th in 26:32.
For Evart, Grace Hamilton was fifth in 21:09, Mara VanOrder 20th in 23:44, Kaitlyn Parsons 30th in 24:44, Taylor McLachlan 33rd in 25:20, Clairese Clark 39th in 26:09 and Stevie Duey 48th in 29:23.
LOWELL -- Evart’s boys cross country team was fourth Saturday at the Lowell Invitational.
Max Hodges was second in 17:05.3, David Zinger fourth in 17:20.8, Santana Scott 21st in 18:48.5, Zach Douglas 35th in 19:39.8 and Micah Wetters 57th in 22:28.0.
Evart’s girls were seventh. Grace Hamilton was 13th in 21:53.56, Mara VanOrder 48th in 26:02.7, Clarese Clark 49th in 26:06.3, Katie Parsons 53rd in 26:44.2, Stevie Duey 57th in 32:24.1 and Natalie Belleville 59th in 34:25.8