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REED CITY– Reed City’s volleyball team was 2-2 Saturday at the McBain Invitational. The Coyotes beat Manton 21-15, 21-12, lost to Ludington 21-15, 21-17, defeated Roscommon 21-19, 21-17 and lost to Kingsley 25-20, 25-22. Heather Tacey had four aces, 19 digs and 45 assists for the Coyotes while Jacolyn Mullins had two aces, 14 kills and 23 digs; Alaina Woodard delivered six kills and four blocks; Brittani Yarger had nine aces; Emma Lockhart had four aces, eight kills and 33 digs; Michaela Reed collected 12 kills and four blocks; Kalee Hensel had 34 digs and one ace; Kayla Davis collected six kills and an ace; Natalie Westhoff had 23 kills and eight blocks and Karah Hensel had 17 digs and two aces. In a double dual on Thursday, Reed City beat Suttons Bay 25-15, 25-16 and lost to host Mason County Central 25-18, 26-28, 17-15. Reed City is 20-14 and plays Wednesday at Chippewa Hills.  
PINE RIVER MCBAIN — Pine River’s volleyball team reached the finals of the McBain Invitational before falling to Ludington on Saturday. The Bucks defeated Harrison (21-9, 21-9) and Mason County Eastern (21-19, 21-16) before falling to McBain in pool play (21-11, 23-21). Pine River then defeated McBain Northern Michigan Christian (25-21, 25-13) and McBain (25-21, 25-19) in the playoffs before falling to Ludington 26-24, 25-21. Pine River coach Jana Dennis was happy with her team’s play on Saturday despite falling in the final. “We came into this tournament with the goal of making it to finals,” she said. “We played well throughout the day and getting in finals. We faced a tough McBain team in semis who had gotten the best of us in pool play. With some adjustments we were able to take them down and meet Ludington. The fight we gave Ludington was a great one.” Pine River (26-13-2) was led by Jamie Justin, who had 22 kills and 11 blocks on the afternoon, while Cayman Gatt added 19 kills and 61 digs. Elizabeth Whitley had 12 kills, 46 assists and 30 digs, while Kassy Nelson chipped in 16 kills and 40 digs. Christie Nelson added 70 digs and served 24-for-24 at the line.   Pine River 2, Glen Lake 0
GLEN LAKE — The Pine River volleyball team rolled to a pair of non-conference victories Thursday. The Bucks defeated Maple City Glen Lake 25-2, 25-5 before beating Northport 25-8, 25-11. “(Thursday) the girls wanted to prove a point,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “The point being that they can consistently play at a higher level. They did just that.”   Pine River 3, Marion 2 MARION – Pine River snuck past Marion in Highland Conference action on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 25-10, 25-27, 25-19, 22-15, 15-0. Cayman Gatt had 12 kills, 12 digs and four aces for Pine River while Jamie Justin had 12 kills and five blocks, Christie and Kassy Nelson led defensively with 18 and 16 digs apiece and Elizabeth Whitley had 26 assists, four kills, 11 digs and four aces. She also served every point in the fifth game. “I felt that we came out strong in game one and never looked back from the first point to the last of that game, “ said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “However, Marion is an improving team and they came out strong in game 2 and kept us on our heels for a good portion. By the time we got to game 5 we wanted to prove a point and I think we did just that. “Jamie Justin really stepped up her game tonight and worked the floor extremely well. We knew that Marion was going to be a tough team for us to beat because of the scouting we had done. Our girls did a great job stepping up to the challenge and getting it done.”  


LEROY — The Pine River boys soccer team won its third straight contest with a 5-4 shootout victory over Gladwin on Thursday. The Flying G’s led 3-1 at the intermission, but the Bucks scored three times in the second half to send the game into overtime. Nate Millen and Cuyler Huffman each scored a pair of goals for Pine River, while Eric Martin had three assists.  


REED CITY WHITE CLOUD – Reed City’s Chad Zagacki finished third overall on Sept. 25 in the Central State Activities Association jamboree at White Cloud. Also for Reed City, Drake Walker was 28th in 20:58 and Matt McGahey 33rd in 21:13. For Reed City, McKenzie Cornelius was 14th in 23:35, Hannah Cowsert 72nd in 33:29 and Mariah Cowsert 73rd in 37:06.   PINE RIVER CARSON CITY – Pine River’s boys team was 10th among 19 schools in its division of the Don Baese Carson City-Crystal Invitational on Saturday. Trevor Holmes finished 11th in 16:58 for the Pine River attack. Kyle Nixon in 21:07, Tony Moore in 19:13, Chris TerBergh in 18:36 and Elliot VanDrummel in 18:28.9 ran personal best times. The girls took 13th place. Devyn Powell was 22nd in 20:33 for the Bucks. Powell, along with Jasmine Blackrick in 23:21 and Suzanna Johnson in 26:59 ran seasonable best times.