Sports news in brief


REED CITY – Chad Zagacki was third overall in 17:26 to lead Reed City’s effort last Thursday in the Manistee Invitational.

McKenzie Cornelius was 15th for the Coyotes.

Reed City races Saturday at the Chippewa Hills Invitational.

EVART – The Wildcat boys were first and the girls were seventh in the Montabella Invitational on Friday.

Evart had 27 points in the boys race to hold back Hesperia which had 59.

The Wildcats went one-two-three with Max Hodges, David Zinger and Logan Hammer going 16:35, 16:42 and 16:52. Santana Scott, Zack Douglas and Ryan Tuttle were ninth, 12th and 28th in 18:16, 18:21 and 19:22. Akira Inoue was 30th in 19:43 and Micah Wetters 34th in 19:55.

Top times recorded by the Evart girls were 20:49 by Grace Hamilton, 23:26 by Mara VanOrder, 25:01 by Kaitlyn Parsons, 27:06 by Stevie Duey and 27:21 by Natalie Belleville.

“Both teams ran excellent despite having a very hard week in practice,” said Evart coach Andy Eichelberger.

The Wildcats will run at the Chippewa Hills Invitational on Saturday.

LEROY – Pine River’s boys JV cross country team ran at the Morley Stanwood Invitational on Friday and was led by Brady Long in 20:47 and Kyle Nixon in 20:55 for personal best times.

The varsity team girls was at the MCE Cardinal Classic on Thursday and took second place with 61 points behind Ludington with 37.

Deyvn Powell was first in 19:30 and Erica Loop eighth in 22:48. Also for the Bucks, Jasmine Blackrick, Suzanna Johnson and Zee Orange-Moored were 10th, 18th and 24th in 22:51, 24:52 and 25.26.

“The top four girls ran personal best times to bring home a second place trophy for the second meet in a row,” noted coach Ross Vrieze. “The girls showed great teamwork as they were missing two of their usual top five runners to another school commitment.”

For the boys, Pine River and Ludington both had 37 points. Trevor Holmes was second in 16:51 and Greg Schaefer was sixth in 17:45.


LEROY – Pine River won 7-0 over Forest Area at Fife Lake on Oct. 9. Pine River scored three goals in the first half and four in the second. Goalkeeper Eric Martin had seven saves while Josh Gostlin and Ethan Crawford had one apiece. Pine River had a 22-7 shots advantage.

Nate Millen scored two goals for the Bucks while Dustin Ecker, Cole Gingrich, Cuyler Huffman, Martin and Schroeder Vanderhoof netted one apiece.

“The team communicated and passed the ball very well,” said Pine River coach Jenny Hoaglund.


MORLEY – Pine River lost in the semifinals of the Morley Stanwood Invitational on Saturday.

In pool play, the Bucks lost to Morley Stanwood 21-25, 25-23, 25-19 and beat Perry 25-18, 25-17. In bracket play, the Bucks defeated McBain 25-14, 25-22 and lost to White Cloud 25-22, 25-11.

For the Bucks, Kassy Nelson had 13 kills, 36 digs and five blocks; Cayman Gatt was credited with 11 kills and 34 digs and Jamie Justin had 10 kills, six blocks and eight aces. Also, Elizabeth Whitley had 38 assists, 10 kills and 19 digs; Alexis Stokely added 24 assists and 18 digs and Christie Nelson had 39 digs and five aces.

“Overall, we played well,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “We had a great start which is something the girls had a a goal for this tournament. We played well and really worked as a team until the end. I think in the second game against White Cloud, we beat ourselves. They did a good job of taking advantage of our miss communications. The girls are hungry for a tourney win and hope to get one next weekend.”

Pine River is 30-15-2 overall.