Top Osceola sports moments of 2012
The sports season in 2012 was a memorable sport season for many reasons, but 10 of them are listed below as being considered the top stories of the year.
1. SAMI MICHELL FOUR-TIME STATE CHAMP
It had only been done one other time but Sami Michell became the second individual female athlete in state high school history to win four open events at the state track finals in any division. She did her four at Comstock Park in the Division 3 finals.
But she did more than just take first place in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, the long jump and the 200-meter dash.
The Reed City junior also became a three-time state champ in the 100 meter hurdles, and a two-time state titlist in the long jump and 300 meter hurdles.
She set Division 3 records in both hurdles and the long jump and also the all-divisions record in the 300 hurdles.
But more impressively, by winning her last event of the day, the 200-meter dash, for the first time in her three-year career, Michell became a four-time state champion in individual events.
“I was so excited I could probably cry,” Michell smiled after winning the 200.
Michell has one season left but she’ll be coming off an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in the volleyball preseason. She had surgery in September, and has been waiting for the greenlight to start getting ready for the 2013 season.
2. EVART BOYS TRACK FIRST STATE TITLE
It went down to the wire at Gobles High School, but at the end, the Evart Wildcats were holding a Division 4 boys state championship trophy.
Athletic director and assistant track coach Randy Kruse said it’s the only state title, according to available records, that he’s aware of that an Evart team has ever won.
The Wildcats scored 910 points at the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) state team meet to take the state title for the first time in school history.
Evart had a strong performance in the day’s final event, the 1,600-meter relay, which coach Jim Crawford said sealed the Wildcats’ state title.
At the MITCA meet, all participants from a school in an event receive a certain number of points depending on their performance and that placing is recorded in the team totals.
In Division 4, Summerfield was second to Evart with 879 points while Sand Creek was third at 878.
3. REED CITY FOOTBALL 9-0 FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON
Conference titles and 9-0 seasons are nice, but Reed City has bigger goals.
It showed. The unbeaten Coyotes routed Manistee 48-14 in a Division 5 first-round playoff game to move one win away from the program’s first district title.
In the second week the playoffs, the Coyotes were hopeful of another win over Newaygo for a district title. The Coyotes had beaten Newaygo during a Central State Activities Association game earlier in the season.
Jacob Vincent was the Pioneeer Dream Team defensive player of the year.
A 30-29 loss to Newaygo ended the team’s hopes of making the third round of the playoffs. The Coyotes ended at 10-1.
“We had an outstanding group of kids who had an outstanding year,” said Reed City coach Monty Price.
4. EVART CROSS COUNTRY SECOND IN STATE
Evart celebrated a second-place team finish and also the No. 2 runner in the state to highlight area accomplishments at the state cross country meet in early November at Michigan International Speedway.
David Zinger fired in at second place individually in 15:52.8 as his team took second with 100 points behind Concord, which had 61.
It was his last race as a senior and Zinger was happy with his performance.
“It’s a pretty good way to go out,” Zinger said. “We thought we’d get top four. We had no idea.”
For team scoring, Max Hodges was seventh in 16:21.1, Logan Hammer 12th in 16:30.5, Santana Scott 22nd in 16:54.1, Zach Douglas 57th in 17:41.9 Ryan Tuttle was 77th in 18:07.3 and Akira Inoue 149th in 19:30.1
With all runners combined, Zinger was second while Hodges was ninth, Hammer 19th, Scott 36th and Douglas 97th.
5. REED CITY SOFTBALL A STATE QUARTERFINALIST
Christine Sharon allowed only two baserunners, struck out 14 batters and retired the last 17 in a row to lead Gladstone to an 8-0 Division 3 quarterfinal victory over Reed City. While Gladstone, 26-5-1, advances to the state semifinals on Friday in Battle Creek, the Coyotes’ season ends at 29-10. The Coyotes won district and regional titles to get to the quarterfinal round.
Reed City got off to a slow start, but made some defensive changes that seemed to do the trick.
“It felt good to get this far,” said Reed City right-hander Courtney Morgan, one of five seniors on the team, along with Sydni Arnold, McDonald, Amanda Steig and Ally Stieg.
6. JOE OEHRLI BOYS TRACK CHAMP
Reed City’s Joe Oehrli won the 1,600 in 4:19.14 over Chase Barnett of Mason County Central in 4:19.82 He was hoping to make it 2-for-2 but narrowly lost the 800-meter run to Zach Zingheim of Lansing Catholic who had a 1:55.97. Oehrli’s time was 1:56.29.
The Coyote 1,600-meter relay foursome of Eric Reed to Eric Bradford to Michael Bradford to Oehrli was second in 3:25.56, losing first by almost a full second to Lansing Catholic.
“I was happy with the 1,600,” Oehrli said. “The 800 I was disappointed with. I got cut off for the win (by Zingheim). I was finishing and the guy cut me off. I got spiked. We filed an appeal and so did the third place guy but (Zingheim) didn’t get DQed.”
7. DEVYN POWELL GIRLS TRACK CHAMP
At the Division 3 state meet, Devyn Powell got all of Pine River’s points with her first-place time in the 400-meter run of 57.77. She said at the 100-meter mark is when she was confident of victory. Angela Ritter of Frankenmuth was second in 58.15.
“Two girls were in front of me and I can normally tell once I start getting my kick if I can get them or not,” she said. “At least by the 50 meters, I knew I could get them so I gave it all I had.”
Powell, a sophomore took fourth last season.
8. REED CITY VOLLEYBALL IN REGIONAL FINALS
Even before the season started, the Coyotes would lose their top hitter, Sami Michell to an anterior cruciate ligament injury. By the end of the season, the Coyotes were rolling and posted a district title victory with a win over Chippewa Hills in the Class B district finals at Clare.
Reed City swept Belding in the regional semifinals at Newaygo but lost to Whitehall in the finals. Jacolyn Mullins, Emma Lockhart and Kalee Hensel were among the standout players for the Coyotes.
9. EVART FOOTBALL WINS FIRST PLAYOFF GAME
Jared Pattee figured out what was going to happen on what proved to be Evart’s biggest defensive play of the game.
With Carson City-Crystal trailing by four points and just over two minutes to play, the Eagles had a fourth and nine at the Evart 34. On a misdirection play, Will Beedy seemed to have enough for the first down but was stopped by Pattee to preserve a 16-12 Evart victory in the Division 7 predistrict.
The Wildcats, 8-3, secured the school’s first playoff win and played at Lake City in the district finals but lost to the Trojans for the second time this season. A win over McBain during the regular season was a pivotal turning point for the Wildcats, whose only other loss was to Division 8 runner-up Beal City.
10. BOYS BASKETBALL WINS TITLE, KAILING RESIGNS
Jesse Kailing had a highly successful basketball coaching career at Reed City but decided to step away from his duties following the 2012-13 season and focus on other areas.
Prior to taking the position 12 years ago, Kailing also served a six-year stint as junior varsity or freshman coach. His 12 Reed City teams had a .700 winning percentage and won six conference championships. This past season, the Coyotes were Central State Activities Association co-champions with Big Rapids and lost to the Cardinals in the district finals.
Jared Holmquist graduated from the program after a stellar three years.