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All across the state today hundreds of runners are gathering, representing thousands of communities and millions of people. None of them were as unlikely, or as unexpected as the Sexton’s lone qualifier junior sprinter Sierra Bouyer. Normally a 400 runner, Sierra qualified for the state not in her signature event the 400, but in the 100 – her warm up race. Sierra’s time in the regional meet set her apart from her peers, and set her up for a memorable day at the division two meet in Zeeland where she is ranked in the 18th of only 20 women to qualify for the 100 meter dash. A place she never expected, nor intended to be.
“She took second in the 100, and that’s a race we normally use as a warm up for her 400 and surprisingly she not only took second, but going into the final she had the top time for the 100!” Sexton coach, and Sierra’s Dad Coye Bouyer said of her performance. “She’s worked really hard…I don’t think that she loves track – but that she likes it. She knows its what her Dad did and some of her other family did – and it’s the only sport she’s ever done. Over the last couple of years she’s gotten better and better each year and she’s going to states!”
The Bouyer’s family connection isn’t limited to just Dad and daughter – it’s a team mantra. With one of the smallest competing teams in Mid-Michigan, during this covid season the idea of family, and competing as a family, is what every Sexton athlete not only strived for, it’s what they believed in.
“We’re a family. It’s based on the fact that you might not know each other but as the season goes on you to learn to congratulate each other and love each other like a family.” Sexton junior sprinter Charleston Rogers explained. “Family means to be together through thick and thin.”
In a season like none other, being together has led to amazing performances from amazing people. People like Sierra who in the right moment can command the spotlight and earn everyone’s attention, intended or not.
“In the first few years I was kind of reluctant – I really didn’t want to do it but running the 400 is a lot of fun for me, and running the 100 is a lot of fun because I’m learning how to do it. I’m just getting used to it. Either you run like you hate it or you learn to love it.” Sierra said of her journey. “Going to the line (at the regionals) I was anxious and nervous. There were a lot of things going through my mind and I was trying to calm them down…at the beginning of the line that I had to stop and tell myself you can’t think through this – you just have to run it. You have to run it how they taught you.”
And she did,
And she will.
The Lansing Christian Pilgrims women’s soccer team is starting to hit its stride here mid-season, winning their sixth game in a row over Dansville 4-1, in Dansville Friday night. The game was challenging for the Pilgrims both on the field and as a team due to differing factors. They were able to dominate the second half extending a 1-1 halftime tie into the three-goal victory.
“The wind played a big part of it today – it was a strong wind, and we are short probably three girls so we had to figure some things out and in the first half we were struggling to do so. I thought in the second we figured it out and put some good goals in there.”
Dansville played Lansing Christian even in the first half behind solid defense from midfielders Maggie Kodish and senior Ashley Myall. The game changed in the second half when the Pilgrims came out with new adjustments and goals from unexpected players.
“I think came out with a lot of energy and worked as a team and made connections in the middle. Working together in the middle really helped us get us and playing air balls.” Lansing Christian junior Mia Judd commented postgame. “The biggest challenge was being down a lot of players. We are missing a lot of our starters, but some of our players have stepped up these last few days and helped us get some wins.”
Two of those players for the Pilgrims were freshman Madeline Crawford and senior Nessia Brooks, both of whom scored their first varsity goals ever making the game an incredibly special event for those two players.
“Maddy’s a freshman and she’s never really played soccer in her life – she’s a basketball player and a volleyball player and she came out because of her friends. She’s very athletic and very physical. She got on the end of a breakaway and scored, and it was really cool.” Coach VandeKopple said after the game. “Neesia is a senior, so she’s on the far end of the other spectrum and she got her first goal. She didn’t play last year because of covid and the year before that she was on the JV team. She runs track too, so for her. For both of those girls this is something they are going to remember for a long time.
Lansing Christian extends their season record to 6-2-1 and plays St. Johns on the road this week, with Genesse Christian & Stockbridge at home while Dansville moves to 3-4 on the season and takes on Durand and Lakewood at home and is on the road against Fowlerville.
LANSING, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts have signed the Player Development License (PDL) to become the new High-A Central League affiliate for the Oakland Athletics, with the 10-year agreement going into effect as of Wednesday, February 10th.
“We are proud to make this official: We are partnering with the Oakland Athletics’ organization, we are moving up a level in Minor League Baseball, and we are one of the select 120 licensed affiliated Minor League Baseball teams moving forward,” said Lansing Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson. “In doing so, we have ensured that Lansing is the home of affiliated Minor League Baseball for many seasons to come while also hosting the highest standard of baseball Lugnuts fans have ever seen.”
The Oakland Athletics, winners of nine World Series championships and 17 division titles, including the 2020 American League West title, become the fourth affiliate in Lugnuts history, following the Kansas City Royals (1996-1998), Chicago Cubs (1999-2004) and Toronto Blue Jays (2005-2020). Those previous three organizations produced over 150 Major Leaguers, nearly 1700 victories and two Midwest League championships in Lansing.
The Lugnuts will be joined in the High-A Central League’s Eastern Division by the Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Great Lakes Loons, Lake County Captains and West Michigan Whitecaps. The Western Division will comprise the Beloit Snappers, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Peoria Chiefs, Quad Cities River Bandits, South Bend Cubs and Wisconsin Timber Ratttlers.;
“We are excited to unveil this new model, which not only provides a pipeline to the Majors, but continues the Minor Leagues’ tradition of entertaining millions of families in hundreds of communities,” said Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “In modernizing our Minor League system, we prioritized the qualities that make the Minor Leagues such an integral part of our game while strengthening how we develop professional athletes on and off the field. We look forward to demonstrating the best of our game throughout local communities, supporting all those who are working hard to grow the sport, and sharing unrivaled technology and resources with minor league teams and players.”
In moving up from the Low-A to the High-A classification, the Lugnuts will have only the Athletics’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates separating them and Oakland, speeding up the timeline for Nuts players to ascend from Lansing to the Major Leagues.
The Lugnuts’ coaching staff, as announced by Oakland, will feature manager Scott Steinmann, who directed the A’s Double-A affiliate the last two seasons and has 596 career victories as a Minor League manager, joined by pitching coach Don Schulze, hitting coach Javier Godard, assistant hitting coach Anthony Phillips, head athletic trainer Brian “Doc” Thorson and sport performance coach Connor Hughes.
“We cannot wait to welcome Lugnuts fans back to Jackson® Field™ and show our newest players and coaches how special it is to play baseball in Lansing,” said Dickson. “The 2021 season cannot come soon enough.”
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