By: Mark Feather
GRAND LEDGE -- A lot has happened in 31-years of Greater Lansing Cross Country Championship meets. One thing that had not happened was the inclusion of the boys Haslett Cross Country team to the list of the prestigious race’s champions.
The Vikings placed five team members among the top-40 runners overall to earn the championship with a low-score of 105 points Saturday at Ledge Meadows Golf Course .
“We definitely had a game plan coming into it,” said Haslett coach Mike Homan. “We had three guys in the top 15, that’s tough to beat.”
“It was an incredible run today. We don’t have an absolute burner but we have team chemistry and our guys are willing to sacrifice for each other.” Senior Stephen Henry had the highest finish from the title-winning Vikings crew, placing 9th overall with a time of 16:30.9.
Sophomore Espen Lehnst (12th) and senior Danny Ezzo (15th) were also amongst the top-15 finishers. Senior Joseph Ecklund (30) and sophomore Graham Foster (39) capped off the scoring for the Vikings.
“It was obviously our goal, we knew we were seeded first,” said Henry “We just focused on getting in there, hitting our spots and running our times. There were a lot of good teams right there with us.”
Holt senior runner Alex Penski also etched his name into the first-place record books, taking individual honors with a meet-best time of 15.35.51 after placing runner-up in the meet one year ago”
“The goal was to do whatever I needed to do to win,” Penski said. “I held back a little bit the first two miles just to make sure I would have enough for a kick at the end.” And kick it up a notch, he did.
Penski’s time was 22 seconds faster than the second-place finish by East Lansing senior Andrew Lane.
Lansing Catholic senior Jayden Theis was equally dominating in girls race which took place 40 minutes before the boys competition with a race-time temperature of a soggy 36 degrees (F).Her time of 17:59.2 was 24 seconds faster than runner-up junior Kaitlyn Hynes of DeWitt.
“It was pretty muddy out there, my feet are soaked and temperature-wise it was not ideal for me,” Theis said. “I was out there for place, knowing time wouldn’t be as good in these conditions which it wasn’t.”
The girls overall team championship was taken by the DeWitt Panthers who’s team-low score of 141 was 25 points better than second-place Mason.
“We knew we we’re gonna be in the top five and we knew we could run with anybody here,” said DeWitt coach Ron Womboldt. “We had some freshmen that had to come through and low-and-behold they did.”
Freshmen Faith Lutz (35th) and Kyra Shadduck (71) provided the spark the Panther’s needed to take the title. Junior Elsa Rusthoven (11th) Sophomore Grace Hungerford (33rd) added to Hynes second-place finish to round out the scoring for DeWitt.
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Photo Credit: M. Feather
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Holt senior Alex Penski finished second at the Greater Lansing Cross Country Championships last year. He was determined to win it this time around and he did with a time of 15:35.1
Here’s Penski on preparing to win this years race. (Vid. Credit M. Feather)
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DeWitt 35 Grand Ledge 15
East Lansing 33 Everett 0
Holt 12 Waverly 0
North Farmington 48 Okemos 0
Fowlerville 21 St. Johns 20
Haslett 8 Lansing Eastern 6
Mason 20 Williamston 9
Charlotte 16 Eaton Rapids 13
Portland 35 Ionia 0
Pewamo-Westphalia 42 Dansville 0
Laingsburg 34 Fulton 6
Bath 42 Potterville 0
Fowler 50 Saranac 13
Olivet 42 LO Lakewood 0
Stockbridge 24 Perry 19
Morrice 52 IA Flint 0
DeWitt 4-1 5-2
East Lansing 3-1 5-2
Grand Ledge 2-2 2-5
Holt 3-1 5-2
Everett 2-3 3-4
Waverly 1-3 3-4
Okemos 0-4 1-6
Mason 5-0 7-0
Fowlerville 4-1 6-1
St. Johns 3-2 4-3
Williamston 2-3 4-3
Haslett 1-4 2-5
Lans.Eastern 0-5 1-6
Portland 5-0 7-0
Lsng Cath 4-1 6-1
Sexton 3-2 3-4
Eaton Rpds. 1-4 2-5
Ionia 1-4 2-5
Charlotte 1-4 1-6
BY: Mark Feather
POTTERVILLE - It may be smack dab in the middle of conference play but both the Dansville and Potterville High School volleyball teams have their eyes set on the future. “We want to win in districts,” said Dansville Coach Rashonda Schild. “We’re having a good season and we are really happy with the way we’ve been playing. That’s the goal”
Potterville coach Trisha Vandermoere said her team is also looking for a win in the postseason and both coaches have been quite pleased with their play in the Central Michigan Activities Conference.
Dansville Aggies (18-14-2, 2-4 CMAC) defeated the Potterville Vikings (12-12-1, 2-4 CMAC) 3-1 Wednesday in a tightly contested matchup throughout. The Aggies took the first two games, 25-20 and 25-22 before the Vikings could force a game 4 with a 25-23 victory of their own.
“We we’re doing all the right things, we just weren’t able to finish points late in the game,” said Vandermoere. Potterville fought tooth and nail in the final set of the night despite Dansville jumping out a 7-0 lead. The Vikings were able to tie the score up on three occasions late in the game before succumbing to a 25-23 Aggie win.
“We forced that fourth game and we were playing good but I think we lost some communication towards the end,” said Potterville sophomore hitter Morgan Good, who finished with 14 kills and three blocks on the night. Dansville sophomore setter Jenna Schild said her team was communicating well all game and had an excellent night passing the ball.
“That was a good win, we wanted the sweep but they played well,” said Schild, the coach’s daughter who finished 14 aces and 32 assists. Potterville sophomore setter Madelyn Geisenhaver had an outstanding game for the Vikings, finishing with 28 assists and a team-high 8 digs. Aggie sophomore Erin Sherwood led the effort up front for the Dansville, finishing with team highs in Kills (12) and blocks (3). District play is scheduled to be played Nov. 4-9.
Dansville Coach Rashonda Schild postgame after the Aggies win over Potterville.
(vid. credit M. Feather)
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Oct. 10 – Bowling and boys lacrosse tournament events again drew record-breaking attendance totals during the 2018-19 school year as a total of 1,385,710 fans attended Michigan High School Athletic Association postseason competitions for which attendance is recorded.
The MHSAA Bowling Tournament – including Regionals and Finals for girls and boys – set an attendance record for the eighth consecutive season last winter with 14,507 fans, including a record 10,124 for Regional competition. Boys lacrosse, which also begins postseason play at the Regional level, set a record for the third straight season this spring with 13,854 fans – with records also at the Regional level of 8,894 fans and Quarterfinal round with 1,911.
The MHSAA annually tracks attendance for all sports except golf, skiing and tennis – for which admission typically is not charged. The 2018-19 grand total saw a decrease of just less than a half percent from 2017-18. While boys tournament event attendance was down 1.1 percent, or nearly 11,000 fans, girls tournament event attendance saw a 1.3-percent increase to 448,735, nearly 6,000 more fans than the year before.
A total of 17 sports saw increases in attendance for at least one round of tournament play. Three girls sports – basketball, competitive cheer and soccer – and also baseball saw increases in attendance for three rounds of the postseason. Girls volleyball, softball, boys basketball, football, ice hockey and both the team and individual wrestling tournaments saw attendance rise for at least two rounds of play compared to 2017-18.
Seven sports saw overall attendance increases from 2017-18. Girls Basketball, thanks in part to its best Regional attendance since 2001-02, was up 3.5 percent for the entire tournament at 164,166 fans. Cheer, with 27,697 fans for its postseason, was up 6.4 percent. Girls Soccer, with 27,689 fans, was up 1.5 percent for its entire playoffs.
Baseball saw overall postseason attendance increase 5.4 percent to 47,116 fans, and team wrestling was up 5.0 percent with 30,626 fans – including its highest total (15,089) for District competition since 2011-12. Girls and boys cross country – run together on the same days at the same sites – continued its recent surge with more than 19,000 total fans for the third straight season, its total of 19,799 last fall an increase of 1.1 percent from the previous year.
Despite a slight decrease in overall playoff attendance of 1.2 percent, football again drew the most fans of any MHSAA postseason with 348,585. That total was highlighted by a 12.7-percent increase at the Pre-District level for the 11-player tournament and a 22.8-percent jump for the Semifinal round, both 11 and 8-player combined. The Semifinals drew their most fans since 2014-15. Boys basketball was the next most attended sport with 310,696 fans at postseason games, a decrease of just a quarter of a percent from 2017-18. The boys basketball attendance was highlighted but its best Regional turnout in four years and its best Quarterfinal attendance since 2012-13.
Basketball was the most attended girls sport for postseason play, with volleyball (105,128) also reaching six figures for the sixth straight year. Volleyball enjoyed its highest Regional and Quarterfinal attendance both since 2015-16.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.4 million spectators each year.
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WYOMING, Mich - Great Lakes Christian College (1-7, 0-3) took their lumps on the road at Grace Christian, losing 16-0 to their rivals on Wednesday. Grace took the lead in the 14th minute and never looked back, ripping off 11 first-half goals. After the half, the Tigers still did not give up a single shot and added five more goals in a 16-0 win. Great Lakes took no shots in the game, Grace took 51 shots, 32 on target.
Up Next: Great Lakes will take on Fairhaven Baptist, whom they defeated 2-1 a week ago, on the road on Friday at 5:00 Eastern in Chesterton, Ind.
ADRIAN, MI--On Saturday at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Jamboree #3 contested at the Lenawee Country Club, the host Adrian College men's golf team turned in its finest effort with a third-place finish and 301 combined score, both season bests.
Sophomore Jackson Tellerico tied his career-low of 73 for a fifth-place tie overall out of 50 golfers, setting the tone for the Bulldogs who saw six student-athletes shoot in the 70s and record three top-20 finishes. The rest of the Adrian lineup included freshman Trevor Benoit (74, T-8th); junior Brett McGugan (76, T-17th); senior Nolan Duda (78, T-24th); and freshman Jack Johnson (80, 33rd). Benoit set a career-low score for seven rounds and best finish in five events.
In addition, freshman Joe Kowatch (77, T-21st), junior Noah Kosal (78, T-24th), freshman Ryan Pinho (83, T-39th) and sophomore Grant Terris (91, 50th) represented Adrian as individuals. Kowatch eclipsed his previous career-best round in his second AC event by seven strokes. Trine University swept the team and individual titles again as the Thunder shot a combined 286 and Cameron Ruge was the medalist with a 2-under-69. - Story & photo courtesy of Adrian College Athletics
CHICAGO, IL – Kiehl Smith, Adam Ditri and Aaron Weimer finished among the top 23 runners as Albion College surged to eighth place out of 31 teams in the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday. The top three Britons were separated by just 39 seconds at the finish. Smith was sixth in the field of 274 runners, reaching the finish line in 26:09.03. Ditri was 20th (26:37.97) and Weimer was 23rd (26:48.43).
The Britons next meet is the Inter-Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio, on Oct. 19.
-Story and Photo Courtesy of Albion Athletics. Follow @AlbionXCTF on Twitter for more information about the Albion cross country program. General athletics news can be found on Facebook (facebook.com/albionathletics), Instagram (AlbionAthletics) and Twitter (@GoBrits)
MANCHESTER, IN. - The Alma College women's soccer team took down Manchester University (IN) 4-0 on Saturday (Sept. 28) afternoon. The Scots improve to 5-2-1 with the win. Alma got goals from Makenzie Rajewski (Midland, Mich. / Midland), Lexi Russell (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston High School), Lily Stephan (DeWitt, Mich. / DeWitt High School) and Paige Messick (Midland, Mich. / Herbert Henry Dow High School). Emma Vrooman (Farmington Hills, Mich. / Farmington Hills Harrison) earned her first career win with two saves in 45 minutes of action.
Rajewski got Alma on the board within seven minutes of the game starting. Russell followed that up with a goal in the 20th minute to give the Scots a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Stephan tallied the game's third goal in the 53rd minute on a penalty kick. Messick had the last goal off an assist from Taylor LeMasters (Minnetrista, Minn. / Waconia). Alma led in every statistical category. It outshot the Spartans 21-4, earned six more corner kicks (8-2), and committed four fewer fouls (9-5). The Scots return to the pitch on Tuesday (Oct. 1) when they travel to Angola, Ind. to face Trine University. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. - Story and Photo Courtesy of Alma Athletics
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Calvin opened its 2019-20 dual match season with a 6-3 loss to NAIA member IU-Kokomo Friday afternoon inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center. Thunderstorms throughout West Michigan forced play to be moved indoors. IU-Kokomo (7-4) took a 2-1 lead after doubles play, winning at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Calvin's No. 1 doubles tandem of sophomore Maria Poortenga (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Alexis Bonner (Alto, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) winning 8-2.
In singles play, sophomore Grace Brown (Middleville, Mich./Thornapple-Kellogg HS) was a 6-2, 7-5 winner at No. 3 singles while Bonner was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 4 singles. The visiting Panthers took the remaining singles point including three-set super tiebreaker wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles to claim the victory.
"I am pleased with our effort, we just came up a little short," said Calvin women's tennis coach Kevin VanHaitsma. "We are working some new players into the lineup and some of our returning players are also in new positions. We are in a bit of a transition process but I like the direction we are headed. Also give credit to IU-Kokomo. They have some talented players, came in and adjusted to the indoor surface and came away with the win. Now we turn our attention to offseason improvement before we move back into the heart of our season."
NEXT UP: Calvin will now break until February 27 when it hosts Cornerstone at 6 p.m. inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center
-Story and Photo Courtesy of Calvin Athletics
by Alan Babbitt
The Rivalry taught a young and promising Hope College volleyball team more about the level of play the Flying Dutch are striving to reach.
The 19th-ranked Flying Dutch fell in three sets to second-ranked Calvin University on Saturday in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 1,483.
Hope battled back in the second and third sets before dropping the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association match, 25-12, 25-22, 25-23. The Flying Dutch fell to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in MIAA play.
Photo by Lynne Powe
"We are grateful for The Rivalry. Being in those types of pressure situations is the heart of what competitive athletics is about," head coach Becky Schmidt said. "In this type of match, there is a certain mentality you need to bring, and that mentality was not consistent for us. It's not how we started out of the match. It was not how we finished the match.
"There were some times Calvin played with it. There were times we did. We need to find that a little more consistently." In the 117th Hope-Calvin volleyball match, Calvin jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first set and a 6-0 lead in the second set.
The Flying Dutch did not take a lead until the third set. They were up 16-13 in the third set before the Knights rallied with 12 of the final 19 points to close out the match. Calvin outhit Hope .270 to .202 with a plus-12 advantage in total kills.
Sophomore outside hitter Ana Grunewald of Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS) totaled 11 kills to lead the Flying Dutch.
Sophomore middle hitter McKenna Otto of Wheaton, Illinois (Wheaton North) chipped in eight kills for Hope. Calvin's Sarah DeVries recorded a game-high 16 kills and 22 assists. The Knights are now 12-1 overall and 1-0 in MIAA play. The Flying Dutch's next match is Tuesday, October 8 against Kalamazoo College at DeVos Fieldhouse.
CHICAGO, IL. - The Kalamazoo College women's cross country team finished 17th at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday. Anna Varitek led the Hornets with a time of 20:11 to finish 53rd overall. Rachael Gallap came in 63rd with a time of 20:19. Gwendolyn Flatland (152, 22:12), Kathryn LeVasseur (170, 22:42), and Rachel Cornell (196, 23:10) were the other top five finishers for Kalamazoo.
The Hornets are scheduled to be back in action next Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Louisville Classic. Photo by Kimberly Moss, courtesy of Kalamazoo College Athletics
LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Ignite FC will host Greenville Triumph SC in the Semifinals of the 2019 USL League One Playoffs, with the match kicking off at 7 p.m. ET from Cooley Law School Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12. Lansing finished in second place in the 2019 USL League One regular season with a 12-6-10 (W-L-D) record, scoring the second-most goals (49) across the league.
ABOUT GREENVILLE TRIUMPH SC
Greenville Triumph SC finished the regular season in third with a 12-9-7 record, recording the most clean sheets (13) and conceding the fewest goals (22) in the league. Led by Chairman Joe Erwin, President Chris Lewis and Chief Brand Officer and Vice Chairman Doug Erwin, Triumph SC was officially founded on March 13, 2018. U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame member John Harkes is the Head Coach of the team, which plays its 2019 home matches at Legacy Early College.
Lansing Ignite FC will host Greenville Triumph SC in the Semifinals of the 2019 USL League One Playoffs.
Saturday, Oct. 12
7 p.m. ET
Cooley Law School Stadium