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DeWitt Makes 40-7 Statement Over St. Johns for District Football Championship



Defense Leads Lansing Catholic Football to First District Title in Three Years


Haslett Volleyball Wins District Championship!


Emme Koutz Becomes Ovid-Elsie's First Four Time Female Cross Country State Qualifier


DeWitt Wins District Championship Over St. Johns

By Mark Feather

 "Act like you've been here before,"...

Words shouted by a DeWitt assistant coach as his players struggled with spacing in the team's lineup for the postgame District Championship trophy presentation following a 40-7 win over St John's on Friday.
But been here, they have. DeWitt won their schools' 16th district championship and 13th under Coach Rob Zimmerman. That's now four in a row, for a team one year removed from a spot in the Division 3 state Semifinal.  

"There are only eight of us left now," Zimmerman said. "Every game in the playoffs is tough and the further you go the tougher they get." 

St. Johns coach Andy Schmitt found out exactly how tough, as his Redwings could muster just 135 yards offense. "They are as fast and physical as they come, especially in that front seven," said Schmitt, a first-year St. Johns coach, who stood at the end of a long line of coaches and program personnel to exchange hugs with the Redwings' seniors after the game.

It was an emotional moment for Schmitt,  who took a minute of solace to breathe, wipe his eyes and regain his composure after his final players' embrace. "Looking back you have to feel really good about what we did, we have a great group of kids...," said Schmitt, still taken with emotion. The only emotion after the game for DeWitt's Andrew Schorfhaar was one of pure jubilation. The senior quarterback accounted for 237 of the Panthers 323 yards of offense.

His 104 yards on the ground and 133 passing were even more impressive considering the fact he was done shortly after halftime. "That doesn't happen very often, that was sorta nice," said Schorfhaar of handing off his duties to junior signal-caller Grant Uyl. Nine players ran the ball in total for the Panthers and five players caught passes as DeWitt was able to execute in racking up 22 first downs on the night.
"We had the right mentality coming into this game and we knew had to do and that was to keep scoring," said Schorfharr. 

DeWitt (9-2) will play at host Edwardsburg (11-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Eddies won the Division 4 state championship last year and are making their first appearance in Division 3 tournament. Edwardsburg defeated Zeeland West 16-2 Friday.  


DeWitt Celebrates Winning 2019 District Championship

Defense Leads Lansing Catholic Football to District Title

By Noe Hernandez

Someone had an idea for a victory banner before Lansing Catholic’s district championship football game against Portland on Friday. The message? NOT THIS TIME!! Yes, in all caps. And the Cougars sent to Portland to accomplish the feat were paying attention.

Lansing Catholic shut out the Red Raiders 21-0 on Friday with a defensive performance for the ages to avenge two straight district title game losses, and a one-point loss at home to Portland earlier this season.

The Cougars held up the banner for a team photo after their victory.

“I’m extremely happy for the kids, they worked so hard for it,” Lansing Catholic coach Jim Ahern said. “I really think this was a defensive win tonight. I think our defense played outstanding tonight and they held them in check, and that’s a really good offense.

“To hold them down like they did defensively was really special,” he added. The Cougars will play at home against Kalamazoo United this Friday for a regional title. Sam Edwards led Lansing Catholic’s defensive stars with 10 tackles, five of them solos. Nate Biergans’ seven tackles included five solos. Nate Wilcox, Bo Poljan and Mason Knippen each had three tackles and assisted on numerous others.

Game statisticians also credited Mitch Raphael and Daniel Magaway with two-and-a-half tackles each. Will Gruber received credit for two solo tackles. The other defensive stars included Michael Cherry, Stewart Alvarado, Zach Gillespie, Zack Stone and Alex Watters. Edwards lauded his teammates for their defensive play.

“It’s just trusting my brothers,” he said about the win. “It’s just trusting the guys next to me, trusting my coaches (that) they’re going to give me the calls. We prepared well all week. Our coach called a great game.”

The Cougar offense scored a touchdown in each of the last three quarters. Raphael ran the ball in from eight yards out and Jonah Richards kicked the extra point through the uprights with 4 minutes and 38 seconds left in the second quarter to begin the scoring. Lansing Catholic led 7-0 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Gillespie, a senior quarterback, connected with Vince Salquist on a 46-yard pass to bring the Cougars within one yard of the end zone. Gillespie then ran it in on the very next play to give his team a 13-0 lead. Richards again made good on the extra point to make it 14-0. Gillespie scored the final TD with 8:47 left in the game on a 20-yard scamper down the right side. Richards’ kick made it 21-0.

“I’m beyond excited,” Gillespie said after the game. “I can’t stop smiling right now, it’s the greatest feeling ever. I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life, it’s crazy.”


Haslett Volleyball Wins District

By Steve Parker

The road through the Perry bracket in the 2019 volleyball districts proved to be relatively smooth for Haslett, leading up to Thursday's district final against Chelsea. After completing 3-0 sweeps against both the host Ramblers and the Durand Railroaders two days later, a confident Vikings team completed a perfect journey to the title, taking all three sets from the Bulldogs, 25-13, 25-13, 25-9. 

Haslett earned its first Regional berth under second-year coach Tennille Whitmore, who credited preparation as the key to Haslett's success during the week. "We took time to analyze the teams, and to line up our strengths with theirs. Tonight we had some great swings both from the outside and middle," Whitemore said.

One of those matchups proved to be a pair of No. 11’s: Haslett’s senior middle/outside hitter Olivia Sabec, who was a force both on the block and offensively for the Vikings, and Chelsea’s Kayla Munson.

The Vikings were rarely challenged over the course of the match, and trailed only once, 1-0 to start the second set.  In the opening set, Haslett used a 7-1 run to stretch a 13-10 lead to more comfortable 20-11 advantage. Two aces by senior Sydni Maloney and a pair of powerful kills by Sabec keyed the run. 

The Vikings duplicated their 25-13 opening set score in second, but service points proved important for both teams during the set, with aces coming from Haslett’s senior Anna Porritt and junior Ashley Holcomb, and Perry’s Munson and junior Lauren Allison.

But after Allison’s service ace drew Perry to within 19-12 in the second set, Haslett once again went on the attack, with kills from Porritt and junior Dara Willhite and a perfectly timed dink over the block from junior hitter Sierra Barron. Holcomb served out the set as the Vikings took the last three points. Chelsea’s biggest challenge to Haslett’s streak of set wins came in the third, when a hitting error pulled the Bulldogs to within 8-6. 

“Honestly a lot of it is mental,” Sabec said in describing Haslett’s slow start in the third set. 

“(But) we started to communicate, and when the talking goes up, the confidence goes up. (I) try to keep a positive attitude, and not think about mistakes for even a second.”

From a slim two-point lead, the Vikings began to click in every phase of its game, going on a 17-3 tear and putting an exclamation point on the night. It began with a dink from Barron, and another winner on a combined block by Willhite and Porritt after a long rally. Junior Ali Krist followed soon after with a well-placed winner to make it 14-7. 

Maloney took over the serve at 17-9, she did not relinquish it as Haslett closed out the set, match and district title on a 9-0 run – the final point on an ace. “It takes confidence,” Maloney said. “We knew if we got them out of system that would be important.” The Vikings next travel to Onstead, in a Nov. 12 Regional opener against the Parma Western Panthers.


Ovid Elsie's Emme Koutz Drives Her Own CCx Legacy

By: Dawn Parker

OVID-ELSIE – Girls on the Run started everything off.

The popular program for pre-teen girls, which builds self-esteem and confidence through activities that include running, got Ovid-Elsie senior Emme Koutz involved in cross-country and track. Koutz blossomed into a fierce competitor, recently becoming the first female Marauder runner to be a four-time cross-country state meet qualifier. She concluded her high school career Nov. 2 at the Division 3 meet in Brooklyn with a 61st-place finish in 20:36.

The 17-year-old, a lifelong resident of Ovid, recalled starting with Girls on the Run in elementary school. She picked up cross country in middle school – but she almost didn’t. “I wasn’t going to do cross country, because I thought it sounded terrible that practices were every day,” Koutz remembered with a laugh.

“But then I decided to do it, and I’m glad I did.”

Not surprisingly, as she improved as a runner Koutz found she enjoyed the sport more and more. She had no expectation of making the state finals as a freshman, and said when she did, “I probably didn’t show it, but I was really excited.”

Of that first experience, Koutz recalls running with little pressure or thought of placing – just for fun, really. “It just felt so cool that I was able to be one of those people there,” she said.

Higher expectations came later. Koutz set her goal as a high school runner – finishing in the top 30, good for All-State status – entering her sophomore season. The closest she came to achieving her dream was that sophomore campaign, when she placed 38th at the 2017 finals in a time of 19.52.4 for the 3.1-mile course.

The last two seasons have been more challenging, as Koutz said she didn’t feel extensive summer training runs were reflected in her competitive results. She put in more than 25 miles a week during the season and more than 200 miles during the summer – not including the team’s summer camp.

“I just needed (to remember) that I was still doing well and to be proud of myself,” she said.

Fellow senior Ben Maynard, himself a four-year member of the Marauder cross-country team, has known Koutz since middle school. “In addition to being a very fast runner, she is … very humble about it,” he said. “She is a gracious winner and a supportive teammate.” Loyalty is her best quality as a teammate.

“She’s always there supporting them,” Maynard said. “After she’s done, she’s always cheering on the other girls to push them to do their best. She is always a positive, supporting teammate.”

Maynard praised Koutz’s achievement.

“I was very happy for her,” he said, “because she is a really good person for something like this to happen to.” Koutz hopes to continue her running career at Adrian College.


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GLCC Mens' Soccer Loses to Boyce on the Road

LANSING, Mich.- The Great Lakes Christian College Men's Basketball team was back in action Saturday afternoon against #4 William Penn University (NAIA I). The Statesmen and Crusaders were in for a barn burner as the Statesmen are consistently one of the top scoring teams in the country regardless of levels. In the first half the Crusaders would compete well and have answers for WPU potent offensive attack. The Statesmen would hit a layup as time expired in the first half to push their lead to 8 points. In the second half the Statesmen would start fast and push their lead to 17 before the Crusaders battled back and found their footing. The Crusaders found success turning the Statesmen over 27 times which led to 25 points off turnovers for the Crusaders. The Statesmen dominated GLCC on the glass, snagging 15 offensive rebounds for 20 second chance points. The Crusaders were able to cut the lead to 11 with 5 minutes to go before the white and blue ran out of gas. The Crusaders would ultimately fell 112-94. 

Inside the Box Score:

  • The Crusaders put four in double figures led by Isiah Reed's 24 points.
  • GLCC went 13/34 from three compared to WPU 8/24
  • GLCC only turned it over 12 times compared to 27 for the Statesmen
  • WPU shared the ball for 30 assists on 45 field goals compared to the Crusaders 19 assists on 35 field goals.

What Coach Says:

"I was really proud of our effort tonight. William Penn is one of the best teams in the country period. We knew we had to be sharp today, and we would have our hands full. We had to be sharp in our transition defense, and every time we had a break down they made us pay. We have to tighten some things up with our transition defense. I have a lot of respect for Coach Henry and how they do things at William Penn." What is biggest improvement that needs to happen, "We need to rebound the basketball. We are not going to win a lot of games rebounding the way we have been. We have to finish possessions a lot better than we have been. I am looking forward to the week of practice as we prepare for Boyce." 

What's Next:

Crusaders will take on Boyce College at home November 9th 3:00pm. 

Story Courtesy of Great Lakes Christian College Athletics

Stars Coach Optimistic about Women’s Basketball Season

By Julie Newell Lansing Community College Sports/Photo Editor

Basketball season is headed our way and LCC Women's Basketball Coach Layne Ingram is in good spirits about the upcoming season. "I feel pretty good," third-year coach Ingram said. "We brought in nine freshman and that's a lot, a lot of new kids. But the thing about them is that they're basketball players, and what I mean by that is they like to work, they like to get better. They love the game.

"So while they are young and they don't have experience at the college level, they are good players. They do like to work."

Last year's team finished only 9-20 overall, and 5-13 in the MCCAA Western Conference.

Despite that record, as well as having only four returning players, Ingram said he is optimistic about the team. "I have four sophomores coming back and I'm really proud about the way that they've kind of stepped up to show the young kids how we do things," Ingram said. "Celia (Ridsdale), who's our point guard … she is really being a great leader."

Ingram talked about one of the returning sophomore's accomplishments with the team. "Tanaesha Daniels – she's a sophomore – she is super athletic, she ended up being our most improved player last year and our best defensive player, so I expect really big things out of her," Ingram said.

"We lost seven games (by) six points or less," Ingram said about last season. "You know that comes down to mental toughness and putting the ball in the basket and making layups and stuff." After the struggles of last season, Ingram said he is determined and hopeful for this upcoming season. "I want to win the conference championship," Ingram said. "I think we have the team, the players that could do it. It's going to be a matter (of) if they come together or not."

"They seem to all get along in a respectful way," Ingram said about the players. "They enjoy being around each other, they push each other, they hold each other accountable … those are positive things out of a young team." 

"I think we got a shot to kind of put LCC back on the map, I hope," Ingram added.

The first game of the season is going to be at home in the Gannon Gym on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. against Great Lakes Christian College. Everyone is welcome to come out and support the LCC Stars.

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Adrian Bulldogs

Bulldogs Pull Off Weekend Sweep of Cardinals


ADRIAN, Mich. – The No. 3 Adrian College women's ice hockey team was able to pull off a come-from-behind victory to sweep its weekend series with Saint Mary's (Minn.) on Sunday.


Final Score: Adrian 4, Saint Mary's 2

Location: Adrian, Mich. (Arrington Ice Arena - Adrian College)

Records: Adrian 3-0-0, Saint Mary's 0-2-0


Despite being extremely strong on offense, the Bulldogs were undone by an odd angled shot from the left face off circle. It took Adrian six minutes into the second period to tie the game at one, as Sydney Daversa was finally able to get her first goal against the Cardinals, one she has been grinding for since the early-goings of yesterday's contest. Daversa was helped along by Abbie Grias and Jaden Rilei

Saint Mary's was able to regain the lead before the end of the middle stanza, scoring with three minutes remaining on the board. It would be the Cardinals' last tally of the game.

The Bulldogs would explode in the third period, posting three goals in the span of 12 minutes. Une Bjelland was credited with the game-tying goal at 8:01,a power play goal, as she was able to find the back of the goal off a pass of Jacqueline White. Jessica VonRuden also recorded a helper on the tally. It was Grias with the game-winner, posting her at 16:26. Daversa received the puck from Julia Barrett and skated around the offensive zone before sending a shot on goal, which Grias was quick to clean up. As the clock wound down, the Cardinals were forced their goalie, a sign of weakness that the Bulldogs were sure to capitalize on. It was Brianna Buchanan who skated the puck up the ice before met by defenders, she passed it off to Daversa who scored what seemed to be the most slow and deliberate goal to date. Appearing in goal for AC was Mia Glassco. She played for 59:34, making 15 saves in her first win of the season. 


  • Abbie Grias worked diligently all game, collect two points on an assist and the game-winning goal. 
  • Sydney Daversa was finally able to get her name in the scoring column, collecting two goals and an assist.
  • Mia Glassco earned herself a nod with her 15 saves to secure the Bulldogs' victory.


Adrian will begin a three game road trip, kicking off at conference competitor Marian (Wisc.) at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15th.

-courtesy of Adrian Bulldogs

Albion Brits

Blocked Kick Provides Boost in Albion Football Victory


ALBION, Mich. – Brady Frasier and Tyrone Collins combined for the biggest play of their young collegiate football careers, and it lifted Albion College to a 24-14 victory over Trine University in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football action at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium.

Frasier came off the left edge to block Trine's 33-yard field goal attempt and Collins scooped up the loose ball and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown that put Albion in front, 17-14, with 2 ½ minutes left in the third quarter.

The Albion defense rose up from there, allowing Trine just two first downs the rest of the way. Defensive end Mitch Arendsen wrapped up a pair of tackles for loss in the fourth quarter and Collins put the exclamation point on the victory with an interception to end Trine's final possession of the game.

The Albion offense put together a scoring drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter. The Britons converted on third-and-10 when Kyle Thomas, playing at quarterback in relief of Jack Bush, hooked up with his brother, Justin Thomas, for an 18-yard gain. The Britons picked up another third down when Markell McCoy picked up eight yard to move the ball to the red zone. The Britons faced fourth-and-5 when Justin Thomas ran a corner route and snagged a pass that looked like it was thrown behind him for the 14-yard score that put the Britons up 24-14 with 1:36 left in regulation.

Justin Thomas hauled in two touchdown receptions on the day, extending his Albion single-season school record to 14. He capped Albion's first possession of the game with a 13-yard scoring catch. Thomas was Albion's leading receiver with five receptions for 90 yards. Josh Castillo also figured in the scoring for Albion when he kicked a 31-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. Albion finished the day with 310 total yards. McCoy led Albion on the ground with 94 yards on 24 carries. Bush finished with 113 passing yards.

The Briton defense limited Trine to 284 yards. Collins led the unit with six solo and two assisted tackles, a forced fumble and his two interceptions. Donovan Slates racked up four solo and five assisted tackles, including a pair of sacks.

Albion, winners of three in a row to improve to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in MIAA play, will hit the road for its final two games. The Britons have a Nov. 9 date at Finlandia University and a Nov. 16 trip to Olivet College.

Follow the Albion football team on Twitter (@AlbionFootball) and Instagram (@albionfootball_). General athletics news can be found @GoBrits on Twitter, AlbionAthletics on Instagram and at facebook.com/albionathletics.

-Courtesy of Albion College

Alma Scots

Volleyball falls to Calvin on Senior Night

By Hunter Chovanec, Alma Sports Information Student Assistant

Alma, Mich. -  The Alma College Volleyball team fell in straight sets 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 to nationally ranked Calvin University on Friday (Nov. 1). Alma played hard in all three sets, but the fourth-ranked Knights were too much to handle. Before the game, the Scots honored their senior class of Georgia Miller (Georgetown, Ky. / Scott County), Naomi Mason (Kaleva, Mich. / Brethren) and Ashtyn Snyder (Shepherd, Mich. / Shepherd). With the loss, the Scots fall to 17-12 overall and 5-3 in the MIAA. Alma will be the number four seed in the upcoming MIAA tournament.

Leading the Scots offensively was sophomore Sara Majerle (Rockford, Mich. / Rockford) with nine kills and eight digs. Junior Haley Novak (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) led the Scots in the assists category with 22; she also had six digs. Miller had five kills and seven digs. Sophomore Haley Ullrich (Elk River, Minn. / Elk River) and freshman Rachael Parrett (Gladwin, Mich. / Gladwin High School) had five kills, each.

That concludes the regular season for the Scots, they will be back in action on Tuesday (Nov. 5) in the MIAA tournament. Time and place is yet to be determined. 

-Courtesy of Alma College

Calvin Knights

Calvin Women's Soccer Trio Receives All-MIAA Honors


Three members of the Calvin women's soccer team have received All-MIAA honors. Named to the All-MIAA First Team from Calvin are juniors Emily Orr and Maria VanderLei while junior Jessica Paulson has been named to the All-MIAA Second Team. All three players are receiving All-MIAA honors for the first time.

A midfielder, VanderLei hails from Grand Rapids. She is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. A midfielder, she helped ignite Calvin's offense with crisp passing while also playing steady defense in the back third.

A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Orr helped anchor a Calvin defense from her left back position. With her help, the Knights have posted five shutouts this season.

Paulson is from Plymouth. She is a graduate of Plymouth Christian High School. A forward, Paulson leads Calvin in scoring with seven goals, three assists and 17 points. She notched a hat trick in a 7-0 win at Saint Mary's on October 15 while also picking up one assist. She has one game-winning goal this season and is 1-for-1 on penalty kick tries.

"We're excited for Emily, Maria and Jessica for being selected as all-conference selections by the MIAA on behalf of our program," said Calvin women's soccer coach Emily Ottenhoff. "There are a lot of great players across the conference and therefore we don't take thse recognitions for granted."

-Story Courtesy of Calvin Athletics

Hope Flying Dutchmen


 by Greg Chandler

The Hope College football team strengthened its hold on first place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association on Saturday with a 31-24 victory over Alma College at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium.

The Flying Dutchmen, now 5-0 in the MIAA and 7-1 overall, hold a one-game lead over second place Olivet College (4-1, 7-1) on the MIAA with two games remaining. Hope can clinch a share of its first conference championship since 2007 and its first trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs since 2006 with a win at Kalamazoo College on Saturday, November 9. Kickoff at Angell Field is 1 p.m.

"When you're 4-0 and at the top of the league, you're going to get everybody's best shot," Hope coach Peter Stuursma said. "That's a good football team. They're well coached. I give (Alma) Coach (Jason) Couch and his staff a lot of credit for the way they played today." 

Hope scored three of its four touchdowns on drives that started inside the Alma 35-yard-line, including two that were the result of turnovers created by the Flying Dutchmen defense. Hope opened the scoring late in the first quarter with a 65-yard, 13-play drive. A key play in the drive was Hope electing to go for it on fourth-and-1 from its own 44. Senior quarterback Mason Opple of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville HS) picked up a 2-yard gain to allow the Dutchmen to move the chains.

Opple completed 4 of 5 passes on the drive for 40 yards, and junior running back Connor Mellon of Adrian, Michigan (Madison HS) ripped off an 11-yard run to put the ball inside the Alma 5. Opple powered in from the one for the first of his three rushing touchdowns in the game to give Hope a 6-0 lead.

"I felt we needed to set the tone," Stuursma said of his fourth-down call. "I felt it was important … to keep the ball out of their hands. I think those kinds of things jumpstart our guys, offensively and defensively, that we can have enough confidence in the play."

In the second quarter, the Hope defense created a short field for the offense when senior defensive end Jake Babb of Caledonia, Michigan (Caledonia HS) forced a fumble by Scots' quarterback Ryan Stevens, and junior nose guard Rylee Schultz of Grant, Michigan (Grant HS) recovered at the Alma 29.

Once again, Hope would face a fourth down situation, this time from the Alma 4. Again, Stuursma elected to go for it, and Opple scored his second touchdown on a sweep around right end. Opple then connected with Mellon for the two-point conversion to give Hope a 14-0 lead. After an Alma touchdown, Hope got the ball back with 26 seconds left in the first half after forcing the Scots to punt from deep in their own end of the field. 

Completions of 15 yards to senior wide receiver Christian Bos of Hudsonville, Michigan (Unity Christian HS) and 10 yards to freshman wide receiver TJ McKenzie of Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon HS) put the ball in field goal range, and senior placekicker Sam Allbritten of Warsaw, Indiana (Warsaw HS) kicked a 35-yard field goal on the final play of the half to boost the Hope lead to 17-6. Alma cut the Hope lead to 17-12 in the third quarter on a 69-yard TD pass from Stevens to Nathan Goralski.

The Flying Dutchmen drove to the Alma 23 on their next possession, but an illegal procedure penalty pushed Hope out of field goal range. Senior punter Austin Heeres of Wyoming, Michigan (Grandville Calvin Christian HS) delivered a pooch punt that was downed at the Alma 8. Hope's defense then forced  a three-and-out, and the Flying Dutchmen got the ball back at the Scots' 35 after a short punt. Hope took advantage of the short field, taking seven plays to hit paydirt early in the fourth quarter. Sophomore running back Kenyea Houston of Chicago, Illinois (Westinghouse Prep HS) found the end zone on a 4-yard run with 12:19 remaining to extend the Hope lead to 24-12.

The Flying Dutchmen then came up with another big defensive play moments later, as senior linebacker Mason Dekker of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS) made a diving interception of a Stevens pass at the Alma 30. It was the first interception of Dekker's career. Hope once again cashed in on the turnover. Opple scored his third touchdown on a 1-yard run with 8:51 left, increasing the lead to 31-12. Opple now has 12 touchdowns this season and 42 for his career (41 rushing, one receiving). Alma did get two late touchdowns, including one on the final play of the game, to narrow the final margin of victory.

"Our defense was outstanding," Stuursma said. "They created some turnovers for us and gave us a couple of short fields."

Hope finished the game with 361 yards total offense, 191 on the ground and 170 through the air. They picked up 22 first downs, and once again did not turn the football over. The Dutchmen have only committed one turnover in their first eight games, ranking tops among NCAA Division III teams in fewest turnovers committed.

Opple completed 16 of 24 passes for 170 yards, extending his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 242. He was also Hope's leading rusher with 87 yards on 23 carriers. Houston added 56 yards on 15 carries.

Christian Bos caught five passes for 72 yards, while senior wide receiver Cooper Cecchini of Jenison, Michigan (Hudsonville HS) caught four balls for 47 yards and sophomore H-back Lou Baechler of Plymouth, Michigan (Canton HS) also had four receptions for 38 yards. Allbritten kicked two extra points, giving him 47 for the season and breaking the Hope single-season record of 45 that was set by Darren Ford in 2017. Heeres only averaged 28.5 yards per punt, but placed all four of his punts inside the Alma 20.

Defensively, junior cornerback Chandler Brown of Woodstock, Georgia (Carlton J. Kell HS) had six tackles, and senior Luke Beckhusen of Coldwater, Michigan (Coldwater HS) had five stops and broke up two passes. Babb had two sacks and forced a fumble.

-Story Courtesy of Hope Athletics

Kalamazoo College

Women's Soccer Defeats Calvin to Advance to MIAA Semifinals


KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Kalamazoo College women's soccer team advanced to the MIAA Tournament semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Calvin on Saturday evening. 

The lone goal of the match came in the 26th minute when Josie Sibley found the back of the net for the second time this season. Madison Vallan assisted on the play for her first point of the year. The Hornets outshot the Knights 13-11 throughout the match and had 10 shots on goal to Calvin's one. Junior Hannah Wolfe played all 90 minutes in goal while making a save on the one shot on target. "Beating a team twice is never easy and I was extremely proud of our collective effort as a group," said Coach Bryan Goyings. "The combination on the goal between Madison and Josie, working hard to be in the right spot to put it away, was awesome. We will enjoy the well-earned win and then begin preparing for a very good Hope team on Tuesday."

Kalamazoo will now move on to face that Hope team in the MIAA Tournament semifinals on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

-Photo by Kimberly Moss, Story courtesy of Kalamazoo Athletics

MI Sports Report



Manitoba Moose 7

Grand Rapids Griffins 4

Nov. 3, 2019

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The Grand Rapids Griffins came back from three down to tie the game 4-4 in the third period but the Manitoba Moose scored three unanswered goals to win the contest 7-4 on Sunday afternoon at Bell MTS Place. The Griffins (5-4-1-1) suffer back-to-back regulation losses for the first time as they give up a season-high seven goals to the Moose. Grand Rapids trailed 4-1 with 12:32 remaining in the second and 4-3 to start the final frame before Chris Terry scored his second of the game to even up the scoreline. However, Manitoba (3-7-0-0) scored the game-winner on a late power play goal from Cameron Schilling and tacked on two empty-netters to end the contest. Grand Rapids returns home for a three-game homestand starting on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. against the Cleveland Monsters for its annual school day game. 

The Moose struck first 5:10 into the game as Seth Griffith beat goaltender Filip Larsson on the left goal post. Andrei Chibisov skated towards the right circle in the Griffins’ zone and back handed the puck towards the left wing and Griffith’s one-timer slid under the right skate of Larsson. Manitoba made it 2-0 just three minutes later at the 8:08 mark in the first. Leon Gawanke slotted a back-door pass to a streaking Schilling whose shot beat the stick of Larsson to score his third of the season. 

The Griffins netted a much-needed goal late in the period with 2:09 left. Terry gathered the puck deep in the right corner and found Ryan Kuffner between the circles and his back-handed shot slipped into the bottom left corner. The rookie scored his fourth of the season to cut the Moose lead down to one heading into the second. Manitoba extended its lead back to two after Jansen Harkins scored his third of the year at the 3:43 mark. After two incredible point-blank saves by Larsson, the third rebound was scooped up by Harkins and his shot sneaked inside the left goal post. 

The Moose made it 4-1 on a power play goal from Griffith 7:28 into the second period. Chibisov’s pass from the middle of the zone found Griffith on the left wing whose shot sailed under the right skate of Larsson. 

The Griffins’ offense struggled much of the period registering two shots in the first 14 minutes of play. However, they came to life in the final five minutes scoring two goals to cut the lead down to one. Turner Elson skated down the right wing and behind the net before centering a pass toward Matthew Ford in front of the goal. Ford’s one-timer went under the glove of goaltender Mikhail Berdin for his third goal of the season at the 15:12 mark. 

Less than one minute later, Terry battled for a puck near center ice and took a slapshot from the right boards which sped over the left shoulder of Berdin for his team-high-tying sixth goal of the season with 3:54 remaining in the second. 

The Griffins climbed back from being down three goals to tie the game 4-4 on a power play goal at the 5:31 mark in the final frame. Moritz Seider sent a puck towards the right boards where Terry skated past a defender and took a tough-angled shot that bounced off the facemask of Berdin and into the net. 

However, three penalties for the Griffins in the final 11 minutes of play halted their momentum. Schilling scored his second of the contest on the power play after his shot beat the glove of Larsson. Ville Heinola found Schilling on the right wing and his slapshot did the rest with 6:53 left in the game. 

After sending Larsson to the bench to add an extra skater, the Moose sent two into the empty net in the final minutes. Sami Niku scored his second of the season after his shot from inside the Moose zone zoomed down the ice and into the net with 1:10 left. Griffith found his hat-trick goal at the 19:24 mark to score the game’s final goal and give Manitoba the 7-4 victory.


Notes: In addition to bagging his 300th AHL assist, Terry extends his point streak to six games…Grand Rapids was outshot by Manitoba 37-21…The Griffins went 1-for-2 on the power play…Grand Rapids conceded seven goals for the first time since April 10, 2019 when Iowa beat the Griffins 7-3. 

Three Stars: 1. MB Griffith (hat trick, assist); 2. MB Schilling (two goals); 3. GR Terry (two goals, assist) 

Courtesy Story Photo by Jonathan Kozub/Moose

Pistons Wood Taking Advantage of Opportunity

By Trevor Upchurch

With Pistons star Blake Griffin sidelined indefinitely due to both a hamstring injury and offseason knee surgery, Pistons head coach Dwane Casey had to search for a replacement frontcourt in the wake of Griffin’s absence. Among the players he found is newcomer Christian Wood. 

With short stints with Philadelphia, Charlotte, Milwaukee, New Orleans and their respective G-League teams since going undrafted out of UNLV, Wood looks to establish himself as a noteworthy presence off the Pistons bench. Since this is Wood’s fifth NBA team in four seasons, he looks to find himself a more permanent spot in Detroit after being abruptly cut by the Pelicans and then claimed off of waivers by the Pistons. He made the final Piston’s roster spot after a strong preseason last week. 

In the three games he’s played this season, Wood shows why that roster spot was earned. While only playing four minutes in the opening game and a scratch for the home opener, after a loss on Thursday Wood responded in the following game with 11 points in 19 minutes during Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia and in Monday’s 96-94 win against Indiana, Wood had the most efficient game of his career scoring 19 points while shooting 80%.

“Once I started getting into a rhythm, coach got more comfortable with me on the floor,” said Wood. “It’s all about opportunity. Always keep saying once the opportunity presents itself, do the best I can and take advantage of that.”

When asked about Wood during his postgame press conference Monday, Casey noted Wood’s athleticism worked well against Indiana’s forwards Myles Turner and TJ Leaf while noting that Wood has work to do to prepare to go against more versatile and heavier big men. “Thought he shot the ball with confidence, again, I don’t know if he’s ready for that banging that Markieff can give against Sabonis down the stretch, but I thought he did a good job of keeping us afloat extending the lead.”

It’s something to watch develop as Christian Wood extends his tenure with Detroit and finds what his spot can be with the Pistons when Griffin returns to the lineup later this year.