Reed City battles Evart in basketball scrimmage

Reed City’s Jackson Price (1) is among the Coyote players keeping busy with summer basketball. (Pioneer file photo)

REED CITY – It’s a busy time of year, even for sports teams that are out-of-season.

Coaches JJ Eads of Reed City and Kris Morgan of Evart had their respective boys basketball teams together for a scrimmage at the Coyote gymnasium on Tuesday night. But they both had to end it early for one primary reason: players had to go to various other activities, include summer baseball games.

It’s definitely that time of year.

Most area baseball teams will be attending camps and playing in various scrimmages for the rest of this month and then will stop in July to allow other teams such as football and volleyball to take charge.

“This week, we went to Davenport and (Tuesday) we hosted Evart,” Eads said. “Davenport had some Class A schools and it’s our first time in the gym. There’s all sorts of other stuff going on. We’ve had good numbers. Not everybody has shown up yet with other things going on. We’ve had about 11 guys so far.”

Players for Reed City included Cody Kailing, Preston Johnson, Anthony Pelton who is coming off another surgery, plus Jackson Price and others.

“We had 11 guys and they all contributed very well,” Eads said. “We have more things coming up but by the end of the month, we’re done.”

For Evart, Carter Pritchard, coming off an ACL injury, is having a busy summer. He missed the entire 2017-18 basketball season because of the injury.

“He looked good,” Eads sad. “I know they’re glad to have him back.”

Morgan said his team spends a lot of time at Morey Courts in Mount Pleasant.

“We’re carrying about 11 players right now,” Morgan said. “We take a hit with baseball, too. We were probably missing four on Tuesday because of baseball. Everybody I have is also playing baseball. Football is doing weight training, so are we. They’ll do most of their stuff in July.”

Ferris State has camps the next two weekends and Evart is planning to attend the camps June 23-24.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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