Baldwin qualifies for the playoffs

TRAVERSE CITY — Seven different players scored as the Baldwin football team recorded the much-needed sixth victory to qualify for the playoffs on Saturday.

The Panthers got to the six-win plateau with a 54-0 victory over Traverse City Christian.

The last time Baldwin made the postseason was in 2006.

“It’s been a long time,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said. “It has been a fun ride with a great group of guys.”

The Panthers scored three times in the first quarter on a 28-yard run by Andon Ware and a pair of touchdown passes by Brandon Childress, who found Damon Nichols for a 44-yard strike and Daekwon Fisher for a 28-yard score.

The touchdowns kept coming for Baldwin in the second quarter.

Alec Wroblewski returned an interception 24 yards for a score. Da’Ron Copeland rambled in for a 30 yard touchdown, Hunter Nichols scampered 45 yards to paydirt and Childress ran in from 60 yards to put the Panthers up 47-0 at halftime.

The lone score after halftime was a 4-yard run by Ware, who rushed for 87 yards and now has gone over the 1,000 yard mark.

Baldwin does not have a game in week 9. It will find out its next opponent on Sunday when the Michigan High School Athletic Association announces the playoff pairings.


Sparta tournament

SPARTA — The Big Rapids volleyball team went 1-2 at the Sparta tournament on Saturday.

The Cardinals dropped its opening match before knocking off Wellsprings Prep 26-24, 25-13. In bracket play, Big Rapids fell to Chippewa Hills 25-23, 25-15.

Big Rapids was led by Francesca Ravaldini with 14 kills and six aces. Cara Jensen added nine digs and seven aces, while Kendra Enszer finished with 12 kills.

Kasey Woodworth handed out 25 assists.

The Cardinals are in action Wednesday when they travel to Newaygo.

Essexville-Garber Invitational

ESSEXVILLE — It was a good week for Reed City’s volleyball team.

The Coyotes took home a first-place trophy at the Essexville-Garber Invitational on Saturday.

The Coyotes started out with a 28-26, 30-28 loss to Bay City Western and fell to Saginaw Novuel 25-11, 25-17.

But they came back with a 25-13, 25-22 win over Bay City John Glenn to get into bracket play where they avenged the loss to Nouvel by winning 16-25, 25-18, 15-11. In the semifinals, Reed City beat Essexville-Garber 25-22, 25-21. In the title match, the Coyotes prevailed over Alpena 25-19, 25-21.

Leading the charge for the Coyotes were Heather Tacey with five aces, three blocks and 123 assists; Jacolyn Mullins had nine aces, 49 blocks and 40 digs; Alaina Woodard collected six kills and nine blocks and Brittani Yarger added 17 aces.

Also for the Coyotes, Emma Lockhart had three aces, 12 kills and five digs, Michaela Reed contributed 28 kills and 13 blocks, Kali Hensel added two aces and 101 digs; Karah Hensel had 23 digs, Kayla Davis added five aces and Natalie Westoff had 24 kills and 12 blocks.


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