AREA ROUNDUP: Warriors claim CSAA track and field titles

NEWAYGO — The Central State Activities Association (CSAA) conference championship meet took place in Newaygo on Tuesday, with Chippewa Hills’ boys and girls squads each taking first place overall.

The girls for the Warriors took first as a team with 246 points. Morley Stanwood was in third with 56 as Big Rapids took sixth with 41 and Reed City took seventh with 26.

The Warrior girls teams took first in almost every event, with Erin Drouillard winning the pole vault (11-0) and the discus (102-8); Jennifer McNeal in the high jump (5-0) and the 400-meter run (1:02.46); Amanda Koepf in the shot put (33-2.5); Arielle Esch in the 100-meter hurdles (16.39); Megan O’Neil in the 800 (2:21.99) and the 3,200 (11:20); Nicole Snyder in the 200 (26.85); the 800-meter relay team of McNeal, Snyder, Jacki Sheaffer and Riley Reyes (1:47.86); the 400 relay team of Esch, Sheaffer, Rachel Baldwin and Joelle Humpula (52.98); the 3,200 relay team of O’Neil, Snyder, Kylie Schafer and Emily Starck (10:56.38) and the 1,600 relay team of Emonee Anderson, O’Neil, McNeal and Snyder (4:13.27).

Hanna Price was the only other local female athlete to take first, winning the long jump (15-8) for Reed City.

On the boys side, Chippewa Hills took first with 112 points with Reed City following close behind in second with 109.5. Morley Stanwood took fourth with 72 while Big Rapids took seventh with 45.

Reed City’s first-place finishers were Jon Green in the discus (135-11); Nate Fasbender in the pole vault (12-0); Andre Jones in the 200 (23.49); the 400 relay team of Green, Jones, Fasbender and Collin Hatfield (45.19); the 800 relay team of Green, Jones, Hatfield and Chad Samuels (1:34.57) and the 1,600 relay team of Samuels, Fasbender, Jones and Patrick Jobes (3:34.07).

Avery Montgomery was the lone first-place finisher for Big Rapids, winning the 100-meter dash, while Morley Stanwood’s Andrew Sackett was the lone winner for the Mohawks as he won the 400 (52.86).

All teams will head to regional action on Friday, with Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills running in Remus as Reed City heads to Clare and Morley Stanwood runs at Shepherd.

SOFTBALL

WARRIORS TOP MOHAWKS

REMUS — The Chippewa Hills softball team stayed perfect in CSAA play on Tuesday night in a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Morley Stanwood Mohawks.

ON THE WAY: Chippewa Hills’ Cassidy Johnson gets ready to deliver a pitch during CSAA softball action against Morley Stanwood on Tuesday. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

ON THE WAY: Chippewa Hills’ Cassidy Johnson gets ready to deliver a pitch during CSAA softball action against Morley Stanwood on Tuesday. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

The Warriors won the first game, 3-0, on a shutout pitching victory by Cassidy Johnson who went the whole game allowing three hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Kendall Boone helped her pitcher with a triple and a single in the victory.

Mallory Raven took the pitching loss for the Mohawks in the opener, throwing four strikeouts and surrendering two walks through six innings of work. Drew Myers had two hits while Jennie Kizer was the only other Mohawk to hit off Johnson.

The Warriors won the second game, 9-4, on another complete-game win by Johnson who hurled seven strikeouts. Hali Earl had a double and a single while Olivia Wolfe added two doubles in the victory.

Kaci Garver pitched the first two innings for the Mohawks in the loss with Hayley Pollaski coming in to finish the game. Raven had two hits while Mekayla Carey added a double and Taylor Maguire chipped in a two-run single in the loss.

The Mohawks (8-6-1, 3-4-1 CSAA) return to action on Friday at home against Holton as the Warriors (17-4, 12-0 CSAA) take on Hesperia at home.

BIG RAPIDS SWEPT BY HOLTON

HOLTON — The Big Rapids Cardinals fell to Holton, 12-2 and 10-0, on Tuesday in a CSAA doubleheader.

The Cardinals scored two runs in the first inning, but were held scoreless the rest of the way, resulting in a mercy-rule loss in five innings.

Kailey Hunt pitched 4 1-3 innings in the loss, giving up 12 runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Cara Jensen went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI triple while Erin Carlson went 1-for-2 with a double in the setback.

The Cardinals lost the second game, 10-0, in five innings. Rachelle Hendrick took the pitching loss in 4 1-3 innings, giving up 10 runs on four hits with four strikeouts and eight walks.

Emily Schlaupitz and Kelsey Cushway both went 1-for-2 in the loss.

The Cardinals (7-12, 3-5 CSAA) play again on Friday at home against Newaygo.

PINE RIVER ROLLS OVER LAKE CITY

LAKE CITY — The Pine River Bucks swept Lake City in two lopsided contests on Tuesday, winning the first game, 9-1, before taking the nightcap, 17-7.

Alexis Stokely picked up the pitching win in the first game, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Jenna Johnson had three hits and an RBI while Chelsey TerBurgh went 3-for-4 in the victory.

Brooke Pennington took the pitching win in the second game for the Bucks, allowing seven runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Jenny Wickens went 4-for-4 with four RBIs while Alyssa Johnson went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

The Bucks are scheduled to host Manton today.

COYOTES GO 1-1 WITH HESPERIA

REED CITY — The Reed City Coyotes split a conference doubleheader with Hesperia on Tuesday, losing the first game, 11-5, before taking the second game, 9-5.

Julianne Griffin was the losing pitcher in the opener, giving up 11 runs on 14 hits while tossing three strikeouts. Skiler Brigham, Taylor Steig and Brittany Cassidy all had one hit apiece in the first game.

Olivia Lawson earned her first varsity pitching win in the second game, going five innings with two walks and two strikeouts while allowing five runs on nine hits.

Brigham and Lindsey Greer both had three hits apiece in the nightcap, while Steig and Ally Yarger both tallied two hits in the victory.

The Coyotes (10-10, 5-5 CSAA) return to action on Friday at Central Montcalm.

BASEBALL 

BIG RAPIDS FALLS TWICE TO HOLTON

HOLTON — The Big Rapids Cardinals struggled on Tuesday, taking two CSAA losses to Holton on the road.

Eric Fountain took the pitching loss for Big Rapids in the first game, a 9-4 loss, throwing nine strikeouts as Dakota Sanders went 2-for-4 with a double in the setback.

Kyle Williamson was the losing pitcher for the Cards in the 2-1 loss in game two, throwing just 73 pitches through seven innings of work with four strikeouts. Williamson had the lone RBI in the nightcap while Sanders, Tim Thebo and Axel Frieberg all had doubles in the loss.

The Cardinals (5-13, 3-9 CSAA) return to action on Thursday at Central Montcalm.

PINE RIVER DROPS LAKE CITY

LEROY — The Pine River baseball team completed a sweep of Lake City in Highland Conference play Tuesday with 10-0 and 13-2 victories.

Skyler Nelson was the winning pitcher in the opener, striking out 11 and only giving up one hit in five innings.

At the plate, Mitchell McDonald was 3-for-3 with two RBIs while Lucas Harris had a pair of hits, including a double, with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored. Likewise, Greg Park was 2-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

In game two, Brandon Hoaglund earned the pitching victory after giving up three hits and walks apiece with 10 strikeouts in six innings.

McDonald went 3-for-5 with three RBIs while Hoaglund helped his own cause with two hits, including an RBI-double, Tony Moore added two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Pine River (14-3 6-2 Highland) is scheduled to host Manton for a makeup twin bill today.

REED CITY SPLITS WITH HESPERIA

REED CITY — Reed City split with Hesperia on Tuesday, losing the first game, 9-8, before taking the second game, 8-6.

Eric Grannis took the pitching loss for the Coyotes, but he helped his own cause with a home run. Austin Hansen also went deep, batting 2-for-4 with five RBIs and a homer in the setback.

Logan Straub was the winning pitcher in the nightcap with Josh Saez coming in to get the save. Hansen went 1-for-1 with another home run and four RBIs. Trevor Theil also had a homer in the win.

The Coyotes move to 5-15 overall and return to action on Friday at Central Montcalm.

EVART TAKES TWO FROM NMC

EVART — The Evart Wildcats swept McBain NMC on Tuesday in Highland Conference action, winning 4-2 and 9-6.

The win in the first game went to the Wildcats’ Andrew Race, who pitched six innings with 14 strikeouts, one walk and three hits allowed. Race helped his cause with a triple in the 4-2 win.

The pitching victory in game two went to Thomas Hyde, with three other pitchers helping him get the decision.

Nolan VanOrder had a two-RBI single while Adam Zinger had two singles and an RBI and Race had two RBIs.

The Wildcats (6-9, 5-1 Highland) play again on Friday at Pine River.

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

CARDS WIN CSAA JAMBOREE

REED  CITY — Carter Bechaz shot a 74 for medalist honors to lead Big Rapids to a 315 for first place in Tuesday’s Central State Activities Association (CSAA) golf jamboree at Spring Valley Golf Course.

Big Rapids shot a 315, followed by Lakeview and Chippewa Hills with 337, Reed City with 393, Central Montcalm with 412 and Hesperia with 305.

Also for Big Rapids, Mike Tassoni shot an 81, Matt Brejcha had an 82, Bill Templin an 89 and Tait Morrissey a 92.

For Chippewa Hills, Jame Wilson and Robert Burnell had 82s, Nick Hillman had an 85 and Michael Todd shot an 88.

Reed City was led by Spencer Battle, Jacob Green and Colt Start with 98s and Kaden Phelps with a 99.

The league match will be next Tuesday at Cedar Chase Golf Course.

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