Big Rapids soccer remains undefeated in CSAA with win over Newaygo

CONFERENCE PLAY:  Big Rapids senior Garrett Smart (9) battles for positioning against Newaygo’s Matayo Montoya on Wednesday. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

CONFERENCE PLAY: Big Rapids senior Garrett Smart (9) battles for positioning against Newaygo’s Matayo Montoya on Wednesday. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids’ boys soccer team has established itself as one of the top teams in the Central State Activities Association again this season.

The Cardinals blanked visiting Newaygo 5-0 on Wednesday to improve to 6-0 in the league.

After the Lions opened the second half with a few quality chances, the Cardinals regrouped and scored three goals in a five-minute span for a 4-0 lead.

Senior Arvid Persson, a Swedish exchange student, put Big Rapids ahead 2-0 in the 65th minute with a hard shot from a bad angle over Newaygo’s goalkeeper.

“Any time we are up 1-0, that next goal is huge,” Big Rapids coach Justin Fox said. “If they score, it’s a tie ball game. We score, and we get a little bit of a cushion. So yeah, gigantic to get that goal.”

It was Persson’s third goal in the past two games.

“He’s a big guy, he’s got speed and he can handle the ball,” Fox said. “He’s great to have.”

Juniors Mason Gifford and Lance Strpko each scored twice, while goalkeeper Jackson Lund earned the shutout. Edgar Covarrubias recorded two assists, while Persson and Josh McCullen each had one.

“We have a lot of good players,” Persson said. “We have some players who are very technical, so I think this team has the potential to go far.”

The Cardinals (9-2-1) host Whitehall on Thursday before resuming CSAA play Monday against Grant, the defending league champions.

“What I hear is Grant is not the team they were last year,” Fox said. “But you never know. We plan on receiving the other team’s best every time. We just have to prepare for it.”



Kent City 3, Morley Stanwood 0

KENT CITY — The Mohawks dropped a CSAA Silver match to the Eagles on Wednesday, losing 24-26, 9-25, 18-25.

Brooklyn Peacock led Morley Stanwood with seven kills and 14 digs, while Mikayla Moore recorded 17 assists. McKenzie Scott added five kills, while Breanna Berry and Grace Szynkowski each had 11 digs.


WALKERVILLE – Crossroads Charter Academy’s Jaylen Schroeder ran a 21:28 to finish first at a five-team jamboree at Walkerville on Wednesday.

Bryana Cowles ran a 26:47 as one of the Cougars’ top finishers. For the boys team, Jaden Gallentine ran a team-best 23:45.


BIG RAPIDS — Registration for Ferris State Learn to Skate at Ewigleben Ice Arena is now open. The six-week session begins Sunday, Sept. 18, and runs every Sunday through Oct. 23. The sessions last from 4-5 p.m. and cost is $60.

There also is a “try hockey for free” clinic from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 for children ages 4-9. The campers will receive basic hockey instruction from Ferris State hockey players.

For questions or more registration information, contact the arena at (231) 591-2881 or email program director Tim Blashill at


Posted by Ryan Zuke

Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or

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