BR golfers divisional champs

TAKING AIM: Big Rapids’ Pierce Morrissey follows his shot at the Traverse City Invitational. (Courtesy photo)

TAKING AIM: Big Rapids’ Pierce Morrissey follows his shot at the Traverse City Invitational. (Courtesy photo)

TRAVERSE CITY — The Big Rapids boys finished off the two-day Traverse City Invitational by winning the Division 3-4 flight on Saturday.

The Cardinals also took fifth overall out of 29 teams with a 336 on the Wolverine course.

Pierce Morrissey posted a (79-76) 155 to earn a top 10 finish out of 174 golfers. Ben Fath shot a (74-84) 158 to finish in 13th, followed by Tait Morrissey (87-87) at 174, Fletcher Bolda (88-91) 179, Owen Seay (95-88) 183 and Justin Stack (89-95) 184.

“The boys worked hard this weekend in some very cold and windy conditions,” Big Rapids Mark Posey said. “It was a good test of golf that gave us an idea on what we need to work on to improve our games. Novi Catholic Central won the tournament with a 582.”

Big Rapids is at Kent City on Tuesday for the second Central State Activities tournament.


Onekama 16-11,
Crossroads 0-3

BIG RAPIDS — Onekama swept Crossroads 16-0 and 11-3 in non-league action on Friday at Win Kellum Field. The first game went three innings and the second game went six. Levi Davis and Ryan Haner both had doubles for Crossroads during the twinbill.

Crossroads (0-10) plays at Traverse City Christian on Monday.


Reed City 9-15, Grant 0-0

REED CITY — Reed City improved its Central State Activities Association record to 3-3 with a 9-0 and 15-0 doubleheader sweep on Friday over Grant.

Sidni Rushford was the winning pitcher in the first game, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out five. Jordyn Storch had three hits, while Kamryn Meyers and Devin Willard had two hits. Rushford, Maddie Morgan and Bailey Brummel had one hit.

Morgan was the winning pitcher in the second game.

She threw a three-hitter in five innings and struck out five. Rushford had three hits, while Storch and Willard had two. Morgan, Kierra Barker and Brummel had one hit.


Morley Stanwood girls

LAKEVIEW — Morley Stanwood girls were fifth in the Lakeview Invitational on Friday.

The Mohawks went one-two-three in the shot put with Raven Hoskins, Brianna Berry and Catalina King. Trinity Griffen was fourth in the long jump and Olivia Sieffert was fourth in the

The 3,200 relay team was fourth in 11:11 with Mariana Maturen, Emily Sudinski, Erica Ulrich and Lillie Thompson. The 800 relay team was second with Emma Doyle, Trisha Bennett, Griffin and Hoskins. The 400 relay team of Berry, Bennett, Kaelyn Wilmoth and Hoskins was fourth in 56.88.

Pine River Bucks

Pine River’s boys were fourth and the girls were third on Friday at the Lakeview Invitational.

The boys’ finished fourth while the girls were third.

Highlights for the boys squad included Elijah Lewis having an outstanding night, taking first in the 200 meters (22.78), 400 meters (51.45), long jump (21-feet, 5.5-inches), and second in the high jump at 6-2.

Jeffrey Johnson was first in the pole vault at

Freshman Ethan Underhill continues to improve, finishing sixth in the 110 hurdles with a personal best time of 18.8 seconds.

For the girls, the 800 relay team of Kenzie Ruppert, Becca Horan, Anna Lindquist and Logan Powell took first (1:55.5) The 1,600 relay team of Grace Beebe, Horan, Lindquist, and Powell also took first, with a time of 4:29.1

Lindquist also won the 400 meters (1:02.6) while Powell won the 100 meters (13.67)

Pine River is home on Tuesday when it hosts NMC in conference action.


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

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