Big Rapids tennis takes down Mount Pleasant to lead sports roundup

Big Rapids’ Fletcher Bolda tees off on hole six at Tullymore. (Courtesy photo)


Big Rapids 6, Mount Pleasant 2

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids won all four singles matches and defeated Mount Pleasant in home action on Monday.

In singles for Big Rapids, Eden Short (No. 1) defeated Sana Gala, 6-0, 6-2; Zofia Freiberg (No. 2) beat Kaylee Bigford 6-1, 6-0; Arya Rao (No. 3), defeated Stephanie Warner 6-4, 6-3 and Brooke Hojnacki (No. 4) topped Ally Bishop of Mount Pleasant 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles for Big Rapids, Katherine Langell-Olivia Sanders (No. 1) beat Taylor Wood-Abby Merrifield 6-3, 7-6 (0); Brook Mathewson-Jessica Norton (No. 2) fell 6-4, 6-4; Sara Daniels-Chloe Mathewson (No. 3) beat Isabel Mink-Iris Hwang 4-6, 7-5, 6-4; and Christina Hatfield-Ellie Steffens (No. 4) lost 6-0, 6-1.

“Our team had a good 6-2 win tonight over a Division 2 Mt. Pleasant squad,” Big Rapids coach Larry Langell said. “We were able to pull out a few tight matches which made the difference.

“Sara Daniels and Chloe Mathewson clinched the win with a come-from-behind three-set victory. After losing the first set and going down 4-1 in the second, they won six of the next seven games to steal the set 7-5. The deciding set was neck and neck and they were able to hold their nerve and take the set 6-4. This should give them a lot of confidence going into our regional tournament on Friday.”


Big Rapids third

STANWOOD —   The Big Rapids Cardinals came in third at the Tullymore Invitational on Monday. Birmingham Seaholm won with a 301. The Cardinals were 10 strokes back with a 311. Pierce Morrissey took fifth overall with a 75. Fletcher Bolda and Owen Seay came in seventh with a pair of 77s.

Ben Fath had an 82,  Elliot Seay 92 Brett Lilienthal 93, Trevor Woodard 97 and Dawson Currie 99.

“The boys played well today,” Big Rapids coach Mark Posey said. “A 311 is a solid score. We need to continue to think our way around the course a little better and clean up some of our play on the par 5’s. We are back in action on Wednesday at the CSAA tournament at Chippewa Hills.”


Reed City, Big Rapids place second and third in conference meet

GRANT — The Coyotes placed second in the CSAA Gold meet with a score of 114 while the Cardinals finished third with 94 points. Chippewa Hills scored 50 points.

The Coyotes took first in the 100-meter dash (Jackson Price, 11.75), 200-meter dash (Philip Jones, 23.13), 400 relay (44.9), discus (Michael Johnson, 121-01), and long jump (Jackson Price, 19-9).

Big Rapids placed first in the 800-meter run (Logan Williams, 2:04.81) 300-meter hurdles (Jaiven Holmes-Powell, 41.48), 800 relay (1:34.66), 1600 relay (3:35.98), and the 3200 relay (8:27.54).

For Chippewa Hills, Trent Esch (110-meter hurdles, 16.13) and Alex Lawens (pole vault, 12-0) were conference champions.


Chippewa Hills wins 16th consecutive conference meet

GRANT — The Warriors took home another conference crown Monday night at Grant.

The Warriors finished with a score of 196 and Central Montcalm was second with 135, while Big Rapids placed  third with 69 points. Reed City was fifth with 60.

Chippewa Hills placed first in the  100-meter dash (Hannah Todd, 13.58), 300-meter hurdles (Haley Mercer, 51.99), 400 relay (53.00), 800 relay (1:50.36), 1600 relay (4:23.25), and the high jump (Harley Flachs (5-1).

Big Rapids’ first place finishers include Meghan Langworthy in the 3200-meter run (11:51.98) , shot put (Erika Beistle, 35-6), and the Cardinals’ 3200 relay team (10:06.12).

For Reed City, Faith Woods (15-6) and Emily Libey (15-4) placed first  and second, respectively in the long jump.

CCA 3rd in conference championship

BIG RAPIDS — The Crossroads ladies took third at the WMD Championships on Monday behind triple-gold performances by Jaylen Schroeder and Natalie Chapman. Schroeder did her damage in the distance events, running away from the field in the mile and the 800 meter run. Her mark of 5:57 in the mile represented a personal record. Chapman hurdled her way to victory, taking first in the 100 hurdles in a school-record 17.6, and winning the 300 hurdles in 51.8.

Chapman led off the victorious 4 x 100 relay team, teaming with Haley Jankowski, Logan Atchison, and Amber Poortvliet to win in 56.2. The Cougars closed the day with a victory in the 4 x 400 meter relay. Kiara Atchison ran a strong leg to put the Cougars in the middle of a pack of three. Tahlyana Hinton hung on in third until the final hundred meters, when she powered into the lead.

The Cougars had a number of other medalist performances. Atchison earned second in the 800 meter run in 2:50. Poortvliet took second in the 100 hurdles in a PR of 17.9, with Tahlyana Hinton rounding out a 1-2-3 sweep with a PR of 19.2. Poortvliet also took third in the 300 hurdles, equaling her PR despite falling coming into the home stretch.

Poortvliet  also took second in the pole vault with a PR of 5-0. Bailey Dever took third in the shot put in 27-2.

Crossroads returns to action on Friday when it travels to Holton for the regional championship.

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