Cardinal golfers take third; volleyball and soccer teams shine

Big Rapids girls golfers were 10th overall and third in their division in their season debut: from left, Payton Fuller, Vallery Seay, Holly McKenna, Avery Chaput, Lauren Posey and Hope Thebo. (Courtesy photo)

TRAVERSE CITY — The Big Rapids girls team competed in the Traverse City Two-Day Invitational on Thursday and Friday.

The Cardinals took third in their division and 10th overall out of 36 teams over the two days.

The girls opened with a 380 on Spruce Run Golf Course on Thursday and went low Friday with a 356 on the Wolverine Golf Course Friday. Their two-day total was 736.

Hope Thebo shot 87-80, Holly McKenna 92-87, Lauren Posey 94-92, Val Seay 107-97 Avery Chaput 110-109 and Payton Fuller 113-112.

“It was a really good two days in Traverse City,” Big Rapids coach Mark Posey said. “The 736 is the lowest we have ever gone on those courses.

It is a solid start to our year and gave the team some ideas on the parts of their games they need to improve on. We are in action next Tuesday for the Traverse City West Invitational.”


Big Rapids Cardinals

ALMA — Big Rapids was 0-4 at the Alma Invitational on Saturday.

“We had some hard-fought matches that we were unfortunately unable to finish. It definitely wasn’t for a lack of effort,” Big Rapids coach Chelsea Nelson said. “The girls played hard and are becoming comfortable playing in different positions.

Big Rapids’ scores were 15-25, 25-19, 15-13 to St. Johns, 25-17, 25-12 to Lakeview. 19-25, 25-23, 17-15 to Morley Stanwood and 25-18, 25-17 to Ithaca

Grace Fath had seven aces, while Mackaela Klever had 13 kills and six aces.

Tegan Jones had 14 kills.

“Defensively we blocked really well and were picking up a lot of balls,” Nelson said. “This tournament is a good indicator of what we need to focus on for our tournament coming up at Cadillac.”

Crossroads Cougars

BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads Charter Academy attended the WMVOA Tournament for Kids on Saturday and placed 20th in pool play.

Crossroads lost to Godwin 25-3, 25-6, Kalamazoo Heritage 25-9, 25-10 and split with WMAA 23-25.25-14. CCA entered quarterfinals in the bronze bracket and lost to Zion Christian 25-21, 25-14.

The lead passer for the day was Jacy Carlson, while Mackenzie Cole led the team in setting. Jada Meeuwes had five kills and six blocks while Jacy Carlson had eight aces followed by Mackenzie Cole and Samantha Taylor, both with five aces, and Gretchen Purcell with four.

“The day had its ups and downs, but by the end of pool play, the girls were finally able to find their rhythm and began working as a cohesive unit,” CCA coach Kristin Yates said. “Being our first tournament of the season, we now have a good starting place for areas of improvement, but the overall character and determination of our team should prove to benefit us this year.”

Morley Stanwood Mohawks

ALMA — Morley Stanwood’s volleyball team opened its season by going 2-2 on Saturday at the Alma Invitational.

“We saw real good competition,” Morley Stanwood coach Robin Kozuch said.

The Mohawks lost 25-4, 25-16 to Lakewood, which was Class B state runners-up last season. They beat St. Johns 25-19, 24-26, 15-13, defeated Big Rapids 19-25, 25-23, 17-15 and lost to Midland Dow 25-11, 25-14.

For the Mohawks, Erika Ulrich had five aces and Braelyn Berry three.

Berry also had 40 digs. Abi Waldo had 38 and Breanna Berry 33. Braelyn Berry and Jaidyn Schmitt had 13 kills apiece and Brooke Brauher had 11. In assists. Mikayla Moore had 25 and Landry LaPreze had 20.

Reed City Coyotes

LUDINGTON — Reed City’s volleyball team opened the season at Ludington on Friday.

The Coyotes lost to Ludington 25-21, 25-19, fell to Beaverton 25-19, 25-22, defeated Mason County Central 22-25, 25-19 15-9, defeated Shelby 25-17, 25-21 and lost to Ludington 25-23, 19-25, 15-9 in the semifinals.

For Reed City, Jenna Johnson had 12 digs, three assists and two blocks. Mady Brown had three aces and 40 digs. Kamryn Myers had 22 digs while Claudia Francke had 32 digs and 60 assists, Maddie Morgan had 20 digs, KateLynn Holmes had four aces and eight digs, McKenzie Wein had 29 digs, Demi Lodholtz had 15 kills, nine aces and 13 assists and Alison Duddles had 33 kills, four aces and seven digs.

Pine River Bucks

LEROY — Pine River traveled to Traverse City Central on Friday and went 3-2, winning the silver bracket.

In pool play, the Bucks lost to Fruitport 25-14, 25-11, fell to Midland 25-13, 25-9 and beat Kalkaska 25-11 24-26, 15-5.

In the Silver Bracket, Pine River beat Glen Lake 25-17,25-14 and Kalkaska 25-16, 25-12,

For the Bucks, Emma Whitley had 24 digs and 22 kills; Parker Moores had 14 digs, 13 kills and eight aces and Sophie Johnson had 39 assists, 10 digs and nine aces.

Evart Wildcat JVs

Evart’s junior varsity volleyball team finished in third place on Saturday in the Reed City Invitational.


Reed City Coyotes

MCBAIN — Reed City’s soccer team was 1-1 in the Northern Michigan Christian Comet Cup on Saturday.

The Coyotes beat McBain NMC in the first game 3-2. Ethan Maddox and Thomas Quinn scored one goal in the first half for Reed City. Maddox scored in the second half.

Reed City took on Buckley in the championship match and lost 8-0. It was 5-0 at halftime.

“It’s the first time in three years we made it to the finals,” Reed City coach Doug Emington said. “Last year, we didn’t score in the whole tournament.”



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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