Big Rapids golfers fourth

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids boys shot a second-day round of 306 on Saturday at the Southern Swing Invitational at Locust Hills Golf Club at Springfield, Ohio, and wound up fourth.

Saturday’s score was second best out of 20 teams.

“Our 632 was good enough for fourth overall,” Big Rapids coach Mark Posey. “Pierce Morrissey posted a 66 today and won the two-day tournament with a 139. He birdied eight holes.”

Also for Big Rapids, Dawson Currie had a 79, Luke Welch had an 80, Owen Seay and Trevor Woodard shot 81, Brett Lilienthal posted a 89 and Colin Morrissey had a 99.


North Pointe Christian 5, Big Rapids 4

GRAND RAPIDS — Big Rapids lost on Saturday in the annual Jay Bufton Memorial Game against North Pointe Christian.

“Mr. Bufton was a teacher and coach at both high schools who passed away from cancer several years ago and this game is played annually in his honor by both schools,” Big Rapids coach Sam Daugherty said.

The game was 0-0 for four innings with North Pointe Christian scoring an unearned run in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead. Big Rapids came back in the sixth with three runs to make it 5-3 after six innings. The Cards scored another run in the top of the seventh to make it 5-4 and the game ended with a diving catch by the NPC leftfielder with the potential tying run on third base for BR.

For the Cardinals, Keaton Ballard pitched the first four innings, giving up one unearned run and had four strikeouts.

“He was the losing pitcher but pitched extremely well,” Daugherty said.

At the plate, Jayden Mason had a double and RBI. Jace Gray had a hit and scored a run. Elliott Blair had a hit and an RBI. Ballard was 2-for-2 with an RBI.

LJ Graves and Cam Clark were both 1-for-2 with a run scored. Jack Somsel also had a key RBI.

“I thought we showed marked improvement today against a good opponent,” Daugherty said. “Our defense was much improved and we got some key hits in critical situations. We continue to make progress and that’s all a coach can ask for this time of year. I was very proud of our effort today and the way we grinded out at bats.”

BR is now 2-4 overall and plays at Cadillac on Tuesday and at Fremont on Thursday to open up CSAA Conference play.


Big Rapids at St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Big Rapids boys and girls track and field competed in the St. Louis Relays on Saturday.

“Both teams found success as all athletes competed well and did a great job,” Big Rapids coach Mike Selzer said.

The boys finished fourth overall and brought home 26 medals.

First places went to the 4x200m relay team of Jacob Roach, Nico Albarracin, Aaron Blackwell and Sam Alley; and the Mid-Distance relay team of Kadin Torres, Sam Alley, Tanner Hartline and Logan Williams

Second places went to the discus team of Tom Lobert and D.J. Greenbay, the shot put team of Tom Lobert and D.J. Greenbay; the long jump Team of Sam Alley, Heaven Hurley; and the distance medley relay team Casey Bouman, Kadin Torres, Logan Williams and Dan Hardesty.

Third places went to the 4×1600 team of Dan Hardesty, Ryan Ososki, Casey Bouman, and Archie Rush; and the 4×100 team of Jacob Roach Nico Albarracin, Logan Youngs, and Aaron Blackwell.

The Big Rapids girls finished sixth overall and brought home 12 medals.

Getting first places were the shot put team of Celia Beistle and Erika Beistle

Second places went to the discus team of Celia Beistle and Erika Beistle and distance medley relay Kate Langworthy, Madi Hammmer, Destiny Weckesser and Hanna Brock

Getting third place was the mid-distance relay of Meghan Langworthy, Hanna Brock, Madi Hammer and Kate Langworthy.

Evart at Fowler

FOWLER — Evart’s boys and girls track teams both competed at the Fowler Invitational on Friday.

Kyle Stokes was third (11;86) in the 100-meter dash Nathan Woods was third (4:50.73) and Austin Hamilton fourth (4:50.73) in the 1,600-meter run Tanner Ryan, Jaxon Todd, Haidyn Simmer and Stokes were fourth in the 4×100 relay. Ryan, Todd, Cameron Braisington and Stokes were second in the 4×20-relay (1:39/53). Woods, Alex Hamilton, Todd and Austin Hamilton were fifth in the 4×800 in 9:05.34.

Richard Foster was seventh in the pole vault (10-6).

For the girls, Mackenzi VanBuren was first (15-3.25). Sophia Scott was eighth in the 1,600-meter run (6:29.94).



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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