It was a unique years in area sports

Evart’s boys cross country team had another big season.

REED CITY — Along with Reed City football at No. 1, there were plenty of other stories which made for a memorable top 10 season.

2.) REED CITY BASEBALL

It was another championship year for the Reed City Coyotes who came back from Pine River with a district crown.

Standouts included Hunter Morrison, a senior pitcher-shortstop who batted .402 with a home run and 34 RBIs. His pitching record was 10-3 with a 1.60 ERA.

“Hunter, a four-year starter, was the leader on the mound and at the plate for us this year,” Coyote coach Marty Shaffer said. “He was an all-around ball player for us and because of him we have had the recent success we have had. He set a school record for strikeouts in a season and in a career.

“He was a part of two district championships and 1 CSAA Gold championship.”

Jeffery Phenix was a senior catcher and pitcher who had an admirable season. He batted .350 and had a 3.5 ERA.

“Jeffery, a four-year starter, was the backstop for Reed City during his career and led the team in (batting) his junior season and then in home runs this year with 6. He was very sound defensively and had a .980 fielding percentage.”

3.) REED CITY SOFTBALL

Roger Steig coached the Coyotes to a 24-12 record and second straight Division 3 district title. Jordyn Storch had another big year for Reed City with 49 runs scored and nine doubles, plus three triples, 11 home runs, 26 stolen bases, 49 RBIs, a .472 average and 23 career home runs. She was a Miss Softball nominee.

4.) PINE RIVER FOOTBALL

The Bucks improved impressively from a 1-8 season in 2017 to 6-4 in 2018, which included a trip to the playoffs and a loss to McBain. Elijah Lewis at running back and Bryan McCurry on the line were standouts for the Bucks.

5.) REED CITY BOYS BASKETBALL

The Coyotes have gotten off to a 5-1 start and posted a key December win over league powerhouse Fremont, serving indication this could be as special season under third-year coach JJ Eads. Cody Kailing, Zac Saez and Anthony Pelton have been among the key faces for the Coyotes, who in February had an impressive win over Big Rapids.

6.) PINE RIVER WRESTLING

It was another big season for the Pine River wrestlers who made it to the state semifinals. “The  upset win over Mendon in the quarter finals was a huge win for the program,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said. Tyler Signor had a breakout state tournament placing third. Andrew Park was a runner up four-time state placer. Jacob Roberts and Dylan Stevens. Both were state qualifiers.

7.) REED CITY GIRLS SOCCER

Reed City new girls soccer coach Andrea Pollaski led her team to a 9-7 record, which was a major turnaround from last season. Her team had many young players but still did well.

8.) SWITCH IN SEASONS

The MHSAA switched the starting times for boys and girls basketball seasons in November which meant practices for the boys started first. The main incentive for the MHSAA was to be able to have its boys state final on a date when the Breslin Center at Michigan State.

9.) REED CITY CROSS COUNTRY

Both boys and girls had full-scoring teams and were very competitive. Brandon Wirth for the Coyote boys was 10th in 16:29.3 at the Division 3 state meet for all-state honors.

10.) EVART CROSS COUNTRY

Austin Hamilton and Josh Woods ended strong cross country careers at the Division 3 state meet. Hamilton got all-state honors with 21st place (16:48.6). Woods took 35th. The top 30 got all-state honors.

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with Herald Review as well as the Pioneer and The Lake County Star. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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