Pelton to play football at Grand Valley

REED CITY — Anthony Pelton made a major decision recently in regards to his collegiate football career.

But the Coyote senior is also in the middle of helping his Reed City boys basketball team be a title winner in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division.

Pelton said he has verbally committed to Grand Valley State University, a Division II football power in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

In early December, he verbally committed, Pelton said.

“I visited Wayne State and Michigan Tech,” Pelton said. “I think Grand Valley is a super program. I’ve always thought about going there my whole life.”’

His brother Taylor is playing at Michigan Tech, which made thinking of going to the Houghton school very tempting.

“It was a very hard decision,” Taylor said, indicating he’ll be a tight end at Grand Valley.

Pelton has also had a solid start for his basketball team which entered the holiday break with a 5-1 record. He’s gotten some key points and rebounds each game.

He acknowledged he’s taking some of the role vacated last season from center Karston Koopman, who graduated.

“I’m not a good as Koopman was in the post,” Pelton said. “It’s a work in progress on that. I can shoot the ball pretty good outside.”

Putbacks are a strength for Pelton.

“I pride myself in my rebounding ability,” he said.

Pelton has also been shooting the occasional 3-pointer.

Reed City is off until CSAA Gold action at Tri County on Jan. 4. The Coyotes have established themselves as early season league contenders.

“We’re also hoping to at least win a district, but we’re hoping to go a lot farther,” Pelton said. “We’re working on our game. We have to outwork and outhustle teams.”

 

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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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