High School results 
Dec. 14 – 19


Boys’ basketball

Onsted 66, Columbia Central 23: Austin Davis finished with 24 points and Skyler Lipinski added 13 points for Onsted. Pat Iott and Gabe Richardson dished four assists apiece and James Dietrich made four steals for Onsted (3-0 overall, 1-0 Lenawee County Athletic Association). CCHS fell to 1-3 overall, 0-1 LCAA.

Jackson Christian 51, Waldron 47: The Royals improved to 2-0 in the Southern Central Athletic Association with the win.

Addison 69, East Jackson 56: Paul Zysk scored 32 points – including 13 in the final quarter – and grabbed 12 rebounds for Addison. Drew Norton scored 14 points and dished seven assists for Addison (3-1 overall, 1-0 Cascades Conference).

Vandercook Lake 41, Napoleon 36: Rasheed Hicks scored 11 points and Zaithon Allen added nine points for VCL (3-1 overall, 1-0 Cascades Conference). Napoleon (1-3 overall, 0-1 conference) was led by Hunter Sullivan with 10 points.

 Lansing Catholic 66, Lumen Christi 55: The Titans fell to 0-3 with a home loss to Lansing Catholic. Zalen Moore scored 25 points for the Titans and Kris Wallace finished with 19 points.

 Napoleon 46, Columbia Central 41: Jacob Chadwell scored 12 points and John Pezon added 10 for Napoleon (1-2) as the Pirates won in double overtime. CCHS (1-2) was led by Dalton Fish with 14 points, Micah Raby added 13 points and Kyle Schiel scored nine points.

 Morenci 62, Addison 51: Paul Zysk scored 20 points, Brett Burris dished four assists and Drew Rokita added 10 points for Addison (2-1).

Vandercook Lake 55, Concord 46: Malik Wilks scored 11 points, Zaithon Allen added 10 points and Sam Ray pulled down eight rebounds for Vandercook Lake (2-1).

East Jackson 72, Jackson Christian 54: Kyle Cochrane scored nine points to lead Jackson Christian (1-2 overall).

Onsted 65, Gabriel Richard 32: The Wildcats held Gabriel Richard to 10 points in the first half at a tournament at Belleville High School. Onsted center Austin Davis scored 23 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked seven shots in being named the MVP. Skyler Lipinski added 16 points, Gabe Richardson dished four assists and James Dietrich made five steals for Onsted (4-0).

Lumen Christi 58, Northwest 56: The Titans held off the Mounties in the fourth quarter for their first win of the season. Zaylen Moore scored 18 points and Nolan Crowley added 11 points for Lumen Christi (1-3).

 Girls’ basketball

Ida 47, Onsted 34: Taylor Hutchinson scored 17 points, four steals and four rebounds for Onsted (1-3 overall, 0-1 Lenawee County Athletic Association.

Napoleon 41, Manchester 37, OT: Napoleon is 5-0 overall, 2-0 in the Cascades Conference. Mackenzie Fairbanks scored 14 points and Kaylee Jester added 12 points to lead the Pirates.

Columbia Central 63, Hillsdale 14: Cameron Daniels scored a career-high 15 points; Chelsea Palmer added 14 points and 14 rebounds; and Regan Bernstein and Lindsey Sullivan scored 12 points apiece. Hannah Taylor finished with 10 points and Alissa Fish dished five assists for CCHS (2-2 overall, 1-0 Lenawee County Athletic Association).

Grass Lake 70, Addison 45: Addison fell to 2-3 overall, 1-1 in the Cascades Conference with the loss.

Bellevue 35, Jackson Christian 32: Audrey McCollum scored nine points and dished three assists; Cassidy McNeil scored nine points; and Syd Young pulled down five rebounds for Jackson Christian (1-3 overall, 0-3 Southern Central Athletic Association).

 Michigan Center 52, Vandercook Lake 49: Claire Klintworth scored 25 points and Alexis Ostrander added 10 points, but it was not enough for the Jayhawks. Brianna Wolvin scored 16 points to lead Michigan Center.

Lansing Catholic 43, Lumen Christi 29: Megan Saunders scored 11 points and Katie Gallant grabbed seven rebounds to lead Lumen Christi (1-3).


Manchester 47, Napoleon 27: The Pirates trailed 24-0 to start the match, but earned wins by Cody Wahl (135), Dewey Stowe (152) Ethan Weatherspoon (152) and Kody Ebersole (215) to get back into the contest.

Addison 51, Columbia Central 30: Seth Harvey (112), Marcus Richardson (130), Bowen Clingenpeel (140), Donovan Underwood (160), Garrett Bernath (189) and Luke Yackee (285) all earned pins for Addison in the home win. Noah Gorrell (119), Jacob Stahl (135), Michael Phillips (152) and Reece Arnett (215) pinned their opponents for CCHS.

Leslie Quad: Onsted High School earned a split with a 39-24 win against Laingsburg 39-24. The Wildcats lost to the host school 33-24. Bailey Wesley (119) and Braxton Hella (215) were undefeated in contested matches for Onsted.

Addison runner-up at Ypsilanti: The Addison High School varsity wrestling team lost to Ypsilanti Lincoln in the final of the tournament. Marcus Richardson, Dakota Knieper, Donovan Underwood and Hunter Dart were undefeated for the day.

Bedford Invitational: Napoleon finished seventh in the tournament as Robert Eineder, Ethan Weatherspoon and Dewey Stowe all finished fourth in their respective weight classes.

Competitive cheer

VCL, Onsted win home invitationals

    Trailing by 14 points heading into the final round, members of the Vandercook Lake High School varsity competitive cheer team knew that perfection was a must.

   The Jayhawks scored a 271 in the final round to defeat Concord by three points during the invitational.

   “We had to go out there and stick each routine tumble by tumble,” VCL coach Sarah DuBois said. “It is nice to see other teams from outside the area competing.”

   Vandercook Lake finished with a three-round total of 677.36, Concord was second at 674.78 and Lumen Christi was seventh with 534.45.

   Onsted did not have to sweat it out as much at their home invitational. The Wildcats easily won the Division 2/3 event with a score of 706.54.

   Napoleon finished eighth in the Division 4 competition at Onsted.

 CCHS jamboree: Onsted High School claimed the first Lenawee County Athletic Association jamboree with a three-round total of 744. Columbia Central finished fourth with 610.

EJ jamboree: Defending Cascades Conference champions Michigan Center won the first jamboree with a score of 713.12. Vandercook Lake was second (682.76), Addison placed third (662.62) and Napoleon finished eighth (461.30).


Big Rapids Tournament: Lumen Christi lost a pair of games, 6-3 to Rochester on Friday night, and 6-1 against the host school Saturday.


Napoleon (boys)21, East Jackson 9: Justin Friedel rolled a 266 and Jacob Walker a 207 to lead Napoleon boys.

Napoleon (girls) 27, East Jackson 3: Napoleon bowler Katlyn Devlaminck rolled a 471 series to lead the Pirates.

Jonesville 29, Addison 1: The Panthers lost both matches to the Comets by the same score. Robbie Look led Addison with a 180 game.

 Columbia Central (boys) 16, Onsted 14: Cameron Palmer rolled a 474 series and Dylan Gray finished with a 232 game for CCHS. Onsted was led by Jakob Logan with a 221.

Onsted (girls) 24, Columbia Central 6: Serena Nichols rolled a 180 and Jessica Klepacz a 175 for Onsted. Cami Emerson led all scorers with a 190 game for CCHS.

Vandercook Lake (boys) 18, Jonesville 12: The Jayhawks rolled a school-record score of 1,228 in singles’ competition as Conner Lackey and Korey Reichard rolled 268s and Zach Cecil a 267. The Jayhawks rallied from a 10-0 deficit.

Vandercook Lake (girls) 30, Jonesville 0: Cassidy Crabtree finished with a 406 series and Mackenzie Johnson a 397.

Cascades Clash: The Vandercook Lake High School girls’ team won the event and the VCL boys were second in the Baker game competition. Jackson High School led the qualifying in the girls’ event, but lost to the Jayhawks 483-463 in the finals. Vandercook Lake led the boys’ qualifying, but lost to conference rivals Jonesville in the final, 445-362. Both Napoleon teams advanced to the eight-team stepladder format.

Portage Northern Invitational: The Onsted High School girls’ team finished third with a total of 2,708. Onsted lost in the semifinal round after defeating Adrian in the quarterfinals. Jessica Kozakiewicz rolled games of 198 and 171 and Serena Nichols finished with a 176. The boys’ team was seventh with 3,060 pins. Jacob McCormick rolled a 195 and Dylan Hertel and Jakob Logan 177s.


Lumen Christi 133.85, Western 124.95: Shannon Dailey of Lumen Christi Catholic School won the floor exercise (9.425) and the all-around (33.425) to lead the Titans. Megan Schmidt won the uneven bars (8.375) and Lauren Perticone took the balance beam (8.5) for the Titans.


High School results 
Oct. 13 – 19


Hanover-Horton 30, Addison 25: The Addison High School varsity football team did not lose to Hanover-Horton Oct. 16 at home. The Panthers just ran out of time.         Hanover-Horton used a big first half for a 30-25 win against the Panthers Friday, Oct. 16. Addison fell to 2-6 overall, 2-5 in the Cascades Conference, good for seventh place. Hanover-Horton is 4-4 overall. Addison scored three times in the game’s final 16 minutes, but fell short. Hunter Dart scored a 5-yard touchdown in the first half for the Panthers’ only score. Hanover-Horton led 24-6 at halftime. Isaac Skinner scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half on runs of 1 and 40 yards. Quincy SeGraves scored on a 2-yard run with 2:41 remaining in the game. Skinner finished with 116 rushing yards on 12 carries. The Panthers will host Quincy Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Big 8/Cascades crossover game.

Columbia Central 28, Dundee 15: Micah Raby ran for 292 yards for Columbia Central High School as the Golden Eagles improved to 7-1 on the season. The Golden Eagles are 5-1 in the conference and will finish in at least second place in the league. Devyn Miller scored on runs of 1 and 24 yards; Jerimiah Dixon ran back a kickoff 75 yards for a score; and Raby scored on a 19-yard run for CCHS. “This was a huge win for us as it was a physical game in a tough environment,” coach Josh Kubiak said. CCHS will conclude the regular season Friday at Onsted beginning at 7 p.m.

Lumen Christi 28, Battle Creek Pennfield 8: The Titans improved to 6-2 for the season with a win at Battle Creek. Liam Daly scored on runs of 40 and 31 yards; Wyatt Plate intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards for a score; and Josh Marsh scored from 5 yards away for the Titans. Bo Bell led the Titans with 89 rushing yards. The Titans will face Jackson Friday at 7 p.m. in the annual cross-town rivalry game at Withington Stadium.

Hudson 26, Onsted 0: The Onsted High School rushing attack was held to under 70 yards in the loss. Landon Duke made 13 tackles and Cory Robinson added 12 stops for Onsted (4-4 overall, 2-4 Lenawee County Athletic Association). Onsted will host Columbia Central Friday at 7 p.m.

Napoleon 49, East Jackson 6: Greg Weatherspoon ran for 244 yards and two touchdowns in the Pirates’ win. Duncan Wilson ran for two scores; John Kortz caught two touchdown passe;s and Zach Reid caught one. Austin Ashe threw for 120 yards and three scores against the Trojans. Defensively, Eric Poling and Frankie Bamm combined for 25 tackles for Napoleon (3-5 overall, 3-4 Cascades Conference). Napoleon finished sixth in the Cascades Conference this season. The Pirates will host Jonesville Thursday at 7 p.m. for the Big 8/Cascades crossover game.

Manchester 29, Vandercook Lake 7: The Vandercook Lake High School varsity football team learned what everyone else in the Cascades Conference knows . . . the road to the title goes through Manchester. And there is normally a lot of construction in the way. Manchester won their fourth consecutive Cascades Conference title with a 29-7 win over Vandercook Lake at home Oct. 16. It was the first loss for Vandercook Lake this season. The Jayhawks were attempting to win their first Cascades Conference football title since 1978. Vandercook is 7-1 overall, 6-1 in the Cascades Conference. “They had an answer for anything we did offensively,” coach Steve Wolvin said. “We never got into any rhythm because of them . . . it was a good lesson to learn. “They [Manchester] deserved to win.” Vandercook Lake was stymied in the first half – gaining less than 40 yards offensively – but still found themselves down 13-7.   Manchester scored twice in the first half on long drives – mainly on the ground. Running back Trevor Humphrey churned up a number of yards scoring twice in the first half.  Vandercook’s only answer was a 70-yard kickoff return by Noah Cooper for a touchdown with 44 seconds remaining in the first half. “I thought we had some nice momentum heading into halftime with the kickoff return,” Wolvin said. “We got a fumble recovery early in the third quarter, but couldn’t score. “You have to score when you get into their end of the field.”    Sam Ray recovered the fumble two plays into the third quarter. Vandercook could not move the ball and turned it over on downs. Both teams were scoreless in the third quarter. Manchester opened the fourth quarter with a 30-yard field goal by Nic Tindall. They scored twice more in the quarter to the final of 29-7. Humphrey ran for 216 yards for Manchester (7-1 overall, 7-0 Cascades Conference). Zaithon Allen led Vandercook with 29 rushing yards. The Jayhawks will host Springport Thursday at 7 p.m. for the Big 8/Cascades crossover game.


CCHS advances to volleyball finals at Western

    The Columbia Central High School varsity volleyball team advanced to the finals at Western High School with an undefeated record for the day.

   Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, they could not keep it that way. CCHS lost to Ann Arbor Huron 25-17 and 25-16 in the finals at Western.

   The Golden Eagles improved to 29-8-5 for the season with five wins.

   “Ann Arbor Huron was a tall, aggressive hitting and blocking team which required a different tactical system on our part,” coach Patty Vandeventer said. “We were too slow to incorporate and execute the required tactic.

   “Overall, I was pleased with my team’s aggressive serving and ability to minimize errors.”

   Mackenzi Collins tallied 48 assists and scored 31 points from the service line for CCHS. Lyza Myers had 60 kills; Mackenzy Wenzlick made 36 digs; and Tara Schatzle recorded 43 assists.

East Jackson Invitational: Jackson Christian High School went 2-2 on the day at East Jackson. The Royals defeated Stockwell Academy and Star Academy. Katie Moran recorded 71 assists; Jordan Riedel finished with 75 digs; Kara Axon scored 22 kills; and Brooklyn Vander Hill had 13 aces for Jackson Christian (11-17-3).

Lenawee County tournament: Onsted High School went 2-0-1 in pool play and defeated Clinton before losing to Adrian in the semifinals. Sidney Ing and Lindsey Davis were both selected to the all-tournament team. Ing finished with 40 points served; Davis tallied 87 assists; Lauren DeLand scored nine aces; and Taylor Hutchinson finished with 59 digs for Onsted (31-11-1).

 Columbia Central defeated Dundee: The Golden Eagles lost game one, but came back to win 25-27, 25-5, 25-10 and 25-15 to improve to 4-2 in the Lenawee County Athletic Association. Lyza Myers had 20 kills and 12 blocks and Tara Schatzle made 21 assists for CCHS (24-7-5).

Addison defeated Napoleon: The Panthers lost games one and three, but rebounded to win the final two games against the Pirates. Both teams are now 4-2 in the Cascades Conference. Taylor Sumner scored 33 assists and Tailor Maynard was perfect from the service line with two aces for Addison (17-11-2).

Onsted defeated Hudson: Onsted High School celebrated senior night with a 25-7, 25-12 and 25-11 win over Hudson. Sidney Ing tallied eight kills and Lindsey Davis scored 22 assists for Onsted (31-10 overall). The Wildcats are still alive for a Lenawee County Athletic Association title with a 5-1 record.

Pittsford defeated Jackson Christian: The Royals lost a double header to Pittsford on the road Oct. 13. Pittsford took the first match 25-11 and 25-12. Jackson Christian came back to win game one 25-22, but lost the next two games to Pittsford.

 Hanover-Horton defeated Vandercook Lake: Vandercook Lake High School lost 25-14, 25-13 and 25-12 to fall to 2-4 in the Cascades Conference.


Jackson Christian 8, Quincy 0: Joel Kintigh scored four goals for Jackson Christian (8-1-1-0 Independent Soccer League). The Royals finished second in the western division of the league.

Lenawee Christian 2, Onsted 1: The Wildcats finished second in the Independent Soccer League eastern division with a 5-2-2-1 record.

Clinton 4, Columbia Central 3: The Golden Eagles finished the conference season with a 2-7-0-1 record with the loss. CCHS was sixth in the eastern division.

Jackson Christian 3, Onsted 2: Joel Kintigh scored one goal in regulation and another in a shootout to lead the Royals to the win in the third-place game in the Independent Soccer League. Zach Weidman of Jackson Christian stopped three consecutive shots in the shootout.

Cross country

Hanover-Horton defeated Napoleon, Manchester: Hanover-Horton took the first six spots in the boys’ race and eight of 10 in the girls’ race. Billy Dowd of Napoleon finished seventh in 17 minutes, 49 seconds in the boys’ race and McKenzie Smoyer of Napoleon placed third in 20:50 in the girls’ contest. Both Napoleon teams defeated Manchester to earn a split.

Addison defeated East Jackson: The Addison High School boys’ cross country team defeated the Trojans by taking seven of the top eight spots at East Jackson. Zach Morse of Addison won the meet in 19:00 in the boys’ event, and Haley Wilkes finished first in 22:21 for Addison in the girls’ race.

Interstate-8 Conference: The Lumen Christi Catholic School girls’ team took first place at the Coldwater jamboree as all five runners finished in the top 10. Marilyn Schonhard of Lumen Christi was second in 19:07; Shannon McDonnell finished sixth in 20:14; and Jensen McEldowney was right behind her in 20:23. In the boys’ event, Lumen Christi finished eighth as Nadji Butris finished 29th (18:09) and Spencer Good was 36th (18:33).

Jensen Memorial Run: Local high school runners Mary Hawthorne of Jackson Christian High School and Marilyn Schonhard of Lumen Christi finished second and third respectively at the Chris Jensen Memorial cross country run Oct. 17 at Sharp Park. The event pits the top runners in Jackson County against one another. The top 15 finishers are considered all-county and receive medals at the annual banquet in early November. Hawthorne finished the 5,000-meter course in 19:54 and Schonhard in 20:02. Samantha Saenz finished first for Concord with a time of 19:34. Schonhard had plenty of company in the top 15 as the Titans placed four runners in the top tier. Teammate Shannon McDonnell placed sixth (20:36), Jensen McEldowney was right behind her (20:42) and Sophia Dinverno placed 11th (20:58). McKenzie Smoyer of Napoleon was ninth overall in 20:44. In the boys’ event, Jacob Inosencio finished first for Western with a time of 16:25. Nadji Butris of Lumen Christi placed 12th (17:22) and Connor Silvestri of Napoleon was right behind him (17:25).


Division 4 state golf final: Alyssa Fish finished 16th overall with a two-day total of 178 – missing a top 10 state medal by seven strokes. Lumen Christi finished 11th as a team with a total of 798 and Napoleon was 15th at 888. Fish shot a 90 day one and backed that up with an 88 on a cold and blustery Saturday. Lumen Christi was led by Geraldine Berkemeier with a total of 186 and Gracie Carroll and Hillary Ziemba with 203s. Napoleon golfer Caitlyn Lysher shot a 97 on day two finishing with 201.


Division 4 state tennis finals: Lumen Christi Catholic School tennis players Connor Mogle and Lucas Reynolds proved to be semi-tough at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state finals near Kalamazoo Oct. 16 and 17. Both advanced to the semifinals in singles play helping the Titans earn seven points in the Division 4 state team tournament. Lumen Christi finished tied for 11th with Flint Powers, Grand Rapids West Catholic, Paw Paw and Portland. Ann Arbor Greenhills won the team tournament with 26 points. Both Mogle and Reynolds were regional champions in Nos. 2 and 3 singles respectively. Mogle advanced to the semifinals with an exciting 6-3, 6-7(4), and 7-6(4) win over Tyler Boes of Kalamazoo Christian in the quarterfinals. He lost 6-1 and 6-2 in the semifinals to No. 2 seed Christian Ilitch of University Liggett. Reynolds also won a three-set match in the quarterfinals, ousting David Ameriguian of Grosse Ile 6-3, 4-6 and 7-5. He lost 7-6(5) and 7-5 in the semifinals against the No. 2 seed Tyler Spigarelli of Traverse City St. Francis. Patrick Doerr of Lumen Christi earned the other point for the Titans with a 6-2 and 6-1 win over Alex Lindamood of Buchanan in the opening round at No. 1 singles.

 High School results 
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4 


CCHS one victory away from playoffs following Blissfield win

    The Columbia Central High School varsity football team is one win away from making the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs following a 26-12 win over Blissfield at home Oct. 2.

CCHS is 5-1 overall, 3-1 in the Lenawee County Athletic Association.

But coach Josh Kubiak warns that the Golden Eagles need to take care of the football better.

“We have turned the ball over 10 times in the past two weeks,” Kubiak said. “We need to go back to our ball control drills we worked on in camp.”

The Golden Eagles intercepted three passes – two by Jerimiah Dixon and one by Bryce Wangler – and recovered a pair of fumbles in the win.

Blissfield took advantage of a CCHS turnover to take a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Golden Eagles came back to take the lead on a 13-yard run by Micah Raby. CCHS increased the lead to 14-6 at halftime on a 60-yard run by Raby.

Blissfield took advantage of another CCHS turnover to cut the lead to 14-12 in the third quarter.

Raby put the Golden Eagles ahead 20-12 with a 10-yard run.

Dylan Gray put the finishing touches on the game with a 2-yard run late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Raby finished with 163 yards rushing offensively for CCHS. Tommy Plummer made 11 tackles for the Golden Eagles.

The Golden Eagles will host Erie Mason Friday at 7 p.m. for fall homecoming. Erie Mason is 0-6 for the season.

VCL earns playoff spot with homecoming win

    The Vandercook Lake High School varsity football team scored early and often in a 61-39 win over Napoleon on homecoming night.

The Jayhawks are now eligible for the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs with six wins. This is the second time the Jayhawks have qualified for the playoffs with the last time being 1996.

VCL is 5-0 in the Cascades Conference tied with Manchester. They are 6-0 overall.

Napoleon fell to 2-4 overall, 2-3 in the Cascades Conference.

The Jayhawks scored five times in the first half with the big four – Malik Wilks, Noah Cooper, Zaithon Allen and Nolan Hancock – doing most of the damage.

Allen scored on a 57-yard run to open the quarter. Hancock hit Cooper with an 18-yard touchdown pass and Wilks ran 4 yards for a score late in the quarter.

Duncan Wilson scored twice for the Pirates in the second quarter and finished the game with five touchdowns.

“Wilson ran extremely hard for Napoleon . . . he is going to be a dandy,” VCL coach Steve Wolvin said.

Allen returned a kickoff 75 yards for another VCL touchdown and Wilks caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Hancock.

Wilks, Cooper and Chase Pierce all scored touchdowns for the Jayhawks in the second half.

But VCL had to keep scoring to maintain their lead.

“We had some trouble defensively,” Wolvin said. “We will have to tighten that up a little bit.”

Zach Reid scored on a 64-yard run for Napoleon in the fourth quarter.

Kicker Devin Cheney kicked seven extra points and field goals of 34 and 22 yards.

“He bought a new pair of shoes and it appeared to help,” Wolvin said.

Allen and Wilks both ran for more than 100 yards with Allen running for 141 on 10 carries and Wilks rushing for 124 on 13 carries. Cooper caught four passes for 88 yards and Hancock threw for 116 yards.

Defensively, Sam Ray made 15 tackles and Wilks added 10 stops.

Vandercook Lake will travel to Michigan Center for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night.

Napoleon was led by Wilson with 117 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Austin Ashe threw for 161 yards for the Pirates. Frankie Bamm made 10 tackles for Napoleon.

Napoleon will host Manchester Friday for their fall homecoming game at 7 p.m.

Addison earns second win of season

The Addison High School varsity football team earned an easy 44-0 win over East Jackson for their second win of the season.

Addison did most of the damage on the ground, rushing for more than 300 yards in the win.

The Panthers are now 2-4 overall, 2-3 in the Cascades Conference.

Zaire Faulkner ran for 104 yards and scored one touchdown for Addison.

The Panthers scored twice in the opening quarter on touchdown runs of 7 and 23 yards by Hunter Dart. Running back Quincy SeGraves scored a pair of 2-point conversions.

Faulkner ran 15 yards for a score to open the second quarter. SeGraves again ran in the 2-point run for a 24-0 lead.

Drew Malinowski ran for an 8-yard touchdown for a 31-0 lead.

Kayden Heckaman and Isaac Skinner scored on runs of 1 and 20 yards respectively for Addison in the fourth quarter.

Dart, Skinner and Donovan Underwood all intercepted passes for Addison.

The Panthers will host Grass Lake for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday, Oct. 9.

Coldwater 26, Lumen Christi 7: Josh Marsh ran for 106 yards – including a 42-yard touchdown – for Lumen Christi. The Titans fall to 4-2 overall, 3-2 in the Interstate-8 Conference. Nolan Crowley made 11 tackles and recovered a fumble for the Titans. Lumen Christi could not take advantage of three fumbles by Coldwater in the first half. The Titans will host Western Saturday at Withington Stadium with a 6 p.m. kickoff as LCCS celebrates fall homecoming.

Hillsdale 42, Onsted 0: The Wildcats fell to 4-2 overall, 2-2 in the Lenawee County Athletic Association with the loss. Jerod Grimes ran for 51 yards and Cory Robinson recorded eight tackles for Onsted. The Wildcats will host Dundee Friday at 7 p.m. for fall homecoming.



VCL improves to 2-2 in Cascades volleyball

    Right around Oct. 1 volleyball players at Vandercook Lake High School probably start thinking about basketball, competitive cheer or bowling seasons.

Not this year.

The Jayhawks are 2-2 in the Cascades Conference following an easy 25-13, 25-20 and 25-19 win against East Jackson at home.

Vandercook Lake may finish in the upper portion of the conference.

“It is a great feeling to make progress in your own conference,” coach Sue Burt said. “I knew earlier in the year when we hung with state-ranked Marshall that things were finally turning around.”

Senior Madisson Bates said finishing near the bottom of the conference again was not an option.

“We knew we had to work hard this season to get better,” Bates said. “We are trying to prove the rest of the conference wrong.”

Bates said playing at Lumen Christi every Wednesday and attending open gyms on Sunday have been helpful.

Service runs against East Jackson in game one were helpful for the Jayhawks. Alexis Ostrander, Claire Klintworth and Bates had scoring runs of at least five points in a 25-13 game-one win.

The Jayhawks jumped out to an early lead in game two, but East Jackson took the lead at 19-18. Klintworth served four consecutive points as the Jayhawks pulled way.

Vandercook Lake led 10-0 in game three as Lily Warner served nine consecutive points.

Warner and Klintworth finished with nine assists apiece; Bates scored nine kills; and Ostrander made 18 digs for VCL.

Onsted 3, Hillsdale 1: The Wildcats improved to 3-1 in the Lenawee County Athletic Association by taking three of four games from Hillsdale 25-10, 21-25, 25-23 and 24-14. Lindsey Davis had 42 assists; Sidney Ing scored 18 kills; Taylor Hutchinson was perfect from the service line; and Lauren Reichel tallied 22 digs for Onsted (23-6).

Blissfield 3, Columbia Central 0: After winning the Jackson County Tournament, CCHS fell to 2-2 in the LCAA losing 25-18, 25-20 and 25-17 to Blissfield. “We lacked the ability to adjust to their strengths and weaknesses, make smart decisions, play like a team and play with energy,” CCHS coach Patty Vandeventer said. Mackenzy Wenzlick had 11 digs; Mackenzi Collins tallied nine assists; Lyza Myers scored eight kills; and Tara Schatzle had 10 assists for CCHS (21-6-5 overall).

Northwest 3, Lumen Christi 2: The Titans fell to 1-2 in the Interstate-8 Conference with a tough 17-15 loss in game five. Erin Kalahar recorded 20 kills, Alex Soule had 41 assists and Madison McCullough blocked eight shots for the Titans (19-6-2).

 Titans earn pair of wins at home tri-meet

   A night after losing a tough five-game set to Northwest High School, the Lumen Christi Catholic School varsity volleyball team rebounded with a pair of wins during a home tri-meet Oct. 1.

The Titans improved to 21-6-2 with wins over Western (25-16 and 25-17) and Napoleon 23-25, 25-21 and 15-11.

Jocee McEldowney and Mallory Crowley combined for 35 kills for Lumen Christi. Alex Soule had 23 assists; Madison McCullough made eight blocks; and Lauren Reynolds had 23 digs for the Titans.

Napoleon earned a split with wins of 25-11 and 25-12. The Pirates were led by Dylan Wiley and Kaylee Jester with 12 kills apiece; Kyla Babcock recorded 15 assists; and Brittany Leutz and Aubrey Trudell combined for 50 digs for Napoleon (13-10-1).

Columbia Central tri-meet with Coldwater, Jackson: The Golden Eagles earned a split losing to Coldwater 23-25, 25-23 and 26-24. CCHS rebounded with a 25-14 and 25-17 win over Jackson. Lyza Myers had 24 kills; Mackenzi Collins scored 22 assists; Mackenzy Wenzlick made 24 digs; and Tara Schatzle finished with 17 assists for CCHS (22-7-5). “It was good to see the team back playing with energy, focus and passion,” CCHS coach Patty Vandeventer said.

Onsted second at Bronson Volleyball Invitational

    The Onsted High School varsity volleyball team finished second at the Bronson Invitational Saturday. Onsted defeated Napoleon and lost to Bronson and Edwardsburg in pool play.

The Wildcats came alive in bracket play defeating Hillsdale and Edwardsburg before losing 25-18 and 25-13 to the host school in the finals. Sidney Ing had 50 kills; Lindsey Davis scored 103 assists; Lauren DeLand scored 22 points; and Taylor Hutchinson tallied 68 digs for Onsted (26-9).

Lumen Christi went 3-1 on the day as Mallory Crowley, Erin Kalahar, Jocee McEldowney and Madison McCullough combined for more than 100 kills. Alex Soule scored 36 assists and Lauren Reynolds scored 31 digs for Lumen Christi (24-7-2).

Concord Invitational: Concord defeated Jackson Christian 25-20 and 25-15 in pool play.

Cross country

Napoleon runs past Addison, Grass Lake

    The Napoleon High School boys’ cross country team used a 1-2 finish to earn a pair of wins at home Sept. 29.

Connor Silvestri won the 5k race in 17 minutes, 14 seconds and teammate Billy Dowd was second in 17:21 for the Pirates.

Napoleon defeated Addison 18-37, and Grass Lake 16-39.

The Pirates took five of the top seven spots with Joel Johnson finishing fourth (18:23), Alex Bennett was fifth (18:58) and YaYa Touray placed seventh (19:09).

Zach Morse of Addison finished third as the Panthers defeated Grass Lake 20-38.

In the girls’ event, Grass Lake defeated Napoleon 22-39, and Addison 19-44. The Warriors took three of the top five positions in the contest.

McKenzie Smoyer of Napoleon won the event in 19:58 and teammate Sofia Silvestri was sixth in 21:30.

Haley Wilkes of Addison finished third overall just over the 20-minute mark.

Hanover-Horton over Vandercook Lake: The No. 1 ranked Hanover-Horton High School boys’ team took the top nine positions and easily defeated Vandercook Lake and East Jackson 15-50. Vandercook Lake was led by Jordan Rimert in 10th place (21:59) and Adam Johnson right behind him (22:23). The female Comets did the same as they won the top six positions against the Jayhawks and Trojans. Vandercook Lake was led by Rylee Hynes in seventh place in 24:31.

SCAA jamboree at Hillsdale Academy: Mary Hawthorne finished fifth (20:25) and teammates Averie Hollowood were 14th (23:28) and Lydia Haavisto 15th (23:30) at the Southern Central Athletic Association meet at Hillsdale Academy. Andrew Jackson finished 21st (20:54) in the boys’ meet.

DeWitt Invitational: The Lumen Christi Catholic School girls’ cross country team finished fourth as Marilyn Schonhard (19:46) and Shannon McDonnell (20:02) finished 13th and 16th respectively. Addison High School runner Haley Wilkes finished 53rd in 21:55. In the boys’ event, the Titans finished seventh as Nadji Butris placed 15th in 17:40. Addison freshman Zach Morse was 20th in 17:51.

Boys’ soccer

 Worker scores the winning goal in wild finish at CCHS

    Onsted High School soccer player Harrison Worker knew the crossing pass was coming.

He put the soccer ball in the net with 24 seconds remaining in the game for a 7-6 win at Columbia Central High School Sept. 28.

The goal earned the Wildcats their ninth win of the season – and bailed out coach Brian Ouellette who “screwed up” and left some of his reserve players in just a bit too long.

Onsted improved to 3-2-1 in the Independent Soccer League eastern division while CCHS fell to 0-6.

The Wildcats held a 5-1 lead after the first half and led 6-2 on the first goal of the game by Worker midway through the second half. But the Golden Eagles refused to quit and scored four times in a 15-minute span to tie the game.

Onsted substituted freely in the second half.

“Team captains Brendan and Michael Hagan begged me to put them back in at 6-5,” Ouellette said. “I told them to have patience and faith in their teammates.”

That faith lasted about a minute as CCHS senior Tyler Marquardt scored his second goal of the game – a minute apart – to tie the game at 6-all.

Onsted put the first-team players back in with just under a minute to play.

“I knew we would get an offensive possession, but I did not know we could put one in that quickly,” Worker said. “I knew the cross was coming from Brendan.”

Brendan Hagan got loose on the far side of the goalie and drew the defense toward him. He passed the ball to Worker who hit a bullet from the top of the box with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game.

Hagan led the charge in the first half for Onsted, scoring three times. The Wildcats also received goals from Tyler Hill and Andrew Ouellette.

CCHS scored their lone goal on an impossible angle shot by freshman Micah Sonnenberg.

Thomas Bull scored the opening goal of the second half for CCHS to draw within three goals at 5-2.

Trailing 6-2 with less than 17 minutes remaining in the game, Sonnenberg scored twice in a three-minute span and Marquardt added his two goals.

CCHS outshot the Wildcats 10-4 in the second half after being outshot 14-2 in the first half.

“We finally got some confidence in the second half and pushed a lot of guys forward,” CCHS coach Riley Luttenton said. “You can’t play hard for 79 ½ minutes and then give up a goal.”

Ouellette said giving his second- and third-string players some game-condition minutes was important – but nearly costly.

“Sometimes you have to play at a higher level and match the intensity,” Ouellette said. “Group three really tested my patience . . . hope they realized we have a lot of room to develop.

“It is hard to move your level up when you are not at that speed in practice. We got lucky in the end . . . and I will never make that mistake again.”

Jackson Christian 5, Jonesville 0: Goalie Zach Weidman recorded his third consecutive shutout in the win over the Comets. Mitch McNeil and Joel Kintigh scored two goals apiece and Ethan Jarrett added another tally for the Royals. McNeil and Kintigh each scored two assists for the Royals (8-3-1 overall, 4-1 Independent Soccer League western division).

The Pied Piper in the pipes

Weidman leading Jackson Christian soccer toward possible title

    Jackson Christian High School goalie Zach Weidman must stay up all hours of the night studying the opposition.

Last Thursday against Hillsdale he noted to his other 10 teammates one player who only liked to shoot; another who could only go right; and kept his teammates well informed on the positions of the Hillsdale players.

Those insights have helped the Royals to their most successful season in a while. Weidman and the Jackson Christian defense shut out an opponent for the fourth consecutive game with a 5-0 win over Hillsdale. The Royals are 6-1 in the Independent Soccer League western division and could be the divisional champions with three more wins.

“The way that kids listen to him is rare,” coach Nick Barney said. “Part of this is because he has played so long, another part is how hard he works and he is talented.

“Those things all mesh together very well.”

Weidman has been the Royals’ goalie for the past four seasons, but the senior has not always enjoyed the success. He will be the first one to tell you in his younger days his head dropped when things were not going well.

That happened often as the Royals have won 19 games and lost 34 in Weidman’s first three years on the varsity team. Jackson Christian is 9-3-1 this season.

“I came to realize that I set the tone of the team a lot,” Weidman said. “If I am down, the rest of the team is down.

“If I continue to lead with my head up and a positive attitude, the other 10 players will follow.”

Weidman will continue his playing days as he signed last week to play soccer at Spring Arbor University. The senior is concentrating on the Royals’ chances of winning their division – especially with goal scorers Mitch McNeil and Joel Kintigh and a rugged defense in front of him.

“We have some fearless guys on defense,” Weidman said. “They run through guys and get some yellow cards, but I like their attitude.”

The Royals continued their defensive dominance with another shutout Thursday against Hillsdale. Kintigh scored three goals, McNeil added another and Nate Ross scored a goal in the second half for Jackson Christian. McNeil recorded two assists in the Royalsi ninth win of the season. Weidman made eight saves in the win.

Columbia Central 7, Lenawee Christian 6: The Golden Eagles notched their first Independent Soccer League win as freshman Micah Sonnenberg scored five goals in the win. Thomas Bull and Dalton Fish scored the other two goals for CCHS (1-6 ISL eastern division).

Onsted 3, Blissfield 0: The Wildcats remained in second place in the Independent Soccer League eastern division with the win.

Girls’ golf

CCHS finishes second in IGL action

The Columbia Central High School girls’ golf team finished second at the Independent Golf League final meet at Lakeland Hills Golf Course last week.

The Golden Eagles finished with a four-man total of 429 earning second place in the conference.

Adrian Madison easily won the league meet and the overall title with a 356. Nicole Olden of Madison finished first in the league with an average of 5 shots over par.

Columbia Central was led by freshman Alissa Fish who shot a 96. Peyten Oudekerk finished with a 104 and Aubree Dickens a 109. Oudekerk earned second-team honors in the league’s final individual standings.

Fish earned first-team all-league honors as she was fourth in the IGL in scoring.

Emily Snyr of Onsted finished third overall in the league based on scoring averages. She shot a 99 at the conference meet to lead Onsted to a fourth-place finish at 447.

Baylee VanBrunt of Onsted moved up four spots by shooting a 105 at the conference meet to earn second-team honors.

Cascades Conference final: Vandercook Lake High School golfer Claire Klintworth made history Thursday becoming the first individual conference champion in girls’ golf. Klintworth finished second overall at the Cascades Conference meet at Cascades Golf Course with a score of 99. She finished as the top-ranked golfer in the conference based on averages. The Jayhawks finished third in the meet and second overall in the final standings – also the school’s highest finish according to coach Erik Jacobson.  Lily Warner finished eighth in the conference individually to also earn first-team honors. Napoleon finished fourth in the Cascades Conference final standings as Caitlin Lysher shot a 100 to earn first-team honors. Jennifer Coppernoll of Vandercook Lake and Steffanie Niemi, Rory Marvin and Mary Lusebrink all of Napoleon earned honorable-mention based on their season averages. Hanover-Horton won the conference and East Jackson finished third overall.

Interstate-8 Conference final: Lumen Christi won the Interstate-8 Conference by tying with Charlotte at the final at Bedford Valley Golf Course near Battle Creek. The Titans shot a four-man total of 395.

Boys’ tennis

LCCS earns tie in rivalry tennis match

    The Lumen Christi Catholic School boys’ varsity tennis team earned a 4-4 tie against Jackson last week. The Titans won three of four singles’ matches and one doubles’ match to forge a tie.

Connor Mogle moved up to No. 1 singles and earned a 6-0, 6-0 win against James Baldwin of Jackson. Lucas Reynolds and Alex Rand earned wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles respectively.

The No. 1 doubles team of Jack Williams and Jacob Schmitt earned a win for the Titans.

Jackson 7, Columbia Central 1: Matt Iverson of Columbia Central High School earned his first win of the season. Iverson defeated Noah Holland of Jackson 6-3 and 6-1. “Matt played very well and consistent today,” coach Dick Minier said. “He was ahead in the first match and struggled for a couple of games, but pulled himself together and won the set.” The Golden Eagles are 0-5 and face Bronson at home Oct. 7 beginning at 4 p.m.


High School results 
Sept. 21-28 


VCL one win away from playoffs following road win

    Vandercook Lake High School linebacker Koby Bushinski was listening at halftime when coaches talked about defensive adjustments.

Bushinski intercepted a pass and ran it back 37 yards for a touchdown helping led Vandercook Lake to a 44-26 win.

The Jayhawks are 5-0 on the season, 4-0 in the Cascades Conference and tied with Manchester for the lead. Vandercook Lake is one win away from making the playoffs for only the second time in school history.

The Bushinski name carries a lot of history as Koby’s dad, uncles and grandfather played for the Jayhawks.

“Coach [Jared] Hall got into our defense at halftime and we stepped up,” Bushinski said. “I was proud of our defense, we did what we had to do.”

It appeared as if the game would be a defensive battle as neither team scored in the first quarter.

Jeremiah Brandenburg scored the Warriors’ first touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Kyle Farley. The Warriors led 6-0 a minute into the second quarter.

Vandercook Lake responded three minutes later on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Nolan Hancock to Malik Wilks. VCL missed the extra point so the game remained tied.

The Jayhawks took the lead for the first time on a 25-yard pass from Hancock to Noah Cooper at the 6:36 mark of the second quarter. The Jayhawks’ two-point attempt was no good.

Grass Lake regained the lead on a touchdown pass to Brandon Sherwood three minutes later.

Vandercook Lake took an 18-14 halftime lead on a second touchdown by Wilks on a 2-yard run with 26 seconds remaining in the first half.

Noah Cooper returned the opening kickoff 72 yards and the Jayhawks took a 25-14 lead following the extra point by Devin Cheney.

Bushinski picked off the Warriors’ pass on the third play of the ensuing drive and ran it back for a touchdown. At that point, it appeared as if the Jayhawks were in cruise mode leading 31-14.

But Grass Lake has other plans scoring twice during a three-minute span to cut the lead to 31-26.

The Jayhawks responded with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Hancock to Wilks late in the third quarter.

“I knew it was going to be a battle,” VCL head coach Steve Wolvin said. “Those guys came right back and made it close.”

Wolvin said Hancock made a great read on the touchdown pass to Wilks.

“Malik was his third option on the play and he found him,” Wolvin said. “You win with a good quarterback and we have one.”

Grass Lake threatened to score midway through the fourth quarter but Cheney batted a pass into the air and intercepted it thwarting a Warrior drive.

Zaithon Allen scored the final touchdown of the game one a 1-yard run. Allen was the workhorse on the ground carrying the football 19 times for 134 yards. Wilks finished with 190 yards on offense and made 16 tackles defensively.

Hancock threw for 248 yards for Vandercook Lake.

Sam Ray and Joey Kemplin each made eight backs for the Jayhawks.

Vandercook Lake will host Napoleon Friday beginning at 7 p.m. for their fall homecoming. A win would give them six and made the Jayhawks playoff eligible.

Onsted improved to 4-1 with LCAA win

    The Onsted High School varsity football team scored early and often in a 40-22 win over Blissfield on the road Sept. 25.

Onsted improved to 4-1 overall, 2-1 in the Lenawee County with the victory.

The Wildcats scored five times in the first half to take a 33-8 lead. Quarterback Keegan Carney hit Jacob Dilyard with a 26-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter. The extra point by Brendan Hagan gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead.

Blissfield took a brief lead with a Joe Jones touchdown run and a two-point conversion for an 8-7 lead.

Jerod Grimes of Onsted ran for a 28-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter for a 13-8 lead.

The Wildcats scored three times in the second quarter as Grimes scored twice on runs of 18 and 20 yards and Carney scored an 11-yard touchdown.

Marcus Rinehart scored the only touchdown for the Wildcats in the third quarter on a 1-yard run.

Grimes finished with 92 rushing yards and three touchdowns and Dylan Thompson ran the football 15 times for 96 yards.

Ethan Kosmyna led the defense with six tackles and Reece Watson recorded an interception.

Onsted will travel to Hillsdale Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Hillsdale and Onsted are tied with Columbia Central and Dundee for second place in the LCAA with 2-1 records. Ida leads the league with a 3-0 conference record.

Michigan Center 41, Addison 26: The Panthers used a number of big plays to stay in the game with the Cardinals. Isaac Skinner scored on an 81-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter. Skinner ran for 79 yards for another touchdown as time expired in the first quarter. Quincy SeGraves ran for a 71-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Panthers took an 18-14 lead. Trailing 27-18, Kaydan Heckaman of Addison intercepted a pass and ran it for a touchdown for the Panthers. Addison trailed 27-26 at that point. Michigan Center scored twice in the final six minutes to pull out the win. Quarterback Travin Gaddy threw four touchdown passes for Michigan Center. Skinner rushed for 181 yards and SeGraves added 111 yards for Addison (1-4 overall, 1-3 Cascades Conference). The Panthers will travel to East Jackson Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Napoleon 27, Hanover-Horton 26: John Kortz and Greg Weatherspoon each scored a pair of touchdowns as Napoleon improved to 2-3 overall, 2-2 in the Cascades Conference. Duncan Wilson ran for 143 yards on 21 carries for Napoleon and John Pezon converted three-of-four extra points for the Pirates. Eric Poling and Frankie Bamm did the heavy lifting defensively with 17 and 15 tackles respectively. The Pirates will travel to Vandercook Lake Friday for a 7 p.m. game.

Marshall 21, Lumen Christi 14: The Titans suffered their first Interstate-8 conference loss with the loss on the road. Bo Bell scored twice in the second half after the Redskins took a 21-0 halftime lead. Josh Marsh finished with 149 rushing yards and Bell accounted for 110 yards of total offense. Lumen Christi will travel to Coldwater Friday for a 7 p.m. game.


Ida 40, Columbia Central 0:  The battle of the unbeaten teams turned out to be one-sided. Eric Bugg scored four touchdowns to lead Ida to the win. CCHS fell to 4-1 overall, 2-1 in the Lenawee County Athletic Association with the loss. The Golden Eagles will host Blissfield Friday at 7 p.m.


 OHS blocks out cancer, CCHS in volleyball action

    Onsted High School outside hitter Lauren Reichel felt a little additional pressure during a home match against Columbia Central High School last week.

The Wildcats were participating in a block out ovarian cancer campaign wearing a ribbon on their uniform and placing teal everywhere in the gym.

Reichel’s grandmother, Karen Pelham, has been battling ovarian cancer for nearly a year.

Reichel helped the Wildcats earn a hard-fought 25-22, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-16 win over CCHS. Onsted improved to 17-6 overall, 2-1 in the Lenawee County Athletic Association.

Columbia Central suffered their first conference loss and are 17-5-4 overall.

Each of the Onsted players gave Pelham a teal carnation prior to the game. Reichel received a special message.

“My grandmother said that she loved me and was proud of me,” Reichel said. “That meant a lot.”

There was not a lot of difference between the two teams as neither team took a lead bigger than four points until game four.

Onsted took the lead for good in game one on a kill by Reichel and she served the final two points.

The sophomore served five consecutive points in game two to erase a four-point deficit. Tied at 22-all, a hitting error and two errant serves spelled doom for Columbia Central.

The Golden Eagles came back to win game three as junior Lyza Myers inflicted her will with seven kills and a block.

CCHS trailed 9-3 to start game four.

“I think this contest can go any way on any given day,” CCHS coach Patty Vandeventer said. “I thought we played well, but should have been able to keep the momentum going [in game 4].”

Sidney Ing scored five kills and a block to lead Onsted to the 25-16 win in game four.

The contest featured a number of long rallies and excellent defensive play on both sides.

“I would rather take a little longer [with a match] with good rallies . . . we just like to win the point,” OHS coach Rhonda Hubbard said.

Both teams have one loss in the conference and are chasing Ida.

“This keeps us in the mix for a conference title,” Hubbard said. “Blissfield is going to be tough.”

Ing led Onsted with 18 kills and Lindsey Davis tallied 37 assists. Taylor Hutchinson scored 24 digs and Reichel scored 24 points from the service line.

CCHS was led by Mackenzy Wenzlick with 25 digs, Myers scored 17 kills, Mackenzi Collins scored four aces and Cami Emerson finished with 14 digs.

Climax-Scotts 3, Jackson Christian 1: The Royals won game three 25-20, but could not overcome a 2-1 deficit for their first Southern Central Athletic Association loss. Katie Moran scored 27 assists, Jordan Riedel tallied eight kills and Kara Axon and Audrey McCollum each finished with 21 digs for Jackson Christian (8-6-2 overall, 4-1 SCAA).

Harper Creek 3, Lumen Christi 0: Jocee McEldowney scored nine kills and added 10 digs for Lumen Christi.

Napoleon 3, East Jackson 0: The Pirates won 25-13, 25-22 and 25-14 for their second Cascades Conference win of the season.

Manchester 3, Vandercook Lake 0: The Jayhawks fell to 1-2 in the Cascades Conference with the 25-17, 25-20 and 25-23 loss. Manchester is 3-0 in the conference.

Hanover-Horton 3, Addison 0: Taylor Sumner scored 23 assists, Kylie Bruner had seven kills and 10 digs and Seari Hilyard scored eight kills for Addison (13-7-2 overall, 2-1 Cascades Conference).

 CCHS, Onsted claim volleyball titles

    Volleyball teams from Columbia Central and Onsted high schools were victorious over the weekend.

Columbia Central won the Spring Arbor Invitational for the third time in six years at Spring Arbor College Sept. 26.

Onsted won the Erie Mason Invitational going 5-0 on the day.

The Golden Eagles bounced back to win at Spring Arbor after losing to Onsted earlier in the week.

“We took a candid, hard look at where we were at [following the loss to OHS] and where we wanted to be by the end of the season,” CCHS coach Patty Vandeventer said. “To ensure we do not end the season with anymore regrets, we re-established our goals, raised our training standards, and made a plan to improve every day.

“Today’s victory was a huge step in our desired direction.”

CCHS opened pool play with a split against Northwest and victories against Leslie and Springport. The Golden Eagles were the No. 2 seed heading into the semifinals. CCHS defeated Lumen Christi 25-21 and 25-22 and Concord 25-18 and 25-23 to earn the title.

“We came back from a 22-19 deficit to Concord in the second set . . . that was good to see from my team,” Vandeventer said.

Lyza Myers scored 43 kills and 10 blocks and was named to the all-tournament team. Tara Schatzle scored 49 assists; Mackenzi Collins made 26 kills; Hannah Taylor scored seven aces; and Mc kenzee Tomkins added 12 digs for CCHS (21-5-5)

Napoleon defeated Jackson and Michigan Center in pool play, but lost to Lumen Christi in the quarterfinals 25-13 and 25-12.

The Pirates (11-9-1) were led by Paige Kortz with 19 kills; Aubrey Trudell with 26 digs; Kyla Babcock with 31 assists; and Kaylee Jester with 37-of-40 serves and three aces.

Lumen Christi leaders were Emily Kalahar and Madison McCullough with 35 and 34 kills respectively; Alex Soule with 97 assists; and Mallory Crowley with 32 digs.

In the Erie Mason Invitational, Onsted defeated Dundee and Riverview in pool play; defeated Riverview again and Flat Rock in bracket play; and defeated Dundee 25-12 and 25-19 in the finals.

Sidney Ing tallied 71 kills; Lindsey Davis finished with 107 assists; Lauren Reichel scored 21 points; and Taylor Hutchinson finished with 42 digs for Onsted (22-6).

Cross country

VCL edges Addison in battle of underclassmen

    Dual meets between Vandercook Lake and Addison high schools should be exciting for the next few seasons.

With a number of quality underclassmen, both teams look ready to break into the upper echelon in the Cascades Conference.

Vandercook Lake got the best of Addison 25-30, and Manchester 27-28, in a home meet Sept. 22. Addison defeated Manchester 25-34.

The Manchester girls easily won a pair against Vandercook Lake, 19-44, and Addison 38-23. The Addison girls’ team defeated Vandercook Lake 25-30.

VCL coach Dan Roggenbaum said a couple of runners stepped it up the final half mile to earn the wins.

“I am not sure they knew how well they did today,” Roggenbaum said. “We are still learning how to win close meets with this being the first one.

“We are making progress and I was impressed with how we responded.”

Zach Morse of Addison won the meet with a time of 18 minutes, 32 seconds. It was the first win for the freshman.

“I am looking forward to the next couple of years,” Morse said. “We have a good group of freshmen who push one another really hard . . . and we have played together and battled one another since third grade.”

Addison coach Kathy Reed looks for big things from Morse.

“I think he [Morse] could be state bound as a freshman,” Reed said. “The fellow freshmen are pushing him along.

“They have a very good friendship and they like to compete . . . everything they do is a competition.”

Zach Keyes finished third for Vandercook Lake (19:03) and teammates Trent Longbrake (19:24) and Seth Storm (19:51) were right behind him.

In the girls’ race, Haley Wilkes of Addison finished second (22:22) and Rylee Hynes of Vandercook Lake finished third (22:50). Alexis Zacharias of Addison finished fourth in 23:47. Jocelyn Boote of Manchester won the event in 21:36 – nearly a minute ahead of second place.

Titan girls win I-8 jamboree

The Lumen Christi High School girls’ cross country team easily won the Battle Creek Pennfield jamboree Sept. 22 with a team score of 35.

Marilyn Schonhard finished second for the Titans with a time of 19 minutes, 59 seconds. Jensen McEldowney was sixth (20:33) and Allison Rand (20:53), Sophia Dinverno (20:54) and Shannon McDonnell (20:58) were eighth through 10th for the Titans.

In the boys’ event, Lumen Christi finished eighth as Nadji Butris was 18th in 17:58.

Napoleon tri-meet: The Pirates easily defeated Michigan Center and East Jackson at home. The girls’ team took 10 of the first 13 spots as McKenzie Smoyer won the event in 20 minutes, 53 seconds. Sydney Coe was second (22:08), Sofia Silvestri placed third (22:11) and Kyleigh Adams finished fifth (24:16). The Pirates won three of the top six spots as Connor Silvestri won the race in 17:32, Billy Dowd was one second behind him and Alex Bennett finished sixth in 19:25.

Blissfield Invitational: The Onsted boys’ team finished seventh and the girls eighth at Blissfield. Matt Doyle of Onsted finished 22nd (19:01), Sheldon Mozena was 28th (19:15) and Mason Burkeen placed 31st (19:26). Lauren Goodrow finished seventh in the girls’ race in 21:44 and teammate Brianna Baxter finished 17th in 23:15.

Baumgardner making the best of senior season

    Columbia Central High School senior Chase Baumgardner is making the best of his senior year.

Despite being one of only four runners for the Golden Eagles – which means CCHS can’t post a team score – Baumgardner is improving with each race and earned a medal at the Jackson Invitational Sept. 26 at Ella Sharp Park.

He was one of 10 medalists in the event that features more than 40 teams from all over the state of Michigan.

Baumgardner – who also plays soccer for the Golden Eagles – ran a personal best 18 minutes, 18 seconds at the meet.

“I paced myself really well today, trying to keep a 5:50 pace,” Baumgardner said. “It is a lot tougher at practice to push myself because there is nobody around to push me.”

Baumgardner believes he can make it to the state cross country meet as an individual.

“I have to drop 45 to 50 seconds to finish in the top 15 individuals,” Baumgardner said. “I think I can push myself.”

The strong competition in Division 2 pushed Lumen Christi up one division at the Jackson Invitational. Marilyn Schonhard finished 21st to earn a medal with a time of 20:21. Shannon McDonnell finished two spots out of the top 30 – and a medal – with a time of 20:48.

In the Division 2 boys’ event, the Titans finished 13th as a team as Nadji Butris was 36th in 18:09.

In Division 3, the Napoleon High School girls’ team finished third overall, Onsted placed ninth and Vandercook Lake 12th.

McKenzie Smoyer finished sixth for Napoleon in 20:50 and teammate Sofia Silvestri also earned a medal with a 22nd-place finish in 22:09. Onsted was paced by Lauren Goodrow who finished 15th (21:40) and Brianna Baxter placed 25th (22:41).

Sara Erickson of Columbia Central was 32nd (23:14) and Rylee Hynes of Vandercook Lake finished 37th (23:20).

The Pirates placed fifth in the boys’ event, Onsted was right behind them and Vandercook Lake finished 10th.

Connor Silvestri (17:49) and Billy Dowd (17:51) finished 14th and 15th respectively to lead the Pirates. Matt Doyle of Onsted earned a medal with a 19th-place finish (18:16) and Zach Keyes of Vandercook Lake was 30th (18:48).


CCHS falls to Clinton in ISL action

    Columbia Central High School freshman Micah Sonnenberg scored eight minutes into the home game against Clinton, but that would be the only score for the Golden Eagles in a 3-1 loss.

Sonnenberg’s goal put the Golden Eagles ahead in the first half until Hunter Trubiano and Leonard Butter scored for the Redskins later.

CCHS is now 0-5 in the Independent Soccer League while Clinton improved to 2-2.

Northwest 1, Lumen Christi 0: The Titans remained winless in the Interstate-8 Conference with the loss.

Hillsdale Academy 4, Jackson Christian 1: The Royals lost a showdown of undefeated teams in the Independent Soccer League’s western division.

Manchester 1, Onsted 0: Manchester High School remains undefeated in the Independent Soccer League with the win. Onsted is 1-2-1 in the league.

Jackson Christian 8, Quincy 0: Nate Ross, Ethan Jarrett and Joel Kintigh each scored a pair of goals as JCHS rebounded from a tough loss Monday. “The guys were anxious to kick on and forget about Monday’s game,” coach Nick Barney said. “I was pleased with our performance because we played the way we wanted to play and imposed our will.” Mitch McNeil and Kyle Cochrane scored the other goals for Jackson Christian (6-3-1 overall, 4-1 ISL).

 Jackson Christian 4, Lenawee Christian 0: The Royals won their homecoming game Sept. 26 as Mitch McNeil scored a pair of goals in a 4-0 win. Jackson led 2-0 at halftime on goals by Shu Imaizumi and McNeil. McNeil scored another goal to kick off the second half and assisted on another goal by Joel Kintigh for Jackson Christian (7-3-1). The Royals outshot Lenawee 20-7. Zach Weidman made five saves in goal for the Royals to earn the shutout. “We had not played Lenawee in several years,” coach Nick Barney said. “It is always a good game when we play them.”

Onsted 3, Lenawee Christian 2: The Wildcats moved to within one point of second place in the Independent Soccer League with the win. Brendan Hagan scored a pair of goals and Trevor Jaynes added another for Onsted. The Wildcats are in third place with eight points in the ISL eastern division. Columbia Central is sixth with a 0-5 record. In the west, Jackson Christian is in second place with 12 points, two behind Hillsdale Academy.

Girls’ golf

 Napoleon wins another Cascades jamboree

The Napoleon High School girls’ golf team won their second jamboree of the year with a four-man total of 208 at Cascades Golf Course Sept. 23.

Hanover-Horton finished second (212), East Jackson was third (224) and Vandercook Lake fourth (229).

Rory Marvin finished with a career-low 48 to lead the Pirates to their lowest team score of the season. Caitlin Lysher finished with a 50, Steffanie Niemi carded a 53 and Mary Lusebrink finished with a 57.

Vandercook Lake was led by Lily Warner and Claire Klintworth with 53s.

The Jayhawks trail Hanover-Horton in the conference and Napoleon is third. The conference meet on Oct. 1 counts as 50 percent of the season total.

Klintworth, Lysher, and Warner are all top seven individuals and Jennifer Coppernoll of Vandercook Lake is in the top 10 golfers average-wise heading into the final meet.

Hudson jamboree: Columbia Central, Concord and Onsted high schools are all tied for second place following the sixth and final jamboree. CCHS finished second to Madison with a four-man total of 203. Concord was third (206) and Onsted fourth (210). Alissa Fish led CCHS with a 43 and Peyten Oudekerk finished with a 52. Onsted was led by Emily Snyr with a 42 and Olivia Sheely with a 53. The conference final is today (Tuesday) at Lakeland Hills Golf Course.

Onsted Invitational: Columbia Central High School finished third (432), Napoleon was fifth (448), Onsted was right behind them (449) and Vandercook Lake eighth (487) at Devils Lake Golf Course. Caitlin Lysher of Napoleon finished fourth overall with a 95, Emily Snyr of Onsted finished seventh with a 97 and Alissa Fish shot a 99.

Western I-8 jamboree: Western High School won the jamboree at Cascades Golf Course with a four-man total of 195. Lumen Christi tied with Charlotte with a 203. Geraldine Berkemeier led the Titans with a 47 and teammate Hillary Ziemba shot a 48.


Boys’ tennis

 CCHS opens home season with new courts

    It didn’t take Columbia Central High School tennis player Ethan Folts long to adjust to the new surface on the tennis courts.

Folts earned the first individual win for a CCHS player this season with a 6-1 and 6-1 win over Jacob McGowen of Hillsdale on the newly renovated courts.

Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, it was their only win in a 7-1 loss to Hillsdale. Columbia Central is 0-4 on the season following the loss.

Six of the eight tennis courts have been refurbished as part of the bond proposal. The other two courts were being worked on as CCHS played against Hillsdale last Thursday.

The courts are designed after the United States Open courts in Flushing, N.Y.

“With the vibrant colors, it is easier to see if a shot is in or out,” Folts said. “It was a lot better practicing at our own courts.”

Players had been traveling to Onsted for practice before last Monday. The new surface was something CCHS players – and opponents – will have to get used to.

“It is a different coating on the surface and the ball bounces a little different,” coach Dick Minier said. “I feels really good to be on our new courts.”

Minier said some of the local Jackson and Lenawee County coaches are expected to conduct clinics next summer for both male and female players. He is hoping the new courts and some instruction during that time will help grow the sport.

CCHS – and a number of other local teams – do not have 12 players to complete a team. The Golden Eagles had to forfeit three matches against Hillsdale.

Austin Petrie and Matt Iverson lost singles matches at Nos. 2 and 3 respectively for CCHS.

Western 8, Lumen Christi 0: The Titans lost to Western for the first time in conference play.

Adrian 5, Columbia Central 1: Evan Phillips and Matt Rule won by forfeit at No. 2 doubles for CCHS.




Game results Sept. 15-21


Columbia Central 21, Hudson 0: The Columbia Central High School football team – especially the defense – has taken on the slogan “Time to Eat.” The only thing the Golden Eagles are chewing up is the record book. CCHS defeated Hudson 21-0 at home Sept. 18 to improve to 4-0 on the season. The Golden Eagles are tied for first place in the Lenawee County Athletic Association with Ida at 2-0. It is the first time in history CCHS has defeated the Tigers. “We talked all week about making history,” coach Josh Kubiak said. “We stopped them three times inside the 20-yard line and held Hudson to 120 rushing yards.” Linebacker Tommy Plummer had a monster game with 18 tackles. The Golden Eagles put six linemen up against the Hudson offensive line. The Golden Eagles scored on runs of 11 and 56 yards by Micah Raby. Devyn Miller hit Jerimiah Dixon with a 24-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to sew up the win. Raby finishes with 186 yards on only 17 carries and Dylan Gray ran for 31 yards for the Golden Eagles. Kicker Brett Tyndall made all three extra points for CCHS.

Onsted 34, Erie Mason 12: Alec Seel scored a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs for Onsted and Braxton Hella had a solid game defensively for Onsted. Marcus Rinehart, Keegan Carney and Dylan Thompson also scored for the Wildcats. “We had some breakdowns defensively in the first half, but came out focused in the second half,” coach Dan Terryberry said. “Braxton Hella was a handful for Erie Mason.” Onsted improved to 3-1 overall, 1-1 in the LCAA. The Wildcats will travel to Blissfield Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Vandercook Lake 46, Hanover-Horton 14: Zaithon Allen ran for four touchdowns as Vandercook Lake improved to 4-0 overall, 3-0 in the Cascades Conference. Allen scored on runs of 1, 4 and 52 yards and caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Nolan Hancock. Malik Wilks and Allen combined for nearly 200 rushing yards for VCL. “We knew this senior class was athletic . . . it was just a matter of whether they were going to be good football players,” coach Steve Wolvin said. “They have made up their minds to work hard and play together.” Wilks led the Jayhawks with 13 tackles and Koby Bushinski and Sam Ray helped stifle the triple-option attack by Hanover-Horton. VCL will travel to Grass Lake Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Lumen Christi 41, Northwest 6: It may be a while before Lumen Christi Catholic School calls Crowley Field “home.” But the Titans enjoyed the home field advantage Saturday with a 41-6 win over crosstown rivals Northwest. Lumen Christi plays one Saturday game at their own campus each year. Lumen Christi is 4-0 overall, 3-0 in the Interstate-8 Conference following the win Saturday on their own campus. Normally the Titans play at Withington Stadium at Jackson High School. “We have a master plan to play here but that may be sometime in the distant future,” athletic director Jerry Reis said. “We have to rent grandstands for each of these games.” Reis said the school would need to purchase more grandstands, built a concession stand and upgrade the press box in order to play home games at Lumen Christi. Parking is also a consideration. “It’s still in the works,” he said. The Titans were sluggish defensively in the first half, but worked things out in the second half. Northwest had the football inside the red zone three times in the first 24 minutes, but could only score once. Liam Daly, Bo Bell and Josh Marsh all scored for the Titans in the first half. Daly scored twice on runs of 10 and five yards. Bell and Marsh finished with 120 and 122 yards rushing respectively for the game. Dillon Guilfoil caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Daly midway through the third quarter and Jeff Barks scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter for Lumen Christi. Ryan Crowley threw for 178 yards for Northwest.


Manchester 3, Napoleon 1: A little confidence goes a long way. Just ask Napoleon High School varsity volleyball coach Samantha Wiley. The Pirates looked solid in the opening game against Manchester during a home match, but lost that confidence in a 20-25, 25-18, 25-19 and 25-22 loss to the Flying Dutchmen. Napoleon fell to 5-6-1 overall, 1-1 in the Cascades Conference with the loss. “I just feel like we don’t have confidence in ourselves to beat teams like this,” Wiley said. “We have to find it within ourselves. “They get down on themselves too much . . . just let it go.” Case in point, Napoleon led 7-2 in game one after a pair of aces by Dylan Wiley. A Manchester kill and five hitting errors later, the game was tied 7-all. Paige Kortz recorded five kills and one block in the game-one win. The Pirates led 2-0 to begin game two before Manchester went on a 12-1 run. The Pirates narrowed the gap at 18-13 on kills by Jaylee Jester and Kortz. Two hitting errors near the end of game two proved costly for Napoleon. Manchester had another big run to begin game three and led 11-5 minutes into the contest. A kill by Jester cut the lead to 15-13, but that was as close as the Pirates could get in game three. Napoleon looked like they were ready to fold the tent in game four trailing 10-3. But the Pirates rallied late to cut the lead to 23-21 on a kill by Kortz. Manchester closed out the game on a block at 24-22. The Flying Dutchmen took advantage of kill opportunities, according to Wiley. “Our offense is strong and what is going to win games for us,” Wiley said. “If we can’t utilize our hitting, we are going to struggle.” Kortz finished with 13 kills and Dylan Wiley added eight; Kyla Babcock had nine assists; Taylor Sell scored 13 digs and Kallie Pittman added 12 digs; and Pittman led the Pirates with four aces. Riley Collins led Manchester (7-5-1 overall, 2-0 conference) with 14 kills.

Vandercook Lake 3, Michigan Center 0: The Jayhawks improved to 1-1 in the Cascades Conference with a three-set win, 25-16, 25-16 and 26-24. Hannah Sisk had nine digs; Claire Klintworth and Madisson Bates combined for 17 kills and Lily Warner recorded eight assists for VCL.

Columbia Central 3, Hillsdale 0: The Golden Eagles remained undefeated in Lenawee County Athletic Association action with wins of 25-20, 25-17 and 25-18. Lyza Myers scored 13 kills; Mackenzi Collins tallied 15 assists; Mackenzy Wenzlick had eight digs; and Cami Emerson scored three aces for Columbia Central (15-3-1 overall, 2-0 LCAA). “Although we won in three sets, our performance was inconsistent, lacked enthusiasm at times and was not up to our standard,” coach Patty Vandeventer said.

Addison 3, Grass Lake 1: The Panthers are also undefeated in Cascades Conference play with a 26-24, 25-19, 23-25 and 25-18 win over Grass Lake. Seari Hilyard recorded 10 kills and five blocks; Kylie Bruner made seven kills; Beth Valdez made 15 digs; and Taylor Sumner finished with 34 assists. “We had some girls step up when we needed it,” coach Travis Wobrock said. Addison is 11-4-1 overall, 2-0 in the conference.

Ida 3, Onsted 0: The Wildcats fell to 1-1 in the Lenawee County Athletic Association with a three-set loss to Ida, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-16. Sidney Ing had 12 kills; Lauren Reichel scored three aces; Lindsey Davis tallied 20 assists; Taylor Hutchinson recorded 17 digs; and Tiffany Roberts scored five points for Onsted (10-5 overall, 1-1 LCAA).

Jackson Christian 4, Litchfield 0: The Royals swept a doubleheader from Litchfield at home, 25-9, 25-13, 25-8 and 25-19. Katie Moran tallied 32 assists; Jordan Riedel scored 10 kills; and Kara Axon finished with nine aces. The Royals are 7-4-2 overall, 3-0 in the Southern Central Athletic Association.

Lumen Christi 3, Charlotte 0: The Titans opened Interstate-8 Conference play with an easy win, 25-13, 25-23 and 25-20. Erin Kalahar had 14 kills; Madison McCullough added 10 kills and 14 digs; and Alex Soule tallied 31 assists for Lumen Christi.

The Addison High School varsity volleyball team will be hosting their Teal Attack game Tuesday, Oct. 20, against Michigan Center. The junior varsity game will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity game following. T-shirts will be for sale at the event along with other fundraising activities. All proceeds from the event will go toward supporting the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Any questions please feel free to contact AHS varsity volleyball coach Travis Wobrock at

Cross Country

Jackson Christian fourth at first SCAA jamboree

The Jackson Christian High School girls’ varsity cross country team finished fourth at the first Southern Central Athletic Association jamboree at Ella Sharp Park Sept. 16.
St. Philip won the event with 37 points, Hillsdale Academy was right behind them with 40, Pittsford scored 66 and Jackson Christian 75.
Junior Mary Hawthorne led the charge finishing sixth in a time of 20 minutes, 52 seconds. Lydia Haavisto finished 12th (24:16) and Averie Hollowood 24th (26:33).
Andrew Jackson finished 24th for JCHS in the boys’ race with a time of 22:20.
St. Philip defeated Hillsdale Academy by one point to capture the boys’ event. The Royals do not have enough runners to post a team score.

LCAA jamboree at Hudson: The Onsted High School girls’ team finished sixth and the boys seventh at the first Lenawee County Athletic Association jamboree at Hudson High School. Mason Burkeen finished 19th with a time of 19:03 and Matt Doyle placed 28th in 19:55 in the boys’ event. Columbia Central runner Chase Baumgardner finished 17th overall with a time of 18:49. The Golden Eagles do not have five runners in either event to post a team score. In the girls race, Lauren Goodrow of Onsted finished 12th (23:00) and teammate Brianna Baxter placed 15th (23:14). Columbia Central runner Sara Erickson finished 3th overall with a time of 26:26.

Spartan Invitational: The Napoleon High School boys’ cross country team finished 29th in the Division 2/3 race. Billy Dowd finished 62nd with a time of 18 minutes, 18 seconds in the crowded field. Connor Silvestri was 95th in 18:48 for Napoleon.

New Boston Huron Invitational: Sheldon Mozena finished 13th (18:54) and Mason Burkeen 14th (18:57) in the Division 3 race at New Boston Huron.


Big second half sends Manchester past CCHS

For the first half of the Independent Soccer League game against Manchester High School, goalie Brandon Cripps of Columbia Central was a magician.
In the second half, he couldn’t pull a rabbit out of his hat.
Cripps stopped nearly a dozen shots in the first half, but succumbed to the IGL leaders 6-1 on the road Sept. 17.
Manchester improved to 3-0 in the IGL to lead the eastern division while CCHS fell to 0-3.
Cripps made a number of saves including a nearly impossible one near the end of the first half. The goalie was pulled out of the net in an attempt to stop the Flying Dutchmen. The ball was passed back to another player who bounced a shot toward the goal. Cripps recovered to swat the ball out of the net to avert another goal.
Dalton Fish scored the only goal for CCHS at the 7:58 mark of the first half. He tied the score 1-1 at the time.
Sean Sangster slipped the soccer ball under Cripps with less than two minutes remaining in the first half for a 2-1 Manchester lead.
The Flying Dutchmen poured it on in the second half with four goals.
In other IGL action, Onsted earned a shootout win against Clinton 4-3. The Wildcats are 1-1-1 in the league with 5 points, good for third place.

Lumen Christi 1, Harper Creek 1: The Titans earned a tie on the road Sept. 17. Lumen Christi lost to Charlotte 3-0 earlier in the week at home.

Jackson Christian leads IGL western division

Three games into the Independent Soccer League schedule, Jackson Christian High School is tied for first place and scoring early and often against opponents.
Jackson Christian defeated Hanover-Horton 9-1 to improve to 5-2-1 overall, 3-0 in the IGL.
JCHS has averaged seven goals per game in conference play and will need it as the Royals will host Hillsdale Academy – the other 3-0 team in the division – Monday Sept. 21.
Junior Joel Kintigh continues his torrid scoring pace with four goals against Hanover-Horton. All-state player Mitch McNeil added two goals against the Comets and Caleb Thomas, Zach Lamphere and Cam Smith also lit the lamp for Jackson Christian.
Thomas also had a pair of assists for the Royals.
Earlier in the week Jackson Christian lost 2-1 to Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard at home. Thomas scored the only goal on an assist by Kintigh.

Columbia Central 3, Northwest 1: Micah Sonnenberg, Cooper Gunnells and Dalton Fish scored goals for the Golden Eagles.

Girls’ golf

VCL wins first Cascades jamboree
The Vandercook Lake High School girls’ golf team won their first jamboree of the season with a seven-stroke win at Lakeland Hills Golf Course.
The Jayhawks finished the Michigan Center jamboree with a four-man total of 211. Hanover-Horton was second (218) and Napoleon third (225).
Claire Klintworth led all golfers with a 47 for VCL. Jennifer Coppernoll shot a 53, Lily Warner shot one higher and Sierra Brown carded a 57 for the Jayhawks.
Napoleon was led by Caitlin Lysher with a 51 and Mary Lusebrink shot a 56.

IGL jamboree at Onsted: Two things remain consistent in the Independent Golf League . . . Adrian Madison High School will win by more than 30 strokes and the same team will not finish second two jamborees in a row. Hillsdale finished second to Adrian Madison at Devils Lake Golf Course Sept. 16. Madison won the event with a 184, Hillsdale was second (221), Onsted was one stroke behind the Hornets and Columbia Central was fifth (230). Onsted was led by Emily Snyr with a 46 and Baylee VanBrunt with a 58 and Alissa Fish finished with a 44 for Columbia Central. Nicole Olden of Madison shot a 38 to lead all golfers. Onsted slipped back into second place with 19 points, Concord is third (18) and CCHS fourth (17).

I-8 jamboree at Marshall: Lumen Christi Catholic School earned their third jamboree win of the season with a four-man total of 189.

Jackson Invitational: Lumen Christi won the 18-hole event with a 377. Napoleon finished eighth (454), Onsted placed 10th (466) and Vandercook Lake 12th (473). Alexa Marston led all scorers with a 79 for Western. Geraldine Berkemeier of Lumen Christi was second (86), and teammates Amanda Jors (94) and Gracie Carroll (96) finished in the top five individually. Emily Snyr of Onsted tied for fifth (96); Caitlin Lysher of Napoleon placed eighth (100) and Lily Warner of Vandercook Lake shot a 106.

Hanover-Horton first, EJ second at Napoleon jamboree

The Hanover-Horton High School girls’ golf team continued to lead the Cascades Conference by winning the Napoleon jamboree at The Grande Golf Club Sept. 17.
But East Jackson joined the party by finishing second.
HHHS finished with a four-man total of 204 to defeat the Trojans by 14 strokes. Vandercook Lake finished third (227) and Napoleon was fourth (232).
Jennifer Coppernoll shot a 53 and Lily Warner a 55 for Vandercook Lake. Napoleon was led by Rory Marvin with a 52 and Caitlin Lysher carded a 55 at the event.
Hanover-Horton leads the conference with 35 points after six jamborees. The winner of each jamboree earns six points, five for second and so on. Vandercook Lake is in second place with 29 points and Napoleon and East Jackson are tied with 22 points.
The conference meet on Oct. 1 at Cascades Golf Course will determine the champions. The conference meet carries 50 percent of points awarded for the season.


LCCS falls to a pair of conference foes

The Lumen Christi Catholic School varsity tennis team fell 5-3 to Marshall during a home meet last week. The Titans won all three of the contested singles matches.
No. 1 singles player Patrick Doerr is out with a hip injury.
Connor Mogle earned a 6-3, 6-1 win over Grady Brisson of Marshall at No. 2 singles. Senior Lucas Reynolds won 6-1 and 6-2 at No. 3 singles and freshman Alex Rand won in three games, 6-4, 2-6 and 6-2, at No. 4 singles.
The Titans lost all four doubles matches as Jack Williams and Jacob Schmitt of Lumen Christi lost 6-2, 2-6 and 6-3 at No. 1 doubles.
Lumen Christi lost 8-0 to Coldwater later in the week in a road match. The Titans are winless in the Interstate-8 Conference this season.

Jackson College results
Sept. 15-21


Jackson College 3, Ancilla 1: Ariana Gregory and Kayla Best had 12 kills apiece for Jackson in the win. Sarah Petterson tallied 44 assists and Shayla Villarreal created 35 digs for Jackson (6-9 overall). The Jets won two of six matches during tournaments at Champaign, Ill.

Lansing CC 3, Jackson 0: Joniece Graham and Ariana Gregory had six kills apiece for Jackson College.

Men’s soccer

Ancilla College 5, JC 1: Mateus Washington scored the only goal for Jackson

Women’s soccer

Jackson 3, Ancilla 0: Jackson College earned their first Michigan Community College Athletic Association win of the season. The Jets are 2-3 overall, 1-2 MCCAA.

Men’s golf

Jackson College Fall Invite: Brock Sprink shot a school-record 65 to lead the Jets to a win at Ella Sharp Park Golf Course. The Jets finished with a four-man total of 285 for 18 holes edging Grand Rapids by nine strokes. Austin Walker shot a 72 and Chase Fletcher a 73 for JC.

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Results Sept. 8-14


Michigan Center 41, Napoleon 26: Austin Ashe threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns for Napoleon. Touchdowns were scored by Greg Weatherspoon, Robert Eineder, Hunter Vincent and Zach Reid. Napoleon is 1-2 overall, 1-1 Cascades Conference.

Ida 40, Onsted 7: Keegan Carney scored on a 45-yard run for the only Onsted touchdown. Braxton Hella finished with 11 tackles for Onsted (2-1 overall, 0-1 Lenawee County Athletic Association).

Lumen Christi 20, Battle Creek Harper Creek 17: The Titans held Harper Creek out of the end zone in the fourth quarter to earn their third win of the season. Wyatt Plate, Bo Bell and Liam Daly scored for Lumen Christi (3-0 overall, 2-0 Interstate-8).


Columbia Central 3, Western 1: Columbia Central started slow, but won the last three games 25-13, 25-22 and 25-10. Lyza Myers tallied 22 kills; Mackenzi Collins finished with 26 assists; Tara Schatzle had 15 digs; and Mackenzee Tompkins added 13 digs and two aces for Columbia Central (14-3-1 overall).

Lumen Christi Invitational: The host school advanced to the semifinals before losing to Tecumseh – the eventual champions. The Titans defeated Jackson and Springport in pool play, and were 1-1-1 in power pool action. Erin Kalahar recorded 50 kills; Alex Soule had 114 assists; Madison McCullough blocked seven spikes; and Megan Fors had 33 digs for Lumen Christi.

Vandercook Lake quad meet: Lumen Christi Catholic School went 2-0 defeating Lenawee Christian and Vandercook Lake 25-27, 25-21 and 25-16. The Jayhawks earned a split defeating Leslie 25-12 and 25-10.

 Cross country

Hudson Early Bird Invitational: Addison High School runners Zach Morse and Haley Wilkes continue to impress in the early season. Morse, a freshman, finished sixth overall at Hudson with a time of 18 minutes, 50 seconds. Wilkes, a sophomore, was fifth overall in the girls’ race with a time of 22:20 as Addison boys’ team was fourth overall and the girls sixth.

Springport Invitational: The Vandercook Lake High School boys’ team finished second in Division 2 as Zach Keyes was fifth (18:53); Trent Longbrake earned 11th place (20:03); and Seth Storm was right behind him (20:07). The Onsted girls’ team placed fourth and Columbia Central eighth in Division 1 as Lauren Goodrow of Onsted earned fourth place (21:26) and Sara Erickson of CCHS placed 31st (24:55). Onsted and Columbia Central were seventh and eighth respectively in the Division 1 race. Chase Baumgardner of CCHS finished 21st (18:51). Allori Wright of Vandercook Lake finished 12th (23:03) in the Division 2 race.

Archbold Invitational: Columbia Central went south of the Michigan border for an invitational. Sara Erickson finished 36th in the girls’ race with a time of 24 minutes, 14 seconds. Carson Crowell was 84th in the boys’ race in 21:39.

 Bath Invitational: The Napoleon High School boys’ team finished sixth and Vandercook Lake 13th in the Division 3 race. Napoleon was led by Billy Dowd with a 10th-place finish in 17:34. Teammates Connor Silvestri placed 18th (17:52) and Joel Johnson finished 24th (18:02). VCL was led by Trent Longbrake with a 45th-place finish in 19:01 and Zach Keyes right behind him in 19:02. The Napoleon girls were seventh, Jackson Christian 12th and Vandercook Lake 13th in the girls’ event. Two-time state qualifier Mary Hawthorne was fourth for Jackson Christian in 20:19 and Napoleon state qualifier McKenzie Smoyer finished eighth in 20:51. Rylee Hynes of Vandercook Lake finished 46th (23:26) and teammate Allori Wright was 51st (23:53).

Homer Invitational: Zach Morse of Addison High School placed seventh at Homer with a time of 18 minutes, 22 seconds in the boys’ event. Haley Wilkes was sixth in the girls’ race in 20:55.

Boys’ soccer

Jackson Christian 4, Hillsdale 2: The Royals sit atop of the Independent Soccer League western division with the win. All-state player Mitch McNeil scored two goals, Joel Kintigh and Ethan Jarrett scored once for Jackson Christian (4-1-1 overall, 2-0 ISL).

Blissfield 1, Onsted 0: The Wildcats fell from the ranks of undefeated in the ISL with the loss. Onsted is 5-2 overall this season.

Lenawee Christian 5, Columbia Central 2: Micah Sonnenberg scored the only two goals for Columbia Central (0-1 ISL).

Lansing Christian 5, Lumen Christi 0: The Titans fell to 0-1-1 on the season with the road loss Sept. 12.

 Girls’ golf

IGL Madison jamboree: Madison High School won the jamboree by 41 strokes as Nicole Olden shot a 39. Columbia Central placed third and Onsted fourth in the event at Wolf Creek Golf Course. Alissa Fish led CCHS with a 46 and Peyten Oudekerk shot a 53. Emily Snyr finished with a 46 for Onsted.

Marshall Invitational: Lumen Christi finished second with a four-man total of 369 for 18 holes. Hillary Ziemba shot an 89 and Anna Manchester a 91 for the Titans.

IGL at Concord: Onsted finished second with a four-man total of 215 and Columbia Central was fifth with 236. Emily Snyr of Onsted finished third individually with a 44 and Alissa Fish carded a 51 for CCHS.

Cascades jamboree: Teams in the Cascades Conference played a jamboree at Hills’ Heart O’ the Lakes Golf Course. It was a neutral site and a replacement for the Addison jamboree scheduled for that day. Hanover-Horton won the event with a four-man total of 203, Vandercook Lake was second at 208 and Napoleon placed third with 219. Claire Klintworth of VCL, pictured above, led all golfers with a 45 and teammate Jennifer Coppernoll finished with a 53. Napoleon was led by Caitlin Lysher with a 50 and Rory Marvin shooting a 56.

 Boys’ tennis

Harper Creek 6, Lumen Christi 2: Lucas Reynolds and Alex Rand at Nos. 3 and 4 singles respectively earned wins in rain-shortened matches for the Titans.

Hillsdale 8, Columbia Central 0: Ethan Folts of Columbia Central lost 7-6 and 7-5 at No. 1 singles. The Golden Eagles are 0-2 on the season.

Jackson College


Jackson College 3, Macomb CC 1: Ariana Gregory, Joniece Graham and Jillian Bulloch had eight kills apiece for Jackson College. Sarah Peterson recorded 30 assists and Shayla Villarreal had 27 digs for the Jets.

Muskegon CC 3, Jackson College 2: The Jets lost 15-10 in game five at Muskegon Community College. Kayla Best had 11 kills; Sarah Peterson finished with 41 assists; and Shayla Villarreal made 20 digs for Jackson College.

 Jackson College 3, Kellogg CC 1: The Jets opened Michigan Community College Athletic Association play with a win over Kellogg, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 25-20. Kayla Best scored 14 kills and six blocks; Sarah Peterson finished with 50 assists; Jillian Bullach scored four aces and Shayla Villiareal recorded 25 digs for Jackson (4-7 overall, 1-0 MCCAA).

Jackson College 3, Great Lakes Christian College 0: Brianna Prys recorded 12 kills and Sarah Peterson created 35 assists for Jackson College (6-8 overall).

Women’s soccer

Delta College 2, Jackson College 0: Maddie Gonzales made 12 saves for Jackson College (1-3).

Men’s soccer

Muskegon CC 3, Jackson College 0: The Jets fell to 2-2 overall, 0-1 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association with the loss.

Cross country

 Eastern Michigan Run Celebration: Kelvin Kellk finished 141st in the 5k event at Eastern Michigan with a time of 17 minutes, 53 seconds. The run featured a number of Big 10 schools. Tristan Swartout placed 155th (18:21); Tim Doetsch finished 168th (19:18) and Brendan Hunt was right behind him (19:31) for Jackson.

Results Sept. 1-7

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 Lumen Christi 38, Charlotte 14: Josh Marsh scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns for Lumen Christi (2-0 overall, 1-0 Interstate-8 Conference). Liam Daly, Bo Bell, Nolan Crowley and Jeff Barks all added scores for the Titans. Lumen Christi will host Battle Creek Harper Creek Friday at 7 p.m.

Vandercook Lake 41, East Jackson 0: Quarterback Nolan Hancock connected with Malik Wilks three times for touchdowns in the Jayhawks’ home win Sept. 3. Zaithon Allen, Logan LeFaive and Joey Kemplin also scored for VCL (2-0 overall, 1-0 Cascades Conference). The Jayhawks will travel to Addison Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Napoleon 13, Grass Lake 8: Napoleon High School scored in the first and fourth quarter and held Grass Lake at bay for the Cascades Conference win at Grass Lake Sept. 3. Sophomore running back Duncan Wilson tallied 153 yards rushing on 18 carries. Linebacker John Kortz made 19 tackles and Eric Poling added nine stops for Napoleon (1-1 overall, 1-0 Cascades Conference). Napoleon will travel to Michigan Center Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Manchester 41, Addison 13: The Panthers fell to 0-2 on the season with a road loss Friday. The game was postponed Thursday night because of lightning. Donovan Underwood and Quincy SeGraves scored touchdowns for Addison. SeGraves ran for 144 yards for the Panthers. Addison will host Vandercook Lake Friday at 7 p.m. for hall of fame night.


 Ann Arbor Greenhill Invitational: The Columbia Central High School varsity volleyball team won another title, but this time it was golden. The Golden Eagles were 3-0 in pool play; defeated Belleville 25-13 and 25-3 in the semifinals; and beat Detroit Country Day in the finals 25-15, 23-25 and 15-12. “The team played really strong today demonstrating stamina, focus and teamwork,” coach Patty Vandeventer said. “Hannah Taylor served 23 consecutive points in the second set against Belleville.” Lyza Myers had 50 kills and eight blocks, Kenzi Collins recorded 54 assists and Taylor served 10 aces for Columbia Central (12-3-1). Tara Schatzle, Kenzy Wenzlick, Cami Emerson and Kenzee Tompkins combined for 80 digs.

 Boys’ soccer

Onsted, JCHS start ISL play with wins

The Onsted High School boys’ varsity soccer team is now 5-0 on the young season following a 7-3 win against Columbia Central at home Sept. 3. The Wildcats are 1-0 in the Independent Soccer League while CCHS fell to 1-2 overall, 0-1 in the ISL.

Senior Brendan Hagan scored a pair of goals in the first half for the Wildcats. Hagan scored an unassisted goal five minutes into the game.

CCHS tied the game at 1-all as freshman Micah Sonnenberg weaved his way around three defenders to light the lamp.

This was the first goal given up by Onsted in five games.

It was all OHS after that as the Wildcats added six goals for a 7-1 lead after 40 minutes of action.

Harrison Worker scored at the 24 minute mark and Thomas Kostanko scored on a header off a corner kick 10 minutes later.

Hagan scored his second goal of the game thanks to an assist by Trevor Jaynes. Worker scored his second goal of the game two minutes later for a 5-1 lead.

Kamron Kipke and Connor Wright closed out the scoring for Onsted with goals. Spencer Travioli and Hagan earned assists on the goals.

CCHS sophomore Dalton Fish scored a pair of goals for the Golden Eagles in the second half.

Jackson Christian 8, Jonesville 0: Joel Kintigh had a monster night scoring five times in the Royals’ win. Mitch McNeil, Zach Lamphere and Caleb Thomas also scored. Kintigh now has seven goals in five games for the Royals. “Overall we are very pleased with the result, but also wanted to push ourselves to be even better,” coach Nick Barney said. The Royals are 3-1-1 overall, 1-0 in the Independent Soccer League.

 Jackson Christian 1, Lumen Christi 1: Lumen Christi Catholic School and Jackson Christian tied during a match Sept. 1 at JCHS. Both goals were scored in the second period. Josue Orozco of Lumen Christi scored for the Titans on an assist by Ethan Frew. Mitch McNeil scored the Royals’ goal thanks to an assist by Joel Kintigh. Jackson Christian is 2-1-1 while the Titans were playing their first game of the season.

 Girls’ golf

 Napoleon ties for first at Cascades jamboree

Maybe the cupboard isn’t as bare as believed for the Napoleon High School golf team.

A year after winning the school’s first regional title – then losing a handful of seniors to graduation – Napoleon tied for first place at the East Jackson jamboree at Pine Hollow Golf Course.

Napoleon tied Hanover-Horton with a four-man total of 215. Vandercook Lake finished third, three strokes back.

The Pirates were led by Caitlyn Lysher with a 48, Steffanie Niemi shot a 54, Mary Lusebrink a 56 and Rory Marvin finished with a 57.

Vandercook Lake player Claire Klintworth shot a 42 to earn medalist honors. Teammate Jennifer Coppernoll finished fifth individually with a 53.

IGL at Columbia Central: Columbia Central High School finished third at the Independent Golf League jamboree at Clark Lake Golf Course. Adrian Madison won the event with a 184, Concord was second at 220, Columbia Central shot a 222 and Onsted 236. Alissa Fish shot a 51, Annaka Oudekerk finished with a 54 and Peyten Oudekerk a 56. Onsted was led by Emily Snyr with a 45. Madison golfer Kayla Bozyk finished with a 40 earning medalist honors. “We are still in second place in the league,” CCHS coach Mike Jordon said. “We knew Concord was a capable team . . . we just need to play a little better.”

Interstate-8 Conference at Harper Creek: Lumen Christi High School won the jamboree with a four-man total of 188. The Titans moved into first place in the I-8 with the win.

Boys’ tennis

 CCHS, Lumen Christi fall in tennis opener

 The Columbia Central High School varsity tennis team lost to Leslie/Lansing Christian 7-0 to open the season.

“The players were a little nervous playing today,” coach Dick Minier said. “We only have seven players at this time, but are hoping we will pick up three to five more players.”

Ethan Folts lost to Reese Brockhouse 6-1 and 6-0.

“Ethan’s serves were awesome and his returns were very good for the most part,” Minier said.

Charlotte 6, Lumen Christi 2: Lumen Christi Catholic School singles’ players Connor Mogle and Lucas Reynolds won matches for the Titans. Mogle earned an easy 6-0 and 6-0 win at No. 2 singles and Reynolds won 6-4 and 6-3 at No. 3 singles.