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Prep athletes of the year

January 3, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A pair of three-star athletes – one a senior at Sturgis High School and the other a senior at Mendon – have been named St. Joseph County’s male and female prep athletes of the year for 2013.

The honor, bestowed by the Sturgis Journal sports department, went to Chance Stewart and Brooke Howard.

Stewart, whose high school career has seen him excel in football, basketball and baseball, will continue his football career at Western Michigan University. The four-star quarterback committed to the Broncos last year.

Howard has been an integral part of volleyball, basketball and track teams during her career at Mendon. With Howard as its leader, Mendon’s volleyball team made back-to-back Final Four appearances in the Class C volleyball finals in 2012 and 2013.

Howard, who scored her 1,000th career basketball point as a junior last season, plans to attend Grand Valley State University.

Girls named to all-state squad

December 10, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Seven area high school girls were named to the all-state volleyball squad.

Members of the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association named Brooke Howard of Mendon to its Class C first-team. Her teammate, Alexis Russell, was named to the second team, while fellow Lady Hornet Jordan VanOss made the third team.

In Class B, first team honors went to Rachel Anderson of Sturgis, while Three Rivers’ Teagan Reeves was named to the second team. Kelsey Metzger of Sturgis was named to the third team and Hannah Landis was an honorable mention recipient.

Lady Hornets fall short

November 25, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

History repeated itself Friday, as the Mendon Lady Hornets for the second consecutive year bowed out of the state’s Class C volleyball semi-finals.

After coming up short against Beal City in 2012, Mendon fell Friday to Grand Rapids Covenant Christian, there games to one.

The Lady Hornets finish the season with a record of 49 wins, eight loses and two ties.

Covenant Christian went on to claim the Class C state title Saturday, defeating Beal City, three games to one.

Not going to state

November 18, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

All three area football teams bowed out of the state playoffs Saturday.

In Division 8, Mendon was beaten at home for the second consecutive year by Muskegon Catholic Central. Saturday’s 28-to-12 loss ends the Hornets season at 11-and-1.

Constantine, hoping to return to the Division 6 state championship game for the third time in three years, suffered a road loss to the Clinton Redskins, 47-to-28. The Falcons snuck into the playoffs with a 5-and-4 record and end their season at 7-and-5.

Meanwhile, Schoolcraft put its 10-and-1 record on the line against the Shelby Tigers and lost a road game, 33-to-7.

Further north, in Division 2, Portage Central is now 12-and-0 and will play in a state semifinal game at 1 o’clock Saturday against a one-loss Muskegon High School team. The game is at East Kentwood High School.

Two games away from state championship

November 11, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A trio of area high school football teams claimed district crowns over the weekend and are two games away from playing for a state championship.

Mendon, Constantine and Schoolcraft all remain in the playoffs, while Cassopolis saw its season come to an end Friday.

For the third consecutive post-season, Mendon ended Climax-Scotts’ season. On Saturday, the Hornets won on their home field, 13-to-0. The 11-and-0 Hornets host 9-and-2 Muskegon Catholic Central at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Hornets and Crusaders have met in the playoffs five of the last seven years and Saturday marks their third consecutive meeting in the playoffs.

Constantine, which eked into the playoffs with a 5-and-4 regular-season record, defeated Hillsdale Friday, 56-to-14. The Falcons travel to Clinton for a match against the 11-and-0 Redskins; date and time will be announced today.

Schoolcraft, meanwhile, pulled out a 28-to-26 win over Watervliet Friday. The 10-1 Eagles travel to Shelby to play the 10-and-1 Tigers at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Cassopolis lost to Decatur, 7-to-0 and ends its season with a record of 7-and-4.

Football playoffs

November 4, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A pair of St. Joseph County football teams remains in the state playoffs, while Cassopolis and Schoolcraft also picked up wins in the opening-round to continue their seasons.

In Division 8, Mendon routed Eau Claire, 67-to-0 Saturday, to up its season record to 10-and-0. The Hornets will play for a district title at 1 p.m. Saturday, when they host 9-and-1 Climax-Scotts. The match-up marks the third consecutive year the teams have met in the post-season.

Meanwhile, Constantine went on the road and knocked off an 8-and-1 Michigan Center squad Saturday, 41-to-26. The Falcons, now 6-and-4 on the season, will travel to Hillsdale for a 7 o’clock contest Friday night against the 7-and-3 Hornets.

Elsewhere, Schoolcraft topped Niles Brandywine, 28-to-21 and faces a 10-and-0 Watervliet squad Friday. Cassopolis beat Lake Michigan Catholic, 30-to-7, and hosts Decatur Friday night.

Sturgis and Burr Oak saw their seasons end Friday. The Trojans were shutout by St. Joseph, 16-to-0, and Burr Oak lost to Lawrence, 58-to-8.

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