With the Big Ten Conference (B1G) announcing it will schedule more games on Friday nights next year, one question remains: Will this really hurt high school football?
Ryan Schlehuber “Scoop”
When the clock struck zero at the Division 6 playoff game at Ravenna, many of the Lakeview football players hung around in the end zone, not wanting to leave the field just yet.
The 42-21 loss to the Bulldogs meant the Wildcats’ great season was done, and, for the seniors, so too was their high school football career. So the players took their time walking off the field, relishing what they inevitably would have to leave behind for the final time.
At Thursday’s district finals against Chippewa Hills, the Belding Redskins’ mental game was just as great as their physical game, beating the Warriors 25-21, 19-25, 25-17 and 25-14, earning a trip to the regionals at Bay City John Glenn to face Saginaw Swan Valley on Tuesday.
Arm wrestling is a test of strength and endurance and a showcase for those watching it.
All arm wrestlers alike — professional, amateur, novice, young, older, men, women — will be participating in Saturday’s Rockwell Open tournament at The Horse’s Mouth at 402 W. Main St., which begins with a weight-in for participants at 1 p.m. The tournament begins at 3:30 p.m.
After the back-and-forth battle between Central Montcalm and Chippewa Hills in volleyball district semifinals Wednesday, the only thing left on the court were tears, sweat and, for one team, the “what could have been.”
The Chippewa Hills Warriors defeated the Green Hornets 25-21, 19-25, 27-25, 24-26 and 15-10, to advance to the districts finals, which is today at 6 p.m. against Belding at Redskins Arena.
It took all five games to settle the winner between the Belding Redskins and Ithaca Yellowjackets in the Belding district semi-finals volleyball game Wednesday.
The Redskins won 15-11 over Ithaca in the rubber match to clinch a spot in the district finals against Chippewa Hills, which is today at 6 p.m. at Redskins Arena. Belding won 25-23, 23-25, 16-25 and 25-19 before winning the rubber match.
It was a bittersweet day for Grant Woodman during the Division 4 boys and girls cross country regionals in Shepherd Saturday. The girls team finished third overall to qualify for the state finals, a feat that hasn’t been done in 18 years. Two runners from the boys team qualified as individuals to compete in the state finals — Kaleb Barrett and Jamison Ward.
During a World Powerlifting Association tournament in Portland, Oregon, both Joshua and Kaitlynn Naert, representing the state of Michigan and the American Powerlifting Association (APA), went up against competitors from 15 states and five foreign countries, where they dominated in all three of the powerlifting categories — squat, bench and deadlift — for their age groups, with Kaitlynn establishing three world records in the the 14-year-olds category.
Ravenna running back racks up 323 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns against Lakeview in 42-21 Division 6 game
It only took the first snap of the game Friday for Lakeview to realize just what it was up against in its Division 6 football playoff game against Ravenna.
Bulldogs senior David Thompson may have been listed as the quarterback for Ravenna, but in the first few minutes of the game, he showed his high-level running back skills, busting out for an 80-yard and an 84-yard touchdown run that put Ravenna up 14-0, quickly.
Thompson ended up with 323 of Ravenna’s 425 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns to lead his Bulldogs to a convincing 42-21 first round win. The win earns Ravenna a second-round match-up with Kent City (8-2 overall), which upset favored Montague (7-3), 20-19.
Fifty-four years have passed since these two teams faced each other.
Tonight, the Lakeview Wildcats and Ravenna Bulldogs will go head to head in a Division 6 playoffs game in Ravenna.