Winter in Kent City

College Visits: Kent City High School went on college visits on December 8. Each grade visited different locations. The freshmen went to Davenport University, the sophomores went to Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), and the juniors went to Ferris State University. In addition, the senior class chose to either go to one of the three previous locations, or they scheduled their own college visit/job shadow. At Davenport, the freshmen experienced various industry sites as well as campus tours of the university. The sophomores listened to a presentation about manufacturing and computer science, and they went on campus tours of GRCC. Finally, at Ferris State, the juniors had an admissions presentation followed by a student panel Q & A, went on a campus tour, and enjoyed a complimentary lunch at The Rock Cafe. All students got back to school by the end of the school day.
The boys’ varsity soccer team ended the season with 4-15. Although the record doesn’t show it, the boys did very well this season. The boys nearly won against Big Rapids 0-1, first in the OK Silver conference, and could have pulled the win off. Unfortunately, the game was ended 17 minutes too soon due to weather and it was unable to be made up, so Big Rapids got the win. The boys also beat Tri County 3-2. Considering that Tri County used to always mercy Kent City, it’s an impressive win. The season ended with a tough, well played pre-district game against Algoma Christian. The game was tied, even after overtime, so the game went to shoot-outs; Kent City lost 3-4. At the end of the season, the team voted on two awards- MVP and sportsmanship. Joe Weeks earned both of those awards. Kent City had 5 all district players and 2 all conference players. Goalkeeper Juan Salas got 341 saves by the end of the season.
As the Kent City eagles wrapped up their 2016 season they managed to crush all of their competition in the CSAA Silver conference. Both boys and girls finished their season with a 4-0 record after winning their last conference meet at Tri-County, and were both very close to qualifying for team state at their regional meet at Allendale. At the last meet, all of the all-conference numbers were added up, and at the top of boys’ and girls’ teams were Kent City’s very own Fraser Wilson and Lauren Freeland. On the girls’ all-conference team, Shelby Oostveen took 3rd, with Elizabeth Sible in 4th, and Ryan Kik in 5th. Hunter Nelson joined Fraser on the boys’ all-conference team in 4th place. Six more eagles earned honorable mention in the CSAA Silver conference. Casey Carew was in 10th, with Josh Lee in 12th, and Nick Widener in 14th. Abby Ignasiak earned 11th, Sarah Sizemore was in 13th, and Kristen Toporski got 14th. Kent City had the largest number of honorees in the Silver league, as they had 12. Three eagle runners qualified and ran at MIS in the MHSAA state finals- Lauren Freeland, Fraser Wilson, and Hunter Nelson. This is a competition that includes all divisions from the lower peninsula to compete, with about 250 runners per race. The top 30 runners are awarded all-state medals and out of the three runners we sent, all three came home with hardware. This was Fraser’s third time earning his all-state status with his 25th place finish, and Hunter’s first with his 24th place finish. Lauren Freeland grabbed the 17th place medal in the girls’ race, which was an improvement from her 21st place finish in 2015. All three of these athletes also earned academic all-state as well. After and impressive season full of PR’s and crushing their competition, we are expected the eagles to be back and better than ever for their 2017 cross country season.
Boys Bball The Varsity eagles dropped their season opener to Coopersville in the fourth quarter 54-47. They were led by Junior Fraser Wilson with 13 points, and Jace Dailey with 12. In the first game of the CSAA play, and the second game of their season, the Eagles got their first win of the year-beating Holton 52-33. Kent City held the Red Devils to just four points in the second and third quarters combined. The eagles took control of the game by scoring 24 points in the third. Leading scores were Juniors Cody Bowers with 10 points, Hunter Nelson with 9, and Jace Dailey with 8. The JV boys dropped their season opener to Coopersville in overtime loss 74-71. They were led by freshman Eli Carlson with 28 points, sophomores Jarod Coates with 12 and Brendan Geers with 10. The JV boys got their first win of the season against Holton 69-27. They showed very strong what defense throughout the game. Leading scorers were Freshman Eli Carlson with 19, and Sophomores John Meek with 12 and Brendan Geers with 10. In their third game of the season, they JV boys won 62-36 at Grant. Leading scorers were Freshman Eli Carlson with 14, and Sophomores John Meek with 11, and Jake Alt with 10. The Freshman boys dropped their first game to Coopersville 45-34. After three quarters the teams were tied at 27, unfortunately the Broncos were too much to handle. Leading scorers were Nick Flegal with 13 points, and Will Wright with 8. Four other Eagles contributed as well. IN the second game of their season they traveled to Newago from the Lions season opener. Kent city jumped out to a quick lead showing great offence and strong defense. Kent City was able to hold on to a 1-point lead, and win the game 39-38. Leading scores were Will Wright with 10 points, and Spencer Hartley with 9, along with four other eagles adding to the total.
With the 2016 Eagle football season coming to a close, they finished their season with a record of 8-3. For the boy’s last guaranteed home game, they went against the Tri-County Vikings, ending Senior night with a massive win of 49-0. Their tenth game was the very first home playoff game for Kent City, and the first playoff game the town has seen for 15 years. With stands filled with fans and the red out spread throughout the crowd, the team went against the Montague Wildcats, finishing the night off with a close 20-19 win for the Eagles. The eleventh game was away, against the Ravenna Bulldogs in the District Final, resulting in a hard 20-7 loss for the Eagles and loyal fans, ending the season. With the season over, awards were ready to be given. One Senior on the team, Hunter Babbitt, earned All-State-Honors and was named Honorable Mention by the Associated Press. Babbitt also earned 1st team All-Area in the Muskegon Chronicle in Divisions 5-8 and 2nd Team All-Area for the Muskegon Dream Team (All-Divisions). Following his lead, Junior's Jace Dailey and Cody Bowers were 2nd Team All-Area in Divisions 5-8. Head Coach Bill Crane was also awarded and had outstandingly earned Coach of the Year by the Muskegon Chronicle which was featured on Thanksgiving Day in the Muskegon Chronicle in attendance with the Dream Team. Coach Crane had also earned the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year for both his commitment to turning the team around and making sure every team that was played by the Eagles knew by the dedication of his players, coaching staff, and fans that followed, win or lose, that it’s always a great day to be an Eagle here in the small town of Kent City.
This was Bill Crane’s first year returning as coach for the Kent City Varsity Football team, and he did a fantastic job! Crane had the team begin conditioning in December of 2015. As early as this seems, it most definitely helped the team for the better. The team had several firsts including their first conference championship since 2001, and had a record of 4-1 in the CSAA Silver. The team also hadn’t made it to the playoffs since 2001, and finally jumped the hurdle this past season along with their first ever home playoff game in history! The team won the home field advantage 20-19 against Montague making eight wins on the season, which is the most the team has ever had. This season was most definitely the most successful in Kent City Varsity Football history thanks to Coach Crane. However, it wasn’t only the firsts that made this a successful season; Crane ran several fundraisers to earn money for the Grand Rapids Home For Veterans. Coach Bill Crane is certainly an excellent coach, and Kent City isn’t the only school that thinks this; he received Muskegon’s Coach of the Year honor for completely turning the team around. Crane surely made the season a very triumphant one.
Kent City Girls Basketball The Kent City Eagles Basketball Team consists of Seniors McKenna Carlson, Paige Mortensen and Kaitlynn Geers. Juniors are Shelby Flanagan, Caitlynn Swanson, and Teanna McCuig. Sophomores, Paula Roberts, Mackenzie Mortensen, Lauren Freeland, Zara Weber, and Janelle Krueger. Then freshman Lauren Schincke on the varsity team. Though the girls had a rocky start they accomplished a win against Coopersville 41-36 and then again at the home game against Holton 58-29. The Kent city eagles showed great sportsmanship out on the court. For example, whenever their team mate fell we helped them up and vis-versa.
Varsity Volleyball By: Jenna Reed The 2016 Fall volleyball season was one for the books at Kent City High School. Our Lady Eagles killed the competition this season ending with a 43-6-1 record, back to back undefeated league championships, District Champions, three tournament championships, and a regional finalist. The team also earned Team Academic All-State with an average team GPA of 3.82! The girls kept up their hard work all throughout the season and we couldn’t be prouder of them for their achievements this season. The end of a sports season is never an easy thing, but when you’re a senior it’s even harder. Your last season on the court playing the sport you love, having to say goodbye to your teammates and your coach, knowing you’ll miss it like no other. To our nine senior girls, you have made Kent City Volleyball amazing while you were here and you will be incredibly missed. Great job to all of the Lady Eagles on your successful season. See you next year!

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