WINTER NEWSLETTER 2016-2017

FALL SPORTS WRAP-UP

FOOTBALL

With the 2016 Eagle football season coming to a close, the boys finished their season with a record of 8-3. For the last regular season home game, they played the Tri-County Vikings, ending Senior night with a massive win of 49-0. The teams very first home playoff game for Kent City, and the first playoff game the town has seen for 15 years, was won with stands filled with a loud crowd. the team went against the Montague Wildcats, finishing the night off with a close 20-19 win for the Eagles. The district finals, against the Ravenna Bulldogs, resulted 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 earned Coach of the Year by the Muskegon Chronicle which was featured on Thanksgiving Day in the Muskegon Chronicle. Coach Crane also earned the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year for both his commitment and dedication. It was a great season for the boys, and always a great day to be an eagle!

CROSS COUNTRY

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.

VOLLEYBALL

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 champions, 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!

BOYS SOCCER

The boy’s 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.

Fall All-Conference

The fall season was a great one, and with the success comes many post-season honors that are still slowly trickling in. On Tuesday, we will be celebrating all of our All-Conference recipients with pictures and lunch at the high school, before we take the 1st team All-Conference recipients to Big Rapids for pictures on Wednesday.

Our Varsity Volleyball team earned Academic All-State as a team this year with their 3.82 GPA. Eight of the seniors on the team were Academic All-State, including three student-athletes who have 4.0 GPA.

The Varsity Football Team had one senior earn All-State Honors in Hunter Babbitt who was named Honorable Mention by the Associated Press over the holiday break. 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). Juniors Jace Dailey and Cody Bowers were 2nd Team All Area in Divisions 5--8.

Coach Bill Crane has also earned some recognition following the 2016 campaign. Crane was named Coach of the Year by the Muskegon Chronicle and was featured on Thanksgiving Day in the Muskegon Chronicle with the Dream Team. It was also just announced that Coach Crane earned the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year, an award decided upon by the other coaches in the region.

One of the major reasons for our success this past fall was our work during our Athletic Workouts that were implemented in January of 2016. After a short break, we are going to begin workouts again on Monday, November 28. Our workouts are for any student-athlete in grades 6-12 and begin at 3:00 p.m. This year, Monday and Wednesday will be our weight room workouts, while Tuesday and Thursday will be focused on speed and agility. We encourage all of our student-athletes to make it a priority to be in attendance as they commit themselves to excellence!

WINTER SPORTS

GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL

The team is ready to go for the season! With seniors, McKenna Carlson, Paige Mortensen and Kaitlyn Geers, Juniors, Shelby Flanagan, Caitlynn Swanson, and Teanna McCuig, Sophomores, Paula Roberts, Mackenzie Mortensen, Lauren Freeland, Zara Weber, and Janelle Krueger, and freshman Lauren Schincke, they are ready to go. Though the girls had a rocky start they fought for a win against Coopersville 41-36 and then again at their home game against Holton 58-29. The Kent city eagles showed great sportsmanship out on the court, and played very hard. Go get em' girls!

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

The Eagles are ready to start their season with a bang, and are motivated to go out and clench another league championship. 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. For their first game of CSAA play, and the second game of the 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. Go get that championship!

WRESTLING

The Kent City wrestling team opened the season with a 2-1 record this past Wednesday beating Big Rapids and Kenowa Hills. The final score was 56-21 with the Eagles coming out on top. In the final dual of the evening the eagles defeated the Knights of Kenowa Hills 51-20. Varsity Wrestlers winning two matches on the night were Josh Lee, Hunter Carr, Evan Jones, Carlos Diaz, Blake Armstrong, Denny Carr, Jonathan Willison-Westbrook, and Nick Widener. This past Saturday Kent City hosted the 26th annual Kent City Kickoff Classic on December 10th. The team finished with a 3-2 record, and placed 4th out of 10 teams. The Eagles opened the day with wins over Whitehall 48-27, Spring Lake 63-18, and East Grand Rapids 66-12. Keep up the hard work!

BOWLING

The bowling team has had a great start to their season. They have already won both of their matches so far on the season. They continue to bring their personal records up. Their first victory over a conference team, Lakeview. Their second match, against Big Rapids led both boys and girls to a victory. Both the boys team, and the girls team are 2-0 on the season. Both teams will face Wellspring Prep on Wednesday December 14th at 3:30pm. This will take place at their home alley in Sparta. This is their last home match for December. Everyone should come out and watch the teams dominate the competition.

The girls team has seven seniors on the team this year; Brittany Johnson, Cassidy Dayton, Kristen Lundquist, Lauren Jones, Lauren Longcore, Larissa Crowley, and Mackenzie Schoonmaker, one junior, Abby Davis, and one freshman, Lauren Johnson. Kristen Lundquist says “The bowling team is like a family, and we created cheers to keep our energy levels up. We also want to keep our positivity golden.” The boys team consists of two juniors, Joel Ignasiak and Kristian Bouck, two sophomores, Mason Mcvicker and Nick Brummel, and one freshman, Anthony Stevens. Got get em'!

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.

Christmas Break

Even though our break is shorter than normal, students are still very excited to get some well-deserved time off. They’re excited to relax, be with family, and eat Christmas cookies. Here are some of their plans:

Kaitlyn Geers: “I’ll be staying home, going to tons of Christmas parties, and making lots of cookies.”

Jacob Podell: “I’m taking a trip up to Houghton, Michigan to visit Michigan Tech, then going down to South Haven for a job shadow.

Dylan Denhof: “I’m excited for snowmobiling with Fraser, and visiting with friends and family.”

Kameron Dombrowksi: “I’ll be going to family Christmas parties, and spending time with my family and girlfriend.”

Luke Chipman: “I’m getting my wisdom teeth removed… It’s a bummer.”

Hunter Nelson: “I’ll be spending most of my time at Cannonsburg. I love the snow and I love to snowboard.”

Teanna McCuaig: “Basketball practice.”

Caity Swanson: “My family and I are spending time at my grandma’s. She makes the best cookies!”

SENIOR UPDATE

Here are some important winter dates for seniors & senior parents to keep in mind: 12/18 - Sunday Senior Bash Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center 12/23 - Friday to 1/2 - Monday No School - Christmas Break 1/3 - Tuesday School Resumes 1/19 - Thursday End of 2nd Marking Period/1st Semester 1/20 - Friday No School for Students - Records Day 1/23 - Monday Senior Bash Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center 2/17 - Friday Early Release - 6-12 Students at 12:45 p.m. 2/20 - Monday No School - Midwinter Break 3/1 - Wednesday Senior Pictures Due to Yearbook (Baby Pictures & Senior Pictures)

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