Boy's varsity 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.
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’