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!
The 2016 Eagle football season came to a close and 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 final 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.
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 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 of the Cardinals. 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.
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.