Golden Eagles swoop over Colts

By Mark Blentlinger

Schoolcraft has returned to its roots and rebranded its mascot. Over the years, the Schoolcraft Eagles strayed from the golden eagle and used the bald eagle in its images. Starting with the coming season, the golden eagle has returned.

The Golden Eagle football team faced its first opponent August 25. The Comstock Colts visited Roy Davis Field with hopes to start its season at 1-0. Coach Ferency and the Golden Eagles had other plans for the visiting team, and it didn’t take long for the team to set the tone for the game.

After receiving the kickoff and during the second play, Isaac Noora took the handoff and went untouched for 53 yards down the home team’s sideline for the first score of the 2022 season.

For the second straight year, Schoolcraft will have a female kicking the extra points. Last season, Hannah Thompson was the first-ever female to score a point in a football game for Schoolcraft. This season Brooklyn Hamelink will be taking on the task of putting the ball through the uprights. Her first attempt went straight through, making the score 7-0 Golden Eagles.

After a struggling Comstock got the ball back and suffered three straight penalties, the Colts had to punt the ball. A few plays later, Senior Tagg Gott took the ball five yards through the center of the line to hit paydirt. Gott, after playing in Indiana last season during his junior year, decided to return to Schoolcraft for his senior season. He will be playing in the quarterback position, the same position he played in Indiana.

Comstock was never able to get much going on offense and had its hands full on defense with the size and speed of the Schoolcraft team.

Gott added three more touchdowns to his first. Noora added two more to his first and Gavin Hart added his own score. This took place all in the first half of the game. And Hamelink added her name to the Schoolcraft record book by making all eight extra points she attempted.

The Golden Eagles hit the locker room with the score at 56-0. The second half of the game was a non-stop running clock with no additional scoring, and only juniors and sophomores played on the Schoolcraft side of the ball. Schoolcraft ended the night running 25 total plays on offense, totaling 348 yards. The Comstock Colts had 52 plays on offense but were only able to post 114 total yards.

Vicksburg Tennis Finishes Third in Regional

Winners of the Pink Tournment.

By Travis Smola

The Vicksburg varsity girls’ tennis managed finished second in their annual Pink Invitational tournament and third in Regionals to wrap up their season.

In the Pink Invitational, Gracie Breitenbach and Scarlett Hosner took first place in the number one and two singles. Karsen Brown took second in the number three singles and Anna Meschke took third in the number four singles. In doubles action, Sydney Glerum and Sadie Grossman finished second in the number one doubles to Paw Paw. Alyssa Kaye and Clare Wilson also took second in the number two doubles. Clara and Savina Centofanti finished third in the number three doubles. Natalie Balkema and Avery Sands also picked up the win in four doubles.

The Bulldogs did well at a tri-meet near the end of April, defeating Paw Paw 7-1 and Niles 6-2. They followed that up with an 8-0 sweep of Coldwater a few days later. But the team faced some tough competition from Conference foes like Edwardsburg and Three Rivers further down the stretch. The Eddies swept the Bulldogs in the early part of May. The team was defeated by Three Rivers in their next matchup 6-2 and they tied with Plainwell after that.

In the Regional round, Breitenbach had a bye in the first round of the singles tournament. She won her round two match against Battle Creek Pennfield 6-3, 6-1, but fell to a Parma Western opponent in the semifinal 6-3, 6-4. Scarlett Hosner also got to the semifinal round in the number two singles. She also had a bye in round one before defeating her opponent from Charlotte 6-0, 6-2. She faced top seed Edwardsburg in the semi-final where she lost 6-2, 6-0.

In three singles, Brown won her first-round match against Niles 6-4, 6-2 but came up against the number two seed from Battle Creek Pennfield in round two where she was defeated 6-1, 6-0. Anna Meschke had a first round bye before winning her second round match against Eaton Rapids 6-1, 6-0. She also lost in the semi-final against eventual champion Parma Western 6-2, 6-2.

In doubles action, Glerum and Grossman had a bye in round one but lost in round two to Eaton Rapids in a battle 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. In two doubles, Wilson and Kaye won round one against Battle Creek Pennfield 6-1, 6-3 before falling to Niles 6-0, 6-2 in round two. Clara and Savina Centofanti made it to the semi-final round. They had a bye in round one before defeating Marshall 6-1, 2-6, 6-3. They lost in the semifinal to eventual champion Parma Western 6-1, 6-0. Finally, in the number four doubles, Sands and Balkema had a bye in round one before winning round two against Battle Creek Pennfield 6-0, 6-0. They came up against Edwardsburg in the semifinals where they lost 6-0, 6-3.

Head Coach Warner Offord was also named Regional 3-18 coach of the year in 2022 to wrap up the
season for the Bulldogs.

Schoolcraft softball flying high

By Mark Blentlinger

With the advancement from assistant softball coach last season to the head coach position this year, Rebecca Shemberger and assistants Katie Parker, Len Rothrock and Steve Peters are making a big statement. The young team has just four seniors: Sophie Ridge, Olivia Pavlak, Faith Westfall and Maddie Ingle. All the underclassmen are learning from the senior leadership daily.

And the team is sporting a record of 18-8.

After rain-canceled games on May 4, the Eagles took a double header from Bridgman, 9-0 in game one and 8-4 in game two. The next two double headers were postponed against Delton Kellogg and Gull Lake. They were able to take on Division 1 Portage Northern, dropping both games 2-3 and 2-7. They then went on an eight-game winning streak with wins over Constantine and Delton Kellogg. Over the May 14-15, the Eagles headed to the east side of the state to Canton. They played in the Michigan Challenge, and these Division 3 Eagles were able to post big wins against Division 1 schools like South Lyon East 6-1, Sterling Heights Stevenson 5-1, Novi 11-1 and Grand Blanc 5-0. In the championship game, the Eagles finished in second place, falling to Whiteford High 0-2.

The Eagles were to finish off their regular season against Kalamazoo Christian, Portage Central and Gull Lake before they begin the district tournament against the Blue Devils of Lawton on June 4.