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.

Growing pains for Eagles baseball

By Mark Blentlinger

Coach Scott Muffley and the Eagles have had a roller coaster of a season so far, having games rained out and a lack of umpires. This young Eagles team has only two seniors on the roster this season, Tyler DeGroote and Luke Housler.

Muffley has been counting on his team’s pitching and strong defense to put wins in the column. Pitchers that have been key this season are Fisher Holmes, Eli DeVisser and Easton Poulson. Strong relief pitching is able to come in when needed; Austin Jones, Luke Housler, Ryley Brunner, Ethan Goodard and Thomas Rutkoskie have all come in as relievers.

Coach Muffley said “Through thick and thin we have been inconsistent at the plate” with days when the hitting is very good and other days the hits just don’t happen. Muffley added, “We need to get some consistency heading into the postseason.”

Most of the teams the Eagles are playing have more of upperclassmen with more experience under their belts. The Eagles coaching staff has been focused on working on patience and education. The team is sporting a 10-13 record as of now with wins against Delton Kellogg, Constantine, Mattawan, Parchment, Galesburg Augusta and Plainwell. With all games being double headers, the Eagles have also posted losses to most of the teams they have wins against.

On June 4, the Eagles will start the post season by taking on the Colts of Comstock at Centreville in district play.