Vicksburg tennis starts season strong

By Travis Smola

The Vicksburg varsity girls’ tennis team has had a solid start to the season with wins over Dowagiac, Eaton Rapids and Leslie.

The team has been forced to deal with less-than desirable weather conditions that have canceled multiple meets already this spring. However, Head Coach Warner Offord is excited by the potential of this year’s squad.

“This will be a fun season this year for us; I think we’re going to surprise a lot of teams,” Offord said.

The girls started the year strong with an 8-0 sweep of Dowagiac. In doubles action, Sydney Glerum and Sadie Grossman took the number ones, 6-0, 6-0. The team of seniors Alyssa Kaye and Clare Wilson won 6-2, 6-0 in the number two doubles. Number three doubles saw sophomores Clara and Savina Centofanti win 6-0, 6-0. In the number four doubles, Natalie Balkema and Avery Sands won soundly 6-0, 6-0.

In singles action, all the players took their respective matches 6-0, 6-0. Gracie Breitenbach won the number one singles. Scarlett Hosner took the number two singles as she attempts to carry on the Hosner family tradition in tennis. Karsen Brown took the number three singles and Anna Meschke took the number four singles.

The team beat Eaton Rapids 7-1 and Leslie 8-0 during a tri-meet. The team then lost a closer match to Hackett 3-5. They also lost 8-0 to perennial tennis powerhouse Allegan. Offord isn’t surprised Allegan is strong again this year. He said he also expects Sturgis and Edwardsburg to be tough teams in the Wolverine Conference. Still, he’s hopeful about his team’s chances.

“I think we should be in the middle of the pack,” Offord said. “If the girls come out and play, I think we should do good.”

Schoolcraft runner Peterson signs with Purdue

Annika Peterson, center, signed a letter of intent with Purdue University Northwest.

Annika Peterson, Schoolcraft High School Senior, has signed a letter of intent to run for Purdue University Northwest where she plans to study business marketing. She hopes to become a market research analyst and own her own rental property company. Peterson was a four-year varsity runner on the Schoolcraft cross-country team, qualifying for individual state in her freshman year, earning all-conference honorable mention in her sophomore year, and again qualifying for the state team event in her senior year. She also was a fall dual athlete all four years, in addition playing golf in the fall. She is also a three-year varsity soccer player and a three-year member of the varsity track team. She has been involved in student council and is the senior class vice president.

Curtis to play soccer for Davenport University

Cate Curtis, at center, celebrated her signing offer.

Cate Curtis, Vicksburg High School senior, has signed a letter of intent to play soccer with Davenport University. Curtis played club soccer for 15 years; this is her second year on the varsity team. She is also a three-year member of the track team and a two-year member of the varsity basketball team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, senior class vice president, and a former member of the Miracle Field’s Youth Board. Curtis participates in the EFE Professional Health Science program. She will earn her Patient Care Technician License before graduation and plans to study nursing.