It would be easy to spend the entirety of this week’s Kent City Athletic Weekly complaining about that nasty seven letter word, but I am going to resist. I talked about it last week and highlighted our resiliency as Michiganders, but not this week. No, in fact, I am going to go the entire week with uttering that W word, instead, I am going to find some other, more positive words that begin with a W to highlight.
Like Weeks for example. Giovanni Weeks had the best week ever recorded by a sprinter in the 200 M Dash at Kent City High School. At Battle Creek Lakeview on Friday, the junior broke his own school record . . . twice! In the prelims, Weeks recorded a 22.82 and then a 22.63 in the finals for a first place finish and a school record, despite the . . . I caught myself there. Weeks also won the Long Jump with a leap of 20’4.5″.
Or how about Wilson; Senior Fraser Wilson had a pretty solid week, capturing gold medals in the 1600 M Run (4:39.76) and in the 3200 M. Run (10:01.17). Not only did he win both races, he won running away. Wilson outdistanced the next finisher in the 1600 M run by nine seconds and the 3200 M run by 28 seconds! Others on the team earned medals at the invitational that featured majority of class A and B schools: Hunter Nelson placed 3rd in the 1600 M and the 3200 M relay team of Hunter Nelson, Nick Flegel, Alex Russo, and Fraser Wilson also finished in 3rd place.
For the girls, Lauren Freeland earned a 1st place finish in the 800 M (2:26) and picked up two silver medals in the 3200 M relay and the 1600 M. Layla Martini had a strong showing in her first high school track and field invitational earning two silver (3200 M & 3200 M relay) and one bronze (1600 M). Abby Ignasiak and Elizabeth Sible also brought home silver medals as members of the 3200 M relay team.
Winning is yet another W word. On Tuesday, both the boys and girls track and field teams did just that, crushing Holton in their first home track and field dual. Not only did they both win, they won in a huge way, winning 16 of a possible 17 events!
One final word that is fitting for this week is workers. We are in need of lots of help this week for track and field as we have three home meets culminating with our 21 team Kent City Elite Invitational on Friday. The meet will run from around 2:00 p.m. until about 9:00 p.m. If you are available please get into contact with me and I will find a place for you to help us out. And don’t worry, on Friday we are supposed to have good wraps to eat like we always do for our workers! You thought I was going to slip up.
As always our focus is on our work ethic and is the means to our success. I am kind of enjoying this hashtag thing. Remember when # meant number? #kceaglesworkethic
4 to Watch
Varsity Softball @ White Cloud (Double Header)
Tuesday, April 17 @ 4:00 p.m.
In what will only be their second time out in the 2018 season, the varsity softball team travels to White Cloud trying to get in the W column for the first time Last year, the Indians gave Kent City trouble, handing Kent City a 3-1 loss at home in the 2nd game of a double header. Kent City defeated the Indians 4 out of 5 times on the season, once by mercy but the other three times in what would amount to close games: 9-3, 5-3, and 4-3. In fact, the 4-3 came in the District Finals giving Kent City their first District Championship since 2012. The Eagles will be intent on getting their first wins of the season on Tuesday after dropping two at Holton in their season opener. These early conference games will be important down the road as the race in the CSAA Silver takes shape.
4th Annual Kent City Elite Invitational
Friday, April 20 @ 2:00 p.m.
In its fourth year, the Kent City Elite Invitational will feature 21 teams this season and some of the best 1600 Meter runners in the state of Michigan. Take last year’s field for example. On both the boys’ and girls’ sides five of the top ten earned All-State honors in the 800 M, 1600 M, or 3200 M Run. Of those 20 runners who earned a spot on the podium last season, 17 of them were underclassmen and should be back again for this year’s event. Kent City’s Fraser Wilson became the first Kent City runner to win the event last season, setting a new meet record with a 4:28.30, his second fastest 1600 meter of his career. For the girls, Kent City’s Lauren Freeland and Layla Martini will try their hand at a win in this highly competitive race.
Varsity Baseball vs. Lakeview (Double Header)
Friday, April 20 @ 4:00 p.m.
During the 2017 season, the Wildcats had the Eagles’ number defeating Kent City in all four meetings during the regular season. In the MHSAA Pre-District though, Kent City turned the tables, beating Lakeview 8-5 to advance to the District Semi-Finals. Down 2-0 in the early goings, Kent City used a four run third inning to take a lead they would never relinquish. In their first doubleheader of the 2018 season, the Eagles dropped two at Holton (1-9 & 5-8). Lakeview has also played in two games, losing to Fremont 0-7 and 1-4. Could be a great week for the Eagles with White Cloud on Tuesday and Lakeview on Friday — both teams they defeated in 2017.
Varsity Boys Golf @ Kent City Eagle Classic (The Falls)
Saturday, April 21 @ 9:00 a.m.
Kent City welcomes 8 teams to the first installment of the Kent City Eagle Classic at the Falls. It has been some time since Kent City hosted a golf invitational. With a chance to play at the Falls, Coach Stuhan and the Eagles jumped at the opportunity to host 18 holes, especially on a Saturday. A wide range of teams are expected on Saturday, including Coopersville, Grand Rapids Covenant Christian, Hopkins, Fremont, Kelloggsville, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, and Grand Rapids Wellspring Academy. Most of the teams are ones Kent City seldom faces off with during the season. The tournament is scheduled to tee off at 9:00 a.m. — if you have never been to the Falls, check it out, it is an amazing course.
Here is this week’s entire schedule.
Home Games are in black.
Away Games are in red.
Transportation methods and times are in (parentheses)
Monday, April 16, 2018
J.V. Girls Soccer vs. Orchard View 4:30 p.m. CANCELLED
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Varsity Baseball @ White Cloud (Double Header) 4:00 p.m. (2:40 p.m. – Drop Only)*
Varsity Softball @ White Cloud (Double Header) 4:00 p.m. (2:40 p.m. – Drop Only)*
J.V. Baseball vs. White Cloud (Double Header) 4:00 p.m.
J.V. Softball vs. White Cloud (Double Header) 4:00 p.m.
Varsity Track and Field vs. White Cloud 4:00 p.m.
Middle School Girls Soccer @ Hopkins 4:30 p.m. (2:50 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Middle School Track and Field vs. Lakeview & White Cloud 4:00 p.m.
J.V. Girls Soccer @ Cedar Springs 5:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. — Drop Only)
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Varsity Boys Golf @ St. Ives Match Play (St. Ives Golf Course) 9:00 a.m. (Van)
Varsity Softball @ Montague (Double Header) 4:00 p.m. (Van)
Middle School Girls Soccer vs. Allendale 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 20, 2018
4th Annual Kent City Elite Invitational 2:00 p.m.*
Varsity Baseball vs. Lakeview (Doubleheader) 4:00 p.m.
Varsity Softball vs. Lakeview (Doubleheader) 4:00 p.m.
J.V. Baseball @ Lakeview (Doubleheader) 4:00 p.m. (Van)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Kent City Eagle Golf Classic (The Falls) 9:00 a.m.*