I often receive emails from publications aimed at high school athletics or athletics in general (Shocker, right?). One came through on Saturday that I like to read and for some reason the master lock on the picture caught my eye. I remember thinking to myself, “Would you look at that, someone else locks their weight room up just like we do.” I looked past the lock and thought, “Wow they have the same dumbbells as we do too.” I continued to identify other similarities with the weight room in the picture and our weight room at Kent City. Then it hit me (I am a little slow sometimes), this was a picture of our weight room in Coach and Athletic Director Magazine!
I asked my son to look at the article without telling him anything. He responded, “Yeah, it’s a picture of our weight room.” Now I was proud of him for knowing what our weight room looks like but was also a little disappointed that it took me so long to figure that out — I mean the kid is in 6th grade. In my defense, I did not take the picture nor do I have any idea who took the picture. However someone from Coach and Athletic Director thought our weight room had that “Needed to be upgraded look” and included it in their magazine/online edition that reaches coaches and athletic directors across the nation.
I then read the article and thought, that is a pretty fitting article since we are working on purchasing some new equipment for our weight room. If you have ever read the Kent City Athletic Weekly, you have heard mention of the importance of the weight room to our success for all of our athletic teams. We are doubling down on this with the recent purchase of PLT4M for all of our student athletes by the Kent City Sports Boosters. We would like to take it even step further, by purchasing four full racks that will increase the efficiency of our workouts by providing multiple stations that can accommodate a multitude of exercises.
To do this, we are using a fundraiser on our athletic website (www.kentcityathletics.com) that will allow us to raise money for these racks by just shopping online. All we have to do is visit our site and click on the “Shop” tab. Once here, you can see the hundreds of businesses who will give percentage of your purchase back to Kent City Athletics as we work towards purchasing new racks for the weight room. It is very simple to use and if you are already shopping online, it only adds one step. Please check it out and pass this information along to anyone you know who shops online.
The varsity boys and girls track and field team ran away from the rest of the CSAA Silver (literally) winning the seventh and eighth conference titles for Kent City in the 2017-2018 school year. The CSAA Silver championship for the girls is their fourth consecutive, while it was the boys’ first conference championship since 2015. Both teams finished the dual season with a 5-0 record by defeating White Cloud and Hesperia on Monday in a make-up double dual from earlier in the season. Kent City’s boys defeated White Cloud 105 to 32 and Hesperia 119 to 18, while the girls outdistanced White Cloud 95-42 and Hesperia 123-14.
At Thursday’s CSAA Silver Meet, Kent City also put on a show for the home crowd, capturing 19 individual conference titles. Both teams easily won the meet in dominant fashion. The girls were lead with 1st place finishes from Lauren Freeland (1600m, 800m, and 400m), Kenzie Bowers (High Jump & Long Jump), Layla Martini (3200m), Zara Weber (100m HH), Mckenna Dombrowski (Pole Vault), 3200m relay team (Ignasiak, Toporski, Sible, & Martini) 400m relay team (Rodenburg, Weeks, Denhof, & McCuaig), and the 800m relay team (McCulloch, Weeks, Denhof & McCuaig). The boys were lead with 1st place finishes from Giovanni Weeks (Long Jump, 100m, & 200m), Fraser Wilson (800m, 1600m, & 3200m), Hunter Nelson (High Jump), and the 3200 m relay team (Wilson, Nelson, Flegel, & Jones). Overall, 23 student-athletes between the boys and girls teams earned either 1st team or honorable mention all-conference at Thursday’s meet!
The varsity softball team had a good week as well, sweeping their two conference double headers. On Tuesday, Kent City traveled to Lakeview and destroyed the Wildcats in two games 23-1 and 21-0. Then on Thursday, Kent City made the trip to Morley Stanwood where they used some hot bats to keep their winning streak alive, defeating the Mohawks 10-4 and 9-8 (8 innings). Kent City has now won seven games in a row!
I invite everyone to check out our new pool tab located at www.kentcityschools.org. We have released our schedule for the summer and hope you will take advantage of the Kent City Pool. We have several opportunities for swimming lessons, water fitness, and many time-slots for open fitness and open swim. I have attached a flier for swim lessons along with the pool schedule. Summer 2018: Something for Everyone at the Kent City Pool!
4 to Watch
Varsity Boys’ Golf @ CSAA Bronze Jamboree (The Royal of Canadian Lakes)
Wednesday, May 16 @ 9:00 a.m.
This week will be the moment of truth for the varsity boys golf team. A week after they had a chance solidify their second place finish, the Eagles ended the day in a tie for 6th place. In their first three CSAA Jamborees, Kent City has finished in 5th, 2nd, and 6th place. Kent City is not out of the race just yet, the scores separating 2nd through 7th place are small and with a good showing at The Royal of Canadian Lakes, the Eagles could still finish in 2nd place in the CSAA Bronze. Wednesday’s Jamboree is the last chance for the team though, as the team standings do not include next weeks CSAA Meet. So this will be Kent City’s last chance to improve on their 4th place finish from a season ago.
Varsity Baseball @ Davenport University (vs. Grant — Doubleheader)
Thursday, May 17 @ 5:00 p.m.
For the second straight season, Kent City will play Grant at a neutral site. Last year, the Eagles played the Tigers at 5th/3rd Park, losing to Grant in dramatic fashion. Down 9-1 after 5 innings, Kent City came storming back with seven runs in the 6th inning and three more runs in the top of the 7th to take an 11-9 lead. The Tigers would answer though with a walk-off, inside the park home run to score the 12-11 victory. This season, Kent City and Grant will be playing at Davenport University in a double header. Davenport University has a state of the art facility that includes an artificial turf infield and outfield.
Varsity Softball @ Davenport University (vs. Grant — Doubleheader)
Thursday, May 17 @ 5:00 p.m.
The varsity softball team will also play at Davenport University for their first game under the lights since 2016 when they played Tri-County at the Art Van Complex in Rockford. The last time Kent City and Grant were scheduled to play in softball, the game was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions back in 2015. One of the communities who many of our student-athletes competed against in little league, it will be fun to to be on the field with our neighbors to the north again. The atmosphere at Davenport University will only add to fun with an artificial turf outfield and natural infield. A busy week due to early seasons postponements, Kent City will play nine games in a five day period.
Varsity Track and Field @ MHSAA Regionals (@ Kent City)
Friday, May 18 @ 1:15 p.m.
The MHSAA Track and Field Regionals return to Kent City after a one year hiatus. Last year at Saugatuck, the Eagles qualified for the state finals in four events for the girls: Lauren Freeland (400m & 800m), Teanna McCuaig (Long Jump), and the 1600 meter relay team (Geers, McCulloch, McCuaig, and Freeland); and four events for the boys: Fraser Wilson (3200m), Hunter Nelson (3200m), Giovanni Weeks (Long Jump) and the 3200 meter relay team (Flegel, Wilson, Nelson, Weeks). With the added advantage of qualifying at their home facility, look for this number of eight events to increase in 2018. There are two ways to qualify for the State Finals: finish in the top two at Regionals or achieve one of the qualifying heights, distances, or times. It would also not be a shock if Kent City was in the mix to win both meets as a team.
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, May 14, 2018
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)
J.V. Softball @ Comstock Park (Doubleheader) 4:00 p.m. (Van)
Middle School Girls Soccer vs. Allendale 4:30 p.m.
J.V. Girls Soccer @ Fremont 6:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. — Bus Drop Only)
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Varsity Baseball @ Hesperia (Doubleheader) 4:00 p.m. (2:40 p.m. — Drop Only)
Varsity Softball @ Hesperia (Doubleheader) 4:00 p.m. (2:40 p.m. — Drop Only)
J.V. Baseball vs. Hesperia (Doubleheader) 4:00 p.m.
J.V. Softball vs. Hesperia (Doubleheader) 4:00 p.m.
J.V. Girls Soccer vs. Whitehall 4:30 p.m.
Middle School Girls Soccer @ Kelloggsville 4:30 p.m. (3:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Varsity Boys Golf @ CSAA Jamboree (The Royal of Canadian Lakes) 9:00 a.m. (Van)*
Middle School Track and Field @ Grant 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m.)
Thursday, May 17, 2018
J.V. Boys Golf @ CSAA Jamboree (Water’s Edge) 2:00 p.m. (Van)
Middle School Girls Soccer vs. Kelloggsville 4:30 p.m.
Varsity Baseball vs. Grant (Doubleheader) (@ Davenport University) 5:00 p.m. (3:30 p.m. — Drop Only)*
Varsity Softball vs. Grant (Doubleheader) (@ Davenport University) 5:00 p.m. (3:30 p.m. — Drop Only)*
J.V. Girls Soccer @ Muskegon Oakridge 5:00 p.m. (Van)
Friday, May 18, 2018
MHSAA Track and Field Regionals 1:15 p.m.*
Saturday, May 19, 2018
J.V. Baseball @ Newaygo Invitational 9:00 a.m. (No Transportation)
J.V. Softball @ Newaygo Invitational 9:00 a.m. (No Transportation)
Varsity Softball @ Reed City Tournament T.B.A. (No Transportation)
Varsity Baseball @ Reed City Tournament T.B.A. (No Transportation)
J.V. Girls Soccer @ Muskegon Reeths Puffer 12:00 p.m. (Van)