Multiple Teams · Kent City Athletic Weekly — 10-8 — 10-13

I apologize for not getting this out sooner, I think we are all recovering from what was a great Homecoming week 2018!  Congratulations to our current student body at Kent City for a wonderful week of spirited competition culminating in a 46-0 Kent City win on Friday night and great Homecoming Dance on Saturday evening.
Before I delve into a review of last week’s athletic accomplishments, I want to take a moment to offer my analysis of the Homecoming Dance.  Every year, I attend a portion of the Homecoming Dance as a chaperone.  We have awesome kids at Kent City and it is always fun to see them enjoying the night with their friends outside of sports and my office.   And every year, there are always several students who attempt to get me to dance.  They employ several strategies to do this, but have been unsuccessful for seven years now.  This year it seemed like the attempts were on the high side, perhaps five or six different attempts.  I don’t want people to get the wrong impression, I am a very good dancer, I just would be unable to fulfill my duties as a chaperone if I was dancing.   In fact, I took a dance class in college as part of my physical education minor and I earned an A.
The varsity football team had a lot to celebrate after Friday night’s 46-0 victory over a 5-1 Holton squad.  The win gave Kent City their third consecutive CSAA Silver Championship in three seasons, including their second consecutive outright CSAA Silver Championship.   Quarterback John Meek had a great night with four rushing touchdowns and 111 yards rushing on only six carries.   Meek is currently in the running for the MLive player of the week and he is a pretty good dancer to boot.   To vote for John and see as well as read about the highlights of last weeks 46-0 win, use the following four links:

Top performances and Player of Week vote for Week 7 in Muskegon area

It was also a busy week for the varsity cross country teams.  On Tuesday, Kent City’s boys and girls teams continued to dominate the conference with first place finishes in the third jamboree of the season.   The boys’ team beat conference arch-nemesis Morley Stanwood by 28 points behind the performances of Alex Russo (3rd place), Nick Flegel (4th place), Ryan Wheeler (5th place), Casey Carew (7th place), and Thomas Swanson (10th place).  In fact, Russo, Flegel, and Wheeler all crossed the line with less then one second between them!  It was also a case of the same story, different course for the girls’ team.   Lauren Freeland led the team with a 1st place finish followed by Layla Martini (2nd place), Abby Ignasiak (4th place), Elizabeth Sible (5th place), and Emily Lantzer (10th place).
On Saturday, the cross country teams traveled to Portage, for the very large, and talent-laden Portage Invite. The boys’ team finished in 7th place out of 35 Division III schools.  Three runners earned medals for the boys: Nick Flegel (16th place), Alex Russo (32nd place), and Casey Carew (36th place).   The Kent City girls finished in 4th place and also had three medalist with Lauren Freeland finishing in 4th place, followed by Layla Martini (9th place) and Abby Ignasiak (37th place).
The varsity boys soccer team finished their 2018 CSAA Bronze schedule with a 3-0 win over Lakeview in a game that was cancelled earlier in the season.  With the win, Kent City earned a 6th place finish in the eight team league with a 2-5 conference record.
The varsity girls golf team finished their regular season play on Tuesday at the CSAA Bronze Championship at the Falls.   The Eagles ended the season in 6th place in the CSAA Bronze with senior Mackenzie Mortensen earning All-Conference Honorable Mention.   Mortensen fired a 101 on the day to climb into the top 14 in the conference.
Finally, the varsity volleyball team traveled to Lakeview and picked up their second win of the season in the CSAA Silver with a 3-0 victory over the Wildcats.   The Eagles fell to Lakeview early in the season in the Nest 3-2, but have since defeated the Wildcats twice, once at the Mohawk Invitational and again last Wednesday in a Breast Cancer Awareness game.
5 to Watch  
Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Walkerville 7:00 p.m. (Parents’ Night) 
Monday, October 8 @ 7:00 p.m. 
The varsity boys soccer team will take on Walkerville at Ward Memorial Field in what looks to be their final regular season game of the 2018 season.   Kent City has played Walkerville twice in the past three seasons and has been very successful against the Wildcats, defeating them in 2015 and 2016.  This year’s Wildcat team appears to be much improved as they have won six games, including victories over two common opponents (Ravenna and Algoma Christian).   Last week, the Wildcats fell the CSAA Silver Champions, Newaygo in a tight ball game, 4-3.   Kent City has a chance to pick up their 6th win of the season before heading into MHSAA District play next week.  Tonight’s game will be the final soccer game played at Ward Memorial Field in 2018 unless we hear back from two of our postponed games (Reed City and/or Lakeview) about a reschedule.
Varsity Volleyball @ Morley Stanwood 7:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, October 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
Kent City travels to Mohawk country to take on league leading Morley Stanwood.   This will be the third meeting between the Eagles and Mohawks this season, Morley Stanwood won both previous contests.   Kent City is currently 2-5 in the CSAA Silver and tied for fourth place with Lakeview.  Speaking of the Wildcats, the Eagles easily defeated them last week after losing to Lakeview early in the season.   A good indicator that this Kent City team is improving as the season progresses.   Kent City will definitely need to bring their A game for tonight’s match, as Morley Stanwood is unbeaten in conference play and will certainly be looking to remain so.   The Eagles should relish the opportunity to play spoiler, especially when our conference arch-nemesis Morley Stanwood is involved.   
Varsity Girls Golf @ MHSAA Regionals (The Mines) 
Wednesday, October 10 @ 10:00 a.m. 
The varsity girls golf team will take four golfers to Wednesday’s MHSAA Regionals at the Mines in Grand Rapids for an opportunity to qualify for the State Finals.  Seniors Mackenzie Mortensen and  Zara Weber, along with  junior Joan Carr and freshman Michelle Carr will try their hand in this eleven team event.   The top three teams will qualify for the State Finals along with the top three golfers who are not a member of the top three teams.   Last year the cut-off to be in the top three was a 98.   Our senior golfers are certainly within reach of that score with a good day on the links.   The golf team will be traveling to the Mines on Monday afternoon for a course preview with Head Coach Dru DeGraaf.
Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country @ Montabella Mustang Invitational 
Friday, October 12 @ 4:00 p.m. 
The varsity boys and girls cross country teams will head to Montabella on Friday afternoon for the Montabella Mustang Invitational.   The Eagles have had a lot of success at this event over the past few years including a third place finish for the boys last year.  Lauren Freeland will look to move up one spot from last year’s 2nd place finish while Abby Ignasiak (18th) and Elizabeth Sible (27th) will also be gunning for a higher finish.   For the boys, Casey Carew recorded the highest finish among returning runners with a 16th place finish followed by Nick Flegel (19th place) and Alex Russo (27th place).  This season 25 teams are slated to take part in what is always a competitive race featuring teams that we do not always see.

Varsity Football vs. Lake City (Youth Football Night) 
Friday, October 12 @ 7:00 p.m. 
On Friday, the champions of the CSAA Silver and Highlands Conference will meet in a much anticipated match-up of two state ranked teams.   The Trojans of Lake City will make the journey to Kent City, currently ranked 5th in the State of Michigan by the Associated Press in Division 6, while the Eagles are currently ranked 8th in the same division.   Lake City advanced to the semifinals last season in Division 7, before losing to the eventual State Champions Pewamo Westphalia 51-8.   Lake City has played two common opponents this year: Lakeview (49-0) and Beal City (49-6).  Ward Memorial Field (or Kent City for that matter) has never seen a game of this magnitude with two undefeated teams squaring off in week 8.  There have been some great match-ups in week 8, for instance in 1964 the 6-1 Eagles played a 6-1 Grant team in their 8th game, sneaking by the Tigers 7-6.  In the opener of the 1964 season, the Eagles played none other than the Lake City Trojans, shutting out Lake City 18-0.  That is the only recorded meeting in football between the two schools.
Here is this week’s schedule.
Home Games are in black.
Away Games are in red. 
Practice Notes are in blue. 
Picture Notes are in purple. 
Transportation methods and times are in (parentheses)
Monday, October 8, 2018
Middle School Girls Basketball — First Day of Practice
Middle School Boys Soccer vs. Allendale 4:30 p.m. 
Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Walkerville 7:00 p.m. (Parents’ Night)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Freshmen Volleyball @ Whitehall 4:00 p.m. (Van) 
J.V. Volleyball @ Morley Stanwood 5:30 p.m. (3:45 p.m. — Drop Only) 
Varsity Volleyball @ Morley Stanwood 7:00 p.m. (3:45 p.m. — Drop Only) 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018  
Varsity Girls Golf @ MHSAA Regionals (The Mines) 10:00 a.m. (Van)* 
Middle School Boys Soccer @ Hopkins (2:50 p.m.) 
Middle School Football vs. Lakeview 6:00 p.m. 
Thursday, October 11, 2018
J.V. Football @ Lake City 6:30 p.m. (3:15 p.m.) 
Friday, October 12, 2018
Varsity Cross Country @ Montabella Mustang Invitational 4:30 p.m. (2 Vans)  
Middle School Boys Soccer @ Wyoming 4:30 p.m. (2:50 p.m.)  
Varsity Football vs. Lake City 7:00 p.m. (Youth Football Night)*
Saturday, October 13, 2018

J.V. Volleyball @ Big Rapids Tournament 9:00 a.m. (Van) 

Cover Photo by Leo Valdez