I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed the break. I am hopeful that you had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, as well as take some time to relax after what was a very busy year.
Speaking of 2018, our student writers worked on 18 from 2018 leading up to the New Year on www.kentcityathletics.com, a feature I think they did a really nice job on. If you missed it, check out the links below — I know they took some time out of their own vacations to finish these up. If you run into Holly Kosak, Katie Schneider-Thomas, or Nathan Vanderwest, let them know you appreciate their work — I know I do.
- 18 from 2018: Kent City teams and individuals excel in the classroom
- 18 from 2018: Kent City boys’ track and field finishes 3rd in the state, Giovanni Weeks a state champion
- 18 from 2018: Kenzie Bowers earns all-state in basketball as a freshman
- 18 from 2018: Kent City Basketball Cheer is back!
- 18 from 2018: Kent City boys’s basketball 1st undefeated regular season in school history
- 18 from 2018: All-State Student-Athletes
- 18 from 2018: Varsity girls’ basketball wins 1st Regional championship in 28 seasons
- 18 from 2018: William Oberg earns a national title with his wheelchair basketball team
- 18 from 2018: Varsity wrestling team captures 8th consecutive district championship
- 18 from 2018:Eagles work together to benefit others
- 18 from 2018: Kent City football hosts Fox Sports Football Week in Michigan
- 18 from 2018: Lauren Freeland dominates the running scene
- 18 from 2018: Four student-athletes pull of the double at XC and Marching Band State Finals
- 18 from 2018: College bound student-athletes
- 18 from 2018: 11 school records set
- 18 from 2018: Eight conference championships and 78 all-conference student-athletes
- 18 from 2018: Three individuals and one team inducted into the Kent City Athletic Hall of Fame
- 18 from 2018: Diaz, Ellicott, and Jones wrestle at Ford Field
We did have athletic events leading up to and over the holiday vacation. The varsity wrestling team had the most successful three weeks compiling a dual record of 11-1 including a 1st place trophy at the Coopersville Bronco Invitational and a runner-up finish at the Martin Clipper Classic. Kent City traveled to Lakeview before the break and easily defeated Muskegon Catholic Central and Manistee in dual matches. Then at the Martin team tournament, Kent City defeated Gobles, Vermontville Maple Valley, Bronson,and Watervliet before losing to Grand Rapids Catholic Central by two points in the championship. Kent City defeated the Cougars on the mat, but gave up three voids which proved to be the difference.
At Coopersville, Kent City wore special military uniforms (Marines) and gained revenge on the Broncos who they lost to at the same tournament in 2017. The Eagles defeated Zeeland West, Northview, Coopersville, Hastings, and Ravenna to earn the championship. In the last match of the day, Kent City senior Evan Jones became the tenth Eagle wrestler to eclipse the 150 win mark.
The varsity girls basketball team picked up their third CSAA Silver victory of the season, thanks to a fourth quarter surge at Morley Stanwood. The Eagles and Mohawks were tied at 34 in the third quarter before Kent City outscored Morley Stanwood 13-3 during the remainder of the game.
The varsity boys basketball team also picked up a win over the break at the Aquinas College Holiday Tournament in the consolation game. After dropping the opener against Wayland, the Eagles faced off with Ludington the next night. Kent City picked up a 56-52 victory over the Orioles to snap a three game losing skid.
As we head into 2019, we are starting up our programming at the Kent City Pool. Take advantage of the Kent City Pool in 2019. It is not too late to sign up for our first round of winter swim lessons which start up on Monday, January 7 and Saturday, January 12. We are also starting our junior swim teams on Tuesday, January 8 (girls) and Thursday, January 10 (boys). This eight week session will be open to middle school students. We are even working on setting up some optional competitions for the teams. The most up-to-date pool schedule is attached.
Three to Watch
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Grand River Prep
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
It is hard to believe, but Tuesday’s game marks the midway point of the season for the varsity boys’ basketball team. The Eagles enter the contest with a 4-5 overall record and could very well be one game above .500 by the end of the week. Kent City can not overlook the Titans though, Grand River Prep is 7-1 in 2018-2019, including a victory over West Michigan Christian in their last time out. The third consecutive meeting between these two schools in three seasons, Kent City won both of the previous contests including last year’s 69-37 blow out that gave the Eagles their first 20 win regular season in school history. The previous year, Kent City held on for a 47-45 victory at Grand River Prep. Note the start time on this one, the boys will play first followed by the the varsity girls at 7:00 p.m.
Varsity Wrestling vs. Lakeview & Orchard View (Parents’/Senior Night)
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
Kent City begins their quest for their third consecutive CSAA Silver championship on Wednesday night in the Nest. Kent City comes in as the preseason favorites, but will have to be creative as they are unable to fill a couple of weight classes in their lineup. However, the other teams in the conference are in the same boat. The Wildcats and Eagles will certainly be familiar foes by the end of this season as they will be at the same site at least six times. This will be the first time (and possibly only time) the two will square off in a team format, but both teams have had the chance to check each other out at two quads (both at Lakeview) in December. The last time these two teams wrestled was in the District championship last year; Kent City beat Lakeview 42-26 to earn their eighth consecutive MHSAA District championship.
Varsity Bowling @ Alley Cat (vs. Morley Stanwood & Lakeview)
Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 8:00 a.m.
Lakeview has been a thorn in the Eagle’s side the last two years on the lanes. Last year, Kent City overcame an early season loss to Lakeview to be in the mix down the stretch for their first CSAA Bronze championship. Ultimately, Kent City fell to Fremont and wound up in third place, without the early season loss, the Eagles would have shared the title. This year, Lakeview unloaded on the Eagles in their first match-up beating Kent City 22.5 to 7.5. Fortunately, bowling went from a CSAA Bronze sport to a CSAA Silver sport meaning Kent City will get one more crack at Lakeview, albeit on their home lanes. First things first, the Eagles will face off with conference arch-nemesis Morley Stanwood in the first dual. Kent City’s girls continue to improve and will be looking for their first victory of the season at the Alley Cat on Saturday.
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, January 7, 2019
First Day of Practice Middle School Boys Basketball
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Grand River Prep 5:30 p.m.*
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Grand River Prep 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Varsity Bowling @ Northway Lanes (vs. Orchard View) 3:30 p.m. (Vans)
Varsity Wrestling Quad (vs. Lakeview & Orchard View) 5:30 p.m. (Parents’/Senior Night)*
Thursday, January 10, 2019
J.V. Girls Basketball @ Hesperia 5:30 p.m. (4:00 p.m. — Drop Only)
J.V. Boys Basketball @ Hesperia 7:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. — Drop Only)
Friday, January 11, 2019
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Hesperia 6:00 p.m. (Parents’ Night)
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Hesperia 7:30 p.m. (Parents’ Night)
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Varsity Bowling @ Alley Cat (vs. Morley Stanwood & Lakeview) 10:00 a.m. (Vans)*
Varsity Wrestling @ Sparta Invitational 10:00 a.m. (No Transportation)