What’s that old saying, when life gives you lemons . . . make lemonade? Well in the world of Kent City Athletics, and in Michigan in general we have an abundance of lemons. In case you have not heard, there has been an outbreak of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) that began in the counties at our southern border (Michigan) and has since been found in both Kent and Newaygo counties in animals. Three people who contracted this virus have died. The virus is contracted through mosquito bites, which is why there has been a sudden change in our schedules to avoid the busiest time of the day for these flying nuisances. We are working closely with the Kent County Health Department as well as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to do what is best for our students and community. Use the following link to view information on how to best protect yourself from contracting the EEE virus:
Please look at this week’s schedule closely as we are working to ensure our student-athletes are not exposed during the most active times for mosquitoes, between dusk and dawn. Therefore, we are trying to ensure that all of our outdoor contests will start no later than 5:00 p.m. so we can try to have our student-athletes inside by 7:00 p.m. This includes Friday’s Homecoming Football game. The earlier start times are going to have more wide-reaching effects, that are out of our control and certainly undesired. For one, the Homecoming Parade has been cancelled, as it has at been many area schools. Instead, we will be conducting a Homecoming Celebration in the High School following Friday’s varsity football game where our students (past, present, and future) and community can “parade” through the halls of Kent City High School. Transportation this week will also be something of a struggle. Finding drivers to cover routes before our daily bus runs are finished is a challenge, especially when other area schools are in the same predicament. We may need a little help from all of you.
This too shall pass. Maybe not soon enough, since it will take the first hard freeze to kill of those nasty little kamikazes, but in due time, it will be here. So hopefully it is sooner than the average first frost of October 22, but if not, we will continue to work on our end to follow the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the health department.
Talk about lemonade, it was a great week for the varsity volleyball team (although they play indoors). On Wednesday, the Eagles thrashed Holton, beating them in three straight sets (25-16, 25-18, and 25-8) to end their first round of CSAA Silver action in third place. Then on Thursday, Kent City traveled to Covenant Christian for a quad, defeating the host school as well as our neighbors to the west. They followed that up with a tournament championship on Saturday at Muskegon Catholic Central. At MCC, Kent City finished pool play with a 1-1-1 record, defeating Holton, losing to Orchard View, and tying Ludington. In bracket play, Kent City defeated MCC, got revenge on Orchard View, and then beat Ludington in the finals 26-24 and 25-20.
On Saturday, the varsity cross country teams made the long trek to the Shepherd Blue Jay Invitational, where the girls finished in 3rd place out of 17 teams. Layla Martini (3rd) and Alyeska Linsely (9th) finished in the top ten. Other medalist included Abby Ignasiak (19th), Elizabeth Sible (29th), Emily Lantzer (38th), and Kierra Flegel (47th). For the boys, Thomas Swanson finished in 32nd place, earning a medal.
The varsity girls golf team defeated Sparta on Thursday, 216-217 at Moss Ridge Golf Course. Michelle Carr and Kierston Moorman each shot a 52, while Joan Carr scored a 54 and Peytin Brake came home with a 58.
Finally, on Monday, the varsity boys soccer team traveled south to take on Byron Center Zion Christian in a non-league match. Kent City defeated the Mountaineers 2-1.
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Varsity Girls Golf @ CSAA Bronze Jamboree (The Falls)
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m.
The varsity girls golf team has made steady improvements throughout the 2019 season. On Thursday, they picked up their first victory defeating Sparta at Moss Ridge, 216 to 217. In the CSAA Bronze, the Eagles are in 6th place out of nine teams with only the CSAA Bronze Championship remaining this Tuesday. The good news is the event is at our home away from home — The Falls Golf Course right here in Kent City. Last week, Kent City played a practice round at the Falls in preparation for Tuesday’s championship. Don’t expect a sudden climb to the top on Tuesday from this relatively young Kent City squad, however, it would not come as a surprise if Kent City jumped a spot or two in the standings after 18 holes. Senior Joan Carr and sophomore sister Michelle Carr are both in position to earn Honorable Mention All-Conference, although a great day for Joan could mean a 1st team nod.
Varsity Cross Country @ CSAA Silver Jamboree (Long Lake Park)
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 4:50 p.m.
The varsity cross country team will have home course advantage on Tuesday as the CSAA Silver comes to Long Lake Park for the third leg of their four jamboree season. Kent City’s girls have a comfortable lead on the other five teams in the conference with seven runners in position to earn all-conference honors; a pretty remarkable feat considering that is half of the 14 all-conference positions available in the CSAA Silver! Layla Martini should cruise to another victory followed by Alyeska Linsley, and Abby Ignasiak. Others in position for all-conference include Elizabeth Sible, Emily Lantzer, Kierra Flegel, and Carley Denhof. The boys team could secure at least a share of the conference championship on Tuesday if they can produce a repeat performance the second CSAA Jamboree where they easily outdistanced White Cloud. Nick Flegel and Ryan Wheeler lead the boys’ team with other all-conference hopefuls Thomas Swanson, Casen Armstrong, Daniel Loew, and Brock Hearth also in good position for post-season honors.
Varsity Football vs. Hesperia (Homecoming)
Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.
The varsity football will try to rebound from last week’s loss to Morley Stanwood with their final home game of the 2019 season against Hesperia. It also happens to be Homecoming for the Eagles. Kent City has not played another team since 1950 more than the Hesperia Panthers. Friday, will mark the 55th meeting between the long-time NCAA rivals, with the Panthers holding a slight edge, 28-23-3. The Eagles have easily defeated Hesperia in each of their past two meetings, outscoring the green and white 110-41. It was three seasons ago that Kent City slipped by a tough Hesperia team 15-14 to earn their first ever CSAA Silver championship. For a repeat of that season, the Eagles will need to beat Hesperia and then turn around and root for them against Morley Stanwood. Like Morley Stanwood, Hesperia has some big guys up front with a speedy running back carrying the rock. The Eagles will have to limit mistakes if they want to extend their streak of homecoming victories to four.
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, September 30, 2019
Varsity Girls Golf @ Chase Hammond Golf Course vs. West Michigan Christian 3:30 p.m. (Van)
Middle School Boys’ Soccer @ Wyoming 4:00 p.m. (2:40 p.m.)
Varsity Boys Soccer @ Newaygo (CSAA Bronze Tournament Quarterfinal) 4:30 p.m. (Van & Expedition)
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Varsity Girls Golf @ CSAA Bronze Championships (The Falls) 9:00 a.m.
Middle School Cross Country @ CSAA Jamboree (Long Lake Park) 4:15 p.m.
Varsity Cross Country @ CSAA Silver Jamboree (Long Lake Park) 5:00 p.m.
Freshman Volleyball @ Fremont 5:30 p.m. (Van)
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Middle School Boys’ Soccer vs. Wyoming (Newhall Purple) 4:30 p.m.
Varsity Boys Soccer @ Grant or Tri-County T.B.A. (Van & Expedition)
Middle School Football @ Hesperia 5:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. — Bus Pending)
Freshman Volleyball @ Big Rapids Quad (K.C., Big Rapids, Grant, & Chippewa Hills) 5:30 p.m. (Van)
J.V. Volleyball @ White Cloud 5:30 p.m. (4:00 p.m. — Drop Only)
Varsity Volleyball @ White Cloud 7:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. — Drop Only)
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Kent City Middle School XC Invitational (High School Course) 4:30 p.m.
Junior Varsity Football @ Hesperia 5:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. — Bus Pending)
Friday, October 4, 2019
Varsity Football vs. Hesperia 5:00 p.m. (Homecoming)
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Middle School Volleyball vs. Lakeview (High School) 9:00 a.m.
Varsity Cross Country @ Portage Invitational 9:30 a.m. (Vans)