Multiple Teams · Kent City Athletic Weekly 1-13 — 1-18

Although all of our can’t miss contests were cancelled due to the wintry mix on Saturday, it was still a productive week in the world of Kent City Athletics.  On Monday, a majority of the varsity head coaches gathered in the high school auditorium for a training session on PLT4M and Hudl.  All programs are working together to ensure we have a unified approach to training student-athletes.  This would not be possible without these two valuable programs, both of which are either completely (PLT4M) or partially (Hudl) funded by Kent City Sports Boosters.  Please help us by encouraging your student-athlete to join us for PLT4M workouts each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.   This is a program geared for high school student-athletes and is aimed at creating better athletes.  If your student-athlete is in-season, then we expect them to be making use of both programs.   Take a minute to ask your son or daughter about their experience with both of these championship building tools.

One squad that is already making great use of both of these programs is the varsity girls basketball team. The varsity girls basketball team traveled to Kentwood Grand River Prep where they easily defeated the Titans, 52-9. Kenzie Bowers lead all scorers with 21 points followed by Jenna Harrison with 19 points. Kent City is off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 2015-2016 when they started 10-0.

On Wednesday, the varsity wrestling team traveled to Hopkins where they easily defeated both Muskegon Catholic Central and Wyoming Lee. In the first dual, Kent City beat the Crusaders 57-18. Then in the nightcap, the Eagles prevailed over Lee, 56-12. The two wins improves Kent City’s record to 12-4.

The varsity boys basketball team fell to a hot-shooting Grand River Prep team on Tuesday, but in the game, senior Eli Carlson scored a career high 43 points, only 4 points shy of the single game record at Kent City. To see a write-up on his performance from Scott DeCamp of the Muskegon Chronicle/MLive, use the following link: Muskegon-area basketball: Kent City’s Eli Carlson, Grand Haven’s Jolee Houle enjoy career nights

Kent City received some other great news as the sports clinic season approaches. In the most recent Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) newsletter, Kent City’s 2019 girls track and field team was crowned State Academic Champions in Division 3, with their 4.0 GPA — the best of any school. In addition to recognition for the team, Coach Evers is also one of the finalist for Regional coach of the year which will be voted on at this year’s MITCA conference. Finally, at this week’s Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Conference (MHSFCA), Coach Bill Crane will be one of the clinicians talking about building a program.

Plan on joining us on Friday, January 17 as we celebrate Elementary Night at our varsity girls and boys basketball games, including our 3rd annual elementary/middle school book drive.  Anyone bringing a new or gently used book to the game will receive free admission.   These books will be donate do tour elementary and middle school libraries.  In addition to the book drive, our 5th grade students will be playing basketball at the halftime of each game and our elementary students will be on hand to sing for us.  Last year we gathered 601 books, a number we are hoping to surpass this season.

Varsity Girls Basketball @ Muskegon
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m. 
This year marks the 8th meeting, an odd rivalry that Muskegon holds a narrow 4-3 advantage over Kent City, including wins in both of the past two seasons.   Last year, Kent City lead the entire game but some late Big Red full court pressure and an injury to Jenna Harrison gave Muskegon a 55-50 victory.   The Big Reds will be without Alyza Winston this season who graduated and now plays for Michigan State along with former Muskegon star Madrieka Cook.   Muskegon advanced all the way to the state semifinals in 2o19, losing 54-50 to Southfield Arts and Technology.  So far this season, the Big Reds are 4-4, but are on something of a winning streak, victorious in their last three outings.  This game was picked in the pre-season by Scott DeCamp (Muskegon Chronicel/MLive) as one of the  10 must-see Muskegon-area high school basketball games in 2020.  Kent City enters the game with a 7-0 record and will be looking to erase the memories from their last visit to Muskegon in January 2018 in Winston’s (she transferred to Muskegon) debut, a 92-50 blow-out by the Big Reds.   Expect a close game in the early stages of this game before Kent City pulls away in the 4th quarter with no Muskegon comeback this time around.

Varsity Boys and Girls Bowling @ the Gate (vs. Morley Stanwood & Holton)
Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 8:00 a.m.
A big day for both teams, Kent City needs a win over conference arch-nemesis Morley Stanwood in the day’s first dual for a clean sweep of CSAA Silver teams in their first go round. Then in the second dual, Kent City will face Holton for the second time this season, a team they beat on their home lanes in the season’s first double dual with ease. The varsity boys defeated the Red Devils 27-3 while the girls team beat Holton 24-6. So far this season, Kent City is undefeated in duals that include both Baker and Peterson games. This is a change from year’s past as Kent City often struggled in Baker games getting behind from the start. However, both teams have seemed to overcome this Baker game deficiency in 2019-2020 as they have gotten off to fast starts which is good because a lot of team competition relies heavily on Baker game scores.

Varsity Boys Basketball @ Cedar Springs
Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Hopefully the weather we experienced this Saturday will not be a weekend trend going forward, especially next Saturday as we have another full slate of basketball scheduled, this time at Cedar Springs.  The Eagles will play Hesperia on Friday before turning their attention to the Red Hawks on Saturday in a game that will feature a 3-4 Cedar Springs squad against a 3-2 Kent City team.  Cedar Springs has dominated this series with an 8-1 advantage since 2010-2011.   The average margin of victory for Cedar Springs in their last three wins was just 5 points.  In Kent City’s lone W in 2017-2018, the Eagle scored a comfortable 65-48 victory.   Last year, Cedar Springs held on for a 50-47 win.   Expect the Class A Red Hawks to have a size advantage with two 6’4″ juniors returning this season in Mannie Barnett and Bryce Marvel, along with senior guard Trenton Cooper.  Kent City will need to control the tempo of the game so Cedar Springs can not use their size to their advantage.   Expect another close game in this match-up of neighboring 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, January 13, 2020
Varsity Bowling vs. Tri-Unity Christian (Sparta Lanes) 3:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Junior Varsity Girls Basketball @ Muskegon 5:30 p.m. (4:00 p.m. — Drop Only)
Varsity Girls Basketball @ Muskegon 7:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. — Drop Only)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Varsity Wrestling @ Holton (vs. Holton & Hart) 5:00 p.m. (Vans)

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Junior Varsity Girls Basketball @ Hesperia 5:30 p.m. (4:00 p.m. — Drop Only)
Junior Varsity Boys Basketball @ Hesperia 7:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. — Drop Only)

Friday, January 17, 2020
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Hesperia 6:00 p.m.
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Hesperia 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Varsity Bowling @ The Gate (vs. Morley Stanwood & Holton) 8:00 a.m. (Van)
Varsity Wrestling @ Lakeview Invitational 9:00 a.m. (Van)
Freshmen Boys Basketball @ Cedar Springs 1:00 p.m. (No Transportation)
Junior Varsity Boys Basketball @ Cedar Springs 2:30 p.m. (No Transportation)
Junior Varsity Girls Basketball @ Cedar Springs 4:00 p.m. (No Transportation)
Varsity Girls Basketball @ Cedar Springs 5:30 p.m. (No Transportation)
Varsity Boys Basketball @ Cedar Springs 7:00 p.m. (No Transportation)