Multiple Teams · Kent City Athletic Weekly 2-24 — 2-29

I am extremely thankful for the student-athletes at Kent City Community Schools. In addition to their dedication to their respective programs at practices and in the off-season, we are blessed with some very helpful young adults. This week was a prime example. On Friday, we hosted six middle school wrestling teams in the Nest with over 100 wrestlers in 260 matches. Our varsity wrestlers not only helped to prepare the gym ahead of time, but also did a majority of the work to run a very efficient and successful tournament giving up their Friday night to help the youth in their program. On Saturday, we hosted middle school girls basketball for the third time in five Saturdays. Once again, many of our varsity girls basketball players were in attendance to help run clocks, keep score books and take tickets. They also know all of the middle school players and are the first to offer encouragement to these future Eagles. It is refreshing to work with student-athletes who are willing to help out, even when there is nothing in it for them. In this day and age, this is not always the case both at other schools and sometimes even at ours. That is why I am hopeful that our younger student-athletes who surely notice these varsity student-athletes helping at their games will remember the impact and do the same when they are in the same position.

The varsity wrestling team had six wrestlers competing at the MHSAA Individual Regionals at Carson City on Saturday. At the end of the day, Kent City had two medalist in senior Jayden Williams (1st place) and freshman Zane Kik (4th place). Both will have a week to prepare before heading to Ford Field in Detroit on March 6 and March 7 for the MHSAA Individual Wrestling State Finals. This is Williams’s 2nd consecutive trip to the finals at 119 lbs., while Kik becomes the first wrestler since 2016 to qualify for the big dance as a freshman (Evan Jones).

Both basketball teams picked up easy road wins at Hesperia on Friday. For the varsity girls basketball team, it was their ninth victory in the CSAA Silver (9-0), clinching their 6th CSAA Silver championship in six seasons. Kent City defeated the Panthers, 71-35 behind 16 triples! Junior Kenzie Bowers had five of those threes in the first quarter and nine for the game as she finished with a game high, 29 points. Senior Joan Carr was also in double figures with 13 points. The varsity boys also defeated Hesperia, 76-21. The Eagles’ defense not only limited the Panther offense, but also led to several transition buckets. Eli Carlson led all scorers with 19 points. Kent City now stands at 8-1 in the CSAA Silver with one league game remaining.

The varsity boys bowling team traveled to Westgate Bowling Center on Friday, and defeated Wellspring 26-4. Sophomore Denver Golden is heating up at the right time, shooting a 244 and 201 to lead the team. Ty Pyne (189 & 187), Curtis Poling (173 & 165), Judd Weber (153 & 186), and Devin Bair (151) all contributed to the victory. Kent City’s varsity boys are now 10-1-1 in dual matches this season.

Three Can’t Miss Contests! 

Varsity Bowling @ MHSAA Team Regionals (Eastbrook Lanes)
Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 8:00 a.m. 
On Friday morning, Kent City’s varsity bowling teams will travel to Eastbrook Lanes in Grand Rapids for the MHSAA Team Bowling Regionals. Last year, at Sherman Lanes, the boys edged our neighbors to the west for the 3rd spot and a trip to the state finals. This year, Kent City returns three of the five bowlers who scored for the state qualifiers, while Baldwin (Regional Champions) and Portland St. Patricks (Regional Runner-up) lost a majority of their line-ups to graduation. With that being said, it could be a showdown between the third and fourth place teams from last season, but this time for some hardware. On the girls’ side, anything could happen with our stable of young guns. The girls will make a run at a top three finish if they can come out swinging in the six Baker games to open the event. Then in the final three Peterson games, Kent City’s girls need to average a 136 per bowler, which Kent City is capable of and more. Last year’s Regional champions, along with Fowler, and Portland St. Patrick were young last season, so expect the cut to be much higher in 2019-2020. A trip to the state finals will rest on the shoulders of Kent City’s #4 and #5 bowlers. Can they outperform the other team’s 4th and 5th bowlers? The answer is a resounding yes!!!

Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Holton — Hall of Fame Game
Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m. 
Friday’s game with Holton is a must win for the Eagles. In their first meeting in January, the Eagles got the better of the Red Devils on their home floor, scoring an 80-55 victory. Holton has nothing to lose and nothing to gain (other than the satisfaction of stopping Kent City from sharing the CSAA Silver title). Last year, Holton picked up their only win in the series since Kent City joined the CSAA Silver in 2014-2015 with a 52-47 victory in the Nest. Other than that, the Eagles have won 10 of the 11 meetings. Luke Houseman (Kent City alumnus and former Kent City coach) will have the Red Devils ready to play in a gym he is very familiar with. The Eagles will need a team effort to pick up a share of their 3rd conference championship in six seasons. Kent City has the week off leading up to Friday’s game, while Holton has a road game at Shelby (2-14) on Tuesday. Stay tuned at halftime as we introduced the five newest Kent City Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and then plan on joining us for the ceremony following the game in the High School Auditorium.

Varsity Bowling @ MHSAA Individual Regionals (Eastbrook Lanes) 
Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 8:00 a.m. 
The Eagles will be back at Eastbrook Lanes bright and early on Saturday, this time for six Peterson games to determine the qualifiers for the MHSAA Individual State Championships at Royal Scot in Lansing on March 7. In addition to 100 other competitors, each bowler will also be challenged by the Allen Pattern, an oil pattern that is placed on each lane that affects the play of the ball at all MHSAA Tournament sites. This is done for uniformity between bowling sites and often affects players’ scores (negatively). Last year, Ty Pyne was just outside the top ten in 12th place averaging a 178.16 in six games. Half of the bowlers who finished ahead of Pyne in 2019 have graduated. The cutoff for the top ten was 179.66, a score some of Kent City’s other bowlers are capable of achieving. For the girls, Peytin Brake finished in 18th place (148.83 average) as a freshman. Unlike the boys though, a majority of the girls are back in 2020. We will see how much time these girls have put in during the off-season, as there is one thing we know about Brake, she is averaging nearly 30 pins higher per game in 2019-2020 which would put her near the top of last year’s Regional. The cut-off for the top ten was a 158.33 average last season, Kent City has three bowlers who can achieve that number with a good day 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, February 24, 2020
Varsity Bowling Teams @ Grandville (Fairlanes) 3:30 p.m. (Vans)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Middle School Wrestling @ Orchard View (K.C., O.V., Shelby, & Ravenna) 4:00 p.m. (Vans)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
No Athletic Events Scheduled

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Freshmen Boys Basketball @ Muskegon Oakridge 4:00 p.m. (Van)
7th Grade Girls Basketball @ Holton 4:00 p.m. (2:45 p.m. – Drop Only)
J.V. Girls Basketball @ Holton 5:30 p.m. (2:45 p.m. – Drop Only)
J.V. Boys Basketball @ Holton 7:00 p.m. (2:45 p.m. – Drop Only)

Friday, February 28, 2020
Varsity Bowling @ MHSAA Team Regionals (Eastbrook Lanes) 8:00 a.m. (Vans)
8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Holton 4:00 p.m.
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Holton 6:00 p.m. — Senior Night
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Holton 7:30 p.m. — Hall of Fame Game

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Varsity Bowling @ MHSAA Individual Regionals (Eastbrook Lanes) 8:00 a.m. (Vans)
Middle School Wrestling @ Montague Invitational 9:00 a.m. (No Transportation)