Multiple Teams · Kent City Athletic Weekly 9-14 — 9-19

The word normal has been thrown around over the last six months like it is going out of style . . . and maybe it is?   Well last week with the start of some more sports at Kent City we are getting back to some more normalcy, but we are not there yet.   The MHSAA also gave us some more clarification regarding everything from masks to spectators.  Some things have not changed:

  • All spectators at Kent City Athletic Events must wear a face covering . . . inside and out.
  • Student-athletes will be allowed two spectators at a contest . . . some schools have chosen to not allow spectators at all.
  • Expect to be asked for exact change at Kent City and other schools.  The CSAA has decided to charge $5 for everyone at middle school and high school events: we will charge admission at football, volleyball, and soccer.

Here is an update from the MHSAA regarding masks during sports and other changes based on executive orders:

MHSAA Gives Guidance on Face Coverings

Clarifications Following Executive Orders 

We understand that our current situation is not ideal, but we must work together.   The picture is much clearer now as to what we have to do if we want to have interscholastic athletics this fall, please follow these guidelines so our children can continue to play sports and so we can all watch our kids compete.   Our student-athletes have been great about following these safety measures — please encourage them by doing the same.   My biggest frustration has been not knowing what was expected, now that we know let’s turn our focus to the pursuit of excellence.    None of these side-shows will stop us from achieving our goals this fall, unless we let them!

We will be working on live-streaming as many of our events as possible for those who can not attend in person.   Stay tuned this week for more information on when and how you will be able to watch the Kent City Eagles when you can not make it to the game.

On Tuesday, the varsity boys soccer team picked up their first victory of the 2020 season against Walkerville.   The Eagles used a balanced attack to beat Wildcats 5-1.   Kent City got off to a quick lead with a Santiago Gomez goal in the first three minutes of the contest, but then Walkerville stood tall for nearly the entire first half before Seth Vanderwest found the back of the net to build a 2-0 halftime lead.  Gomez struck two more times in the second half along with Brock Hearth to close out the scoring for Kent City.

The Varsity Girls Golf team continues to set records.   On Thursday, Kent City welcomed the CSAA Bronze to their home course (Moss Ridge) for their third jamboree.  After getting off to a slow start, Kent City came roaring back on the back nine to finish the day in 3rd place for the second time this season.   Their team score of 412 was a new low for the program in its fourth season.   Junior Michelle Carr carded a 90, which was good enough for 4th place.

Speaking of low scores, Kent City’s girls cross country team traveled to the Fremont Hill and Bale Meet on Saturday and came away with a first place finish.  If you are wondering what a Hill and Bale Meet is, it is exactly what it sounds like, runners must climb hills and jump over bales of hay throughout the course.   Three girls earned medals, with Layla Martini in 3rd, Alyeska Linsley in 5th, and Kierra Flegel in 15th.   The varsity boys finished in 4th place with Jaren Vogel (12th) and Sam Martini (14th) leading the way.

This Week’s Key Events 

Varsity Girls Golf @ CSAA Bronze Jamboree (Stonegate)
Tuesday, September 15 @ 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday will mark Kent City’s final of four league jamborees of the 2020 season.  With many other sports just starting, golf must try to finish before the weather goes south.   The Eagles are having the best year in the short history of the girls golf program, currently hovering around 3rd place in the CSAA Bronze.   Over the last two weeks they have set new team records for overall scores, finishing in 3rd place in two of the three jamborees.   This youthful squad needs to put together an entire round of golf, not waiting until the back nine to turn up the heat.   Junior Michelle Carr is in position to earn 1st team all-conference, something no Kent City girls golfer has ever done, with her current 6th place standing.   Junior Peytin Brake (14th) and sophomore Madi Hudson (19th) are in position to finish as all-conference honorable mention.

Varsity Cross Country @ CSAA Silver Jamboree (Baker Hills-Hesperia) 
Wednesday, September 16 @ 5:00 p.m. (Boys) and 5:45 p.m. (Girls) 
Last week’s rain showers made the Hesperia’s course a muddy mess and therefore, unsafe for competition.   The CSAA Silver will try again on Wednesday for the league’s first jamboree.   Little has changed since last week and Kent City will be the heavy favorites in both the boys and girls team races.   The Kent City boys have four of the top ten times in the CSAA Silver recorded so far in 2020, including three of the top four with Jaren Vogel (18:25.9 — 1st), Sam Martini (18:28.4 — 2nd), and Casen Armstrong (18:57.3 — 4th).   Thomas Swanson has the fastest time of all three, but it came at the end of last season (17:42.3) — he is currently ranked 7th with his 2020 season best.   For the girls, five Eagles are listed in the top ten with Layla Martini (2nd), Alyeska Linsley (3rd), Kierra Flegel (5th), Isabella Max (6th), Emily Lantzer (7th).   Anyone who has been to a race at Baker Woods will tell you that rankings are irrelevant, because this course is tough!   The first of four jamborees for the CSAA Silver will not produce personal best times, but instead, show who has guts.   Saturday at Allendale, could be a different story.

Varsity Volleyball @ Holton
Wednesday, September 16 @ 7:00 p.m. 

Well let’s try this again.   Following the delayed start to the season, Kent City’s varsity volleyball team was ready to go on Friday in their first CSAA Silver match-up against Lakeview.   Word came in about 2:30 p.m. that the Wildcats would be unable to make the trip.   Although disappointed, the team took it in stride and was back for practice following the freshman game.   I would certainly hate to be the first team these Eagles play after a month of practice and several let-downs.   Unfortunately for Holton, they drew the short straw and will host Kent City for their first action of the 2020 season on Wednesday.  Last year the Eagles made quick work of the Red Devils in their two conference match-ups beating Holton 6-0.   It is a new year, but the Eagles are going to be tough this year with firepower all over the court.   Expect Kent City to keep their perfect record (12-0) against Holton alive as they begin their quest for their first conference title since 2016.

Varsity Football @ Morley Stanwood 
Friday, September 18 @ 7:00 p.m.
It has been a roller coaster ride for the varsity football team so far this fall.   Practice started as scheduled in August and continued for a week before the season was pushed to the spring.   Then after a week off, practice began again leading up to Labor Day weekend.   At the final practice before Labor Day it was announced that football was being reinstated in the fall.   And like many roller coasters, the biggest hill will be the very first one: Kent City will travel to play conference arch-nemesis Morley Stanwood in the now, season-opener.  The Mohawks spoiled Kent City’s run of conference championships in 2019 by defeating the Eagles 34-16 on their home field.   In a game marked by mistakes by both teams, the Mohawks capitalized and made more big plays in a back and forth game to give them the victory.   The Mohawks have a new coach, but several familiar faces on the field back, including their starting quarterback.  Beating Morley Stanwood in 2020 would be a great start to the shortened season, especially considering the Eagles will be as young on the varsity team as maybe they have ever been.   One change to watch for in 2020 is the implementation of the 5 quarter rule.   Expect to see some players on both Thursday night (junior varsity) and Friday night as each player is allowed to play 5 quarters in a week per the MHSAA.
Here is this week’s schedule:

Home Games are in black.
Away Games are in red.
Practice Notes are in green
Picture Notes are in purple
Links are in blue

Transportation methods and times are in (parentheses)

Monday, September 14, 2020
No Athletic Events Scheduled

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Varsity Girls Golf @ CSAA Jamboree (Stonegate GC) 9:00 a.m. (Van) — 2 guests
Middle School XC CSAA Jamboree (Kent City High School) 4:30 p.m. — 2 guests
J.V. Volleyball @ Kelloggsville Tri 5:00 p.m. (Van) — 2 guests 
Varsity Soccer vs. Fremont 6:00 p.m. — 2 guests

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Varsity XC @ CSAA Jamboree (Baker Woods — Hesperia) 5:00 p.m. (Vans) — 2 guests
J.V. Volleyball @ Holton (Drop Only — 4:15 p.m.) — 2 guests
Varsity Volleyball @ Holton (Drop Only — 4:15 p.m.) — 2 guests

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Middle School Volleyball @ Newaygo 4:00 p.m (7th) and 5:00 p.m. (8th)(No Transportation) 2-guests
Varsity Soccer @ Big Rapids 4:30 p.m. (Vans) — 2 guests
J.V. Football vs. Morley Stanwood 6:30 p.m. — 2 guests

Friday, September 18, 2020
Varsity Football @ Morley Stanwood 7:00 p.m. (Bus Drop Only — 5:00 p.m.) — 2 guests

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Varsity XC @ Orange & Gold Town Crier Invitational (Allendale H.S.) 8:30 a.m. (Bus — 6:45 a.m.)2 guests
J.V. Volleyball @ Covenant Christian Quad 8:30 a.m. (No Transportation) 2 guests
Middle School Volleyball vs. Holton and Reed City 9:00 a.m. 2 guests
Varsity Volleyball @ Montabella Tournament 9:00 a.m. (No Transportation) 2 guest — online ticketing
Middle School XC @ Orange & Gold Town Crier Invitational (Allendale H.S.) 11:00 a.m. (Vans) 2 guests