Post 443 coming along - Post 171 looks sluggish
General Mike Smock, heralded from the confines of Hope Township, has his Sanford Post 443 coming together nicely with a relatively new group of ballers. The Sanford crew impressed last weekend at the Deshano Tournament held at Wilmot Field, rolling through the competition, but fell short in a rally to Mt. Pleasant 10-8 in the championship game. [[MORE]] In the tournament Post 443 usurped the...
Sanford and Gladwin mix it up in little league
The Lady Paladins of Sanford and the Gladwin squad of Elliot’s endured the scorching heat to battle it out on the dry, dusty fields of the Gladwin sports complex. Gladwin looked to continue their impressive season with a couple of wins behind the pitching arms of Allison Conley and Dayna Fennell, the hitting power of Lauren Mose and Rebekka Greenwood, and the speed they have hidden in their...
Gold Rush and MP Drillers lock horns in...
The Mt. Pleasant Drillers and the Gold Rush battalion slashed through the competition this past weekend to face each other in the championship round, featuring some of the area’s top ballers in the Driller’s Kate Saupe and the Gold Rush’s Allison Lipovsky. In a tight contest, it was a 5 run flurry in the bottom of the third that proved to be too much for the Drillers to over come despite...
K. P's. Edge Gladwin Tank
Tuesday night’s billing between K.P.’s Barber Shop and Gladwin Tank was more than a game, it was all about the prestigious inner-city bragging rights. In a tightly contested game between two ball clubs evenly matched, it was an absolute pitcher’s dual, a game characterized by gritty and unrelenting defensive plays. But in the end, it would prove to be the back to back singles by K.P.’s Kyle...
Young C's looking good
Those in the Clare Nation can take comfort in the regime change that comes along with the departure of fabled Coach Marc Yenkel. Coach Clint Colosky has been pouring in his energies into the program this early summer with a pair of summer league teams, which have done more than hold their own. [[MORE]] A team composed mostly of incoming freshman, sophomores, and juniors, Coach Colosky has his...
Express Ticket: K-Zoo Champs
Coach Jamie Smith sas again hand plucked and assembled one of the fiercest and gnarliest group of rugged ballers to compete in the NSA and ASA Tournaments. Smith brought onto her staff Valley Lutheran’s strong-armed hurler, Sarah Appold – a girl she knows all so well having competed against her in post-season play multiple times. She also brought on another Charger in speedy little Kara...
Good Citizen Award - Remi goes to Haiti →
Post 171 was suppose to be in a rebuilding year after losing a dump truck load of talent. But Coach Barnes and Brokoff hit the streets and plucked out some of Central Michigan’s top talent to simply re-load. [[MORE]] Post 171 is off to an unexpected hot start this summer. Last year, the Gladwin battalion, captained by skippers Terry Brokoff and Bernie Barnes battled right to the finish line,...
K.P.’s topple Beavers
The archaic rivalry between the Beaverton Beavers and the Gladwin Flying G’s added another chapter this week when the two little league teams locked horns in an absolute hit parade. The Gladwin crew was able to flip 7 runs in the second inning to sustain a 15-7 victory over their Ross Lake counter parts. Gladwin took the lead in the first inning with Kyle Grice walking onto base and scoring...
Little G-men Roll
GLADWIN - Captained by D.R Canterall, Tank Phillips, and Jeremiah McDonald, Gladwin Little League’s K.P. Barber Shop stormed out on Sanford’s Goodall Insurance, scoring 10 runs in the first to create separation in the 17-2 victory. With Sanford’s pitcher out with an injury, the Goodall Insurace struggled early to hurl strikes, walking Gladwin’s Kyle Grice and Owen Ritchie to start the inning...
Lady G’s Split
The Gladwin Junior girls softball club have been working hard under Coach Fennell and Coach Bittner, and were sporting a 2-2 record coming into the contest against Westtown. The girls from Bullock Creek area have always brought fierce competition with them wherever they go, and Gladwin has traditionally been a stepping stone for them. What Westtown did not know is that this team was built for...
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The end of an era: Goodall, Smith and Howe...
CARROLLTON - Meridian’s heart-breaking 1-0 loss to the Chargers of Valley Lutheran marked the end of an era. For the last four years, the Jack Pine Conference pecking order was largely defined by the development and progression of Taylor Smith, Kristen Goodall and Ali Howe. [[MORE]] Smith and Goodall have been four year varsity starters, carving out a spot in the long history of JPC lore as a...
The boys of summer of back
GLADWIN - Last season’s Coach Terry Brokoff and Coach Bernie Barnes’ Post 171 American Legion Baseball Team advanced out of districts losing by just one run to national powerhouse, Midland Berryhill. They were granted a ticket to the state tournament because their district qualified two teams last year because the Midland was playing host to the state tourney. Gladwin fought their way back...
Ryan Longstreth goes pro
By Clint Kern Electrifying, poised and precise southpaw pitching Beaverton native, Ryan Longstreth led his Beavers to the state finals as a junior and the semis as a senior. Longstreth has traversed and battled the gauntlet in the Division II, Junior College and Division I collegiate ranks. [[MORE]] Ryan was drafted by the Detroit Tigers last week. His resilient pursuit of a childhood dream...
Meridian's Taylor Smith: Softballer of the Year
Meridian's Damon Walter: Baseballer of the Year
Beavers hold strong, rally, take the lead, but...
PINCONNING – After starring on the mound, behind center and on the hardwood for BHS, John Mishler played some baseball at CMU prior to earning his bachelor’s degree in education and collecting a teaching job back home in Beaverton. Coach Mishler has decided to channel his energy into other fields after devoting a great deal of time coaching baseball at Beaverton for 26 years, John orchestrated...
Stangs fall just short
By Cody O’Rourke CARROLLTON – The Meridian Mustangs, championed by skipper Mark Novak, rolled down into the out skirts of Zilwaukee to tango with outliers of Saginaw in a district donnybrook. A relatively young battalion courting only four seniors (Codey Hintermeister, Collin Alexander, Mic Petre and Peyton Marshall), this crew dislodged the veteran ball clubs of Clare, Gladwin, and Beaverton...
The Pinny curse on the G's continues
PINCONNING - Early on Billy Bittner was very efficient with his execution on the hill. Bittner got the very lethal sophomore batsmen, Dylan Brown to fly out to centerfield. Then Bittner gave Quincy Crawford the gas face, with high heat, Bittner blew the ball past Crawford. Austin Hickey exercised a good blend of patience and confident aggression as he worked deep into the count and then dribbled...
Beaverettes lose HR derby to Pinny
Beaverton has always had a strong softball program led by the knowledge and wisdom of Coach Aaron Wentworth, and this year was no different. As many other High School teams have done, the Lady Beavers have had their ups and downs this year, and have improved as the year went along. The team traveled to Pinconning to face off against an unknown opponent with the district title at the fields for...