MISportsNow Year in Review: Fall 2016

MISportsNow is concluding its year in review with a historic fall season, beginning with a pair of local female golfers taking home individual state championships.

On the heels of winning her fourth straight Division 4 regional title, Glen Lake’s Nichole Cox concluded her prep career with her third consecutive Division 4 state championship, while Traverse City West’s Anika Dy became the first female golfer in school history to win an individual Division 1 crown.

On the pitch, the Charlevoix boys soccer team recorded its best finish in program history with its first Division 3 semifinal appearance. The Rayders, who would finish 18-6-3 on the year, fell to eventual state champion Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 3-1.

Moving to cross country and the Upper Peninsula state finals, the Sault Ste. Marie girls program won its first state championship, topping Marquette in the Division 1 final, while Cedarville captured its first state title since winning the 2011 Division 3 crown.

On the boys side, Brimley registered a runner-up finish in Division 3, capping off its best season since finishing runner-up at the 1968 Class C-D finals.

Heading south to Michigan International Speedway, the Traverse City St. Francis girls team won its second consecutive Division 3 state championship, beating Lansing Catholic, while Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart repeated in Division 4.

Crossing the finish line with a time of 17:40.6, Hart’s Adelyn Ackley took home the Division 3 individual state title.

On the boys side, Harbor Springs posted its best season since winning the 2004 Division 3 championship, finishing runner-up to Pewamo-Westphalia in the Division 4 final, while Fremont recorded a runner-up finish to Corunna in the Division 2 final.

A trio of local volleyball programs reached the 2016 state finals at Battle Creek’s Kellogg Arena in November.

In Class D, Rogers City found itself in its first state semifinal since appearing in the 2003 Class C semis. The only unranked team still alive in Division 4, the Hurons (25-11-1) lost eventual state runner-up Auburn Hills Oakland Christian in four sets.

Staying in Class D, defending state champion and third-ranked Leland (42-11-4) was back in the state semifinals for the fourth consecutive year. After earning coach Laurie Glass her 1,000th career win in a four-set victory over Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart in the quarterfinals, the Comets fell to eventual state champion Plymouth Christian in four sets.

Finishing in Class B, Cadillac was back in the Class B semifinals for the first time since 2013. Winning their 10th regional title in the last 11 years, the seventh-ranked Vikings (50-8-2) dropped a four-set match to No. 1 and eventual state runner-up Lake Odessa Lakewood.

Ending the year on the gridiron, the Glen Lake football program made history in 2016, reaching the Division 6 state finals for the first time since finishing runner-up to Pittsford for the 1996 Class DD state.

On the arm of quarterback Cade Peterson, the sixth-ranked Lakers (11-3) handed Tawas (22-0), No. 8 Roscommon (36-12), No. 4 Calumet (14-0) and Pine River (34-20) losses en route to Ford Field.

Peterson completed 15-of-20 passing for 254 yards and two touchdowns in Glen Lake’s 26-14 loss to Jackson Lumen Christi in the state final.

Winning its first Highland Conference championship since 1999, Pine River (9-4) won its first-ever regional championship and made its first semifinal appearance in 2016.

The Bucks handed Harrison (35-12), Morley Stanwood (14-7) and Ravenna (42-14) postseason losses before falling to Glen Lake (34-20) in a Division 6 semifinal.

St. Ignace’s Marty Spencer concluded a 20-year career as the school’s varsity coach with another state semifinal appearance. Compiling 10 conference titles, 13 playoff appearances and six district championships in 20 seasons under Spencer, the Saints (11-2) fell to eventual Division 8 state champion Muskegon Catholic Central, 35-0. 

Categories: Boys Soccer, Cross Country, Football, Girls Golf, Volleyball