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Local sports news and notes from Thursday Oct. 8


Girls golf
Academy team and Hornets’ Condon qualify for states
The Hillsdale Academy girls golf team is headed back to the Division 4 state competition, while Hillsdale junior Mallory Condon qualified for the individual finals.
The Colts shot a 386 to finish runner-up, 25 shots back of regional champion Lumen Christi, at Cascades Golf Course in Jackson.
Elise Lisznyai was second overall in a field of 13 teams, shooting an 82.
Courtney Wollet posted a 94, and Katelyn Wollet shot a 99, in her first event back after being in a motorcycle accident. She played with broken bones in her leg.
Callie Watkins added a 111 for the Academy.
Hillsdale placed seventh overall with a 457, with Condon leading the way with a 92.
Teammate Elise Allen ended up one shot short of qualifying for states with a 94.
Melanie Wells shot a 121 and Jessica Wells had a 149.

Boys soccer
No. 4 Lan. Chr.  3
Hills. Acad.        0

The Hillsdale Academy Boys Varsity soccer team lost a hard-fought match to No. 4 Lansing Christian 3 – 1 Thursday.  
The contest started off with a bang, as all of the goals for both teams were scored in the first 10 minutes of play.
Lansing Christian scored just four minutes into the game on a breakaway goal by Sean Cook, but one minute later the Academy tied the game with a goal by midfielder George Smith just a few feet from the goal, on a quick redirection pass from Nekoda Cartwright. 
Within the next five minutes  Lansing Christian scored two more quick goals, with Cook scoring again followed by a tally teammate Nate Hagy.
The Academy defense and goal keeper Peter Sullivan were under fire the entire game and did their best against an experienced opponent. 
Sullivan notched 14 saves, while Lansing Christian only had to make five saves all evening.
Lansing Christian remains undefeated and the Academy’s record falls to 9 – 4. 

Lansing Chr.     3
Hillsdale            1

The Hornets dropped the SMAA contest 16-25, 14-25, 25-21, 25-21 against an improved Pilgrims squad, according to Hillsdale head coach Sumer Way.
“It was clear Lansing Christian’s team has improved over the past couple of weeks, and finally in the third set tonight it appeared Hillsdale had as well,” Way said in an e-mail. “However seeing as it took us until the third set to come alive, we struggled to win the fourth and thus the match.”
Lindsey Rumler led the team in kills with eight and Taylor Mann had a team-high 11 digs.
Hannah Cleveland had 10 digs and six kills.

Quincy             3
Centreville      2

The Orioles dropped the first two sets, but bounced back for the win against non-conference opponent Centreville. The scores of the games were 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-8, 16-14 in favor of Quincy.
“We were just up and down, and it’s not easy to figure out why as a coach,” Quincy head coach Dean Neitzert said. “It boils down to ball control and when we make good plays and put the ball right on the spot we’re good, but when we’re not we get ourselves in trouble.”
Alix Neitzert had 17 digs and 16 kills for Quincy, while Kelsey Letendre had eight kills and eight assists.
Joslyn Dwyer added 14 kills and three solo blocks for the Orioles who are 24-9-3 overall.

Tecumseh         3
Jonesville         0

The Jonesville Varsity Volleyball lost 19-25, 17-25, 17-25 in straight sets to a strong Tecumseh team. 
Shaila Rossman, Brittany Weinberg, Shauna Ladd, and Tressa TenEyck all had perfect serving on the night.  Rossman added 7 kills and Brianna Aemisegger had four kills, as did Olivia Rowe.
Jenna Kast added 17 assists and Chelsea Taylor had 45 digs. 

Tekonsha 3
Waldron  1

Waldron head coach Amanda Davis said her girls kept fighting, but they saw several leads evaporate and ultimately fell to 2-7 in SCAA East play.
Randi Roney had 12 kills for the Spartans and Abbe Wines added 10 kills.
Chelsea Shadbolt was good for five kills and five aces.
Kelsey Knowlan served up five aces.

Colts take doubleheader from Wildcats
Hillsdale Academy beat Pittsford 25-15, 21-25, 15-5 and 25-18, 25-21 in SCAA action Thursday.
The Colts improve to 22-8-1 overall and 8-0 in the SCAA East, tied for first with North Adams-Jerome.
Individual stats from the contests were not available.


About rjwalters

I am what you think I am — a journalist. Actually when I was hired at my current job, which by the way is Sports Editor of the Hillsdale Daily News in Hillsdale, Mich., I applied for a position titled "Wordsmith", so at my best I'll call myself a writer attempting to be a wordsmith extraordinaire.


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