June 10, 2010 —
By Bill Mullaly
The spring sports at Hudson High School came to a crashing halt on Saturday as the track and field season officially ended when Sarah Luma bowed out at the state meet with her final leap in the high jump. She was finishing up the track and field season just as the boy’s baseball team was making its final out in the district semifinal at Onsted losing to Clinton 4-1 in a hard-fought battle. The girl’s softball season had ended on Tuesday when they fell to Adrian-Madison in the pre-district qualifying game. The boys and girls track and field seasons ended for everyone except Luma at the Daily Telegram Individual Invitational (DTII) last Tuesday on the annual day after Memorial Day event. The boy’s golf team advanced to the regional round and saw its season ended last Friday. Here is a look at how the spring sports did in their final week of competition as school is out and summer has now officially begun at Hudson High School.
Luma is fourth
The lone Tiger at the state individual finals was junior Sarah Luma who placed fourth in the high jump in the division 4 finale at Comstock Park. Luma has made 5-2 several times this year and was hoping to maybe go a little big higher but it was 5-2 again. She has the school record at that height and tied the mark again. The winning height was 5-4. She was also at the state meet last year and didn’t place so her effort this spring at the big meet was a happier ending. “You always hope going to the state meet that you do your best and she did,” said her father, Chris, who also is the boy’s coach. “She did what she was capable of but just couldn’t quite better her top height of 5-2. She was close but it didn’t happen and fortunately she will have a chance again next year.”
Luma was the lone Hudson competitor for the boys and girls to make the state meet and she scored five points for Hudson to give the team the most points in division 3 of any county school. Clinton scored four points and Onsted three so Hudson ended up with the best team in the county at the end of the season so take that Cats’ and Skins’!
The DTII saw Luma win another title as county high jump champion as she jumped 5-2 last Tuesday to beat out two other county competitors who also jumped 5-2. Luma won the crown by making the 5-2 mark on fewer misses. Girls from Morenci and Tecumseh battled Luma but came in second and third respectively. Senior Jamie Grob was third in the 100-meter high hurdles in a time of 17.03. Luma also added to her special day by taking second in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:04.6 just back of the champion from Tecumseh in 63.1 seconds. Grob continued her solid showing in the hurdles as she was also third in the 300-low hurdles in a clocking of 51.19. Freshman Liz Ladd earned a medal by taking sixth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 28.6. Hudson also had one more bright spot with a fourth place showing in the 1600-meter relay in a time of 4:31.
For the boys the placers were far fewer as senior Derick Clark was sixth in the county in the 1600-meter run in a clocking of 5:07. Clark was the lone boy performer to earn a medal for the Tigers on this day at this meet.
Tigers fall to district champs
Clinton won the division 3 district title by beating Addison 6-1 in the final. Hudson was in the championship game after beating Adrian-Madison on Tuesday in the pre-district event played at Onsted. The 12-2 win came in just six innings as Hudson won its school record 25th game of the season. Junior Nathan Wilkerson was the winning pitcher allowing just four hits and he walked just one. Senior Chris Aguirre came on in relief to pitch two full innings and he walked nobody and no hits were allowed but he did strike out five batters. Burke Hart, a sophomore heavy hitter, smacked a home run and a double for five runs batted in on the day. Drew Milligan had two hits with a triple and three RBIs. Joel Varney ended the game when he poked a double to score the 12th run to finish off the mercy rule contest.
This win put the Tigers against the Redskins of Clinton who are having a great season. The Tigers faced the Skins’ number one hurler and they couldn’t touch him for much. Rylie Robinson is the career strikeout leader at Clinton and he added to his total against the Tigers. Wilkerson was on the mound again for Hudson and he pitched well but it wasn’t enough to get a win. He allowed eight hits and had four strikeouts but only one of the four runs allowed was an earned run. Milligan led the Tiger offense with two hits. Hudson ends the season at 25-14. The 25 wins are two more than the 2000 team that had owned a school record at the time of 23 wins.
Clinton beat Addison who had moved on to the final with an upset win over Onsted 4-3 in the other semifinal game at Onsted. Clinton is now 29-7 on the year. They get to play in the Grass Lake regional against Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard the number one ranked team in division 3.
Girls exit early
Hudson took on a team that it had played twice earlier and had split against in the Trojans of Adrian-Madison. In the pre-district game last Tuesday at Onsted the Lady Tigers were whipped by the Trojans 10-3 to win the season series against Hudson two games to one. The loss gave Madison the right to face the number one team in the state in Clinton and they beat Madison 7-1. The surprise of the district was Addison losing just 1-0 to Onsted in the semifinal fine. In the last game it was Onsted losing to Clinton 1-0 in ten innings. Hudson ended its season at 17-20, as they were 0-10 in LCAA games and 17-10 in all other games.
Golfers call it a year
Hudson was in the division 4 regional last Friday at Bald Mountain Golf Course up by Auburn Hills. They had to make the top three to advance to the state meet but the team was unable to move on and the season came to an end earlier than they had hoped. Twelve teams were competing in the regional event.
This ends the 2009-10 sports season at Hudson High School as the first Saturday of June traditionally means the closure of the high school sports season for most of the county’s teams.