Change gears: time for winter sports season

December 8, 2010 —

By Bill Mullaly

The fall sports just got finished and now the winter sports are going on with two of the teams in action during the first week and the third sport starting was the boys basketball team that won its first game just this past Monday night. The girls basketball team split its first pair of games winning over Pittsford and then dropping a heartbreaking double overtime contest to Morenci. The wrestling team had its annual Hudson Booster Invitational on Saturday and did very well winning all five of their matches. The boys basketball team got off to a good start against Hillsdale Academy in a road opener. Here is a look at how the three teams did in the first week of action on the hardwood and on the mat.

Girls off to strong start

They didn’t win both games but they came real close. Hudson beat Pittsford on the road easily 55-34 in the season opening non-conference contest. It was Hudson behind after one period down eight to seven but from then on they took control. The Lady Tigers used a huge 22-point second quarter to climb ahead 29-12 at halftime. Then Hudson used a 16-5 edge in period three to go on top 45-17 on its way to the blowout win. Pittsford, coached by former Tiger hoop star Mick Curtis, had a nice 17-point fourth quarter while holding Hudson to ten points to keep the score respectable. Samantha Merillat led the way with 16 points as she hit three 3-point shots but she will need work on her foul shots as she hit just one of eight. Sarah Luma showed her senior leadership with 15 points. Katie Benschoter hit for ten points as she was the third Tiger in double figures. Ashley Monahan had six points and Ember Grames four including one 3-pointer. Hudson hit just five of 17 foul shots and Pittsford made six of eight. Benschoter was the leading rebounder for Hudson with ten boards to finish with a double-double in points and rebounds. Senior Courtney Walter as the point guard led in assists with six.

Hudson had quite a thriller against Morenci but lost in two overtimes at home 57-54. Both teams couldn’t settle the issue in 32 minutes so they ended up playing eight more in two extra four-minute periods. Morenci went on top 12-11 after one quarter as they pretty much led for most of the game. They were still up 26-23 at intermission thanks to five 3-point shots from its slick little shooting guard Matea Garcia. She had 15 points at halftime but the Tiger defense led by Luma held her down in the second half as she added just three more points. Hudson used a 13-10 edge in period three to get even at 36-36. Then both teams scored 11 points each in the fourth quarter to head into overtime tied at 47-all. In the first extra period it was both teams scoring four points but in the second extra period it was a six to three advantage for the Bulldogs. Luma led Hudson with 18 points. Monahan had 15 points including one 3-point shot, while Merillat added eight points and Benschoter had eight also. Walter had three points. Merillat had eight rebounds and four assists, while Benschoter had three steals. Hudson was just four of 13 at the foul line, while Morenci was 11 of 17 and they hit six 3-pointers to just the one by Monahan for Hudson. Both teams committed 19 fouls and both teams lost two players to fouls before it was over. Walter and Benschoter exited early for Hudson.

The Lady Tigers were home on Tuesday to face archrival Addison in a non-league tilt.

Wrestlers back where they left off

The Hudson matmen got off to a real fine start at home on Saturday, easily taking first place in the annual Booster Meet. Hudson beat Milan 58-6, East Jackson 66-12, Sand Creek 55-6, Holt 57-9 and Napoleon 62-9. The Tigers are trying to defend it two-time division 4 team state championship and it appears there will be no letdown from last year. “We got off to a decent start in the Hudson Booster meet,” said Tiger head coach Scott “Scooter” Marry. “We are about three weeks behind with some of the guys due to football going so late and you can’t really make that time up. We wrestled pretty well and got some wins but we need to get our conditioning in order. Also, I think our leadership will increase as the season goes on.” Hudson starts out 5-0 as a team after going 37-3 last year.

Hudson had three of its wrestlers go a perfect 5-0 on the day as three seniors were on the top of their game. Camden McCaskey, Tyler Mattison and Dakota Kelley all went undefeated winning each match. Against, Sand Creek the best match was at 152 pounds as county rivals Devan Marry and Aggie Sam Mehan went at each other in a great bout with Marry emerging a 5-3 winner. Marry had quite a battle on his hands but he, like many of his teammates, is used to tackling foes not wrestling them. Another exciting match in the Sand Creek dual was a 1-0 loss by Grant Benschoter but again this was a very early season match for Benschoter and several of his teammates who have had just a few days of practice and conditioning due to the late football finish.

Marry had one other tough bout and he fell to a real strong foe from Napoleon in Lelund Weatherspoon. Marry went down 15-8 losing the match to the same wrestler that beat him three times a season ago. Napoleon has dropped to division 4 so it is almost unavoidable that these two rivals will meet again in March with an individual state title on the line. “I told Devan it will take technique to win tough matches like the one against the Napoleon kid,” said his dad coach Marry. Marry ended the day going 4-1 for Hudson. Isaac Dusseau, Cole Weaver, Matthew Smith, James Herron, Zach Rieger and Jimmy Williams all went undefeated winning anywhere from all five matches to others winning four and Williams won a pair. For the day nine different Tigers were unbeaten.

Boys hoopsters off to good start

The Tigers beat Hillsdale Academy on Monday night to open the season. The 53-44 win in non-league play puts Hudson at 1-0. Hudson led the whole way as it was 13-12 after one quarter and 27-21 at halftime. After three quarters it was Hudson up 37-35. Drew Milligan led with 14 points and sophomore Justin Boies had 13. Nathaniel Osborne and Elliott Lockhart both had seven points. Justin Sumbur had six and Jacob Enerson four. Hudson plays at home on Friday versus Hillsdale for Parent’s Night.

Football News

The Tiger football team received some positive news when the Detroit Free Press released its annual all-state team last Sunday. Three Tigers were named to the Free Press division 7 all-state team. Halfback Drew Milligan and lineman Meiko McDaniel were named to the first team offense. Then on defense it was Matthew Smith making first team as a defensive lineman. Also, Jimmy Williams was listed as honorable mention on offense as a quarterback! Congratulations to these Tigers for this post-season honor.