January 12, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
The first full week of the winter sports season for 2011 is behind the Hudson High School teams as they all were busy welcoming the second half of the 2010-11 winter campaign. The wrestlers easily won the Adrian team tournament last Saturday. The boys basketball team dropped a pair of games over the past week to league rival Onsted and to non-league foe Sand Creek. The girls basketball team also had a pair of games and both of theirs were non-league affairs and both ended up as losses. The competitive cheer team won just one of two of its events held over the past week winning a LCAA meet and then taking second at the Hudson Invitational. Here is a look at how the winter sports teams did over the past week.
Wrestlers win again
Hudson has the sixth best wrestling team in the entire state according to Michigan Grappler, which does the state wrestling rankings. Hudson was just behind Dundee ranked number four in the state and number one in Division 3. Hudson is ranked first in Division 4. First, in the entire state is St. Johns a team that beat Hudson earlier this year and Oxford is third and they also beat the Tigers by one point two weeks ago. Tecumseh, coached by former Tiger Casey Randolph, is 13th overall and number two in Divison 2 behind St. Johns.
The reason the Tigers are ranked number one is the type of effort that they showed at Adrian last Saturday. The Tigers had little trouble in winning all five matches at the Maple Invite. Hudson beat Lake Orion 53-15, whipped Howell’s A team 49-21, demolished Howell’s B team 84-0, destroyed Adrian 58-13 and then blanked Jackson 77-0. The Tigers were scheduled to have hosted a tri-meet yesterday (Wednesday) and then on this Saturday they will host the 5th annual Super 16 wrestling meet. The super 16 brings some of the top teams in the state to Hudson to provide fans with some of the best wrestling action in the entire state. Wrestling on Saturday gets underway at 9:00.
Cheerleaders split two meets
Hudson won the LCAA meet held at Blissfield last Wednesday. Then on Saturday it was the Lady Tigers taking second to archrival Michigan Center at the annual Hudson Invitationnal featuring nine teams. Michigan Center pulled off the huge upset win at Hudson as this was the first time the Cardinals had won at the Hudson meet. Michigan Center scored just over 724 points to almost 715 points for Hudson. Taking third at the event was Adrian with 676 points.
In round one Michigan Center led 224 to 220 for Hudson. Then in round two it was here that the Cardinals pulled away and took a lead that Hudson couldn’t overcome. MC scored 227 points to just 205 for Hudson. Now down 26 points it was Hudson trying to make a great run at the end and they did outscoring MC by 17 points but it still kept them nine points behind at the end. It is certain that these two Division 4 powers will meet again at least once or twice this season.
The cheers will compete tonight (Thursday) at Onsted and then on Saturday they head to an invitational in Leslie.
Boys Basketball Drops Two
The Tigers opened up LCAA play with a tough loss at home to league power Onsted. Hudson fell 71-47 to the Wildcats. Onsted had four players score in double figures as those four combined for 50 points. Onsted was up 15-8 after the first quarter and by halftime it was Onsted on top 33-17. The Tigers had a good third quarter scoring 17 points and equaled what they scored in the first two combined. After three periods it was 46-34 and when the Tigers opened the fourth quarter with a bucket they were down just ten points and ready to make a run at the Cats. It never happened as Onsted ran off a big 25-point fourth quarter to win going away and the Tigers could add on just 12 points in the final period. Sophomore sharpshooter Adam Laughlin led the Tigers as he scored 14 points including four 3-point shots. Another sophomore did well as Justin Boies scored 11 points as the second Tiger in double figures. Anthonie Blair scored six points as did junior Burke Hart. Drew Milligan and Cullan Wilkerson both hit 3-point shots.
The Tigers were in action on this past Monday night at Sand Creek and lost a close high-scoring game 64-60. Hudson was down by 15 points in the last quarter but cut it to four at the end but could not catch the Aggies. For Hudson Justin Sumbur was the leading scorer with 15 points, while Blair scored 13, Milligan 12 and Boies just missed double figures at nine. Nathan Wilkerson had five points, Laughlin four and Jacob Enerson two.
Sumbur and Hart both had seven rebounds. Blair and Milligan both had four steals and Milligan four assists. The game was lost at the foul line as Hudson made just six of 18. Also, the Tigers didn’t rebound well according to head coach Wayne Perry.”We gave up way too many second and third shots and that really hurt us,” said the veteran coach. “We just didn’t rebound well or shoot free throws well or we could have won this game.”
The Tigers are now 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the LCAA. Up next is a road game at Jackson Christian on Friday. Then on Tuesday they go to Erie Mason.
Girls Basketball Drops Pair
The Lady Tigers had two tough ones over the past week dropping both games. Hudson saw Hillsdale Academy double them up falling 53-25 a week ago Tuesday. The Academy led 8-6 after one quarter but the lead increased to 25-11 at halftime. It was 39-21 after three quarters. Hudson could tack on just four points in the last quarter. Senior
Sarah Luma led the way with 14 points. Ashley Monahan had five and all the rest had two points. Those three were Katie Benschoter, Courtney Walter and McKenzie Reilly. Monahan hit the lone 3-point shot for Hudson and the Tigers were four of six at the foul line but didn’t get many chances. The Academy was four of seven and they also hit one 3-point shot. Reilly led with nine rebounds and Luma had three steals.
In the other game last week it was the Lady Tigers falling to Lenawee Christian 56-29. The Lady Tigers were down 18-7 after one period and trailed 31-18 at halftime. The lead had almost doubled after three periods as Hudson was down 47-24 and they added on just five points in the final frame.
Walter and Benschoter both scored seven points. Luma added six points. Reilly had four, Monahan three and Merillat two. Walter and Reilly both hit three-pointers for Hudson, which was three of six at the foul line compared to LCS who was four of ten and they also hit two threes.
Hudson is now 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the LCAA.
Up next is a game on Friday at Blissfield and then on Monday at Adrian-Madison.