Winter break sports action shows success for Tigers

January 5, 2011 —

By Bill Mullaly

The Hudson High School winter sports teams didn’t get much of a break from holiday action as four of the teams were busy between the Christmas and New Years holidays. The boys basketball team participated in the first annual Siena Heights-D1 Sports Academy Classic and won the consolation championship. The two bowling teams were busy hosting their own holiday event and the boys ended up taking first place. The girls also competed in the Hudson Lanes Holiday event and they placed fourth. The wrestlers were busy just before the Christmas holiday and also right after the holiday as they went to Oxford to participate in a tournament where they finished as the runner-ups. Here is a look at how the four teams did over the holiday break from school but not from competition on the hardwood, lanes and mats.

Bowlers win Hudson Tournament

The fourth annual Hudson Lanes Holiday Classic was won by the Hudson boys. They edged local rival Sand Creek to take first in the event hosted by Hudson Lanes. The Tigers beat Milan in the semifinal match to get to the championship round against the Aggies. In the three-game match it was Hudson trailing by 45 pins after the first baker game where each team has five bowlers throw two frames. In the second baker game it was Hudson going ahead by 21 pins with a round of 208 pins after getting only 145 in the first baker game. Then in the finale it was Hudson bowling very well to win the tournament by getting a score of 217 to beat Sand Creek. The most exciting action of the tournament took place in the semifinal meet against Milan. The two teams had a two-frame roll off and Hudson sent Troy Brown and Brian Crater to take on the Milan squad’s pair. In frame nine Brown had a strike but it was in the tenth frame that Crater won the match by getting a nine and then finishing with a spare in the tenth frame. Then with one extra shot due to the spare he tossed a strike to give Hudson the semifinal win. Other bowlers who helped the team win the event were Joey Borck, Matthew Wright, Andrew Wilmous, Jeffrey Graham and both Brown and Crater. “It was a fantastic team effort by the boys,” said head coach Mike Brown. “I was very satisified with how well the boys played. I was very proud of them taking care of business and doing what they needed to in helping us win the tournament. They battled back and got the job done and I was filled with pride in watching them do so well as a team.” The boys event at Hudson Lanes was held on Wednesday the 29th with the girls competing the next day.

Girls take fourth

It was a tough act to follow as the boys were champions on Wednesday and the next afternoon it was the girls trying to do their best in the ladies portion of the fourth annual Hudson Lanes Classic. The girls were without top bowler Hannah Schoonover but they still held their own for the most part according to head coach Mike Longmire. “I was happy with how the girls did and they had some success,” said Longmire. “The girls battled hard and they competed well. I thought they bowled well for the most part.”

Leading the way impressing the coach was senior bowler Brittney Luma who was the squad’s anchor bowling the fifth and tenth frames.”She did well for us,” said Longmire.

Hudson took fourth with Madison winning the event. “They bowled very well and were the best team there,” said the Hudson Lanes owner who doubles as the team’s coach.

It was Hudson bowling Milan for the third-fourth place game and Milan won taking third. Bowling for Hudson besides Luma were Brittany Jacobs, Hilary Monahan, Liz Liby, Kaitlin Janik and Morgan Hawley. Both the boys and girls teams will be back in action this week as school resumes after the holidays.

Hoopsters take conso title

Hudson was part of the first annual Siena Heights University Holiday Classic that was sponsored by D1 Sports Academy of Adrian and it was a great event according to Tiger boy’s head coach Wayne Perry. “It was a real nice tournament and I was quite happy that we were chosen to participate,” said Perry. “It was also nice we were able to get a win and take the consolation trophy. We played very well in the consolation game against Adrian-Maidson.” Hudson won that contest 42-29.

Hudson began the four-team event on Tuesday the 28th taking on Adrian Lenawee Christian and the Tigers fell 54-38 in what would be the first of two low-scoring games. Hudson fell behind 13-10 after the first quarter and it was 30-21 at halftime. After three periods the Cougars still led 45-32 and they went on to the opening round win to put them in the final on Thursday against Addison, which beat Madison. The Tigers were just two of seven at the foul line and LCS was 16 of 24 for the key difference in the final score. Hudson committed 17 fouls to nine for the winners. Leading the scoring for the Tigers was Anthonie Blair with 11 points. Blair is a transfer student who was just recently ruled eligible to play, which pleased Perry. “Anthonie is going to help us and it was evident with his play in this tournament,” said the veteran coach.

Justin Sumbur scored nine points and then Drew Milligan, Cullan Wilkerson and Justin Boies all scored six each. Leading the rebounding was Blair with seven, while Nathaniel Osborne, Sumbur and Justin Boies all had four boards. Milligan added three steals and Adam Laughlin, Milligan and Wilkerson each had two assists. Hudson did limit the turnovers as they had 14 compared to 17 for the Cougars.

With the Trojans of Madison falling to the Panthers it was Hudson against Madison in the consolation final. The Tigers usually play Madison in the season opener but due to this new tournament starting the annual season opener was pushed aside with the idea that both teams might see one another in the holiday tourney and that it what transpired. The Tigers jumped all over a young Trojan team and went on top 15-8 after the initial quarter of action. It was soon 21-18 at halftime with Hudson still holding the lead. The third quarter was the difference as the Tiger defense clamped down like it hasn’t in years holding Madison to just four points to jump out ahead 34-22 after three quarters. “We used full-court pressure and our zone defense was real aggressive,” said a very happy Perry about the defensive effort of his team. “Also, Madison had trouble shooting the ball and we took advantage of that.”

The Tigers were led in scoring by Milligan with 11 points and he was tied for game-high honors by Boies who also scored 11 points. Both Sumbur and Blair scored 10 points apiece as Hudson had just four players score but all four hit for double digits in the win. “It has probably been two years since we had such balaned scoring where we put four players in double figures but it was a welcome sight,” said Perry,. who couldn’t say enough positive things about SHU and D1 Sports Academy in how well the tournament was hosted and organized. “We hope to be invited back next year as well.”

The Tigers were led in rebounding by Milligan with eight boards and Boies had seven. Blair had quite a game stealing the ball with seven thefts and Milligan added five. Osborne led with two assists.

Blair was named to the all-tournament team as Hudson’s lone representative on that post-tournament squad. The organizers also charted official game statistics that were provided to each team after their games. “It was nice to have them do the official stats and this was just another perk to playing in this tournament,” Perry said.

The Tigers are now 2-3 overall as they head into LCAA play that begins this Friday as Onsted is the LCAA opener for the Tigers. “This was a beneficial tournament in several ways but what really helped was that we hadn’t played since December 13th so it was good to get in some game competition before we started back up with LCAA action on the 7th,” said Perry. “This was a great tournament and a real nice experience for our boys.” The Hudson girls didn’t participate but the Hudson jayvee boys also did play.

Wresters keep busy take second

The Tiger grapplers were on the mat at Oxford betweeen the holidays and they took second place falling to the host school. The Division 1 Oxford team barely edged the Tigers as Hudson lost by one point in a narrow defeat. The Tigers did win four other matches but in the most important one they just fell to the eventual champions by a single digit for the team’s second loss of the season.

The Tigers also wrestled a quad-meet at Manchester a couple of days before Christmas and Hudson won both matches in that event. The Tigers didn’t face off against the host Dutch who are also Division 4 powers just like Hudson. The Tigers did beat the other two teams to win the quad meet. Heading into the new year Hudson is well on track to win its third consecutive Division 4 state team championship in late February in Battle Creek. Wrestling tough teams like Oxford will prepare the Tigers to win another team state title.