Winter Sports Winding Down

February 23, 2011

By Bill Mullaly

The winter sports are slowly winding down for the athletic teams at Hudson High School. The later days of February find all of the teams battling for league, conference, district or other titles. Both of the basketball teams dropped a pair of games on the hardwood but the girls did pickup a unique and unexpected win. Then the competitive cheerleading team competed at the district tournament. Here is a look at how the teams are doing as the seasons are winding down.

Cheers take second

It was a tough day at Addison in the Division 4 cheerleading event for the Lady Tigers. They finished as the district runner-up but it was a 22-point penalty that had all the fans talking. Normally, Hudson would have won this event but sometimes unexpected things happen to the best of teams and the Hudson girls were penalized for a miscue during a performance that cost them first place. The main thing, however, is that the team advanced to the regional round this Saturday at … Adrian-Madison ended up taking first place with 685 points and Hudson was second with 667. Napoleon took third to qualify also with 644 points. Hudson was down 206 to 205 after round one and then it was 401 to 399 after the second round with Hudson trailing. The third round saw Hudson score 290 points to finish with 689 but the 22-point takeaway saw their total slip to 667. Not all was lost however, as four Lady Tigers were placed on the all-district first team. Seniors Katelyn Butts, Courtney chrisman and Zoe Middleton along with sophomore Payton Darr gained the district honor.

Girls win one, drop two

Hudson gained a win on Thursday when Erie Mason said, “no mas” meaning no more to its 2010-11 season. The Lady Eagles are going through some severe discipline issues and they canceled the season and shut things down. Thus, the Lady Tigers achieved a forfeit win. “We would have rather of played obviously,” said Hudson head coach Tom Romanowski. “They are done and won’t even play in the district. It is not a good situation over there right now in Erie Mason.”

The forfeit win gives Hudson six victories on the season against 12 losses with the district looming next week. In the two games that Hudson played they suffered setbacks. On Friday in a make-up contest they lost at home to Blissfield 56-42. The Royals jumped on Hudson to lead 19-5 after one period and they led 34-19 at halftime. The score was 50-33 after three periods. Lady Tiger Sarah Luma led all scorers with 19 points as she hit one 3-point shot. Junior Katie Benschoter also scored in double digits with ten points, while she had four rebounds and four assists. Sam Merillat scored seven points, while Courtney Walter added four and McKenzie Reilly had two. The referees went easy on the whistles as Blissfield shot three fouls shot and hit two and Hudson attempted four and made two. There were five fouls called on Blissfield and nine on Hudson.

Last Tuesday also at home the Lady Tigers fell to Sand Creek 54-34. Again, the Lady Tigers got off to a slow start down 18-9 after one quarter and at halftime it was the Lady Aggies on top 31-20. An edge of 13-5 in period three put the Aggies on top 44-25 entering the final eight minutes. Sand Creek won the last period 10-9 to take the win by 20 points. Luma was again the top scorer for not only Hudson but for the game as she totaled 19 points. Benschoter was good for nine points, while Ashley Monahan had four and Walter added two. Benschoter hit the lone Hudson 3-pointer. The Lady Tigers were three of seven at the foul line and Sand Creek was seven of 11. The Aggies hit on five 3-point shots. Hudson is now 3-7 in the LCAA with league play concluded. “We are struggling to score and Sarah is getting a lot of points and Katie is scoring also but other than that we are finding it hard to get points,” said Romanowski.

The Hudson girls are scheduled to play two final regular season games this week. They were canceled on Monday as they were to host Hanover-Horton in non-league play. Then tomorrow (Thursday) they were to head to Britton to take on Britton-Deerfield in the regular season finale. This coming Monday the 28th Hudson will open up Class C district play as the Lady Tigers head to Adrian-Madison to play Addison at 7:30. Then Hudson, which already beat Addison once this year, would play B-D again in the district semifinal game also at 7:30 on Wednesday. Friday, March 4th at 7:00 is the time and date for the Class C district championship game.

Boys suffer setbacks

It was a tough week for the boy’s hoop squad as they, just like the girls, had trouble scoring getting just 35 in a 42-35 loss at Ida on Friday night. Then last Tuesday it was not pleasant as Blissfield got some revenge for losing in football by blasting Hudson to the tune of 60-25. In the loss to the Bluestreaks it was Hudson on top nine to eight after one period of play and the teams were tied at 19 at halftime. It was 28-25 after three quarters and the Bluestreaks went on to the win. Justin Sumbur is playing some great ball as he had 17 points for Hudson. Drew Milligan had seven and Burke Hart four but nobody else had more than three points. The Tigers were doomed as they hit just one of 11 from 3-point range. Sumbur added nine rebounds and Hart had eight boards. Ida had only four players score but three were in double figures. The loss to Blissfield was tough to take as the host team had its way with Hudson. The Tigers scored in single digits in every quarter as they were down 13-7 and it was 34-16 at intermission. Then after three periods it was 44-20. The Tigers added on just five points in the last quarter, while the Royals had 16. Sumbur scored 11 points, while Nathan Wilkerson had five points and Cullan Wilkerson added four. Hart and Jacob Enerson both had two points and Milligan had one. Hudson was three of seven at the foul line and Blissfield was a superb 17 of 21. The Royals nailed five 3-pointers and Hudson had two. Both of the wilkerson twins had a three-pointer. Standout athlete Eric Schmidt had 16 points, ten rebounds and eight steals for the Royals.

The pair of losses leave the Tigers at 3-14 overall and 0-9 in the LCAA. Hudson was to play at Pittsford this past Tuesday night and then on tonight (Thursday) they will host Dundee for the LCAA finale. Next, Thursday the 3rd the Tigers end regular season action by hosting Morenci in non-league play.