February 16, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
The fury of February is alive and well with the sports teams at Hudson High School. All of the teams were in action over the past week as the winter sports action is heating up for the Tigers. The wrestlers again stole the show as they dominated the district team event at home on Wednesday and then they had a great showing at the individual districts also at home on Saturday. The girls basketball team had a busy week with three games and they were able to win one of them. The boys basketball team continues to struggle on the hardwood and the cheerleaders continue to do well. Here is a look at the local sports over the past week of competition.
Wrestlers just keep winning
Hudson had its way in the Division 4 team district at home on Wednesday night. The Tigers advanced to the team district final by a forfeit win over Morenci who didn’t have a team to wrestle against the mighty Tigers. Reading beat Pittsford in the district semifinal match but then in the final it was Hudson winning 74-0 in a shutout of the Rangers for the district team championship. The shutout in a district team final was a rare event but the Tigers are just that good. They are ranked number one in the state in Division 4 and overall including all four divisions the Tigers are number five in the entire state’s top 15 ranking.
The biggest win of the night in the Reading match was the victory by junior Lucas Sparapani at 140 pounds over Ranger Frank Stepnowski as he won 3-1. This was the closest bout as the Tigers sealed the shutout over a solid Ranger team that would send seven wrestlers to the regionals three days later in the Hudson invididual districts.
During the districts the Tigers dominated action as 13 wrestlers will move on to Manchester this Saturday for the individual regionals.
Sophomore Zach Rieger was the first Tiger individual champion as he won the 285 match with a pin in period three. Then at 103 pounds it was freshman Isaac Dusseau winning 10-8 over a state ranked foe. The 112-pound champion was freshman phenom Cole Weaver who won all three matches by pins. Senior Camden McCaskey was a champion at 135 pounds with an 18-3 win in the finals. Junior Joel Varney got a fall at 145 to win his district crown. Devan Marry surprised many wrestling fans when we came out for the districts at 160 pounds to defend his two state individual crowns. Marry won the 160-pound division of the districts as he goes for his third individual state title. The next district title went to senior Matthew Smith at 189 pounds as he also looks to defend his individual state crown. Smith won his final match 7-0 to move on to the regionals. This gave the Tigers seven individual district champions but the team was also able to move on six other grapplers.
Four Tigers were district runner-ups as Tyler Mattison at 119, JD Waters at 125 pounds, Dakota Kelley at 130 and Grant Benschoter at 171 all took second place. Junior Cody Walden at 189 and junior James Herron at 171 were both third place finishers.
Last (Wednesday) night the Tigers were to face Napoleon in the team regional semifinal, while host Addison was to take on Springport. The event was set to start at 6:00 with the finals to begin around 7:30 or so. Hudson is now 40-3 as a team and will look to move on to Battle Creek by winning the Addison regional.
The Tigers biggest challenge if they get through the team regional very well could be New Lothrop the number two ranked team in Division 4.
Girls get win in basketball
The Lady Tigers had three games to play last week due to making up a game. Hudson began the busy week with a nice win on Monday with a 60-46 win at home over Erie Mason. Senior standout Sarah Luma led the way with a game-high 22 points. This win was the team’s second straight and its third in its last four outings. Junior Katie Benschoter had quite a game with 12 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists as she just missed a rare triple-double. Sophomore Ashley Monahan had a season-high 16 points. Hudson led 18-2 after the first period on its way to a 34-10 halftime lead. Sam Merillat added six points in the win. The next night on Tuesday things were a lot different as Hudson took on number seven ranked Ida a class B power and the Bluestreaks won 79-40 as they nearly doubled up the Tigers. It was 27-11 after one quarter and the game was never close. Luma scored 15 points and Merillat had 11 for Hudson. Benschoter added nine.
Three nights later the girls were back in action and things didn’t go well as they fell to Dundee 50-30. Hudson got down 18-5 after one period and by halftime they still trailed 29-14 and could not catch the Vikings. Luma had another solid outing with 12 points, six rebounds and three steals. No other Lady Tiger was able to reach double digits with Merillat getting six points, Benschoter five, Monahan four and Courtney Walter three. Hudson is now 5-10 overall on the season with a mark of 2-6 in the LCAA. Last night the team was hosting Sand Creek and tonight (Thursday) they are to be at Erie Mason for a rematch. Then this Tuesday Hudson will host Hanover-Horton for the team’s final home game of the season.
Boys drop a pair of games
It was a frustrating loss for Hudson at home last Thursday night as they did everything but win. The Tigers led the whole way but fell at the end to Erie Mason 33-32. The Tigers employed a deliberate slowdown game and led eight to six after one quarter and it was Hudson on top 22-11 at intermission. Hudson still led 26-13 after three periods and it looked for sure like a Tiger win. Then the fourth quarter started and Hudson fell apart losing the period 20-6 and the game by one point. Hudson had a great game plan on offense and the Tiger defense was good as well for three quarters. Then poor foul shooting was the downfall as a four of ten effort in the last quarter did them in and let the Eagles comeback for the win. Justin Sumbur had 11 points and five rebounds to lead the Tigers. Sophomore Justin Boies added eight points. Burke Hart and Drew Milligan both had five points.
Three nights earlier on Monday of last week it was Hudson falling at Dundee 58-39. Hudson scored in single digits all three periods to trail 41-19. A 19-point last quarter made it respectable in the LCAA loss. Boies scored 12 and Sumbur added eight points. Milligan had six, Nathaniel Osborne five and both Cullan Wilkerson and Hart had four each. Hudson is now 2-13 overall and still winless in the LCAA at 0-7. The team was at Blissfield on Tuesday and will be at Ida tomorrow (Friday) night. Then they head to Pittsford on this coming Tuesday.
Cheerleaders doing well
Hudson continues to do well on the cheerleading circuit as they took first at the Adrian Invitational winning the Division 3-4 portion of the event. Last Wednesday it was Hudson winning the final regular season jamboree at home. The big meets are coming up as the competitive cheer district team event is this Saturday at Addison. There will be 13 teams at the team district event.