February 9, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
The Hudson High School winter sports teams tried to jump into February action but they were derailed for a couple of days due to some foul wintry weather. The teams finally did get into action on the fourth day of the month on Friday as the boy’s hoop team played at Onsted suffering a setback. The wrestling team had its lone match of the week as it competed in the annual LCAA league meet at Dundee and the Tigers narrowly placed second to the host Vikings. The girl’s basketball team finished the month of January with a great and exciting win at Morenci in an overtime thriller. Here is a look at how the teams did over the past week of competition on the courts and on the mat.
Wrestlers are runner-ups
Hudson had to beat Dundee at the annual league meet to claim a share of the crown but they came up just short. Dundee edged the Tigers by a few points to win the LCAA title outright. Hudson shared the crown last year with Dundee and after dropping the LCAA dual meet ten days earlier they needed to win this meet to claim another co-championship but the host Vikings would have none of that. Hudson dominated in some ways with six league champions but it wasn’t enough to topple the depth of the Vikings. Dundee had 250 points to 225 for Hudson.
Isaac Dusseau at 103 was a champion as was Cole Weaver at 112 and both are freshmen which bolds well for the future of Hudson wrestling. Junior Joel Varney won it all at 145 and classmate Devan Marry got the top honor at 152. Senior Grant Benschoter was the champion at 189 pounds and the final individual champion was sophomore sensation Zach Rieger at heavyweight. The Tigers had 12 wrestlers out of the 14 that competed place in the event but they still couldn’t outdo the Vikings. Taking second were senior Tyler Mattison at 119 and another senior was second at 125 with that being Dakota Kelley. Fellow senior Camden McCaskey was second at 135 pounds. Junior James Herron was the runner-up at 160 pounds and senior standout Matthew Smith was the runner-up at 215 pounds. The second place finish by Smith was a situation where he took one for the team. He could have went 189 and won the league crown but to help the team win it all he went at 215 pounds to face
Dundee superstar Justin Heiserman a defending state champion. Smith lost a hard-fought 5-3 match to the stud Heiserman.
Taking third was junior Lucas Sparapani at 140 pounds. Also, competing were junior Cody Walden at 171 and sophomore Wyatt Spangler at 130. Thus, 12 of the 14 Tigers won a place but they still couldn’t edge out the always-tough Vikings.
Hudson will now try to focus its attention on winning the team district, which was set for last night (Wednesday) at home with Reading, Pittsford and Morenci coming to town. Then on Saturday the Tigers will host the annual individual districts. The team district is the first step on Hudson’s quest to win its three-peat on the wrestling mat after taking the team state title in 2009 and 2010. Action starts at 6:00 on Wednesday (last night). The competition on Saturday kicks off at 9:00 a.m.
Girls win on hardwood in O.T.
The Lady Tigers won 48-41 over the Lady Bullpups on the home floor of the Morenci team. The key to the win was holding Morenci scoreless in overtime. The teams met in Hudson in December and the game went overtime with Morenci winning but this time around the Lady Tigers won the game and picked up its fourth win of the season. Hudson jumped ahead 21-6 after the first quarter led by senior standout Sarah Luma who scored 12 points in the opening frame. Luma was held in the check the rest of the game as she scored just four more points. Hudson added on just four points in the second quarter to lead at halftime 25-19 as Morenci closed the gap. Then things got real interesting as the home team narrowed the deficit to 33-32 after 24 minutes of play. Morenci won the last quarter nine to eight to force at tie at 41-41. The game almost didn’t make overtime as Hudson was down six points with just about 90 seconds left before a furious late-game rally tied it up.
Then junior Katie Benschoter played well in overtime to help the Lady Tigers pick up the much-needed win. The Hudson defense was the key in the extra period as they outscored Morenci seven to zero for the win.
Luma led all scorers with 16 as she continues to be one of the top scorers in the county weighing in last week as number five in the Lenawee area with 14 points per game. Benschoter added 12, while Sam Merillat had eight and Ashley Monahan totaled six points. Senior Courtney Walter also scored six points. The Lady Tigers made seven of 15 free throws compared to Morenci going four of ten. Luma nailed two 3-point shots for Hudson as the team made three total with Walter making the other one and Morenci hit five 3-pointers.
Hudson is now 4-8 overall on the season and will have a busy week as they will play three games this week with a make-up game plus two regularly scheduled games. On Monday Blissfield was to be here and two nights ago on Tuesday it was supposed to be Ida. Then on Friday Hudson heads to Dundee. Then this coming Tuesday they will play host to Sand Creek a power in the Tr-County Conference (TCC).
Boys drop game to Onsted
The Tigers fell to 0-5 in the LCAA with a 51-27 loss to Onsted over in Wildcat territory on Friday night. The Tigers play a kind of “stall ball” and were down just five to four after the first quarter. Then it was just 16-10 at intermission as head coach Wayne Perry’s plan was working as the Cats’ were a bit frustrated by the Tiger slowdown attack. Things changed in the second half as Onsted hurried the pace and they outscored Hudson 20-13 in the third period. Up now 36-23 the Cats’ cruised home winning the final period 15-4 to take the win. The Wildcats are in first place in the LCAA with a 5-0 mark. Hudson was led in scoring by Justin Sumbur with nine points and another Justin, this one Boies, had eight. Drew Milligan scored four points, while Burke Hart, Cullan Wilkerson and Nathaniel Osborne all had two points. Hudson was just two of 11 at the foul line and Onsted was 10 of 17. The Tigers will play host to Erie Mason tonight (Thursday) and then on
Tuesday they head to Blissfield.
Hudson is now 2-11 on the year.
Check your local schedule for all of the exciting action as the winter sports teams are preparing for the key games and matches coming up in the next few weeks.