March 9, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
The winter sports at Hudson High School are all but over save for the boy’s varsity basketball team that was to be in action last (Wednesday) night at 7:00 against the winner of Monday’s class C District opener between Pittsford and Sand Creek at Adrian-Madison. The boy’s bowling team competed well at the state meet and made the second round but they were eliminated by the eventual state runner-up. The two individuals bowlers Brian Crater and Troy Brown also did well in the finals event. The girl’s competitive cheerleading team was at the state finals again but they were unable to continue the success of recent years. The boy’s basketball team finished its regular season with a pair of setbacks falling to Dundee to end LCAA play and then to Morenci to end regular season action. Here is a look at what happened in the final week of the winter sports campaign.
Bowlers bow out
Hudson advanced from the round of 18 into the elite final eight teams but then they were defeated. In the qualifying round the Tigers bowled games of 179, 168, 161, 151, 179, 158, 228 and 166. This put them as the seventh best team headed into the quarterfinals. Hudson took on number two seed St. Louis and lost 1297 to 1179. St. Louis then beat Burton Bendle to get to the finals. In the other semifinal it was local team Grass Lake beating number one seeded Bad Axe. In the finale it was Grass Lake beating St. Louis 1254-1180. Strangely, it was Grass Lake that was third to Hudson the week before at the regional that the Tigers won so you just never know what will happen. Thus, in the final state standings for Division 4 the Tigers were sixth in the state. The bowling was held at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights last Friday for teams and on Saturday for individuals.
On the individual side it was Crater and Brown both doing well. Crater in the qualifying round had scores of 177, 173, 197,223, 211 and 210 for a pin total of 1191 tying him for ninth overall with a bowler from Vandercook Lake. Brown had scores of 210, 202 197, 175, 158 and 219 for a total of 1161 for 14th spot.
Then in the round of 16 that advanced it was Crater winning 371-302 over a foe from Traverse City Christian. Crater bowled games of 181 and 190. Then Brown won a tight one 367-361 over a rival from Rogers City. His scores were 161 and 206. The two moved on to the quarterfinals but things ended there. Crater took on the number two seeded bowler from Bad Axe and lost 358-340. His opponent shot scores of 183 and 175. Crater led after the first game as he went 194 but answered with 146 to exit the tourney. Keaton Holtz of Bad Axe went on to finish second overall. Brown took on a sixth seed and lost 394-345. Brown had rounds of 144 and 201, while his foe started strong with an 188 and ended with a 206. The bowler Brown lost to was Jordan Mesaros of Kinde North Huron and Holtz beat him in the semifinals. Great job bowling team and super job to Brian and Troy “Knockem’Down” Brown!
Cheers finish season
Hudson’s always-tough competitive cheerleading team was good again but not quite good enough to achieve the high rankings that they are used to at the state finals meet. The event, again held at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids, saw some great cheering with a local team winning it again as Michigan Center got the job done for the second time in three years. Hudson had been the state’s runner-up in Division 4 for three consecutive seasons but that run of success ended with a fifth place overall finish. Nothing to be disappointed in as Hudson had a smaller team this year but they still did very well.
In the first round Hudson was in third with 218.8 points behind Pewamo-Westphalia with 224.2 and Ithaca was second with 219.6. Center had just 216.3 after round one. Then after two rounds things had changed somewhat. The Lady Cardinals of MC roared back with 228.8 to move into second place. P-W had a score of 222.2 to stay in first at 446.4 to MC’s 445.1. Hudson fell to fourth with a score of 212.1 and was at 430.9. Ithaca had moved to third at 443.3 with a round of 223.7. In fifth was Gobles at 420 with rounds of 210.5 and 209.5. The third and deciding round is the big one and Center came through to win it all. The Cardinals had 318.7 to end up with 763.8. P-W came up with 312.9 to finish as the runner-up at 759.3. Ithaca was third with a round of 305.9 to end up with 749.1. Gobles was the big mover as they scored 295.5 to finish at 715.5 to Hudson’s 714.47. Hudson scored 284.5 in the deciding third round. Merrill was sixth at 704, Manistique seventh at 690 and Adrian-Madison was eighth at 678. Another very good year for the Lady Tigers competitive cheerleading squad. Named to the all-region team were Courtney Chrisman, Katie Butts, Zoe Middleton and Payton Darr. Darr was the only Hudson girl chosen for the All-State team. Great job girls and coach Bailey!
Hoopsters fall twice
Hudson made up its LCAA finale against a good Dundee team, which was postponed due to ice the week before, and lost 45-35 last Wednesday in the home gym. The next night on Thursday was the final regular season game and Hudson lost a tight one to Morenci 51-47. In the Dundee game it was the Vikings up 14-8 after one quarter but the Tigers jumped ahead at halftime 21-19. It was close with Dundee on top 31-29 after three periods. In the final quarter the Tigers only got six points to drop the LCAA finale 45-35. Hudson ended LCAA play at 0-10. Sophomore Justin Boies had nine points to lead the way and he had seven rebounds. Justin Sumbur and Anthonie Blair both had seven points. Both Burke Hart and Drew Milligan scored five each and Adam Laughlin added a basket. Hudson was just seven of 16 at the foul line in the loss. Blair had four steals and Hart three assists. Dundee was called for 14 fouls to 17 for Hudson.
The final game of the regular season was also at home as the Bulldogs and the Bovee show of dad, Tim, and son, Brett, came to Hudson and beat the Tigers 51-47. Brett Bovee led all scorers with 17 points and Luke Craig added 16 for the winners. For the Tigers it was Sumbur tying for game-high honors with his 17 to lead Hudson. Hart added 11 points. Blair had seven, Boies had six, Cullan Wilkerson three, Milligan two and Laughlin one. Sumbur grabbed eight rebounds and Hart had six boards. The Tigers were seven of 14 at the charity stripe but just one of five in the deciding fourth quarter. The Bulldogs got ahead 16-11 after eight minutes but scored just two points in period two to trail 21-18 at halftime as the Tigers took the lead. It was Morenci back on top 33-30 after three quarters and the game was close the entire final period but the Dawgs’ held on for the win. Morenci ended the regular season at 13-6 and Hudson fell to 2-17 overall. The non-league game against local rival Pittsford was iced out two weeks ago and will not be made up. Check back next week to see how the Tigers did in the Class C District.
If Hudson won last night (Wednesday) at 7:00 then it was to face either Madison, who had a bye, and was to play the winner of Britton-Deerfield and Addison. The final is set Friday at 7:00.