May 25, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
The spring sports at Hudson High School are really winding down as the track and field teams have just a handful of meets left but they are some big ones. The ball teams of base and soft are also very busy with just a few remaining contests left to play. Thus, is the same situation for the boy’s golf squad. Here is a look at what transpired with the Hudson Tiger spring sports over the past week of action.
Luma and Blair state-bound
Hudson Lady Tiger standout Sarah Luma will be making her third trip to the state meet as she qualified at the Division 4 regional on Saturday at Hillsdale College. Luma ended up in second place with a jump of 5-1. She was second to Phoenix Duncan of Morenci who jumped 5-3. Last year in 2010 Luma was fourth in the state meet in Division 4 and will be going back this spring hoping for an even higher finish. Unfortunately, for the Lady Tigers it was Luma being the long Hudson athlete to advance. Sophomore Liz Ladd came very close but just missed out by less than a second in the 200-meter run. She ran a time of 27.9 and needed a 27.2 or lower. Close just didn’t count this time. Also, scoring for the girls was the 8th place 800-meter relay team of Tiffany Long, Brittany Long, Samantha Rieger and Nerissa Roney in a time of 2:14.4. Hudson scored 13 total points. The girls were 13th of 15 teams overall and the boys placed the same taking 13th of 15 teams.
For the boys the lone advancer was senior high jumper Anthonie Blair. He placed third and with just the top two moving on his only other chance was to hit the qualifying mark. Finally, on his third and last jump he made 6-0 even to move onto the state meet on Saturday, June 4th at Jenison High School near Grand Rapids. James Herron was a good possibility in the 100-meters to advance but he came up short and didn’t make it. Also, placing for the boys was the 8th place 800-meter relay team of Korey Bodette, Tyler Mannor, Alex Messer and Justin Sumbur in a time of 1:45.7. Hudson scored eight total points. The track and field teams are not done as they competed yesterday (Wednesday) at Erie Mason in the annual season-ending LCAA league meet. Then this coming Tuesday it is the big county meet as the long-time tradition of the Daily Telegram Individual Invitational (DTII) continues in the meet held in Adrian on the 31st.
Baseball keep winning
The Hudson Tiger diamondmen just keep on winning. The Tigers took two from LCAA rival Erie Mason on Tuesday at home winning 6-4 and 7-2. Then on Saturday the Tigers had a great day winning all three games at the Clinton Invitational. The five wins now give the team an overall record of 24-8 as the near setting a new school record for most wins in a season. In the wins over the Eagles the Tigers upped their LCAA record to 6-2. They are one game back of 5-1 Blissfield who has four games to play compared to just two for the Tigers. In the wins over Erie Mason it was Jimmy Williams getting the pitching win with Nathan Wilkerson earning the save. Cullan Wilkerson had three hits to lead the offense. Williams had two hits with one a double. Grant Benschoter banged out a home run. Williams had four strikeouts and walked just two in giving up seven hits. In game two Nathaniel Osborne had three hits and Camden McCaskey added two hits. Nathan Wilkerson this time got the pitching win in relief going all but one out of the final four innings and he didn’t allow a base hit.
In the big tournament championship at Clinton it was Hudson beating Romulus Summit Academy 10-4, while also besting the Dutch of Manchester 10-4 and Clinton went down in the final game 9-6. Nathan Wilkerson got the pitching win in the opener. He had seven K’s but did allow ten hits. Burke Hart had two hits and three runs batted in. Osborne had a double among two hits and two RBIs. Williams was hot again with three more hits on offense. In game two senior Drew Milligan got the pitching win with four K’s and he allowed eight hits but did walk five. He had a double at the plate among his three hits. Benschoter was good for three hits and two RBIs and Joel Varney had a two-run tater over the fence for the Tigers. “This was a nice three-win tournament,” said Tiger head coach Jeremy Beal. “We didn’t go a lot of things particularly well but we did enough good things to get the wins. We faced some adversity in each game and overcame that to win the tournament.”
In the final game it was senior right-hander Cullan Wilkerson getting the pitching win with Williams racking up the save. Cullan Wilkerson helped his cause with a perfect four of four day at the plate. Milligan added two hits with one a double good for two RBIs.
The Tigers also were at Jackson Western for two games on Wednesday and they split winning game one 10-2 and then falling in game two 12-0. Cullan Wilkerson got the game one pitching win with seven strikeouts and just one walk. In the second game it was Milligan suffering the setback on the mound in a five-inning game that saw him get no run support.
The Tigers were to take on Ida on the road two days ago on Tuesday and were to head to Petersburg-Summerfield yesterday (Wednesday). Then tomorrow (Friday) they will host Ottawa Lake Whiteford. All DH’s start at 4:00.
Girls drop two
The Hudson Lady Tiger diamondettes dropped both games of an LCAA twinbill falling to Erie Mason at home last Tuesday. Hudson lost 13-6 and 10-1. Sophomore hurler Jada Bellfy suffered the loss in the first game for Hudson. She did record four strikeouts and gave up seven hits. Sam Merillat had two hits to lead Hudson and one of the hits was a two-run triple. Katie Benschoter had a two-run single. Ashley Schneider and Ashley Monahan both had two hits in the first game. In the second game it was Merillat that took the pitching loss as she gave up nine hits but did get six strikeouts. She had two hits to lead the offense and had a RBI, which was the team’s lone run knocked in. The team was at Ida two days ago on Tuesday for the final LCAA twinbill. Then yesterday (Wednesday) they were at state power Petersburg-Summerfield. Then tomorrow (Friday) they will host Ottawa Lake Whiteford. All twinbills start at 4:00.
The girls now have a season record of 9-18 overall and 0-8 in the LCAA.
Golfers competing well
Hudson was third on Tuesday of last week during the LCAA jamboree held at Devils Lake Golf Course and hosted by Onsted. The Tigers shot a score of 180 finishing behind Ida with 168 and Erie Mason with 170. Brian Crater led Hudson with a 44 and he was matched by senior classmate Ben Bonifas who also had a 44. Jon Ames shot a 45 and Richard Varner a 47.
The next afternoon on Wednesday the Tiger linksters were at home at Shaffer’s Evergreen Golf Course and they placed third out of three teams. Sand Creek won the tri-meet with a score of 161. Adrian-Madison was next at 170 and Hudson had 174. Justin Boies led the way with a round of 42, while Ames was one back at 43 and Crater had a score of 44. Varner came home with a round of 45. The team will end the regular season this week with meets at Blissfield this past Monday and at Erie Mason yesterday (Wednesday). The team district will be Thursday, June 2nd.