June 8, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
The baseball team may have stolen the show for the spring sports last week but the other four teams were also in action. Lady Tiger Sarah Luma had a huge day at the annual Daily Telegram Individual Invitational on Tuesday winning the high jump. However, she was not the only winner at the DTII as another senior standout performed well at the meet as Anthonie Blair also was a winner in the high jump. Both went to the state meet and battled hard against some tough competition. The track and field season is over for the Tiger athletes as is the girl’s softball team. The other highlight to the week of spring sports action was the fourth place finish by the boy’s golf team at the Division 4 district event and Hudson qualified to move onto the regional to be held this week. Here is a look at how the Hudson spring sports teams fared over the past week.
The senior standout Lady Tiger Luma was able to break her own school record of 5-2 by jumping 5-3 at the DTII and then she went after more. Luma eventually finished the competition on Tuesday at Adrian High School by winning her specialty with a jump of 5-4, which was three inches ahead of the runner-up from Clinton at 5-1. This was the second straight year that Luma won the DTII event, which is the Lenawee County showcase event for area track and field athletes. Luma had been concerned about Morenci standout Phoenix Duncan but she ended up fourth in the high jump. Then with the momentum of the DTII championship Luma headed to the state final meet in Division 4 at Jenison High School near Grand Rapids. She ended up tied for sixth with a jump of just 4-11. She still made the top eight to earn a medal and a spot on the all-state team. She also earned two points for the team. Luma was also at the state meet last year where she placed fourth. Two years ago she qualified for the state meet but was not able to place in the top eight. Luma ends her stellar jumping career with two straight LCAA titles and two consecutive DTII crowns. She will head to Adrian College next spring to jump for the Bulldogs. Also, doing well at the DTII for Hudson was sophomore Liz Ladd who ran a time of 28.7 good for sixth place in the 200-meter run.
Blair wins title
The Tiger senior high jumper had earlier this year jumped 6-4 to tie the school record and then he went 6-4 again on Tuesday to take the DTII crown. “This was a great win for Anthonie and it showed what he is capable of doing,” said boy’s head coach Chris Luma. “He did two things in one jump as he won the individual event and tied his own school record.” The runner-up from Adrian jumped 6-2 but was not able to catch Blair. The Tiger record-setter Blair was also at the state meet for the boys but he didn’t have his best day and was unable to finish in the top eight at Jenison High School site of the Division 4 individual finals meet. The Hudson 400-meter relay team was sixth at the DTII with a time of 47.5 as the only other Hudson athletes to score points.
Boys move on
The Hudson golf team had to finish in the top four at the Division 4 district event held at Woodlawn Golf Club on Friday. Hudson did just that scoring 358 to take fourth. The district team winner was Ann Arbor Greenhills with 315. Adrian-Madison was second with 322 and Sand Creek was third at 337. Hudson was fourth at 358 just four strokes ahead of Plymouth Christian with 362. Leading Hudson were a pair of golfers as senior Brian Crater and Richard Varner both shot rounds of 87 to tie for13th individually. Sophomore Justin Boies was next at 89 for 18th overall. Senior Zach Woodford was next at 95 for the four-player team score of 358. The fifth Tiger to finish was senior Jon Ames with an 18-hole score of 97 but his score didn’t figure into the team total. “We played well in the district event,” said veteran Tiger head coach Kevin Reed. “It was nice to see us do so well as we haven’t really played well as a team all season long. Richard did quite well as he set a good tempo and played very well.”
Hudson also competed in its final LCAA jamboree last Wednesday at Woodlawn Golf Club as they competed in the LCAA championship event. Hudson was fourth as a team with a score of 367. Leading the way for the Tigers was Ames with a 90 and Varner also shot a 90. Woodford ended with a 93 and Boies finished with a two-round score of 94. Erie Mason won the event with a score of 345, while Ida was second and Onsted at 360 was third. Blissfield was fifth at 404. Hudson will now head to Auburn Hills on Thursday to compete at West Wing Golf Club in the Division 4 regional event. A finish in the top four there will send Hudson to the state finals meet the following weekend.
The Lady Tigers had the toughest task of any team in the state in Division 3 softball as they took on number one ranked Clinton at Addison in the pre-district game last Tuesday. Clinton is now 31-1 after beating Hudson 15-0 in five innings. They also beat Sand Creek and Adrian-Madison on Saturday to win the district crown. In the win over Hudson all-state pitcher Tierney Nelson recorded 11 strikeouts against the Tigers. Nelson threw a perfect game as Hudson didn’t get a hit or a runner on base. The Lady Tigers ended the season at 9-23 and with a 12-game losing skid added in.