Great start for winter sports

December 15, 2011

By Bill Mullaly

The winter sports at Hudson High School are off to a great start. The wrestlers are unbeaten at 5-0 after its first weekend of the season. The boy’s basketball squad is also unbeaten as they are 2-0 after one week on the hardwood. The girl’s basketball team did lose twice last week but overall it was a successful week for the Hudson winter sports teams. Here is a look at how the teams did over the past week.

Wrestlers dominate at JAWS

Hudson went to Jackson on Saturday to compete in the annual Jackson Area Wrestling Showdown and the Tigers won again easily claiming its fifth consecutive JAWS crown. Hudson started with two wins in the first round by beating Leslie 72-10 and then disposing of East Jackson 65-9. In Pool A the Tigers won its three matches to claim the championship of the top pool in the 16-team event. Hudson beat Jackson Western 53-18, while next beating Addison 52-15 and in the championship match it was the Tigers ripping Manchester 55-15. “We wrestled well and this was a nice start but we have some spots to fill and work on,” said Tiger head coach Scott “Scooter” Marry about the first action of the new season for the Tigers.

Going unbeaten at 5-0 on the day were Roddy Hamdan at 103 pounds, while Cole Weaver was also 5-0 at 119 and JD Waters was 5-0 at 130 pounds. Other Tigers going 5-0 for the meet were Lucas Sparapani at 145 pounds and Joel Varney at 160 pounds. Next, to go 5-0 were Devan Marry at 171 pounds, while Cody Walden was also 5-0 at 189 and heavyweight Zach Rieger was also 5-0 at 285 pounds.

Other Tigers doing well at the JAWS meet were James Herron at 215 pounds where he lost once to finish at 4-1 at 215 pounds. Tyler Roberts was also at 4-1 wrestling at 112 pounds. Michael Prock was also unbeaten at 3-0 at 125 pounds.

The junior varsity team was in action at Blissfield on Saturday competing against varsity teams and they were fourth of nine teams. Hudson scored 146 points behind first place Manchester with 196. Madison was second with 170 and Blissfield had 159. Tyler Mannor was the lone Hudson champion winning at 125 pounds. Dustin Mattison at 112 and Carlos Randall at 140 were second. Wyatt Spangler was third at 135 as was Gabe Lee taking third at 160. Getting fourths were Joel Duvall at 103 and Brian Sumbur at 125 pounds. Last Wednesday the JV team went to Flat Rock and beat their varsity 47-33 and also beat the Dundee JV’s 36-33. Tyler Roberts, Mattison, Mannor, Randall and Tyler Lindeman all went 2-0 on the night. This was an impressive showing by the JV’s against two strong opponents.

Boys roll to win

The Hudson Tiger varsity basketball team is out of the gate quickly this year sporting a 2-0 record after a big win on the road on Friday beating Morenci 67-52. The Tigers got ahead 15-13 after one quarter and maintained the lead at two points as it was 31-29 at halftime. It was the third quarter that saw Hudson put some distance between themselves and the Bulldogs as they won that quarter 17-7 to take a lead of 48-35 heading into the last period of play. Cold shooting hurt the Dawgs as they were just one of 12 in the quarter but that was due to solid Hudson defense also.

A good showing of 19 points in period four helped the Tigers finish strong as Morenci could only score 16 points to fall by 15 points in the non-league affair.

For the second straight game senior forward Justin Sumbur was the Tiger star as he netted 27 points to lead the offense. Bubba Williams added 17 points and Justin Boies had ten points as three Tigers hit in double figures. Burke Hart led the rebounding as he got 15 boards. Sumbur added 11 rebounds and Boies had eight boards. Point guard Adam Laughlin added nine points on three 3-point shots. Logan Milligan and Justin Ellis both scored two points each. Hudson hit four 3′s in the game as Williams had the other trifecta.

“We are off to a strong start and we need to keep playing hard,” said veteran Hudson head coach Wayne Perry.

Girls fall twice

Hudson lost to local rival Addison last Tuesday 59-41 at Addison. It was close at 10-8 with Addison up two after one period of play. By halftime however, the Panthers led 30-14 as they tacked on 20 points in the second quarter. Nineteen more Addison points made it 49-23 as Hudson got just nine in period three for its third straight quarter of single digit scoring. The Lady Tigers continued to battle scoring 18 points and holding Addison to 10 to end the game. Sam Merillat led Hudson with 18 points including a three-pointer. Katie Benschoter scored seven points, while both Emily Ladd and Ember Grames scored six each. Bailey Feekings added four points. Grames hit a three-pointer as Hudson had two 3′s compared to seven for Addison.

Hudson was 11 of 25 at the foul line with Addison going six of 11.

In the second game last week the Lady Tigers were at home against Hillsdale and fell 37-24 as both teams struggled to score. Hillsdale jumped ahead early 13-0 as they were able to keep the Hudson team from scoring at all in period one with the shutout. It was 23-9 at halftime as the Lady Tigers finally got it going somewhat. Nine more points in period three to the ten from Hillsdale made it a 33-18 score entering the final stanza. Hillsdale added on just four points as the Lady Tiger defense toughened up but Hudson could only add six itself to fall by 13 points in the non-league contest.

Merillat had seven points to lead Hudson, while Grames scored six. Benschoter had four, while Feeking added three points. Both Elisabeth Walter and Emily Ladd scored two. Hudson hit six of 16 at the foul line and Hillsdale was eight of 11. Hudson hit two 3′s with Grames and Merillat getting one each. Merillat added five rebounds and four assists, while Benschoter had five rebounds also.

Looking ahead

The holidays are approaching but the action continues for all the teams. The wrestlers will be at Temperance Bedford for an invite on Saturday, while the Hudson JV grapplers head south of the border down to the Edgerton Invite. The boys on the hardwood next play tomorrow (Friday) at Hillsdale versus the unbeaten Hornets. Jackson Christian will come to Hudson on Monday with a 7:00 start time. The girls will also play tomorrow (Friday) at home against Onsted to begin LCAA action at 7:00. The cheerleaders and the competitive season was set to start yesterday (Wednesday) at Ida for a LCAA meet. Then on Saturday Hudson heads to Onsted for an invitational. The bowlers will be hosting Onsted today (Thursday) at 4:00 at Hudson Lanes.