Sports teams face holiday break

December 22, 2011

By Bill Mullaly

The past week was about as busy as it gets for the Hudson High School athletic teams. All six of the teams were in action. We had the two ball teams going at it on the hardwood and both lost with the boys falling to Hillsdale and the girls going down to Onsted. Three nights ago at home the boys also fell to Jackson Christian in a non-league game. The wrestlers and competitive cheers took center stage on Saturday and both came up with huge wins during invitational events. On Thursday of last week the two bowling teams were at home at Hudson Lanes with the boys winning and the girls coming up short. Here is a look at last week’s action on the mats, courts and lanes.

Wrestlers have four champs

Hudson as a team took third place at the always-tough Bedford Invite down in Temperance on Saturday but they did have four individual winners. Seniors Joel Varney at 160 pounds and classmate Devan Marry at 171 were half of the quarter that won top honors for the Tigers. Also, winning were sophomore sensation Cole Weaver at 119 pounds and another second-year wrestler Isaac Dusseau won as well taking his title at 103 pounds. Hudson had two grapplers take second with junior Zach Rieger at 285 pounds and senior Lucas Sparapani at 140 all taking second place. Getting fourth places were JD Waters at 125 pounds, while senior Cody Walden was fourth at 189 and Wyatt Spangler was fourth at 135 pounds. Roddy Hamdan was fifth at 112 pounds.

Cheers win at Onsted

Hudson won the Division 4 title at the Onsted meet on Saturday with 641 points. Napoleon, Manchester and Madison were all second to Hudson with 576 points. Hudson scored 208 in round one, 178 in the second round and 255 in the third and final round. Adrian won the Division 2-3 title at the same meet with Onsted third in that group, however Adrian scored only 608 points. Three days earlier in the season opener at Ida things didn’t turn out as well with Hudson taking second to host Ida in the first action of the winter season.

Boys fall to Hornets and Royals

Three nights ago Hudson went down to defeat on the home floor against the Royals losing 70-56. The game was tied at 14-all after one quarter but by halftime it was JC on top 33-28. The Royals upped the lead to 48-40 after three periods of play. The visitors had an edge of 22-16 in the final quarter to win by 14 points at Hudson. The Tigers were led by Justin Sumbur with a game-high 27 points. Sophomore Daniel Komarynski, who was called up for his first game on the varsity from the junior varsity, scored 10 points and all of those came in the second half. “Dan played very well for his first game on the varsity,” said Tiger head coach Wayne Perry. Others scoring for Hudson were Bubba Williams with seven points, Burke Hart with five, Logan Milligan had four and Adam Laughlin added three. Sumbur led in rebounding with 12 and Hart grabbed ten boards. Williams led with three steals, while Laughlin led with seven assists. Williams and freshman Shay McDaniel both added three assists. The Tigers were without center Justin Boies who was out sick.

It was host Hillsdale winning 70-54 over Hudson on Friday night in the “Battle of the Market Houses.”

The Tigers were close for the entire game but could never catch the Hornets. It was a slim lead of 16-15 for the host team after one period of play. By halftime the lead had grown to 35-25 with Hillsdale ahead. After three quarters it was Hillsdale still on top 55-40. An advantage of 15-14 in the last quarter saw the home team take the win by 16 points. Leading the Tigers in scoring was Sumbur with 19 points, while both Williams and Boies had 10 points each.Laughlin had seven points, Milligan scored six and Hart added two points. Hillsdale had four players in double digits including Jimmy Chase, son of former Tiger head baseball coach Scott Chase, with 11 points. Hudson hit 16 of 25 free throws to 23 of 37 for the host team. Hudson made four 3-point shots with Williams making two, while both Laughlin and Milligan had one apiece. Hillsdale made three with Chase having one of them. The Tigers are now 2-2 overall on the season with all of the games being non-league.

Girls fall to Lady Cats’

Hudson had big problems at Onsted falling behind 20-5 after one quarter on its way to a lopsided 49-22 defeat. It was 33-7 at the half and by the end of three quarters it was Onsted on top 41-14. Hudson was led in scoring by senior sharpshooter Sam Merillat as she hit three 3-pointers among her team-high 15 points. Emily Ladd, Bailey Feekings and Ashley Monahan all scored two points for Hudson. Ember Grames added a single point. Hudson was a dismal one of nine at the foul line and Onsted just three of seven. Merillat hit the only 3-point shots of the game as Onsted didn’t make any. Merillat added four rebounds, while Katie Benschoter added three assists and Monahan had three steals. Hudson falls to 1-3 on the season and they are now 0-1 with this being the LCAA opener for 2011-12.

Boys win on lanes

At home on the alley of Hudson Lanes it was the Tigers winning 17-13 and the high game for the boys team came from senior Jeffrey Graham with a strong outing shooting a 203 for the best Hudson performance of the day. The win improves the team to 2-1 overall and that is the same mark in the Lenawee-Washtenaw Conference.

Girls fall on the lanes

Hudson was not able to get past Onsted as they suffered a rough loss 23-7. Hannah Schoonover had the best game for the Lady Tigers with a score of 160 and Kaitlin Janik rolled a score of 156. Hudson is now 0-4 on the season and 0-3 in the Lenawee-Washtenaw Conference.

Holiday Schedules

The holidays may be approaching but that doesn’t mean it’s vacation time for the teams as some of them will be busy during the next two weeks. The Tiger grapplers will be at Richmond on Wednesday the 28th and will then wrestle the next morning at the annual Oxford Invite on the 29th. The boys basketball team will compete in the second annual Siena Heights Holiday Classic on Wednesday the 28th at 6:00 versus Lenawee Christian. Then on Friday the 30th they take on the winner of the Addison-Madison game or if Hudson loses to LCS they play the loser of Addison-Madison. The two bowling teams will host the annual Hudson Invite on Thursday, December 29th at Hudson Lanes. Competition is set to start at 8:00 am. The girls basketball team will next play on January 5th at home versus LCS. The cheerleading team will be at Blissfield for LCAA competition on January 4th. Happy Holidays to all of our loyal readers!