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Six Earn All-State Honors in Soccer

Macie Mullins By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 29, 2022 8:26 PM) Six local high school soccer players from four Jackson County teams were named all-state as voted on by members of the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association. Macie Mullins of Columbia Central was named to the third team in Division 3 as a defensive player. Mullins and Columbia Central gave up only one goal in winning a Division 3 district title. The Golden Eagles finished the season with a 13-4-2 record. Ryann Locke of Springport was named to the honorable-mention team as a forward. Locke scored 60 goals for Springport during a 9-4-1 season. In Division 4, Reese Kelly was named as a second-team player for Lumen Christi. Kelly led the Titans in scoring this season as a forward. Midfielder Ryan McCormick was named to the third team for Lumen Christi. The Titans advanced to the Division 4 district final before losing to Lansing Christian. Freshman Kathleen Doane was named as an honorable-mention player for Lumen Christi. She led the Titans in steals this season from her defender position. Grass Lake player Kylin Heidrich was also named to the honorable-mention team. She was the top scorer for the…

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Ten Jackson County Athletes Earn Softball All-State Honors

Elisse Omey, Napoleon.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 22, 2022 3:59 PM) Ten softball players from Jackson County earned all-state honors as voted on by members of the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association. Five members of the Grass Lake High School team, three from Northwest and two from Napoleon earned all-state honors in Divisions 2 and 3.  Freshman Emily Brown, junior Emily Guthrie, and sophomore Olivia Turner earned first-team all-state honors for the Warriors in Division 3. Grass Lake won its first regional title since 2005 and posted a 38-4 record on the season. Elisse Omey of Napoleon also earned first-team all-state honors at second base. First baseman Katelyn Postuma and catcher Bree Salts of Grass Lake earned honorable mention honors in Division 3. They are joined by Raye Burke of Napoleon who was voted in as a pitcher. Northwest High School had three all-state players in a season where the Mounties advanced to the Michigan High School Athletic Association quarterfinals in Division 2 and posted a 39-4 record. Pitcher Nevaeh Ingram earned first-team all-state honors after striking out 376 batters and posting an ERA of 0.54 on the season. She also…

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Area Teams Bow Out of Softball Quarterfinals

Campbell Kloack of Northwest High School recorded a pair of hits in the Mounties’ 1-0 loss to Stevensville Lakeshore in the MHSAA Division 2 softball quarterfinals.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 14, 2022 8:20 PM) Two area teams lost by a total of two runs in quarterfinal action on Tuesday at a pair of locations. Northwest High School lost a heart-breaker to Stevensville Lakeshore 1-0 at Kalamazoo College in Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 action. Grass Lake fell to Algonac 5-4 at Adrian College in Division 3 quarterfinal action. The difference between Northwest winning 1-0 or losing 1-0 came down to a pair of calls.  Lakeshore scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a hit, error, sacrifice, and a pair of strikeouts. On the second strikeout, the catch dropped the ball and the runner raced home from third base. NWHS Coach Alicia Mobley said both her catcher and pitcher said the third strike was fouled off, not dropped by the catcher. “The umpire stated she (the batter) was six to eight inches from the ball,” Mobley said.  A Northwest runner was called out at home on an…

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Strong Defense, Pitching Leads Grass Lake to Regional Title

Grass Lake High School softball pitcher Katelyn Postuma concentrates on her pitch during the MHSAA Division 3 softball regional tournament at Sand Creek High School on Saturday.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 11, 2022 9:29 PM) Last year the Grass Lake High School softball team had a number of the same players on the squad, but not the experience. A year off due to COVID made 2021 the first varsity season for a number of players. Grass Lake is making up for lost time in 2022. The Warriors won their first regional title since 2005 with a pair of wins at Sand Creek High School. Grass Lake defeated Dundee 6-0 in the opening game, then opened things up with a 16-1 win over Jonesville in the championship game.  The Warriors advance to the Division 3 quarterfinals at Adrian College on Tuesday. Grass Lake will face Algonac at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinal round. Laney Brown earned the pitching win for Grass Lake in game one. She pitched all seven innings for the Warriors, striking out 10 batters and allowing only four hits.  Brown also did it at the plate with four hits and…

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