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Six Earn Golf All-State Honors

Ben Maino. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 29, 2022 6:45 AM) Jackson County was well represented on the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association all-state teams. Six local golfers earned honors released Tuesday by the coaching association. Brady Applegate of Hanover-Horton High School and Ben Maino of East Jackson earned first-team honors as voted on by coaches.  Applegate earned a top-10 medal at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state meet. He shot a two-day total of 154 at the state meet. Maino finished one stroke behind Applegate in the race for the Cascades Conference medalist honors. He was a state-qualifier in Division 4 in 2022 and 2021.  Colin Norton of Jackson earned honorable-mention honors in Division 1. Norton finished third at the Division 1 regional tournament at Cascades Golf Course.  Ryder Pickering of Hanover-Horton earned honorable-mention honors in Division 3. Pickering helped lead the Comets to a Cascades Conference title and tied for first at the regional tournament. Nash Hanchett and Charlie Saunders of Lumen Christi earned honorable-mention honors for the Titans. The duo helped lead Lumen Christi to a third-place finish at the regional tournament and a seventh-place finish at the Division 3 state meet.  All…

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Applegate Improves to Earn State Golf Medal

By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 19, 2022  8:00 AM) Hanover-Horton High School senior Brady Applegate said a friend told him he was one stroke up heading into the final hole of the Cascades Conference tournament during the finals in May. Applegate proceeded to par the hole by keeping the ball in play and relying on his putter. That improvement has shown up this season for the HHHS golfer. Applegate tied for 10th on June 11 at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state golf tournament at the Fortress Golf Course.  He finished with rounds of 73 and 81 to tie for the last medal spot in the tournament. The Fortress, in Frankenmuth, is one of the newer golf courses in the rotation for the MHSAA. “The course is really tight and the greens are faster than anything I have played before,” Applegate said. “I played my butt off on Friday to shoot a 73.” Hanover-Horton finished 14th as a team out of 18 teams, but should have the same nucleus of golfers back in 2023.  The Comets easily won the Cascades Conference – taking all of the jamboree as the conference tournament. Applegate was in a battle…

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Cascades Baseball Moves to Conference Tournament

(May 15, 2022 9;25 PM) The first Cascades Conference baseball tournament will kick off Monday with all eight teams competing. Grass Lake was the No. 1 seed based on results from the regular season. Conference coaches voted to play single games during the regular season and hold a tournament at the end of conference play. The semifinals will be Thursday and the finals on Monday, May 23. Here is the schedule for the tournament. May 16 Vandercook at Grass Lake 4 p.m. Manchester at Napoleon winner 4 p.m. Addison at Hanover-Horton 4 p.m. East Jackson at Michigan Center 4 p.m. May 19 VCL/Grass Lake winner vs. Man/Nap winner (at higher seed) 4 p.m. Add/HH winner vs. EJ/MC winner (at higher seed) 4 p.m. VCL/GL loser vs. Man/Nap loser (at higher seed) 4 p.m. Add/HH loser vs. EJ/MC loser (at higher seed) 4 p.m. May 23 Semifinal winners in championship game (at higher seed) Consolation final (at higher seed) Third place game (at high seed) Seventh place game (at higher seed)

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Fox Provides the Arm Strength for Comets

By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (May 15, 2022 8:00 AM) If there were another James Bond movie to be made, Hanover-Horton High School baseball player Hunter Fox may star in the production. He is the man with the golden arm at Hanover-Horton. And Fox isn’t too bad at the plate. Fox is 4-0 on the mound for the Comets with 49 strikeouts so far this season. He also plays behind the plate and rarely lets runners steal on his pitchers. The results are a much improved team as the Comets are 11-5-1 so far this season. Fox says the Comets are hard to beat – if they keep their heads into the game and play solid baseball. “We have played and beaten some good teams this season,” Fox said. “When we communicate and eliminate the errors, we are a pretty good team.” The sophomore uses a solid approach at the plate. He is hitting nearly .500 with 16 RBIs and has four three-hit games for the Comets. “I take the two-strike approach – shorten up on the bat and put it in play,” Fox said.  Fox has played the game since age 5 and enjoys the comradery of teammates on…

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