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JTV Sports Quick Focus: Trefry Finishes Second in State at Pole Vault

By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 6, 2022 10:56 AM) After years of tumbling all over the area in gymnastics, Michigan Center High School athlete Elle Trefry was ready for a new challenge.  Then she found the pole vault. Trefry said it was a sport that “showed off your strength.” She flashed it on Saturday finishing second in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state finals. Trefry finished second in the event with a leap of 10 feet, 6 inches. “I had a hard week of practice with shin and ankle injuries,” Trefry said. “I was also (recently) out for a week.” The MCHS athlete must love something about sports that challenge physical toughness. She participated in gymnastics for 11 years. “Gymnastics in really tough on the body,” Trefry said. “There are a lot of injuries.” Trefry started the sport of pole vaulting in seventh grade because it was different that gymnastics. But some of the power moves were still the same. She did well as a freshman, endured the COVID year of 2020, finished fifth in the state a year ago, and finished runner-up to the defending champion from Division 2 (whose school was moved down to…

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Napoleon Wins Cascades Conference Baseball Tournament

Caleb Breining of Napoleon High School concentrates on a pitch during the Cascades Conference Baseball Tournament final at Michigan Center on Monday. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (May 23, 2022 10:17 PM) Napoleon High School’s varsity baseball team may have lost the Cascades Conference baseball finals … a month ago. Michigan Center loaded the bases with only one out in the final half inning, but Jason Negus slammed the door for Napoleon with a pair of strikeouts. The Pirates defeated Michigan Center 3-2 in the conference tournament final at MCHS on Monday. Napoleon Coach Jeff Mohr said the Pirates lost a number of games like that one earlier in the season. “We are getting hot at the right time of the season,” Mohr said. “Our players are learning how to gut out wins and our seniors are stepping up.” Cascades Conference coaches decided to play single conference games this season and host a tournament the last week of the season. Grass Lake was the No. 1 overall seed, but a loss to Napoleon in the semifinal round of the tournament to turn everything upside down in the conference. Michigan Center was the No. 2…

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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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