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Vikings News · Top Stories This Week in the MHSAA


The following is a compilation of top stories from this week surrounding high school sports in Michigan gathered by our friends at MHSAA Second Half (source)

 

Volleyball:

1. A weather delay pushed this Regional Final to Friday, and No. 7 Rudyard rose to a challenge coming back from dropping the first set to down Pellston in four in Class D – Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

2.  Also pushed to Friday, honorable mention Munising came back after losing the first two sets to defeat Carney-Nadeau in five in Class D – Escanaba Daily Press A weather delay pushed this Regional Final to Friday, and No. 7 Rudyard rose to a challenge coming back from dropping the first set to down Pellston in four in Class D – Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

3.  Novi’s Erin O’Leary was named this season’s Miss Volleyball Award winner on the eve of her team’s Class A Quarterfinal against honorable mention Temperance Bedford; Novi is the reigning champ and ranked No. 2 – Observer & Eccentric

4. Class C top-ranked Bronson is plenty familiar with tonight’s Quarterfinal opponent, No. 2 Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central – Sturgis Journal

5. Class B No. 4 Niles is hoping to add to its first District and Regional titles with a first Quarterfinal win, over No. 3 Lake Odessa Lakewood – Niles Daily Star

6. Class A No. 3 Grand Rapids Christian downed top-ranked Rockford in the Regional, a big step as the Eagles pursue their first MHSAA championship in the sport with No. 4 DeWitt up next – FOX17

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Girls Golf:

Traverse City West’s Anika Dy was named Miss Golf for the second time by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association – Traverse City Record-Eagle

 

Cross Country:

Coldwater’s Shuaib Aljabaly and Lansing Catholic’s Olivia Theis were named Mr. Cross Country and Miss Cross County, respectively, by the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association – Coldwater Daily Reporter

 

Hockey:

1. The first games of the season can be played today, and Petoskey is among teams anticipating a return to the ice – Petoskey News-Review

2. As part of its hockey preview, the Livingston Daily Press & Argus highlighted Mr. Hockey candidates Josh Albring of Hartland and Adam Conquest of Brighton – Livingston Daily Press & Argus

3. Allen Park Cabrini enjoyed a productive opener, downing Flat Rock/Airport 6-2 – Southgate News Herald

 

Girls Swimming & Diving:

1. Honorable mention Spring Lake will send 10 athletes to the Lower Peninsula Division 3 Finals, including three divers – Grand Haven Tribune

2. Hamilton standout Paige Kuhn is banking on a strong finish in the final meet of her high school career – Holland Sentinel

3. Gaylord sophomore Grace Wambier is a school record holder and hopes to add to her accomplishments at the Division 3 Finals – Gaylord Herald Times

4. No. 7 Brighton is aiming to claim the Division 1 team championship with arguably its strongest assemblage of experienced contenders under coach Jason Black – Livingston Daily Press & Argus

 

Boys Soccer: 

Longtime coach Thaier Mukhtar has resigned as Fraser’s boys coach with nearly 600 wins there and at Warren DeLaSalle – MLive-Detroit

 

Boys Basketball:

We’ve posted a few girls basketball previews, and this look at Holland West Ottawa is the first boys hoops story we’ve seen this fall; practice began Monday – FOX17

 

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Multiple Teams · Grayling High School Girls Varsity Volleyball falls to Gladwin High School 3-0


Thursday, November 2, 2017

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The Grayling Varsity Volleyball team saw their season come to an end in the MHSAA 62-B District Finals on Thursday, November 2 at Harrison High School. The Lady Vikes played hard but could not overcome Gladwin losing in straight sets (16-25, 17-25, 17-25).

The Varsity Volleyball team finished the season 12-27-6 but will return a lot of key players as well as gain some very talented underclassman from the JV team.

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Multiple Teams · Grayling High School Girls Varsity Volleyball beat Standish Sterling Central High School 3-0


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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The Grayling Varsity Volleyball team earned a berth in the MHSAA 62-B District Final with a win over Standish Sterling in straight sets (25-13, 25-19, 25-16) on Wednesday, November 1.

The Lady Vikes will face off against Gladwin in the district finals on Thursday, November 2 at Harrison High School. The game starts at 6:00pm.

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Multiple Teams · Grayling High School Varsity Football falls to Reed City High School 54-8


Friday, October 27, 2017

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The Grayling Varsity Football team saw their season come to end with a 54-8 loss to Reed City in the MHSAA Division 5 Region 1 District 2 Pre-District game on Friday, October 27 at Reed City High School. The Vikings had trouble stopping the running game giving up over 400 yards on the ground and the offense struggled to get anything going turning the ball over five times in the first half.

Reed City would started the game off with a bang scoring on five of their six possessions in the first half and they also added an interception return for a touchdown. On their opening drive Reed City drove it 71 yards down the field and scored on a 9 yard run. Grayling turned it over on downs on their opening possession and Reed City would quickly capitalize moving the ball 50 yards down the field on just two plays to take a 14-0 lead. A promising Viking drive on their next possession ended in a turnover but Reed City was unable to capitalize on the interception going four and out on their next drive. The Vikings would turn it over on their next possession leading to another Reed City touchdown. This one came on on a eight yard touchdown run to put them up 22-0 with about 10 minute left in the first half. A long kickoff return by Zack Osga was quickly wiped out as Reed City intercepted an errant pass from Justin Nicholas on the next possession and returned it for a touchdown to put them up 30-0. After another Viking turnover on their next possession Reed City scored on a 19 yard run to take a 38-0 lead. Grayling could not get anything going on their next possession turning it over on downs. Reed City once again took advantage moving the ball 70 yards down the field in just four plays, scoring on a 45 yard touchdown run. Grayling could not muster anything on their next possession and went into the half trailing 46-0.

The second half started with running clock and the Vikings could not get anything going on their opening possession turning it over on downs. Reed City would score on their opening possession of the half on a short touchdown run that was set up by a 54 yard run to put the score at 54-0. On their next possession Grayling would finally get onto the scoreboard on a short run by Justin Nicholas to put the score at 54-8 with about 10 minutes left in the game. Neither team could do anything the rest of the game putting the final score at Reed City 54, Grayling 8.

Reed City halfback Phillip Jones was a force to be reckon with rushing for 187 yards and four touchdowns on just 15 carries. Grayling quarterback Justin Nicholas had 153 yards passing, 63 yards rushing and one touchdown. Justin Nicholas finished the 2017 season with 3,188 passing yards (1st in school history and 15th most in MHSAA history for a single season) and 40 total touchdowns (1st in school history and tied for 15th most in MHSAA history for a single season).

The Varsity Football team finishes the season 6-4. Coach Sanchez wrapped up the season season saying, “We are extremely happy with how our guys played this season. The expectations were low as we were supposed to be in a “rebuilding” year. These guys wanted more and worked for it. To make the playoffs, and set some historic records, makes for a memorable season.”

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Multiple Teams · Grayling High School Varsity Football beat Kalkaska High School 50-33


Friday, October 20, 2017

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The Grayling Varsity Football team beat rival Kalkaska 50-33 on Friday, October 20 to earn ultimate bragging rights and a spot in the MHSAA Division 5 playoffs. The playoff berth is the Vikings 12th since 2000 and 7th since 2010.

Kalkaska was looking to play the spoiler as they had already been eliminated from the playoffs but a victory would seal the fate of the Vikings as well. Both teams opened the game on a tear as Grayling scored on their on all five of their possessions and Kalkaska scored on three of their five possessions. Grayling would start the scoring on their opening possession on a 27 yard touchdown pass from Justin Nicholas to Chris Hunter. The Vikings would convert the two point conversion to put them up 8-0. After a Kalkaska turnover on downs the Vikings quickly drove down the field and scored on a 31 yard touchdown pass from Justin Nicholas to Zack Osga. With about 7 minutes left in the first quarter the Vikings led 14-0. Kalkaska would answer on their next possession to bring the score within a touchdown, scoring on a 27 yard touchdown pass on 4th down. The Blazers kicked the ball out of bounds on the kickoff setting up Grayling with perfect field position. The Vikings would easily capitalize on the field position scoring on a 9 yard pass from Justin Nicholas to Jacob Farmer to put the score at 22-7. Kalkaska would answer once again on their next possession scoring on a 13 yard run to bring the score to 22-14 with about 8 minutes left in the first half. The Vikings, not to be outdone, scored on their next possession on a 28 yard pass from Justin Nicholas to Chris Hunter. The Blazers would answer the Vikings with another touchdown of their own, this time scoring on a 17 yard touchdown pass to put the score at 28-21 with two minutes left in the first half. The Vikings would cap of the crazy first half with another score of their own. Again it would come on a touchdown pass from Justin Nicholas to Chris Hunter. The score at halftime was Grayling 36, Kalkaska 21.

After a Blazer turnover on downs to start the second half, Grayling quickly marched down the field and scored on a short two yard touchdown pass from Justin Nicholas to Logan Joseph. Kalkaska would once again turn it over on downs on their next possession and who would have guessed it but it led to another Viking touchdown. This time it came on another short touchdown pass from Justin Nicholas to Logan Joseph. After exchanging possessions, the Blazers would finally get on the board in the second half, scoring on a one yard run to put the score at 50-27 with about ten minutes left in the game. Grayling came up just short of a touchdown on their next possession turning it over on downs on Kalkaska’s three yard line. The Blazers took this opportunity to drive it 97 yards down the field on 14 plays to bring the score to 50-33 with four minutes left in the game. Each team would exchange possessions on their next drives to end the game.

Justin Nicholas finished the game with 372 yards passing a seven touchdowns to move him just under 200 yards away from breaking the school’s all-time single season passing yards mark held by Jimmy Osga. Logan Joseph had 8 receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns, Chris Hunter had three receptions for 67 yards and three touchdowns, Zack Osga had 47 yards rushing and caught 5 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Parker Dole had 14 tackles and one sack, Jordan Harris had 11 tackles and two sacks, Justin Youngblood had 10 tackles, and Tyler Withers had 7 tackles and a sack. Rickey Heavner, Logan Joseph, Jacob Macfalda also had 7 tackles a piece and and Eli Jackson, Jesse Book, and Miguel Quinones each had six tackles.

The Varsity Football team travels to Reed City High School to open the MHSAA Division 5 playoffs. The game will be on Friday, October 27 at 7:00pm.

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Multiple Teams · Grayling High School Junior Varsity Football beat Kalkaska High School 51-12


Thursday, October 19, 2017

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The Grayling JV Football team finished up their season with a 51-12 victory over rival Kalkaska. The Vikings could do whatever they want offensively against Kalkaska racking up 438 of total offense (274 rushing yards, 164 passing yards)

On offense, Hunter Ventline had 164 yards passing and two touchdowns. Bradley Trosper rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown and caught 3 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Keigan Garnett had 81 yards rushing and two touchdowns and Max Halstead had 52 yards rushing and two touchdowns. On defense, Max Halstead had 5 tackles, and Drew Kanary and Darrin Hawes each had 4 tackles.

The JV Football team finishes the season on a three game winning streak to put their overall record at 4-5.


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Multiple Teams · Grayling High School Girls Varsity Volleyball falls to Cheboygan High School 3-0


Thursday, October 19, 2017

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The Grayling Varsity Volleyball team lost their last home game of the year to Cheboygan 3-0 on Thursday, October 20.

The Varsity Volleyball team hosts the LMC Championship on Saturday, October 21.


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Multiple Teams · Grayling High School Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball falls to Cheboygan High School 2-1


Thursday, October 19, 2017

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The Grayling JV Volleyball team played their last home game of the season against Cheboygan on Thursday, October 19. The team eventually lost 2-1 (14-25, 25-14, 10-15).

The Lady Vikes lost the first set but had a much improved second game to even the game at 1-1. They could not complete the comeback in the third set losing by five points.

Stats for the Cheboygan match include:

  • Jenna Schwartz 1 kill and 7 assists
  • Kyah Birdsall 1 kill and 3 assists
  • Emma Mertes 2 aces, 1 kill, and 1 block
  • Jordyn Schwartz 1 kill and 1 block
  • Jasmine Denton 2 aces
  • Hannah Childers 1 kill
  • Isabel Duba 1 assist
  • Haley Hayes 1 assist

The JV Volleyball team finishes out their season with a tri at Gaylord on Monday, October 23.

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Boys Varsity Soccer · Grayling High School Boys Varsity Soccer falls to Boyne City High School 4-3


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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The Grayling Boys Soccer team lost a tough one in the MHSAA District Semi-Finals to Boyne City 4-3.

Anthony Harrington, Gabe Nano and Mason Manning each scored a goal for the Vikings.

The Vikings finished the season with a 9-6-3 record.


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Multiple Teams · Grayling High School Girls Varsity Volleyball beat Kalkaska High School 3-0


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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The Grayling Vikings wrapped up conference play with a win over Kalkaska in straight sets on Tuesday, October 17.

The Girls finish the regular season in 4th place (3-4) in the conference and host Cheboygan on Thursday, October 19. The game starts at 7:00pm.