Day: June 9, 2021

At the top: Beckrow, Alderson and Lemke win individual state championships

At the top: Beckrow, Alderson and Lemke win individual state championships

The Thumb area had a great showing at the Michigan High School Athletic Association track and field finals Saturday. Frankenmuth’s boys’ team captured the Division 2 state championship in Zeeland. The title is the first for the Eagles since 2011.
The Eagles earned the title with a score of 45.8 points, edging Flint Powers Catholic (42 points).
“It came down to the mile relay,” said Frankenmuth coach Luke Sheppard. “We knew we had to outscore Flint Powers by four points. We had calculated the numbers, gone over every possibility, but now it was up to the boys to bring it home.
“This team ran the perfect race, finished second, and outscored Powers by seven points to allow us to hoist the Division 2 trophy.”

A dream come true: USA’s Bentley Alderson is state champ in the 1,600-meter

A dream come true: USA’s Bentley Alderson is state champ in the 1,600-meter

HUDSONVILLE  — Unionville-Sebewaing Area track-and-field runner Bentley Alderson had to pinch himself standing as the champion on the podium Saturday.

The senior won the 1,600-meter run with a personal-best time of 4:23.75 at the Division 4 track and field state finals at Baldwin Middle School in Hudsonville.

“It was my dream to become number one,” he said. “The season got canceled last year, so I had one opportunity to do it and I didn’t want to mess it up. I wanted to capture this dream.

Ulewicz dazzles as Cardinals win second straight district title

Ulewicz dazzles as Cardinals win second straight district title

BROWN CITY — The Kingston softball team took down a conference foe on the way to winning a Division 4 district championship here on Friday.
The Cardinals knocked out their North Central Thumb League Stars division rival Peck 5-3 in the second game of the afternoon. Brown City defeated Marlette in the opening game 16-13 to earn a spot in the championship game.
Kingston went on to defeat the host Green Devils in a 12-2 mercy shortened title game.
“I can’t even put it into words how happy I am,” Kingston coach Rob St. George said. “We played a couple of good teams here today. We knew Peck was going to be tough because we played them close twice before, but we had no idea how the other two (Brown City and Marlette) were going to be.”

Lemke leaps to gold in first track season

Lemke leaps to gold in first track season

HUDSONVILLE  — Kingston senior Ronnie Lemke had no intentions of joining the track and field team after his final season of basketball was halted due to COVID-19.

Fast forward 10 weeks and Lemke is a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state champion. The 5-foot-11 Lemke, in his first season of varsity track and field, leaped 6-foot-8 to win the high jump title Saturday at Baldwin Middle School in Hudsonville.

He edged out Finn Hogan of Maple City Glen Lake, who won the silver with a jump of 6-7.

Beckrow raises the bar, wins state title

Beckrow raises the bar, wins state title

JENISON  — Cass City’s Madison Beckrow reached new heights Saturday.

The senior pole vaulter posted 11-feet-3-inches to not only win the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state title, but also set a new school record. The previous Red Hawk record was 10-7.

“At the beginning of the season I started out really well,” said Beckrow. “I didn’t have a lot of practice going into the first meet at Caro and I ended up getting a personal record of 9-9. I then was able to jump 10-feet and after that I started dropping off a little bit.