2010 brings titles, new events to sports scene
Compiled by Mike Metzger
From District championships to the inaugural Higgins Lake Sunrise Run, athletes in Roscommon County had a busy year. The Resorter highlighted some of the notable athletic items since January.
The Roscommon High School varsity wrestling squad earned its 11th straight team District championship and seventh straight Jack Pine Conference championship.
The Bucks then went on to win the Regional team title qualifying them for the state tournament in which they fell to Richmond in the quarterfinals to make them one of the top eight teams in Division 3.
Seven Bucks qualified for the individual wrestling regionals with three earning their way into the state tournament. Seniors Eric Meyer and Matt Compo brought home bronze medals from the Palace of Auburn Hills. Dustin Noryeko was the other Buck competing.
The Houghton Lake High School varsity cheerleading squad set a new Cheer on the Lake record of 732.358 points. The Bobcat cheerleaders also qualified for the MHSAA Regionals. The JV squad accumulated a perfect 10-0 record on the season.
HLHS 2004 graduate Michael Valdez returned to help coach the Houghton Lake wrestling squad in which junior Ethan Gerdes finished the season with a 35-7 record.
Roscommon senior Grant Carey helped the Bucks boys’ basketball squad to a district run reaching 1,705 total career points. He also set a RHS record for most points in a season scoring 565 points.
Houghton Lake High School assistant football coach Leonard Natkowski earned the assistant coach of the year award given out by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.
Five Houghton Lake Youth Wrestlers placed at the Youth State Wrestling Tournament. Evan Hall came home with a championship medal while Greyson Tyrrell placed second. Joe Sharrow, David Johnson and Harrison Fulco finished third.
The Roscommon High School varsity girls’ basketball squad earned a 40-38 victory in the district round of play over Houghton Lake. However, the Bucks would fall to Petoskey in the next game of the season ending their run in the state tournament.
Kirtland Community College opened a poll on their Facebook page to come up with a new Mascot. “Sparky” was picked and is now the official mascot of KCC Athletics.
RHS track-stars Olivia Lopez and Eric Rowland both qualified for the MHSAA state tournament. Lopez qualified in the 100m and 200m while Rowland qualified for the 400m.
Houghton Lake golfer Colton Matteson qualified for the state golf tournament in which he shot a 170.
RHS Football coach Don McKindles resigned and was replaced by Dan Benkert.
Nearly 400 people competed at the Higgins Lake Sunrise Run, an event that featured a half-marathon around Higgins Lake.
Houghton Lake High School girls’ basketball coach Eric Drogt resigned from coaching the Bobcats. Former HLHS graduate and Michigan State University basketball player Cheri Euler took the helm of the Bobcats this season.
Limberlost had a perfect 14-0 record in the Houghton Lake Men’s Slo-pitch Softball league to earn the upper-division championship. Firehouse won the lower-division championship with a 13-1 record.
Houghton Lake’s football squad won the “Little Brown Jug” with their 48-14 victory over rival Roscommon.
The RHS JV football squad finished the season 8-1, one victory away from a perfect season.
Houghton Lake’s Robby Moore and Roscommon’s Collin Lake were two county athletes competing in two MHSAA varsity sports at one time. Both were members on their respective schools’ soccer and football squads.
The Roscommon High School varsity volleyball squad won the JPC title going a perfect 18-0 on the season. All four of the seniors on the squad earned JPC All-conference honors. The Bucks ended their season with a regional championship loss to Cadillac.
The cross-country squads of Roscommon had competitors at the state meet held at Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn. The Boys’ sent their team to the meet while Haley Rohde was the lone lady Buck.
Houghton Lake High School varsity football coach Floyd Carter learned that his contract will not be renewed for next season. There is currently no replacement for Carter.
Both the Houghton Lake varsity girls and boys squads played a nonconference contest against Lake City on the home court of the Detroit Pistons, the Palace of Auburn Hills.