OHS girls win D League title
Onekama boys 2nd; Brethren takes 2nd, 3rd

BRETHREN — The procedure has been pretty typical the last several seasons: the Onekama girls wrap up a West Michigan D League title and take one last 400-meter jog around the oval.

On Wednesday, however, Onekama accepted its trophy and stayed in one place.

Sure, there were celebratory hugs, and plenty of opportunity to pose for photos with the new hardware.

But there was a sense that the Portagers are holding out for a victory lap. Their job isn’t done yet.

“We’re feeling awesome,” senior Jaylee Brown said of the league win. “I think this meet kind of boosts up our confidence for the important ones coming up: regionals and state.

“We really want to be regional champs again,” she added. “It came as a surprise last year, so now that we know we still have the people to do it, that’s what we’re shooting for.”

The reigning regional champion Onekama girls topped the seven-team field in Brethren Wednesday with 216 points to add to three previous league jamboree wins this season to capture a clean sweep of the title. The Brethren girls were next with 127 points to lock up its consistent second-place slot this season.

Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy took the crown in boys action with 203 points while Onekama (121) placed second and Brethren (109) third overall.

“Our kids are still very excited,” said Onekama girls coach Bonnie Brown, motioning to her team’s hoist of the trophy. “Even though we’ve been winning (the league jamborees) through the year, this still means a lot to them.”

Onekama’s Breanna Fink won the 100-meter dash (13.49); Kelly Babcock won the 1,600 (6:10.53); Taylor Anderson won the 400 (1:06.01); Moerdyk won the 800 (2:40.75); Meredith Hengy won the 200 (28.68); Keena Gilbert won the 3,200 (13:16.78); Faith Moerdyk won the high jump (4-8); and Nisha Collins won the long jump (15-5 1/2). The Portagers also won the 400-, 1,600 and 3,200-meter relay events.

Brethren had some standout performances on the day as well, and coach Melissa Baker was most impressed with her team’s continued improvement.

“Their times keep improving and even against the Onekama girls that they’ve been behind, they’re getting closer and closer,” she said of the Bobcat girls. “I wish the wind would have been going the other way today to help them out, but overall I felt we did well.”

Brethren’s 800-meter relay team of Emily Krause, Annie MacNeil, Mia Sacksteder and Haley Wade took the lone top spot for the Bobcats in the time of 2:06.54 while Krause took a pair of individual second-place spots in the 100-meter hurdles (18.55) and 300-meter hurdles (53.70).

MacNeil placed second in the high jump (4-4) for Brethren while Emily Modjeski took third in the 400 (1:16.70) and Danielle Johnson placed third in the 800 (3:07.91).

Onekama won in every event but three. Jaylee Brown led the way with three individual top spots, including the pole vault, in which she broke her own school record with a vault of 10-foot-4. Brown also won both hurdle events in times of 17.68 (100-meter) and 53.50 (300-meter).

The Onekama boys won five events in their second place effort, despite being a bit shorthanded due to injuries.

“Battling the injuries that we’ve had, we did well,” said Onekama coach Anthony Torres. “Now it’s about regionals, and trying to get as many kids to state as possible. We took six last year, so we’re looking to take the same if not more.”

The Portagers won three of four relay events, placing first in the 400, 800 and 3,200. Onekama’s Drew Slevin won the 110-meter hurdles in 17.48 while Tyler Fogarty placed first in pole vault with a vault of 12-6.

Brethren was also missing a few key pieces due to illness Wednesday, but Bobcat boys coach Travis Walker was pleased with the effort.

“I don’t know what the point differential would have been, but we were missing two guys today that would have really made up some of that. Not only that, but would have allowed us to shift some things around,” he said. “But you know, we still wanted to perform well today and I thought we did. The guys that were here had some really good performances.”

Brethren’s Andrew Darling finished the day as league champion in the 300-meter hurdles, placing first in the time of 44.58. Dylan Richardson took second in the 1,600-meter run (4:55.07) while Blaine Peck was runner up in pole vault (10-6) and John Cullar placed second in long jump (18-9 1/2). Brethren’s 1,600-meter relay team also finished in the runner-up spot.

“Darling has been consistent in (the 300 hurdles) all season,” Walker said. “And Dylan Richardson, this is his third time he’s run with us this year because he plays baseball, but he helps us where he can and he turned in a great mile today for second.

“Cullar’s second in long jump is a great place too,” he added. “To place that high in the group of jumpers we have in the league is great.”

Jaylee Breaks her own Vault Record

Posted by Dylan Savela,
Manistee News Advocate
May 9, 2012







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