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Multiple Teams · Bonner Breaks Portage Meet Record With Personal Best!

Bonner, Beadlescomb win at Portage

Paul Costanzo, Times Herald 6:50 p.m. EDT October 10, 2015

The area’s best cross country runners showed Saturday they just may be the state’s best cross country runners.

Port Huron’s Rachel Bonner and Algonac’s Morgan Beadlescomb won their respective races at the Portage Invitational, and did so with stunningly fast, personal-best times.

Bonner won the Division 1 girls race in a course-record time of 17 minutes, 15.9 seconds. Beadlescomb won the Division 2 boys race with a time of 14:58.

“It’s a great day out here,” Bonner said. “I was very blessed to have a great day with great competition.”

Bonner finished about 4 seconds ahead of Madison Troy of Grandville while chopping nearly 30 seconds off her previous personal best. She broke the previous course record – set by Julia Bos of Grand Rapids Christian in 2012 – by 3.2 seconds.

Beadlescomb’s race was even closer, as he edged Corunna’s Noah Jacobs by 1 second. Beadlescomb and Jacobs split the 1,600 and 3,200 track titles a year ago, and now both are among the top 10 runners in the country.

“(The state meet) is going to be close,” Beadlescomb said. “I honestly do (enjoy that). We had a pretty big pack up until about the 2-mile mark, and that was fun. Division 2 is going to be the division to watch this year.”

St. Clair finished sixth as a team in Division 2, led by a personal best from Jack Keais, who finished 12th at 16:03, putting himself onto the school’s top 10 board. Brendan Parr (39th, 16:39) and Derek LaDuke (49th, 16:48) also medaled for the Saints, who had their top five runners under 17. Walker Child ran 16:56 and Josh Williams ran 16:59.

“Some days you get a fast course with that type of competition, and the weather was absolutely perfect,” St. Clair coach Jon Davidson said. “We’re pretty happy with being top 10. Fremont is going to be untouchable. Their fifth man ran 16:19.

Marlette’s Eric Poth placed 16th in the Division 3 boys race with a time of 16:16, a personal best.

Port Huron Northern’s Jack Gillespie ran 16:52 in the Division 1 race, while teammate Tyler Champenoy ran 17:06. Ashley Defrain ran 19:52 for the Northern girls.

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Multiple Teams · Bonner, St. Clair boys triumph at Marysville invite

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Port Huron’s Rachel Bonner runs during the Marysville Invitational cross country meet Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Marysville City Park.  JEFFREY M. SMITH, TIMES HERALD

Paul Costanzo, Times Herald8:02 p.m. EDT October 8, 2015  
Bonner, St. Clair boys triumph at Marysville invite

Rachel Bonner owns the Marysville Invitational.

Well, she owns most races, really, but the final meeting of most of the teams in the Blue Water Area has been dominated by Bonner since her sophomore year. On Thursday, the Port Huron senior won the race for the third straight time, finishing with a time of 19 minutes, 10 seconds, 44 seconds ahead of St. Clair’s Gabby Morton who finished second.

“This is like the last time I face all the people in the area, and these are the people that have seen me since my freshman year,” Bonner said. “They’ve been in our jamborees, and all of the smaller invites when I first started winning and finding that I was coming up in the sport. It’s just really cool to come here again, every year. This is just a cool atmosphere.”

Bonner’s time was the fastest she’s run at the Marysville Invitational, a good sign that the work she’s doing to peak in November is working. She’ll get a better idea of that on Saturday, however, when she runs in the ultra-competitive Portage Invitational, which she won a year ago.

“It’s a lot of base training, strong base training and uses races like this as tempos and really focusing on a couple races where I know I want to run fast,” Bonner said. “There’s a lot of girls (at Portage) that have already ran very fast. It won’t be easy. Last year, with a mile to go, I took it and had the lead. It’s a different year, so you never know what can happen.

“A lot of the girls who were freshmen last year are now sophomores and they have experience, so now they’re going to be tough.”

St. Clair’s boys are also looking for a strong showing at Portage, and like Bonner, managed to dominate their race. The Saints put all seven runners in the top 11, led by a 1-2 finish from Jack Keais (16:53) and Derek LaDuke (17:10). Brendan Parr was fourth (17:10), Josh Williams was sixth (17:26) and Jacob Redlawski was eighth (17:28). Collin Higgins (10th, 17:37) and Walker Child (11th, 17:39) didn’t score for the Saints, but would have been the No. 1 runner for 12 of the 15 other teams, and no lower than third for any.

“When you have two meets in a week, we just make it part of our speed training – it’s basically like a good, strong tempo run,” St. Clair coach Jon Davidson said. “We didn’t light it up with times, and I told them, ‘I don’t want you to worry about times today, I just want you to compete.’

“Seven in the top 11, I’ll take that. They got out there and competed. Now, Morgan (Beadlescomb of Algonac) wasn’t running, and the three Northern boys weren’t running, but still, they got up there and competed with who ran. I was very happy with the performance.”

The Saints finished with 21 points, 52 ahead of Yale, which placed second. The Bulldogs earned their second straight win against Croswell-Lexington, which has both Blue Water Area Conference jamborees under its belt. The Pioneers finished with 110 points.

Yale was led by Brendan Macias, who was third with a time of 17:09, as he led the non-St. Clair runners in the race. Other runners in the top 20 were Yale’s Carlos Soto (fifth, 17:23), Anchor Bay’s Michael Zedan (seventh, 17:27), Cros-Lex’s Max Whittredge (ninth, 17:34), Yale’s Andrew Vincent (12th, 17:50), Marine City’s Blaik Haney (13th, 18:02), Cros-Lex’s Jarred Jolley (14th, 18:03), Marysville’s Jacob Turpell (15th, 18:18), Almont’s Josh Phelps (16th, 18:20), Imlay City’s Paul Rodriguez (17th, 18:26), Anchor Bay’s Tyler Pulk (18th, 18:28), Port Huron Northern’s Cameron Petrossi (19th, 18:31) and Marysville’s Cody Hepinstall (20th, 18:32).

Anchor Bay won the girls team race, riding a strong front pack of Mackenzie Steveler (ninth, 20:57), Mackenzie Rahn (10th, 21:02) and Jillian Alongi (11th, 21:03). Katherine Greenberg was 22nd in 21:42 for the Tars, while Emily Westphal was 25th in 21:48.

The Tars finished with 77 points, 18 ahead of Croswell-Lexington, which bested third-place Marysville by 32 points.

Other runners in the top 20 were St. Clair’s Morgan Markel (third, 20:06), Northern’s Ashley Defrain (fourth, 20:25), Imlay City’s Camylle Velazquez-Fuentes (fifth, 20:26), Yale’s Megan Dunsmore (sixth, 20:40), Cros-Lex’s Calli Townsend (seventh, 20:45), Marysville’s Kenzie Weingartz (eighth, 20:53), Reese’s Kaitlyn TerBush (12th, 21:04), Imlay City’s Ericka Lathrop (13th, 21:04), Cros-Lex’s Miranda Cates (14th, 21:05) and Megan Cates (15th, 21:15), Lapeer’s Hannah Schultz (16th, 21:18), Marysville’s Audrey Sylvia (17th, 21:24) and Makenna Hill (18th, 21:34), and Marine City’s Samantha Bieth (19th, 21:35) and Sarah Cullimore (20th, 21:40).

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Joseph Hayes, Times Herald9:34 p.m. EDT October 9, 2015

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The Port Huron High tennis team advanced out of its regional at Grosse Pointe North with 11 points. The Big Reds were third overall behind North (24 points) and Warren Cousino (12).

Port Huron won its first round matches in all eight flights. Cameron Lee finished second overall in No. 1 singles, Joe Myers was the runner-up in No. 2 singles and Isaiah Rousey was second in No. 3 singles.

The Big Reds will travel to the Division 2 finals Oct. 16 in Holly.

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Big Reds News · All Teams Schedule: Week of October 5 – October 11

Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Port Huron High School, October 5 – October 11


October 05, 2015

12:30 PM Girls Girls Varsity Golf
St. Clair County Golf Championship
4:00 PM Boys Boys Varsity Tennis
@ Yale High School
4:30 PM Boys Fall Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
@ Marysville High School
6:00 PM Boys Fall Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Marysville High School


October 06, 2015

TBA Coed Varsity Cross Country
Memphis Invitational @ Memphis HS
5:00 PM Girls Freshman Volleyball
vs. L’Anse Creuse North High School
5:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
vs. L’Anse Creuse North High School
6:30 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball
vs. L’Anse Creuse North High School


October 07, 2015

4:00 PM Boys Freshman Football
vs. Romeo High School
4:30 PM Boys Fall Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Center Line High School
6:00 PM Boys Fall Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
@ Center Line High School


October 08, 2015

9:00 AM Girls Girls Varsity Golf
Regionals @ Heather Highlands GC
4:00 PM Coed Varsity Cross Country
Marysville Invitational @ Marysville Park
5:00 PM Girls Freshman Volleyball
vs. Sterling Heights High School
5:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
vs. Sterling Heights High School
6:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Football
vs. Romeo High School
6:30 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball
vs. Sterling Heights High School


October 09, 2015

8:00 AM Boys Boys Varsity Tennis
Regionals GPN HS Hosting
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Football
@ Romeo High School (Barnabo Field)


October 10, 2015

TBA Boys Boys Varsity Tennis
TBA Coed Varsity Cross Country
Scary Halloween Run @ Central MS
9:00 AM Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Oxford High School
8:30 AM Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Croswell-Lexington High School


October 11, 2015

No events happening


Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!

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Multiple Teams · “Once A Big Red – Always A Big Red”

Butler enjoying captaincy for Wayne State football

Matt Sheehan, Times Herald 4:46 p.m. EDT October 4, 2015

Ashawn Butler (Photo: Mark Hicks/Westside Photographic)

Ashawn Butler from two years ago would hardly recognize the man he’s become today.

When he came into Wayne State’s football program as a sophomore, he had a lot to work on – and not just on the field. He said he was too selfish, not focused on grades and just concerned about boosting his stats.

Now, as a senior defensive end, Butler has grown to not just be a strong criminal justice student, but one of four captains on the football team.

“I’m a guy that’s entirely committed to the team – I’m all in,” Butler said. “I really do consider all my teammates my brothers. And when times get hard, I want to be the guy they look to.”

Looking back, Butler is thankful that his mom, Carolyn, and Warriors coaching staff helped mold him into the go-to leader he is today. In return, Wayne State is thankful to have him on the team as a part of the defensive line of the young Warriors that are 2-3 overall.

The Warriors opened up the season with two close games, losing the first to Michigan Tech 20-15 and winning their home opener against Truman State in 21-20 fashion. The postgame celebration with the fans is something Butler will never forget as a captain.

“When you get that win, and then you get to stand up and sing the fight song with the whole school, that’s an amazing feeling,” Butler said. “I’ve seen it done before, but once you get up there it’s the best feeling in the world.”

Moving forward with the 2-3 record, Butler wants to continue to be the guy the younger players look to in tough times. That guidance couldn’t come at a better time either as Wayne State can get to .500 on Saturday when they welcome in Grand Valley State for a homecoming game under the lights.

If there’s a few pieces of advice Butler can pass down from experience, the first one is to play the game with no regrets.

The other is to always remember where you came from, something Butler will always do.

“I’m just thankful to be part of a team, and I’m thankful Wayne State gave me an opportunity to be part of their team,” Butler said. “And I’m also thankful I came from Port Huron. I’m a diehard Big Red. I’ll never stop going to those games.”

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High Flyers: Top 25 volleyball list

2. Brittany Goodwin, Port Huron:The Big Reds are not having the season they hoped for, but Goodwin has still found a way to dominate the court. Goodwin is explosive, clutch and never seems to miss an opportunity to record a kill. The Big Reds outside hitter has been a big bright spot for the Big Reds and continues to improve.  JEFFREY M. SMITH / TIMES HERALD

This year’s Top 25 Volleyball list will look much different from last year.

The top nine players from last year all graduated and with those players now gone, a new group of talented players have filled the void.

With that in mind, let’s take a list at the Top 25 volleyball players in the Blue Water Area. This list has no bearing on end of the season awards, including the Times Herald Player of the Year honor.

1. Payton Husson, Marysville: Husson is a natural choice for the top spot on this list. At 6-foot-4 she is an imposing middle hitter who seems to get better by the day. She recorded a career high 20 kills against Port Huron Northern in the last week, and with her leading the way the Vikings have a shot to compete with the best teams in the state.

2. Brittany Goodwin, Port Huron: The Big Reds are not having the season they hoped for, but Goodwin has still found a way to dominate the court. Goodwin is explosive, clutch and never seems to miss an opportunity to record a kill. The Big Reds outside hitter has been a big bright spot for the Big Reds and continues to improve.

3. Devan Valko, Marysville: With Valko, a setter, and Husson teaming together, the Vikings have a great one-two scoring punch. Valko came on strong last season and has continued to develop this season as an all-around player. The Vikings are clearly the cream of the crop in the Blue Water Area and that in large part is due to Valko, who gets the Marysville machine rolling.

4. Alexia Mason, Brown City: Mason is the second setter on this list and according to opposing coaches, she could very well end up being the best player in the area. Coaches rave about her ability and despite losing several key players, Brown City has continued to thrive with Mason setting up her teammates for success.

5. Calista Chaltron, Cardinal Mooney: If you were to describe Chaltron in a single word, it would simply be explosive. Chaltron can leap out of the gym and when she goes up for a kill, opponents mostly move out of the way. She took off last year for the Cardinals and will likely be their go-to player heading into postseason play.

6. Bailey Bowns, Marysville: No your eyes aren’t deceiving you, a third Vikings volleyball player has found their way onto the list. Bowns has been underrated because of the talent surrounding her, but she is a key player in the Vikings success. With her ability on the outside and Husson working on the inside, Marysville is an extremely tough team to match up against.

7. Taelor Frank, Marine City: Frank has made it all of the way back from a soccer injury last year and she appears to be better than ever. She has taken on an increased leadership role with the Mariners and has willed the team to several wins. Frank, who is an outside hitter and captain, has been a four-year varsity player and plays all the way around.

8. Kelsey Gustafson, Armada: The Tigers have lost a lot of talent in the past two years, but Gustafson has helped stem the tide. She is arguably the top player in the Blue Water Area Conference and has an impressive mix of size and athleticism to anchor the Tigers offense. As a middle hitter, she has been known to take over games and also has the flexibility to play on the outside.

9. Brooke Bowerman, Port Huron Northern: The Huskies have been up and down this season but Bowerman has remained consistent. As the Huskies setter, she helps start the play and has also developed well as a defender and all-around player. Not only is Bowerman a great passer, she is also a threat for a kill on any play.

10. Becki Krause, Brown City: As an outside hitter, Krause has become Brown City’s go-to player when the team needs a point. She also has become a consistent back row player. In only her junior year, she has quickly become a team leader and continues to progress each time she steps onto the court.

11. Anna Vorderbrueggen, Cardinal Mooney: The Cardinals middle hitter is an imposing force. But when paired with the aforementioned Chaltron, the one-two punch presents a difficult challenge for opponents. The Cardinals already have several impressive wins and should be headed to several more with Chaltron and Vorderbrueggen leading the way.

12. Hannah Delor, Marysville: Just a sophomore, Delor is already known for being one of the best servers in the area. She leads the Vikings in aces and in addition, she is a threat on every play as an outside attacker. It’s easy to see why the Vikings are so dominant with so much versatility in their lineup.

13. Brooke Mahn, St. Clair: Mahn has been the Saints go-to hitter nearly every game and has developed into a force as a middle hitter. She has also improved defensively and is about to position herself for blocks. With Mahn dominating the court, the Saints have taken a step forward this season and appear to be improving quickly.

14. Mikayla Morgan, Marysville: With the Vikings flush with offensive players, it would be easy to overlook its defense. But Morgan has helped pace the Vikings defensive efforts from her libero position. Her consistency has enabled the Vikings to take another step forward this season and her play will be key entering the stretch run.

15. Lexie Davidson, Croswell-Lexington: The Pioneers sophomore displays ability well beyond her years. She is leading the team in kills, is second in efficiency and aces and has become a big part of the Pioneers serve receive. She has also shown impressive versatility, playing the inside and outside and will be a player to watch in the years to come.

16. Paige Tranchida, Marine City: The Mariners junior middle hitter has really come on strong in recent weeks. In three league matches, she has averaged more than 10 blocks per match and set a school record with 17 blocks in a match earlier this season. Tranchida is quickly developing into a force at the net.

17. Megan Kreger, Memphis: Kreger is quickly developing into a force as a middle hitter for the Yellowjackets. She has great feet and that allows her to be in position to make a host of plays. She has remained a consistent cog in the lineup as Memphis continues to build its program.

18. Allessa Calamita, Croswell-Lexington: The Pioneers senior outside hitter has showed her versatility by also playing defensive specialist and libero in the past. She has now moved to the outside where her athleticism and jumping ability instantly flash. She also leads the team in serve receptions and service points while being second in digs.

19. Jasmin Bender, Brown City: The junior libero has helped solidify Brown City’s defense and is known for her consistency. She has also developed into a vocal leader that displays great hands and instincts.

20. Sami Klink, Port Huron Northern: The Huskies sophomore is already ahead of the curve. She is very skilled offensively and stays in attack mode. She is already playing all the way around for Northern and is vastly improved in serve receive.

21. Lilly Wolf, Cardinal Mooney: The Cardinals junior setter has been a three year varsity player that also has the ability to score points for the team. She is one of the best servers in the area and has been a great compliment to Chaltron and Vorderbrueggen

22. Ruthie Polio, Marine City: The Mariners libero has become one of the best in the area. She is above average in serve receive and uses her quickness to be in position to make a play on the ball. Her defense has helped solidify the Mariners and has already helped them take a big step forward in league play.

23. Hope Meyers, St. Clair: Meyers has become an all around player for the Saints and has shown impressive ability as an outside hitter. She has teamed with Mahn to give the Saints solid play in the middle and the outside.

24. Rachel Soper, Cros-Lex: The senior setter has helped the Pioneers run smoothly. She has also improved defensively and has been a consistent on the court leader for the team. With her leading the way, the Pioneers could surprise this postseason.

25. Jullian Rusch, Port Huron Northern: The Huskies senior libero is never afraid to dive for a ball or hit the floor. She stays in attack mode even on defense and is one of the reasons why Northern has remained competitive in the tough Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

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Multiple Teams · Lynch celebrates birthday with big game

Port Huron senior Devon Lynch runs the ball after recovering a fumble and scores during a football game Friday, September 25, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Port Huron. JEFFREY M. SMITH, TIMES HERALD

Lynch celebrates birthday with big game

Joseph Hayes, Times Herald7:22 p.m. EDT October 1, 2015

Devon Lynch will always remember turning 17-years-old.

On his birthday last week, Lynch’s teammates celebrated by taking his birthday cake and promptly throwing it in his face at the Big Reds team dinner. One day later, he had the game of his life while helping the Port Huron High School football team defeat Roseville, 64-43.

Lynch started the game off with a big play for the Big Reds, returning a fumble 15 yards for a score. But that wasn’t all. The senior linebacker added two interceptions and also two offensive rushing scores to help Port Huron end a two-game losing streak.

“I wouldn’t want to face him,” Port Huron quarterback DeAngielo Sanderson Jr. said.

“He’s a playmaker,” Port Huron offensive lineman Justin Tack added. “He makes plays all over the field.”

For most of the season, Lynch has been a defensive playmaker. But after the Big Reds experienced an injury in the backfield, his duties grew and he has become an instant offensive sensation.

“I played running back my sophomore year,” Lynch said. “I missed it. We had an injury and fortunately I got some carries. I really like going both ways. I don’t worry about getting tired. The coaches handle that. I just go all out and try to make plays.”

Each big play that Lynch recorded proved pivotal in the Big Reds victory.

“We have been asking him to play more downs and he just handles that really well,” Port Huron coach Ryan Mullins said. “He has a great approach to the game. He is real positive about things. He’s a great leader. He had a great week of practice on both sides of the ball.

“We were playing a team that runs a lot of slants and both of those interceptions came in the slant window. He played it well all week at practice and translated that into the game.”

With Port Huron gaining momentum and Lynch thriving on both sides of the ball, the Big Reds could be turning the corner in time for a postseason push. They will have another big test Friday when they travel to face Warren Mott.

“We were down in the gutter at 1-3,” Lynch said. “We really needed the win. Momentum wise, it is huge going into this week.

“We have to focus and keep watching film to know what’s coming. Communication is key. Everyone has to know what they are doing every single play or that’s when big plays happen.”

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Jon Miller scored three goals for Port Huron in the MAC Gold win.

Jason Mallon had two assists, while Zach Bowen had one. Dylan Szatkiewski stopped 10 shots for the victory.

Port Huron is now 5-2-1 in the MAC Gold and 7-5-1 overall.