BY CHRIS GRABER, SPECIAL TO THE BOYNE CITY GAZETTE
The Charlevoix County Sports Digest is an exclusive feature which appears twice monthly in the pages of the Boyne City Gazette.
This unique sports round-up looks at the performance and stats of Charlevoix County graduates who now play sports a the college level.
• Amber Way (Charlevoix 2015) captured the No. 4 performance for the No. 18 Michigan State University women’s cross country program at the Big Ten Conference Championships by placing 30th on the 6,000-meter course with a season-best time of 20 minutes, 59.9 seconds on Nov. 1 in Evanston, Illinois.
Among the field of 14 teams, the Spartans ended third.
• Kolbi Shumaker (Boyne City 2012) contributed a season-high eight tackles as a starting defensive back for the Alma College football program (5-4) in a 66-28 loss at NCAA Division III No. 21 Albion College (8-1) on Nov. 7 in Albion.
For the season, the senior’s compiled 23 tackles and one pass breakup.
He’s added 148 yards from 18 punt returns and 27 yards from two kick returns.
• Rainy McCune (Boyne City 2015) contributed a season-high 15 points, four rebounds and one steal as a guard for the Schoolcraft College women’s basketball program (3-0) in a 76-47 victory at home against Jackson College (0-2) on Nov. 4 in Livonia.
For the year, the freshman’s totaled 9.7 points per game, three rebounds per game and 1.3 assists per game.
• Ben Walton (East Jordan 2014) is a 6-foot, 250-pound defensive lineman for Northwood University, which fell to 4-6 overall after sustaining a 28-14 loss at home to Hillsdale College (4-6) on Nov. 7 in Midland.
• Tanner Catt (Charlevoix 2013) collected an appearance as a defensive back for Hope College (2-7) in a 31-28 loss at Trine University (6-3) on Nov. 7 in Angola, Indiana.
For the season, the junior’s compiled four tackles.
• Dustin Hejka (East Jordan 2014) is a 5-9, 150-pound wide receiver for Hope College.
• Jay Redman (Boyne City 2012) produced a season-high nine points, one rebound and one steal as a guard for Lawrence Tech University (1-4) in a 98-61 loss to Bethel College (5-0) on Nov. 6 in Goshen, Indiana.
On Nov. 7, the senior followed by contributing seven points, two rebounds and one assist in a 87-76 loss at Goshen College (4-0) in Goshen, Indiana.
For the season, the he’s compiled 5.3 points per game and 1.3 rebounds per game.
• Josh Puroll (Boyne Falls 2012) posted two points as a forward for Lawrence Tech University against Bethel College.
For the year, the senior’s totaled one point per game.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
• Winter Romeyn (Ellsworth 2015) is a freshman for Michigan State University, which placed fifth among the field of 12 teams at the Big Ten Conference Championships on Nov. 1 in Evanston, Illinois.
In his most recent effort, he collected 42nd as an unattached athlete at the Eastern Michigan Classic by completing the 5,000-meter course with a time of 16 minutes, 18.8 seconds on Oct. 23 in Ypsilanti. The meet was not scored.
• Andrew Plude (Charlevoix 2013) is a junior for Saginaw Valley State University, which finished 13th among the field of 30 teams at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships on Nov. 7 in Evansville, Indiana.
In his most recent performance, he secured the No. 12 effort for the Cardinals at the Spartan Invitational by ending 299th on the 8,000-meter course with a time of 30:28 on Sept. 18 in East Lansing.
The meet was not scored.
• Nick Plude (Charlevoix 2015) is a freshman for Saginaw Valley State University.
• Gabe Hawley (East Jordan 2015) is a freshman for NCAA Division III No. 24 Calvin College, which captured the title at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championships among the field of eight teams on Oct. 31 in Olivet.
In his most recent competition, he captured the No. 6 performance for the Knights at the Jayhawk Cross Country Invitational by ending 120th on the 8,000-meter course with a time of 30:20.07 on Oct. 26 in Muskegon.
Among the field of 16 teams, the Knights placed fifth.
• Tristan Rudolph (Charlevoix 2014) captured the No. 10 effort for Aquinas College at home in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships by placing 31st on the 8,000-meter course with a time of 27 minutes, 15.4 seconds on Nov. 7 in Grand Rapids.
Among the field of 10 teams, the Saints secured victory.
• Luke Hawley (East Jordan 2012) is a senior for Aquinas College.
The senior track and field standout has yet to compete in a cross country competition for the season.
For his career, he has achieved qualification to participate in three NAIA track and field national championship meets.
• Nick Snabes (Charlevoix 2014) is a sophomore forward for Otterbein University, which concluded the season with an 8-7-3 overall record after sustaining a 1-0 loss at home to the University of Mount Union (9-7-1) on Oct. 31 in Westerville.
• Jenna Way (Charlevoix 2013) contributed five digs, one kill and one dig as a setter for NCAA Division II No. 4 Ferris State University (26-2) in a 3-0 victory at home against Lake Superior State University (0-22) on Nov. 6 in Big Rapids.
On Nov. 7, the junior followed by producing seven assists and four digs in a 3-0 triumph at home against Northwood University (11-16).
For the season, she’s compiled 95 assists, 37 digs, nine aces and four kills.
• Erin Baker (Boyne City 2014) nabbed two digs as a defensive specialist for Concordia University of Ann Arbor (18-20) in a 3-0 loss to Cornerstone University (26-10) on Nov. 7 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
For the year, she’s totaled three digs and one assist.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
• Molly Jeakle (Charlevoix 2012) secured the No. 9 effort for No. 18 Michigan State University by placing 96th on the 6,000-meter course with a time of 22 minutes, 41.2 seconds on Nov. 1 in Evanston, Illinois.
Among the field of 14 teams, the Spartans ended third.
• Ivy Wells (Charlevoix 2015) is a freshman for Eastern Michigan University, which competed at the At Head of the Grand Invitational on Oct. 11 in East Lansing. The meet was not scored.
• Kirsten Malpass (East Jordan 2015) teamed with Allison Grandfield in sustaining a 9-8 loss at No. 3 doubles for Lake Superior State University (0-12) in a 7-2 loss at Michigan Tech University (3-8) on Oct. 16 in Houghton.
For the season, the freshman’s compiled a 2-8 overall record in doubles action.