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.
• Molly Jeakle (Charlevoix 2012) continues to be a consistent contributor for the No. 13 Michigan State University women’s cross country program, which secured a runner-up finish among the field of five teams at the Michigan intercollegiate Championships on Oct. 9 in Hillsdale.
On Sept. 4, the senior opened the season by capturing the No. 2 performance for the Spartans at the 30th annual Jeff Drenth Memorial Race by nabbing a fifth-place finish on the 5,000-meter course with a time of 18 minutes, 29.88 seconds on Sept. 4 in Mount Pleasant.
The meet was not scored.
On Sept. 18, Jeakle followed by clinching the No. 8 effort for MSU at home in the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational by finishing 25th on the 6,000-meter course with a time of 22:32 in Lansing.
The meet was not scored.
In Jeakle’s most recent effort, she collected the No. 9 performance for MSU at the 30th annual Roy Griak Invitational by placing 115th on the 6,000-meter course with a time of 23:37.3 on Sept. 26 in Minneapolis.
Among the field of 26 teams, the Spartans nabbed runner-up.
• Jenna Way (Charlevoix 2013) secured her second double-digit effort in assists as a setter for the NCAA Division II No. 3 Ferris State University volleyball program (17-1) by providing 10 in a 3-0 sweep of Malone University (5-14) in game one of a doubleheader on Sept. 26 in Canton, Ohio.
After suffering a 3-0 loss to NCAA Division II No. 7 Wheeling Jesuit University (18-3) in game two of the doubleheader, FSU has reeled off five-consecutive victories.
In Way’s most recent effort, the junior provided one assist in a 3-0 sweep of Lake Erie College (5-10) on Oct. 10 in Painesville, Ohio.
For the season, she’s compiled 68 assists, 25 digs, eight aces and three kills.
• Ben Walton (East Jordan 2014) is a 6-foot, 250-pound defensive lineman for Northwood University, which fell to 3-3 overall after sustaining a 30-14 loss at NCAA Division II No. 14 Michigan Tech University (5-0) on Oct. 10 in Houghton.
• Kolbi Shumaker (Boyne City 2012) contributed 23 yards from three punt returns and added one tackle as a defensive back for Alma College (2-3) in a 50-14 loss at Adrian College (3-2) on Oct. 10 in Adrian.
For the season, the senior’s totaled 101 total yards from 11 returns complemented with eight tackles and one pass breakup.
• Tanner Catt (Charlevoix 2013) delivered two tackles as a defensive back for Hope College (2-3) in a 34-0 sweep of Rockford University (2-3) on Oct. 10 in Rockford, Illinois.
For the season, the junior’s tallied three tackles.
• Dustin Hejka (East Jordan 2014) is a 5-9, 150-pound wide receiver for Hope College.
• Winter Romeyn (Ellsworth 2015) is a freshman for No. 15 Michigan State University, which captured victory among the field of 23 teams at the 30th annual Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 26 in Minneapolis.
• Tristan Ruldoph (Charlevoix 2014) clinched the No. 3 performance for Aquinas College at the Bethel College Invitational by placing 42nd on the 8,000-meter course with a season-best time of 27 minutes, 8.4 seconds on Oct. 9 in Mishawaka, Indiana.
In the competition, the Knights ended seventh among the field of 14 teams.
• Luke Hawley (East Jordan 2012) is a senior for Aquinas College, which also collected a sixth-place finish among the field of 24 teams at the Royals Challenge on Oct. 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The senior track and field standout has yet to compete in a cross country competition this season.
For his career, he has achieved qualification to participate in three NAIA track and field national championship meets.
• Andrew Plude (Charlevoix 2013) is a junior for NCAA Division II No. 22 Saginaw Valley State University, which captured runner-up among the field of 14 teams at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside Invitational on Oct. 10 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
In the junior’s most recent effort, he secured the No. 12 performance for the Cardinals at the Spartan Invitational by finishing 299th on the 8,000-meter course with a time of 30 minutes, 28 seconds 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) clinched the No. 6 performance for NCAA Division III No. 34 Calvin College at the Lansing Invitational by placing 28th on the 8,000-meter course with a time of 27 minutes, 18.5 seconds on Oct. 9 in Lansing.
Among the field of 19 teams, the Knights collected victory.
• Chandler Novotny (Charlevoix 2013) is a junior for Northwood University, which seared a fourth-place finish among the field of 16 teams at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional at Fox Run from Oct. 12-13 in Eureka, Missouri.
• Nick Snabes (Charlevoix 2014) is a sophomore forward for Otterbein University, which fell to 6-5-2 overall after sustaining a 2-0 loss at Ohio Northern University (12-3) on Oct. 14 in Ada.
• Amber Way (Charlevoix 2015) is a freshman for No. 13 Michigan State University and opened the season by securing a 10th-place finish as an unattached athlete at the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational by completing the 5,000-meter course with a time of 21 minutes, 56 seconds on Sept. 18 in Lansing. The meet was not scored. In the most recent effort for MSU, the program clinched a runner-up finish among the field of five teams at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships on Oct. 9 in Hillsdale.
• Erin Baker (Boyne City 2014) collected her appearance as a defensive specialist for Concordia University (16-13) in a 3-0 loss at NAIA No. 18 Westmont College (13-5) on Oct. 10 in Santa Barbara, California. For the season, the sophomore’s tallied one assist and one dig.
• Paige Podskalny (East Jordan 2014) is a sophomore for Northwood University, which secured a third-place finish among the field of 12 teams at the Ashland Invitational on Oct. 4 in Jeromesville, Ohio. In the most recent effort for the Timberwolves, the program clinched fourth among the field of 16 teams at the University of Findlay Beall Fall Classic on Oct. 12 in Findlay, Ohio.