Charlevoix County Sports Digest; Amber Way featured local athlete

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MILESTONES
• Amber Way (Charlevoix 2015) can now add appearance at the NCAA Division I National Championships to her resume as a true freshman for the No. 17 Michigan State University women’s cross country program.
On Nov. 1, she captured the No. 4 performance for MSU 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.
On Nov. 13, she followed by securing the No. 7 effort for the Spartans at the NCAA Division I Great Lakes Regional Championships by finishing 64th on the 6,000-meter course with a time of 21:59.9 on Nov. 13 in Verona, Wisconsin.
Among the field of 31 teams, MSU clinched a third-place finish en route to clinching an at-large bid to compete at the NCAA Division I National Championships on Nov. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky.
At the national championships, she collected the No. 7 performance for MSU by completing the 6,000-meter course with a time of 21:39.8.
Among the field of 31 teams, the Spartans ended 13th.

• Molly Jeakle (Charlevoix 2012) is a senior for the Michigan State University women’s cross country program and has been a consistent contributor for the Spartans in their award-winning season.
In her most recent effort, she secured the No. 9 effort for MSU at the Big Ten Conference Championships by finishing 96th overall with a time of 22:41.2.

• Winter Romeyn (Ellsworth 2015) is a freshman for the No. 19 Michigan State University men’s cross country program, which concluded the season by placing 25th among the field of 31 teams at the NCAA Division I National Championships on No. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky.
In the freshman’s his recent effort, he finished 42nd as an unattached athlete at the Eastern Michigan Classic by completing the 5,000-meter course with a time of 16:18.8 on Oct. 23 in Ypsilanti.
The meet was not scored.

• Jenna Way (Charlevoix 2013) collected an appearance at setter for the NCAA Division II No. 3 Ferris State University volleyball program (31-2) in a 3-0 sweep of the University of Findlay (25-8) in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship Tournament finals on Nov. 22 in Big Rapids.
For the season, the junior’s compiled 96 assists, 38 digs, nine aces and four kills.

• Tristan Rudolph (Charlevoix 2014) is a sophomore for NAIA No. 13 Aquinas College, which clinched 13th among the field of 35 teams at the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In the sophomore’s most recent performance, he collected the No. 10 effort for the Saints at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships by clinching 31st on the 8,000-meter course with a time of 27:15.4 on Nov. 7 in Grand Rapids.
Among the field of 10 teams, the Saints secured victory.
Teammate and East Jordan graduate Luke Hawley completed his senior season for Acquinas.
He did not compete this fall, but he will look to excel during the track and field season after achieving qualification to three NAIA track and field national championship meets for his career.

• Gabe Hawley (East Jordan 2015) is a freshman for NCAA Division III No. 24 Calvin College, which finished the year by placing 23rd among the field of 24 teams at the NCAA Division III National Championships on Nov. 21 in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
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.

GEM
• Rainy McCune (Boyne City 2015) secured her second double-digit scoring effort of the season as a guard for the Schoolcraft College women’s basketball program (5-0) in a 66-59 victory at Owens Community College (6-3) by providing 11 points and two rebounds on Nov. 21 in Toledo.
For the season, the freshman’s totaled 9.8 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game and 1.2 assists per game.

FOOTBALL
• Kolbi Shumaker (Boyne City 2012) contributed one tackle as a starting defensive back for Alma College (5-5) in a 47-29 victory at home against Olivet College (9-1) in the season finale on Nov. 14 in Alma.
For the season, the senior’s tallied 24 tackles and one pass breakup.
As a returner, he’s added 148 yards from 18 punt returns and 27 yards from two kick returns.

• Ben Walton (East Jordan 2014) is a defensive lineman for Northwood University, which improved to 5-6 overall after securing a 28-21 triumph at Malone University (0-10) on Nov. 14 in Canton.

• Tanner Catt (Charlevoix 2013) is a junior defensive back for Hope College, which fell to 2-8 overall after sustaining a 39-31 loss at Kalamazoo College (3-7) on Nov. 14 in Kalamazoo.
For the year, the junior’s compiled four tackles.

• Dustin Hejka (East Jordan 2014) is a wide receiver for Hope College.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
• Josh Puroll (Boyne Falls 2012) posted three points as a forward for Lawrence Tech University (1-7) in an 86-59 loss at home to Cornerstone University (6-1) on Nov. 24 in Southfield.
For the season, the senior’s totaled 1.7 points per game.

• Jay Redman (Boyne City 2012) contributed one point, one rebound and one assist as a guard for Lawrence Tech University against Cornerstone University.
For the year, the senior’s tallied five points per game.

VOLLEYBALL
• Erin Baker (Boyne City 2014) completed her sophomore season as a defensive specialist for Concordia University of Ann Arbor (18-20) by nabbing two digs in a 3-0 loss to Cornerstone University (26-10) on Nov. 7 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
For the year, she’s tallied three digs and one assist.