Spotlight on college athletes from around Charlevoix County

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Chris Graber

Special to the Gazette

SPOTLIGHT

  • Kylie Hicks (Boyne City 2014) continues to be a catalyst in sprinting events for the No. 3 Grand Valley State University women’s track and field program, which is nationally ranked among the NCAA Division II by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll released on Feb. 24.

In her most recent competition, the freshman secured a first-place finish with the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4 minutes and added a personal-best time of 58.75 seconds in a fourth-place effort in the 400-meter dash.

For the season, she’s added a season-best finish of 3:57.64 with the 4×400-meter relay.

From Feb. 28-March 1, the Lakers will resume competition at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Saginaw.

  • Collin Hewitt (Harbor Light Christian 2011) collected his seventh double-digit scoring effort of the season as a forward for the Spring Arbor University men’s basketball program (13-8, 4-14 Crossroads League) in a 78-74 loss at Marian University (16-15, 7-11 Crossroads League) on Feb. 17 in Indianapolis.

In the competition, the senior produced 12 points, three rebounds and one assist.

In his most recent appearance, he followed by providing three points and one rebound in a 71-64 loss at Indiana Wesleyan University (29-2, 16-2 Crossroads League) on Feb. 25 in Marion, Indiana.

For the season, he’s compiled 7.4 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

  • Josh Puroll (Boyne Falls 2012) contributed four point and two rebounds as a forward for Lawrence Technological University (5-25, 2-20 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) in a 76-67 loss at home to Cornerstone University (25-5, 19-3 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) on Feb. 21 in Grand Rapids. For the season, the junior’s totaled 1.5 points per game and 1.2 rebounds per game.
  • Zach Hankins (Charlevoix 2014) is a freshman center for Ferris State University, which improved to 19-8 overall and 15-6 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play after securing a 78-72 victory at home against Saginaw Valley State University (20-7, 16-5 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) on Feb. 21 in Big Rapids.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • Luke Hawley (East Jordan 2011) captured All-Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference second team recognition after clinching runner-up with the 4×800-meter relay at the conference indoor track and field championships with a time of 8 minutes, 1.74 seconds for Acquinas College on Feb. 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In the competition, the senior followed by placing fifth in the 800-meter run with a time 2:03.77 en route to leading the Saints to a third-place finish among the field of six teams.

For the season, he’s contributed a season-best time of 1:58.53 in the 800-meter run.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

  • Mary Myers (Boyne City 2013) collected a season-high nine rebounds and two points as a guard for Alpena Community College (1-18, 0-11 Michigan Community College Athletic Association) in a 66-51 loss at home to St. Clair Community College (20-5, 10-3 Michigan Community College Athletic Association) on Feb. 11 in Alpena.

In her most recent appearance, the sophomore followed by providing three points and three rebounds in a 76-71 loss at Mid Michigan Community College (20-5) on Feb. 17 in Harrison.

For the season, she’s compiled 3.9 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

  • Eric Buday (Charlevoix 2011) is a distance runner for Michigan State University, which will resume competition at the Big Ten Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships from Feb. 27-28 in Geneva.

For his career, the senior’s tallied personal bests in the 1,500-meter run and 800-meter run of 4 minutes, 2.09 seconds and 1:54.67, respectively.

  • Andrew Plude (Charlevoix 2012) holds a season-best time of 4:39.23 in the mile for Saginaw Valley State University, which enters its next competition at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships from Feb. 28-March 1 in University Center.
  • Tevin Larmond (Boyne City 2013) is a sophomore sprinter for Spring Arbor University, which competed at the National Christian College Athletic Association Indoor National Championships from Feb. 20-21 in Cedarville, Ohio.

Results were not available at the time of press.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

  • Tanner McCune (Boyne City 2012) has totaled 3.2 points per game and 1.2 rebounds per game as a guard for Concordia University Ann Arbor, which fell to 4-23 overall and 3-16 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference in an 81-63 loss at home to the University of Northwestern Ohio (13-14, 11-8 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) on Feb. 11 in Ann Arbor.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

  • Molly Jeakle (Charlevoix 2012) is a distance runner for Michigan State University, which will resume at the Big Ten Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships from Feb. 27-28 in Geneva.

For her career, the redshirt junior’s totaled personal bests in the 1,500-meter run and 800-meter run of 4 minutes, 33.29 seconds and 2:18.56, respectively.

  • Emily Veenstra (Ellsworth 2012) collected 13th in the weight throw at the Calvin College Relays with a launch of 32 feet, 8.5 inches for Calvin College on Feb. 14 in Grand Rapids.

For the season, the junior’s totaled a personal best in the event with a mark of 36-1.75.

On Feb. 28, the Knights will resume competition at the Trine Invitational in Angola, Indiana.

  • Kaleigh Beard (East Jordan 2012) captured two personal bests at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet after collecting 52nd in the shot put (27 feet, 4.75 inches) and 70th in the weight throw (30-2.25) for Spring Arbor University on Feb. 14 in Allendale.

The meet was not scored.