This special bimonthly Boyne City Gazette feature by Chris Graber highlights the activities of the graduates of Charlevoix County schools who have gone on to compete in sports at the college level. Local athletes include Paige Podskalny, Zach Hankins, Malik Smith, Ben Walton, Tanner Kruzel, Tanner Kruzel, Winter Romeyn, and many more.
• Zach Hankins (Charlevoix 2014) scored 10 points for the Ferris State University men’s basketball program 101-79 victory against former Bulldogs players in an exhibition on Oct. 22 in Big Rapids.
• Jonathon Pischner (Charlevoix 2016) clinched the No. 1 performance for the Alpena Community College men’s cross country program at the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XII Championships by finishing 25th among 91 participants with a time of 28:16.8 on the 8,000-meter course on Oct. 29 in Lansing.
Among the field of 12 teams, the Lumberjacks nabbed sixth.
• Malik Smith (Boyne City 2016) is a 5-foot-9, 215-pound running back for Michigan State University, which fell to 2-6 overall after sustaining a 32-23 loss at home to No. 2 University of Michigan (8-0) on Oct. 29 in East Lansing.
• Ben Walton (East Jordan 2014) registered two tackles at defensive lineman for Northwood University (2-7) in a 42-14 loss at home to Tiffin University (6-3) on Oct. 29 in Midland.
For the season, the junior’s compiled eight tackles.
• Tanner Kruzel (Boyne City 2016) is a 6-0, 200-pound running back for Northern Michigan University, which fell to 3-6 overall after sustaining a 41-38 loss at home to Hillsdale College (4-4) on Oct. 29 in Marquette.
• Dustin Hejka (East Jordan 2014) is a 5-9, 175-pound wide receiver for Hope College, which improved to 5-3 overall after clinching a 31-6 triumph at home against Kalamazoo College (2-6) on Oct. 29 in Holland.
• James Brown (East Jordan 2016) is a 5-10, 151-pound linebacker for Adrian College, which fell to 4-4 overall after sustaining a 31-13 loss at Trine University (6-2) on Oct. 29 in Angola, Indiana.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
• Winter Romeyn (Ellsworth 2015) is a sophomore for No. 18 Michigan State University, which nabbed runner-up among the field of 14 teams at the Big Ten Conference Championships on Oct. 30 in Minneapolis.
In his most recent effort, he clinched the No. 11 performance for the Spartans at home in the MSU Auto Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational by ending 119th among 410 competitors with a time of 26 minutes, 46.3 seconds on the 8,000-meter course as the Spartans cruised to sweep the field of 31 teams on Sept. 16 in East Lansing.
• Tristan Rudolph (Charlevoix 2014) collected the No. 7 effort for Aquinas College at the Grand Rapids Community College Raider Cross Country Invitational by finishing 32nd among 92 participants with a time of 28:11.2 on the 8,000-meter course on Sept. 23 in Grand Rapids.
• Luke Hawley (East Jordan 2012) adds local depth as a senior for Aquinas College.
• Andrew Plude (Charlevoix 2013) is as a senior for Saginaw Valley State University, which clinched runner-up among the field of 14 teams at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Oct. 22 in Big Rapids.
• Nick Plude (Charlevoix 2015) adds local depth as a redshirt freshman for Saginaw Valley State University.
• Dominic Santina (Boyne City 2016) is a freshman for Rochester College, which resumes competition at the Muskegon Community College Jayhawk Invitational on Nov. 14 in Muskegon.
In his most recent effort, he clinched the No. 2 effort for the Warriors at the Glen Oaks Community College Cross Country Invitational by ending sixth overall with a time of 31 minutes, 13 seconds on Sept. 23 in Centreville.
• Chandler Novotny (Charlevoix 2013) is a senior for Northwood University, which concluded the fall portion of the season by clinching 19th among the field of 26 teams at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships from Oct. 10-11 in Eureka, Missouri.
• Nick Snabes (Charlevoix 2014) is a junior forward for Otterbein University, which concluded the year with an 8-7-3 overall record after sustaining a 2-1 loss at home to the University of Mount Union (4-4-1) on Oct. 29 in Westerville, Ohio.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
• Amber Way (Charlevoix 2015) nabbed the No. 7 performance for Michigan State University at the Big Ten Conference Championships to contribute for the Spartans in a third-place finish among the field of 14 teams on Oct. 30 in Minneapolis.
In the competition, the sophomore captured 39th among 124 participants with a time of 22 minutes, 18.1 seconds on the 6,000-meter course.
• Molly Jeakle (Charlevoix 2012) followed with the No. 9 effort for Michigan State University at the Big Ten Conference Championships by collecting 55th overall with a time of 22:40.4.
• Jenna Way (Charlevoix 2013) led NCAA Division II No. 21 Ferris State University (21-5) in a 3-0 sweep of Northern Michigan University (13-13) by providing seven digs, one assist and one ace on Oct. 29 in Big Rapids.
For the season, the senior’s compiled 55 digs, 19 aces, 16 assists, one kill and one block.
• Paige Podskalny (East Jordan 2014) is a junior for Northwood University, which completed the fall portion of the year by capturing fifth among the field of 14 teams at the Big Apple Lady Invitational from Oct. 17-18 in White Plains, New York.
• Kristen Malpass (East Jordan 2015) concluded the fall portion of the season for Lake Superior State University (4-7) in a 5-4 loss at home to Michigan Tech University (6-8) on Oct. 22 in Sault Ste. Marie.
For the year, the sophomore’s totaled a 0-3 overall record in doubles action and an 0-2 mark in singles play.