Charlevoix County College Sports Digest

A unique look at how high school graduates from around Charlevoix County are doing in their collegiate sports. This exclusive feature is produced by Chris Graber for the Boyne City Gazette.

Local grads, No. 22 MSU women’s program eighth at national championships

• TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Charlevoix graduates Molly Jeakle and Amber Way are contributing members for the No. 22 Michigan State University women’s cross country program, which placed eighth among the field of 31 teams at the NCAA Division I National Championships on Nov. 19.
Jeakle is a fifth-year senior, while Way is a sophomore for the Spartans.
In the most recent effort, both led MSU to place third among the field of 14 teams at the Big Ten Conference Championships on Oct. 30 in Minneapolis.
Way clinched the No. 7 effort by finishing 39th among the 124 participants with a time of 22 minutes, 18.1 seconds on the 6,000-meter course, while Jeakle nabbed the No. 9 performance by ending 55th overall with a time of 22:40.4.


Ellsworth’s Romeyn, No. 15 MSU eighth at national championships

• TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Ellsworth alumnus Winter Romeyn is a contributing sophomore for No. 15 Michigan State University men’s cross country program, which placed 20th among the field of 31 teams at the NCAA Division I National Championships on Nov. 19.
In the sophomore’s most recent effort, he clinched the No. 4 effort for the Spartans at the Eastern Michigan University Fall Classic by finishing 23rd among 108 competitors with a time of 16 minutes, 1 second on the 5,000-meter course on Oct. 21 in Ypsilanti.
The meet was not scored.

Charlevoix’s Hankins garners third GLIAC honor

• BAY CITY – Charlevoix graduate Zach Hankins clinched Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Player of the Week honorable mention for third time this season, the conference announced from headquarters on Nov. 28.
To clinch the nomination, the junior forward captured his sixth double-digit scoring effort of the year for the Ferris State University men’s basketball program (5-1) in a 85-75 loss at home to the University of Wisconsin – Parkside (5-1) on Nov. 26 in Big Rapids.
In the matchup, he provided 20 points, four rebounds and four blocks.
On Nov. 19, he provided a career-high 30 points complemented with eight rebounds and three blocks in an 84-72 triumph at home against Lewis University (3-4).
For the season, he’s compiled 17 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

Pludes, No. 12 SVSU 10th at national championships
• SAINT LEO, Fla. – Charlevoix alumni Andrew Plude and Nick Plude are contributing members for the No. 12 Saginaw Valley State University men’s cross country program, which ended 10th among the field of 32 teams at the NCAA Division II National Championships on Nov. 19.
Andrew Plude, a senior, collected the No. 6 effort for the Cardinals at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships by ending 11th among 18 participants with a time of 13 minutes, 43.1 seconds on the 4,000-meter course on Oct. 7 in Hillsdale.
The meet was not scored.
Nick Plude, a sophomore, clinched the No. 7 performance for SVSU in the competition by ending 17th overall with a time of 14:36.1.

Charlevoix’s Way, No. 15 SVSU fall in regional final
• BIG RAPIDS – Senior and Charlevoix graduate Jenna Way competed at defensive specialist for the No. 15 Saginaw Valley State University volleyball program (30-6) in a 3-0 loss at home to No. 18 Lewis University (28-7) in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships on Dec. 3.
In the competition, the senior delivered three digs and one ace.
For the season, she’s compiled one double-digit total in digs complemented with 69 digs, 23 aces, 17 assists, one block and one kill.

Locals, Aquinas College finish 22nd at national championships
• ELSAH, Ill. – Charlevoix graduate Tristan Rudolph and East Jordan alumnus Luke Hawley compete for the Aquinas College men’s cross country program, which finished 22nd among the field of 37 teams at the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 19.
Rudolph, a junior, collected the No. 7 effort for the Saints in his most recent outing in competing at the Grand Rapids Community College Raider Invitational by finishing 32nd among 92 participants with a time of 28 minutes, 11.2 seconds on the 8,000-meter course on Sept. 23 in Grand Rapids.

• Malik Smith (Boyne City 2016) is a 5-foot-9, 215-pound running back for Michigan State University, which fell to 3-9 overall after sustaining a 45-12 loss at Penn State University (10-2) on Nov. 26 in University Park, Pennsylvania.

• Ben Walton (East Jordan 2014) registered two tackles at defensive lineman for Northwood University (3-8) in a 41-13 victory at Walsh University (1-10) on Nov. 12 in North Canton.
For the year, the junior’s totaled 12 tackles.

• Tanner Kruzel (Boyne City 2016) is a 6-0, 200-pound running back for Northern Michigan University, which fell to 3-8 overall after sustaining a 56-7 loss at Tiffin University (8-3) on Nov. 12 in Tiffin, Ohio.

• Dustin Hejka (East Jordan 2014) is a 5-9, 175-pound wide receiver for Hope College, which improved to 7-3 overall after collecting a 31-6 triumph at home against Concordia University Wisconsin (3-7) on Nov. 12 in Holland.

• James Brown (East Jordan 2016) is a 5-10, 151-pound linebacker for Adrian College, which fell to 4-6 overall after sustaining a 31-27 loss at Alma College (7-3) on Nov. 12 in Alma.

• Marcus Matelski (Boyne Falls 2016) contributed a season-high 16 points complemented with four steals, three rebounds and two assists at starting guard for Northern Michigan University (2-4) in an 87-83 loss at Lewis University (4-4) on Nov. 13 in Romeoville, Illinois.
For the year, the freshman’s tallied 8.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

• Corey Redman (Boyne City 2015) is a 6 foot, 6 inch sophomore guard for Central Michigan University, which improved to 7-2 overall after capturing an 82-59 victory at home against the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff (1-7) on Dec. 3 in Mount Pleasant.

• Jay Redman (Boyne City 2012) contributed five points, four assists and one rebound at guard for Lawrence Tech University (1-4) in an 83-66 loss at NAIA Division I No. 7 Davenport University (9-3) on Dec. 3 in Grand Rapids.
For the season, the fifth-year senior’s compiled 7.2 point and 1.6 rebounds per game.

• Rae Claramunt (Charlevoix 2015) completed the fall portion of the season for Olivet College (1-2) by producing a 1-1 overall record in singles play and a 0-3 mark in doubles play as the Comets will resume competition in February.


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