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.
• Kylie Hicks (Boyne City 2014) is an alternate for 4×400-meter relay for Grand Valley State University, which secured provisional qualification to the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 3 minutes, 53.85 seconds in a runner-up effort at the GVSU Holiday Open on Dec. 4 in Allendale.
The meet was not scored.
In the competition, Hicks collected a fifth-place finish with the reserve 4×400-meter relay (4:00.92) and a ninth in the 300-meter dash (41.99 seconds).
Among the NCAA Division II, the provisional-qualifying 4×400-meter relay is seeded at No. 8.
The top eight finishers in each individual event and relay will capture All-American accolades.
• Zach Hankins (Charlevoix 2014) contributed a game-high five blocks, two points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal at center for Ferris State University (8-2) in a 83-71 victory at Ohio Dominican University (3-5) on Dec. 11 in Delaware, Ohio.
On Dec. 13, the sophomore followed by providing three rebounds, two points and one block in an 84-83 loss at Tiffin University (3-5) on Dec. 14 in Tiffin, Ohio.
After an extended winter break, FSU will resume competition by hosting the University of Findlay (5-4) on Jan. 2 in Big Rapids.
For the season, Hankins has compiled 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
• Jay Redman (Boyne City 2012) contributed one two rebounds and one assist at guard for Lawrence Tech University (2-12) in a 65-62 loss at home to Concordia University of Ann Arbor (7-5) on Dec. 12 in Southfield.
On Dec. 19, the senior followed by finishing with three points, one rebound and one assist in a 99-57 loss at Hillsdale College (6-2) on Dec. 19 in Hillsdale.
Following winter break, LTU will resume competition by hosting Holy Cross College (9-6) on Dec. 29. For the year, Redman’s totaled 5.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
• Josh Puroll (Boyne Falls 2012) secured an appearance at forward for Lawrence Tech University against Hillsdale College.
For the season, the senior’s tallied 1.8 points per game.
MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
• Winter Romeyn (Ellsworth 2015) will conclude an extended winter break for Michigan State University, which will resume competition at the Hillsdale Winter Open on Jan. 9 in Hillsdale.
On Dec. 4, MSU opened at the Grand Valley State Holiday Open on Dec. 4 in Allendale.
The meet was not scored, and Romeyn did not compete.
The freshman competed for the No. 19 Spartans cross country program in the fall.
• Andrew Plude (Charlevoix 2012) will finish an extended winter break for Saginaw Valley State University, which will resume competition at the Lewis Open on Jan. 8 in Romeoville, Illinois.
On Dec. 11, the Cardinals opened the season at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala on Dec. 11 in Kent, Ohio.
The meet was not scored, and Plude did not compete.
The freshman competed for the Cardinals cross country program in the fall.
• Nick Plude (Charlevoix 2015) is a freshman distance runner for Saginaw Valley State University.
• Tevin Larmond (Boyne City 2013) will conclude an extended winter break for Spring Arbor University, which will resume competition at the Aquinas College Quad No. 2 on Jan. 22 in Grand Rapids.
From Dec. 4-5, the Cougars opened the season at the Oiler Open in Findlay, Ohio.
The meet was not scored, and the sophomore sprinter did not compete.
• Rainy McCune (Boyne City 2015) delivered four points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal as a starting guard for National Junior College Athletic Association Division II No. 3 Schoolcraft College (10-0) in a 58-41 victory at Jackson Community College (2-10) on Dec. 9 in Jackson.
On Dec. 12, the freshman followed by finishing with five points, two rebounds and two assists in a 87-43 triumph at Glen Oaks Community College (0-5) on Dec. 12 in Centreville.
In her most recent effort, she provided four points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 67-43 victory at Grand Rapids Community College (6-5) on Dec. 22 in Grand Rapids.
For the season, she’s compiled eight points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
• Kayla Keane (East Jordan 2015) will look to compete as a distance runner for the University of Michigan, which will resume competition at the Hillsdale Winter Opener on Jan. 9 in Hillsdale.
On Dec. 4, the Wolverines opened at the Grand Valley State Holiday Open in Allendale.
The meet was not scored, and Keane did not compete.
In the fall, Keane collected a personal-best effort on 5,000-meter courses of 17 minutes, 39 seconds for the UM cross country program.
• Molly Jeakle (Charlevoix 2012) is a senior distance runner for No. 11 Michigan State University, which will resume competition at the Hillsdale Winter Opener.
On Dec. 4, the Spartans opened at the Grand Valley State Holiday Opener.
The meet was not scored, and Jeakle did not compete.
In the fall, Jeakle secured a personal-best performance on 5,000-meter courses of 18:15 for the MSU cross country program.
• Amber Way (Charlevoix 2015) will contribute in distance events for Michigan State University after competing with the No. 17 Spartans cross country program at the NCAA Division I National Championships in the fall.
During the cross country season, the freshman collected a personal-best effort on 6,000-meter courses of 20:59.
• Kaleigh Beard (East Jordan 2012) is a senior thrower for Spring Arbor University, which will resume competition at the Hillsdale Winter Opener.
On Dec. 4, the Cougars opened at the Saginaw Valley State Holiday Open on Dec. 4 in University.
The meet was not scored, and Beard did not compete.