Holly Tennis finishes TOP 5 in the state for a second consecutive year. Among the many school records broken, our 4 year senior varsity players end their careers with the following State Finals finishes:
2015 - 10th
2016 - 6th
2017 - 5th
2018 - 5th
Previous to 2015, the Holly Tennis program only had 1 Top 10 finish in school history - boys or girls.
Additionally, Holly had 3 flights reach the semifinals.
1 Singles Taylor Barrett
2 Singles Nicole Johnson
3 Singles Makenzi Sells
A great end to the 2018 season and the amazing careers for our seniors.
The Flint Metro League had an impressive day in Regional track competition on Friday boasting 15 Regional Champions and numerous qualifiers for the MHSAA State Finals.
Kearsley's Sanaii Walker had a stellar day qualifying in three events, 2nd in the 100, 2nd in the 200 and Regional champion in the 400. Other Regional champions included:
Sincere Perkins - Brandon 100 M
Brooke Kilyk - Brandon High Jump
Zach Patten - Clio 300 M Hurdles
Clio 4x400 Relay Team: Lane Wright, Zach Patten, Tristan Pettis, Beltesh Croom
Chanse Setzke - Fenton Long Jump
Alexa Keiser - Fenton 3200 M Run
Leon Stocker - Flushing 300 M Hurdles
Flushing 4x100 Relay Team: Nick Morrison, Jesse McLemore, Ry'lon Roberts, Aidan Harrison
Demetria Royster - Flushing 100 M
Izzy Carlyon - Flushing High Jump
Kearsley 4x200 Relay Team: Tre'Ron Griffin, Raydoffa Braziel, Carlos Macedo, Taveon Harris
Kaitlyn Owens - Owosso 400 M
Cianna Gloster - Swartz Creek 300 M Hurdles
Chianne Gloster - Swartz Creek 100 M Hurdles
Also qualifying were:
Brandon: Sincere Perkins - 2nd Long Jump
Tricia Pierce - 3rd Pole Vault
Clio: Boys 4x200 Relay - 2nd Tristan Pettis, Nic Lozano, Beltesh Croom, Lane Wright
Fenton: John Miller - 3rd 200 M
John Sage - 4th 200 M
Ryan Miller - 4th Long Jump
Cassandra Campbell - 2nd 100 Hurdles; 2nd 300 Hurdles
Flushing: Aidan Harrison - 2nd 100 M; 2nd High Jump
Boys 4x200 Rel - 3rd: Leon Stocker, Jesse McLemore, Ry'lon Roberts, Nick Morrison
Boys 4x400 Rel - 3rd: Ryan Mixon, Cal Endicott, Ry'lon Roberts, Aidan Harrison
Antonio Farero - 2nd Discus
Asia Smith - 2nd 100 Hurdles
Lily Carlyon - 2nd 100 Hurdles
Girls 4x200 Relay 2nd: Izzy Carlyon, Adrianna Mayville, Lily Carlyon, Asia Smith
Kearsley: Tre'Ron Griffin - 3rd 400 M
Raydoffa Braziel - 3rd 800 M
Saniaa Walker - 2nd 100 M; 2nd 200 M
Makenzie Ramey - 2nd Shot Put
Linden: Tyler Buchanan - 3rd 3200 M
Boys 4x800 Relay: Tyler Buchanan, Nick McDonald, Skyler Zieske, Tanner Blaney
Taylor Acox - 2nd 100 Hurdles
Lauren O'Brien - 4th Pole Vault
Owosso: Girls 4x100 Relay 3rd: Katie Clevenger, Malyrie Montroy, Lexi Martenis, Molly Hart
Swartz Creek: Brandon Varner - 2nd Shot Put
Dorothy Bradshaw - 2nd 200 M
All of these Metro athletes have advanced to the MHSAA State Finals which will be hled on June 2. Fenton, Flushing and Swartz Creek will participate in the Division 1 Championship at East Kentwood High School. Brandon, Clio, Kearsley, Linden and Owosso will participate in the Division 2 Championship held at Zeeland Public Schools.
All schools will participate in the Flint Metro League track and field championship on Wednesday May 22 at Clio High School.
The Fenton Tigers finished four strokes ahead of second place Flushing to win the Flint Metro League Pre-Season tournament held today at Fenton Farms.
Andrew Nester of Flushing was the tournament medalist shooting a 82. The top ten individuals placed as follows:
82 - Andrew Nester, Flushing
83 - Dylan Conte, Fenton
85 - Nick Brown, Flushing
86 - Mitchell Chopp, Fenton
86 - Logan Lake, Fenton
87 - Tait Shalte, Fenton
88 - Dylan Stankewicz, Flushing
89 - Walter Drury, Swartz Creek
89 - Jack Whitman, Linden
90 - 6 players
Team Scoring: (full results can be found by clicking here)
342 - Fenton
346 - Flushing
369 - Swartz Creek
379 - Holly
395 - Brandon
404 - Owosso
407 - Linden
425 - Clio
Holly's Samantha Hild and Brandon's Bryce Chamberlain have been selected by the Athletic Directors of the Flint Metro League as Athletes of the Month for April.
Sami Hild is a four sport athlete for Holly starring in football, basketball soccer and tennis. Named the MVP for special teams in football, Sami set a school record for most PAT's in a single game this season. Hild helped the Bronchos to four consecutive basketball district finals as well as team academic All State honors in each of those years. In soccer, Sami was named to the All District team as a junior and named the team offensive MVP. In tennis, Sami has been earned First Team All Metro honors at 4 doubles in tennis as a sophomore and junior. A regional champion, both as a team and individually, as a sophomore and junior, Sami and her partner advanced to the state semis at 4 doubles last year. Also excelling in the classroom with a 4.09 GPA Sami will continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Findlay where she will study veterinary medicine and play soccer.
Bryce Chamberlain has been a two sport standout for Brandon earning 1st Team All Metro honors in both football and track for the Blackhawks. Bryce finished in first place in the 110 hurdles in 9th, 10th and 11th grades as was a state qualifier as a sophomore in that event. In football, the two time captain earned 1st Team honors as a junior and was named to the All County team both as a sophomore and junior. Bryce also excels in the classroom with a 4.02 GPA and was named to the football Academic All-State team this past season. Bryce will continue his football career as a preferred walk-on at the University of Michigan where he will study mechanical engineering.
With a pair of victories over Durand, Owosso’s JoEllen Smith becomes the Flint Area’s most-winning softball coach. Coach Smith began her coaching career at Owosso in 1983 and now stands with an overall record of 727 -509.
Coach Smith entered the season with 723 wins, two shy of Dave Lazar, who won 725 at Fenton High School. JoEllen is now #21 on the current Michigan High School list for career softball wins.
Owosso appreciates what an outstanding coach they have in JoEllen Smith as best expressed by Athletic Director Dr. Dallas Lintner, “A collegiate All-American, MASA National Champion, and MASA Hall-of-Famer herself, Jo arguably means more to Shiawassee County fast-pitch than any other individual. She is a treasure. To truly get a feel for how special and deserving she is, you simply need to spend one hour with her on the diamond…or better yet, attend one of our games. It is not uncommon to find several Trojan alumni attending each and every one of her games. She is certainly a great coach for us, and she has mentored many athletes that have become outstanding coaches and educators themselves. “
The Flint Metro League also shares in congratulating Coach Smith on her outstanding accomplishment and welcomes her Owosso Trojans to the league!
Varsity athletes who achieved Scholar-Athlete status for the recently completed winter sports season have been named by Flint Metro League schools. Varsity letter winners in 10th, 11th and 12th grades who played an official league sport and have maintained a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point average achieve Flint Metro League Scholar-Athlete awards. Award winners for each school are linked below; in addition, each sport's all-league team list has been updated to show which all-league athletes also achieved Scholar-Athlete status.
Brandon HS Scholar Athletes
Clio HS Scholar Athletes
Fenton HS Scholar Athletes
Flushing HS Scholar Athletes
Holly HS Scholar Athletes
Kearsley HS Scholar Athletes
Linden HS Scholar Athletes
Owosso HS Scholar Athletes
Swartz Creek HS Scholar Athletes
Continuing one of the longest-running sportsmanship initiatives in the state, Flint Metro League winter varsity coaches have selected the teams that showed the best sportsmanship in league competition this season. Since 1998, every varsity coach has named the league opponent they believe showed the best sportsmanship when they competed.
Special recognition for this past winter season goes to Owosso High School for leading all league teams with 14 winter teams selecting the Trojans for showing the best sportsmanship.
Teams selected for showing the best sportsmanship this winter include:
For wrestling: Owosso (selected by 5 opponents), Holly (selected by 2 opponents), and Flushing (selected by 2 opponents)
Competitive cheer: Linden (selected by 3 opponents), Owosso (2 opponents), Fenton (2 opponents), Clio and Swartz Creek (selected by 1 opponent each)
Boys basketball: Owosso (selected by 3 opponents), Brandon (2 opponents), Clio, Fenton, Kearsley and Linden (1 opponent each)
Girls basketball: Owosso (selected by 3 opponents), Brandon (selected by 2 opponents), Fenton (1 opponent), Flushing (1 opponent), Linden (1 opponent)
Boys bowling: Brandon (selected by 4 opponents), Fenton, Flushing, Kearsley and Holly (1 opponent each)
Girls bowling: Fenton (selected by 6 opponents), Brandon, Fenton, Kearsley (1 opponent each)
Boys swim/dive: Owosso (selected by 4 opponents), Brandon and Fenton (1 opponent each)
Three time All-State gymnast Blake Hutchings from Linden and three sport All-Metro Cal Endicott from Flushing have been named the Flint Metro League's Athletes of the Month for March.
Blake Hutchings capped a stellar career in gymnastics by helping her team to a 10th place finish at the MHSAA Finals. Individually, Blake has been a multiple All-State gymnast, on the vault as a freshman and on the floor as a junior. As a senior, Blake placed in all four events with a runner-up finish on the beam. She earned 3rd place in the All-Around. Also a standout in the classroom with a 3.64 GPA, Blake plans to attend a university that offers a strong Business Management program.
Cal Endicott has been an outstanding three sport athlete for the Raiders, earning 1st Team All-Metro honors in football, basketball and track, a rare occurrence indeed. This past season, Cal led his team to a 3rd consecutive Metro basketball title. In football, he was also named 1st Team and broke five school football records. ABC12 named Cal as an Athlete of the Week and the Genesee County Player of the Year. Cal was also a member of the 4x400 1st Team All Metro relay team. Cal has accepted an athletic scholarship to Grand Valley State University where he will continue his football career.
Along with attaining its 30th state team championship in its 50-year history, the Flint Metro League continues their strong presence at the MHSAA state finals in bowling by sending 3 boys teams, two girls teams and 7 boys and 8 girls to the individual bowling finals.
The Kearsley girls defeated Tecumseh in the title match to again be crowned the Class B State Team Champions. The Hornet victory made them state champions for the 5th consecutive year and 6th time in the last 7 years....incredible! Owosso's boys and girls teams qualified for the team portion of the finals as did the boys teams from Flushing and Kearsley.
Kearsley's Imari Blond was the individual state runner-up in Division 2 bowling the day after helping the Hornets to the team championship. Teammate Barbara Hawes made the state semirfinals by defeating teammate Alexis Roof in the qualifying round. Owosso's Laken Williamson also made the individual qualifying round.
Two of the seven league boys bowling finalists made it to the afternoon tournament for the individual championship. In Division 1, Flushing's Nick DuCharme was eliminated in the quarterfinal round. In Division 2, Brandon's Jeremiah Turner also made the qualifying round.
In a tight race through-out the Metro Competitive Cheer season, the Kearsley Hornets prevailed to defend their title and were again crowned league champions.
Linden led the sportsmanship voting with nominations from 3 Metro opponents. Owosso and Fenton were nominated by two league opponents while Clio and Swartz Creek were each nominated by one team.
The Flint Metro coaches selected Rosa Spannagel as the 17-18 Coach of the Year.
Congratulations to Kearsley and Swartz Creek who advanced from MHSAA Districts to Regional competition.
Flint Metro League Championship Results
2017-18 All-League Team
Flushing, Kearsley and Holly have all advanced to MHSAA Class A District Basketball Championship games on Friday March 2, 2018.
Defending Class A State Champion Flushing will play Carman Ainsworth at Carman at 7:00 pm
Kearsley will host Davison at 7:00pm.
Holly will play Clarkston at Clarkston 7:00 pm.
Best of luck to all three teams!
The Fenton Tigers won their 7th consecutive Flint Metro League Boys Swim Championship and continue their league dual undefeated streak which dates back to 2011. The Tigers have won 9 league titles in the 20 seasons the league offered the sport.
The Metro League added Boys Swim as a league sport in 1971, however league rules require at least half of the member school to sponsor a sport in order for it to be considered an official league sport. There were not enough FML schools to sponsor boys sim/dive between 1976-77 and 2004-05 for it to be considered a league sport.
In addition to their dual undefeated league season at 5-0, the Tigers dominated the league meet winning by 241 points over all opponents. Three Metro League records were broken at the meet:
Brad Jones of Fenton was named the Flint Metro League Boys Swim Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
Owosso received 4 nominations by league opponents as the team that showed the best sportsmanship. Fenton and Brandon each received one nomination.
2018 Flint Metro League Meet Results
Flint Metro League Boys Swim Records thru 2018
2017-18 All Metro Swim Team
For the second time in two years, Holly's Will Sophiea has been named as the D2 Tennis Co-Coach of the Year.
The coach of both the boys and girls highly regarded Holly tennis programs, Sophiea has led the Bronchos to a long series of wins and championships. This season, the Holly girls swept the Flint Metro League Tennis Tournament as well as the Regional Tournament and finished in the top 10 in the State for the third consecutive year.
Deb VanKuiken, Holly AD, praises Sophiea by stating, "Will is a GREAT ambassador for tennis, our school and GREAT role model and teacher of our students."
Congratulations to Will and to the Holly tennis program for their continued success.
Shelby Morrow, Basketball standout from Flushing and Andy Ruhstorfer, two-sport Metro Champion from Kearsley, have been named Athletes of the Month by the Flint Metro League.
Shelby Morrow had an outstanding junior season leading the Raiders to a Class A State Basketball Championship. Shelby was honored as a First team All-Metro player and MVP of her team, as well as the Flint Area MVP of the Playoffs. Flushing continues to roll in Shelby’s senior year, remaining undefeated in league play for the 3rd straight season. This year, Team captain Morrow has been named the ABC Player of the Week. A 3.77 GPA student, Shelby plans to continue her basketball career at Siena Heights University, majoring in Nursing.
Two sport All Metro selection, Andy Ruhstorfer, excelled for the Hornets in soccer and wrestling. Ruhstorfer helped the wrestling team to three district, two conference and one regional title in his first three seasons at Kearsley. Boasting a career wrestling record of 169-24, Andy has been a 3-time league wrestling champion as well as a 3-time state qualifier. In soccer, Andy earned 1st team honors as a junior and 2nd team honors as a senior. Andy plans to wrestle at Central Michigan University and pursue a Biology degree or pursue Division 3 wrestling and soccer opportunities.
Every Flint Metro League school has at least one wrestler moving on to the MHSAA individual regional round, the final step before qualifying for the state individual wrestling finals held on March 2-3 at Ford Field in Detroit.
League champion Holly leads the way with 9 individual qualifiers from the district round of competition, followed by Flushing, Fenton and Kearsley with 6 each. Linden and Clio each qualified 5 wrestlers for regionals, Swartz Creek and Brandon had 4, and Owosso had 1.
The league boasts 10 District champions:
Fenton: Brady Triola (135)
Flushing: Ben Cushman (189) and Trenton Gabold (103)
Holly: Collin Dallwitz (215), Nate Young (112) and Wyatt Scribner (130)
Brandon: Corbin Hallberg (103)
Clio: Alex Yocom (215) and Alex Moore (152)
Owosso: Colton Blaha (145)
The league's regional qualifiers include:
Brandon: Anthony Nicaj (215) 2nd; Corbin Hallberg (103) 1st; Jack Culvey (125) 2nd; Brendan McClusky (140) 4th
Clio: Alex Yocum (215) 1st; Blake Amy (285) 2nd; Garrett Nyswander (140) 2nd; Jacob Smith (135), Tristan Vance (145) 4th; Alex Moore (152) 1st.
Fenton: Luke Thornton (103) 2nd; Jayden Rittenbury (135) 2nd; Brady Triola (135) 1st; Mario Rameriz (140) 4th; Tommy Adams (152) 3rd; Will Galvin (171) 4th.
Flushing: Ben Cushman (215) 1st; Jeremy Parker (215) 4th; Conner Melancon (285) 4th; Treyton Gabold (103) 1st; Braxton Gabold (145) 2nd; Devin Powelis (171) 3rd.
Holly: Koleten Steele (189) 3rd; Collin Dallwitz (215) 1st; Blake Querio (285) 3rd; Nathan Young (112) 1st; Griffin Rose (125) 3rd; Wyatt Schribner (130) 1st; Carsen Cuthbert (145) 1st; William Greer (160) 4th; and Cade Dallwitz (171) 2nd.
Kearsley: Jason Judd (103) 3rd; La’Ron Ruffin (119) 3rd; Andy Ruhstorfer (125) 3rd; Trenton DiGenova (135) 2nd; Tyler Byczynski (160) 2nd; John Brown (171) 2nd.
Linden: Johnathon Marme (189) 4th; Justin Cygnar (119) 3rd; Koleton Strauss (130) 4th; Caleb White (135) 4th; Avery Jacobs (171) 3rd.
Owosso: Colton Blaha (145) 1st.
Swartz Creek: Lance Clapp (285) 2nd; Micah Kingen (119) 4th; Brecken Griswalsch (125) 3rd; Joe Carpenter (135) 4th.
Flushing, Holly, and Kearsley won wrestling team districts and will now advance to regional competition. All matches will be held on Wednesday February 14. The winners will advance to the quarterfinal round, which will be held at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo on February 23rd.
Flushing, a D1 District champion will wrestle against Davison at Traverse City West HS at 5:30pm.
D2 Holly will travel to Goodrich for a 5:30 match vs the Martians. Kearsley will make the hike to the UP to square off against St. John's at Marquette HS at 6pm.
Coach Don Pluta led his team to an undefeated dual season in the league, finishing at 8-0. The Bronchos came in second in the league tournament behind first place Flushing to capture the Flint Metro League title.
Ben Cushman, state champion in 2017, continues his undefeated streak again this season in the Metro at 189 pounds. Also undefeated this Metro season were Fenton's Tommy Adams at #152; Andy Ruhstorfer from Kearsley at #125; and Wyatt Scribner from Holly at #130.
Owosso dominated the sportsmanship voting with nominations from 5 Metro opponents. League Champion Holly and league tournament champion Flushing each received 2 nominations from Metro opponents.
Holly's Don Pluta was selected by his fellow Metro coaches as the 17-18 Coach of the Year.
Flint Metro League Championship Results
2017-18 All-League Team
Kearsley's Barbara Hawes and Flushing's Benjamin Cushman have been announced as Athletes of the Month for January for the Flint Metro League.
Barbara Hawes is a four-year member of the accomplished Kearsley bowling program and also an excellent student with a 3.502 GPA. Barb has earned honors as First Team All-Metro for two seasons and also is a two time individual state qualifier. As a junior, she finished in the top 8 in the State Finals and earned a berth on the 2nd Team All-State team. She has been an important member of the Hornet team which has earned an impressive Regional Championship and two State Championships. Barb's most recent accomplishment came just this past weekend when she rolled 12 straight strikes for a 300 game at the Metro Tournament. In the Fall, Barbara intends to continue her bowling career at the collegiate level with a major in marketing or accounting. Barb was also selected as the Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Month and is now in the running for the Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Year.
Undefeated state wrestling champion as a junior, Flushing's Ben Cushman also excels in the classroom with a 3.773 GPA. Ben completed his junior season with an incredible 56-0 record at 215 pounds. The three-year team captain has also been a two-time Flint Metro League Champion and state qualifier. He earned District Championships as both a freshman and junior. Ben holds the school record for the Raiders for the most consecutive wins. Ben will continue his wrestling career at Central Michigan University where he will study biology and biomedical sciences on academic and athletic scholarships.