The Wayland girls' basketball squad took an easy 61-22 victory over Forest Hills Eastern in the opening round Tuesday afternoon of the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament.
The Wildcats, now 5-0 for the season, will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Grand Rapids Christian for the Blue Division championship.
The spread was somewhat surprising because Forst Hills Eastern sported a 4-1 record and Friday night had knocked off previously unbeaten Forest Hills Central.
By Jeff Salisbury
Most of us recognize Dec. 21 was the winter solstice — the shortest day and the longest night of the year — and it came and went this weekend. Winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June. And each time it occurs I am reminded of three things — my brother’s birthday, which is Dec. 22, and my son’s birthday, which is June 22 — and a lesson from my Creative Writing course many years ago.
An introduction to “Barry Hastings” by Larry Hamp:
My mom taught me to read before I was 5. There was a big war going on — all over the world (the worst war ever). During four years before I learned to read, democracy and the democracies, were on the ropes. Once I could read, the war became my consuming interest. There were only one or two men in the neighborhood — 15,000,000 of them (including our dad) were learning to soldier, or actually doing it.
The Wayland boys' varsity basketball team took a 69-48 nonleague verdict from Concord (Ind.) Saturday afternoon at the Coloma Holiday Invitational to run its season record to 3-0.
The Wildcats led pretty much throughout the ballgame and though Concord rallied a few times, it was never able to shrink its deficit to fewer than six points.
Wayland led 19-10 at the end of the first period and 34-26 at intermission. The 'Cats led the Indiana ballclub 48-34 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Hopkins girls’ basketball team suffered its fifth straight loss Friday at Allendale, but this time the score was much more respectable, 56-49.
The Vikings, who lost their first four contests by double digit margins, came up only seven points short.
Hopkins actually led 12-11 at the close of the first quarter, but then the Falcons went on a 16-8 in the second period that proved to the difference in the ballgame. The two squads both scored 15 points in the third and 14 points in the fourth stanza.
Baylee Roys dropped in a career-high 20 points for Hopkins and Madison Kerber added 10.
Salem Twp. man arrested in shooting
A 23-year-old Salem Township man was lodged in the Allegan County jail Saturday after being arrested in connection with the shooting of another man.
The victim, a 24-year-old Byron Center man, was taken by ambulance to Metro Hospital in Grand Rapids for treatment. Though injuries were serious he is in stable condition at this time, according to deputies from the Allegan County Sheriff's Department.
Wayland High School senior Hailey Houck, who was a starting outfielder on the Wildcat softball team last spring, has committed to Hope College and plans to compete in the sport for the Flying Dutch. Houck perhaps had one of her biggest thrills last June when she delivered a two-run triple in the 'Cats' victory over Hudsonville Unity Christian in the Class B quarterfinals. Hope College now has another WHS alum on the roster in Autumn Anderson. (Photo supplied)
Wayland's girls' varsity bowling team is on a roll — pun intended.
The Lady Wildcats captured first place Friday afternoon in the Portage Northern Huskies Invitational at Eastland Bowl in Kalamazoo.
Coach Bill Holbrook commented, "They were tired from bowling back-to-back matches Wednesday and Thursday (both wins), had to miss class Christmas parties, and were fighting through a few injuries."
They were coming off a big conference victory over South Christian Thursday, 16-14, defeating a perennial power and winner of the pre-conference tournament.
Martin led most of the way through the first three quarters in a girls varsity basketball game Friday, but stumbled down the stretch and lost to Saugatuck 41-31.
Martin led 7-6 at the end of the first eight minutes thanks to a three-point basket by Pam Heijerman at the buzzer. The Clippers led 17-10 at the half and 26-23 going into the final eight minutes. But the Indians scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to take a 30-26 lead and never looked back.
Jazmin Hildebrand led Martin with 11 points but was frustrated by being double-teamed inside most of the second half.
Saugatuck used a full court press to loosen up the Martin Clippers and threw in a half-court press to finish them off, taking a 68-39 decision Friday.
Martin held the lead for only 17 seconds in the first quarter when Branden Buell hit a short jumper to give the Clippers a 12-11 advantage. But Sean O’Malley and Blake Dunn hit back to back threes to put the Indians up for good.
Saugatuck led 19-12 at the end of the quarter and 33-18 at the half.