A year ago, St. Johns’ girls may have surprised Okemos in a league dual meet that eventually enabled the Redwings to tie the Chiefs for the CAAC Blue title after Okemos won the league meet.
Today, no one will be surprised if the Redwings make the swimming meet close or win again starting at 6 p.m. at St. Johns’ new pool. CAAC Blue coaches picked the teams to again tie for the title in their preseason survey.
VOLLEYBALL: The race for the CAAC Red title appears to be very interesting. The 2013 CAAC Gold champion Mason topped 2013 CAAC Red champion Haslett 25-13, 20-25, 25-11, 25-14 eight days ago in a dual match, but Haslett then edged the Bulldogs 25-23, 26-24 to win Saturday’s Mason Invitational. The two teams meet again at Haslett on Oct. 8. DeWitt is also expected to challenge for the league title this fall. DeWitt plays at Haslett on Sept. 22 and at Mason on Oct. 1. The Panthers then host Haslett on Oct. 15 and Mason on Oct. 29.
BOYS TENNIS: Holt will likely enter the CAAC Blue tournament a week from today at East Lansing in second place (behind Okemos) after defeating the Trojans in a dual meet for the first time since 1996. The 5-3 win two weeks ago came after the teams tied 4-4 the past two years and also tied in the 2011 and 2012 CAAC Blue tournaments. East Lansing edged the Rams 39-37 to finish in second place at the CAAC Blue tournament a year ago.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: Grand Ledge impressively had four athletes run faster than 17 minutes in the Spartan Invitational Green division race at Michigan State’s Forest Akers East Golf Course last Friday. But the Comets will probably need to have a fifth runner come in less than two minutes behind that group for them to capture the CAAC Blue title and qualify for state finals as a team in their Division 1 regional meet on Friday, Oct. 24, at Uncle John’s Cider Mill north of St. Johns. Coach Tim Hoshal predicted the situation on his team’s preview form when he said, “We must find a solid fifth runner to make us competitive.”
STATS NEXT WEEK: Coaches will be asked to submit weekly statistical leaders in various fall sports starting next week. Most will be printed in Thursday’s Lansing State Journal. We will again be seeking leaders in rushing, passing and receiving in football; 18-hole averages in girls golf; goals, assists and goalie save percentage in boys soccer; won-lost records at .500 or above in boys tennis in all eight flights; and kills, assists, blocks, digs and aces per set in volleyball.
SEE LSJ.COM/PREPS: Statistical leaders will be added each week to the LSJ’s high school page on its web site. Since the new lsj.com web site was unveiled the last week of August, stories, game reports and state rankings have been made available to view. You can either scroll down from most recent to oldest or click on the drop down menus for items concerning only a particular sport under “other fall sports.” Football news, standings, scores and schedules are also updated and available to view under the drop-down menu near the upper left hand corner of the web page under “Lansing area football.” Previews of each team in football can be viewed if you scroll down to Aug. 28 as well as game reports from the first three weeks of the season.