Guide to the busiest high school sports day of the year

Guide to the busiest high school sports day of the year

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Guide to the busiest high school sports day of the year

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Saturday is perhaps the busiest high school sports day of the year.

Besides track and field and girls tennis state finals, district semifinals and finals are held in baseball and softball, district finals in girls soccer, and regional finals in girls lacrosse.

The following are among the games and athletes to watch:

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD STATE FINALS: Greater Lansing Honor Roll Meet champion Hailey McRoberts will again battle Waverly freshman Taylor Manson in the 200-meter dash during the Division 2 state finals at Grand Rapids’ Houseman Field. McRoberts won by .07 of a second, although Manson and senior teammate Chante Roberts (who didn’t compete in that event on Tuesday) are seeded 1-2 and McRoberts is seeded fifth based on times in separate regionals. McRoberts and DeWitt senior Josie Yesmunt went 1-2 in the 100 dash at the honor roll meet and are seeded 3-4 at state finals, and McRoberts also is seeded seventh in the 400 to Roberts’ second.

Okemos senior Ashlynn Schiro is seeded third in the 300 hurdles in Division 1 at Rockford, but her record time in Tuesday’s honor roll meet is faster than the No. 1 seed’s from regionals. Schiro is also seeded No. 8 in the 100 hurdles and No. 10 in the long jump.

Sexton senior Andrea Koenigsknecht is the top seed in the D2 300 hurdles, as is Fowler senior Savanah Felpausch in Division 4 at Hudsonville. Eaton Rapids junior Mary Hecksel and Mason junior Rachel Johnson are seeded 1-3 in the D2 discus, Eastern senior Dorah Carter No. 2 in the D1 shot put, and Eaton Rapids senior Bailey Baker No. 3 in the D2 shot put.

Pewamo-Westphlia is seeded No. 1 in the 400 relay and Bath first in the 3200 relay in Division 3 at Comstock Park. Kenzie Wieber is listed at No. 1 in the pole vault and Brenna Wirth No. 3 in the 200 dash for the defending state champion Pirates.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD STATE FINALS: Lansing Catholic junior Keenan Rebera is seeded first in the 1600 run, fourth in the 3200 (although his honor roll meet time would be first), and is part of the No. 2 seed 3200 relay and No. 11 seed 1600 relay in D3. The Cougars are defending state champions, and Rebera’s performances should help them finish at or near the top of the team standings again.

The Okemos 3200 relay is seeded No. 1 in D1, as is Mason’s 3200 relay and Waverly’s 800 and 1600 relays in D2.

Cole Franks of Laingsburg is seeded No. 2 in the D3 long jump, Antonio Clarke No. 3 in the D1 400 dash, and Dansville senior Marc Stid and Laingsburg senior Michael Schauer 2-3 in the shot put after finishing 1-2 at the honor roll meet. Honor roll meet champions Jacob Taylor of Haslett, Alex Fast of Eaton Rapids and Schauer are seeded No. 1 in the D2 high jump, and No. 2 in the D2 pole vault and D3 discus, respectively.

BASEBALL DISTRICT SEMIFINALS AND FINALS: Division 2 No. 3-ranked Portland (20-6) hosts Diamond Classic semifinalist Charlotte (19-6) in a 10 a.m. district semifinal and then possibly a Mason team (12-14) that ousted No. 8 and Diamond Clasic semifinalist No. 8 Eaton Rapids on Tuesday in a quest for a district title.

In Division 2 at Williamston, Diamond Classic semifinalist DeWitt (18-9) takes on Fowlerville (12-11-1) at 11 a.m. and then maybe archrival Haslett (20-10) or the host Hornets for a district title.

In Division 1 at Jackson, Diamond Classic semifinalist Grand Ledge (27-7) faces Battle Creek Central at 10 a.m. and then perhaps CAAC Blue rival Jackson or Battle Creek Lakeview to win this district.

In Division 4 at Webberville, No. 8-ranked Potterville (20-6) meets Lansing Christian at 10 a.m. and then probably Morrice or the host Spartans for a district title.

SOFTBALL DISTRICT SEMIFINALS AND FINALS: Division 2 No. 5-ranked Portland (24-5) has to get past Charlotte and No. 10 Eaton Rapids (30-6) past Waverly to set up a rematch of last year’s district final. To repeat as district champions in 2013 at Charlotte, the Greyhounds had to rally to tie the game in the seventh and win it 3-2 in the eighth.

In Division 2 at Williamston, all-state senior Camri Grace may hit a state-record 19th home run of the season for the host Hornets (20-10-1) against Haslett in an 11 a.m. semifinal or possibly against DeWitt or Fowlerville in the final.

In Division 3 at Springport, an honorable mention Dansville team (20-2) with seniors who were key in the Aggies’ 2012 Division 4 state title face Leslie in a semifinal and then probably No. 8-ranked Springport (27-7) on its home diamond.

GIRLS SOCCER DISTRICT FINALS: Division 2 No. 8-ranked and CAAC Gold Cup champion DeWitt (14-4-4) will face No. 9 Haslett (12-2-1) at 11 a.m. in Mason for a rematch of a 2-0 Panther win on April 22.

Division 1 honorable mention Okemos (10-6-2) will compete at 2 p.m. against a Portage Central team (11-7-1) which eliminated host Holt 2-0 in a Thursday semifinal.

Division 4 No. 10 and 2013 state semifinalist Lansing Christian (6-5) plays at Laingsburg (12-3-1) at 6 p.m.

GIRLS LACROSSE REGIONAL FINAL: Okemos, which finished as Division 2 runner-up in 2012 and a state semifinalist in 2013, hosts East Lansing at noon. The Chiefs also earned state titles in 2009 and 2010.

Follow @LSJsports all for the latest updates from Saturday’s spring sports championships. Looking for a specific sport or event? Follow these handles:

@HicksBetsy for Division 3 track and field at Comstock Park

@YoshonisLSJ for district soccer

@Graham_Couch ffor district baseball at Portland

@chrissolari for district baseball at Williamston

@brian_calloway for district softball at Portland

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