The rankings for several fall sports have been released by the respective coaches associations, and one area school sits at No. 1.
It should come as little surprise that it’s the St. Philip volleyball team, as the Tigers are the nine-time defending state champion in Class D. The program has been a mainstay atop the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association poll for many years, although it’s worth noting that the 2014 Tigers were ranked No. 3 in the state when they won the school’s 20th MHSAA volleyball title.
St. Philip isn’t the only city volleyball team to rank among the top squads in the state, as Harper Creek is No. 10 in Class B. The Beavers have built off of their 2014 state semifinal appearance, jumping out to a 19-1 start to the season — including wins at the Carrie Adams, Otsego and Cereal City tournaments.
Also in the MIVCA poll, Marshall received honorable mention in Class B while Bronson was tabbed No. 4 in Class C.
•In the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association poll, Coldwater came in at No. 13 in Division 2.
•In the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association poll, Harper Creek received honorable mention in Division 3.
Thursday offers preview of All-City soccer final
Two teams set to square off in the All-City boys’ soccer championship on Sept. 19 will get an early look at one another when Lakeview visits Battle Creek Central on Thursday in a Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference matchup.
Last season, the Spartans held off the Bearcats in the city championship by a score of 2-1. The city and league rivals will hit the field Thursday beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Big weekend on tap at Lakeview
It figures to be a busy Saturday at Lakeview, as the Spartans are hosting invitationals in three sports.
Lakeview High School is the site of both the Lakeview Invitational in volleyball and the Lakeview Relays in girls’ swimming and diving. The Lakeview Cross Country Invitational will be held at Riverside Elementary.
The cross country meet will feature fellow city schools Harper Creek, Pennfield and St. Philip; the volleyball tournament includes Harper Creek and St. Philip; and the swimming meet will include a Coldwater team that is in its first season as a program.
Locals named MITCA Academic All-State
The Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association has recognized several area teams and athletes with its Academic All-State honors.
Earning Team Academic All-State were the Harper Creek boys (3.551 GPA) in Division 2; the Olivet girls (3.896 GPA) in Division 3; and the St. Philip boys (3.62 GPA) in Division 4.
Individuals achieving academic All-State honors were Coldwater’s Logan Targgart (Division 2); Olivet’s Ben Turner, Logan Kyre and Noelle Rohde, Maple Valley’s Jadelyn Stewart (Division 3); St. Philip’s Kevin Greenman, David Downey and Taylor Pessetti, and Union City’s Aaron Watson, Thomas Anderson and Jalen Boes (Division 4).
The Battle Creek Enquirer is beginning to accept nominations for Prep Athletes of the Week as well as season statistical leaders.
Coaches are encouraged to submit their nominations/statistics each Wednesday by 5 p.m. to email@example.com.
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