By John Raffel
MCBAIN – McBain Northern Michigan runners competed in the Veterans Serving Veterans Invitational at Cadillac on Saturday.
For the boys in the Blue Division, Hunter Fisher was 141st (27:26.70) and Brett Ritsema was 139th (26:18.35).
McBain also competed. For boys, Brayden Winkel was 65th (19:30.59), Garrin Schneeg 76th (20:13.51) and Devin Bergey 143rd (28:00.41).
McBain was fifth for the girls in the Blue Division. Leading McBain was Haley Miller in eighth (21:27.80), Kayden Hinton 13th (21:49.67), Chelsi Eisenga was 28th (22:07.81), Shauna McLean was 40th (23:03.50) and Madelyn Renink 45th (23:20.22).
NMC was led by Melody Fraser, who was 120th (28:59.89).
TC Christian 6, NMCS 0
Blair DeZeeuw had 17 saves for NMC in this game on Sept. 21.
“Tonight was another growth game,” NMC Taylor Mulder said. “We were up against a very good team, which put us to the test. There were times we played well and were able to have long stretches of solid defensive play. There were other times when we just broke down and gave up easy unacceptable goals. Tonight was a good experience for all of us.
“It provided experience of how things can and should look when we do things right. As frustrating as a 6-0 loss is, it was a positive experience for our growth as a team. I would like to commend Emmitt Baas and Colton Winkle for their willingness to step up and fill in the gap in our center defense when we played such a good team. It was not an easy night for them and quite frustrating.”