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Monday, November 4, 2013




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Comet volleyball takes third Jonesville finishes Big 8 regular season in third place and maintains third after league match. In first round play Jonesville defeated Union City 25-19, 2521 and Quincy 19-25, 25-15, 15-9. The Comets were then defeated by second place Athens 19-25, 22-25 moving them to the losers bracket to once again face and defeat Union City 25-17, 15-25, 18-16 and lose to Athens 2628, 19-25 in a battle for the second place. Athens moved on to lose to undefeated conference champion Concord. Kelsey Branham led the Comets with 51 kills, 6 blocks; Hailey Nielsen added 15 kills; Camille Hunter had 18 kills;Ashleigh Varney had 10 kills; and Amanda Hicks added 56 assists. Jonesville’s record improves to 2315-1 for regular season play. The Comets face Adrian Madison Monday at home for round one of MHSAA District Tournament.


Seven county runners make All-State Boys Division 3 ZACH HARDWAY - HILLSDALE HORNETS

Hardway completed his high school cross country running career with a All-State 20th place finish in the MHSAA Division III Finals at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. He covered the 5,000 meter course, which was well chewed-up from three previous races, in a fine time of 16:34. With the All-State performance,

MHSAA Individual Regional Championship, LCAA Individual Championship, and two Invitational wins at Stockbridge and Sturgis, Hardway capped a great senior year for the Hornets. "With the All-State finish, Zach has a good base to build on for the spring Track & Field Season. He has high expectations, and with this winter's Hornet "Polar Bear" running club, he has the opportunity to prepare,"

Hornet coach Eric Pressler said. BROCK EVES - HILLSDALE HORNETS

Competing in his first State Finals Race was sophomore Brock Eves, finishing 67th in a time of 17:17. Brock was the 12th fastest sophomore finishing in the D-III race. A 5th in the MHSAA D-III Regional, 1st Team LCAA "All-Conference" award, Hillsdale’s Zach Hardway led all county boys at 16:34. Hardway took 20th place and made All-State. COURTESY SEE SEVEN, B2




Detroit Tigers hire Brad Ausmus By Noah Trister The Associated Press


Colts ousted in semifinals, to host Districts Played at the SCAA conference tournament this weekend.They played Colon in the quarter finals and won in 3 games (best 3 of 5). The Academy then played St. Phil in the semifinals and lost in three games (best 3 of 5). The Colts are now 25-10-9 overall. Hillsdale Academy hosts Districts this week. They have a bye in the quarter finals and will play the winner of Pansophia and North Adams in the semi finals on Thursday night.

Sportlight 1960 — Wilt Chamberlain of Philadelphia scores 44 points and sets an NBA record by missing all 10 of his free throws as the Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 136-121. 1962 — Sonny Randle of the St. Louis Cardinals catches 16 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown in a 31-28 loss to the New York Giants. 1976 — Baseball holds its first free agent draft with 24 players from 13 major league clubs participating. Reggie Jackson eventually signs the most lucrative contract of the group, $2.9 million over five years with the New York Yankees. 1984 — Miami’s Dan Marino passes for 422 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Miami Dolphins to a 31-17 victory over the New York Jets. 1984 — Seattle’s Dave Brown returns two interceptions for touchdowns in a 31-17 triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs. 1994 — The San Antonio Spurs’ season opener is delayed for 50 minutes when a fireworks display triggers the Alamodome sprinkler system, drenching fans, players and coaches. 2000 — R.J. Bowers rushes for 128 yards to become the first player in NCAA history to gain 7,000 yards in his career as Grove City beats Carnegie Mellon 14-10. Bowers, with 7,127 yards, also increases his all-division record for career touchdowns to 90. 2000 — In the highest scoring Division I-AA game in NCAA history, Ricky Ray passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns and scores three more to lead Sacramento State over Cal State Northridge 64-61.

Hillsdale’s Jason Pretzer slams one down against the University of Toledo. PHOTO BY JIM DREWS


One of these days, the Charger men's basketball team is going to win one of these Division I exhibition games. For the second time in three years, Hillsdale College put a serious scare into a Division I opponent, only to fall at the last second. A jump shot by Toledo's Julius Brown at

the first overtime buzzer lifted the Rockets to an 85-84 win over the Chargers Sunday afternoon at Savage Arena in Toledo. Hillsdale will play its final exhibition game Monday night at Indiana University. Two years ago, Hillsdale lost a similar game at Valparaiso, losing in the game's final possession. In this game, the Chargers led by four points with 67 seconds

to play in overtime, only to see the University of Toledo score the game's final five points. Senior forward Tim Dezelski (pictured) went absolutely wild from 3-point land, draining eight of his nine shots from beyond the arc to lead all scorers with 29 points in the ballgame. He hit his eighth three of the game with 1:07 to go in overtime to put Hillsdale

ahead 84-80. The Chargers shot 53 percent from the field and outrebounded the Rockets 36-32. But Toledo turned the ball over just nine times in 45 minutes. Senior guard Brandon Pritzl had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, while senior Tony Nelson came off the bench to score 12 on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor.

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers hired Brad Ausmus as their new manager Sunday, turning to a 44-year-old former catcher with almost no managerial experience to replace Jim Leyland at the helm of the three-time defending AL Central champions. Ausmus, who worked most recently in the San Diego Padres front office as a special assistant to the general manager, emerged as Detroit's pick less than two weeks after Leyland stepped down. He takes over a team that has reached the AL championship series three straight years and should be well positioned for another big season in 2014. Ausmus managed Israel's team for the World Baseball Classic, but he's inexperienced as a manager compared to some other potential candidates. Ausmus played in the majors from 1993-2010. "This is a winning franchise," Ausmus said. "I think I should be held to that standard as well." The Tigers also interviewed Padres bench coach Rick Renteria and Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach — as well as Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon. If continuity was Detroit's main concern, McClendon may have been the choice, but the Tigers acted a bit more boldly in hiring the Dartmouth-educated Ausmus, whose name also recently surfaced in connection with the Chicago Cubs' job. SEE TIGERS, B2



For a half, the Hillsdale College football team looked primed to win in a stadium it hadn't won in since 1993. But the Grand Valley State University Lakers had other plans, as shown by its second half. The Lakers outscored the Chargers 17-0 in the second half and shut down Hillsdale's offense in the final 30 minutes in a 31-21 win at Lubbers Stadium Saturday night. The Chargers are now 4-5 overall and 4-3 in the GLIAC, and play the first of two home games to close out the 2013 season next Saturday

against Michigan Tech. This game was truly a tale of two halves. In the first half, the Chargers were running the ball with power and authority and never trailed, leading the game 21-14 at halftime. Hillsdale rang up 263 yards of total offense in the first half, and pulled off two trick plays to keep control of the game. However, the Lakers adjusted in the second half and held Hillsdale to just 104 total yards in the second half. GVSU didn't allow Hillsdale to gain a first down in a third quarter that saw the Lakers seize momentum back from the visitors. This was Hillsdale's ninth straight loss

at Lubbers Stadium, as the Chargers are winless in Allendale since Oct. 30, 1993. Hillsdale grabbed a 7-0 lead on the first drive of the game, with senior Isaac Spence polishing off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. The Chargers had three runs of 11 or more yards on the opening drive. After the Lakers tied it, Wade Wood, who like Spence, returned from injury in this game, took his turn scoring, powering through several Laker defenders from 8 yards away to make it a 14-7 Hillsdale lead on the first play of the second quarter. The Lakers answered

again, tying the game at 14 apiece 2:30 later. On the next drive, the Chargers pulled a couple of trick plays to take the lead for a third time in the half. Facing a 4th-and-1 from its own 42 yard line, Hillsdale called for its first fake punt play of the season, and doing the honors was senior defensive lineman Nathan Bundy. Bundy rumbled 10 yards for a first down to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, quarterback Jacob Richter threw a throwback-reverse pass to starting QB Sam Landry for 11 yards for another first down. Landry then finished off the drive himself with a three-yard score

to make it a 21-14 game. Hillsdale's defense came up with a couple of big stops in the second half to keep the game as close as it was. Zach Swaffer snuffed out a fake field goal attempt by the Lakers with 9:52 left in the second quarter. Later on, Steven Embry forced a fumble at the Hillsdale 1-yard line, recovered and returned for 22 yards by junior safety Tim Moinet, dodging another bullet. But the Lakers controlled the play in the second half anyway, outgaining the Chargers in total yards 336-93. GVSU ran 46 plays in the second half compared to 31 for SEE HILLSDALE, B2

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