By: Butch Harmon
Ingham Country wrap with Haslett lead
By BUTCH HARMON
*The fall season has been a productive one for Haslett high school athletes.
-The boys' tennis team turned in an outstanding season. The Vikings not only won a fifth straight conference tennis title, but also won a fifth-straight regional championship. They wrapped up the season by placing sixth at the Division 3 state finals in Holland.
Haslett was paced by its strong doubles teams. The No. 2 team of Jake Michaud and Alex Stanulis and the No. 3 team Nick Radecki and Gabe Murah both reached the semifinal round at the state meet and were also regional champions. The No. 1 team of Toby Bepler and Nick Baugh reached the quarterfinal round at state and was also regional champion.
Haslett’s No. 4 doubles team of Nate Glaza and Sam Zayko was also regional champion.
Matt Stewart and Nate Choi led the way in singles competition. Stewart, at No. 2 singles, and Choi , at No. 3 singles, reached the state quarterfinal round and were regional champions.
-On the football field, Haslett qualified for the playoffs for the third time in the past five years, when it defeated Walled Lake Central, 23-21, in the final regular-season game of the year.
Led by dynamic quarterback Jake Tahaney and running back Mykail Stinson, Haslett reeled off three straight wins to end the season and finish above .500.
-On the golf course, the girls' golf team placed sixth at the regional tournament. Senior Kayla Harris finished 13th as an individual with a round of 98, while junior Emma Rice was 23rd with 102.
*The East Lansing boys soccer team earned a rare double-double this fall. The two-time defending Division 2 state champion won both the CAAC Blue title this fall and also won the CAAC Gold Cup. The East Lansing boys are ranked fifth in the state in Division 2.
*The Holt soccer team won the CAAC Silver Cup, when it defeated St. Johns in the final.
*The Lansing Christian soccer team is enjoying another solid season. The Pilgrims are ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 4, as they won 15 of their first 16 matches.
*The Lansing Catholic Central volleyball team won its first-ever league title when it captured the CAAC White title.
*The East Lansing girls cross country team took first place at the Greater Lansing Cross Country Championships. Senior Stephanie Vanis led the way for the Trojans, as she won the individual title with a time of 18:26. Sophomore Anya Brett placed 16th overall, while junior Mary Stout placed 36th.
*Veteran football coach Jack Wallace reached a milestone when his Okemos team defeated Lansing Eastern, 36-7. The win was the 200th of his career. Wallace began his coaching career in 1978 at Fowlerville. He spent 32 years coaching the Gladiators before he moved to Okemos.