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November 02, 2015
By: Butch Harmon

Shiawasee County half page wrap with Owosso volleyball lead


SPORTS:

By BUTCH HARMON
*The young Owosso volleyball team has been making steady progress this season, thanks to a commitment to teamwork and to a balanced attack.


“Our strong point this year has been team play,” coach Julie Croy said. “We are not a team built around one or two players.”


The Trojans have been receiving solid leadership this season from junior libero Kate Jones and senior setter Erin Konopacke. Jones and Konopacke have also been providing the team with strong play on the court, along with junior middle hitter Ellie Hool and outside hitter Tami Vyskocova.


“Team unity and cohesion is imperative, as we are a young team, and our average team height is 5'6½",” Croy said. “The players have identified and embraced their roles on the team, have committed themselves to daily progress and to supporting their teammates. The progress made from team selection to this point in the season has been significant.”

*A pair of Corunna athletes reached milestones lately. Senior soccer player Ty Deese recorded the 50th goal of his career. On the volleyball team, junior hitter Meredith Norris recorded the 2,000th kill in her career.

*The Durand girls golf team turned in a strong effort at the Division 4 golf regional at Glenbrier Golf Course. Durand finished fourth at the regional. Junior Paige Deisler led the team with a 99 to place 10th. Sophomore Jenna Otten took 13th place with a round of 101, while sophomore Morgan Raley placed 17th with 105.

The Corunna boys cross country team picked up a big win, as it won the boys' team title at the Greater Lansing Cross Country Championships. Junior standout Noah Jacobs won the individual race in a time of 15:09. Senior Blake Watson placed 12th in a time of 16:11, while senior Jacob Trowbridge was 16th in 16:22, and sophomore Dakota Hundley was 20th in 16:29.
 
The Owosso girls cross country team placed seventh as a team at the Greater Flint Cross Country Championship. Freshman Mirranda Libbey led the way, as she placed 18th in a time of 20:53, while sophomore Katie Owens took 21st in a time of 20:57.

Dan Harkness has been turning in a strong season with the Laingsburg football team. Heading into the final week of the regular season, Harkness has rushed for 837 yards and has scored nine touchdowns. He rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns in a win against Fulton that gave the Wolfpack its fifth win of the season, one short of automatically qualifying for the playoffs.