2014-08-28 / Sports

Emeralds kickoff season with strong standing


Gridsters taking to the football field for the 2014 Emerald season front row, from left, include: Danny Mize, William McDonald, Dylan Sears, Nolan Armock, Bradley Haggerty, Eric Williams. Middle row: Tanner Holmberg, Kris Ozanich, David Rahn, Colton Rice, Liam McKeage, Joe Barr. Back row: Assistant Coach Travis Ashbrook, Alex Haggerty, Logan MacPhail, Steve Knudson, Caleb Swanson, Jake Arnold and Head Coach Garde Kangas. Not pictured are Logan Pawley and Nick Gould. Gridsters taking to the football field for the 2014 Emerald season front row, from left, include: Danny Mize, William McDonald, Dylan Sears, Nolan Armock, Bradley Haggerty, Eric Williams. Middle row: Tanner Holmberg, Kris Ozanich, David Rahn, Colton Rice, Liam McKeage, Joe Barr. Back row: Assistant Coach Travis Ashbrook, Alex Haggerty, Logan MacPhail, Steve Knudson, Caleb Swanson, Jake Arnold and Head Coach Garde Kangas. Not pictured are Logan Pawley and Nick Gould. MANISTIQUE – The Lady Emerald volleyball team kicked off the 2014 season traveling to Munising to take part in the Munising Invitational Saturday.

With 10 teams volleying for a title shot, it all came down to Engadine and Manistique in the finals. Undefeated, the Eagles went on to win the tournament with wins of 25-22 and 25-23 over Manistique.

Manistique placed first in their pool by splitting games with Ishpeming to open the tournament. The team then went on to defeat Mid-Peninsula (25-15, 25-22), Superior Central 25-10, 25-16) and Gwinn (25-15, 25-15).

While the Eagles kept a close eye on the competition, Manistique suffered a 26-24 loss to Munising, but then turned on the heat, taking the next two sets (25-22, 15-9) to advance to the finals.

“It was nice to get on the court and see the girls play a match,” Coach Amy Nixon said. “We return five players and have five promising additions to this year’s team.”

Players returning from last year’s squad are seniors Maggie Morrison and Hailey Hoholik, along with juniors Lexi Carlson, Sydney Chartier and Machaela Hinkson.

Joining the squad this year are Amanda Ziminski, Rachel Ryan, Breiann Richey, Jamie Erickson and Allie Nagy.

Manistique will host Ishpeming tonight (Thursday) after press time.

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