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The Pellston High School football
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coach Ben Schley continue to build
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early in 2012, or were the final five
games of the campaign all losses
more indicative of where the Hornet
program stands?
The thing is, when youre win-
ning, everybody wants to be a part of
it, Schley said. When you start to
win, more kids want to be involved,
and more want to play. Learning
how to win is a big thing. You learn
how to win, you believe it, and then
you win and then you build the pro-
gram and get better over time.
The kids understand that and
that feeds a lot of confidence going
into this year. The atmosphere this
year is completely different. They
were excited last year, dont get me
wrong, but we won four games in the
season and there are a lot of people
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lot of time for these kids, for this
program.
Weve got new uniforms, we just
re-painted the locker rooms. Theres
a lot of stuff going on right now and
a lot of people are getting involved.
The Hornets scored wins over Fife
Lake Forest Area, Gaylord St. Mary,
Rogers City and Rudyard to open
last season before falling to Pickford,
Onaway, Inland Lakes, St. Ignace and
Johannesburg-Lewiston. Pickford,
Onaway, St. Ignace and Jo-burg went
Learning to Win
Football team hopes to continue last years improvement into this season
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2013 Pellston Hornets Varsity Football
# Name.......................................................................................................Ht. ....................Wt. ...........................Grade..............................Position
1 Austin Hamlin.........................5-11.......170..............Sr..............QB/S
2 Chase Woods.........................5-10.......175 ..............Jr. ...........RB/LB
10 Conner Kilpatrick ......................6-0.......165..............Sr. .............RB/S
11 Jon Ritter ..................................6-0.......180..............Sr. ..........RB/CB
20 Kurtis Spencer ..........................5-9.......185..............Sr. ...........FB/LB
26 Justin Woolever ........................5-7.......165..............Sr. ..........RB/CB
30 Brian McQueary .......................5-7.......150 ..............Jr. ..........RB/CB
33 Justin Mansfield........................5-9.......150..............Sr. ...........TE/DL
42 Remy Smithkey ........................6-0.......180 ..............Jr............TE/DE
45 Dakota Eby...............................5-9.......170..............Sr. ..........RB/CB
51 Randall Abney ..........................6-4.......220 ..............Jr..............G/DE
50 Randy Marihugh .....................5-11.......190 ..............Jr. .............G/LB
54 Ron Hosking ...........................5-11.......190..............Sr. .............C/LB
55 Zack Keller ...............................6-2.......205..............Sr...............T/LB
65 Thomas Belman .......................5-9.......215 ..............Jr. ..........OL/NG
69 Thomas Readmond..................6-2.......215 ..............Jr. .............T/DE
73 Devon Anderson.....................5-10.......280 ..............Jr............OL/DT
80 Matt Rivera ...............................6-1.......160 ..............Jr. .............RB/S
88 Tim Somers ..............................6-1.......185..............Sr............TE/DE
Head coacH: Ben ScHley
aSSiStant coacHeS:
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#30 Brian McQueary #26 Justin Woolever #20 Kurtis Spencer
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#33 Justin Mansfield
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DATE: ...........................OPPONENT................................................LOCATION
Friday, Aug. 30 ............Forest Area ........................................................Home
Friday, Sept. 6 .............Gaylord St. Mary................................................Home
Friday, Sept. 20 ...........Rudyard...............................................................Away
Friday, Sept. 27 ...........Pickford..............................................................Home
Friday, Oct. 4 ...............Onaway...............................................................Home
Friday, Oct. 11 .............Inland Lakes .......................................................Away
Friday, Oct. 18 .............St. Ignace............................................................Away
Friday, Oct. 25 .............Jo-burg...............................................................Home
Varsity Football Schedule
Tues., Sept. 3......Harbor Springs .......................Away
Thurs., Sept. 5....Inland Lakes............................Away
Tues., Sept. 10....Mancelona ..............................Home
Sat., Sept. 14 ......Petoskey Inv............................Away
Tues., Sept. 17....Gaylord St. Mary.....................Away
Sat., Sept. 21 ......Charlevoix Inv. ........................Away
Tues., Sept. 24....Bellaire....................................Home
Tues., Oct. 1........Onaway....................................Away
Tues., Oct. 8........Forest Area.............................Home
Thurs., Oct. 10....Jo-burg ....................................Away
Sat., Oct. 12 ........Suttons Bay Inv.......................Away
Sat., Oct. 19 ........Mount Morris Inv.....................Away
Tues., Oct. 22......Central Lake...........................Home
Sat., Oct. 26 ........Boyne City Inv.........................Away
Mon., Oct. 28.......Gaylord....................................Away
Wed., Oct. 30 ......Cheboygan..............................Away
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gram is set high.
The Hornets and second-
year coach Brooke Groff
are coming off a fourth-
place finish in the Ski
Valley Conference, and a
loss to league rival Onaway
in a Class D regional semi-
final match.
Both of those factors can
be used as motivation for
the 2013 Hornets.
They have talked about
the fact that one of the
goals would be conference
and looking at the state
tournament, Groff said
her players. Theyve set
those goals for themselves.
The Hornets return three
starters in libero Breah
Carter and outside hitters
Abbie Welch and
Mackenzie Wright. Also
back is defensive specialist
Kelly Lewis, who logged
significant playing time a
year ago.
Lewis, Carter and Welch,
all seniors, are the team
captains. Senior Megan
Milbrandt, a starter last
season, was lost for the
year when she injured her
knee at team camp in July
at Ferris State University.
Megan would have been
(an) outside hitter and it
forced us to shift some peo-
ple around, Groff said,
adding that she moved
Welch, the setter last year,
to outside hitter this year
in place of Milbrandt.
Abbie is doing an awesome
job filling that role that
Megan had.
As is always the case
with any high school athlet-
ic team, there is an adjust-
ment period as varsity new-
comers get acclimated with
the veterans. The 2013
Hornets are no different.
Three sophomores
Olivia Grant, Samantha
Stark and Hanah Carter
are on the roster, while
Shaylee Smith, a 6-foot jun-
ior, is also a varsity new-
comer.
Senior Breanna Sisman
returns to the program for
her first varsity season
after sitting out the entire
2012 season with an injury,
while another senior, defen-
sive specialist Cassidy
Thayer, re-joins the pro-
gram after having sat out
the past two seasons.
In all, the Hornets have
six players who got their
first taste of varsity volley-
ball when Pellston hosted
its season-opening invita-
tional, and reached the
semifinals before bowing to
Cheboygan.
The biggest adjustment
for the newcomers, Groff
said, is the speed and the
movement on the blocking
and being prepared for how
quick the hits come at the
varsity level.
Just watching how they
played as a team and as
individuals as the day
went on, they picked up on
things very quickly. You
never know with a group
that young, (but) it was
great to see how well they
played together.
The Hornets were sched-
uled to partake in the
Cadillac Invitational during
the opening week of the
season. Cadillac is tradi-
tionally a northern
Michigan volleyball power,
and its invitational is
loaded with solid programs
from schools that dwarf
Pellston in enrollment.
We see a lot of bigger
schools and tough teams at
Cadillac, Groff said. It
helps us see what we need
to do to get better. And the
girls, when they play better
competition, they rise to
it.
Losing Milbrandt to
injury is, naturally, a chal-
lenge to overcome. But with
Groff now having had a
year of coaching experi-
ence under her belt, last
years fourth-place league
finish may prove simply to
be an aberration.
I learned a lot of things
last year and were imple-
menting some different
things this year, Groff
said. I think that this year
well put a strong team on
the floor.
Groff added that the
opening tournament was a
good indicator.
They were always going
after everything, nothing
hit the floor, she said.
They worked hard to get to
everything. That goes a
long way. Itll develop
throughout the year.
Hornets look to rebound in 2013
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#.........Name...........................Ht. .......Grade ............Position
1.........Hanah Carter ...............5-3............So. ........................S
2.........Megan Milbrandt .........5-5 .............Sr. .....................OH
3.........Cassidy Thayer............5-1 .............Sr. .....................DS
4.........Abbie Welch ................5-5 .............Sr. .....................OH
5.........Kelly Lewis ..................5-6 .............Sr. .....................DS
6.........Breanna Sisman ..........5-6 .............Sr. ..............OH/MH
#.........Name...........................Ht. .......Grade ............Position
7.........Samantha Stark...........5-9............So.......................RS
8.........Olivia Grant..................5-10..........So......................MH
12.......Mackenzie Wright........6-0..............Jr. .....................OH
13.......Breah Carter ................5-1 .............Sr. .....................DS
15.......Shaylee Smith .............6-0..............Jr......................MH
the 2013PellstonHigh Schoolvarsity volleyball team. front(from left):, breah Carter, Hanah Carter; middLe: abbie Welch, Kelly Lewis, breanna Sisman;
baCK: megan milbrandt, olivia Grant, Shaylee Smith, mackenzie Wright, Samantha Stark, coach brooke Groff. not Pictured: Cassidy thayer
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2013 Pellston Varsity Volleyball
AssistAnt coAches: Heidi Burkhart, Brooke Vieau, Cassie LaCost
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#5 Kelly Lewis
#2 Megan Milbrandt #3 Cassidy Thayer #4 Abbie Welch #1 Hanah Carter
#12 Mackenzie Wright
#8 Olivia Grant #7 Samantha Stark
#6 Breanna Sisman
#13 Breah Carter
#15 Shaylee Smith Coach Brooke Groff
2013 Pellston Varsity Volleyball
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tHe 2013 PeLLSton junior varSity voLLeybaLL team. team members are front(from left): alex brisson, Stephanie Kruskie, Kiana fyke, tess drier,
Kaylee Krussell; baCK: Coach Heidi burkhart, elyssa brell, molly Crossley, Hailey Keber, Susie brilley, alexis Sisman, manager Logan Spray.
2013 Pellston Junior Varsity Volleyball
#.........Name ...........................................................Grade
1.........Kiana Fyke..............................................Freshman
2.........Hailey Keber ...........................................Freshman
3.........Kaylee Krussell .......................................Freshman
4.........Tess Drier................................................Freshman
5.........Alexis Sisman .........................................Freshman
6.........Susie Brilley .........................................Sophomore
7.........Alex Brisson.........................................Sophomore
#.........Name ...........................................................Grade
8.........Stephanie Kruskie...................................Freshman
9.........Elyssa Brell .............................................Freshman
12.......Molly Crossley ........................................Freshman
CoaCH: Heidi Burkhart
MaNaGer: Logan Spray
2013 Pellston Hornets Junior Varsity Volleyball
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on to make the playoffs. Jo-
burg and St. Ignace each
captured a district champi-
onship, and the Saints, one
of the states top Division
8 teams, eventually won a
regional title before bow-
ing in the state semifinals.
Two of those games, if
we believe that we could
have won and were mental-
ly prepared, we feel like we
could have won, Schley
said of the Hornets five-
game slide to close the 2012
season. Then were 6-3
and in the playoffs, a place
the Hornets never have
gone. But if the upward
trend continues, Pellston
could visit the post season
soon.
The second year as
been much easier, Schley
said of he and his staff
begin their sophomore sea-
son at Pellston. A lot of us
were first-year coaches last
year and the second year,
weve been much more pre-
pared in terms of practice
plans, what drills to use,
and how to teach the kids
better and more efficient-
ly.
The Hornets have just 18
players on the opening-
night roster, so, as usual,
Pellston will need to stay
healthy and physical con-
ditioning is an absolute
must in order to stand up
to the week-in, week-out
rigors of the high school
football season.
Captains Austin Hamlin,
Jon Ritter and Justin
Woolever lead the
returnees.
We dont have a lot of
guys coming back, Schley
said. But weve got a good
core of kids here.
Hamlin moves from run-
ning back to quarterback
in the Hornets wing-T
offense, an alignment
Schley implemented a year
ago in his rookie season at
the helm.
The kids already have a
year under their belt in
the system, Schley said.
Its a lot quicker process
because they understand
what were doing. Hes
(Hamlin) picking it up
pretty well. Hes a smart
kid. Hes a fast learner.
Ritter, junior Chase
Woods and Woolever are
among the frontrunners to
claim starting spots at
halfback, while senior
Kurtis Spencer is the full-
back.
Weve got six or seven
running backs, so we can
rotate them in and out
back there, Schley said.
Returnee Thomas
Readmond, a 6-foot-2, 215-
pound junior, anchors the
offensive line along with
Tim Somers, a 6-1 senior
tight end.
Among those vying for
starting spots along offen-
sive front are Devon
Anderson, Ron Hosking,
Randy Marihugh, Randall
Abney and Zack Keller.
On the defensive side of
the ball, Schley said, noth-
ing was settled personnel-
wise as the Hornets eyed a
date with Ski Valley
Conference South Division
member Fife Lake Forest
Area in their season open-
er.
We have quite a few
guys who can play, Schley
said. Thats a good prob-
lem to have. Weve got
competition for those
spots.
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