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Linden Athletic News
VOTE FOR MARY KATHRYN!
Former LHS soccer stand-out, Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz, is in the running for the 2016 Michigan State University Female Athlete of the Year.  Please use this link to vote often for Mary Kathryn:  http://isportsweb.com/2016/06/20/michigan-state-best-female-athlete-2015-16/

A little info from the website:  ​Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz (Soccer) – Though the Spartans finished ninth in the Big Ten, Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz was one of the few bright spots for the Spartans. She was fourth on the team with six points coming off of three goals on 11 shots. She was named first-team All-Big Ten and was the only Spartan to be named to either the first or second teams.

In addition to her many accomplishments at MSU, MaryKat was a 4 year All-Stater for Linden, earning Dream Team status her senior year.  Way to represent the Eagles!



 
Post Season Soccer Honors
The following have received post-season honors in soccer this spring:

First Team All-Metro:       Second Team All-Metro:         HM Metro:
Alia Frederick                     Audrey Steiert                           Erica Breitling
​Maddie Zayan                                                                      Samantha Hawkins
Katie Wilkowski
Madison Paige

All District Team:              HM All-District:
Alia Frederick                     Elizabeth Walterhouse
Maddie Zayan                    Bridget Adams
Katie Wilkowski
Audrey Steiert
​Erican Breitling
Sam Hawkins
Teresa Walterhouse
Madison Paige

All Region Team:                HM All State:
Alia Frederick                       Alia Frederick
Maddie Zayan                      Maddie Zayan
Katie Wilkowski                    Katie Wilkowski
Alia Frederick
Maddie Zayan
Katie Wilkowski
Pair of Eagles Earn Academic All State
Congratulations to juniors Alia Frederick (track) and Tyler Bourassa (lacrosse) who have each been named as Academic All-State in their sports.  Alia was selected by the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association for her honor and Tyler was selected by the Michigan High School Lacrosse Coaches Association.  Great job to both athletes.
               
Baseball Season ends in State Championship game as State Runner-Up
Linden Baseballs “Cinderella Run” comes to an end in the State Championship game losing a tough battle to Holland Christian 8-5.  The tight game was decided in the sixth inning as the Linden Eagles Varsity fell in seven innings on Saturday at Michigan State University. Jack Shore ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He allowed eight runs in six innings, walked two and struck out four. Holland Christian jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second and added one more in the 4th to set the stage for Linden dramatics yet again.  The Eagles rallied hard in the fourth inning, scoring 5 runs to take the lead 5-4.  However, Holland Christian battled hard all day, tying the game in the bottom of the 4th in a 5-5 deadlock.  The fifth inning was scoreless, with the State Championship being decided in the final two innings.  The Eagles could not muster anymore offense against a strong pitching performance from Holland Christian’s MSU commit Mike Mokma.  Holland Christian plated 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th to close the scoring at 8-5.  The Eagles battled to the end, however, end their season as MHSAA Division 2 State Runner-ups. 
We are very proud of our boys for fighting hard all season and putting together a magnificent season.  Linden’s season concludes with a 29-10-1 record, having put together perhaps the best HS season in Linden Baseball History.  The Eagles won the Flint Metro League Title with a 13-1 record, won their 4th consecutive Tom Cole Greater Flint Championship, won their 4th consecutive District Championship and also had significant wins in Regionals, State Quarter-Finals & even knocked off Dearborn Divine Child in the State Semi-Finals, against a school who has won the State Championship four times in the past 12 years.   
 
Baseball Players Receive All-State Recognition
Congratulations to the following Linden Baseball Players!

Jack Shore - Pitcher - First Team All-State
Lucas Marshall - Pitcher - Second Team All-State
Baseball beats Dearborn Divine Child 5-2 in State Semi-Final
Linden beat Dearborn Divine Child in the State Semi-Final game on Thursday by a score of 5-2.  Lucas Marshall was solid in a complete game victory.  Marshall allowed one earned run, six hits and two walks while striking out four.  The Eagles scored the tying and go-ahead runs on a big hit by Nick Koan, who singled up the middle with the bases loaded to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning.  Later in the inning, Chris Kitch scored on an error to increase Linden’s lead to 3-1.  The Eagles then answered again in the 4th inning, when Ryker Rivera singled to left field, scoring Jakub Gagne.  Later in the 4th Brendan Buerkel delivered a sacrifice fly, scoring Ryker Rivera to extend the Eagles lead to 5-1.  Dearborn Divine Child was able to score one run in the top of the 5th to end the scoring at 5-2.  Lucas Marshall retired the rest of DDC’s batters in order in the 6th & 7th innings to secure the victory.  Getting hits in the victory for the Eagles were Kevin Bates, Chris Kitch, Nick Koan, Aaron Sarkon, Jamon Link & Ryker Rivera.  The runs were scored by Kevin Bates, Chris Kitch, Jakub Gagne, Corbin Sines & Ryker Rivera.  Batting in the runs for the Eagles were Brendan Buerkel, Nick Koan (2) and Ryker Rivera.

The Eagles will play in the State Championship game on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. vs. Holland Christian at MSU.
 
Baseball beats Gaylord 2-0 in State Quarter-Finals!
Jack Shore tossed a shutout to carry the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 2-0 victory over Gaylord at Saginaw Valley State University in the State Quarter-Finals in 8 innings. Shore worked out of some tricky spots for the Linden Eagles Varsity. He pitched eight innings and allowed no earned runs on three hits. Shore faced his toughest moment in the seventh inning.  With the bases loaded, Jamon Link saved the day by stretching out toward first base to snag a bad throw to the plate.  Link’s great play saved what would have been a walk-off win for Gaylord.  Instead Linden got out of the 7th inning without a run.   In the top of the 8th inning the Linden bats finally came alive.  Chris Kitch was the offensive hero as he pushed the Linden Eagles Varsity ahead with a double up the left-centerfield gap to score Ryker Rivera & Brendan Buerkel.  Ryker Rivera singled to get on base in the eighth. He then went from first to second on a sacrifice by Kevin Bates.  Brendan Buerkel followed up with a walk and that is when Kitch drove them home.   Kitch racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Linden Eagles Varsity.
The Eagles advance to the State Semi-Finals on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Michigan State University vs. Dearborn Divine Child. 
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Baseball Advances to State Quarter Final by Winning Regional Championship!
In the Regional Semi-Final vs. Frankenmuth, the Linden Eagles Varsity didn't provide Lucas Marshall with much support, but Marshall was solid in the Linden Eagles Varsity’s 2-1 win over Frankenmuth in eight innings on Saturday at Garber HS in Essexville.  Marshall went 6 and did not get a decision in the game.  Brendan Buerkel came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning with the bases loaded and the game tied 1-1.  Buerkel was hit by a pitch, scoring Jakub Gagne to secure victory as the Eagles mobbed the field victorious. Jack Shore got the win in relief for the Linden Eagles Varsity. Shore pitched two innings and allowed no runs.  In the 8th inning, Sawyer Benge was the catalyst who got things going with 1 out.  Benge ripped a line drive single to center setting the stage for things to come.  Following Benge was Ryker Rivera who singled to put runners on 2nd & 1st.  Kevin Bates then provided an infield single to load the bases and set-up Buerkel’s game winning hit by pitch.  The lone run of the game for Frankenmuth crossed the plate in the first inning on a bases loaded walk by Marshall.
 
In the Regional Final vs. Clio, A magnificent effort by Jack Shore carried the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 4-0 win in eight innings over Clio on Saturday at Garber HS in Essexville. The Linden Eagles Varsity got the win thanks in large part to Shore's dominant, 10-strikeout performance.  The shutout for Shore makes it his 8th of the season. The Linden Eagles Varsity's pitcher gave up just five hits over eight shutout innings. Aaron Sarkon was the offensive hero for the Linden Eagles Varsity when he drove a shot up the left centerfield gap with the bases loaded, plating 3 Eagles in the top of the 8th.  Setting the stage for A.Sarkon’s big hit in the 8th, Brendan Buerkel got things going by walking to lead off the inning.   Chris Kitch then singled sharply to center putting runners on 2nd and 1st with zero outs. Trey Link followed with a sacrifice bunt, which left all runners safe and the bases loaded with zero outs.  Then Aaron Sarkon’s heroics as he doubled in 3 runs on his double.  Another run scored on a wild pitch to put the Eagles up 4-0 which ended up being the final. 
 
Jack Shore recorded both wins on the mound for the Eagles.
 
The Eagles will play in State Quarter-Final action at 2:00 p.m. at Saginaw Valley State University vs. Gaylord on Tuesday, 6/14/16.

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Summer Camp Registration
Interested in a summer camp at Linden?  Click here for a complete listing of all available camps and opportunities.

 
Softball Post Season Awards
Softball Girls Recieve All-District & All-League Honors
 
All-Flint Metro League First Team:
Cayla Wierenga - Outfield
Lizzie Rakowksi - Outfiled
Megan Klavitter - Infield
Molly Churches - First Base
 
All-Flint Metro League Second Team:
Sterling DeGayner - Infield
Alexa Marsh - Pitcher
 
All-Flint Metro League Honorable Mention:
Christina Clemons - Pitcher
Kim Freitas - Catcher

All-District Team:
Lizzie Rakowski - Outfield
Kim Freitas - Catcher
Baseball Kids Recieve All-District & All-League Honors
All-Flint Metro League First Team:
Jack Shore - Pitcher - *Unamimous
Lucas Marshall - Pitcher
Brendan Buerkel - Infield
Ryker Rivera - Outfield
Jamon Link - Catcher
Chris Kitch - First Base
All-Flint Metro League Honorable Mention:
Kevin Bates - Infield
Aaron Sarkon - Infield
Cole Sarkon - Outfield

All-District Team:
Jack Shore - Pitcher *Unamimous
Lucas Marshall - Pitcher
Aaron Sarkon - Pitcher
Kevin Bates - Infield
Chris Kitch - First Base
All-District Academic Team:
Julian Fischer
Kevin Bates
Aaron Sarkon

 
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to Ryker Rivera, our newest State Bank Athlete of the Week for baseball.  This week, Ryker hit .538 (7 for 13) including 5 RBI's in District Final. He had 5 hits in district play which includes 3 hits in finals. He also had 4 stolen bases on the week and played an errorless center field.
Boys Lacrosse Post Season Wrap Up
 Head Coach Stan Orzel
 Most Improved Player - Adam Glomb (goalie)
 Def Player of the Year - Tyler Reisch (Long Stick Midfielder)
 Wolf of the Year - Brian Hackney (leadership)
 Coach's Stick Award  (dedication) - MannyVomvolakis
​ Most Valuable Player - Derek Delong
​ Outstanding 1st Year Player - Zack Eakes
 ​



Team leaders in goals was Luke White [FHS}, Midfielder with 18; Most Assists was Derek Delong [FHS] 26, most points was Derek Delong 35, and most Ground Balls was Derek Delong with 84.
 
Finally, two of this years graduates accepted scholarships and will play in college at the Division II level, Adam Glomb[FHS]- Goalie will play next year at Madonna University majoring in business, and     Brian Hackney [FHS]-Midfielder will play at Lawrence Tech and major in engineering.  Brian has also accepted a scholarship to play hockey there as well.
Boys Sprint relays perform well at states
The 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams headed to the state meet Saturday in Zeeland to compete against the best in Michigan. The 4x200 team of Cade Dickson, Bailey Davis, Nolan McDonald and Jake Cox ran a season best time 1:32.14 to finish 16th. They outran their seed position by 6 places as anchor Jake Cox passed several teams in the final 100 meters! 

The 4x100 also ran an impressive season best time of 44.05. The team of Ryan Young, Cade Dickson, and Nolan McDonald put Jake Cox in great position to do what he does best and run down several other team's runners. Cox had a blazing fast leg passing 3 other teams to get 2nd in the heat. The run was good enough to earn the team 11th in the state! 
Alia Frederick All-Stater!
Alia Frederick has claimed a spot in the D2 Track All-State team with her record setting performance on Saturday in the State Finals.  Alia broke her own record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.68 to finish in 6th place.  

In addition to her All-State status on the track, Alia has also been named to the Academic All State team.  To qualify for this award, athletes must place in the top 8 in an event at the MHSAA State Finals AND have a 3.500 minimum cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Baseball beats Powers & Goodrich to capture 4th Straight District Title!
In the District Semi-Final, Jack Shore threw a shutout to lift the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 4-0 win over Powers Catholic at Lake Fenton HS in seven innings. Shore got the win for the Linden Eagles Varsity thanks to 12 strikeouts. The Linden Eagles Varsity's pitcher tossed seven innings of shutout ball and allowed only four hits. The Linden Eagles Varsity never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring one run on a groundout by Brendan Buerkel. The Linden Eagles Varsity tacked on another two runs in the fourth. Sawyer Benge started the inning with a single, bringing home Aaron Sarkon. That was followed up by Ryker Rivera's single, plating Jakub Gagne.  Providing offensive spark for the Eagles were Cole Sarkon, Sawyer Benge & Ryker Rivera with 2 hits each, while Trey Link & Aaron Sarkon had one hit a piece. 
In the District Final, Twenty-one batters couldn't locate Lucas Marshall as Marshall threw a no-hitter on Saturday, in the Linden Eagles Varsity's 6-0 victory over Goodrich.  Marshall struck out nine batters and walked three while recording his momentous feat. He got the final out via strike out to begin the celebration for the Eagles and Marshall.  Ryker Rivera racked up five RBIs on three hits for the Linden Eagles Varsity. He doubled in the fourth inning and singled in the second and sixth innings. The game was never in doubt after the second, as the Linden Eagles Varsity scored three runs on a two-run single by Rivera. Chris Kitch, Cole Sarkon, Jamon Link & Sawyer Benge each had a hit for the Eagles, while Ryker Rivera had 3. 
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Linden JV Wins Inaugural Flint Metro League Tourney
The Linden JV Softball Team beat Clio 8-0 and Flint Kearsley 10-3 to win the 1st JV Flint Metro League Tournament.  In Game 1 Megan Oda pitched the shutout striking out 11 in winning her 16th game of the year.  Syd Palmquist drove in the first run in the 3rd inning giving Linden a 1-0 lead.  It stayed that way until Alaina Bradley ripped a bases loaded triple to give Linden a 4-0 lead in the 6th inning.  The Eagles tacked on 4 more runs in the 7th to finish off Clio.  In the Championship Game the Eagles jumped on the Kearsley starter for 7 runs in the first inning!  Hannah Marshall was awesome on the mound winning her 15th game and allowing only 3 runs.  Corryn Reger was the hitting star going 4-4 with 2 home runs and a triple!  Syd Palmquist also delivered 3 hits.  The Eagles finished the year 32-3 with 3 tournament victories!  Linden outscored their opponents 396-101 during the year and finished on a 17 game winning streak! Great Job to all the Players for their accomplishments this year!
Varsity Softball Falls to GB
The Varsity Softball team lost 2 close games to Grand Blanc last night.  4-2 and 2-1.   In Game 1 the Eagles outhit the Bobcats 11 to 7 but could not get the key hit to drive in runs.  The Eagles tied the score in the top of the 5th at 2 each, but Grand Blanc scored 2 in the bottom of the 5th and that's where the scoring stopped!  Lex Marsh pitched well giving up only 1 earned run while striking out 6 and walking 1.  Kim Freitas, Molly Churches, Sterling Degayner and Emily Williams all had 2 hits to lead Linden in Game 1.  Game 2 saw Christina Clemons and two Grand Blanc pitchers have quite a pitchers duel!  Clemons limited Grand Blanc to 5 hits and struck out 7, but Linden could only muster 4 hits.  Jess Richert drove in the only run in the top of the 5th to give Linden a 1-0 lead, but again Grand Blanc answered with 2 in the bottom of the fifth to capture the 2-1 victory. The Eagles open District Play at 10:00 am Saturday vs. Goodrich at Lake Fenton High School.
Baseball Beats Lapeer to capture 4th Straight Tom Cole Greater Flint Championship!
The Linden Eagles Varsity beat Lapeer 3-0 in seven innings on Monday at Broome Park to capture their fourth consecutive D1 Tom Cole Greater Flint Championship.  The Fourth consecutive championship sets a record never done before.  Kevin Bates had two extra base hits. He doubled in the second inning and tripled in the seventh inning and compiled all 3 RBI’s for the Eagles 3-0 victory. Jack Shore was great on the mound for the Eagles as he racked up 10 strikeouts in the Linden Eagles Varsity win. The Linden Eagles Varsity's pitcher gave up just six hits over seven shutout innings.  The shutout by Shore is his 6th of the season. The game was never in doubt after the second, as the Linden Eagles Varsity scored two runs on a two-run double by Bates.  The Eagles tacked on an insurance run in the 7th as Bates tripled in a run.  The Eagles tallied 6 hits in the contest, 2 by Bates and 1 each by Brendan Buerkel, Chris Kitch, Trey Link and Jamon Link.  Jakub Gagne scored 2 of the Eagles 3 runs, while Sawyer Benge scored one also.   
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Varsity Softball Wins Ogemaw Tourney
Ashley Bertschey crushed a three run walk off homer as Linden run ruled Gladwin (27-9) to win the Ogemaw Heights Tournament for the first time in 7 years of playing in the tournament!  Linden Beat Tawas 5-3 and Ogemaw Heights 10-3 to get to the championship game vs Gladwin.  From there Linden jumped on Gladwin with 2 runs in the first and 5 runs in the second.  Alexa Marsh kept Gladwin off balance allowing 6 hits in earning her 13th win of the year.  Gladwin threatened with 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth, but were finished when Bertschey made a running catch down the right field line.  Bertschey finished the game 3-4 with 5 RBI's and the homer!  Liz Rakowski and Christina Clemons also had 3 hits and 3 and 2 RBI's respectively in the championship game.  They both also had 2 doubles vs. Gladwin.  In the first game vs. Tawas Sterling DeGayner got Linden on the board first with a two run Homer in the second inning to get the Eagles the early lead.  Marsh pitched well scattering 9 hits and only allowing 3 runs.  Liz Rakowski gave Linden some breathing room with a solo Homer in the top of the seventh inning.  Molly Churches, Rakowski and DeGayner all had 2 hits to lead Linden. DeGayner had 6 total bases with her two hits.  In the Game 2 victory Cayla Wierenga (4) and Kimmy Freitas (3) had seven hits between them hitting in the Number 1 and 2 spots in the lineup. In the 2nd inning Jess Richert laid down a perfect bunt to move Sam Polidan (running for the pitcher Clemons) to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no one out.  Polidan scored on some aggressive baserunning on a passed ball to give LInden a 2-0 lead early. Ogemaw battled back to tie the game at 3 in the top of the 4th.  A Brittney Vargas double started the bottom of the forth inning for Linden who then struck for 5 runs to open up the game!.  Marsh and Freitas both had 2 RBI to lead the team in the 10-3 victory.  Christina Clemons scattered 9 hits and allowed 3 runs in winning her 11th game of the year!  In the three games Linden scored 28 runs and only allowed 9. The Eagles pounded out 45 hits in the Memorial Day weekend sun, led by Liz Rawoski who went 7-12 with 3 doubles and a Homer and 4 RBI's  Ashely Bertschey finished the weekend 5-9 with 6 RBI, DeGayner, Clemons, and Churches all had 5 hits during the weekend.  Emily Williams was solid at shortstop handling 11 chances and Sterling DeGayner turned her 8th double play of the year and showed tremendous range at second base in leading the glove work for Linden.   The wins improve the Eagles record to 24-10 on the year!
Varsity Softball Bounces Back with St. John's Sweep
The Linden Varsity softball team swept St. John's by scores of 10-4 and 7-5.  In game 1 Christina Clemmons followed a booming triple by Sterling DeGayner with a double to straight away center field to get Linden a 1-0 lead after one inning.  The Eagles jumped on St. Johns with 4 more runs in the second keyed by a Molly Churches 2 run double. Ashley Bertschy also had a key hit in the 5th inning driving in two runs  Lex Marsh scattered 4 hits and struck out 4 with no walks on the mound.  Marsh also had 2 hits and 2 RBI's.  Liz Rakowksi led the hit parade with 3 of the teams 15 hits in game 1.  In Game 2 Christina Clemons pitched well shutting out St. Johns thru 5 innings before settling for the 7-5 win.  Cayla Wierenga reached base on all 5 of her plate appearances!  Molly Churches and Clemons accounted for 5 hits and 5 RBI's between them.  Ashley Bertschy also reached base 3 times in Game 2, and Kimmy Freitas had two hits in each game.  The wins move Linden to 21 - 10 on the year!
Varsity Baseball drops 2 close games to visiting Brighton
In the first game, the Linden Eagles Varsity failed to provide enough offense to beat Brighton on Wednesday at Linden, despite Aaron Sarkon's stellar seven-inning performance.  The Eagles lost 2-0, as they faced up against a strong pitching performance by Brighton.  The Eagles could only muster 3 hits in the contest.  The game was 1-0 entering the 7th, however, Brighton tacked up an insurance run in the 7th to close the scoring.  Despite only giving up 4 hits, Sarkon took the loss for the Linden Eagles Varsity.  He struck out 8 and walked 2.

In the second game, Jakub Gagne and Lucas Marshall did their best to change the outcome on the mound for the Eagles, but the Linden Eagles Varsity could not score the tying run past Brighton as the Linden Eagles Varsity lost 6-5 in seven innings at Linden on Wednesday.  Gagne entered the game in the 4th inning and allowed 1 hit, struck out 2 and walked 1.  Marshall pitched the 6th and 7th inning and allowed 1 hit and struck out 2 not walking a batter.  Kevin Bates ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just two innings, walked three, struck out one, and allowed four runs.  Chris Kitch pitched the 3rd inning, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs.   The Eagles trailed 6-0 before making their comeback, stranding the tying run in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings.  Four runs in the bottom of the fifth helped the Linden Eagles Varsity close their deficit to 6-5. A fielder's choice and a two-run single by Cole Sarkon sparked the Linden Eagles Varsity's rally.  However, the Eagles left the tying run on base to close the 5th.  The Eagles had chances to tie the game in the 5th, 6th and 7th inning but couldn’t get it done.
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Linden JV Softball Sweeps Fenton and Wins 30th Game
The Linden JV softball squad swept Fenton 12-1 and 15-3 last night to finish the Metro League Season undefeated at 12-0!  Medan Oda pitched Game 1 and won her 15th game of the year!  Megan controlled Fenton and combined with Heather Crampton and Eva Darling on a slick pickoff play at first base.   Game 2 was won by Hannah Marshall who won her 14th game of the year.  Hannah kept Fenton Hitters off balance in game 2 and pitched well.  Syd Palmquist led the hitters with 5 hits and 6 RBI's. Corryn Reger hit her first home run of the year in the 2nd inning of game 1.  The Eagles end the regular season at 30-3.  They next play June 2nd in the Metro League JV Year End Tournament.
Varsity Softball Falls to Fenton
Fenton broke open a 2-2 ballgame in Game 1 with 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th.  Linden could not overcome the deficit and lost 5-2.  Lex Marsh pitched well enough to keep Linden in the game, but the offense just couldn't get that timely hit.  The Eagles ended up with 16 hits in Game 1 including 4 by Cayla Wierenga!  Game 2 was won by Fenton 12-2.  Molly Churches had 4 hits in the doubleheader.  Linden finishes Metro League play with 10 wins and a second place finish!
Varsity Baseball splits with Fenton - Wins Metro League Title with best record in Linden Metro League History
No baseball team in Metro League History has ever finished undefeated.  The Eagles made a valiant effort but came up short.  However, still finishing 13-1 which ties a list of Metro League winners with one loss as the best record in Metro League History.  Also posting a 13-1 record in the Metro League is the best record in Linden Baseball History.

In the first game, Fenton took the lead in the sixth inning, and the Linden Eagles Varsity was unable to muster a comeback, losing 5-3 in seven innings on Monday at Fenton HS. 
Lucas Marshall was charged with the loss. He walked one, struck out nine, and allowed five runs in six innings.  In the bottom of the first, Fenton grabbed the early lead, 2-0. The Linden Eagles Varsity got one-run boosts in each of the second, third and sixth which tied the game. In the second, the Linden Eagles Varsity scored on an RBI double by Cole Sarkon, bringing home Trey Link.  After a quick strike from the Linden Eagles Varsity, Fenton responded with one run in the second. Fenton scored on an RBI single by Tallman.  Fenton never trailed after scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single.

In the second game, The Linden Eagles Varsity and Fenton both had scoring chances on Monday, but it was the Linden Eagles Varsity that were able to capitalize on them as they pulled out a 5-0 win at Fenton HS.  Kevin Bates paced the Linden Eagles Varsity at the plate. Bates went 2-4 and scored two runs. He doubled in the third inning and singled in the seventh inning. The Linden Eagles Varsity's Jack Shore kept Fenton off the scoreboard for all seven innings he was on the bump. He pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on four hits while striking out nine. The Linden Eagles Varsity went up for good in the first, scoring two runs on a fielder's choice and an RBI single by Aaron Sarkon. The Linden Eagles Varsity increased their lead with two runs in the seventh. A ground out RBI by Brendan Buerkel scored Sawyer Benge to get the Linden Eagles Varsity on the board in the inning.
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State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Taylor Acox (track) and Chris Kitch (baseball) who have been selected as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
   Taylor competed in two meets this week, but it was her performance at our regional final in Williamston that was truly outstanding. She competed in four events on Saturday and earned a medal in each one. Her two individual events were the 100m hurdles and the 300m hurdles. Her time of 17.46 earned an 8th place medal as well as the distinction of being the 10th fastest LHS female hurdler at that distance in program history. Her time of 49.78 placed her 5th overall in the 300m hurdles. Taylor also competed in two relays, the 800m relay which placed 7th and the 1600m relay which placed 5th. Taylor is one of the hardest workers on our team and she has taken on the challenge of participating in both track as soccer as a 9th grader.
 
 ​Chris had a phenomenal week for the Linden Varsity baseball team. Chris batted .529 (9 for 17) including 5 RBI's and 2 runs scored. Within this great week, Chris was 5 for 8 vs Clio which helped Linden clinch the Metro League title this past Monday and improve the team's state ranking to #1. Also Chris played a solid first base for the Eagles.
LINDEN JV SOFTBALL "WALKS OFF" WITH TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
The Linden JV Softball Team won the Linden Softball Invite in thrilling fashion over Lake Fenton 7-6 in walk off style in extra innings!  Linden jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first on a 2 out, 2 run triple by Syd Palmquist.  It stayed that way until the bottom of the 5th inning when Eva Darling singled and went from 1st to 3rd on a great bunt by Isabel Wright. Deanna Jenkinson doubled her home to give Linden a 3-1 Lead.  Lake Fenton scored 5 in the top of the 6th inning to go up 6-3 but the Linden Girls never doubted!  In the bottom of the 6th Kyra Klocek led off with a single and scored on Corryn Reger's triple.  Eva Darling then doubled in Corryn to get the game to within 6-5.  Down one run in  the bottom of the 7th Hannah Marshall doubled with 1 out.  After another out moved Marshall to third, Heather Crampton put the ball in play with 2 strikes and 2 outs to score Marshall to tie the game and send it into extra innings!!  Lake Fenton threatened to score but Deanna Jenkinson threw a strike to Klocek at third to throw out the baserunner trying to go from 1st to 3rd.  That killed the Lake Fenton rally.  In the bottom of the 8th Palmquist led off with a single.  Kyra Klocek doubled her to third with nobody out, then Reger bounced an infield single to win the game and the tournament!   Megan Oda pitched 8 strong innings and was supported by a very good defense, especially Alaina Bradley and Erin Gillespie!!!  In the first game of the day Linden beat Durand 15-0.   Megan Oda and Deanna Jenkinson combined for a 3 inning mercy rule perfect game!  The second game saw a offensive outburst as Linden beat Brandon 14-9.  Syd Palmquist was 7-11 on the day with 9 RBI's.  Kyra Klocek, Deanna Jenkinson and Eva Darling all had 6 hits.  Deanna also drove in 7 runs.  Marshall, Oda, Crampton and Reger all had 4 hits.  Kaitlyn Dunn had 3 hits vs. Brandon.  Deanna Jenkinson also pitched, caught, played all the infield spots and the outfield in a show of great versatility during the day!  The wins improved the JV softball record to 28-3.
Varsity Baseball hits their first snag or the season at Clarkston Tournament
In the first game vs. Cranbrook Kingswood, the Linden Eagles Varsity lost 6-4 in seven innings at Clarkston HS on Saturday, despite outhitting Cranbrook Kingswood seven to five.  Kevin Bates took the loss for the Linden Eagles Varsity. He allowed seven runs in six innings, walked one and struck out two. The top of the first saw the Linden Eagles Varsity take an early lead, 3-0. Chris Kitch kicked things off for the Linden Eagles Varsity with a single. The Linden Eagles Varsity then tacked on more runs when Kitch scored on an error and Sarkon scored on a passed ball. Cranbrook Kingswood stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the fifth, scoring six runs while Cranbrook Kingswood only managed 1 hit in the inning.The Linden Eagles Varsity scored one run in the top of the seventh to cut their deficit to two. An RBI single by Brendan Buerkel gave the Linden Eagles Varsity, however, the Eagles comeback fell short due to costly mistakes.
In the second game vs. Clarkston, Aaron Sarkon held up his end of the bargain, but Sarkon couldn't will the Linden Eagles Varsity past Clarkston as the Linden Eagles Varsity lost 3-0 in seven innings at Clarkston HS on Saturday. Sarkon was a workhorse on the bump for the Linden Eagles Varsity. Sarkon allowed two earned runs, six hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings of work. The Eagles could not manage to get anything going offensively, as they only managed one hit in the contest.  Sarkon ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss.
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State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Alia Frederick (soccer) and Morgan White (lacrosse) who have been named as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
Alia, a two sport spring athlete in soccer and track, won the 400m dash at a Metro meet vs Fenton this week. Her time of 1:00.61 puts her 4th on the all-time list at LHS for that event. She also won the 100m hurdles in a lifetime best 16.12. On Friday evening at Davison, she finished first in our division (4th overall) in that same event with a time of 16.70. Finally, she ran her best time of the season placing first overall in the 300m hurdles in a time of 47.39.
Morgan, a senior,
plays from end line to end line (120 yards) all game long and her contributions on the defensive and offensive end of the game seldom show up on the stat sheet. The Heat suffered two losses in their two games this week but not because of Morgan’s efforts. Against Saginaw Heritage, Morgan won ground balls, caused several turnovers and had three intercepted passes. In Friday night’s loss to Rochester Adams, Morgan again had three interceptions, two draws won, five ground balls won and three goals.
 
Varsity Softball Sweeps Fowlerville
Christina Clemons threw her 3rd shutout of the year as Linden beat Fowlerville 8-0 in Game 2.  She scattered 4 hits and struck out 3 over 7 innings or work!  Liz Rakowski hit a Grand Slam in the 3rd inning for her 7th Home Run of the year, to give Linden a 5-0 lead.  Game 1 was a huge offensive showing for both teams.  Fowlerville jumped out to a 9-4 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.  Linden was knocking on the door, and thru the first 4 innings had left 9 base runners on base.  Jess Richert led off the bottom of the 5th with a walk, and then the floodgates opened.  The Eagles batted around and scored 6 runs!  Kim Freitas, Lex Marsh, Christina Clemons and Molly Churches all had 3 hits in Game 2.  Liz Rakowski had 4 hits, and in the double header was 8-8 and also reached base on a walk for a perfect night at the plate!  Lex drove in 4 runs on 5 hits. Molly and had 5 hits on the night and she and Christina both had 3 RBI's
Congratulations Baseball Seniors!
A special thank you to the following baseball seniors who were recognized on Thursday:  James Roan, Julian Fischer, Trey Link, Conor Faught, Chris Kitch & Kevin Bates.  Your dedication to the Linden Baseball Program is appreciated.
Baseball Splits with Fowlerville
In the first game, a tight game was decided in the seventh inning as the Linden Eagles Varsity fell to Fowlerville 5-2 in seven innings on Thursday at Linden.  Lucas Marshall was a workhorse on the bump for the Linden Eagles Varsity. Marshall allowed two earned runs, six hits and two walks while striking out nine over seven innings of work.  Despite a nice outing, Marshall was charged with the loss. Neither team scored until the fourth when Fowlerville got on the board. Fowlerville got on the board thanks to a fielder's choice. The Linden Eagles Varsity quickly matched Fowlerville's strong inning with a one-run inning of their own in the fourth. The Linden Eagles Varsity scored thanks to two doubles, one by Trey Link and another double by Cole Sarkon, scoring James Roan who entered the game to run for Link.  However, Fowlerville scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th to go up 5-1.  The Eagles were able to score 1 run in the bottom of the 7th and left the bases loaded to close the game.

In the second game, The Linden Eagles Varsity starter Jack Shore doesn't need much run-support when he is on the hill and he showed it on Thursday at Linden against Fowlerville . Seven strong innings by Shore spurred the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 2-1 victory over Fowlerville in seven innings.  The only run allowed by Shore was unearned.  Fowlerville scored one run in the sixth on a groundout.  The Linden Eagles Varsity stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring one run on a sacrifice fly by Chris Kitch scoring Kevin Bates.  Kitch also provided the 2nd RBI in the 3rd inning when he singled in Conor Faught with a 2 out single.

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Kiwanis Athletes
Linden was proudly represented by four outstanding senior leaders and athletes today at the Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Year luncheon.  The luncheon was held at Genesys Health Club with representatives from all the schools in the surrounding area.  Tyler Ziccardi was selected as the November Athlete of the Month and Jordan Holscher, Megan Klavitter and Bridget Adams all were nominees from the Flint Metro League.
 
JV Softball Sweeps Again!
The Linden JV Softball team swept a very very tough Fowlerville team last night by scores of 2-1 and 8-1.  In Game 1 Megan Oda scattered 4 hits and struck out 8 on her way to her 12th win.  Eva Darling drove in the first run of the game with a single plating Syd Palmquist in the 2nd inning.  Linden took a 2-0 lead in the 4th when Syd drove in Heather Crampton who had doubled.  Megan Oda got out of a no out bases loaded jam in the 6th with 2 key strikeouts!  Kyra Klocek was phenomenal at third base in leading the defensive charge!  Hannah Marshall also won her 12th game in Game 2.  Hannah scattered 4 hits and made a great catch on a line shot back at her!  Syd Palmquist and Heather Crampton led the hitting for the Eagles in Game 2.
Baseball ranked #1 in state D2
Varsity Softball Splits with Clio
Christina Clemons beat Clio, for the second time in 9 days scattering 6 hits and pitching 5 scoreless innings, after Clio scored 2 in the top of the first inning. She helped lead Linden Varsity Softball to a 12-2 win in Game 2.  The Eagles pounded out 18 hits led by Cayla Wierenga's 4 hit performance.  Included in the 4 hits were a double and a Home Run.  Lex Marsh also added a solo Home Run in the second inning.  Adding 3 hits each in Game 2 were Liz Rakowksi and Christina Clemons... Jess Richert and Kim Freitas both had 2 hits each.   In Game 1 Clio jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and Linden was never able to recover in the 8-4 defeat.  Molly Churches had 2 RBI singles to lead the team.  Ashley Bertschey made it exciting with a 2 run single in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Currently the Linden Varsity Softball team is at 10-2 in league play (17-8 overall) and will face off next Monday, at Fenton for a chance to be Metro League Champs!!
Soccer Teams Shut Out Clio
The Eagles came out strong for their 12th shut out of the season vs Clio 8-0 on Monday night at Claude Cranston.  Katie Wilkowski had a hat trick and two assists to lead the scoring for Linden.  Alia Frederick had two goals while Erica Freeman, Audrey Steiert and Teresa Walterhouse each added one.  Erica Breitling had two assists and Olivia Kirk, Jordan Holscher, and Audtrey Steiert had one apiece.
Madison Paige had three saves in goal and Bridget Adams had one to complete the shut out.
Linden moves to 16-1-1 and 5-1 in the Metro League.

The JV soccer team defeated visiting Clio 4-0 yesterday at Claude Cranston Stadium.  Scoring for the Eagles were Taylor Jones, Elaina Newman, Payton Leedle and Taylor Acox.  Assists came from Julia Otman, Emma Ford, Taylor Acox and Marissa Ziccardi.  Kayla Sugg and Tamira Van Tassell combined in goal with 6 saves.
JV Softball Sweeps Clio
Megan Oda struck out 13 and allowed no earned runs in leading Linden to an 11-3 win in Game 1.   Deanna Jenkinson came in for her first extended work on the mound this year and did not allow a hit over 3 innings in a 15-0 win in Game 2. In Game 1 LInden broke open a 2-2 game in the top of the 4th with 6 runs in which the big hit was a bases loaded double by Heather Crampton.  In Game 2 Linden hopped on Clio with 6 runs in the first inning.   Corryn RegerSyd Palmquist, and Eva Darling, all had 3 hits to lead Linden, Darling had 6 RBI's and Crampton had 5 RBI to lead the team.  Erin Gillespie had 2 hits and 2 RBI in Game 2.  Heather Crampton also threw out 6 base runners over the two games!!  The Eagles improved to 23-3 on the year and 10-0 in the league!
Varsity Baseball Wins Flint Metro League with sweep of Cliio
In the First game, the Linden Eagles Varsity took the last of six lead changes in a back-and-forth affair against Clio , securing a 7-6 victory on Monday at Linden. The Linden Eagles Varsity pulled out the win thanks to a strong seventh inning. The Linden Eagles Varsity scored on a single by Aaron SarkonJack Shore got the win in relief for the Linden Eagles Varsity. Shore pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed three runs which were all unearned.  Clio jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. The Linden Eagles Varsity quickly matched Clio 's strong inning with a three-run inning of their own in the first. The Linden Eagles Varsity scored on an RBI single by Chris Kitch and an RBI single by Ryker Rivera.  The Linden Eagles Varsity got two-run rallies in the fifth inning and the seventh. In the fifth, the Linden Eagles Varsity scored on a two-run double by Trey Link, plating Kevin Bates and Brendan Buerkel.  The Linden Eagles Varsity went up for good in the seventh scoring two runs, which came home on two singles to secure the 7-6 victory.  James Roan scored the winning run for the Eagles.  Chris Kitch, Trey Link and Aaron Sarkon each had 2 hits in the contest.
 

In the second game, An ace performance by Jack Shore & Aaron Sarkon  spurred the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 1-0 win in 11 innings over Clio on Monday at Linden.  Shore held Clio scoreless for seven innings. Shore struck out seven and allowed two walks and three hits.  Aaron Sarkon held Clio scoreless for 4 innings.  He tossed four innings of shutout ball. He struck out nine, walked two and surrendered two hits. The Linden Eagles Varsity scored their only run of the game on an RBI single by Ryker Rivera in the bottom of the eleventh inning scoring Brendan Buerkel with the victory.  Chris Kitch had 3 hits for the Eagles, while Ryker Rivera and Jamon Link had 2.

The sweep improves the Eagles record to 12-0 in the Metro League clinching the Metro League Title.  The Eagles overall record improves to 20-2. 

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Varsity Softball Team Splits with Powers
Lex Marsh pitched a one-hit gem on Friday, in Game 2, to get the Linden Varsity Softball team a split vs Flint Powers.  Game 1 saw Linden fall 8-6, but the team got back on track with a 8-1 win in Game 2. Sterling DeGayner got it done with her glove, turning 3 double plays on the night.  Liz Rakowski knocked her 6th home run of the year in the 5th inning of Game 2 to extend the lead to 8-0.  Liz had 3 hits on the day and 3 RBI.  Molly Churches led the team with 4 RBI on the night from 2 big hits.  Emily Williams and Megan Klavitter also had 2 hits on the night.  The Eagles face Metro League foe Clio at home on Monday!!
Golfers Defeat LF
On Thursday, the Linden Boys Varsity and JV golf took on Lake Fenton in a friendly non-conference match. The varsity came away with a victory by two strokes. The final score was Linden 180 to Lake Fenton 182. Scoring for the eagles were Tony Mastin and Trevor Sundrla with a pair of 44's. Gabe Piesko came in with a 45 and Ryan Montini rounded out the scoring with a 47. Linden varsity will compete Monday 516/16 in the end of the season Flint Metro League Tournament.

Devin Hubbard shot 46 to lead the JV Eagles to a 207-219 victory over the Blue Devils.  Jack Whitman (50), Aiden McCarthy (53) and Cameron Ruscoe (58) rounded out the scoring for Linden.
JV Softball Sweeps Byron
Syd Palmquist crushed a three run homer in the first inning of game 1 to Lead the Linden JV Eagles to a 12-1 and 13-0 sweep on Friday.   Syd finished the night 5 for 6 with 5 RBI's.  In Game 1 Megan Oda pitched well on the way to her 10th win of the year!  Megan also contributed 5 RBI's at the plate.  Erin Gillespie was hot at the plate as she went 3-3 in Game 1 with a double and a triple and scored 4 runs.  In Game 2 Hannah Marshall and Deanna Jenkinson combined for the shutout.  Deanna struck out 2 of 3 in the ninth inning to finish the game off!  Kyra Klocek did a fine job behind the plate for both games allowing zero steals!  The one girl who tried to steal was picked off on a great throw by Kyra and an even  better catch and tag by Corryn Reger!  The Eagles face Metro League foe Clio on Monday.
Baseball/Softball Canceled
The Wooden Bat baseball tournament at Linden and Fenton has been canceled for today due to field conditions. 

The Mt. Morris varsity tournament has been canceled for today. 

The Middle School softball and baseball games at Linden have been canceled. 
Baseball ranking jumps to #2 in state!
Time Change for Athletic Boosters Golf Outing
Due to potential bad weather over the next few days, the Linden Athletic Booster Golf Outing at Brookwood has been moved from a 8:00am to a 10:00 am shotgun at Willowbrook.
Changes to the Athletic Schedule
Here are some additions/changes for your calendar from the Athletic Department:

Thursday 5/12:  
JV and Varsity golf will play Lake Fenton at Fenton Farms at 2:00
The boys Wolves Lacrosse game has been moved from Linden and will now be played on the turf at Fenton immediately following the girls game....anticipated 7:15 start.

Saturday 5/14:
Reminder that the boys lacrosse game will be played at Ann Arbor Greenhills.
8th grade softball and baseball will play at Linden v Fenton at

Monday 5/16:
JV Golf will play at SMCC v Swartz Creek
Athletic Boosters Meeting at 7:00pm in the Senior Commons

Tuesday 5/17:
MS Track v Flushing at Linden 4:00
Var Track v Fenton at Fenton 4:00
Sideline Cheer Informational Meeting 4:30

5/18:
JV Softball and Baseball vs Fowlerville at home 4:00

5/19:
Varsity Softball and Baseball vs Fowlerville at home 4:00


 
Athletic Boosters Golf Outing
Please make sure to sign up for this years golf outing!
Softball Teams Defeat Kearsley
The Linden Varsity Softball Team continued their winning ways by sweeping Metro League foe Flint Kearsley 4-3 and 9-4.  Game 1 was tied 0-0 as Linden batted in the top of the 12th inning.  Emily Williams drove home the first run and Liz Rakowski and Molly Churches both doubled to help give Linden a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the 12th.  Kearsley chipped away and scored 3 but it wasn't enough!  Lex Marsh pitched 12 innings, including the first 11 that were shutout innings.  Lex also pitched the final 3 innings in Game 2 for her 3rd save of the year.  Game 2 saw Linden break the game open with 6 runs in the top of the 5th inning of a 3-2 game.  Brittney Vargas singled to start the inning, but the big hit was a 3 run homer by Sterling DeGayner!  Degayner was 6-10 on the day to lead the Eagles in hitting.  Liz Rakowski hit her 5th homer of the year in the first inning and finished game 2 with 5 RBI's.  Molly Churches also came up big with 4 hits in Game 1 and 5 overall.  Kim Freitas, Megan Klavitter and Cayla Wierenga all added 3 hits on the night!  Cristina Clemens was the winning pitcher in game 2 for her 7th win of the year The wins improve Linden's record to 15-6 overall and 9-1 in Metro League play.
The JV Linden Softball Team Swept Flint Kearsley last night by scores of 12-2 in game 1 and 7-3 in game 2.  Megan Oda continued her fine pitching in limiting Kearsley to 2 hits in the opening game.  The Eagles jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning with  Deanna Jenkinson having 2 hits in the inning.  In Game 2 the Eagles scored all 7 of their runs in the 2nd inning.  The key hit was a bases loaded triple by Megan Oda.  Hannah Marshall won her 10th game in game 2 pitching a 5 inning complete game.  Heather Crampton was stellar behind the plate in game 1, throwing out 3 Kearsley baserunners trying to steal.  JenkinsonOda and Crampton, all had 4 hits to lead the Eagles hitting attack.   Kyra Klocek was just Kyra Klocek, hitting the ball hard, playing 3rd base in game 1 and doing a great job catching in game 2.  Alaina Bradley also went 3 for 3 in game 1 with a booming triple over the right fielders head.  The Eagles improved their record to 19-3 overall and 8-0 in the Metro League! 
Soccer Teams Shut Out Kearsley
Audrey Stieirt had goals in the first and second half to lead the Eagles to their 11 shutout of the season with a 4-0 victory at Kearsley.  Emily Waltrip and Erica Brietling also scored for Linden.  Erica Brietling and Alia Frederick each had two assists.  Madison Paige and Bridget Adams each recorded two saves in the shut out.  The Eagles are now 15-1-1 overall and 4-1 in the Metro.

The JV team also recorded a 8-0 shutout over the Hornets.  Scoring goals for the Eagles were Marissa Ziccardi (2), Kayla Sugg, Payton Leedle, Amelia Bradfield, Shae Curtis, Julia Otman and Sam Maienbrook.  Marissa Ziccardi was the first star of the game, Julia Otman the 2nd star and Sam Maienbook the 3rd star.
Mastin Leads the Eagles
Tony Mastin led the Eagles with a top 20 finish at the Genesee County Tournament on Monday with a 78 at the Elks.  Trevor Sundrla had a 89 and Ryan Montini followed with a 91 and Gbe Piesko had 92 round out the scoring.  The Eagles shot a team score of 350 overall.
Varsity Baseball sweeps Kearsley to stay undefeated in league 10-0
In the first game, the Linden Eagles Varsity and Kearsley both threatened with rallies, but it was the Linden Eagles Varsity that eventually took advantage of them in a 3-2 win at Kearsley HS.  The Linden Eagles Varsity staved off Kearsley as Kearsley was unable to match the Linden Eagles Varsity down the stretch.  Kearsley scored on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the seventh inning. Lucas Marshall got the win for the Linden Eagles Varsity. He allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five, walked none and surrendered nine hits. Linden Eagles Varsity closer Jack Shore put away the final out to record the save. The game's last lead went to the Linden Eagles Varsity thanks to a second inning rally that saw two runs cross the plate on a groundout by Jamon Link.

In the second game, Brendan Buerkel went 3-3 at the plate, helping the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 7-2 victory over Kearsley on Monday at Kearsley HS. He singled in the first, third, and seventh innings. The Linden Eagles Varsity relied on Jack Shore to eat up innings en route to the win. Shore allowed one earned run, seven hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings of work. The bottom of the second saw Kearsley take an early lead, 1-0. The Kearsley attack began with a single in the second inning.  An error then moved the runner from first to second, later scoring on a single. The lead stayed with the Linden Eagles Varsity after the third, when they scored three runs on a fielder's choice, a groundout by Ryker Rivera, and an RBI single by Cole Sarkon. One run in the bottom of the fifth helped Kearsley close its deficit to 4-2. The Linden Eagles Varsity tacked on another three runs in the seventh. Sawyer Benge started the inning with a single, plating Aaron Sarkon and Rivera. That was followed up by Buerkel's single, plating Jakub Gagne.


The two wins keep the Eagles undefeated in the league at 10-0 and 18-2 overall.

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State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Madison Piet (track), Kevin Bates (baseball) and Madison Paige (soccer) who have been selected as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
In her only competition of the week Madi performed admirably at the Goodrich Invitational Friday evening. She won the 200m dash in a time of 26.75 (FAT). That effort was only 0.1 seconds off of the Linden High School sophomore record. She also placed 3rd in the 100m hurdles in a time of 16.74 (FAT). In addition to those individual performances, Madi ran the anchor leg of the 1st place 800m relay and the second leg of our 400m relay, which placed 3rd.
Kevin Bates lead the Linden baseball team to a 4-1 record this week which has lead to #5 state ranking. Kevin was 8 for 14 at the plate on the week (.571), picking up 4 RBI's & 4 runs scored. He also played a flawless SS Committing zero errors. For the year Kevin is leading the Eagles with a .408 average leading Linden to a 16-2 record.
Madison has given up only 2 goals all season long and has recorded 11 shutouts en route to a 14-1-1 record and 4th place ranking in D2 soccer.

 
Football 2016 Meeting
There will be a brief, yet important, meeting for all 9-11 grade students interested in playing FOOTBALL next fall. The meeting will be on Thursday, May 12 at 2:30 in the Weight Room. Please bring a pencil/writing utensil.
MHSAA: Second Page Artilce on the Eagles and Alia Frederick

By Bill Khan
Special for Second Half


LINDEN — All they could do was watch from afar and torture themselves with one nagging question: What if?

What if, Linden's girls' soccer players wondered, they had gotten past neighboring rival Fenton in the District championship game last season?

What if the Linden team that beat the Tigers by a 5-0 score 10 days earlier had shown up that day, instead of the one that lost, 3-1, with postseason survival at stake?

Would that have been Linden, not Fenton, playing for the MHSAA Division 2 championship on the final day of the season at Michigan State University?

Nobody knows for sure if Linden would've marched all the way to the final like Fenton did had the Eagles won that District championship game. Still, it didn't stop the players from wondering if the opportunity of a lifetime eluded them.

"We were all mad at ourselves," junior midfielder Alia Frederick said. "That's awesome they got that far. We want to get that far, because that would be amazing. I couldn't imagine playing in the state finals. That would be a once-in-a-lifetime thing. That feeling that it could've been us haunts us and pushes us. To lose to them in the (District) Finals, I give props to them for making it that far, but it could've been us; that's what's pushing us."

One year later, Linden may get the opportunity to experience an MHSAA championship game.

The Eagles, who were 15-4 last season, are 13-0-1 and ranked No. 4 in Division 2 by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association. Linden has never been beyond the Regional phase of the MHSAA tournament, peaking with Regional Finals appearances in 1998 and 2011.

"You know what?" Linden coach Kevin Fiebernitz said. "I'd be satisfied being at 10 or out of the rankings and fly under the radar. We just don't talk about it. I don't ever bring it up with the kids. That's just the opinion of somebody else. The bottom line is you've got to come to play; the other teams don't really care. It puts a bull's-eye on your back, and you've got to come to play."

The Eagles have earned their high ranking, not only because they were competitive with Division 2 finalist Fenton last season, but because they've taken down some of the top programs in the state this spring.

Linden has been overshadowed over the years by Grand Blanc and Flint Powers Catholic, the two heavyweights in Genesee County. Both teams boast state rankings this season, making it even more impressive that the Eagles were able to beat both, winning 2-0 at Powers on April 12 and 2-0 over Grand Blanc on April 23 at the Saginaw Heritage Showcase.

Grand Blanc, a Division 1 finalist last season, is ranked No. 5. Powers is the top-ranked team in Division 3. Linden also owns a 2-1 victory over Fenton, which was ranked No. 15 last week before dropping from the Division 2 poll.

Another impressive result for the Eagles was a 0-0 tie in the Heritage Showcase against Troy Athens, the No. 12 team in Division 1.

The Eagles came away from Heritage with a 2-0-1 record against large Division 1 schools, outperforming the expectations of their nervous coach.

"At the time, I didn't know it was a Division 1 showcase," Fiebernitz said. "We're a small Division 2 school. We're probably one of the smaller teams in our division. We got thrown in less than a week before it happened, because they had an opening. They called Cathy (North, Linden's athletic director) and they filled it.

"Then when I saw the schedule, I thought, 'Oh, I don't know if this is a good idea.' The girls proved me wrong. They went up there and just rocked it."

The Eagles have been rocking it all season, staying undefeated by allowing only four goals in 14 games. They have posted seven consecutive shutouts, with senior Bridget Adams and junior Madison Paige splitting the goalkeeping duties. Paige has a 0.17 goals against average, while Adams has a 0.50 GAA.

"Did we see this start coming?" Adams said. "Honestly, not really, considering that tournament we went into was all D1 teams. The fact we came out with no losses was amazing. We only lost four people from last year. I expected to have a really good season, like we did last year. We're off to a really good start; hopefully, we finish the same way."

Like any team, health could play a major role in Linden's ultimate success this season.

The team's leading scorer, junior forward Maddie Zayan, stepped in a hole during a game against Holly on April 25 and suffered a severe ankle sprain. She isn't expected to return until late May, right around District time. Zayan has 16 goals and 13 assists in 13 games.

"So, basically, we've had to shift some things around," Fiebernitz said. "Other folks are going to have to step up and play a role now."

If Linden can duplicate Fenton's postseason run, it would be a historic achievement for the school. Linden has never reached an MHSAA championship game in a girls sport, with the 1981 volleyball and 2013 softball teams reaching the Semifinals. The 2004 baseball team is the only Linden team to play in a championship game. In a sport with a meet format, the 2008 boys cross country team won the school's only MHSAA championship.

Frederick has already competed on a team that broke new ground for Linden, leading the girls cross country team to fourth place in the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 meet in the fall. That surpassed the 2011 fifth-place finish in golf as the best finish in a meet format by a girls team at Linden.

Frederick was third individually with a time of 18:30.6, having set the school record of 18:10 three weeks earlier in the Portage Invitational. She has verbally committed to attend Eastern Michigan University on a soccer scholarship, and is unsure whether or not she'll run cross country in the fall.

"I kind of want to play volleyball," Frederick said. "I want to get the most out of my high school experience, because I don't want to do anything but play soccer when I'm out of high school."

To that end, Frederick doubles up in the spring as a member of the track and field team. She isn't a distance runner, however. Frederick qualified for the MHSAA LP Division 2 meet in both hurdles events last season, placing 10th in the 300-meter hurdles in 47.14 seconds and 21st in the 100 hurdles in 16.77.

"I didn't do as good as I wanted to, but hopefully I'll do better this year," Frederick said. "Soccer's definitely my main sport, but I like hurdles, so I do that."

With Zayan on the mend, Linden's leading active scorer is senior Katie Wilkowski with 10 goals and six assists in 14 games. Frederick has nine goals and five assists. Freshman Audrey Steiert has four goals and seven assists.

This is a team that also will be a force next season, with its core comprised of nine juniors.

"I think six of us are on the same club team," Zayan said. "We've played indoor together since we were in middle school. We're so close off the field, that on the field it just clicks."

If Linden is going to take off on a long tournament run, it will likely run into its arch rival, a team with the experience of playing in an MHSAA title game. What's more, a potential District matchup against Fenton will take place on the Tigers' home field.

Fiebernitz expects Fenton to be an even tougher challenge in late May than the Tigers were when they lost that 2-1 match to Linden on March 30.

"Matt (Sullivan, Fenton's coach) runs his team different," Fiebernitz said. "He subs a lot, gets a lot of kids actively playing. Then, at the end, they'll try to run you to death."

Bill Khan served as a sportswriter at The Flint Journal from 1981-2011 and currently contributes to the State Champs! Sports Network. He can be reached at billkhan35@gmail.com with story ideas for Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Huron, Tuscola, Saginaw, Bay, Arenac, Midland and Gladwin counties.

PHOTOS: (Top) Alia Frederick (6) and Teresa Walterhouse (5) move the ball upfield for the Linden girls soccer team. (Middle) Frederick works to create space while a defender looks to gain possession. (Photos courtesy of the Linden athletic department.)

Wolves Defeat Ovid-Elsie
Luke White had 3 goals and 1 assist and picked up 7 ground balls.  Usually a player will get 2/3 and that is a very good, but 7 is exceptional in 1 game.  On top of that Brian Hackney had 5,
Dan Pudduck 6 and Dylan Meisch had 8.  Getting ground balls like that is being aggressive and its like continued winning a face off.
 
FHS freshman Goalie Joe  Loria stopped 8 of 9 shots in the 14-1 win.
Softball at Clarkston Invite
The Eagles Varsity Softball Team played well enough to win each game this weekend but fell a little shy to Clarkston and Yale.  In Game 1 Yale beat Linden 8-5.  Kimmy Freitas and Liz Rakowski both had solo home runs, but it was't enough.   In Game 2 facing Metro League foe Clio, the Eagles won 12-2.  Christina Clemens pitched solid and went the distance on the mound backed by some great fielding and timely hitting!.  In Game 3 Linden faced Division 1 powerhouse Clarkston and had a chance in the bottom of the 7th to win it as Sterling DeGayner and Megan Klavitter led off with singles.  An untimely double play halted the rally as Linden fell 5-2. Lex Marsh went the distance on the mound and pitched well!  On the weekend Sterling DeGayner went 6-11 with 4 RBI's.  Kimmy Freitas was 5-11.  Liz Rakowski went 4-10.  Ashely Bertschy, Lex Marsh, and Megan Klavitter all added 3 hits.
Varsity Baseball splits at Farmington Tournament
In the first game vs. Alliance, the Linden Eagles Varsity and Alliance traded the lead three times on Saturday, but the Linden Eagles Varsity ended up on top with a 5-4 win in seven innings over Alliance. The Linden Eagles Varsity finally managed to grab the lead after a strong fifth inning. The Linden Eagles Varsity scored on a two-run single by Aaron Sarkon, scoring Jakub Gagne and Trey Link. Link racked up two RBIs on three hits for the Linden Eagles Varsity. He tripled in the first inning and singled in the third and fifth innings. Chris Kitch recorded the win for the Linden Eagles Varsity. He allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Kitch struck out six, walked three and gave up six hits. Linden Eagles Varsity closer Lucas Marshall put away the final four outs to record the save. The top of the first saw the Linden Eagles Varsity take an early lead, 3-0. The Linden Eagles Varsity attack began with a single from Kevin Bates. Link tripled, plating Ryker Rivera and Bates. The Linden Eagles Varsity pushed more runs across when Link scored on an RBI single by Brendan Buerkel
In the second game vs. Harrison, The Linden Eagles Varsity led by seven runs in the fourth inning 9-2, but Harrison put together a furious comeback to steal the victory, 11-9, on Saturday at Farmington.  Kevin Bates pitched for the eagles, lasting 6 1/3, giving up 9 hits, allowing 6 earned runs, striking out 12 and walking 8. Chris Kitch racked up four RBIs on three hits for the Linden Eagles Varsity. He singled in the second, third, and sixth innings. Jack Shore ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning, walked two, struck out none, and allowed three earned runs. In the top of the second, Harrison grabbed the early lead, 1-0. The Linden Eagles Varsity quickly matched Harrison 's strong inning with a five-run inning of their own in the second. The Linden Eagles Varsity scored on an RBI single by Aaron Sarkon, an RBI single by Jamon Link, an RBI single by Kevin Bates, and a two-run single by Kitch. The Linden Eagles Varsity scored four runs of their own in the third. The Linden Eagles Varsity scored on an RBI single by Brendan Buerkel, and a two-run single by Kitch. Harrison scored 5 runs in the top of the 7th inning taking the lead 11-9.  The Eagles lost the slugfest as there were 23 hits in the contest, including 11 by the Eagles.  Brendan Buerkel & Aaron Sarkon had 2 hits in the contest..​
The Eagles record is now 16-2
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Girls Track Takes 4th at Goodrich
The girls track team put together a strong showing at the Goodrich invitational. Despite being shorthanded they still managed to finish 4th. Maddie Piet led the way winning the 200 meter in 26.75 seconds which is the 4th fastest time in Linden history. She also placed 3rd in the 100 hurdles. She teamed up with Breanna Turnipseed, Taylor Acox and Alia Frederick to win the 4 x 200 relay. She was also part of the 3rd place 4 x 100 with Alexis Pisoni, Lauren O'Brien and Turnipseed. Taylor Acox also finished 3rd in the 300 hurdles with a season best 50.9 seconds. Jessica Daul placed 3rd in the shot put and 5th in the discus with throws of 33' and 83'9" respectively. Maddie Smith finished 3rd in the discus with a huge personal best throw of 85'1". The girls will compete against Flushing and Kearsley on Wednesday.
Boys Track takes 2nd at Goodrich Invitational
The boys team had a well rounded attack at Goodrich on Friday on its way to a narrow runner up finish in a field of 15 teams. The Distance events went well for Nick McDonald, taking 3rd in both the 800 and 1600. He also teamed up with Kagen Griffith, Connor Sproule and Skyler Zieske in the 4th place 3200 relay. Tanner Blaney scored with a 7th place finish in the 3200 run. 

The sprint team had another strong showing. Jacob Cox ended up 1st in the 100 and 2nd in the 200. Cade Dickson was close behind for 4th place in the 100. Cox and Dickson teamed up with Ryan Young and Dante Minatel to WIN the 4x100 relay and with Bailey Davis and Young in the 4x200 for 2nd. Davis sprinted to 5th in the 400 meters in a very competitive field. 

Highlights in the field events include Ray Ballard's dominant throwing performance coming in 1st in the Discus and 2nd in the shotput. Andrew Burns also medaled in the shotput with a 6th place finish. Jake Sutfin finished 5th in the High Jump and Nolan hill pole vaulted for 4th position. 

The Eagles will be competing again next Wednesday against metro foes Flushing and Kearsley. 
Golfers Defeat Clio
Tony Mastin and Trevor Sundrla led the way to a win at Clio both shooting a 5 over 41.  Ryan Montini and Gabe Piesko rounded out the scoring with a 45 and 47.  Linden beat Clio with a total score of 174 to Clio's 197.  The Eagles are now 3-3 in the Metro.
Soccer Shuts Out Brandon
Alia Frederick scored the game winner and only goal of the game on an Erica Brietling assist to lead the Eagles to a 1-0 victory over Brandon.  Madison Paige and Bridget Adams combined for the shutout.  The win moves the  4th Ranked D2 Eagles to 14-1-1 overall and 3-1 in the Metro.

The JV Eagles also shut out the Blackhawks with a final score of 3-0.  Scoring for Linden were Julia Otman, Taylor Jones and Shae Curtis on assists from Kayla Sugg and Lauren Gocha.  Taimra VanTassell had 6 saves in goal.  The first star of the game went to Shae Curtis, 2nd to Julia Otman and 3rd to Taylor Jones.
Baseball beats Clio in semi-final, Advances to Greater Flint Championship
Chris Kitch collected three hits, helping the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 3-1 victory over Clio on Thursday at Flint Broome Park. He singled in the first, third, and fifth innings. Aaron Sarkon racked up nine strikeouts in the Eagles win. Sarkon allowed one earned run, five hits and no walks over seven innings. The lead stayed with the Linden Eagles Varsity after the third, when they scored two runs on an RBI single by Brendan Buerkel and a groundout by Aaron Sarkon. In the 7th inning, Trey Link singled in Kevin Bates to conclude the scoring. The win advances the Eagles to the Greater Flint Championship game to be played on Memorial Day. The Eagles record improves to 15-1. "Powered by Narrative Science and GameChanger Media. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved." Any reuse or republication of this story must include the preceding attribution.
Baseball ranked 5th in D2!
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to senior Katie Wilkowski (soccer) and junior Jack Shore (baseball) who have been selected as the State Bank Athletes of the Week in their sports.
Katie had a huge week on the soccer pitch last week scoring two goals in a 4 to 0 win over Holly to open up the Metro season. Katie then scored all 4 goals in our 4 to 1 win at Swartz Creek.
  Jack pitched 8 innings of scoreless baseball this past week, including a shut out vs. Flushing where he struck out 12 and only gave up 4 hits. He also pitched a scoreless inning vs. Clarkston. He also caught and played SS, where he did not commit an error for the entire week. So far this season, Jack has pitched 25 innings of scoreless baseball and has thrown 3 shut outs in a row to keep his earned run average at 0.00. Jack has also struck out 27 batters in his 25 innings pitched.

 
Athletic Events Canceled for Tonight
All Athletic Events for this evening have been canceled due to impending weather.

The track meet vs Fenton has been rescheduled for Wednesday May 18th.  Other events will be rescheduled if possible.

Athletes should check with their coaches for practice details.
Softball Sweeps Brandon
The Linden Varsity Softball Swept Brandon last night 10-6 and 4-2 behind a balanced hitting attack and some solid pitching from Alexa Marsh and Cristina Clemens.   Marsh started and went the distance in Game 1 for the Victory.  She relieved Clemens, who pitched 4 really nice innings, to earn the save.  Emily Williams and Kayla Wierenga added some solid defensive plays.  In a tight game 2, Wierenga cut a ball off in the gap that prevented runners from advancing and made some nice catches in Left Field!  Williams showed off her range at shortstop in making some key plays, as well as making the routine plays!  Megan Klavitter and Kimmy Freitas continued their hot hitting!  Klavitter had 5 hits and Freitas had 4 on the night.  Molly Churches had 3 hits in Game 1 and Sterling DeGayner had 3 hits to lead the team in Game 2.  Liz Rakowski added her 3rd home run of the year in Game 1.  The wins move LInden to 12-4 overall and 7-1 in the Metro.
Soccer Falls to Flushing
It was a tough night offensively for the Eagles at Claude Cranston Stadium as they lost a Metro match up 0-1 vs a strong Flushing team.  For the first time this season, the 4th ranked Eagles found themselves down a goal.  They battled back with several quality shots on goal in the last few minutes of the contest but could not find the back of the net.  Linden clearly out shot the Raiders in the game and played great defense down the stretch.  Linden will return on Thursday for a home contest vs Brandon beginning at 6:00.
Varsity Baseball Sweeps Brandon
In the first game, the Linden Eagles Varsity and Brandon exchanged the lead four times on Tuesday, but the Linden Eagles Varsity ended up on top with a 4-3 win in seven innings.  After trailing to Brandon 3-1 entering the sixth inning, the Eagles responded with a 3 run sixth taking the lead for good.  Brendan Buerkel & Trey Link picked up the RBI’s for the Eagles in the 6th inning.  Kevin Bates had one RBI in the 3rdLucas Marshall got the win for the Linden Eagles Varsity. He allowed three runs over six innings. Marshall struck out four, walked one and gave up nine hits.  Jack Shore entered the game in the 7th inning to record the save and secure the victory.  Connor Faught got 2 hits for the Eagles.    
In the second game, an awesome effort by Jack Shore spurred the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 2-0 win in seven innings over Brandon on Tuesday at Linden. Shore got the win for the Linden Eagles Varsity. The Linden Eagles Varsity's pitcher tossed seven innings of shutout ball and allowed only one hit and struck out 14.  Conor Faught scored both runs for the Eagles.  He reached base on a walk in the 3rd inning and scored on a groundout by Kevin Bates.  He also reached based on a walk in the 5th inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Sarkon.
The Eagles record improves to 14-1
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JV Softball Sweeps Brandon
Eva Darling led the hitting charge, reaching base all 8 times at bat, last night vs. Brandon.  The JV Eagles punched out 35 hits over both games in beating Brandon 12-5 in Game 1 and 16-1 in Game 2.  Syd Palmquist went 4-4 in Game 2 with 3 RBI's and an awesome headfirst slide  into home!   Over both games Darling went 6-6 with a double and triple and 6 RBI's.  Palmquist had 5 hits.  Erin Gillespie had 4 hits including a first inning triple in Game 2 and drove in 4 runs.  Heather Crampton had 4 hits, which also included a booming triple to right center field in game 2 and drove in 5 runs.  Megan Oda crushed the ball all night on her way to 4 hits.  Oda also struck out 10 in Game 1 to earn the win on the mound.  Isabel Wright was instrumental in Game 1 with 2 hits, including a great bunt to keep a rally alive!  Kaitlyn Dunn made 2 nice catches in Game 2 to help Hannah Marshall to her 9th win of the year on the mound.
Jacob Cox Leads Eagles at MSU
At a very competitive meet in East Lansing, Jacob Cox showed his speed against some of the best sprinters in the state. In a meet with qualifying rounds Jacob ended his day running 6 races (compared to 4 regularly). He ended up taking 2nd in the 100 (11.32) and 3rd in the 200 (22.93). He was also the anchor leg of the 400 relay and 800 relay team that each placed 4th in a field of 16 teams. Other members of both of those relays included Bailey Davis (also 9th in the 400), Nolan McDonald, and Cade Dickson (also 9th in the 200). 

Other Notable Performaces were turned in by:
- Nick McDonald who fought to a 14th place finish in a stacked 1600 field. 
- Ray Ballard who finished 4th in the Discus (129'9") and 7th in the shot put (43'3")

The team finished 8th out of 16 teams (11 of which were division 1 foes). Great job to all who competed! 

The Eagles are in action next this Wednesday 5/4 at home against Fenton. Come out and support the team!
Varsity Baseball Splits with Clarkston on Saturday at CMU
In the first game, the Linden Eagles Varsity came out firing, but couldn't hang on to the lead, ending up on the losing side of a 6-5 ballgame against Clarkston on Saturday at Theunissen Stadium at Central Michigan University.  The loss is the Eagles first loss of the season.  Clarkston jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first but the Eagles responded with 5 runs in the second inning.  Clarkston chipped away at Eagles 5-1 lead by scoring one run in the second, one in the third and tied it 5-5 with 2 runs in the 5th inning.  Chris Kitch was the game's losing pitcher. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning, walked one, struck out none, and allowed one run when he gave up the walk-off game winning hit in the bottom of the 7th inning.  Aaron Sarkon pitched 6 innings for the Eagles, giving up 7 hits, striking out 9 and walking 7.  Brendan Buerkel had 2 of Linden’s 5 hits in the contest.

In the second game, Kevin Bates powered the Linden Eagles Varsity at the plate and on the rubber Saturday, willing the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 4-1 victory over Clarkston.  Bates went 2-3 and drove in one. He singled in the first and third innings. Clarkston's lineup had no answer for Bates while he was on the mound. Clarkston managed just one hit off of Bates, who allowed one earned run, walked one and struck out five during his five innings of work.  Jack Shore pitched the 6th and Lucas Marshall pitched the 7th to close the door on Clarkston. The Linden Eagles Varsity didn't relinquish the lead after scoring one run in the second inning when they scored on an RBI single by Trey Link. The Linden Eagles Varsity piled on two more runs in the top of the fourth. Jamon Link's single got things going, scoring Cole Sarkon.  Clarkston managed to score one run in the fifth inning on a wild pitch. Chris Kitch had 2 hits in the game.
The Eagles record is now 12-1.
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Golfers Win At Brandon
The Eagles traveled to Brandon yesterday, survived a 10 minute sprinkle and  came away with a win against the Blackhawks.  It was a hard fought match and our closest of the year.  Trevor Sundrla led the match with the lowest score of three over par 38.  Tony Mastin followed closely behind in second with a 40.  Rounding out the scoring for Linden was Ryan Montini with a 45 and Gabe Piesko with a 46 to give the eagles an overall win of 169 to Brandon's 173.  Linden is now 2 and 2 in the Metro Conference.
 
Logan Kirkey led the JV Eagles to a 211-213 win over Brandon.  Logan Kirkey and  Tavis Hayes led the Eagles with the low scores of 52.  Ian Mann closely followed witha 53 and Justin Cygnar rounded out the scoring with a 56.

 
 
Game Schedule for Thursday 4/28
JV and Varsity Softball and Baseball games for tonight vs. Fowlerville have been canceled.  Those games have been rescheduled for May 19th at the same times and locations.

Varsity and JV Golf will still play tonight vs Brandon at Pine Knob.

Middle School track is still running tonight at 4:00 at LHS track!


 
Soccer Defeats Swartz Creek
Katie Wilkowski scored four goals last evening to lead the Eagles to a 4-1 victory over Swartz Creek in a Metro League game on the road.  Alia Frederick provided 3 assists and Erica Freeman and Emily Waltrip each added an assist.  The 4th ranked Eagles now move to 13-0-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Metro.  The Eagles will next play on Tuesday vs. Flushing at home in a game that was previously scheduled for Monday....mark the change on your calendars.
Varsity Baseball beats Swartz Creek 1-0, record improves to 11-0
The Linden Eagles Varsity didn't provide Aaron Sarkon with much support, but he didn't need much. Sarkon pitched seven strong innings to carry the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 1-0 win over Swartz Creek in seven innings on Wednesday at Broome Park. The Linden Eagles Varsity held Swartz Creek without a run while Sarkon was on the mound. He pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on two hits while ringing up six.  The Eagles scored the walk-off winning run in the 7th inning.  Brendan Buerkel reached first base after being hit by a pitch.  One pitch later, Jamon Link’s sacrifice bunt was thrown down the right field line and Buerkel scampered around the bases to score the winning run.  The Eagles will now advance to the Tom Cole Greater Flint Semi-Final game and will take on the winner of Clio vs. Davison.
The Eagles record now improves to 11-0.
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Boys Lacrosse vs. Swartz Creek Cancelled Today
There were not two officials available for the game today.
Golfers Drop a Match to Flushing
The Eagle golfers traveled to Flushing Valley and lost to the #1 team in the Metro, the Flushing Raiders, 184-164.  Tony Mastin led the Eagles with a 41 on a bitter cold evening where it was difficult to feel their hands.  Also scoring for Linden were Ryan Montini (43), Gabe Piesko (48), and Aiden McCarthy (52).

The JV Eagles also found it tough going in cold and windy conditions at Spring Meadows dropping a 242-199 match to Flushing.  Ian Mann was the low scoring Eagle with a 50 with Logan Kirkey close behind with a 51.  Devon Hubbard and Tavis Hayes also scored for Linden.
Heat Lacrosse at Flushing Tonight
The Heat lacrosse game will be played inside the track at the north end of Flushing High School located at 5039 Deland Road, Flushing, MI 48433.
Soccer Remains Undefeated
The Eagle soccer team opened the Metro League season in fine fashion with a 4-0 victory over Holly at Claude Cranston Stadium on Monday. Alia Frederick connected on the Maddie Zayan assist for the only goal in the first half. Zayan found the back of the net off a Katie Wilkowski assist early in the second half, followed by a Jordan Holscher goal from Zayan and finally another Frederick goal from Audrey Steiert.

Madison Paige and Bridget Adams again combined for their 9th shutout of the season with 4 saves from Paige and 6 from Adams.

The Eagles remain undefeated with a 12-0-1 record overall and 1-0 in the Metro.

The JV Eagle offense came alive in the Metro opener vs Holly on Monday night with a 8-0 victory over the Bronchos.  Balanced scoring came off goals from La'Breea Schott, Taylor Acox (2), Marissa Ziccardi, Kayla Sugg, Taylor Jones, Alaina Newman. and Lauren Gocha.  Payton Leedle had two assists for Linden and Taylor Acox, Kayla Sugg, Gracie Lopez, Abbie ZayanElaina Newman and Taylor Jones each added one.

Tamira VanTassell had 4 saves in goal to earn the shutout.

Both teams will play at Swartz Creek on Wednesday with the varsity team playing first at 4:30.
Varsity Softball Sweep
Alexa Marsh struck out 16 Flushing batters in giving up only 1 run over two games to lead the Varsity softball team to a sweep over visiting Flushing.  The Eagles won game one with a shutout 12-0 and scored 8 runs in the 5th to win 8-1 in game 2.  The Eagles had 23 hits in the doubleheader led by Kim Freitas' 5 hits and Megan Klavitter's 4 hits.  Sterling DeGayner also added 3 hits and 3 RBI's. Cayla Wierenga and Alexa Marsh also added 3 RBI's.  The wins move Linden to 10-4 on the year and 5-1 in the Metro!  Fowlerville comes to town on Thursday!
JV Softball Sweep at Flushing
Corryn Reger earned her first high school win pitching a no-hitter vs Flushing in Game 2.  The JV Eagles won that game 17-0.   Heather Crampton went 3-3 with 4 RBI's to lead the hitting charge in Game 2.  The JV Eagles jumped on Flushing 22-1 in game 1 with 11 runs in the first inning. The big hit was a two out based loaded triple by Eva Darling.  The Eagles hitters were on fire all night led by Crampton's 6 RBI's.  Syd Palmquist, Reger, and Darling drove in 4 runs each.  Hannah Marshall and Kyra Klocek each had 3 RBI's.  Marshall earned her 8th win vs 0 losses.  Deanna Jenkinson threw a scoreless final inning that included 2 strike outs!
Varsity Baseball Sweeps Flushing - Still undefeated at 10-0
In the first game, a five-run explosion in the third inning hoisted the Linden Eagles Varsity to an 8-2 win in seven innings over Flushing at Linden on Monday.  The Linden Eagles Varsity scored in the third on an RBI double by Conor Faught, an RBI single by Aaron Sarkon, a walk by Cole Sarkon, and a two-run single by Brendan Buerkel.  Buerkel racked up three RBIs on two hits for the Linden Eagles Varsity.  Lucas Marshall's nine strikeouts were enough to push the Linden Eagles Varsity past Flushing.  Marshall allowed two earned runs on four hits and four walks over seven innings.  Tyler Randick ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He allowed seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, walked five and struck out three.  The Linden Eagles Varsity piled on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Buerkel's single got things going, scoring Aaron Sarkon. That was followed up by Jack Shore's sac bunt, bringing home Cole Sarkon.

In the second game, Monday was a great day for Jack Shore, as Shore threw a shutout to carry the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 2-0 victory over Flushing at Linden in seven innings.  The Linden Eagles Varsity got the win thanks in large part to Shore's dominant, 12-strikeout performance. The Linden Eagles Varsity's pitcher tossed seven innings of shutout ball and allowed only four hits. Aaron Sarkon went a perfect 2-2 at the dish for the Linden Eagles Varsity. He doubled in the third inning and singled in the sixth inning.  The Linden Eagles Varsity went up for good in the third, scoring two runs on an RBI double by Chris Kitch and a groundout by Kevin Bates.
The Eagles record improve to a perfect 10-0 (6-0 league).
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State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Maddie Zayan (soccer) and Taylor Ganger (track & field) who have each been named as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
  Maddie led the #7 state ranked Eagle soccer team to the Saginaw Heritage Showcase championship with wins over state ranked Troy Athens and Grand Blanc on Saturday.  Zayan leads the team in goals and came up with two huge goals vs GB to seal the 2-0 victory.
  Taylor Ganger had a big day on the track for the Eagles this week and made the most of her opportunities.  In a league dual, Taylor won the 1600m run (5:39.4) and the 800m run (2:32.8).  She also ran on the 2nd place 3200m and the 1st place 1600m relay teams.  At the Chelsea Relays, Taylor ran to a 4th place finish in the open 3200 (12:09.9).  She also was part of the record setting Bert Kruse relay.
Record Setting day for Girls Track Team
The girls track team finished 3rd at the Chelsea relays Saturday. The shuttle hurdle team of Maddie Piet, Taylor Acox, Lauren O'brien and Alia Frederick started the day winning the race with a new school record of 1:10.5. A second school record was set in the Kruse relay. The team of Maddie Piet, Taylor Acox, Taylor Ganger and Alia Frederick dominated the race with a time of 4:06 good enough to also break the meet record. The high jump trio of Lauren O'brienMaddie Nelson and McKenzie Haubenstricker took 2nd. Three other relay teams finished 3rdO'brien and Haubenstricker in the pole vault, Alexis PisoniMaddie Piet, Bella Blank, and Jordan Martinsen in the sprint medley and in the 4 x 100 relay. Overall the team had a great day. The team will host Holly and Swartz Creek on Wednesday.
Boys track and Field finishes well at Chelsea Relays
The boys team faced some tough competition on Friday at the Chelsea relays, but came away with some great performances. The only victory on the day came in the Sprint Medley relay with a team of Nolan Mcdonald, Cade Dickson, Jake Cox and Bailey Davis. The 4x100 relay finished second with help from a fast closing anchor leg from Jake Cox along with teammates Ryan Young, Jake Brown and Cade Dickson. Finishing 3rd on the day were the 4x200 relay of Davis, McDonald, Dickson and Cox and the High Jump relay of Jake Sutfin, Jacob Einfeldt and Andrew Burns. The Eagles will be back in action Wednesday at home agains Holly and Swartz Creek. 
Varsity Softball Wins Clare Tournament
 On Saturday the Varsity Softball Eagles won the Clare Invitational by beating scrappy Rudyard in Game 1 by a score of 4-3 and then beating tournament host Clare in the finals 9-4.  In Game 1 Linden led 4-0 behind the pitching of Alexa Marsh, who had 9 strikeouts in the game, but had to hold on for the 4-3 win as Rudyard scored 3 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Liz Rakowski and Kim Freitas each had 2 hits to the lead the Eagles and Marsh drove in 2 runs.  In game 2, Linden broke open a 0-0 game with a 5 run rally in the bottom of the third inning. Brittney Vargas started the rally with a hot shot to third for a single, Jess Richert followed with a walk in a quality at bat.  After the next two batters were out, Liz Rawkoski drove in the first run with a single.  Later in the inning both Alexa Marsh and Sterling DeGayner hit shots off the fence to plate more runs.   Linden kept the bats hot after that adding 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th and 6th.  Rakowski and DeGayner both went 3-3 with 3 RBI's each, in Game 2. .  Christina Clemens went 5 strong innings for the win and was relieved by Alexa Marsh who pitched the final two innings.  Linden was helped by tremendous fielding in the victory vs. Clare. Sterling Degayner started two double plays including one where she ranged into shallow centerfield, caught the ball and threw out the Clare runner trying to score on the tag.  Clemens also made a great play by snagging a foul popup at the fence for the 2nd out of the 7th inning.  The Eagles face Flushing at home on Monday!
Eagles Win Soccer Showcase
The Eagles had a huge day in the Saginaw Heritage Showcase on Saturday and finished with a 2-0-1 record over top D1 teams.
Linden battled Troy Athens to a 0-0 tie in a great  defensive match to start the day.  In game two, the offense got started with an Audrey Steiert goal from an Alia Frederick assist.  Frederick then served up Katie Wilkowski for the second goal,  Abbie Paige scored the third Eagle goal from a Bridget Adams assist and Alia Frederick scored on a penalty kick to close out the first half with a 4-0 lead.  Steiert had the lone goal in the second half from a Katie Wilkowski assist to seal the shut out victory.
Maddie Zayan scored twice against the previously unscored upon Grand Blanc Bobcats to lead the Eagles to a 2-0 victory in game three.  Audrey Steiert and Abbie Paige each had an assist.
Bridget Adams and Madison Paige combined for the shut-outs in goal for the Eagles 8th shut out of the season.
The 7th ranked Eagles improve to 11-0-1 on the season and will open Metro league play on Monday as they host Holly at home at 6:00.
Eagle Soccer Wins Again
It was another awesome game and another shut-out victory for the Varsity Eagles who defeated visiting Owosso 8-0 on Thursday.  Katie Wilkowski and Maddie Zayan each had a pair of goals to lead the offense for Linden.  Also scoring a goal were Sam Hawkins, Audrey Steiert, Alia Frederick and Teresa Walterhouse. Assists came from Alia Frederick (2), Abby Paige, Maddie Zayan, Madison Paige and Audrey Steiert.  

The undefeated D2 7th ranked Eagles will put their 9-0 record on the line against some fierce competition on Saturday as they compete in the Saginaw Heritage Showcase.
Varsity Soccer Remains Undefeated
Katie Wilkowski and Maddie Zayan each scored a pair of goals to lead the Eagles to a 7-0 victory at Saginaw Heritage on Wednesday.  Also scoring for the Eagles were Erica Freeman, Bridget Adams and Audrey Steiert.  Assists came from Katie Wilkowski, Teresa Walterhouse, Taylor Moraczewski, Bridget Adams, Madison Paige and Maddie Zayan.  Madison Paige and Bridget Adams combined on 7 saves to preserve their shutout.  The Eagles move to 8-0 on the season and will face some serious competition in the next few days as they host Owosso this evening at Claude Cranston Stadium and will then face powerhouses Troy Athens, Lake Orion and Grand Blanc this weekend in the Saginaw Heritage Showcase.
Varsity Softball Drops Two
Linden varsity softball lost both games against Lake Fenton last night.  In the first game, Linden fell short by a score of 5-4.  Kim Freitas did have 4 hits. Sterling Degaynor  and Megan Klavitter each had two hits.  Liz Rakowski hit a home run.  Linden dropped the second game 11-3.  Cayla Wieranga and Alexa Marsh had two hits each in the loss.
JV Softball Splits with Lake Fenton
JV softball Eagles split with Lake Fenton losing game one 7-3 and winning game two 10-3.  The Eagles battled in game one but just couldn't break through! In game 2 Linden got out to a 10-0 lead and finished off Lake Fenton..  Heather Crampton had 5 hits and Syd Palmquist had 4 hits to lead the hitting charge!
Varsity Baseball Sweeps Lake Fenton remains undefeated 8-0
In the first game, pitchers had a tough day during the game between the Linden Eagles Varsity and Lake Fenton, as the two teams put up 18 runs combined in a 10-8 Linden Eagles Varsity win.  There were 20 hits, including three extra base hits in the game. The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to four lead changes in the game. The Linden Eagles Varsity pulled out the win thanks to a strong sixth inning. Brendan Buerkel reached on a walk and advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Sarkon.  Buerkel stole 3rd and gave the Linden Eagles Varsity the lead for good when he advanced on a throwing error to the plate. The Linden Eagles Varsity were led by Kevin Bates's hitting. Bates went 2-4, drove in one and scored three runs. He singled in the first, and doubled in the fifth inning.  He also reached on an error and walked.  Ryker Rivera and Cole Sarkon also had 2 hits each.  Chris Kitch got the win in relief pitching solid for the Linden Eagles Varsity as he entered the game in the 3rd inning and finished the game throwing 5 innings.  Kitch allowed 5 hits, struck out 8 and allowed one run. In the top of the first, the Linden Eagles Varsity grabbed the early lead, 3-0. Ryker Rivera singled to ignite the Linden Eagles Varsity's offense. A stolen base then moved Rivera from first to second. Rivera then stole home on a double steal. The Linden Eagles Varsity then tacked on more runs when Bates scored on a wild pitch and Link scored on an RBI single by Cole Sarkon. After a quick strike from the Linden Eagles Varsity, Lake Fenton responded with five runs in the second.  Lake Fenton answered again with 2 more runs in the third.  The Eagles scored at least one run in every inning to capture the 10-8 victory after taking the lead for good in the 6th inning.
In the second game, A superb effort by Aaron Sarkon carried the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 1-0 win in seven innings.  The Linden Eagles Varsity's Aaron Sarkon kept Lake Fenton off the scoreboard for all seven innings he was on the hill. He pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out eight.  Jack Shore helped the Linden Eagles Varsity take the lead for good in the seventh inning. Cole Sarkon doubled to get on base in the seventh. He then went from second to third on a wild pitch and was squeezed in for the winning run by Shore.  Cole Sarkon had 2 of Linden's 6 hits in the contest.  Aaron Sarkon concluded the win for the Eagles by getting Lake Fenton out in the 7th, striking out the final batter with a runner on 2nd base.
The Eagles improve their record to 8-0.
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State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to our newest State Bank Athletes of the week:  Christina Clemmons (softball) and Lucas Marshall (baseball).
  In games against Mt. Morris and Holly, she went 6 for 12 hitting with an RBI and 2,runs scored. Pitching against Mt. Morris, she gave up only one earned run. Against Holly, she pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief and a one hit shutout game against Holly in her start.

  Lucas pitched 10 innings this week helping Linden win 2 games vs. Mt. Morris & Holly. For the two games he pitched, he gave up only 5 hits, 1 run and struck out 14 batters. For his league start vs. Holly on Thursday, he pitched a complete game 7 inning shutout victory vs. Holly by striking out 9 batters and only allowing 3 hits in the contest.

 
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Jacob Cox (boys track), Jessica Daul (girls track) and Alexa Marsh who were selected as State Bank Athletes of the Week for the week prior to spring break.
  In our first competition of the season at the MSU True Team Invitational, Jake was the 60m dash champion (in a field of 45 competitors from 17 teams). His time was nearly 0.2 of second faster than his time at the same meet last year. Additionally, he won the event by several strides over runner-up LaTone Smith of Lansing Eastern. Jake also anchored our 4 x 200m relay which finished 4th of 15 teams in a time of 1:38.77.

Also at the MSU True Team Invitational, Jessica earned medalist honors with a 3rd place finish in the shot put (39 competitors from 17 teams). Her put of 32’9” was just inches away from her lifetime best. It was a great start to the season for Jessica.
 Alexa Marsh in the doubleheader against Bendle, went 3 for 6 and drew a walk to hit .500 on the day with 4 rbi"s. She pitched the first game giving up only one run striking out 5 in the 5 inning 11 to 1 win.

 
Golfers Defeat Creek
The varsity boys golf got their first Metro win verse Swartz Creek on Tuesday.  Tony Mastin shot a 43 and Trevor Sundrla shot a 45.  Also, scoring for us were Ryan Montini with a 44 and Gabe Piesko with a 48.  Jack Witman and Aidan McCarthy were in fifth and six with a 54 and 53.  Overall we won with a four score total of 180 to 188.
JV Baseball Splits With Creek
The Eagles hosted Swartz Creek on Monday and defeated the Dragons 8-0 in the first game.  Blake Smiecinski pitched a complete game one hit shutout for Linden.  This was the best game of the season both offensively and defensively.  Noah Pearce gave a standout performance at 3rd base.  
Travis Klocek pitched tough in the nightcap, but the Eagles feel 3-7 to Creek.  Noah Pearce ha
Double Softball Sweep v Creek
The Varsity softball team won both games Monday at Swartz Creek, the first game by the score of 3-0.  Alexa Marsh pitched the shutout.  Kim Freeitas and Cayla Wierenga had 2 hits each.  Molly Churches drove in 2 runs.  Linden won the 2nd game 8-7.  Christina Clemons pitched all 9 innings and added 2 hits.  Liz Rakowski hit a 2 run homerun in the 9th inning that was the game winner.3-0 .  

The Linden JV Softball Eagles beat Swartz Creek in a battle 6 - 2.   Megan Oda struck out 13 as she pitched 6 scoreless innings after Linden gave up 2 in the first.  Kyra Klocek had a huge 2 out 2 run hit to break open a 2-2 tie in the third.  In game 2 Corryn Reger walked and scored 4 times to lead the team.  Syd Palmquist also had 3 hits.  Hannah Marshall picked up her 6th win and Deanna Jenkinson pitched well in the last inning to finish the sweep.  The JV Eagles move to 12-0 on the year!
Varsity Baseball Sweeps Swartz Creek
In the first game, the Linden Eagles Varsity beat Swartz Creek on Monday 9-2 at Swartz Creek HS in seven innings.  The Linden Eagles Varsity scored four runs in the second on a walk by Trey Link, a two-run single by Ryker Rivera, and an RBI single by Kevin Bates. Rivera racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Linden Eagles Varsity including a 2 run HR over the right field fence in the 6th inning.  Trey Link also racked up 4 RBIs on a walk with the bases loaded and a bases loaded clearing double in the 7th inning. Lucas Marshall was a workhorse on the rubber while bagging the win for the Linden Eagles Varsity. Marshall pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs, five hits while striking out five.
In the second game, Aaron Sarkon collected all 3 RBI’s in a 3-0 victory for the Eagles.  Sarkon was 1-3 in the contest.  Also getting hits for the Eagles were Ryker Rivera, Kevin Bates, Chris Kitch and Brendan Buerkel.  Scoring the runs for the Eagles were Ryker Rivera, Kevin Bates, and Jakub Gagne. The Linden Eagles Varsity's Jack Shore kept Swartz Creek off the scoreboard for all seven innings he was on the mound. He pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on two hits while striking out three. The Linden Eagles Varsity stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the third, scoring one run on a sacrifice fly by Sarkon Aaron.

The Eagles have improved their record to 6-0 on the season (4-0 league).


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Hockey Post Season Awards
The 2015-16 Flint Metro League All-League teams have been announced.  For the Linden/Fenton Griffins:
1st Team:  Forward #8 Jake Thompson & Defense #9 Tyler Bourassa
2nd Team: Forwards #16 Brendan Buerkel & #19 Bobby Temple, Defense #66 Brandon Diener, Goalie #30 Collin LaVoie
Honorable Mention: Forward #15 Dylan Miesch & Defense #4 Mitch O'Lewin

Congratulations to all our players on a fine season!
                                                                                                                                      
          
Golfers 4th at Metro Pre-Season
The Eagle golfers took 4th today at the Pre-season Flint Metro League tournament held at Fenton Farms.  Trevor Sundrla led the charge for Linden by shooting a 83 to tie for 4th place individually.  Tony Mastin and Gabe Piesko each shot 91 and Ryan Montini rounded out the scoring with a 95.  The Eagles finished with a team score of 360 behind Flushing (343), Fenton (344) and Holly (348) and ahead of Kearsley (361), Swartz Creek (364), Brandon (392) and Clio (454).
Linden will be back in Metro action tomorrow afternoon as they host Swartz Creek at SMCC.
Soccer vs. Owosso Moved to Thursday
Girls Soccer games vs. Owosso have been cancelled for tonight, April 18, and moved to
Thursday, April 21.
Practice will be at 5:45 tonight for both JV and Varsity Teams.
Varsity Soccer Team Goes Undefeated at Chelsea
The Eagle varsity soccer team won all three games on Saturday at the Chelsea Invitational to take the Championship against some tough competition.  
In the first game, Linden defeated Boston Huron 3-1 on goals from Katie Wilkowski, Erica Breitling and Maddie Zayan off assists from Zayan, Taylor Jones and Breitling.  Keepers Madison Paige and Bridget Adams each had three saves in net.  
In game 2, Maddie Zayan had a hat-trick to lead the Eagles to a 4-0 victory over Chelsea.  Katie Wilkowski also had a goal and an assist.  Abby Paige, Madison Paige and Audrey Steiert each added an assist.  Paige and Adams each had four saves in goal.
In game 3, the Eagles defeated South Lyon East 2-1 on goals from Katie Wilkowski and Maddie Zayan off a pair of assists from Audrey Steiert to seal the victory and the championship for the Linden.  The Eagles now improve to 7-0 on the season and will face Owosso at home tonight.
LINDEN JV SOFTBALL BEATS PERENNIAL POWER CLARKSTON 7-2 TO WIN FLUSHING TOURNAMENT
Linden JV Softball went 4-0 on Saturday to win the Flushing Raider JV Softball Tournament!   Game 1 was a great pitchers duel between Megan Oda of Linden and Taylor Godlewski of Lake Fenton.  With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the 6th inning Corryn Reger smacked a two out, two strike pitch for a single.  She immediately stole second and was driven home by Sydney Palmquist for the go-ahead run.  Heather Crampton singled to increase the lead to 4-2 which is how the game would finish.  Megan Oda struck out 10 in a gutty performance two days after a leg injury vs. Goodrich.  Eva Darling, Heather Crampton and Deanna Jenkinson led the team with 2 hits each.  Game 2 saw Linden beat Flint Powers 7-2 behind the pitching of Hannah Marshall and the fielding at shortstop of Corryn Reger.  Game 3 was again won by Hannah Marshall (5-0 on the season) vs. Flushing 15-1.  Deanna Jenkinson led the hitting charge with 2 hits and 4 RBI.  Kaitlyn Dunn added 2 hits and an RBI 
    In the championship game Linden would face Clarkston.  Clarkston beat Linden last year 11-5 and the sophomores had hoped for the opportunity to face them again this year.  The team did not disappoint as they beat Clarkston 7-2.  Megan Oda (5-0 on the season) pitched a 7 inning gem scattering 8 hits, and striking out 8.   Alaina Bradley had 2 doubles including 1 in the 3rd inning to start a 2 run rally and score the teams first run.  Linden scored 2 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th, and 3 in the 5th.   Kyra Klocek, Alaina Bradley and Erin Gillespie led the hitting charge with 2 hits each vs. Clarkston.  The Eagles outscored their competition 33-7 on the day led by by 6 RBI each by Jenkinson, Marshall and Palmquist.  Jenkinson, Marshall and Klocek also each had 5 hits on the day!
JV Baseball Sweeps Holly
The JV Eagles swept a double header at Holly on Thursday by scores of 14-13 and 11-1.  In game one, Blake Smicienski pitched a tough game and had two hits to help his own cause.  Nick Koan and Jacob Conly also had two hits apiece.
In the nightcap, Brandon Kaluza, Noah Giacomantonio and Nathan Howard each had big hits.  Drake McLaughlin got the win on the mound.
Golfers Open the Season vs Holly
Tony Mastin and Trevor Sundrla each recorded a 3 over par 39 at Heather Highlands to earn medalist honors in the opening match of the season vs Holly.  Despite the effort, the Eagles fell 173-164 to the Bronchos.  Mastin recorded an Eagle for the Eagles!

The JV team lost to a tough Holly squad 181-225 also at Heather Highlands.
Soccer Records Pair of Shut-Outs
The varsity soccer team improves to 4-0-0 with a decisive 8-0 win at Carman Ainsworth on Thursday.  After coming off an emotional win over Powers earlier in the week, the team got off to a slow start, but turned it up offensively with 8 goals.  In the first half, Linden got goals from Erica Britling, Alia Frederick, Katie Wilkowski, Jordan Holscher and Maddie Zayan off assists from Maddie Zayan (2), Abby Paige, Olivia Kirk and Erica Britling.  In the second half, Alia Frederick, Elizabeth Walterhouse and Madison Paige each found the back of the net off assists from Olivia Kirk, Maddie Zayan and Katie Wilkowski.
Madison Paige and Bridget Adams each recorded a save to preserve the shut out for the Eagles.

The JV Eagles traveled to 
Carman Ainsworth and defeated the Caviliers 8-0 with scoring from eight different players.  LaBreea Schott, Taylor Jones Emma Ford, Mrisa Ziccardi, Roslyn Craine, Payton Leedle, Samantha Maienbrook and Lauren Gocha each scored a goal.  Roslyn Craine added a pair of assists and Lauren Gocha, Taylor Acox and Julia Otman each had one assist.  Tammi VanTassel and Kayla Sugg combined in goal for the shut-out.  The first star of the Game was Roslyn Craine, second star was Lauren Gocha and 3rd star was Payton Leedle.
JV Softball Sweeps Goodrich
The Linden JV Eagles swept Goodrich Thursday night in two awesome games to move to 6 wins and 0 losses on the year!    In game 1 Megan Oda pitched 5 innings to get the win 10 to 5, and Hannah Marshall was great in relief to earn her first save!   Corryn Reger turned a double play in the top of the seventh inning to preserve the win... Isabel Wright got a game ball for her phenomenal play in right field as she threw out 3 runners in game one.  The hitting heroes in game 1 were Deanna Jenkinson, Corryn Reger and Heather Crampton.  Game 2 was a great game as Linden trailed 7 to 1 in the bottom of the third.  The girls came back and socred 16 runs in the bottom of the third and fourth to get a 17-8 win. Hannah Marshall settled down and pitched well enough to win her 3rd game of the year.  Heather Crampton was 3 for 3 with 2 extra base hits to key the win.  Syd Palmquist almost went yard as her bid for a home run bounced of the top of the fence, she settled for a triple.  Krya Klocek and Eva Darling were awesome in the infield making some SportsCenter type plays!  Alaina Bradley had 2 hits and Erin Gillespie had a huge 2 run single to give Linden Some breathing room. Caitlyn Dunn also had 2 hits and scored on some fine baserunning.
Softball Splits with Holly
Linden Varsity Softball team split with Holly on Thursday.  Game #1- Holly won 6-3.  In the the loss, Liz Rekowski had 2 doubles and a single.  Megan Klavitter also added 2 hits.  Game #2- Linden won 10-0 in 5 innings.  Kim Freitas, Liz Rekowski and Ashley Bertschy all add 2 hits each.  Christina Clemmons pitched the win in the shut out game. 
Varsity Baseball Sweeps Holly
In the first game, an exceptional effort by Lucas Marshall lifted the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 1-0 shutout win in seven innings over Holly on Thursday at Linden.  Marshall had 9 strike outs and gave up only 3 hits in his complete game victory.  The Linden Eagles Varsity scored their only run of the game on a groundout by Cole Sarkon in the second inning scoring Jack Shore who doubled earlier in the inning.
 
In the second game, Cole Sarkon went 2-3, sparking the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 3-0 victory in seven innings over Holly on Thursday at Linden. He singled in the second and fourth innings. The Linden Eagles Varsity's Jack Shore also had an exceptional effort keeping Holly off the scoreboard for all seven innings he was on the hill. He pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on four hits while striking out eight. The lead stayed with the Linden Eagles Varsity after the fourth, when they scored three runs on a two-run double by Conor Faught and an RBI single by Cole Sarkon.

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Varsity Soccer Defeats Powers
The Eagle varsity soccer team improved to 3-0 with an impressive 2-0 victory over Flint Powers at Atwood Stadium on Tuesday.  Maddie Zayan opened the scoring in the first half off an Erica Breitling assist.  Zayan assisted Alia Frederick for the only second half goal of the contest.  Madison Paige and Bridget Adams combined in goal for the shut-out with 13 saves.  This was a huge game vs one of the top teams i the state.  The Eagles were out-shot, but played great team defense and took advantage of their opportunities to score.

The JV Eagles fell to Powers 8-0 on Tuesday in a non-league match up.  Keepers Tammi VanTassel (5), Abe Sanderson (5) and Kayla Suggs (12) combined for 22 Eagle saves in the contest.  The first star of the game went to Kayla Suggs, 2nd Star to Abby Zayan and 3rd Star to Jen VanTassell.
Softball vs Mt. Morris
Linden Varsity Softball split a double header against Mt. Morris on Tuesday.  Linden  lost the first game by a score of 10-3.  Kim Freitas had two hits and an RBI.  Liz Rakowski also had two hits.  Linden came back to win the second game 6-5.  Alexa Marsh got the win and had two RBI's.  Christina Clemmons and Molly Churches had three hits each.  Emily Williams drove in two runs.The next game is Home against Holly on Thursday
 
 
The Linden JV Softball Team swept Mt. Morris 19-2 and 17-1.  Both Hannah Marshall and Megan Oda moved to 2 and 0 on the year behind an offense that put up 32 base hits during the day.  Megan is yet to give up a hit this year.  Corryn Reger and Krya Klocek both went 5 for 5 with 8 rbi and 5 rbi respectively. Corryn had a double and 2 triples.  Heather Crampton was also perfect at the plate going 3 for 3 with 2 walks.  Sydney Palmquist got things going in game one with 2 triples and 3 rbi's on the way to a 4 for 5 night. Erin Gillespie also had a based loaded double in game one to keep the  scoring going.  Isabel Wright went 3 for 3 in game 2, leading us to an 11-1 lead after one inning.   Every Linden player had a base hit and scored a run.  It will get tougher on Thursday as Goodrich comes to Linden!
Varsity Baseball Sweeps Mt. Morris

The Linden Eagles Varsity seize victory in the first game thanks to Ryker Rivera's walk off single in the bottom of the seventh scoring Conor Faught, winning 3-2.  The Linden Eagles Varsity and Mt. Morris passed the lead back and forth five times on Tuesday.  Kevin Bates got the win for the Linden Eagles Varsity. He allowed one run over four innings. Bates struck out seven, walked two and gave up three hits.  Mt. Morris jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third.  The Linden Eagles Varsity scored one run in the fifth inning, and then followed it up with one more in the seventh. In the fifth, the Linden Eagles Varsity scored on an RBI single by Bates, plating Faught.  Brendan Buerkel was 1-2 at the plate.

In the second game, The Linden Eagles Varsity's Kevin Bates got the clutch hit with 2 outs, scoring Ryker Rivera in once again walk off fashion, winning 3-2.  Ryker Rivera singled to get on base in the seventh. He then went from first to second on a stolen base and scored on the walk off hit by Bates.  Bates went a perfect 3-3 at the dish for the Linden Eagles Varsity.  Rivera had a solid game for the Linden Eagles Varsity at the plate. Rivera went 2-4 and scored three runs. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the seventh innings.  Mt. Morris couldn't get anything going as long as Jack Shore was on the bump. Mt. Morris managed just one hit off of Shore, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three during his three innings of work.  Aaron Sarkon got the win for the Linden Eagles Varsity. He allowed two runs over four innings. He struck out nine, walked one and surrendered six hits.  The Linden Eagles Varsity jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Linden Eagles Varsity attack began with a double from Rivera. A single by Bates then moved Rivera from second to third.  After posting one run in the third, the Linden Eagles Varsity again scored one in the seventh. In the third, the Linden Eagles Varsity scored on an RBI single by Chris Kitch, bringing home Rivera.

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JV Baseball Sweeps Mt. Morris
The JV baseball team opened their season with a sweep at non-league Mt. Morris.  The Eagles won the first game 11-5 and followed with a 21-0 shutout in the nightcap.  Drake McLaughlin pitched a one hit shut out in game two.  McLaughlin and Spencer Rivera had three hits on the day.  Overall, the team had a solid offensive performance.
Schedule Changes
Today, the JV softball and JV baseball games will be played AT Mt. Morris beginning at 4:00.

Varsity softball and varsity baseball will play Mt. Morris AT Linden at 4:00 as scheduled.

The boys lacrosse game scheduled for home vs. BC Central at 6:00 has been moved to AWAY at BC Central at 6:30 pm.
Wolves Win in OT

On Wednesday, the LHS/FHS Wolves Lacrosse team won their first game of the season 9- 8 in OT  vs. Whitmore Lake.

 

At 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter L/F HS Wolves were down to Whitmore Lake and they had just scored to go up 8-6.  Whitmore Lake had just won the face off and were in their offensive zone when (LHS) Wolves Defender Jacob Kirn pushed their Attack man out of bounds giving the Wolves the ball.  Wolves went on to score a quick goal #7 by (LHS) Attack-man Tyler Bourassa assisted from (FHS) Midfielder Jake Newblatt and tied the game # 8 by Tyler Bourassa from (FHS) Attack-man Derek DeLong with about 40 seconds to go.

 

Then, in OT Jacob Newblatt (FHS) face off midfielder pushed the face off to (LHS) Midfielder, Dan Pudduck who picked up the ground ball around several Whitmore Lake defenders and got the ball in the offensive zone.  We called time out and ran an overload offensive play where (LHS) Attack man Tyler Bourassa passed the ball to (FHS) Midfielder Brian Hackney for the game winner in overtime sudden death win.

 

Scoring:

Name                    Goals     Assists                

Tyler Bourassa        5            2

Brian Hackney         2            1

Derek Delong          1            3

Dylan Meisch           1            2

Jake Newblatt          0           1

 

Ground Balls,

Wolves 32,  Whitmore Lake 14

Shots

Wolves 38,  Whitmore Lake 28

Saves:

Adam Glomb 10,   Whitmore Lake 4

Penalties

Wolves 4,  Whitmore Lake 9

Varsity Soccer Defeats Fenton
The Eagle varsity soccer team traveled to Fenton for a non-league match-up against the Tigers and finished with a 2-1 win.  Jordan Holscher scored off and assist from Maddie Zayan in the first half to open the scoring and Alia Frederick hit the second half game winner off a Katie Wilkowski assist.  Both keepers were strong in goal with Madison Paige with 8 saves and no goals against in the first; Bridget Adams had 5 saves and goal against in the second half.  This was a great game for both teams.  The Eagles played with the wind in their face the entire 1st half and defended well.

The JV Eagles battled well, but lost to Fenton 7-0, In goal, Tammi VanTassel had 14 saves with 2 goals against; Abby Zayan recorded 12 saves with 2 goals against; and Roslyn Craine had 10 saves with 3 goals against.
 
Softball Opens Strong
The Linden varsity softball team opened their season with a sweep of their doubleheader against Bendle at home Wed. night. The 1st game 11 to 1, Alexa Marsh struck out 5 in getting the win; Brittney Vargas had 2 hits. In the nightcap, Christina Clemons pitched a 14 to 0 shutout striking out 4. Kim Freitas, Liz Rakowski, and Emily Williams had 2 hits each.

The Linden JV Softball Team opened the season with two 15-0 wins last night vs Bendle.  Megan Oda stuck out 7 of  9 batters while not giving up a hit in game 1.  Megan also led the team with 4 RBI's. on the night.  Heather Crampton and Krya Klocek both went 3 for 3 in leading the hitting charge in game which saw every Eagle batter score!  In game two Hannah Marshall also did not give up a hit while striking out 4 in picking up her first win of her high school career.  Alaina Bradley, Erin Gillespie and Isabel Wright were perfect on the day reaching base 13 out of 13 times between the three of them!  The Eagles play next on April 12th at Mt. Morris.
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Junior Tyler Bourassa (lacrosse) kicks off the spring season for the State Bank Athlete of the Week for Linden High School.  Tyler scored a goal and had an assist in a cold, windy game vs. DeWitt last week.
Soccer Opens Season with Pair of Wins!
The JV Eagles opened the soccer season at Claude M Cranston Stadium with a 8-0 mercy win over Durand in non-league competition on Monday evening.  Emma Ford led the offensive attack with a hat-trick of goals while Marissa Zicarrdi led the team in assists with three.  Amelia Bradford, Elaina Neuman, Lauren Gocha, Taylor Acox and Abby Zayan each had a goal for the Eagles.  Neuman, Gocha, Elizabeth Gilmer, Shae Curtis, and Samantha Maienbrook each added an assist. 

The varsity team hosted Lake Fenton in non-league action and opened their season with a 4-1 victory over the Blue Devils.  Maddie Zayan opened the scoring on an assist from Audry Steiert early in the first half, followed by an Alia Frederick goal from Zayan and a Zayan unassisted goal by Zayan to end the half at 3-0.  Keeper Madison Paige had 4 saves and 0 goals against in the first half in goal.  

Katie Wilkowski scored the lone Eagle goal in the second half off another Zayan assist.  Bridget Adams had 6 saves and 1 goal against in the second.

The varsity Eagles will travel to Fenton for non-league action on Wednesday on the turf with the JV game starting at 4:30 pm.
LFLF
The LFLF gymnastics team wrapped up their season last weekend competing with four girls at the MHSAA D2 State Finals. Jessica Richert, Carly Kozlowski, Miranda Stephens and Blake Hutchings competed among the best gymnast in the state. It was an exciting day of competition with some really talented gymnasts. Blake Hutchings fell shy of placing all state with an 11th place all around finish. All of the LFLF gymnasts did a great job and had an excellent season.
Boys Basketball League Post Season Awards
The Flint Metro League coaches met at Ortonville-Brandon High School to vote for postseason individual awards. Linden was able to receive four awards for the 2015-2016 season. Linden finished the league in 6th place after a rough start, winning 3 of it's last 5 regular season games.

Linden junior guard Cole Sarkon was voted in as a 2nd Team All-Flint Metro League performer. Cole averaged 13.4 ppg, good enough to finish as the league's 3rd highest scorer, only behind the high scoring Holly duo of Ian Hodges and Kyle Woodruff. Cole led the league in 3 point field goals made and also led the league free throw percentage.

Linden junior guard Tyler Hoeberling was voted in as an All-Flint Metro League Honorable Mention performer. Tyler averaged 10.9 ppg, good enough to finish as the league's 9th highest scorer.

Linden senior guard Logan Steiert has shown tremendous improvement over the past three years and that has earned him votes from league coaches towards being an All-Flint Metro League Honorable Mention selection. Logan was a do-everything type of player for Linden and the final statistics support that claim. Logan finished the Flint Metro League season as the 17th highest scorer in the league. At 6'0", Logan finished as the league's 7th highest rebounder. Logan finished 12th in assists. Finally, Logan finished 11th in the league in steals.

Linden junior forward Hunter Michael was selected as an All-Flint Metro League Honorable Mention performer. Hunter led a balanced attack consistently from the post all season long. Including a 15 point and 10 rebound game against the best front line in the Metro League.
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to Tyler Hoeberling (basketball); Jessica Richert (gymnastics) and Maddie Liss (competitive cheer) who have each been named as State Bank Athletes of the week for this past week.

  Tyler had 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in two games this week in an overtime loss to Gabriel Richard and a 6 pt win at Kearsley. Tyler went a perfect 14 for 14 from the free throw line.

In preparation for Regional competition this week, Jessica's work ethic and determination at practice all week led the team to be able to finish in 4th place. She was also able to secure her spot to compete on bars at state competition next week.



 Senior Maddie Liss has been a four year member of the Eagle Competitive Cheer program.  She has always worked with dedication and determination and has been a leader for the Eagles.
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to senior Megan Losey (Gymnastics) and junior Dawson Blank (wrestling) who were named as State Bank Athletes of the Week for the Week ending 2/8/16.
  
Dawson was a District Champion at #145 and defeated a state ranked opponent that he has never beaten. Dawson is currently ranked #7 in the state with a 42-2 overall record.

Senior Megan Losey continues to work hard and has upgraded her vault difficulty to become a scorer we count on. She is also a great captain to keep her team together.

 
LFLF Gymnastics 4th in Regionals
The LFLF gymnastics team had a stellar day in Regional competition on Saturday scoring a season best 139.975 for the combined four events of floor exercise, beam, uneven bars and vault.
Leading the way for the team was Linden sophomore Blake Hutchings who was the D2 All-Around Regional Champion and also took first place on both the bars and floor.  On the beam, Hutchings finished in 5th and Lake Fenton's Miranda Stephens finished in 6th.  Stevens also qualified on the bars in 2nd place and Linden sophomore Jessica Richert took 7th.  Hutchings (2nd) and Stephens (3rd) also qualified on the beam.  Fenton's Carly Koslowski also qualified in D1 on the beam and the bars.
The individuals that qualified will now travel to Rockwood HS next Saturday for individual competition.  Best of luck to Coach Holden and the team.
Blank Takes 3rd!
Congratulations to junior Dawson Blank who took 3rd place at the MHSAA D2 Indvidual Wrestling tournament this past weekend at the Palace of Auburn Hills in the #145 weight class.

Blank made it to the championship semi-final round before losing to the eventual state champion.  Dawson then moved to the consolation bracket when he defeated his first opponent 7-0 to move to the consolation final match.  Blank won this match in a 3-1 decision to take 3rd overall and earn D2 All-State honors.
Varsity Boys Finish with Metro Win
Linden finished the regular season at Kearsley on Friday night, a day where both freshman and junior varsity teams had decisive victories. The Eagles found themselves in an early battle, tied at halftime 23-23. With great inside play by Jack Shore and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch from Logan Steiert (9-10) and Tyler Hoeberling (8-8), Linden was able to hold off the tough Kearsley team 60-54. Linden was led in scoring by Tyler Hoeberling with 17 points. Cole Sarkon and Logan Steiert both added 14 points a piece. Jack Shore added 8 points and team high 10 rebounds. Hunter Michael added 5 points. Linden goes in to district's winning 3 of the last 5 games, including a 12 point win at rival Swartz Creek and a 28 point home win against Mt. Morris in the GAC/FML Coaches vs Cancer Challenge. Linden faces the winner of Grand Blanc/Fenton on March 9th 7:30pm at Grand Blanc High School in the district semis.
Linden JV Boys Finish Their Season At Kearlsey
Linden Basketball sweeps Kearsley in a Friday night triple header. The JV Boys had the lead for most of the game, playing aggressive and confident. Winning 59-33, on offense the guys broke Kearsley's press efficiently and on defense they did not allow many second chance points by rebounding very well. With 20 points, Nick Koan, had a great game and added 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 5 steals. Noah Giacomantonio also played well and contributed 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Andrew Burns added 11 points, 4 rebounds and 1 block. Blake Knox was all about team basketball, with 8 points, 9 assists and 11 rebounds. Aidan McCarthy battled foul trouble but still was able to add 4 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Tyler Jankowski got a great look, about 10 feet from the hoop, on the right side baseline and nailed the open shot for his 2 points. The JV Boys 2015/16 Basketball Team finish the season with a winning 10-9 record.
Freshman Boys Defeat Kearsley
The freshman boys basketball team ended its season Friday night with a 57-32 win at Kearsley.  
9 eagles scored in the game, led by Richie Linn with 10 and Hayden Mahakian with 8. 
Also scoring for Linden were Cameron Finnegan, Cole Wiknich, and Braden Banasiak with 7 points each, Travis Klocek had 6 points, Max James had 4 points, and Evan Holl and Luke Kenney scored 2 points each.   
The Eagles finished the season with a 9-10 record. 
Ind Wrestling State Finals First Round
Senior Captain Bryce Davis drew a tough seed at #152 and fell to his opponent at 3:12 in the first round of the tournament.  Bryce moves to the consolation round where he will wrestle early Friday morning in Round 2.
Aaron Steedman, at #189, also had a difficult draw and battled to a 4-2 loss vs his opponent.  He will also wrestle early Friday am in the consolation round.  Both wrestlers must win their remaining matches to continue wrestling in the tournament.
Junior Dawson Blank won his first match in a 5-0 decision and advances in the championship bracket and must win his next two matches to advance to the championship match at #145.
Eagle fans can follow the tournament on Trackwrestling.com
Individual Wrestling State Finals
Best of luck to our Eagle grapplers competing for a state title at the D2 Individual MHSAA State Finals Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  Tonight, Bryce Davis (#152), Dawson Blank (#145) and Aaroy pn Steedman (#189) will wrestle in the first round.  Stay posted to this page for updates throughout the tournament.

Linden Travels To Fenton
Linden battles back from an early deficit only to lose 60-46. Down 13-4 in the first the Linden JV Boys battled back only to be down 26-20 at half. Then half way through the third quarter the Linden boys tied the game at 29-29, it was at that time the Fenton team went on a 14 point run and the Eagles never recovered. Nick Koan had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 8 steals and 2 assists. Corbin Sines finished with 13 points, 6 steals, 1 assist and 1 rebound. Blake Knox added 6 points, 5 steals, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Noah Giacomantonio contributed 5 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Andrew Burns and Aidan McCarthy each had 4 points. Andrew added 7 rebounds and 1 block. Aidan had 5 rebounds.
Freshman Boys Lose to Fenton
The freshman boys basketball team lost at Fenton Wednesday night by a 44-36 score.  
Travis Klocek led all scorers with 15 points.  
Also scoring fur the Eagles were Jeff Metzger and Max James with 7 each, Hayden Mahakian with 5, and Luke Kenney with 2 points. 
LFLF Gymnasts Win Again
The LFLF Gymnastics team finished their last meet of the season with a win over Vassar and Troy. Highlights of the night were Megan Losey taking 1st place on vault, Blake Hutchings taking 1st place on bars, Sabra Robinson taking 1st place on beam, 2nd on vault, and a 2nd all around, Jessica Richert taking 1st on floor, 2nd on bars and 4th on beam, Jordan Dawson taking 3rd on floor,and 3rd on vault, Brie Polehna taking 4th on floor.  The team ended up with 7 wins and 1 loss throughout their regular season meets. On Saturday March 5th they will be heading to Grand Ledge to compete at their regional meet as a team. 
Athletic Boosters Scholarship
The Linden Athletic Boosters announce criteria for one or more $500 scholarships which will be awarded to graduating seniors based on the following criteria:
  • Parent(s )must be an active member of the Linden Athletic Boosters
  • Graduating senior must have been accepted to a college, business/trade technical school
  • Must have participated in a sport at Linden High School

Criteria for Selection will be based on athletic participation, volunteerism, scholastic achievement, extra-curricular activities, citizenship and a complete application submitted by the deadline of March 29.

Click here to download the application and criteria.
Wolves Lacrosse

WOLVES LACROSSE
 
PRACTICE STARTS FOR ALL BOYS INTERESTED IN PLAYING THE FASTEST GROWING SPORT IN AMERICA ……………..MARCH 14
 
A COMBINED SCHOOL TEAM OF LINDEN AND FENTON PLAYERS
  • ALL GRADE LEVELS ARE WELCOME TO PLAY
  • NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS NEED
  • MHSAA SANCTIONED HIGH SCHOOL SPORT
     
THERE WILL BE A PLAYERS MEETING AT LINDEN HIGH SCHOOL ON MARCH 7TH AT 5:30, BRING A PARENT
  • REVIEW COST TO PLAY AND EQUIPMENT
  • PLAYERS UNIFORM
  • SCHEDULE
 
NEEDED TO PLAY: LACROSSE HELMET, GLOVES, ELBOW PADS, SHOULDER PADS, LACROSSE STICK…….AND

“YOUR DESIRE TO PLAY A FUN SPORT”    
Freshman Boys Lose at Lake Fenton

The freshman boys basketball team lost at Lake Fenton on Friday by a 36-23 score.

 

Braden Banasiak led the Eagles in scoring with 8 points.

Travis Klocek, Evan Hill, Max James, and Hayden Mahakian each scored 3 points.

Luke Kenney scored 2 points and Richie Linn scored 1 point.

Boosters Golf Outing
Freshman Boys Beat Mt Morris

The boys freshman team defeated Mt. Morris on Tuesday night by a 48-30 score.

 

Linden jumped out to an 18-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

 

Leading scorers for the Eagles were Travis Klocek with 16 points and Max James with 11.

 

Also scoring for Linden were Hayden Mahakian with 9, Luke Kenney and Evan Hill with 4 each, Cameron Finnegan with 3, and Richie Linn with 1 point.  

 

The win raised the Eagles record to 8-8 for the season.

Linden and Mt. Morris Meet at Linden
Linden Basketball sweeps Mt. Morris... Really starting to click, the JV Boys basketball team played a very entertaining style of basketball. Up 24-8 in the first quarter and 41-15 at half; the Eagles played great defense and very efficient offense. With a final score of 66-58 the JV boys improve to 9-8 on the season. Nick Koan had 21 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 7 steals. Corbin Sines finished with 15 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 5 steals. Blake Knox added 12 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 6 steals. Noah Giacomantonio and Zach Horst each had 6 points. Noah added 2 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Zach also contributed 4 assists, 5 rebounds ad 6 steals. Aidan McCarthy had 4 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Tyler Jankowski, shooting 100% from the free throw line, finished with 2 points.
Girls FML/GAC Challenge
In a game that saw 15 lead changes and was hard fought to the end, the Girls Varsity team fell to Bendle 52 to 44.  Sterling Degayner hit a 3 with 3:38 left in the game to give the Eagles a 43 to 42 lead.  On the ensuing possession Bendle scored a basket off a mad scramble and the momentum turned their way.  Bendle made 17 of 21 free throws including 6 in a row at the end to make the score not indicative of how close the game was.   Cam Williams hit 3 huge 3-point baskets and shot very well on her way to 11 points.  Sterling led the team with 12 and played ball hawking defense. Audrey Stiert was aggressive on offense and made 6 free throws on her way to 8 points.  Bridgett Adams and Madison Maxheimer rebounded well and also added some scoring. Erin Gillespie and Bella Blank both played good defense on Bendle's scoring guard and helped give the Eagles a chance to win.
 
Wrestlers Advance
Congratulations to the 3 wrestlers that are advancing to the Individual State Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills March 3,4, and 5th.  Dawson Blank continued his winning ways by winning Regionals this past weekend.  Dawson pinned his opponent in the finals and will go into the state tournament as a #1 seed.  Aaron Steedman finished 2nd at 189 lbs. losing only to the #2 ranked wrestler in the state by a score of 2-0.  Bryce Davis also advances as he took a strong 3rd at regionals, losing only to the #1 seeded wrestler in a tight match.  All three of these wrestlers look to get to the podium and represent Linden wrestling.  Congratulations on a fine day of wrestling gentlemen.  
Griffins Hockey
Griffins Lose a Close One, 1-0
The Griffins lost to Oxford Avondale Saturday evening in Troy.  Next game this Wednesday in Lapeer vs Alliance 7:15 pm.
 
Griffins win 6-1 over Grand Ledge / Fowlerville in Lansing Friday Night.  Collin LaVoie was in net for the victory making huge saves at key points of the game.  Drake Millwood led the offense with 2 goals and 1 assist, Brendan Buerkel 2 goals, Tyler Bourassa 1 goal, Cody Engberg and Mitch O’Lewin 1 assist each.
Swartz Creek Visits Linden JV Boys
It was a night of good basketball and a pair of wins as the Freshmen and JV both top Swartz Creek. The JV boys never trailed, up 12-1 at the end of the first quarter, and won 44-30. Blake Knox played a very good game of basketball earning 17 points and 10 rebounds. Corbin Sines had a very complete game with 10 points, 8 steals, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Zach Horst and Nick Koan had 6 points each. Zach had 6 steals to go along with his 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Nick added 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Noah Giacomantonio chipped in 4 points, got 6 rebounds and 1 steal. Andrew Burns had 2 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Aidan McCarthy got 1 point to go along with his 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
Freshman Boys Beat Creek
The freshman basketball team avenged a loss from earlier in the season with a convincing 52-33 win at home Thursday night.  

The Eagles jumped out to a 16-6 lead after 1 quarter and extended the lead every quarter until the end. 

Travis Klocek led all scorers with 24 points including 4 three pointers.  
Also scoring for Linden were Hayden Mahakian with 11 points, Jeff Metzger and Luke Kenney scored 5 points each, Braden Banasiak had 3, Evan Hill had 2, and Max James and Cameron Finnegan scored 1 point each. 
Freshman Boys Lose at Lake Fenton

The Freshman Basketball team lost at Lake Fenton Tuesday by a 43-38 score.

 

Travis Klocek led the Eagles with 16 points.  

Also scoring for Linden were Hayden Mahakian with 8, Jeff Metzger with 6, Luke Kenney with 4, and Max James and Braden Banasiak with 2 each.

JV Boys Travel To Cross Town Rival Lake Fenton
The JV Boys basketball team played aggressive, confident and fast and left Lake Fenton with a 50-47 win. Nick Koan had 20 points, 7 steals, and 3 rebounds. Blake Knox added 11 points, 4 steals, and 4 rebounds. Corbin Sines and Noah Giacomantonio each contributed 7 points. Corbin had 6 steals, 5 rebounds and 2 assists while Noah had 8 steals, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Zach Horst chipped in 3 points and 5 steals. Aidan McCarthy had 1 point along with 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Andrew Burns also had 1 point to go along with his 3 blocks and 8 rebounds.
Griffins Win Two
The Griffin hockey team won two big games last week!  On Wednesday, the team hosted Pinckney and defeated the Pirates 3-2 by playing solid hockey.  Brendan Buerkel had a goal and an assist.  Tyler Bourassa had a goal and Ian Crampton added an assist.

The Griffins won Saturday night over Kearsley Brandon Holly 8-0 to finish 4-2 and runner up in the Flint Metro League.  Collin LaVoie in goal for the shutout, Brendan Buerkel had a huge game with 4 goals and 2 assists, Drake Millwood 1 goal & 2 assists, Kevin Bates 1 goal, Mitch O’Lewin 3 assists, Blake Smiecinski, Cody Engberg & Ian Crampton 1 assist each.
Gymnasts Take Another First
On Saturday, the LFLF gymnastics team scored their highest score of the year at 139.1 and took first place at the Jackson Lumen Christi Invitational.  Great job team!
Eagles Wrestlers Advance
The Linden wrestling team qualified six individuals for MHSAA Regionals. We had five finalists and one consolation finalist. There is no doubt we would have had more had they not been injured, but these young men wrestled their hearts out. Congrats to all of them. Aaron Steedman (171) and Dawson Blank (145) were champions. Jaylin Steedman (285), Justin Cygnar (112), and Bryce Davis (152) finished second. Cade Dickson (160) finished fourth.
Wrestlers Fall to Goodrich
The Linden wrestling team finished its dual meet season last night losing to state ranked Goodrich.  Although this was the most anticipated dual meet all season, the Eagles felt a crushing blow as four starters had season ending injuries: State ranked Luke Zimmerman and Patrick Kerr, sophomore Stojan Prusac, and junior Skyler Stites were all unable to compete due to injuries.  The Eagles felt it was better to focus on Individual Districts for Saturday where they look to advance wrestlers to the state meet.  Winning on the night for Linden were: Mitchell Kerr, Cade Dickson, Aaron Steedman, and Jaylin Steedman.  The Eagles finished with the third best team record in Linden history at 25-7 and everyone will be returning aside from senior Bryce Davis and Luke Zimmerman.  Individual districts will be tomorrow at Linden and wrestling begins at 9:00.  Please come out and support your Eagles as they try to advance to regionals at Imlay City. 
JV Boys Visit Brandon
The Linden JV Boys Basketball team left Brandon with a 43-33 loss. Nick Koan lead Linden scorers with 10. Corbin Sines and Blake Knox each had 7 points. Noah Giacomantonio, has been playing very good the last few games and had 6 points. Aidan McCarthy contributed 3 points.
Freshman Boys Beat Brandon
The Freshman Boys Basketball team traveled to Brandon Thursday night and came away with a 52-50 win.
 
The Eagles led all night, and entered the fourth quarter with a 43-28 lead.  Brandon never gave up and cut the Eagle lead to 1, but the Eagles were able to hold on.
 
All 10 Linden players scored in the game.
Leading Linden in scoring were Travis Klocek and Max James with 14 points each.  
Other scorers were Evan Hill and Jeff Metzger with 4 points each, Luke Kenney, Cole Wiknich, Braden Banasiak, and Hayden Mahakian with 3 each, and Cameron Finnegan and Richie Linn with 2 points each.
Varsity Girls Defeat Kearsley
The Varsity Girls basketball hosted the Kearsley Hornets last night.  This was the second match-up between these 2 teams and the Eagles came out victorious.  The final score was 40-36.  This narrow win was made possible by 2 clutch free throws by Audrey Steiert with 50 seconds remaining and by another 2 clutch free throws by Bella Blank with 23 seconds left in the game.  Sterling DeGayner led the Eagles in scoring with 13 points, followed by Audrey Steiert with 7 points.  Cam Williams, Bella Blank and Bridget Adams each contributed 6.
Gymnasts Fall to Pt Huron
The Linden/Fenton/Lake Fenton Gymnastics team suffered their first season loss of the season against Port Huron Wednesday night. LFLF scored a 138.125 against the Red Dogs 140.775. Highlights of the night were Sabra Robinson's personal best score on beam with  9.05, Blake Hutchings personal best on beam with a 9.45, Megan Losey  personal best vault with a 8.725 and Carly Kozlowski's personal best vault with a 8.625.
The team is heading to an invitational at Jackson this weekend.
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to junior Hunter Michael who has been selected as the State Bank Athlete of the Week for boy's basketball.  Hunter had 21 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals in two games this week against Holly and Flushing.
Wrestlers Take 2nd!
The Linden wrestling team finished second on Saturday and had a great showing at the Flint-Metro conference meet. Congratulations to champions junior Dawson Blank and senior Bryce Davis. Runner-up jr. Patrick Thomas Kerr and jr. Jaylin Steedman. Third place finishes: soph. Justin Cygnar, soph. Koleton Strauss, soph. Avery Jacobs, soph. Cade Dickson, and jr. Aaron Steedman. The team has battled injuries all season, but the boys that have stayed are not only CHAMPIONS, but they are becoming great competitors and representing the Linden Community with pride.  Great job wrestlers.
Varsity Hoops at Holly
Linden went on the road to the Metro league's top team on Friday night. Despite two long scoring droughts, Linden was able to cut a 20 point deficit down to seven points late in the 3rd quarter before a late Holly run sealed the game winning 75-54. Cole Sarkon lead with 19 points. Garrett Strang added 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Tyler Hoeberling added 9 points and 2 rebounds. Logan Steiert had 3 points and team leading 4 assists. Hunter Michael had 6 points and 3 rebounds. Gavin Lund added 4 points and 3 rebounds. After a week of going against FML's two top teams, Linden looks to rebound at Kearsley on Tuesdaynight. In the first meeting, Linden lost in overtime.
JV Girls on the Road
The JV Eagles battled hard against Holly, but fell short in the end.  They overcame Maddie Smith breaking her hand in the first half and got to within 20 to 18 with about 4 minutes to go. From there Holly outscored them 9 to 4 to beat Linden 29-22.  Eva Darling led the team in scoring with 6. Also scoring were Taylor Acox with 5, Isabel Wright with 4, Maddie Smith, Alaina Bradley and Hayley Harp with 2 and Avery Whitten scored .
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to Patrick Kerr who was named the State Bank Athlete of the Week for wrestling. Patrick had a big week as he helped Linden defeat Fenton 76-4 on Wed and then was selected as the Most Valuable Wrestler of the tournament out of 15 teams for the lower weights at the Battle Creek tourney. He had all pins and one tech fall this week to imporve to 35-3 on the season and jump into #10 in the D2 rankings.
Holly Visits The Linden JV Boys
The Linden JV boys suffer a tough loss to Holly, 51-32. Trailing 15-2 at the end of the first quarter, and down 28-15 at half; the JV boys had a difficult task in front of them. Having another rough third quarter, down 41-17, the guys never gave up. Although the score does not reflect their effort, the JV Boys left it all on the court, playing very intense and scrappy defense in the fourth quarter. Nick Koan scored 15 points and added 6 rebounds along with 3 steals. Zach Horst contributed 5 points, 5 steals, 1 rebound and 1 assist. Seth Mossing and Blake Knox each had 4 points. Seth got 3 rebounds and had 1 great block. Blake had another monster rebounding night with 12 and added 3 steals as well as 2 assists. Corbin Curtis had 2 points while teammate Noah Giacomantonio also had 2 points to go along with his 8 rebounds 4 steals and 1 assist.
Linden JV Boys Host Flushing
Linden JV Boys gets revenge on Flushing, 43-27. The JV boys played great team defense and stepped up to help fill missing roles. Andrew Burns missed the game due to illness and Noah Giacomantonio stepped up for his best game of the season. Noah finished with a team high 13 points, 11 rebounds 5 steals and 1 assist. Nick Koan, Zach Horst and lake Knox each had 8 points. Nick added 8 steals, 6 rebounds and 1 assist while Zach contributed 5 steals and 3 assists. Blake added 4 steals and 3 rebounds. Aidan McCarthy got 6 points and had 4 rebounds with 2 assists.
Freshman Boys Beat Holly
The freshman boys defeated Holly Thursday night by a 37-29 score.  

Linden led throughout the game, but found the score tied at 29 with 4 minutes remaining.  
From that point the Eagles closed out the game on a 8-0 run. 

Travis Klocek led the linden attack with 10 points.  
Also scoring for Linden were Max James with 9, Hayden Mahakian and Luke Kenney scored 5 each, Richie Linn scored 4, Jeff Metzger scored 2 and Evan Hill scored 1 point.  
Varsity Hoops vs Flushing
Last night the Girls Varsity Basketball team traveled to Flushing where they were outscored by the Raiders 63-35. Sterling DeGayner led the team in scoring with 17 points, 12 of which all came in the 4th quarter.  Madison Maxheimer followed with 6 points and Erin Gillespie contributed 4. 
Varsity Hoops vs Flushing
Linden faced a tough Flushing team on Tuesday night, who is tied for 1st place in the Metro League and lost 41-56. Defensively, Linden battled hard against the size and length of the Raiders. Hard fought game all the way through, Linden was able to keep the game close despite going 0-18 from the 3 point line until Josh Beil hit a 28 foot shot with a minute left. Linden was lead by a strong performance from forward Hunter Michael who had 15 and 9 rebounds. Trent Strang added 6 points and 3 rebounds. Garrett Strang went scoreless but had 5 assists and battled tough against one of the area's best guards. Linden plays at 1st place Holly this Friday at 7:30.
Freshman Boys Lose to Flushing
The freshman boys lost to Flushing Tuesday by a 40-18 score. 

Travis Klocek and Richie Linn led Linden with 3 points each.  

Scoring 2 points each for the Eagles were Luke Kenney, Cameron Finnegan, Evan Hill, Max James, Braden Banasiak, and Hayden Mahakian.  
Griffins host Student Night

The Griffins will host Student Night on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Hartland Sports Center. The combined Fenton Linden hockey team faceoff against Alliance, (Dryden, Goodrich, Imlay City, Lakeville). The puck drop is set for 6 p.m. Entry is free for students with athletic passes, and general admission is $5. The first 50 students will receive a free Griffins T-shirt. Spectators will enjoy a great match up between the Griffins, the league finalists, and undefeated Alliance. The Linden High School band will provide musical support. Thanks to the generosity of Fenton and Linden business owners, numerous gift certificates and other prizes will be raffled off throughout the game.

 

Put on your school colors for the spirit wear contest and winnings. Complimentary bussing for students is provided; see Fenton and Linden school offices for sign up. Hartland Sports Center is at 2755 Arena Dr. in Hartland.

Griffins Lose to ND Prep
Griffins lost to Notre Dame Prep Saturday night at Troy Sports Center 2-6.  Tyler Bourassa scored a goal,  Ian Crampton had an assist.
Varsity Hoops Net Wins
The Linden girls varsity basketball team had a fantastic win over Clio Friday night.  It was a close game most of the night with Linden going into the locker room at halftime down by 1.  The score was 24-25.  In the second half the Eagles began to pull away from the Mustangs.  The Eagles were up by 9 with five and a half minutes left in the 4th.  The Mustangs tried to come back and made it back within 3.  The Mustangs attempted a 3 point buzzer shot to tie up the game, but missed.   The Eagles won 45-42.  Sterling DeGayner led the teem in scoring with 13 points, Maddie Maxheimer followed with 9 and Erin Gillespie added 7.

The Linden boys faced off against Clio at home 
on Friday night and came away with a 53-43 victory. The Eagles got up early 5-2 and never relinquished the lead. Linden was able to frustrate the Mustangs defensively and out rebounded Clio 45 to 23. Linden was 5-11 from 3 in the 1st half before cooling off in the 2nd half. Linden was ice cold until Conor Faught added two huge free throws to push the lead to five, and then two big 3's from Cole Sarkon and Tyler Hoeberling to close out the game. Linden was lead by Cole Sarkon with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Logan Steiert ended with 13 points (9 for 9 free throws), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and with the assignment of guarding Clio's best player and holding him to 10 points on 5 of 15 shooting. Tyler Hoeberling added 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists. Trent Strang added 8 rebounds and a steal. Hunter Michael and Jack Shore combined for 4 points and 12 rebounds. Linden has a tough week ahead against the leagues the best teams. Flushing comes to Linden on Tuesday at 7:00, and then on the road at Holly on Friday at 7:30.
Linden JV Boys Travel to Clio
The Linden JV Boys never trailed Clio and ended with a 42-32 win. Nick Koan posted 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 steals. Andrew Burns recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Aidan McCarthy had 5 points to go along with his 2 assists and 2 rebounds. Corbin Sines had 4 points, 7 steals, 4 rebounds as well as 3 assists. Teammates Zach Horst and Blake Knox each contributed 3 points. Zach had 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 4 steals while Blake added 13 rebounds, 7 steals and a season high 5 assists. Noah Giacomantonio got 2 points to go along with his 4 steals and 2 rebounds.
Freshman Boys Win
The freshman boys basketball team won a thrilling 38-37 game at Clio Thursday night.   
 
The Eagles trailed the entire second half, but a Travis Klocek 3 pointer at the buzzer put Linden ahead in the end.  
 
Max James led the scoring for Linden with 11 points.  
Also scoring for the Eagles were Travis Klocek with 7, Braden Banasiak with 6, Hayden Mahakian with 5,  Richie Linn with 4, Jeff Metzger with 3, and Luke Kenney with 2 points.  

 
Gymnasts Win Again
The Linden/Fenton/Lake Fenton gymnastic team celebrated another win Wednesday night with a 130.00 over St. John's 88.775. Jessica Richert of Linden had a high score on beam of 9.3, Sabra Robinson of Linden scored a 9.05 on vault. Jordan Dawson of Fenton had a 8.725 on floor and a 8.55 on vault. Carly Kozlowski of Fenton scored a 8.575 on vault and a 8.025 on bars. Megan Losey scored a 8.4 on vault. 
 
The teams last home meet is on February 4th at 6:00 at Hyatt Elementary school.
Wrestlers Defeat Fenton
Last night your Linden Eagles wrestling team finished out the regular season dual meets with a win over cross-town rival Fenton 76-4!   The Eagles showed their power by taking 13 of the 14 matches.  Winning on the night were: Adam Glazar, Justin Cygnar, Koleton Strauss, Caleb White, Chandler Monsey, Patrick Kerr, Dawson Blank, Bryce Davis, Avery Jacobs, John Marme, Aaron Steedman, Jaylin Steedman, and Skyler Stites.  The Eagles finished their regular season with a 25-6 record and are 6-1 in the league.  
 
Linden will travel to Battle Creek this weekend for the Bill Evans Memorial Tournament, good luck wrestlers and we are very proud of the season you have had!  
 
Patrick Kerr ranked 10th, Dawson Blank ranked 7th, and Bryce Davis ranked 6th are currently ranked in the state of Michigan in Division II.  Great job gentlemen. 
Good Bye Coach Norm
The Athletic Department joined with Coach Lawhorne to sponsor a gathering to thank Coach Normington for his many contributions to the Linden athletic department over the past several years.  Coach Seth started by offering his services as a volunteer coach five years ago, and since that time, has served as an assistant coach for cross and track, winter indoor running guru, scorekeeper, timer, announcer extraordinaire, chief photographer, and any other role asked of him.  We wish you well Coach Norm in your new endeavors and thank you for all you have done for LHS and our community.
 

6hrs until puck drops at Flint Iceland Arena.Griffins battle SCF for Metro League title.

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Kearsley visits Linden JV Boys Basketball
JV Boys win over Kearsley 40-37. Very distributed scoring was the theme against Kearsley, with 8 of the 10 Linden boys getting points in the contest. Blake Knox had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Corbin Sines finished with 9 points and 4 steals. Andrew Burns added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 blocks. Nick Koan and Noah Giacomantonio each had 3 points. Nick added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, Noah had 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Aidan McCarthy, Zach Horst and Seth Mossing rounded out the scoring with 2 points each. Aidan added 4 rebounds while Zach had 3 steals and 2 assists.
Linden JV Boys Host Fenton
Rivals Linden and Fenton JV Boys basketball was nothing less than great competition. Linden fell in OT 45-42. Leading scorer Corbin Sines had 17 points while Noah Giacomontonio added 8. Nick Koan contributed 6 points. Blake Knox worked very hard for his 5 and Aidan McCarthy chipped in 4. Zach Horst rounded out the scoring for the Eagles with 2 points.
Freshman Boys Beat Kearsley
The freshman boys got back on the winning track with a 52-34 win over visiting Kearsley Tuesday night.  
A slow first quarter  found the Eagles down 15-4. 
A high energy group in the second quarter turned things around as Linden out scored Kearsley 22-4 to earn a lead they would not relinquish.  
 
9 players scored for Linden.  
Travis Klocek led all scorers with 12 points while Richie Linn scored 10.  
Also scoring were Hayden Mahakian and Jeff Metzger scored 6 each, Max James scored 5, Luke Kenney, Cameron Finnegan, and Evan Hill scored 4 each, and Cole Wiknich scored 1 point.  
 
Varsity Teams at Fenton
The Linden Eagles girls Varsity basketball team had a very exciting match-up at Fenton High School Friday night.  At the end of the first period Linden was up 15-9 over the Fenton Tigers.  The Eagles continued to lead until less than a minute left in the first half, when Fenton tied it up.  At halftime the score was 21-22 with the Eagles down by 1. Fenton continued to lead until 1:01 left in the third period when Sterling DeGayner hit a big 3 to tie the game at 33. Fenton took the lead back until there was 5:12 left in the game when Cam Williams hit a 3 to tie the game at 38.  The remainder of the 4th quarter, the Eagles were held to only one more basket, falling to the Tigers 40-49.  Sterling DeGayner led the scoring with 15 pts.
The Linden girls team played their hearts out but came up just just short vs Fenton on Friday night.  Sterling DeGayner knocked down 15 points with 4 rebounds and two assists to lead Linden in a 40-49 defeat.  Cam Williams chipped in 6 points, Erin Gillespie had 5 points and 4 rebounds and Audrey Steiert had 5 points for the Eagles.

The varsity boys team went on the road to rival Fenton 

on Friday night and lost a close contest 47-49. The Eagles first half defense was incredible and held the Fenton Tigers to eight first half points. Linden lead at the half 27-8, shooting poorly from 3 (1 for 11) and the free throw line (3 for 8). Missing on several opportunities to put the game away early. The Tigers came out with energy and forced 20 turnovers for Linden in the 2nd half. The lead at one point was 30-10 in the 3rd quarter until Linden found themselves in a dog fight. Fenton capitalized at the free throw line and had timely makes. For the game, Linden shot 2-16 from 3, a season low. Shot 9-20 from the free throw line, also a season low. Senior Logan Steiert lead Linden with 11 points and 4 rebounds. Junior Trent Strang added 9 points and 6 rebounds. Junior Jack Shore added 9 points 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Junior Hunter Michael added 4 points and 6 rebounds. Sophomore Garrett Strang added 6 points. Linden comes back home to face off against Kearsley on Tuesday night at 7.
Wrestlers Defeat Mason
The Linden Eagles traveled to the University of Michigan on Friday night to take on Division 2 rival Mason.  This dual took place at Cliff Keen Arena where U of M was taking on Central Michigan University later that night.  Linden had a stellar performance as they out powered and out wrestled Mason 39-19.  Winning on the night were:  Justin Cygnar, Koleton Strauss, Caleb White, Patrick Kerr, Dawson Blank, Bryce Davis, Avery Jacobs, Cade Dickson, and Jaylin Steedman.  Your Eagles improved to 24-6 on the season!  Wednesday night they will take on rival Fenton at Fenton and wrestling will begin at 6:00.  Please come out and support Linden wrestling as they look to shutout Fenton for the first time in school history! 
JV Eagles Lose to Fenton
The Linden JV girls lost a tough one to Fenton 30 to 20.  The girls played an excellent first half and led 15 to 10 at the break.  Linden broke the press in the first half very well, but the Fenton defense caused some quick turnovers to start the second half.  The Linden girls played great defense led by Alaina Bradleys two big blocks!! Maddie Smith led the team with 5 points.  The girls play next at Flint Kearsley.
Freshman Boys Lose to Fenton
The freshman boys lost to visiting Fenton by a 36-27 score Thursday night.  
Leading the way for Linden were Travis Klocek and Hayden Mahakian with 9 points each. 
Also so scoring for the Eagles were Max James with 4, Jeff Metzger with 3 and Richie Linn with 2. 
Wrestlers Win Again!
Congratulations to the Linden wrestling team as they defeated cross-town rival Holly 50-22 and Clio 45-30 to improve to 5-1 in the Flint Metro League.  Winning both matches on the night were Adam Glazar, Koleton Strauss, Patrick Kerr, Bryce Davis, and Skyler Stites.  Going 1-1 on the night were: Justin Cygnar, Caleb White, Noah Quesnelle, Cade Dickson, Aaron Steedman, and Jaylin Steedman.  Mitch Kerr and Dawson Blank both went 1-0.  Linden wrestles tomorrow at the University of Michigan at 4:00 where they will take on Mason.  This will take place before the U of M/CMU dual meet.  Linden is currently 23-6 on the season.
Griffins Defeat KBH
Griffins beat KBH 7-1 last night to move into a 1st place tie in the Metro League.  Collin LaVoie gets the win in net.  Tyler Bourassa scored 2 goals, Blake Smiecinski 3 assists, Ian Crampton 2 assists, Mitch O'Lewin & Kevin Bates 1 assist each.
 
Next Wednesday the Griffins travel to Iceland arena for a Metro League Title game vs. Swartz Creek ~ Flushing ~ Clio.  Go Griffins!
Varsity Boys Defeat Byron
Linden went on the road to neighbor Byron High School on Tuesday night. Linden found themselves with an early 2-7 deficit. From then on, Byron's largest lead was 12-15. Linden forced turnovers and completed plays, at the end of the first quarter it was 22-16, Linden. After a bit of foul trouble and a long scoring drought, the score was 38-29 at halftime. Linden came out in the second half energized, winning the 3rd quarter 22-8. Linden's defense held steady and allowed 11 points in the 2nd half until there was three minutes left in the game. Linden closed out the road victory with a 71-45 win. Linden forced Byron into 25 turnovers, and had 17 assists, a season high. No player took more than nine shots. Linden was lead by Trent Strang with 14 points (6 for 9), 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Cole Sarkon and Ty Hoeberling had 11 points each, and shot a combined 9 for 15 (60%) from the floor. Hunter Michael added 6 points and 7 rebounds, going 4 for 4 from the free throw line. Garret Strang added 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. Conor Faught had 4 points and 7 rebounds. Logan Steiert and 4 points, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Gavin Lund had 5 points and 1 assist. Jack Shore had 5 points and 1 assist. Josh Beil added 4 points. In Nick Rossow's first game back from an injury sustained in November, he added 2 points and 1 steal. Linden goes on the road again this Friday at 7:30 against crosstown rival Fenton.
JV Boys Basketball at Byron
JV Boys pull out a win at Byron, 58-48. Byron played very scrappy and very tough all game, giving Linden a very good fight right down to the end. Nick Koan ended with 18 points, 3 assists and 9 steals. Andrew Burns had 8 points and 3 rebounds while Zach Horst contributed 8 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 9 steals. Noah Giacomantonio also added 8 points with 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Corbin Sines had 7 points with 8 steals. Blake Knox had 6 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds as well as 7 steals. Jacob Conly got 2 points with his 2 steals. Aidan McCarthy got to the free throw line for his 1 point and grabbed 3 rebounds.
Cheer Team Wins Invite
The competitive cheer team had their best performance of this early season and became the Whitmore Lake Invite Champions tonight.  Great job team.
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Cole Sarkon and Brendan Buerkel who have been named as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
  A junior, Cole knocked down 31 points, had 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in games this week vs. Flushing and Swartz Creek.  Cole had the hot hand from the 3 point arc going 8 for 19 in the two games.

   Brendan, a junior, paced the Linden/Fenton Griffins hockey team with a goal and two assists in a non-league win over the Mid-Michigan Storm on Saturday.


 
Griffins Win on the Road
The Griffins left Gladwin with a 4-3 victory over the Mid-Michigan Storm.  Manny Vomvolakis gets credit for the win making big saves near the end.  Brendan Buerkel scored a goal and Tyler Bourassa contributed two assists.  Next game Wednesday 5 pm at Dort Federal CU Events Center to play Kearsley Brandon Holly in a Metro League contest.  Go Griffins!
Eagles Fall to Creek
Linden faced off against Swartz Creek Friday night at home. At halftime, Linden lead 25-19. Missed shots and bad turnovers hurt the Eagles in losing the 3rd quarter 24-6. Linden was down by 18 at one point and fought back to a five point game with two minutes left. It was too little too late as Linden dropped a tough game at home. Tyler Hoeberling was the leading scorer with 19 points, Cole Sarkon added 13 points, and Garrett Strang with 10 points. Trent Strang chipped in 7 points and 5 rebounds. Logan Steiert added five points and Gavin Lund had four points. Linden travels to local schools Byron (Tuesday) and Fenton (Friday) next week.
LFLF Gymnastics
On Saturday January 16th the LFLF gymnastics team competed at one of the largest invitational in the state of Michigan. With 18 teams competing the LFLF team took a 9th place finish with a score of 132.66. LFLF Division 2 gymnast Blake Hutchings and Miranda Stephens finished in the top 10 out of 100 gymnast. Blake took a 7th place on beam and a 6th place all around and Miranda took a 5th on beam 9th on floor and a 7th place all around. It was a great day of gymnastics and great experience for the team to compete with some of the top teams in the state!
Girls Hoops Loss vs Dragons
The varsity girls played tough and kept the game close through the contest, but the Eagles fell to Creek on Friday night 48-55.  Cam Williams let the Eagles with 10 points while Bella Blank and Erin Gillespie each added 8.  Sterling DeGayner had 5 rebounds for Linden.  The girls are off on Tuesday and will travel to Fenton on Friday.
Linden 3rd at Chelsea
The Linden wrestling team traveled to Chelsea for the Chelsea 2nd Annual Kargel Classic.  Linden finished 3-2 on the day.  The Eagles defeated Northville 66-15, Allen Park 54-25, and lost to champion Chelsea in their pool 41-30.  In the cross-over rounds they lost to runner-up Jackson Northwest 33-40 and defeated Novi for 3rd place 52-20.  Having winning records on the day were: Koleton Strauss 5-0, Patrick Kerr 5-0, Dawson Blank 5-0, and Bryce Davis 5-0.  Justin Cygnar, Cade Dickson, Skyler Stites, and Aaron Steedman all went 4-1, while Caleb White finished 3-2.  The Eagles host Holly and Clio on Wednesday night for Predator night and Senior night.  Wrestling will begin at 5:00 on Wednesday
 
Congratulations to junior captain Patrick Kerr as he reached his 100th career victory this weekend at the Chelsea duals.  Nice job Patrick!
Lacrosse Drop In Session

"Trenton Gafner of Coalition Lacrosse will be offering DROP IN lacrosse FREE OF CHARGE for any current or interested boys lacrosse player on Fridayevenings beginning this Friday, January 22nd from 3:45-5:30pm and running through the end of February. The only required equipment for this clinic is a lacrosse stick.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the boys who are currently playing to get the stick on the ball prior to the start of the spring lacrosse season.  It is also a great way for those who are thinking of playing lacrosse this year to come out and try the game without having to pre-purchase all the regular required full outdoor equipment. Trenton will provide indoor "spongy balls" for practice.

Interested lacrosse players can go to the Fenton/Linden Lacrosse Facebook page for more information."

Swartz Creek Away Game For JV Boys
The JV boys basketball team visited a talented Swartz Creek team and left with a 49-39 win. Leading Linden in scoring was Nick Koan, with 16. Nick also had 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Corbin Sines had a great night adding 10 points 3 assists, 4 rebounds and 5 steals. Blake Knox played great team basketball, contributing in all statistical categories including 9 points. Zach Horst earned his way into the rotation and had 6 points, 5 steals, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Andrew Burns did not get many second half minutes due to injury, but played really well and had 4 points. Aidan McCarthy had 3 points and 4 rebounds.
Freshman boys fall at Swartz Creek
The freshman boys lost 41-36 at Swartz Creek Thursday night. 
 
A slow start found the Eagles down 21-18 at the half.  
A strong 9-1 third quarter lifted Linden  to a 5 point lead headed into the fourth.  
Strong shooting by Creek and poor free throw  shooting by the Eagles led to the 41-36 final.  
Leading scorers for Linden were Travis Klocek with 12 and Hayden Mahakian and Max James with 6 each.  
Also scoring for Linden  were Braden Banasiak with 5, Jeff Metzger with 3, and Luke Kenney and Evan Hill scored 2 points each.  

 
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Blake Hutchings (gymnastics), Sterling DeGayner (basketball) and Tyler Bourassa (hockey) who have been named as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
Blake helped her team take 2nd place at the East Lansing Invite with solid performances on all 4 events. She scored her highest all around score ever with a 36.025. Blake is always a great example to her teammates of great work ethic and sportsmanship.

In 3 games Tyler had 4 goals and 3 assists in three games last week. The team was 1-2 on the week with losses to Davison and Sw.Cr/Clio/Flushing and a win over Port Huron.


Sterling had
37 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists in games vs. Goodrich and Brandon this week.
 
Linden Athletic Boosters Meeting
The January Boosters meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, January 25th at 7:00 pm in the Senior Commons.
Linden JV Basketball Travels to Flushing
Linden JV Basketball struggled in the second half at Flushing and loses 64-34. Nick Koan had 11 points and 7 rebounds with 5 steals. Blake Knox added 8 points and 7 rebounds. Corbin Sines ended with 7 points. Aidan McCarthy added 3 points while teammates Zach Horst and Andrew Burns contributed 2 points each. Andrew also had 5 rebounds. Noah Giacomantonio got 1 point and 3 rebounds.
Wrestlers Win Spartan Invite
The Linden Wrestling team went 5-0 this weekend at the Livonia Stevenson Spartan Duals.  The Eagles defeated: Ypsilanti Lincoln, Redford Thurston, Chippewa Valley, and Dearborn Edsel Ford in pool play.  In the finals, Linden wrestled Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central and won 49-30.  Going undefeated on the day were: Caleb White, Patrick Kerr, Bryce Davis, and Cade Dickson.  
 


Last night, the Eagles took their undefeated record into Holly where they wrestled state ranked Flint Kearsley.  Although the Eagles wrestled tough and won 7 of 14 matches, it wasn't enough as they lost 25-38.  For the last dual, the Eagles wrestled Swartz Creek and won 55-19.  Going 2-0 on the night were: Adam Glazar, Patrick Kerr, Dawson Blank, Bryce Davis, Cade Dickson, Jaylin Steedman, and Skyler Stites.  A big congratulations goes out to Bryce Davis as he recorded his 100th high school career win tonight.  Linden will be at the Chelsea Duals this weekend to improve on their 18-4 record.  
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to senior Bryce Davis who has been named the State Bank Athlete of the Week for wrestling for the week ending Jan 3.  Bryce is currently 16-1 on the season with his only loss occurring at the Genesee County Tournament a few weeks ago to #3 ranked wrestler from Chesaning. On Dec. 30th Bryce went 5-0 at the Canton tournament bouncing back and forth between 152 and 160 lbs. Bryce helped lead the team to a 4-1 record with their only loss coming to state ranked Clinton 39-34. In the dual meet Bryce pinned David Chantelios who is ranked #8 for Clinton at 160.
Freshman Boys Fall to Flushing
The Freshman boys lost at Flushing Tuesday night by a 53-29 score.
Hayden Mahakian led all scorers with 12 points.
Also scoring for Linden were Travis Klocek with 10, Max James with 6, and Braden Banasiak with 1 point.
Girls Hoops Drops Close One
The Linden Eagle Varsity girls played their best 1/2 of basketball this year, but came up just short.  Trailing 23 to 12 at the half Linden came out and outscored Brandon 15 to 12 in the 3rd quarter.  Still trailing by 8 to open the 4th quarter Sterling DeGayner hit two 3 point shots in the first 50 seconds of the 4th quarter. With 4:38 to play Cam Williams hit a huge basket to close the gap to one.  The game was back and forth for the next two minutes as Bridget Adams hit 2 clutch free throws to again close the game to one with a little over 2 minutes to play.  Linden had some opportunities to take the lead but the shots just didn't fall.  Brandon closed out the game hitting on all their free throws to win 51-44.  Sterling DeGayner lead Linden with 17 followed by Maddison Maxheimer's 10. Bridget Adams had 6 and Cam Willams had 5. Bella Blank, Jordan Holscher and Erin Gillespie all had 2 points.
Griffins Lose a Heartbreaker
The Griffins are now in a tie for the Metro League lead with Swartz Creek Flushing Clio after losing a heartbreaker Saturday night 6-7.  SCFC scored with 17 seconds left in the game to take the lead for good.  This was an exciting back and forth battle with a great student crowd!

Tyler Bourassa and Mitch O’Lewin 2 goals and 1 assist each, Kevin Bates scored his first goal of the season, Cody Engberg, Kyle Chowning and Manny Vomvolakis recorded an assist.

Travel to Gladwin Saturday for a 6 pm game vs Mid MI Storm.
Gymnasts Take Second at East Lansing
The Linden/Fenton/Lake Fenton gymnastics team competed at the East Lansing invitational on Saturday. The team scored a 136.85 which was good for a 2nd place finish out of 9 teams! Highlights of the day were Miranda Stephens 9.4 beam score which was good for a 1st place and Blake Hutchings 9.35 beam score which gave her a second place! These two also were awarded with the top All Around medals. Blake Hutchings took 1st place all around with a score of 36.025 and Miranda Stephens took 2nd place with a score of 35.575. 
I would like to congratulate the whole LFLF gymnastics team for their great performance on Saturday and pulling together as a team with some great routines! 
 
Blake Hutchings 1st place vault 9.15, 3rd place bar 8.7, 2nd place beam 9.35, 7th place floor 8.825.
Miranda Stephens 1st place bars 8.925, 1st place beam 9.4. 
Wrestlers Livonia Stevenson Spartan Classic Champions
The Linden wrestling team finished 5-0 yesterday at the Livonia Stevenson Spartan Classic. The Eagles defeated: Ypsilanti Lincoln, Chippewa Valley, Redford Thurston, Dearborn Edsel Ford, and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central 49-30 in the finals. Four wrestlers went undefeated. Caleb White, Patrick Kerr, Bryce Davis, and Cade Dickson. 
Linden JV Boys Home Against Brandon
Starting a in a big hole down 11-0 at one point, and finishing the first quarter down 16-3, the JV Boys found their groove and battled back into the game to only be down six at half, 22-16. Coming out at half the guys seemed to be clicking and finished the third quarter down by 2, 31-29. But in the fourth Brandon would not give up and edged out Linden, 49-45.

Leading scorer, Nick Koan, had 21 points and 5 steals. Corbin Sines had 7 points, 5 steals and 3 assists. Andrew Burns added 7 points and 5 rebounds. Blake Knox finished with 6 points 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Noah Giacomantonio put in 2 points and 5 rebounds. Jacob Conly also chipped in 2 points.
Freshman Boys Beat Brandon

The freshman boys won a hard-fought game against Brandon Thursday night by a 42-36 score.

 

The Eagles jumped on top 12-6 after 1 quarter.   The lead grew to as much as 14 in the third quarter, but Brandon kept battling.  

A couple of late 3 pointers made the game close, but Linden was able to hold on for the victory.
 

Travis Klocek led all scorers with 20 points.

Also scoring for Linden were Hayden Mahakian with 7, Max James with 6, Luke Kenney with 4, Richie Linn and Jeff Metzger with 2 each, and Evan Hill with 1 point.

Griffins Defeat Port Huron
The Griffins bounced back Wednesday evening to mercy Port Huron 8-0.  The game ends in MHSAA hockey when a team leads by 8 goals after 2 periods.  Manny Vomvolakis was in net for the win and shutout.  Mitch O’Lewin 1 goal and 3 assists, Brendan Buerkel and Ian Crampton 1 goal and 1 assist each, Tyler Bourassa 1 goal, Blake Smiecinski 2 assists, Cody Engberg and Kevin Bates 1 assist each. 

February 3rd is Student Night. Griffins host the Alliance (co-op Otisville/Lakeville, Goodrich, Imlay City, Dryden & North Branch) 6pm Hartland Stadium Arena.  Free Griffins T-shirts and drawing for local business gift cards.  Join the fun!
Wrestler Open With Metro Wins
The Linden wrestling team opened conference matches tonight against Flushing and Brandon. In the first match Linden defeated Flushing 61-14 and in the nightcap Linden got revenge on Brandon by defeating them 38-29.  Going 2-0 on the night were: Justin Cygnar, Dawson Blank, Bryce Davis, Cade Dickson, Stojan Prusac, and Jaylin Steedman.  Aaron Steedman went 1-0.  Going 1-1 on the night were: Adam Glazar, Koleton Strauss, Caleb White, and Avery Jacobs.  The Eagles improved to 12-3 on the season and will wrestle this weekend at the Livonia Duals at Livonia Stevenson on Saturday
Girls BB v Goodrich
The Eagles had a disappointing loss last night versus Goodrich.  The Eagles were only down by 7 at the half but fell 40-58.  Sterling DeGayner led the team with 20 points and 6 rebounds.  Bella Blank contributed 6 points and had 7 rebounds.  Bridgette Adams also had 7 rebounds.  The Eagles will be taking on  Brandon this Friday night at Brandon High School at 6 pm.

The Linden Girls JV Basketball team was lead by Isabel Wright's Season High 15 points!  The Lady Eagles showed tremendous aggressiveness, especially on the defensive end.  Leading 18 to 14 at halftime, Linden outscored Goodrich 19 to 8 in the third quarter thanks to great defensive play by Alaina Bradley, Haley Harp, Taylor Acox, and Carly Germain!  The Eagles rebounded well all night long lead by Isabel Wright and Maddie Smith.  Avery Whitten and Eva Darling both chipped in with 10 points.  Maddie Smith scored 7 and Lily Sturgis added 3.  It was a great team effort.
Blank Takes 1st at County Meet
Girls Varsity vs Holly Hoops
The Eagles fell to the Holly Broncos 50-63 Friday evening in in their first home game of the season. Bridgette Adams led the eagles with an outstanding 24 points and 9 rebounds.  Sterling DeGayner had 9 points and 2 steals.  Audrey Steiert helped out her team with 9 rebounds and Bella Blank had 3 steals.  The Eagles will compete in the Rochester High School Invitational vs Ferndale on Dec 28th at 1:00pm.  Their next home game is Tuesday January 5th against Goodrich.
Hockey Splits in Alpena
The Griffins lost Friday to host Alpena 5-1.  Manny Vomvolakis stopped 45 shots and named game MVP.  Brendan Buerkel had an assist. 
They bounced back with a win over the Mid Michigan Storm 3-0 Saturday.  Collin LaVoie in net for his third shutout of the season.  Buerkel stayed hot with a goal and two assists being named the game MVP.
Next up the Griffins travel to Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center to play Davison at 7pm January 4th.  Go Griffins!
Linden Falls to Holly BB
Linden ran up against a tough Holly team Friday night losing 46-65.  The Eagles found themselves in an early hole, down 13-30 until Cole Sarkon came off the bench and put a spark into the team with three 3 pointers in the 2nd quarter. Linden was able to cut the deficit to four, 28-32. Down eight points at the half, Holly came out determined and Linden's young squad could not match the intensity. A lot of bright spots for the future of this program. Cole Sarkon led Linden with 15 points (5-9 from 3), 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. Tyler Hoeberling ended with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and one monster block during the 2nd quarter surge. Hoeberling was assigned to guard all league performer Ian Hodges, after Hodges did a great deal of damage in the first half with 24 points. Hodges managed only seven more points the rest of the way. Gavin Lund managed to get 5 points and 5 rebounds, and the only player who played over 18 minutes without committing a turnover against a scrappy and aggressive team. Garrett Strang had four points, and led the team with five steals. Logan Steiert also chipped in four points. Conor Faught managed to score two points and five rebounds. Jack Shore and Hunter Michael had two points each. The Eagles will have time to break down and continue to get better during the long break until their next game against Brandon on January 8th.
Gymnastics Team Defeats Saline
LFLF defeated Saline at their home meet last night with another season high score of 136.9 over Salines 131.05.  Lake Fenton's Miranda Stephens took 1st all around with a score of 35.625.  Linden's Blake Hutchings took 2nd all around with a score of 35.475 and Linden's Sabra Robinson took 3rd place all around with a score of 32.825.
Freshman Boys Basketball Drops Game at Holly
The Freshman Boys lost a tough game at Holly Thursday night by a 61-52 score.  

A back and forth first half came to a close with the score tied at 32.  
Holly pulled ahead by 10 at the end of the third quarter and the Eagles could not come back.

Travis Klocek led all scorers with 26 points.  

Also scoring for Linden were Max James with 7, Braden Banasiak with 6, Jeff Metzger with 5, Richie Linn with 4, and Luke Kenney and Hayden Mahakian with 2 each.
Linden JV Boys Basketball Visit Holly
Ahead on the scoreboard and with only 2 first half turnovers, the Eagles could not maintain in the second half and fall 44-33 to Holly. Leading scorer, Nick Koan, finished with 12 points 3 assists and 5 rebounds. Andrew Burns had 7 points and 2 rebounds. Corbin Sines and Blake Knox had 4 points each. Noah Giacomantonio added 3 points. Jacob Conly leads the team in hustle and contributed with 8 rebounds and 5 steals.
Griffins Lose to L'Anse Creuse
The Griffins lost 7-2 last night to a loaded L'Anse Creuse North team.  Manny Vomvolakis made 40 saves in goal.  Brendan Buerkel, Ian Crampton and Tyler Bourassa had an assist each. Friday the Griffins travel to Alpena for the Blueline Tournament, 7 pm at Northern Lights Arena.  Go Griffins!
Linden JV Boys Basketball Home Against Rochester
The Linden JV Boys Basketball team lost at home 46-20 to Rochester. The Linden Boys struggled scoring but did not struggle playing aggressive. Corbin Sines lead the charge with 6 points, 7 steal, 1 assist and only 2 turnovers. Noah Giacomantonio had 4 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Blake Knox contributed 4 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Nick Koan had 3 points and 5 steals. Zach Horst added 2 points 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Tyler Jankowski got to the free throw line for his 1 point.Owen Wagnitz, Andrew Burns and Seth Mossing each contributed big rebounds with 5, 9 and 7 respectively. 
Boys Hoops Drops Non-leaguer
Linden opened up their first home game against Rochester High School. Linden committed a season low seven turnovers but cold shooting for the Eagles was the deciding favor in the game. Linden shot 13-53 from the floor as a team. Rochester made two more field goals on 12 less shots attempted. Linden was led in scoring by Cole Sarkon with eight points. Garrett Strang, Logan Steiert, Tyler Hoeberling, and Gavin Lund added six points each. Hunter Michael added four points and seven rebounds. Linden faces Holly at home on Friday night. Holly is ranked in the top 25 for Class A for the state of Michigan, the Eagles look to finish the tough opening schedule with a strong showing.
Freshman Boys Lose to Rochester
The freshman boys lost a tough game to a very good Rochester team at home Tuesday night by a 58-26 score.
 
Leading scorers for Linden were Travis Klocek with 10 and Richie Linn with 4.
Also scoring for the Eagles were Cole Wiknich, Max James, and Hayden Mahakian with 3 each, Cameron Finnegan with 2, and Jeff Metzger with 1 point.
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to senior Collin Lavoie who has been selected as the State Bank Athlete of the Week for hockey.  Collin lead the Griffins to two great league wins this week.  In the first game, the Griffins beat Swartz Creek/Clio/Flushing 3-2 and Lavoie turned away 44 shots.  He followed that with a shutout in the 2nd game vs Kearsley/Brandon/Holly denying all 30 shots.
The LFLF Gymnastics team is gearing up for their first home meet of the season. Come on out to Hyatt Elementary school in LInden this Thursday at6:00 to watch the co-op team take on Saline. The squad started of the season with injuries but that has not stopped them from being undefeated so far this season. Led by Lake Fenton's Miranda Stephens and Linden's Blake Hutchings these girls continue to rise up and improve every meet. 
Griffins Now 2-0 in Metro Action
The Griffins defeated the Kearsley~Brandon~Holly team 6-0 Saturday night to take the top spot in the Metro League. Collin LaVoie blanked KBH in goal.  Brendan Buerkel led the attack with a goal and 3 assists.  Tyler Bourassa and Mitch O’Lewin had a goal and an assist.  Ian Crampton also had an assist.
This Wednesday the Griffins travel to Mt. Clemens to face L’Anse Creuse North at 7:30 pm.  Go Griffins!
Wresters Take 2nd at Linden Invite
The Linden wrestling team had a stellar performance on Saturday as the Eagles took 1st place in their pool.  The Eagles defeated Battle Creek Lakeview 67-6, Burton Bendle 75-0, and Battle Creek Central 55-21.  In the semifinals the Eagles defeated Chippewa Valley 46-24.  In the finals they faced #5 ranked Gaylord and lost 47-27.  Linden had 5 undefeated wrestlers on the day:  Luke Zimmerman, Bryce Davis, Patrick Kerr, Dawson Blank, and Koleton Strauss went 5-0.  Justin Cygnar, Jaylin Steedman and Mitchell Kerr went 4-1.  Caleb White and Chandler Monsey went 3-1.  Cade Dickson and Stojan Prusac went 3-2, and John Marme went 1-1.  Linden improved to 6-1 on the season and will be in actionon Friday against Owosso at the annual Assembly Dual Meet that will be held at Linden this year.  Action will begin at1:00.  
Boys Hoops Opens Metro Season
Linden boys varsity basketball went on the road to Clio to open up Metro League play and lost 57-67.  Linden went into the half up by three points, 33-30. With 2:50 left to go in the 3rd quarter, the Eagles were winning 44-42 when Trent Strang went down with an ankle injury. From that point, Clio went on a 24-10 run and ultimately sealing the win on their home court. Linden was lead by Cole Sarkon with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists. Tyler Hoeberling added 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals. Gavin Lund had 9 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. Hunter Michael had 6 points and 8 rebounds. Trent Strang added 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Linden faces Rochester from the Oakland Athletic Association this Tuesday at 7pm to open Linden's first game at home.
State Bank Athlete of the Week
  Senior Molly Churches becomes our first winter Athlete of the Week for bowling.  Molly rolled games of 167 & 139 taking both of her points against Fenton this week.  Congratulations Molly.
Linden JV Boys Basketball Home Opener Against Clio 
Linden JV boys won a competitive game against Clio, 42-38. Linden was trailing most of the game but kept the score within reach. And as a team they battled to take the lead late in the fourth quarter and played disciplined team ball to hold on for the win.

Nick Koan had 17 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds and did a great job controlling the tempo of the game. Aidan McCarthy had 9 points and 3 rebounds. Andrew Burns had 8 points and 11 rebounds to go along with his 10 blocks. Blake Knox and Noah Giacomantonio each had 4 points. Blake added 4 assists and Noah had 1.

The JV boys play Rochester at 5:30 on Tuesday December 15th at home.
Freshman Boys Get First Win!!
The Freshman boys got their first win of the season in convincing fashion, defeating visiting Clio 50-26.
 
Defense was the key as the Eagles held Clio to just 3 points in the first quarter and 2 points in the second quarter.
Meanwhile the offense was unselfish and efficient in building a 19-5 lead at the half.
Clio outscored Linden 14-12in the third quarter tighten the game up a bit, but an 18-7 surge in the fourth sealed the game for the Eagles.
 
Leading Linden in scoring were Travis Klocek with 14 and Hayden Mahakian with 13.
Also scoring for the Eagles were Max James with 8, Richie Linn and Luke Kenney with 4 each, Evan Hill and Cameron Finnegan with 3 each, and Braden Banasiak with 1 point.
Griffins Win League Opener
The Fenton Linden Griffins win their Metro League opener on the road against Swartz Creek / Clio / Flushing 3-2 at Iceland Arena Wednesday evening.  #30 Collin LaVoie steadied the team in net turning away 42 shots including 23 in the third period.  Offense was led by captain #16 Brendan Buerkel with a goal and two assists.  Defensively the Griffins were solid with #42 Ian Crampton, assistant captain #4 Mitch O'Lewin and #9 Tyler Bourassa.  1-0 in the Metro League!
 
Next up Kearsley / Brandon / Holly come to Hartland Saturday 12-12-15 at 6:30 pm for the next Metro League game.  Go Griffins!
JV Boys At Lake Orion For Season Opener
The JV Boys basketball team opened their season at Lake Orion. Starting very slow and down 15 at halftime, the guys were unable to get recover in the second, falling 48-37.

Corbin Sines took care of the ball well and had 10 points. Nick Koan had 8 points and played extremely well even while being in foul trouble most of the game. Noah Giacomantonio provided defensive energy and contributed 5. Andrew Burns had a great night, rebounding, blocking shots and adding 4 points. Zach Horst had 3 points and teammates Blake Knox, Aiden McCarthy and Tyler Jankowski each contributed 2. Seth Mossing also was a huge help on the glass and got his 1 point from the free throw line.
Freshman Boys Lose Opener

The Freshman boys basketball team lost their opening game of the season at Lake Orion 42-22.

 

A cold shooting first half found the Eagles down 21-5 at halftime.  

A surge in the third quarter saw Linden cut that lead down to 6 at one time, but the Dragons were too strong on this day and pulled away in the fourth quarter.

 

Travis Klocek led Linden with 7 points.  

Jeff Metzger and Hayden Mahakian had 4 each.

Luke Kenney, Cameron Finnegan, and Braden Banasiak had 2 each.

Rounding out the scoring was Max James with 1 point.

Boys Hoops Season Opens
Linden went on the road to one of the largest schools in Michigan, Lake Orion. After a slow 1st half, the Eagles were able to get a rhythm, take their first led towards the end of the 3rd quarter. It was a back and forth battle until the Lake Orion Dragons came out on top 62-66. Linden was led in scoring by Garrett Strang and Gavin Lund, scoring 16 points each. Tyler Hoeberling added 11 points. Hunter Michael led both teams with 10 rebounds. Cole Sarkon and Logan Steiert chipped in 6 points. Trent Strang had 4 points and Jack Shore hit a big three pointer right before halftime. The Eagles took positives away from the game and look to regroup at Clio in the first Flint Metro League game of the season on Friday.
Griffins Win!
The Griffins earned a victory 6-2 Saturday afternoon over the Mid Michigan Storm (a co-op formed of Harrison, Gladwin, Ogemaw & Beaverton high schools).  Bobby Temple stayed hot scoring a hat trick (3 goals) along with an assist and Jake Thompson added 4 points in the game as well.  Blake Smiecinski notched his first goal of the season.  Manny Vomvolakis made some timely saves in net.  Next game is Wednesday at Iceland Arena 6 pm vs Swartz Creek, Clio & Flushing.  This is our Metro League opener.  Go Griffins!

Dec 05 2015

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Play-By-Play | Boxscore

Goal Scorers: Bobby Temple (11:37 in 1st), Jake Thompson (12:39 in 1st), Bobby Temple (13:04 in 1st), Bobby Temple(16:21 in 1st), Jake Thompson (02:02 in 2nd), Blake Smiecinski (07:38 in 3rd)

Goaltender: Manny Vomvolakis (W)

Gymnasts Take First
Last weekend the LFLF Gymnast braved the snow storm and competed at their first competition of the season. There were four teams competing (Jackson Lumen Christi decided to stay home). 
 
1st Linden/Fenton/Lake Fenton 134.77
2nd Milford/Lakeland 129.18
3rd Fowlerville/Byron 122.13
4th Vassar/Millington/Caro 115.55
 
Although we had a couple girls out and it's early in our season, we are off to a great start.
Chris Kitch Signs
Congratulations to senior Chris Kitch, who has signed to continue his education and baseball career at Cleary University.  Great job Chris!
Girls Lacrosse Meeting
There will be a meeting for all girls interested in playing Lacrosse in the spring on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm  in the Fenton High School Cafeteria.
Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Month

Tyler Ziccardi has been recognized as the male Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Month.  A two sport standout athlete in both soccer and golf, Ziccardi has earned All Metro, All-District, All-Region honors in both sports.  He has been a four year starter on the soccer team and helped the Eagles to an outstanding record of 72-12-7 in his career.  Tyler has been selected to the All-District team in each of his four years as well as earning All-Regional and 3rd Team All State in each of the last two seasons.  A committee of AD’s from the county selected Tyler for this award and he is a candidate for the Athlete of the Year in the county.
2015 LHS FALL ALL-METRO ATHLETES
Coach Lash Receives Honor
Junior Varsity volleyball coach Estelle Lashbrook has received the "Regional Assistant of the Year" for her work with our volleyball program.  Head Coach Cori Mason, who nominated Coach "Lash" for the award had this to say:  " Estelle has been with Linden for 4 years and has been the most consistent assistant I have had in my program.   She inspires kids to love this sport and they want to continue playing." This year's JV team improved tremendously and almost went undefeated in Metro action and have been very successful in tournaments.  Thanks to Coach for her work in our program! 
Flint Metro League Coaches of the Year
Congratulations to Linden High School coaches Cori Mason (volleyball) and Teresa Wright (cross country) who have each been selected by their coaching peers in the Flint Metro League as Coaches of the Year!  Both coaches are very deserving and represent our Eagles well!  
         
      CORI MASON-VOLLEYBALL                                TERESA WRIGHT -CROSS
Flint Metro League Athletes of the Month
Linden seniors Jordan Holscher (cross country), and Tyler Ziccardi (soccer) have each been named as the female and male Athlete of the Month.
  Jordan is a three sport athlete for the Eagles, lettering in cross country, basketball and soccer.  Recently, Jordan ran her way to her 3rd consecutive All-Region team and was also named to the First Team All Metro team.  Closing out her outstanding HS cross career, Jordan ran her lifetime personal best at the D2 State CC Finals last week at MIS and helped the Eagles to a 4th place overall finish.

  Tyler is a two sport standout athlete for the Eagles in both soccer and golf, earning First Team All Metro honors in both sports.  In soccer, Tyler has been named as 1st Team All-District and All-Region for 3 consecutive seasons and was recently selected to the D2 Third Team All State team.

Congratulations to these two fine student-athletes.
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Emily Pearce (volleyball), Hunter Michael (football), Jack Eck (cross country), Maya Gossett and Sawyer Benge (football) who have all been named as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
 Junior Emily Pearce helped lead the volleyball team to an exciting week in District action as she went 27-35 serving with 8 aces, passed perfect going 48-48, and also added 36 digs.
Hunter Michael led the Eagle football team on defense against Orchard Lake St. Mary's with
11 tackles including 3 solos in a loss in the District Finals.
Senior Jack Eck finished his HS career with a lifetime personal best
time of 16:54.5 at the State Finals on Saturday morning. He was Linden’s first finisher on the day and finished in 88th place in the race.

Maya Gossett, a senior, came in 5th for the Eagles MHSAA Division 2 State Finals at MIS on Saturday. Coming in 5th for the Eagles with a time of 20:48, her performance helped Linden place 4th out of 27 teams and 238 runners overall at the State Meet.

Sayer Benge was named as the Eagles lineman of the season and selected as a State Bank Athlete of the Week.
 
Fantastic Finish by Girls' Cross Country
The Girls’ Cross Country team had a record setting day at Michigan International Speedway on on Saturday, November 7. This was the first time in the history of girls’ program that there were three All-State performances at the State Finals:
Alia Frederick, 3rd overall - best finish by a Linden female runner
Audrey Steiert, 20th overall - best finish by freshman runner
Taylor Ganger, 30th overall – set a lifetime PR by 15 seconds
Four girls has Lifetime PRs- Audrey Steiert (18:59), Taylor Ganger (19:08), Jordan Holscher (19:35) and Meghan Hitt (21:19). Also fighting for the team was our 5th place runner Maya Gossett, and rounding out the top seven was Freshman Kristina Lachowicz. Crossing the finish line in complete exhaustion, the team completed their season with a fourth place finish out of a field of 27 teams and 238 runners. Seven girls competed at the state finals, but a team does not advance this far without the work ethics, training, support, and encouragement from all team members and their families. Team chemistry and camaraderie is what makes it possible for a team to be successful and reach lofty goals. That is what defines the Linden Girls' Cross Country program!

 
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Andrew Coppler (soccer) and Skyler Stites (football) who have each been named as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
 Andrew, a senior, was selected for his excellent season in goal as the keeper for the Eagles.  He helped the team to a great season and allowed very few goals throughout.
Skyler, a junior, had 14 tackles in a play-off win against Brandon on Friday.  4 tackles were for loss, 1 sack, 2 caused fumbles and one recovered fumble.
 
 
 
District Volleyball Results
Linden beat Grand Blanc 19-25, 25-14, 25-22, and 25-15 in the MHSAA District semi-finals at GB.   For the night Breyanna Turnipseed had 8 kills, 2 blocks, and 9 digs. Bridget Adams had 9 kills while Megan Klavitter had 28 digs.  The Eagles tied the school record for most wins earning their 33rd win.

The Eagles will now play Fenton in the District finals TONIGHT at 6:00pm at Grand Balnc HS.  Come out and support your Eagles on their way to a District title.
Volleyball Advances in District Action
Linden beat Holly 25-10, 25-15, 25-7 to advance in the MHSAA District tournament on Monday.  We served tough last night!  Breyanna Turnipseed went 13-15 with 6 aces, Morgan Fitch went 14-15 with 5 aces, and Bridget Adams went 17-19 with 7 aces. Megan Klavitter added 20 digs while Morgan Fitch had 13. Breyanna Turnipseed had 8 kills, Bridget Adams with 6, and Emma O'Keefe and Emma Kenney both had 5 respectively.  
Linden will now play Grand Blanc on Wednesday at 7pm at Grand Blanc.
Bowling Tryouts
Boys' XC to Make 10th Straight Appearance at MIS
On Saturday the boys' cross country team qualified for the state finals by placing 3rd in their regional competition at Hess-Hathaway park in Waterford. For the boys' program, this year makes 10 consecutive appearances in the MHSAA State Finals. The varsity group that earned the trip for 2015 is Jack Eck, Kagen Griffith, Chase Morse, Tanner, Blaney, Ryan Crutchfield, Nick McDonald, and Skyler Zieske. In a field of nearly 100 competitors Linden placed 8th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, and 31st. Nick McDonald and Jack Eck both placed in the Top 15 and earned medalist honors. The Eagles' reserves are in action at their final race on Wednesday at Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton while the varsity wraps up the season in the State Finals on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.
FOUR Regional Championships in a ROW for Girls’ Cross Country!
The girls’ cross country team coasted into a 4th consecutive Regional Title with a record low score of 24 points. Alia Frederick won the race and is the overall Regional Champ. Audrey Steiert placed 3rd, Taylor Ganger 4th, Jordan Holscher 5th and Maya Gossett 12th out of a field of 93 runners.  All five runners were top 15 medalists. The team ran a very smart race and are now preparing for the MHSAA State Finals on Saturday, November 7th,  at Michigan International Speedway.
 
Eagles Advance in the Play-offs
The Eagles defeated Brandon last evening 20-3 to advance to the District Finals.  The Eagles will play Orchard Lake St. Mary's on Friday at their field at 7pm. Details will follow on Monday.
Linden JV Volleyball Take Silver at Oxford
The JV volleyball team had an impressive showing at the Oxford Invitational going 4-1-1 for the day to capture the Silver Division.  The Eagles started the day with a close loss to Brighton, followed by wins against Rochester, Waterford Mott, Groves and a split with Brandon.  In the finals, the Eagles defeated Utica 23-25, 25-22, 15-10.  Christina Clemons had 8 aces, 41 assists, 13 kills and 31 digs; Ashley Kritzman had 6 aces, 38 kills, and 52 digs; Madi Piet had 12 kills, 21 solo blocks and 6 assists.  Avery Whitten had 81 digs, 6 aces and 3 kills.  The team finished the week going 8-1-1 and improves to 33-8-5 overall.  Great job ladies!
Football Playoff Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets for Friday Night's Playoff Football game between the Linden Eagles and the Brandon Blackhawks, will go on sale tomorrow from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Athletic Office at Linden High School.  Tickets are $5.00 each and passes will not be accepted.  This includes our Linden Senior pass for Seniors and Grandparents. Also, there will not be a pay to participate list at the gate for students.  Hope to see you there!  GO EAGLES!
Volleyball at Fenton
The Eagles dropped a touch match to Fenton 19-25, 17-25, 25-22 16-25 on Tuesday evening at Fenton.  The Eagles were led by Megan Klavitter with 21 digs, Breyanna Turnipsee with 17 digs, 9 kills, 3 blocks and 3 aces.  Bridget Adams had 11 kills and 2 blocks and Emma O'Keefe had 8 kills.  The Eagles complete the Metro season with a 7-1 record and a 2nd place finish.
FOOTBALL PLAY-OFFS
The Eagles will host league opponent Brandon for the first round of MHSAA District play-offs on Friday, October 30 at 7pm at Claude Cranston Field.  Details will follow later in the week.
Girls’ Cross Country Team – Metro Champs 2015!
The girls’ cross country team brought home the Metro Title with a low score of 35 beating out Fenton (56) and Flushing (67) points. Alia Frederick won the race and is the overall metro champ. She crossed the finish line with a time of 18:23. Audrey Steiert was 4th overall with a time of 19:17. Jordan Holscher finished in 7th place with her best time of the year, 19:50. Taylor Ganger fought hard to place 9th (20:13) and Maya Gossett rounded out the top 5 with a time of 20:55. Alia, Audrey and Jordan earned first team all-metro honors, Taylor and Maya earned second team and Meghan Hitt was recognized with honorable mention. The team fought extremely hard all season to reclaim the title.  
 
Hockey Tryouts
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Jordan Holscher (Cross Country), David Fowler (Soccer) and Bridget Adams (Volleyball) who have each been named as State Bank Athletes of the Week.

Jordan, a senior, competed at the Kayla O'Mara Invite last weekend and placed 12th out of 72 runners and was medalist with a time of 20:24.

David, a sophomore, scored the only, and game winning goal for the Eagles against Fenton last week.  He was also named to the Metro Soccer 2nd Team.
Bridget, a senior, had 12 kills, 4 digs and went 15/15 serving with 4 aces against Kearsley.  At the Davison Invite she had 10 digs, 27 kills, 3 blocks, and 2 aces.
Varsity Volleyball Sweeps Clio
On Senior night, the varsity volleyball team defeated Clio in straight sets 25-17, 25-17, 25-22 to improve to 6-0 in the Metro.  For the night Megan Klavitter had 19 digs, 6 aces. Breyanna Turnipseed had 8 kills, 11 digs, and 2 blocks.  Bridget Adams had 11 kills and 2 blocks.  Miranda Fowler had 16 assists and went 17-17 serving with 3 aces. 

The JV volleyball team remains undefeated in the Metro with a straight set vicotry over Clio.  Christina Clemons had 4 aces, 6 assists and 6 digs; Avery Whitten had 16 digs, 1 kill and 1 ace, Jordan Moros had 5 assists, 3 kills and 1 ace.
Soccer Defeats OLSM--Advances to Semis
The varsity soccer team scored a huge 2-1victory over 7th ranked OLSM this evening in MHSAA District action at Claude Cranston Stadium.  Tyler Ziccardi had the first goal of the game off a free-kick midway through the first quarter.  OLSM tied the game to send the teams into a 1-1 tie heading into the half.  David Fowler had the game winner for the Eagles who then played impressive defense to hold off the Eaglets and earn the 2-1 victory.  Linden will now face Cranbrook in the MHSAA District Semi's at Holly Middle School on Thursday at 6:45.
Football Beats Clio on Senior Night
The Varsity Football team hosted Clio on Senior night, winning 42-7. Scoring on the night were Aaron Steedman, Aaron Sarkon (2), Kevin Bates, Ryan Young, & Bailey Davis. Davis was 4/5 on Extra Points and Sarkon scored a 2 pt conversion. Leading the way on defense was Trent Strang with 11 tackles. This week the Eagles travel to Fenton for the Metro title.
First Place Finish by Girls' Cross Country Team
Girls’ Cross Country team led the way to a first place in the large school division at the Kayla O’Mara Invitational in Goodrich on Saturday beating out Grand Blanc, Hartland and Flushing.  Alia Frederick battled for the lead until the remaining 200 meters when she pulled away from Flushing’s Paige Deitering to win the race. Taylor Ganger, Jordan Holscher and Maya Gossett all finished in the top 20. There were several personal records set by others on the team. Full results are available at athletic.net.  
 
Volleyball at Davison Invite
The varsity team struggled going 1-2-1 at the Davison Tournament. Linden defeated Caprini 25-18, 25-21, split with Midland Dow 18-25, 25-15, and lost to Mason 23-25, 17-25 and Davison 25-18, 22-25, 9-15. For the day Breyanna Turnipseed had 21 kills,  3 blocks, 25 digs. Bridget Adams had 27 kills, 3 blocks, and 10 digs. Emma O'Keefe added 18 kills and Allison Conly added 16 kills. Megan Klavitter had 56 digs, 9 aces.
Boys' XC Team Wins Kayla O'Mara Invitational
Led by Jack Eck's 5th place performance, the Eagles finished first overall in the small school division at the Kayla O'Mara Invitational in Goodrich on Saturday morning. Jack was followed closely by Chase Morse (9th), Ryan Crutchfield (10th), Tanner Blaney (11th), and Skyler Zieske (12th). Rounding out the varsity for Linden were William Bale (17th) and Connor Brooks (22nd). In the reserve race, Linden dominated the field claiming 11 of the first 15 spots en route to a 17-42 score over runner-up Powers. Linden's Sebastian Lubahn was the overall winner of that race. Full results for both races are available here.
Linden and Fenton Communities Coming Together

On Friday, October 23, the Fenton and Linden Football teams will meet on the gridiron during week 9 of the football season.  On that same day, both schools’ football teams are asking members of both communities to come together for two great causes; Socktober and a Flint Water Drive.

Event 1: Socktober is an event that asks people to donate new socks, underwear or other undergarments for those that don’t have the means to purchase them. Students at FHS have been collecting items all month as a part of this year’s drive and this day will wrap this year’s Socktober Drive!

Event 2: A clean water drive to support the Flint Community and the students of Flint Community Schools.

To participate in either or both events, please bring your donation to front gates of Ivan Williams Field at Fenton High School and place them in the designated lotions at the gate.  No donation is too small!

Volleyball Team Stays Red Hot
The Eagles remain unbeaten in the Metro sweeping Kearsley 25-12,25-15, 25-14. Bridget Adams had 12 kills and went 15-15 serving with 4 aces. Breyanna Turnipseed and Emma O'Keefe both added 7 kills each. Morgan Fitch had 11 assists and 6 digs. Megan Klavitter 14 digs while Breyanna added 10.

Madison Ford had 12 good serves, 4 aces, 9 attacks with 5 kills and 6 digs to lead the JV Eagles to a 25-16, 25-20, 25-23 over Kearsley.  Avery Whitten had 19 digs, 5 attacks with one kill; Ashley Kritzman had 6 digs, 7 kills, and 13 attacks; Jordan Moros had 3 aces, 12 assists, 6 digs and 5 kills.  The JV team is now 5-0 in league play and 25-7-4 overall.
Soccer Teams Defeat Fenton
The Varsity soccer team defeated Fenton 1-0 on the road in the last game of the Metro season.  David Fowler scored from a Trystan Hughes-LeFavour assist in the first half for the game winner and the only goal of the game.  Andrew Coppler and Jay Howard each had 5 saves in a shut out effort.  The Eagles finished in 2nd place in the Metro with a 6-1 record.  The Eagles will begin tournament play on Tuesday as they host Orchard Lake St. Mary's at 6:00 in Cranston Field.

Linden JV Boys Soccer beat Fenton 5-1 to run its record to a PERFECT 12-0-4! 

Jordon Einfeldt led the Eagles with a hat trick and an assist. Tyler Pierce added 2 goals and an assist, Tyler Manner and Jacob Welch added an assist a piece. Nick Koan pitched his 8th shutout of the season.
The JV recorded a total of 67 goal for and only 4 against.
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Ali Conly (volleyball) and Taylor Ganger (cross country) who have been named as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
Ali Allison Conly had a fantastic week as she helped our team go 6-2-1. The sophomore led the team in kills with 10 and also added 2 blocks in our win against Brandon, led the team again in kills on Thursday with 11 in our tri. She finished the day Saturday with 22 kills on 57 attempts with only 7 errors and also added 10 digs.
Taylor Ganger ran at the prestigious Portage Invitational on Saturday, October 10th and set a lifetime PR of 19:23 shaving 32 seconds from her previous time. She was a medalist and placed 25th out of 316 runners. Her outstanding performance helped the Lady Eagles take third place out of 46 teams at this very highly competitive invitational.
Record Setting Weekend for Girls' CC
In a field of 46 teams and 316 runners, the girls' cross country team placed 3rd overall just behind Grand Rapids Christian and East Grand Rapids at the Portage Invite on Saturday, October 10th. Alia Frederick left nothing behind as she threw down an 18:10 setting a new school record by 19 seconds. Alia came in 3rd place overall in this extremely fast race. Audrey Steiert charged down the finish line passing several girls to claim 11th place overall and set a lifetime PR of 19:01. Running the last 200 meters with the same determination, Taylor Ganger finished 25th and set herself a lifetime PR of 19:23. Jordan Holscher was next in for the Lady Eagles setting a season PR of 19:53. Maya Gossett shaved off 38 seconds as she crossed the finish line in 20:21 setting her new lifetime PR. Rounding out the top 7 for the team was Kristina Lachowics (21:06) a lifetime PR and Meghan Hitt (21:47). The team is looking forward to compete at the Kayla O'Mara Invite this coming Saturday.
Boys' XC Shines at Portage Invite
In a field of over 330 competitors from 49 teams the boys' xc team earned an eighth place finish with their best effort of the year. All seven varsity competitors ran lifetime personal records making it a complete team effort. Nick McDonald (29th) and Kagen Griffith (46th) both made it to the podium as medalists. Jack Eck (66th), Chase Morse (82nd), and Skyler Zieske (89th) rounded out the scoring for Linden. Tanner Blaney (94th) and Ryan Crutchfield (104th) also had strong performances in the race. Full results are available here.
Varsity Volleyball at Oxford Invite
We went 3-1-1 at the Oxford Invitational splitting with Fenton 21-10, 23-22, beating Warren Mott 21-15, 21-15, Athens 21-15, 21-15, and Lanse Cruise North 21-17, 21-17 before losing to Avondale 25-13, 19-25, 9-15. For the day, Bridget Adams had 37 kills, 3 blocks, and 3 aces. Emma O'Keefe had 25 kills while Alli Conly had 22. Megan Klavitter added 64 digs and 9 aces. Miranda Fowler had 62 assists.
Volleyball Team Splits
The Eagles split last night losing to Goodrich 24-26, 24-26 and beating Davison 25-10, 25-22.  For the night, Allison Conly led the team with 10 kills and 2 blocks. Breyanna Turnipseed had 8 kills, 14 kills, and 2 blocks. Emily Pearce had 8 aces and 12 digs. Megan Klavitter had 5 aces and 38 digs. The Eagles are now 23-7-2. 
Eagles Football
Linden traveled to Kearsley Friday night for a Metro League contest and the host's Homecoming. After a rough 1st quarter that saw very little go the Eagles way, things started to heat up in the 2nd for Linden. With the score tied at 0-0, Aaron Sarkon found Bailey Davis for a 31 yard scoring TD pass. The lead of 7-0 was short lived though, as Kearsley returned the ensuing kickoff to the Eagle defense 3 yard line, only to punch it in 3 plays later and even the score at 7-7. That was as close as it would be, as it was all Linden the rest of the way. Sarkon to Cade Dickson for a 68 yard TD pass, Sarkon to Nolan HIll for a 5 yard TD reception, Josh Abernathy returned a fumble recovery 65 yards for a TD, and Sarkon again found Davis from 14 yards out. Davis was 3/4 on PATs on the night. The defense was led by the front seven, Zack Brown (7 tackles), Skyler Stites (7 tackles), Cade Dickson (6 tackles), Avery Jacobs (6 tackles), Hunter MIchael (6 tackles), Josh Abernathy (5 tackles) and Trent Strang (5 tackles). The defensive backfield had 3 interceptions on the night, Ryan Young, Jacob Gagne, and Brandon Versola each with 1. The Eagles host Clio this Friday for Senior Night. 
Volleyball Remains Undefeated in the Metro
The Eagles pulled out a victory against Brandon 25-22, 24-26, 24-26, 25-16, 15-13 to remain undefeated in the league.   Allison Conly led the team with 11 kills. Breyanna Turnipseed added 10. Megan Klavitter had 21 dogs and 3 aces while Emily Pearce had 11 dogs and 4 aces. The Eagles improved to 22-6-2 overall.

Jordan Moros had 11 kills, 3 block assists, 2 aces, 9 assists and 7 digs to lead the JV Eagles to a 19-25, 25-11, 25-23 win over Brandon at home.  Christina Clemons had 16 assists, 9 digs and 3 aces, Ashley Kritzman had 12 kills and 7 digs, and Avery Whitten had 15 digs and 22 good serve receives.  The Eagles are now 4-0 in the Metro and 22-6-1 overall.
Soccer Teams Defeat Clio
The Varsity soccer team improved to 5-1 in the league with a 1-0 victory over Clio on Senior Night at Claude Cranston Stadium on Wednesday night.  David Fowler scored the game winner in the first half from a Tyler Ziccardi assist.  The teams played a scoreless second half with Andrew Coppler and Jay Howard each had 5 saves to combine for the shut-out in goal.

The JV Eagles beat Clio 3-0. The Eagles record stands 11-0-4 and 7-0-0 in Metro league play.

Jordon Einfeldt lead the Eagles with 2 goals, Tyler Manner chipped in  1 goal.
Jordon and Tyler Pierce had the assists.
Players of note Nick Koan with his 7th shutout and Matt Whitted.
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to junior Alexus Harden who has been named the State Bank Athlete of the Week for volleyball.  Alexus had a great week hitting 10-11 with 8 kills.with 0.636 kill efficiency against a very competitive Flushing team. She also added 14 digs and a block.
Live Stream: Linden Football at Kearsley
Kearsley HS, a part of the MHSAA School Broadcast Program, will be producing live streaming video of the LInden at Kearsely varsity football game on Friday October 9th at 7:00pm.  The cost for a "day pass" to watch this game is $9.95.  Annual subscriptions are $45.00.

 
Soccer Teams Win in Mt. Pleasant
The Varsity soccer team defeated Mt. Pleasant 2-1 in non-league action on Monday on the road.  The score was tied at 1 apiece at the half with Juian Shier scoring off an assist from Koleton Strauss.  Shier served up an assist to Trevor Varner in the 2nd half for the game winner.  In goal, Andrew Coppler, Nick Koan and Jay Howard combined for 11 saves to preserve the victory for the Eagles.

The JV Eagles beat Mt Pleasant 8-0 to run their record 10-0-4. Goal scorers were: Justin Cygnar and Paul Henrich with 2. Matt Whitted, Jordon Einfeldt, Devin Pierce, Cam Hatfield had 1 a piece. Assists by Alex Arceo with 2, Ethan Hemsely, Jason Senia and Nick Bentley added one a piece.
Max James was in goal and got the shutout.
Players of note: Max James, Alex Arceo and Justin Cygnar.
Ski Meeting
There will be a ski team meeting on Wednesday, October 7th in the PE Classroom at Fenton High School, beginning at 7:00 pm for anyone interested in the Ski team this year. 
Busy Week for Boys' XC Team
The varsity boys' cross cross country team finished 4th at the second Flint Metro League Jamboree on Wednesday afternoon while the jv squad performed well enough to earn a 2nd place team finish. While racing on a hilly course at Springfield Oaks Park nearly the entire team earned lifetime or season personal records. Full results are available here.
Then on Saturday, at Swartz Creek Golf Course, the team finished 3rd in the Division II race of the Greater Flint XC Championships. Nick McDonald earned first-team recognition in the race. Full results are avaiable here.
In between the two days of racing the team ran the homecoming game football from Brandon to Linden. The Eagles are next in action on Saturday at the Portage Invitational.
 
Great Results for Girls' Cross Country
The Lady Eagles Cross Country team turn out more season and lifetime PRs at the Greater Flint Championship meet on a very windy and cool Saturday morning. Overall the team placed 3rd amongst all size schools. Taylor Ganger and Jordan Holscher were medalists finishing in the top 7 in the medium school division. The rest of the varsity squad all set personal records at the invitational: Maya Gossett, Kristina Lachowicz, Meghan Hitt, Madison Wabel and Marissa Ziccardi. Full results on Athletic.net.
Football wins in Thrilling Fashion on Homecoming Night
The Linden Eagles football team hosted Brandon for Homecoming Friday night. The Eagle defense did an outstanding job in the first half, holding Brandon to only 31 yards total offfense. While the Eagle offense was equally impressive scoring 17 points from Aaron Sarkon two rush TDs and Bailey Davis kicking both the PAT and FG. The Eagles continued to play well in the 3rd qtr until about 3:00 to go then the tide shifted mightily to the Brandon sideline. With a lead of 24-0 after another Sarkon TD, Brandon dialed up an offense the Linden Defense hadn't seen. Brandon came storming back to take the lead 28-27 with a little more than 3:00 to go. Well like weeks past, the Eagle team didn't disappoint the crowd, as they used all but :05 of the game clock to march down the field and score a winning TD from Ryan Young. The Eagles finished the game 34-28 in thrilling fashion. This week the football team travels to Kearsley for their Homecoming.
Outstanding "PR-formances" by Girls' Cross Country
September 30 proved to be an exciting night for the girls' cross country team. The Lady Eagles were victorious in the second metro league jamboree by running their best times of the year. Alia Frederick came within 8 seconds of setting a new school record with a time of 18:37 placing second in the race overall by .03 of a second. Audrey Steiert ran a 19:19 and moved into 5th place on the all-time fastest Linden women harrier list. Taylor Ganger broke 20:00 with a time of 19:55 and was the third Eagle runner to cross the finish line. She was closely followed by Jordan Holscher who had a season PR of 20:03. Contributing to the win was Maya Gossett who was within one second of her season PR at 21:05. Completing the top 7 for the Lady Eagles was Meghan Hitt and Kristina Lachowicz both of whom had lifetime PRs of 21:51 and 21:56 respectively. The JV Linden Ladies placed second in the Reserve Race with Maddie Wabel taking first place overall with a time of 22:15. The girls are definitely looking forward to the second half of their season.
JV Soccer Ties Brandon
The JV Eagles tied Brandon 1-1. The Eagles record stands at 9-0-4 overall and 3-0-1 in league play.
Cam Hawkins scored the lone Linden goal. Cam Hawkins was also the player of the game.
Football Beats Flushing
Last Friday night the Varsity Football team hosted Flushing for a key Metro contest. The host Eagles got on the scoreboard first in their opening drive with a TD by Aaron Sarkon completing a 21 yard pass to Ryan Young. The Eagle offense was stagnant the rest of the half in regards to scoring, with several drives stalling out in Raider territory. The Flushing offense was stopped initially by the Eagle defense but seemed to get going late in the 1st and all of the 2nd quarter. The Raiders scored on a controversial trick play to take the lead early in the 2nd quarter. The Raiders finished the half leading 17-7 on a 41 yard field goal. After halftime the Eagle offense and defense were clicking on all cylinders, as they held Flushing to only a FG and scored 14 points of their own, with TDs by Kevin Bates and Bailey Davis. The Eagles got the win after controlling the ball the final 5:41 of the game. Davis was good on all 3 of his point after tries. The Eagles face Brandon (3-2, 3-1 Metro) Friday evening for their Homecoming.
Soccer Wins Again
The varsity soccer team improved to 4-0 in Metro league action with a 2-1 victory over Flushing on Monday night at Claude Cranston Stadium  Julian Shier scored the lone first half goal off a Trystan Hughes-LaFavour assist.  In the second, Hughes-LaFavour added a Linden goal off a Shier assist.  The Raiders scored their only goal on a PK in the 2nd.  In goal, Andrew Coppler and Jay Howard each had 5 saves.
Volleyball vs. Flushing
The varsity volleyball team hosted Flushing on Tuesday and finished with an impressive 4 set victory:  20-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-14.
For the night, Bridget Adams had 9 kills, 4 blocks and Breyanna Turnipseed had 9 kills, 5 blocks, 15 digs. Emma O'Keefe and Alexus Harden both added 8 kills and Harden also added 14 digs.  Megan Klavitter added 35 digs. Miranda Fowler went 21-22 serving with 3 aces and 16 assists.  Morgan Fitch added 17 assists. 
 
The Eagles are now overall 21-6-2 and League 3-0

Jordan Moros led the JV Eagles to a 22-25, 25-15, 25-20 victory over Flushing on Tuesday with 9 assists, 9 digs, 7 kills, 2 assist blocks and two aces.  Christina Clemons had 15 assists, 7 digs and 3 kills and Avery Whitten had 22 digs.  The Eagles move to 3-0 in the league and 21-6-1 overall.
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to juniors Aaron Sarkon (football) and Ashley Robinson (golf) who have been named State Bank Athlete of the Week.  
 Aaron led the Eagles to a 21-20 win over Flushing with  15/28 passing for 251 yards with 3 TD's. He also rushed for 14 carries for 83 yards.

Ashley shot 87 at The Greater Genesee County Tournament at Flint Elks to place 12th overall in the tournament out of 63 players.
On Tuesday, Ashley fired a 47 Tuesday at Clio Country Club, and a 48 Friday at Brandon at Pine Knob Golf Club.

 
Soccer at Pinckney
The Varsity soccer team traveled to Pinckney and played to a 1-1 tie in a non-league game on Saturday.  Julian Shier scored for the Eagles.
The JV Eagles beat Pinckney 4-0. The JV record stands at 8-0-3. Goal scorer's were: Jorden Einfeldt, Jacob Welch, Cam Hawkins, and Devin Pierce. the assists were dished out by: Jacob Welch and Tyler Pierce. Shane Mong gets player of the game.
Girls Golf Loses Dual
The Linden Golf Team lost a dual match Friday (9/25) at Brandon at Pine Knob Golf Club. The Eagles fell by a score of 186 - 196. Brandon's Sky Kochan shot a 41 to take medalist honors for the match. Linden's Sydney Bond was runner-up with a 44. Bond recorded 4 pars in her round. Makena Baldwin shot an even-bogey 45 for the second straight match. Ashley Robinson finished off her solid week of play with a round of 48. Isabel Wright rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 59. Linden will face Swartz Creek in a home dual match on Monday (9/28) and then will play to see where they finish in the conference standingson Wednesday (9/30) at the Flint Metro League Post-Season Tournament at Fenton Farms.
A "Classic" Finish for Linden Girls' Cross Country
At the 33rd Annual Linden Classic, the Lady Eagles placed first in the large school division beating out Walled Lake Northern, Highland-Milford and Hartland. Alia Frederick was first in for the Eagles (3rd overall) crossing the finish line in 19:43 breaking the previous Linden Girls' course record and setting another lifetime PR. Coming in 2nd for the team was Audrey Steiert (6th) with a time of 20:19 -lifetime personal record. Taylor Ganger (15th), Jordan Holscher (16th) and Maya Gossett (24th) were also medalists in the top 25. Rounding out the varsity squad was Meghan Hitt who set a season PR and Kristina Lachowicz. Full results are available at athletic.net.
Record Field at Linden Cross Country Classic
Over 1,200 participants took to the course in the 33rd Annual Linden Classic on Saturday morning. The Linden Boys' team had a strong showing in the large school division of the invitational. The Eagles varsity "A" team finished 3rd while the varsity "B" team finished 13th with 23 teams competing. The varsity "A" group was composed of Nick McDonald (6th), Kagen Griffith (13th), Jack Eck (24th), Chase Morse (32nd), and Ryan Crutchfield (39th). Scoring for the "B" team were Tanner Blaney, Skyler Zieske, William Bale, Sebastian Lubahn, and Connor Brooks. Full results are available here.
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Alia Frederick (CC), Ryan Young (football) and Julian Shier (soccer) who have each been named as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
Alia, a junior, placed 2nd overall from a field of over 300 runners at the Spartan Invite with a time of 19:51 in her second ever HS cross meet.  Her performance helped the Eagles to a first place finish out of 43 teams.

Junior Ryan Young led the Eagle football team to a come from behind victory on the road at Swartz Creek.  Ryan had 10 carried for 108 yards, 7 catches for 103 yards, 7 tackles and caused a fumble.

  Sophomore Julian Shier has been the offensive leader for the Eagle soccer team all season.  Last week, Julian netted five goals and added two assists to lead his team to a three win week.
Varsity Soccer Tops Creek
The varsity soccer team traveled to Creek and spotted them a first half goal before amping up the offense in the offense in the second half for a 3-1 victory.  David Fowler, Juan Subiza and Julian Shier each scored with assists from Subiza and Shier.  The Eagles are now 3-0 in the Metro.
JV Soccer Beats Creek
The JV Eagles rolled to a 8-0 victory over Swartz Creek to take their league record to 3-0 and the overall record stands at 7-0-3. Players of note: Jordon Einfeldt, Cam Hatfield and Justin Cygnar.
GOALS scored by:
Jordon Einfeldt 3
Cam Hatfield 2
Justin Cygnar 1
Cam Hawkins 1
Alex Arceo 1
ASSITS:
Kolton Strauss 2
Jacob Welch 2
Justin Cygnar 1
Cam Hatfield 1
Jason Senia 1
Nick Koan and Trevor Smith combined for the Eagles 6th shutout of the year.
Volleyball Wins at the Creek
The Eagles traveled to Swartz Creek and defeated the Dragons 25-17, 25-17, 25-9.  
For the night, Bridget Adams and Breyanna Turnipseed had 10 kills and Emma O'Keefe had 8 kills. Emily Pearce served 17-19 with 6 aces and Morgan Fitch served 10-11 with 3 aces. Megan Klavitter added 27 digs. 
Flint Metro League Leadership conference
Ten athletes are representing LHS today at The Cage at the 4th annual Flint Metro League Leadership Conference.
Here is some of the action from this morning:

Soccer Wins at Holly
Linden improved to 2-0 in the Metro with a 3-2 victory over Holly last evening at Claude Cranston Stadium.  Julian Shier again led the Eagles with a pair of goals and David Fowler added another.  Austin Lapham had two assists and Juan Subaz added the other.  Andrew Coppler and Jay Howard both gave up one goal.  
 
The JV Eagles soccer team defeated Holly 8-0. Those with goals were Jorden Einfeldt 2, Koltan Strauss 2. Jacob Welch 2, Cam Hatfield 1 and Tyler Manner 1. Tyler Manner led with 3 assists, Koltan Strauss had 2, Max James and Paul Henrich chipped in with one a piece. Nick Koan pitched his 6th shutout of the year.
The Eagles are 2-0 in league play and 6-0-3 overall.

Both teams are on the road on Wednesday at Swartz Creek against the Dragons.

 
Girls Golf Vs. Kearsley
The Linden Girls Golf Team lost a tough dual match to Kearsley (9/18/15) at Spring Meadows Country Club 185 - 191. The medalist for the match was Kearsley's Sarah Streit who shot a 42. The co-runners-up were both Linden golfers. Sydney Bond continued her solid play of late, shooting a 46. It was the second straight event in which she has led the Linden team in scoring after shooting a 92 at the Davison Invitational. Ashley Robinson also carded a 46. She has become a consistent scorer for Linden. It's the third event of the season that she has paced the Eagles in scoring. Makena Baldwin recorded three pars on her round, shooting a 49. Payton Leedle rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 50. Alex Premo shot a 55 and Isabel Wright shot 59.
Varsity Volleyball at Goodrich Invite
The Linden Varsity Volleyball team went 3-2 on Saturday at the Goodrich Invitational.  The Eagles dropped the first match to Goodrich 22-25, 21-25 before beating Yale 25-10, 25-17 and Waterford Mott 25-14, 25-18.  In Quarterfinals, Linden beat Frankenmuth 25-11, 25-15 before losing to Notre Dame Prep in the semifinals 15-25, 21-25.  For the day, Bridget Adams had 30 kills, Breyanna Turnipseed 25, Emma O'Keefe 15, and Allison Conly with 12. Megan also added 67 digs and 11 aces on the day while Emily Pearce had 29 digs and 7 aces. The Eagles are now 19-6-2 overall. 
Girls' Cross Country Bring Home 1st Place at MSU
Despite the spongy and soggy conditions at the Forest Akers Golf Course grounds on Friday, September 18, the Linden Girls' cross country team fought hard for first place in a field of 43 teams and nearly 300 runners. Four of Linden's girls were in the top 30. Leading the way and coming in 2nd place overall was Alia Frederick with a time of 19:51. Close behind was Audrey Steiert (10th) with a time of 20:25. Taylor Ganger (16th- 20:39) and Jordan Holscher (23rd- 20:46 Season PR) also joined Alia and Audrey earning medalist honors. Rounding out the team was Maya Gossett, Meghan Hitt (season PR) and Madison Wabel. All seven girls ran with heart to make this a first ever MSU victory for Linden Girls' cross country team. Full results are available on Athletic.net. The team will now start preparing for the Linden Classic next weekend.
Varsity Football Wins
The Eagles traveled to Swartz Creek Friday for a Metro contest. The Eagles got off to a rough start, spotting the host Dragons 14 points before anything positive happened. Both teams struggled to hang onto the ball, Linden throwing some Interceptions and Creek fumbling. Linden had several players contribute to the comeback victory in the scoring department, Ryan Young, Kevin Bates, Bailey Davis, Jake Cox & Aaron Steedman all got in on the scoring action Friday night with TDs. The Eagle Defense held strong after a shaky start, holding Creek to 3 points in the second half, those coming off a change of possession on an Interception to the 5 yard line. The final score of 32-24 had even more action than the score would indicate. The Defense was led by the front 7 of Josh Abernathy, Hunter Michael, Skyler Stites, Cade Dickson, Avery Jacobs, Trent Strang, and Aaron Steedman. The offensive line continued to shine late in games, Ray Ballard, Gabe Piesko, Sawyer Benge, Eddie Grode, and Jaylin Steedman, by allowing Linden to rush for over 200 yards. The Eagles will host Flushing this week in a key Metro contest.
Boys' XC 4th at Spartan Invitational
In a field of 41 teams the boys' cross country team finished in 4th place on Friday afternoon at Forest Akers East Golf Course in East Lansing. Nick McDonald (21st) and Kagen Griffith (27th) both earned medalist honors in a field of nearly 300 competitors. Jack Eck (65th), Ryan Crutchfield (75th), and Chase Morse (89th) rounded out the scoring for Linden. Skyler Zieske and William Bale were Linden's 6th and 7th finishers in the varsity race. Full results are available here. The Eagles are next in action at home Saturday, September 26th, when they host the 33rd Annual Linden Classic.
Soccer Teams Win
The varsity soccer team traveled to Lake Fenton and defeated the Blue Devils 3-1 in non-league action.  Julian Shier scored two goals for the Eagles and Nick Crane added one.  Assists came from Trevor Varner, Brandon Garvey and Connor Sproule.  The Eagles will open Metro league play on Monday night at home vs. Holly.  

The JV team defeated Bay City John Glen yesterday by the score of 8-0.

Leading the way in scoring was Justin Cygnar with 2 goals. Paul Henrich, Jacob Welch, Kolton Strauss, Cam Hatfield, Matt Whitted, and Nick Koan all tallied 1 goal a piece.
Jason Seina had 3 assists and Alex Areco had 2. Paul Henrich, Tony Perez, and Sam Areco each had 1.
Nick Koan, Tevor Smith and Tony Perez combined in goal for the shutout.
The Eagles record is 5-0-3 on the year.
Volleyball at New Lothrop
The varsity volleyball team went 2-1 on Thursday defeating New Lothrop 25-16, 25-21 and Laingsbur 22-25, 26-24, 25-17 but lost to Davison 14-25, 25-23, 22-25.  For the night, Miranda Fowler had 51 assists, 6 aces, and 25 digs.  Bridget Adams had 29 kills, 15 digs and 4 aces.  Emma O'Keefe and Allson Conly both had 16 kills and 3 blocks each.  Emily Pearce added 39 digs while Megan Klavitter added 81.  The Eagles are now 16-4-2 on the season.
Soccer Opens Metro with a Win!
The varsity soccer team traveled to Kearsley to begin the Metro season and opened up the offense shutting out the Hornets 6-0. David Fowler and Julian Shier each scored two goals and Juan Subiza and Julian Fischer each added a goal. Keepers Andrew Coppler and Jay Howard combined in goal for the shutout. The Eagles are back on the road again tomorrow night at Lake Fenton.
Volleyball Sweeps Holly
Linden varsity volleyball beat Holly 25-18, 25-13, 25-9. For the night Bridget Adams had 8 kills and Breyanna Turnipseed had 5 kills. Megan Klavitter had 11 dogs and 6 aces. Linden improved to 14-3-2 and 1-0 in the league.
Soccer Travels to Owosso for Wins!
The Varsity soccer team defeated Owosso 2-1 in a non-league match-up on the road.  The first Eagle goal came on a penalty kick by Caiman Moore while the second goal was scored by Julian Shier and assisted by David Fowler.  

The Eagles JV team beat Owosso 1-0 for their 3rd win of the year. Nick Koan pitched his 4th shutout of the year. Jacob Welch tallied the game winning goal on a PK.

Players of note: Tyler Pierce, Jordon Einfeldt, and Justin Cynar. JV record stands at 3-03.

The Eagles will now open up Metro competition with a road game on Wednesday at Kearsley.
Davison Golf Invitational Results
The Linden Golf Team participated in the Davison Invitational Golf Tournament Monday (9/14/15). The Eagles shot a team score of 425, mostly struggling on a tough Davison Country Club course. They finished in 14th place out of the 18-team field. Linden was 4th out of the 6 Flint Metro League schools that played in the event. The one stand out effort for Linden was put together by Junior Sydney Bond. Bond recorded her lowest tournament score of her high school career shooting a 92. She carded 6 pars on the difficult track. The 92 was good for a tie for 20th place overall in the tournament. Makena Baldwin shot a 105, Ashley Robinson a 106, and Payton Leedle a 122 to round out the scoring for the Eagles.
Varsity Football Wins on Late TD
The Varsity Football team hosted Holly Friday evening. The contest was a defensive struggle throughout the entire game. The score was 7-0 Holly at the half after Linden failed to move the ball beyond midfield the entire first half and only managed to gain 2 first downs. The second half would prove to be a different half though for the host Eagles. Linden moved the ball on offense, gaining over 300 yards of total offense and 15 first downs. While the defense to be stingy. Linden tied the game at the start of the 4th qtr by capitilizing on a Holly fumble at the 11 yard line. The score remained 7-7 until 3:30 remained with Linden attempting an 18 yard field goal. However, Holly busted through the line and blocked the field and making matters worse returned it the length of the field for a TD and a lead of 13-7. The missed extra point would prove to be the difference in the game. Linden drove the field on the following possession and score with 1:27 to go and Bailey Davis made the extra point to take the lead 14-13. The defense held again in the final minute to seal the win. Leading the way was Ryan Young and Aaron Steedman on the ground, while Aaron Sarkon hit several receivers through the air. Linden travels to Swartz Creek this Friday for Metro contest. Hope to see you there!
Boys' XC Runners-up at Bath Invitational
The boys' cross country team had their best outing of the season on Saturday morning at the Bath Invitational. Kagen Griffith and Nick McDonald finished 3rd and 5th in a field of nearly 100 competitors. Jack Eck (15th), Chase Morse (20th), and Ryan Crutchfield (24th) rounded out the scoring for Linden. In all,  22 of the 24 members of the team set either a lifetime or a season personal record. See full results here. The Eagles are next in action on Friday at MSU for the Spartan Invitational.
XC Girls set Season Bests at Bath
On Saturday, September 12th, the girls' cross country team performed well in a very competitive division at the Bath Cross Country Invitational. Coming in 4th place just shy a few points from 3rd, Taylor Ganger led the Lady Eagles crossing the finish line in 8th place with a season best 20:20. Jordan Holscher and Maya Gossett followed in with season best times of 20:47 and 21:04, respectively. Rounding out the top five was Kristina Lachowicz with a lifetime best time of 22:20 and Meghan Hitt with a season best of 22:35. All the girls on both varsity and junior varsity set either personal or season best records. The team is moving in the right direction as they prepare for the MSU Spartan Invitational next Friday.
Soccer Defeats Goodrich
The Eagles defeated Goodrich 4-1 at Claude Cranston Stadium on Thursday in non-league action.  Julian Shier scored two goals to lead the Eagles while Brendan Garvey and Jay Howard each added a goal.  Assists came from Nick Crane, Austin Lapham and Matt Whitted.  The Eagles will travel to Hartland on Saturday for a 12:30 game vs. the Eagles.
Girls' Cross Country Team Places First
The girls' cross country team take first place Wednesday night at the first Metro League Jamboree in Brandon Township. Leading the team was Alia Frederick who crossed the finish line 3rd overall with a personal best of 19:46. Also scoring for the Lady Eagles was Audrey Steiert setting a personal best time of 20:20 coming in 6th place. Rounding out the top five was Jordan Holscher (20:56-season best), Taylor Ganger (21:43) and Maya Gossett (22:05-season best). Linden scored 43 points. Next opponent Fenton had 58 points and Flushing 73 points. The entire team ran very well setting 15 season/personal best times. It is also worth noting that Alia and Audrey have made their way onto the top 25 list of Linden fastest women. Alia is 9th and Audrey 20th. Great job by all!
Soccer at Powers
The varsity soccer team dropped a close contest to Flint Powers at Atwood Stadium on Tuesday night 2-3.  Tyler Ziccardi and Juan Subiza each scored a goal for the Eagles and each had an assist for the other.  

The junior varsity team played to a 0-0 tie.  Players of note for the game were Nick Koan in goal and Jacob Welch.
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Week 1:  Kagen Griffith took 2nd individually and led the Eagles to a 1st place finish in the Michigan Mile which is part of the Crim Festival of Races.


Week 2:  Megan Klavitter led the Eagles to a 3rd place finish at their own invite with 74 digs, 12 aces.  She followed that effort up with 38 digs and 8 aces in the Clio quad as the team swept Powers, Nouvel and Clio. 

Week 3:  Breyanna Turnipseed helped Linden to go 8-2-1 this week sweeping two quads and finishing 9th in a tough 28 team tournament. She had 50 digs, 13 aces, 44 kills, and 7 blocks for week.


Nick McDonald was Linden’s second finisher on Tuesday at the Corunna Earlybird Invitational. He finished 5th overall in a time of 17:32.2. That time was a 23 second improvement over his time from the same event last fall.

Freshman Audrey Steiert placed 3rd overall out of 101 runners at the Corunna Earlybird CC Invitational on September 1st with a time of 20:50.
Volleyball Sweeps Hartland
Linden varsity volleyball beats Hartland 25-18, 25-18, 25-19 to improve to 13-3-2. Bridget Adams led the offense with 10 kills, 2 blocks, and 3 aces. Breyanna Turnipseed had 8 kills and 2 blocks. Megan Klavitter had 25 digs.

The JV team also beat Hartland and came away with a 25-21, 25-18 12-15 victory over the Eagles. Christina Clemons had 10 assists, 6 digs and 3 kills; Avery Whitten had 12 digs and added 2 aces. The JV Eagles are now 8-3 on the season.

The freshman team fell to Hartland by scores of 20-25, 20-25 and 12-15.
 
Varsity Football Beats Fowlerville
The Varsity football team waited out a storm that pushed through the area Thursday night for what seemed like forever but really amounted to 2 hours of delay. The two teams finally kicked off at 9:00pm and the Eagles were in control from the beginning to the end. Getting the team on the scoreboard first was Kevin Bates in the 1st quarter. Fowlerville responded with a TD of their own to tie it. The next score was Aaron Steedman on a 38 yard run to make it 14-7. Ryan Young's TD from Aaron Sarkon was the only score in the 2nd qtr to make the half time score 21-7. Linden received the half time kickoff and marched down the field to score and make it 28-7 on a run from Sarkon about 12 yards out. Fowlerville made the score 28-14 on their next possession then Linden rattled off 29 unanswered points to close out the night. Bailey Davis ran it in from 40 yards out, Bates tacked on another from 6 yards, Nolan Hill interecepted the pass from the Fowlerville QB and ran it back 20 yards, and Brandon Versola ran in a TD from 6 yards out. Bailey Davis kicked all XP except the final one when a snap caused him to run it in to make the final score 57-14. The Eagles host Holly this Friday night.
JV Eagles Win on the Road
The JV Eagles traveled to Fowlerville on Wednesday and defeated the Gladiators 26-14 in a non-league game.  Garrett Strang led the Eagles throwing for two TD's and running for another.  Josh Powell and Blake Knox each caught a TD pass.  Owen Wagnitz also ran for an Eagle TD with Garrett Strang pounding it in for a 2-pt conversion.

​The Freshman and JV teams will travel to Holly on THURSDAY night next week for league games vs. the Bronchos.
Boys' XC Finishes 2nd at Corunna Earlybird
The Eagles started the season off with an excellent effort at the Corunna Earlybird Invitational. In a field of six teams Linden finshed 2nd overall. Scoring for the Eagles were Kagen Griffith (2nd), Nick McDonald (5th), Ryan Crutchfield (17th), Chase Morse (18th), and Skyler Zieske (21st). Sebastian Lubahn and Tanner Blaney rounded out the varsity for Linden. The team will begin Metro League competition next Wednesday at our first Jamboree, hosted by Brandon High School in Brandon Township Park. Full results are available here.
Girls' XC Team Bring Home 2nd Place Trophy
The girls' cross country team placed second at the Corunna Earlybird Invitational on a very hot and humid September 1st afternoon. Racing across the finish line in third place overall and first for the Eagles was Freshman Audrey Steiert with a time of 20:50. Seniors Jordan Holscher and Taylor Ganger followed Audrey coming in 4th and 5th overall with times of 21:18 and 21:37 respectively. Rounding out the top 5 for the girl's team was Kristina Lachowicz and Meghan Hitt. Their performance was an awesome way to start the season. The team is looking forward to the first metro league jamboree on September 9th.
JV Soccer Beats Fenton
The Linden Eagles JV Soccer Team beat Fenton 3-0 .

Conner Sproule scored the 1st goal on a PK, Alex Aeceo tallied the 2nd goal on the assist by Jordon Einfeldt. The 3rd goal was scored by Jason Senia, assisted by Tyler Manner. Nick Koan was in goal and recorded the shutout.

The Eagles are 1-0 on the young 2015 season.
JV Volleyball Sweeps Quad
The JV Eagles defeated Swartz Creek, Lake Fenton and Byron on Wednesday evening at the Creek Quad. Jordan Moros had 10 kills, 24 assists, 9 digs and 14 aces. Ashley Kritzman had 9 aces, 11 digs and 20 kills. Ashley Bertschy had 3 kills, 9 assists and 6 digs. The Eagles improve to 5-1 on this young season and will host their own tourney on Saturday.
Linden VB Sweeps Own Quad
Linden beat Lake Fenton 25-11, 25-14, Swartz Creek 25-11, 25-18. and Byron 25-12, 25-5 at their own quad on Tuesday night to improve to 10-1-1. For the night Bridget Adams had 19 kills, Breyanna Turnipseed with 11 kills, and Allison Conly had 8 kills. Emily Pearce added 12 digs and 4 aces.
Girls' XC Team take 1st Place in HS Michigan Mile
Last Friday night at the Michigan High School Challenge Mile, the girls' cross country team took first place in the female division edging out Powers by 2 seconds. The event is part of the Crim's Friday night festivities taking place around U of M - Flint's campus. The 3-man team was led by Taylor Ganger, followed by Audrey Steiert and Jordan Holscher. They had a total team time of 17:39 and Powers 17:41. The rest of the team performed very well all beating their Midnight Mile times.

 
Linden Volleyball Invite Results
The Eagles finished 4-1-1 on the day beating Imlay City 25-12, 25-7, Midland Dow 25-21, 25-21, Carman Ainsworth 25-13, 25-18, Powers 25-14, 25-22, split with North Branch 20-25, 25-20 before losing to Mercy 13-25, 21-25.
For the day, Bridget Adams had 38 kills, Breyanna Turnipseed had 27 kills, And Emma O'Keefe had 16 kills. Megan Klavitter had 74 digs, 12 aces.
Volleyball Season Preview
Coach Mason talks with mLive about the 2015 volleyball season goals.
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Boys' XC Team Wins Michigan Mile
The boys' cross country team won the high school challenge portion of the Michigan Mile on Friday evening in Downtown Flint. The event is a part of the Crim Festival of Races. Scoring for the Eagles were Kagen Griffith (2nd), Nick McDonald (4th), and Chase Morse (5th). Their total three man time was 15:12 while runner-up Powers totaled 16:27 for their top three competitors.
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