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Linden Athletic News
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Softball - Linden - Jill Widner
Congratulations to Linden Softball player Jill Widner as she is this weeks winner for athlete of the week, In 5 games Jill hit .563 she was 9 for 16. 7 RBI's 6 runs scored. Jill pitched a shut out against Flushing in a metro league game. Congratulations to Jill for her athletic accomplishments and the deserving award of State Bank Athlete of the Week.
Kiwanis Athlete of the Month
Congratulations to Jack Shore, Kiwanis Athlete of the Month. Jack will be honored along with his parents at a Kiwanis Luncheon in Flint on Apr 27th. Jack was selected for his athletic accomplishments and his academic achievements.  Again - Congratulations to Jack Shore.
LInden played in the Saginaw Soccer Showcase on Saturday.
Game 1. 
LInden defeated 5th rank DeWitt 2 to 1 . Audrey Stiert from Shelby Holscher on goal 1. Goal 2 came by Taylor Acox from Emily Waltrip 
 
Game 2.
LInden tied Division 1 Northville 2 to 2. Alia Frederick had both goals assisted from Audrey Stiert and Maddie Satan.
 
Game 
LInden shutout division 1 Midland 2 to 0. Alia Frederick had both goals
 
Madison Paige in net for all three games. 
 
LInden moves to 8-1-1
Varsity Baseball Splits with Flushing on Friday 4/21
Despite leading for 11 out of the 12 innings in a league matchup vs. Flushing, the Varsity Baseball team split games winning in the first game 6-2, while dropping a tough game 4-5 in 5 innings.

In the first game, An early lead helped Linden Eagles Varsity defeat Flushing 6-2 on Friday. Linden Eagles Varsity took an early lead in the second inning. Cole Sarkon hit into a fielder's choice, scoring one run. Linden Eagles Varsity scored three runs in the sixth inning. Linden Eagles Varsity's big inning was driven by a fielder's choice by Corbin Sines and a single by Ryker Rivera. Lucas Marshall earned the win for Linden Eagles Varsity. He went five innings, giving up zero runs, two hits, and striking out three. Brendan Buerkel, Jack Shore, Jamon Link, Rivera, Sines, and Nick Koan all had one hit to lead Linden Eagles Varsity.

In the second game, Linden Eagles Varsity stayed in it until the end, but Flushing pulled away late in a 5-4 victory on Friday. Flushing was down 4-1 early, and then 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning  Linden Eagles Varsity took an early lead in the first inning. Aaron Sarkon drove in one when he singled in the first inning. Linden Eagles Varsity had seven hits in the game. Sarkon and Jack Shore each collected multiple hits for Linden Eagles Varsity. Shore, Sarkon, and Cole Sarkon each drove in one run to lead Linden Eagles Varsity. Linden Eagles Varsity didn't commit a single error in the field.

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8th Grade Baseball vs. Kearsley is cancelled for today, 4/21
JV Baseball Splits with Bay City John Glen
Tuesday Linden JV baseball traveled to Bay City John Glenn High School to play one of the more respected programs in the Region. The Bobcats are usually good and this year is no exception.  The Eagles split the two games losing the first one 15-5 before coming back to win the nightcap 6-2.
 
In the first game, inconsistent offense, sloppy base running, and poor defense was the Eagle’s downfall.  The Eagles spotted the Glennies a 5 run lead before scoring in the 5th when Seeger DeGayner walked and came around to score.  In the 6th Dustin White got the second of his 2 hits followed by a Ben King single and another DeGayner walk, loading the bases.  A clutch Luke Kenney single scored White and King and all 4 runners eventually came across to pull the Eagles within striking distance.  But sloppy play in the bottom half of the inning proved too much as the Bobcats pulled away and ended the game.  Ben King took the loss for the Eagles
 
Game 2 was another story.  The Eagles came out focused and aggressive from the first pitch and the Glennies had pressure on them all game until they cracked. 
 
Jeff Metzger reached base on an error in the 2nd inning. He was followed by a Nathan Howard sharp single to left and scored on Zak Horst’s RBI single.  In the 4th Seeger DeGayner led off with long triple to center and scored on a Luke Kenney full count RBI single.  In the 6th two more runs came with Phoenix Dickson getting hit by a pitch followed by a DeGayner single, and a Kenney walk.  An error scored Dickson and a Sacrifice Fly by Metzger scored DeGayner and the Bobcats knew they were in trouble.  In the 7th the Eagles turned on the power and put the game away.  Horst led off with a 300 foot triple and scored on Ben King’s RBI single. Then Dickson hit a 300 foot double to left driving in King.  Calib Neuville then retired the side to end the game. 
 
The Eagles collected 9 hits with 2 by Horst and DeGayner and one each by Dustin White, King, Kenney, Dickson and Howard.  Braden Banasiak started and picked up the win, with excellent relief work by Duncan Jacques and Calib Neuville.  Every player on the roster played a role in this win including injured Jacob Conley who was a great teammate and supporter in the dugout.  The Eagles are now 5-1 on the young season.
Girls Track Sweeps Brandon/Clio, Boys Split
The track teams ran through rain and wind Wednesday on their way to a great start to the 2017 Metro League season. 

The Girls team beat both Brandon and Clio and received victories from the following athletes: Hannah Wabel (800, 1600), Meghan Hitt (3200), Alia Frederick (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Jessica Daul (Shot put) and Alexis Pisoni (Long Jump). Great job girls!

The boys beat Brandon and lost a close meet with Clio. Event winners for the boys were: Andrew Burns (shot put, discus), Tyler Buchanan (3200) and Nick McDonald (800, 1600). 
 
Varsity Baseball Sweeps Bay City John Glenn 6-0 and 5-1
In the first game, Linden Eagles Varsity defeated Bay City John Glenn 6-0 on Tuesday as Lucas Marshall and Travis Klocek combined to throw a shutout, while Marshall picked up the win.  Linden Eagles Varsity collected 12 hits. Nick Koan, Ryker Rivera, Jamon Link, Aaron Sarkon, and Brendan Buerkel each collected multiple hits for Linden Eagles Varsity. Linden Eagles Varsity was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error.

In the second game, Linden Eagles Varsity took home a 5-1 victory over Bay City John Glenn on Tuesday. Aaron Sarkon earned the win for Linden Eagles VarsityJohn Miller, Jack Shore & Mike Brown pitched the remainder of the game. Linden Eagles Varsity had ten hits in the game. Ryker Rivera, Brendan Buerkel, and Drake McLaughlin each collected multiple hits for Linden Eagles Varsity. Buerkel and Rivera each drove in two runs to lead Linden Eagles Varsity.

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JV Baseball Wins 2 Against Creek
Linden Traveled to Swartz Creek and came home with 2 hard fought victories against a tough Swartz Creek squad.
 
The first game took 8 innings to get the win, but the Eagles got the job done with clutch hitting, gritty pitching, and solid defense.  The Eagles were held scoreless until the 5th inning when a walk to Ben King led to a tying run. 
 
In the top of the first extra frame, Braden Banasiak and Jeff Metzger reached base and eventually scored to secure the victory.
 
Banasiak pitched 6 strong, tough, innings for Linden, keeping his team in the game and giving them a chance to get the win.  He was relieved by Jeff Metzger who got the victory.
 
 
 
In game 2 a shortened affair that was called by the umpire due to darkness. The Eagles jumped on the Dragons in the first with a Zak Horst single and a Dustin White double.
 
In the 2nd inning Calib Neuville walked and a perfect Richie Linn bunt set up the scoring for Linden. Horst followed with an RBI single, scoring Neuville.
 
Jeff Metzger then retired Swartz Creek in the final inning making for a fun bus ride back home for the Eagles 
 
Horst and White had 2 hits a piece in the game and Jeff Metzger picked up his second win of the day by striking out 4 Dragons in 3 innings work.
 
The Eagle players and coaches want to thank all of the parents and supporters who braved a frigid day and evening to travel to Swartz Creek to cheer them on. Those wins could not have happened without your efforts. Thank you.
JV Baseball Beats Lake Fenton
The Linden JV Baseball team traveled to Lake Fenton for their first double header of the season and got off to a fine start by bringing home 2 victories. 
 
In the first game a 5-4 Linden win, the Eagles drew first blood in the first inning with Dustin White getting hit by a pitch, stealing 2 bases and scoring on a Lake Fenton error.
 
The Eagles scored again in the 3rd inning when Zak Horst got a single, stole a base, and scored. 
 
The scoring continued in the 4th with Easton Giacamantonio getting hit by a pitch, advancing on a Luke Kenney single, and scoring on a fielder’s choice.  Braden Bansiak later walked and advanced on a double steal and scored.
 
Ben King and Braden Banasiak pitched well for Linden with Banasiak picking up the win. Zak Horst and Dustin White had 2 hits each for Linden.
 
In game 2 a 6-1 win for the Eagles, Linden again took the lead in the first inning. Horst opened the game with a single, promptly stole second and scored on a Lake Fenton Error.
 
In the 5th inning Richie Linn walked, and scored on Horst’s 300 foot double to left.
 
In the 6th the Eagles put the game away.  Banasiak walked, followed by a Jeff Metzger single.  Linn then walked.  Calib Neuville then struck out but went to first on a passed ball by the Lake Fenton catcher.  In the ensuing throw to first there was another error and the Eagle base runners all scored.  Linden base runners were aggressive all day putting constant pressure on the LakeFenton defense and it paid off with the blue Devils eventually cracking under all the pressure.
 
Duncan Jacques started and got the win for Linden.
Girls V/JV Softball
Girls Varsity and JV Softball game start times have been changed. JV will start at 2pm and Varsity will start at 4pm. Same location - Madonna University.
Varsity Baseball Splits with Swartz Creek
In the first game, the Linden Eagles Varsity fell 5-3 to Swartz Creek on Thursday despite out-hitting them eight to seven. Lucas Marshall took the loss for Linden Eagles Varsity. He pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs (1 earned), four hits, striking out one, and walking one.  Travis Klocek came in to relieve Marshall with 2 outs in the 3rd and struck out the first batter he saw.  He pitched four and a third innings, surrendering two runs (1 earned), three hits, while striking out three. Corbin Sines and Jack Shore each collected multiple hits for Linden Eagles Varsity. Ryker Rivera and Nick Koan each drove in one run.  The Eagles committed 3 errors in the contest. 

In the second game, Linden Eagles Varsity defeated Swartz Creek 7-0 on Thursday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Linden Eagles Varsity secured the victory thanks to seven runs in the third inning. The big inning was thanks to a single by Parker Mabe, a bases loaded double by Brendan Buerkel, a single by Nick Koan, a double by Aaron Sarkon, and a groundout by Jack Shore. Shore earned the win for Linden Eagles Varsity on the mound. He threw four innings, allowing zero runs, one hit, while striking out four. Buerkel and Aaron Sarkon each drove in two runs to lead Linden Eagles Varsity. Linden Eagles Varsity didn't commit a single error in the field.

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Girls Varsity Soccer
Linden defeated Saginaw Heritage at Home last night 4-0 to move to the team to 1-1-0. Next game will be this Saturday Apr 15th at the Chelsea Girls Soccer Tournament.

Results of the Game ve Heritage:
Madison Paige is credited with the Shutout making 5 saves for the night.
Goals / Assist
Maddie Zayan / Madison Paige
Hannah Wabel / Alia Frederick
Alia Frederick / Erica Freeman
Maddie Zayan / Alia Frederick
Channel 12 WJRT Linden Varsity Baseball Coverage vs. Lake Fenton
Varsity Baseball Sweeps Lake Fenton 10-0 and 4-3
In the first game, John Miller struck the last out of the game, as three pitchers teamed up to a throw a no-hitter in Linden Eagles Varsity's 10-0 mercy 5 inning defeat of Lake Fenton on Tuesday. Linden Eagles Varsity secured the victory thanks to eight runs in the third inning. Linden Eagles Varsity scored on a double by Sawyer Benge, a single by Nick Koan, a single by Aaron Sarkon, a single by Jamon Link, and a single by Cole Sarkon. Lucas Marshall earned the win for Linden Eagles Varsity. He went two innings, giving up zero runs, zero hits, striking out three, and walking zero. The two relievers of Travis Klocek & John Miller helped Linden Eagles Varsity close out the victory. Travis Klocek threw two innings, while John Miller threw one. Linden Eagles Varsity had ten hits in the game. Ryker Rivera, Cole Sarkon, and Jack Shore each collected multiple hits for Linden Eagles Varsity. Linden Eagles Varsity didn't commit a single error in the field.

In the second game, Linden Eagles Varsity and Lake Fenton traded the lead back-and-forth on Tuesday, but eventually Linden Eagles Varsity prevailed 4-3. Linden Eagles Varsity took the lead for good in the fourth inning. The game was tied at three with Linden Eagles Varsity batting in the bottom of the fourth when a wild pitch scored Sawyer Benge with the go ahead run.  Lake Fenton scored three runs in the third inning, but Linden Eagles Varsity still managed to pull out the victory. Linden Eagles Varsity captured the lead in the first inning. With one out in the first inning Nick Koan drove in one run when he singled. Lake Fenton scored three runs in the third inning. Mike Brown earned the win for Linden Eagles Varsity. He pitched three innings, allowing zero runs, two hits, and striking out three. Aaron Sarkon started the game for Linden Eagles Varsity. He pitched two innings, giving up zero runs, one hit, and striking out four. Drake McLaughlin, Ryker Rivera, and Koan each drove in one run.

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March 30 Games Update
All Linden High School Athletic contests scheduled for today, Thursday, March 30th, have been canceled due to weather.  
Boys LAX vs. Ovide-Elsie is rescheduled for Apr 12th at 6pm at Fenton High School
Girls V/JV Softball vs Owosso is rescheduled for May 3rd at Owosso
Girls LAX vs Grand Blanc is rescheduled for Apr 10th at 6pm at Fenton
Girls Varsity and JV Lacrosse update
The JV Girls Lacrosse game vs Grand Blanc schedule for 3/30 at Fenton has been cancelled. The Girls Varsity Lacrosse game vs Grand Blanc on 3/30 will start at 6pm at Fenton. 
Girls Varsity and JV Soccer
Girls Varsity and JV Games vs Dansville have been cancelled today Mar 28th. Once the games have been rescheduled an announcement will be posted.
Girls Varsity Soccer
Girls Varsity Soccer scrimmage at Fenton has been cancelled due to weather.
Events on Mar 22nd
Baseball, Softball and Boys Lacrosse contests scheduled for March 22nd have been cancelled. Baseball and Softball Games have not been rescheduled at this time. The Boys Lacrosse game will be rescheduled on May 8th at 6pm at Goodrich High School.
Boys Basketball Regional Tickets
Eagles Fans - Boys Basketball Tickets for tonights game are on sale in the Athletic Office. $5.00 each - Please stop by and get your tickets early.
LFLF Gymnastics
Congratulations to Blake Hutching and Miranda Stephens for Finishing as All State Gymnasts at the MHSAA Gymnastic State Finals.
Eagles Boys Basketball
Linden Eagles Boys Basketball capture a District Title for the first time as a Class A school.  The Eagles have not seen a District Title since 1998. In OT the Eagles top the Grand Blanc Bobcats 53-51.  The next game will be regionals at Grand Blanc on Monday Mar 13th at 7pm.

www.tctimes.com/.../eagles-work-overtime...district.../article
Golf Meeting/Tryouts
Any boys interested in playing Golf this spring need to come to the golf meeting Monday the 13th at 2:30 in Mr. Darling's room (G106).  Potential golfers need to get your tryout cards from the athletic office.  If you do not get a tryout card you will not be able to tryout!  If you do not have your tryout card you CAN still come to the meeting as tryouts will be at a later date.  At the meeting we will talk about tryouts, JV and Varsity golf, tournaments, the practice and match schedule, and more.  If you have any questions before the meeting please contact coach Darling by stopping in to his room or by email.  zdarling@lindenschools.org
Thanks, and we hope to see you at the meeting.
Baseball Try-Outs 3/13 & 3/14
Baseball Try-Outs will be Monday 3/13 & Tuesday 3/14 for Freshman, JV and Varsity.  For Monday 3/13, Please show up in the HS Cafeteria at 4:45 pm with your try-out card.  If you do not bring your try-out card you will not be allowed to try-out.  If you are a catcher, please bring your catchers equipment.  We will have equipment available if you do not have your own.  We will also hold tryouts on Tuesday, 3/14.  Please meet in the cafeteria at 5:10 pm on 3/14.  Our gym time will be 5:30 - 7:15 pm on both days, however, please show up as the times identified in the HS cafeteria.
LFLF Gymnastics
The LFLF Gymnastics team will be advancing 5 girls to compete at the state meet held next Saturday. Miranda Stephens, Carly Kozlowski, Jessica Richert, Blake Hutching and Nicole HaberKamp will be representing their school in the individual competition. Competition will be held at Canton High School at 11:30 on March 11th. Congratulations and good luck at the State Finals!!!!
Eagles Wrestling
Congratulations to Dawson Blank placing #4 D2 at 145lbs and Patrick Kerr placing #5 D2 at 140lbs in the MHSAA State Wrestling Finals.
 
 
Eagles Top Tigers
The Varsity Boys Basketball team ended the regular season with a 74-63 victory over Bendle.  

9 Eagles scored in the game, led by Gavin Lund's 14 points and Cole Sarkon's 12 points.

Also scoring were Garrett Strang, Ty Hoeberling,  and Noah Giacomantonio with 9 each, Aaron Sarkon with 8, Corbin Sines with 7, Nick Koan with 5, and Hunter Michael with 1 point.
JV Boys End Season With a Win

The JV Boys basketball team finished up their season Tuesday night with a 60-40 victory over visiting Bendle.

 

9 Eagles scored in the game, led by Max James with 14 points.

 

Also scoring were Travis Klocek with 13, Seeger DeGayner with 10, Richie Linn with 7, Brenden Miller with 6, Evan Hill and Cameron Finnegan with 3 each, and Luke Kenney and Johnny Irwin with 2 each.  

 

The JV team finishes the season with a 13-5 record.

Freshmen defeat Creek to win their 10th in a row
The Linden Eagles traveled to Swartz Creek where they came away with a 54 to 36 point victory.  The Eagles once again started off strong and kept a comfortable lead through out the contest.

Scoring for the Eagles were Chad Williams with 19pts, Ryan Gillespie with 12pts, Phoenix Dickson with 9pts, Ben Coburn and Chad Kinney each with 6pts, and Samiere Johnson with 2pts.

The freshmen Eagles look to finish their season tonight with a 15-4 record if they can defeat a very tough conference rival in Fenton.  Come out and support your team!!
JV Boys Basketball Beats Creek

The Jv Boys Basketball team traveled to Swartz Creek and came away with a 49-39 victory.

 

Travis Klocek led the scoring attack with 12 points.
 

Also scoring for Linden were Brenden Miller with 11, Max James with 10, Seeger DeGayner with 8, Richie Linn with 4, Lewis Walterhouse with 2,  and Braden Banasiak and Luke Kenney with 1 each.

Freshmen boys beat Lake Orion for 9th victory in a row.
The freshmen eagles started of Tuesday's game extremely strong with great first quarter shooting and defense.  The first quarter score was 14 to 1 in favor of the eagles.  Linden stalled in the second quarter only scoring four points and allowing Lake Orion to close the gap to 6 pts.  The eagles never lost the lead and eventually extended the score to take a 14pt victory.

Leading the eagles scoring was Ryan Gillespie with 12pts, Chad Williams with 10 pts, Chad Kinney with 8pts, Phoenix Dickson with 7pts, Tyler Light with 5 pts, and Samiere Johnson and Ben Coburn with 2pts each.

The Eagles play today at conference opponent Swartz Creek.  Come out and support your team!
Varsity Boys Defeat Lake Orion
The Varsity Boys Basketball team got a much needed win over Lake Orion Tuesday night by a 71-57 score.

Aaron Sarkon led the scoring attack with 24 points and 5 rebounds.
Gavin Lund also had a big night with 20 points and 6 rebounds.
Garrett Strang added 10 points along with 6 asists.
Also scoring for the Eagles were Josh Biel with 8 points, Noah Giacomantonio with 5 points, and Corbin Sines wtih 4 points.
JV Boys Lose to Lake Orion

The JV basketball team lost its first game in over a month, dropping a 40-36 contest to Lake Orion Tuesday night.

 

Seeger DeGayner led all scorers with 14 points.

Also scoring for Linden were Brenden Miller with 9, Travis Klocek with 7, Luke Kenney with 4, and Richie Linn with 2.

​Freshmen Boys Win 8th in a Row with victory over Swartz Creek
On Wednesday the 15th the Linden Eagles took on conference opponent Swartz Creek.  It was a hard fought game throughout the contest with the Eagles coming away with a 13pt victory.  The finial score was 44 to 31.
 
Linden had three players with double digit points in the contest.  Leading the eagles scoring was Chad Williams with 13pts, Ryan Gillespie with 11pts, Samiere Johnson with 10 pts, Chad Kinney with 4pts, Tyler Light and Phoenix Dickson with 3pts each, and Ben Coburn with 1pt.

The Eagles have another busy week to finish out their season.  They play three games in three consecutive days again next week.  Come out and support your team!!!
Girls Varsity Basketball
Linden Girls Varsity Basketball lost a tough game Thursday night to Swartz Creek 60 to 45. Sterling DeGayner had a career night in scoring with 32 points she also had five rebounds. Sam Whaling added to the teams efforts with 7pts
LFLF Gymnastics
The Linden/Fenton/Lake Fenton co-op gymnastics team won their last meet of the regular season Thursday, February 16th, scoring a 139.2 against Vassar. Top scorers were Sabra Robinson, Miranda Stephens, Jessica Richert, Carly Kozlowski, Jordan Dawson and Nicole Haberkamp. Their regional competition is March 4th. Good luck ladies!!
Varsity Boys Fall to Creek
The Varstiy Boys Basketball team traveled to Swartz Creek Thursday night and came away with a 65-53 loss.

Corbin Sines led the Eagles with 10 points.  Tyler Hoeberling and Aaron Sarkon each scored 8 points, Garrett Strang scored 7 points, Cole Sarkon and Noah Giacomantonio scored 6 points each,  Hayden Mahakian scored 4 points, and Gavin Lund and Nick Koan each scored 2 points.
JV Boys Defeat Creek

The JV Boys Basketball team won its third game in 3 nights and 8th in a row Wednesday night, earning a 43-32 victory over Swartz Creek.

 

Brendan Miller led the Eagles with 13 points.

Also scoring for Linden were Seeger DeGayner with 11, Max James with 9, Luke Kenney with 8, and Travis Klocek and Cameron Finnegan with 1 each.

 

Linden is now 11-3 on the season.

​Freshmen Boys Avenge One of Only Two Conference Losses
On Tuesday night the Freshmen Eagles traveled to hostile Flushing to take on a strong team that gave them one of only two conference losses.  The Eagles fought all game and came away with a victory.  It was a tight fought battle with the final score of 38 to 35 going the eagles way.

Leading the scoring for the Eagles was Phoneix Dickson with 15pts, Ryan Gillespie with 10pts, Chad Kinney with 5pts, and Chad Williams, Samiere Johnson, Tyler Light, and Isiah Vorheis all with 2pts each.

The Eagles look to win three games in three consecutive days when they host conference opponent Swartz Creek tonight at 5:30.  Come out and support your team!!!
Varsity Boys Lose to Flushing
The Varsity Boys lost to league-leading Flushing on Tuesday night 65-34.

Garrett Strang led the Eagle attack with 11 points.
Also scoring were Cole Sarkon with 9, Ty Hoeberling and Aaron Sarkon with 5 each, and Josh Beil and Hunter Michael scored 2 points each.
JV Boys Win at Flushing

The JV Boys Basketball team picked up its second road win in 2 nights defeating Flushing 37-30 on Tuesday night.

The loss was just Flushing's second loss all year.

 

Seeger DeGayner led the scoring attack with 16 points.  

Also scoring were Travis Klocek with 8, Brendan Miller and Max James with 6 each, and Luke Kenney with 1 point.

 

The Eagles will play their third game in 3 days Wednesday at home versus Swartz Creek.

​Freshmen Boys Beat Kearsley

Monday the Eagles traveled to Kearsley where they came away with a 63 to 22 win.  The Eagles started off strong and never looked back coasting to a 41pt victory.  All of the Eagles managed to make their mark in the scoring column.

Scoring for the eagles were Isiah Vorheis with 13pts, Ben Coburn, Tyler Wolford, Tyler Light, Phoenix Dickson, and Chad Kinney all with 7pts, Chad Williams with 6pts, Ryan Gillespie with 4pts, Kyle Baldwin with 3pts, and Samiere Johnson with 2pts.

The Eagles play today at Flushing and tomorrow at home vs. Swartz Creek.  Come out and support your team!
Boys Varsity Drops Game at Kearsley
The Boys Varsity Basketball team traveled to the Hive at Kearsley High School Monday night and left with a 59-41 loss.

Gavin Lund scored 8 points to lead the Eagles.
Also scoring were Garrett Strang, Gannon Welch, Noah Giacomantonio, and Nick Koan with 7 each, Ty Hoeberling and Corbin Sines with 2 each, and Aidan Mccarthy with 1 point.
JV Boys Over Kearsley

The JV Boys Basketball team went on the road Monday night and came away with a 69-36 victory over Kearsley.  

 

The Eagles held a 21-16 lead at halftime, however a 31 point third quarter put the game out of reach.

 

Brendan Miller led all scorers with 19 points in the game.

Also scoring for Linden were Seeger DeGayner with 15, Richie Linn with 12, Travis Klocek with 8, Evan Hill with 7, Max James with 6, and Lewis Walterhouse with 2 points.

Eagles Girls Varsity Basketball
Linden Girls Varsity Basketball lost to Clio Friday night 52 to 36. Top scorers for the evening were Erin  Gillespie with 10 points, Sterling DeGayner had 9 and Cam Williams had 8.
Eagles Wrestling - Individual Districts
Congratulations to all four of our seniors as they advanced to regionals: Dawson Blank (2nd), Patrick Kerr (2nd), Aaron Steedman(3rd), and Jaylin Steedman (4th). Congratulations to our underclassmen, Justin Cygnar (3rd) and Jacob Kitowski (3rd) for also advancing to individual regionals which will be at Marysville next Saturday. Great job boys.
LFLF Gymnastics
The Linden Fenton Lake Fenton co-op gymnastics team fell short of beating Tecumseh Wednesday February 8th scoring a 133.35. Carly Kozlowski took 1st on beam and 2nd all around. Miranda Stephens took 3rd on vault and beam and 2nd on floor. Jessica Richert took 3rd on bars. Their next meet is Thursday February 16th at Vassar. 
​Freshmen Boys Basketball Sweep Clio
The Linden freshmen basketball team came away with a 64 to 44 point victory vs. conference opponent Clio to sweep the season series.  The Eagles took a lead into half time of 49 to 27 and really put the clamps down defensively in the second half only allowing 17 points to win by a comfortable margin.  

Seven of the nine Linden players made their mark in the scorebook.  Scoring for the Eagles was Chad Williams with 16 pts, Phoenix Dickson with 14 pts, Chad Kinney with 13 pts, Samiere Johnson with 9 pts, Ryan Gillespie with 8 pts, and Kyle Baldwin and Tyler Light with 2 pts each.

The Eagles have a busy next week with three games.  They play away at Kearsley Monday the 13th, away at Flushing Tuesday the 14th, and home vs. Swartz Creek Thursday the 16th.  Come out and support your Eagles!!!  
Jv Boys Soar Over Clio

The JV Boys Basketball team traveled to Clio Thursday night ant came away with a 52-29 victory.

 

The Eagles won every quarter and had built up a 43-18 lead after 3 quarters and cruised from there.

 

10 Linden players scored in the game, led by Seeger DeGayner's 15 points.

 

Also scoring for the Eagles were Brendan Miller with 11, Max James with 8, Travis Klocek with 4, Braden Banasiak and Cam Finnegan with 3 each, and Richie Linn, Evan Hill, Jacob Conly and Lewis Walterhouse with 2 points each.

Eagles Wrestling - District Champs!
The Linden wrestling team won team districts last night at Holly. In the first round the Eagles defeated cross rival Fenton 36 to 26. In the finals, the Eagles avenged a loss that they took earlier in the season to Holly by defeating them 34 to 24. Double winners for the Eagles last night were Jacob Kitowski, Koleton Strauss, Dawson Blank, Patrick Kerr, and Aaron Steedman. Splitting matches on the night were Colby Kohmescher, Justin Cygnar, Caleb White, Colton Powell, Avery Jacobs, and Jaylin Steedman. The Eagles will wrestle next Wednesday night at Goodrich in Team Regionals. Please come out and support your team. 
Girls Varsity Basketball
Linden Girls Varsity Basketball beat Mount Morris Tuesday night 47 to 44. Sterling DeGayner led Linden with 21 points she also made five 3's. Sam Whaling, a freshman, played her best game of her career last night by contributing 13 points to the win.  Also, Cam Williams had 7 points on the night. It was the Coaches vs Cancer game and the girls appreciated the support from the fans. Especially Sarah Hogan, (Fellow Eagle Varsity Teammate) who the girls dedicated the game to - it was a very big win and a very special night for the team.
​Freshmen Boys Continue Win Streak vs. Mt. Morris
The Linden Eagles Freshmen team traveled to Mt. Morris on Monday and continued their winning streak with a score of 59 to 52.  The Eagles started off hot taking a 15 point lead into half time.  They got a little lax in the second half and allowed Mt. Morris to make a comeback.  The game was never in jeopardy and the Eagles finished with the seven point win.

Scoring for the Eagles was Chad Williams with 19pts, Ryan Gillespie and Phoenix Dickson with 9pts each, Chad Kinney with 8pts, Isiah Vorheis with 6pts, and Tyler Light and Ben Coburn with 4pts each.

The Eagles travel to conference opponent Clio on Thursday the 9th and look to make it five victories in a row!  Come out and support your teams!!
Varsity Boys Lose at Mt Morris
The Varsity Boys Basketball team traveled to Mt Morris Monday night and came away with a 57-53 loss.

Linden was led by Cole Sarkon's 17 points.
Also scoring were Gavin Lund with 16, Aaron Sarkon with 14, Garrett Strang, Nick Koan, and Hunter Michale each added 2 points.
JV Boys Defeat Mt Morris

The JV Boys Basketball team traveled to Mt Morris on Monday and came away with a 63-48 win.

 

Linden led 24-15 at halftime.  A 20-8 surge in the third quarter put the game out of reach and the Eagles coasted from there.

 

8 Eagles scored in the game, led by Travis Klocek with 14 points.

Also scoring were Brendan Miller with 11, Seeger DeGayner with 10, Richie Linn and Evan Hill with 8 each, Lewis Walterhouse with 5, Cameron Finnegan with 3 and Jacob Conly with 2.

State Bank Athlete of The Week

Congratulations to the following State Bank Athlete of the Week Winners:

Cam Williams – Girls Varsity Basketball
Cam had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assist this week vs Kearsley and Brandon. Cam made 4 3 point shots at Kearsley and 2 vs Brandon. Cam was also instrumental in both games by playing strong defense.

Chad Booher - Boys Ski Team
Chad won boys GS vs Powers with a time of 46.03 seconds, and was fastest overall in the Mt. Holly Division. Booher was 2nd vs Powers in Slalom with a time of 56.86 seconds and was 5th in the division. Racing against Holly/Oxford, Chad was 3rd in slalom with a time of 1:02.29 and was 4th in the division. In giant slalom, Chad was 5th vs Holly/Oxford with a time of 46.10 seconds, and was 6th in the division.

Girls Varsity Basketball
Linden Girls Varsity Basketball lost to Brandon Friday night 41 - 30 Sterling DeGayner led Linden with 14 points and 8 rebounds Cam Williams had 8 points and 2 steals.
State Bank Athlete of The Week
Congratulations to the following State Bank Athlete of the Week Winners:

Ian Crampton - Hockey
Ian had an amazing game where he scored 4 goals and 1 assist in a 9 - 0 win over SCF on Wednesday at the Hartland Ice Arena.
 
Jacob Kitowski - Wrestling
Jacob moved here from Jackson last year to Linden. He is having a great season this year posting a record of 22-5 overall. Jacob won a big match on Wednesday night in front of a packed house at Linden against cross-town rival Fenton.  Jacob then went 4-1 at the Saline Duals on Saturday with his only loss coming at 119 where he was bumped up. Jacob is currently 7-0 in the conference.
Varsity Boys Drop Game at Brandon
The Boys Varsity Basketball team lost a hard-fought game at Brandon Friday night by a 57-51 score.

Aaron Sarkon led the Eagles with 17 points.
Also scoring for Linden were Cole Sarkon with 13, Ty Hoeberling with 10, Gavin Lund with 5, Corbin Sines with 4, and Nick Koan with 2 points.
LFLF Gymnastics - Aother Team Record
The linden, Fenton, Lake Fenton co-op gymnastics team broke their team record again on Thursday February 2nd by scoring a 142.9 and taking first place in an exciting competition against Port Huron. Top scorers were Blake Hutchings, Miranda Stephens, Sabra Robinson, Macy Mitchell, Carly Kozlowski and Jessica Richert. Their next meet is Wednesday February 8th at Tecumseh. 
​Freshmen Boys Take Down Brandon
The Linden eagles took down conference rivals Thursday night to sweep the season series with a score of 52 to 40.  The eagles started off very strong with a first quarter score of 19-7 and a halftime lead of 37-18.  All of the eagles got good playing time and almost everyone got on the scoreboard.  Linden got a little lax on defense in the second half and let Brandon make a little run however they never lost the lead and won comfortably.

Scoring for the eagles were Samier Johnson with 14pts, Isaiah Vorheis with 8pts, Ryan Gillespie and Phoenix Dickson with 7pts each, Chad Williams with 6pts, Chad Kinney with 5pts, Tyler Wolford with 3pts, and rounding out the scoring was Kyle Baldwin with 2pts.
 
The Freshmen Eagles look to continue on a three game winning streak at Mt. Morris on Monday the 6th.  Come out and support your teams!!
JV Boys Sweep Season Series From Brandon

The JV Boys Basketball team defeated visiting Brandon 52-46 on Thursday night.

 

The team exploded for 21 points in the first quarter and 33 in the half to lead by 10.

Brandon stormed back in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 17-6 to take a 1 point lead into the fourth quarter.

A stifling fourth quarter defense along with some clutch baskets allowed the Eagles to take the victory.

 

Brendan Miller led the scoring attack with 22 points.

Also scoring for Linden were Seeger DeGayner wtih 11, Travis Klocek with 8, Luke Kenney with 6, Evan Hill with 3, and Braden Banasiak with 2.

​Linden Freshman Boys Beat Kearsley
The eagles came out strong and never looked back defeating the Kearsley Hornets with a score of 52 to 14.

Leading the eagles scoring was Isaiah Vorheis with 12 pts, Kyle Baldwin 9 pts, Samiere Johnson 7 pts, Chad Williams, Chad Kinney, and Ryan Gillespie with 5 pts each, Tyler Wolford with 4 pts, Phoenix Dickson 3 pts, and Ben Coburn with 2 pts.

The freshmen eagles look to continue their winning streak Thursday the 3rd at home vs. conference opponent Brandon.  Come out and support your Eagles!!!
Varsity Boys Lose to Kearsley
The Boys Varsity Basketball team lost to visiting Kearlsey Tuesday night by a 60-52 score.

Ty Hoeberling led the scoring with 14 points for the Eagles.
Also scoring were Aaron Sarkon with 10, Gavin Lund and Corbin Sines with 9 each, Cole Sarkon with 6, and Josh Biel with 1 point.
JV Boys Beat Kearsley

The JV Boys Basketball team defeated Kearsley by a 53-28 score on Tuesday night.

 

10 Eagles scored in the contest.

 

Travis Klocek led all scorers with 13 points.

Also scoring for Linden were Seeger DeGayner with 10, Brendan Miller with 7, Jacob Conly with 5, Braden Banasiak and Johnny Irwin with 4 each, Luke Kenney and Cameron Finnegan with 3 each, and Evan Hill and Lewis 

Walerhouse with 2 each.

LFLF Gymnastics
The Linden Fenton Lake Fenton co-op gymnastics team competed at the annual Jeanne Carruss meet Saturday, January 28th. The team placed 6th out of 19 teams. Miranda Stephens placed 1st on beam and 4th in the all around. Blake Hutchings placed 5th on vault, 7th on bars, 8th on beam and 6th all around. Sabra Robinson placed 10th on vault and 9th all around. Their next meet is home on Thursday, February 2nd at 6:30 at Hyatt elementary. Come out and support these ladies. 
Varsity Girls Basketball
Linden Varsity girls lost to Holly Friday night 39 - 31 sterling DeGayner had 16 points and six rebounds for Linden. With 18 seconds left Linden missed a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one in a very exciting game.
Varsity Boys Lose to Holly
The Varsity Boys Basketball team lost to visiting Holly on Friday night by a 63-46 score.

The Eagles fell behind early and were never able to close the gap.

Tyler Hoeberling led the Eagles in scoring with 13 points.
Also scoring for Linden were Cole Sarkon with 9, Gavin Lund with 8, Corbin Sines, Aaron Sarkon, and Nick Koan scored 4 each, and Garrett Strang and Aidan Mccarthy scored 1 point each.
JV Boys Beat Holly

The JV Boys Basketball team traveled to Holly Thursday night and came away with a 40-33 victory.

 

The Eagles found themselves down by 2 at halftime, but a 12-2 third quarter surge put them ahead for good.

 

Brendan Miller and Max James led the scoring for Linden with 11 and 9 points respectively.

Also scoring for Linden were Seeger DeGayner with 6, Cameron Finnegan and Evan Hill with 3 each, and Travis Klocek, Braden Banasiak, Luke Kenney, and Lewis Walterhouse with 2 each.
 

Linden Eagles Wrestling News
The Linden wrestling team had a good showing last night taking on crosstown rival Fenton in a spotlight dual meet. The house was packed for the last home meet of the 2016–17 season. The Eagles defeated Fenton 48-25 and all four seniors were victorious: Dawson Blank,  Patrick Kerr, and Aaron and Jaylin Steedman.  We'd like to thank all the Linden predators and parents that came out in support of the event, along with all the Wrestling families. We are very proud of our program and the continued community support of our wrestlers at all levels.   We've started "the climb."
Varsity Boys lose to Flushing
The Varsity Boys lost to undefeated Flushing by a 64-42 score Tuesday night.

Flushing's size and shooting proved to be too much for the Eagles to overcome.

Garrett Strang led the Eagles with 17 points.
Also scoring for Linden were Tyler Hoeberling with 8, Aaron Sarkon and Gavin Lund with 4 each, Gannon Welch with 3, and Cole Sarkon, Hunter Michael, and Noah Giacomantonio with 2 each.
JV Boys Lose to Flushing

The JV Boys Basketball team put up a heroic fight against an unbeaten Flushing team, but ultimately lost 55-51 in overtime.

 

The Eagles led by 8-12 points through most of  the game, but a tough Flushing team kept chipping away in the second half.  

A Travis Klocek basket with under 30 seconds left tied the game to force overtime.

In overtime the Raiders were too much and prevailed.

 

Seeger DeGayner led all scorers with 18 points.

Also scoring for Linden were Travis Klocek with 13, Brendan Miller with 8, Max James with 6, and Richie Linn, Braden Banasiak, and Luke Kenney each scored 2 points.

LFLF Gymnastics
Congratulations to the Linden Fenton Lake Fenton gymnastics team who won their home meet Tuesday, January 24th against Cass City and Vassar. LFLF Gymnastics posted another team record of 142.1. Top scorers were Miranda Stephens, Blake Hutchings, Macy Mitchell, Nicole Haberkamp, Morgan Smith, Sabra Robinson, Jordan Dawson and Carly Kozlowski. LFLF Gymnastics next meet is this Saturday, January 28th at the Jeanne Carruss invite. 
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to the following for being selected by their coaches as State Bank Athletes of the Week:

Macy Mitchell - LFLF Gymnastics
Macy's performance during the Gymnastics Invitational in Holt was exemplary and her effort contributed to the overall success of the team that set a new team record of 140.925

Jillian Parker - Girls Bowling
Jill bowled a 116, 113, 115 & 107, with an average of 66. Her improvements should her dedication and commitment to the overall success of the team. She did a great job!  
 

State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to the following Athletes for being selected as the State Bank Athlete of the week:

Blake Hutchings - LFLF Gymnastics
Blake Hutchings led her team at the Haslett Invitational on Saturday. With a personal best score on floor of 9.575, a no fall beam routine to get her a 9.3, a 9.025 on vault and a 8.95 on bars to be the All Around meet champion with a 36.85. Her solid performance helped her team to secure a first place finish out of 10 teams competing.

Brendan Buerkel - Griffins Hockey
Brendan  Buerkel scored all 3 of the teams goals in Friday nights contest. And on Wednesday scored a goal to get us to overtime and won the game with a great assist.
LFLF Gymnastics
The LFLF co-op gymnastics team had an exciting meet Saturday, January 21st at the Holt invitational. The team took 3rd out of 16 and achieved a new team record of 140.925. Sabra Robinson took 8th on vault, 9th on beam and 10th all around. Macy Mitchell took 5th on beam. Miranda Stephens placed 8th on floor, 3rd on bars and 7th all around. Blake Hutchings placed 4th on vault, 7th on bars, 1st on floor and 3rd all around. Their next meet is home Tuesday, January 24th at Hyatt elementary school starting at 6:30! Come out and support these ladies.
Eagles Varsity Wrestling
Eagles wrestling next dual will be at home next Wednesday night at 
6:00. Coach Skinner will be recognizing the Linden Predators along 
with  his team and their parents. There will also have a special 
recognition ceremony for Todd and Monica Acker 
(Acker Insurance Agency) who sponsored the new wrestling record 
board that's in the gym!  Come on out and support the 
Linden Eagles wrestling team.
Linden Girls Varsity Basketball
Linden girls lost to Fenton 50 to 37 Friday night Sterling DeGayner led both teams in scoring with 19 points and she also had six rebounds. Sam Whaling contributed with adding 8 points to the overall score. 
Boys Varsity Basketball Drops Game at Fenton
The Eagles were never in this game as Fenton came out red hot and Linden could not answer.

Garrett Strang led the Eagles with 16 points.
Also scoring for Linden were Tyler Hoeberling with 8, Corbin Sines and Aaron Sarkon with 4 each, Gannon Welch and Cole Sarkon with 3 each, Hunter Michael and Nick Koan with 2 each, and Hayden Mahakian with 1 point.
LFLF Gymnastics
The LFLF co-op gymnastics team placed first on January 19th at a dual Adrian high school scoring a 126.65. Macy Mitchell placed 2nd in the all around also taking 2nd on floor and 3rd on beam. Morgan Smith placed 3rd in the all around and 4th on beam and floor. Nicole Haberkamp took 4th on floor and all around. Carly kozlowski placed 4th on bars and 3rd on vault. Jessica Richert took 1st on bars and 2nd on vault. Miranda Stephens took 1st on beam and Sabra Robinson took 2nd on bars. The teams next meet is the 24th, home at Hyatt elementary. Come support these ladies! 
Jv Boys Lose to Fenton

The Linden boys jv basketball team lost to visiting Fenton on Thursday by a 45-31 score.

 

The first quarter ended in an 8-8 deadlock as both teams were tenacious on defense.

Fenton outscored Linden by a 23-7 margin in the second and third quarters and the Eagles could not recover.

 

Brendan Miller led the Eagle attack with 13 points.

 

Also scoring for Linden were Seeger DeGayner with 6, Luke Kenney with 4, Max James and Evan Hill with 3 each, and Lewis Walterhouse with 2.

Linden Eagles Wrestling Make the News

Leaders emerge on the mat for banged up Linden wrestling squad.

Linden Athletic Boosters
Due to the weather conditions the Linden Athletic Boosters meeting has been cancelled for this evening Jan 17th.
Athletic Contests and Practices
Due to school cancellation and inclement weather conditions all Athletic contests and practices are cancelled today Jan 17th 2017. 
Girls Varsity Basketball
Friday night Linden Girls Varsity Basketball lost Swartz Creek 52 to 41 Sterling DeGayner led all scores with 24 points and Sam Whaling contributed 15. It was a hard fought battle and tough loss for the team.
LFLF Gymnastics
The LFLF co-op gymnastics team placed first out of 10 teams with a 138.675 Saturday January 14th at the Haslett invite. Blake Hutchings took first place in the all around. She also placed first on vault, beam floor and took second on bars. Jessica Richert placed 12th in the all around, 12th on beam and 5th on bars. Miranda Stephens placed 4th in the all around and also took 2nd on floor. Macy Mitchell took 8th on floor and Morgan Smith took 12th on vault. Their next meet is January 19th against Adrian. 
Varsity Boys Big Over Creek
The Varsity Boys Basketball teams routed Swartz Creek 64-45 on Friday night, to take over sole possession of second place in the Flint Metro League.  

A balanced scoring attack and strong rebounding effort were keys to the victory.  

Garrett Strang and Tyler Hoeberling led the attack with 15 points each.
Also scoring for Linden were Hunter Michael with 13, Gavin Lund with 10, Cole Sarkon with 7, and Nick Koan and Josh Biel with 2 each.
 
Athletic Contests and Practices
Due to school cancellation and inclement weather conditions all Athletic contests and practices are cancelled today Jan 12th 2017. 
Linden Athletic Boosters Meeting
The January Athletic Boosters meeting will be held on January 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the senior commons of the high school.
 
The following dates have been scheduled for the remainder of the school year.
 
February 21
March 21
April 18
May 16.
Varsity Boys Lose to Clio
The Boys Varsity Basketball team lost at Clio Friday night by a 59-54 score.

The Eagles led throughout much of the game, but a strong third and fourth quarter for Clio led to the loss.

Cole Sarkon led Linden in scoring with 19 points, including 5 three pointers.

Also scoring were Aaron Sarkon with 12, Ty Hoeberling with 10, Hunter Michael with 8, and Garrett Strang with 5 points.

The Eagles are now 3-2 and play next at Kearsley on Tuesday night.
Linden Eagle Baseball News
Linden Baseball's State Tournament run was the Tri-County's top story of 2016 -

 
​Freshmen Boys Win Conference game vs. Clio

The eagles started off slow with a trailing first quarter score of 6 to 8.  They stormed back in the second quarter to take a half time lead of 18 to 13 and never looked back.  The eagles got the win 50 to 29 improving their overall record to 3 and 3 with a Conference record of 2 and 1.

Leading the eagles scoring attack was Phoenix Dickson with 12pts. Chad Williams with 11, Ryan Gillespie with 10, Isiah Vorheis and Samiere Johnson with 6, Kyle Baldwin with 4, and Tyler Wolford with 1.

The Eagles look to next week where they play two tough games on the road vs. Kearsley and Swartz Creek.
JV Boys Beat Clio
The JV Boys Basketball team defeated Clio at home by a 41-27 score.

The defenses dominated the first half as Linden held a 4-2 lead after the first quarter and 14-11 lead at halftime.  Max James had 10 points to lead the first half charge.

The second half saw the Eagles dominate by a 27-16 score, led by Seeger DeGayner's 13 points.  

Leading scorers for the game were James with 18 points and 13 rebounds.  DeGayner added 15 points and 8 rebounds..
Also scoring for Linden were Luke Kenney with 4 and Brendan Miller and Cameron Finnegan with 2 each.
 
Linden Wrestling
The Linden Wrestling team split their opening metro-conference duals tonight at Brandon.  The Eagles knocked off Flushing 45-35 but fell to Ortonville Brandon in the nightcap 31-48.  The Eagles are currently without two of their state-ranked wrestlers in the line-up, Captain Patrick Kerr and senior Jaylin Steedman.  The Eagles still had a tough showing tonight as they had several wrestlers win both matches on the night.  Leading the way was State Ranked captain Dawson Blank, followed by Jacob Kitowski, Justin Cygnar, and Koleton Strauss.  Captain Avery Jacobs went 1-0 on the night. Going 1-1 on the night were: Colby Kohmescher, Caleb White, Colton Powell, Uzziah Delgado, and John Marme. Jordan Asbury won both of his JV matches tonight while Clark Ray also won his JV match.  Linden is currently 5-5 on the season and has this coming weekend off to heal up and prepare for rival Holly and Clio next week at Flushing.
Gymnastics Defeats Holt
The LFLF co-op gymnastics team defeated Holt Tuesday, January 3rd with a team score of 138.825. The top contributors were Blake hutchings, Miranda Stephens, Sabra Robinson, Jordan Dawson, Macy Mitchell and Nicole haberkamp. Their next meet is the Haslett invite on January 14.
 
IDIDARUN RACE SATURDAY!
Come join the Linden Cross Country and Track teams as they host a community running race. 

Information and registration can be found here: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Linden/IdidarunXC

Online registration ends TONIGHT, but if you miss it you can still register in person at the race! 
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to the following athletes who were selected as the State Bank Athletes of The Week.

Sterling DeGayner: Sterling had 33 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists in the two games against Holly and Hartland. Although both games resulted in losses for her team, Sterling never gave up and was always giving a 100%.

Patrick Kerr: Patrick is 7-0 for the season and on the Team's opening night Patrick went 2-0 against state ranked Oxford. Patrick improved to 5-0 with victories over two other state ranked teams (Lake Fenton and Owosso). Patrick bumped up a weight class from 145 to 152 to take on state ranked Sean Trombly from Lake Fenton where Patrick won 5-2. Patrick is a true leader of the Linden Eagles Wrestling Team.

Varsity Girls Basketball
The Linden girls varsity won their first game Tuesday night at home against the Rochester Falcons 42 to 28.

The Linden girls varsity lost a tight game at home to the Brandon Blackhawks Friday night. Sterling Degayner had 19 points and Cam Williams had 12 points for the night.
Gymnastics Takes Third at Jackson Invite
The LFLF co-op gymnastics team place third on Saturday at the Jackson invitational. Blake Hutchings placed first in the all around with a 35.225. She also placed first on bars and second on vault. Sabra Robinson placed seventh on vault and bars and took eighth on floor. Macy Mitchell took sixth on beam and Miranda Stephens placed fourth on vault and fifth on bars. Their next competition is January #rd against Holt. 
Eagles Victorious in I-75 Challenge
The Varsity Boys Basketball team played in the inaugural I-75 Challenge at Waterford Mott High School and came away with a 70-49 victory over Marine City Cardinal Mooney.

It was a very tight first half with Linden holding a 3 point lead after 1 quarter and a 6 point lead at halftime, 27-21. 
The Eagles figured some things out in the third quarter and exploded for 22 points while holding Cardinal Mooney to just 4 points.  The rout continued through the fourth quarter and ended with a 70-49 final.

Corbin Sines led the scoring attack with 17 points and was named the game MVP.
Tyler Hoeberling put in another solid effort with 14 points.
Also scoring for Linden were Garrett Strang and Nick Koan with 7 each, Cole Sarkon and Noah Giacomantonio with 6 each, Hunter Michael with 5, Aaron Sarkon with 4, and Aidan Mccarthy and Josh Beil with 2 each.

The Eagles are 3-1 entering the Christmas break.  
The next game will be January 6th at Clio.
Freshman boys get first win vs. Brandon
The Linden Freshman boys basketball team got their first win vs. conference opponent Brandon.  The eagles played a solid game throughout.  Once the eagles had the lead they never lost it and finished the game with a score of 40 to 34.
 
Leading the eagles scoring was Ryan Gillespie with 11 points followed by, Chad Williams with 10, Chad Kinney with 6, Isiah Vorheis with 4, Tyler Wolford and Tyler Light with 3 each, Samiere Johnson with 2, and Phoenix Dickson with 1 point.

The eagles look to continue their win streak when they play in the Goodrich Holiday Tournament the 27th and 28th of December.  Our first game is at 10a.m. the 27th and TBD the 28th at Goodrich High School.
Varsity Boys Win Home Opener
The Varsity Boys Basketball team won their home opener Friday night, defeating Brandon by a 64-58 score.

Brandon came out hitting on all cylinders, building a 30-21 halftime lead.  The lead remained 9 after 3 quarters.  The Eagles exploded for 26 fourth quarter points to surge ahead for the victory.

Tyler Hoeberling led all scorers with 29 points.
Also scoring for Linden were Aaron Sarkon with 12, Cole Sarkon with 8, Garrett Strang with 6, Nick Koan with 5 and Hunter Michael with 4.  

The win keeps Linden tied atop the Flint Metro League standings at 2-0.  

The Eagles will be back in action Sunday at Waterford Mott as they take on Marine City Cardinal Mooney in the I-75 Challenge.  Game time is 2.45pm
JV Boys Win at Brandon

The JV Boys Basketball team traveled to hostile  Brandon Blackhawk territory Thursday night and came away with a 48-40 victory.

 

The Eagles used a very fast start to jump out to a 32-16 halftime lead, and never trailed in the game.  

 

Defensive pressure and a fast break offense led the charge.

 

Seeger DeGayner led Linden with 14 points, while Brendan Miller scored 12.

Also Scoring were Max James with 6, Richie Linn, Braden Banasiak, and Evan Hill with 4 each, and Luke Kenney and Lewis Walterhouse with 2 each.

​Freshmen boys basketball lose a close one to Rochester.
The freshmen boys played a tight game throughout the contest.  Rochester scored with 15 seconds remaining and Linden could not tie the score before time expired.  The final was Linden 43 to Rochester's 45.

Leading the eagles scoring was Chad Williams with 15, Ryan Gillespie with 10, Chad Kinney and Samiere Johnson with 6 each, and Tyler Light and Ben Coburn chipping in 3 each to round out the scoring.

Our next game is vs. conference opponent Brandon at Brandon High School Thursday 12/15 at 5:30.  Please come out and support your Eagles!!!!
Linden Softball Fundraiser
Please help support your Linden Eagles Softball program as they work to improve their Softball Field and Facilities -
Go to polarengraving.com/lindensoftball to find out more information.
 
LFLF Gymnastics
The LFLF gymnastics team brought home another win last night at their dual meet against Saline. LFLF scored a 139.65 while saline scored a 132.275. Several of the girls were able to set new personal records including Sabra Robinson who took 3rd place on floor and Jordan Dawson who took 5th on floor. Blake Hutchings took 1st in the all around with a 36.15 and Miranda Stephens took 2nd. The girls compete again this Saturday at the Jackson invitational! Good luck ladies! 
Varsity Boys Lose at Rochester
The Varsity Boys Basketball team lost at Rochester Tuesday night by a 57-37 score.

The game was even at 22-22 at halftime, however Rochester outscored Linden 35-15 over the final 2 quarters to gain the victory.

Cole Sarkon led Linden with 12 points.
Nick Koan and Aaron Sarkon each scored 8 points.
Also scoring for the Eagles were Hunter Michael with 4, Garrett Strang with 3, and Josh Beil with 2.

The varsity boys will play their first home game of the year Friday night against Brandon.
JV Boys Lose at Rochester
The JV Boys Basketball team fell at Rochester by a 39-28 score Tuesday night.

The game went back and forth thru three quarters, with Rochester holding a 24-23 lead heading into the fourth. 

Rochester got out to a fast start in the fourth quarter and the Eagles could not respond.

Leading the way for Linden was Seeger DeGayner with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 7 steals.
Also scoring for Linden were Max James with 4 and 9 rebounds, Cameron Finnegan, Evan Hill, and Braden Banasiak each had 3 points, and Luke Kenney scored 2 points and had 5 rebounds.
LFLF Gymnastics
The LFLF gymnastics team competed their second meet of the season on Friday night at the Fowlerville-Byron invitational. The team competed against 5 other teams and came out on top with a 138. The highlight of the night was Jessica Richert with a no fall beam routine scoring a 9.1 and taking second place. Blake Hutchings took 1st on vault with a 9.15 and 3rd on bars and Miranda Stephens took 1st place on bars and 3rd in the all around with a 35.025. Their next meet is home on Tuesday December 13th at Hyatt elementary at 6:30! Come out and show your support! 

 
Varsity Boys Win Season Opener
The boys varsity basketball team defeated Holly for the first time in 7 years in the season opener and the first game for new head coach Chris Root.  The final score was 59-55.

Holly jumped out to an early lead due to a barrage of three pointers, however the Eagles were able to knot the score at 13 by the end of the first behind Ty Hoeberling's 7 points.
Three more three pointers put Holly ahead again in the second quarter and the score at half was 28-25.
The Eagles came out firing in the third quarter, outscoring Holly 22-13 to take a 47-41 lead into the fourth quarter.  Aaron Sarkon came up big in the third with 7 points, including hitting all 5 of his free throw attempts..
The game went back and forth in the fourth quarter, but a late Hoeberling three pointer and some clutch free throws by Aaron Sarkon sealed the game.

Linden was led by Hoeberling's 21 points. 
Also scoring were Aaron Sarkon with 13, Garrett Strang with 10, Hunter Michael with 5, Josh Beil with 4, and Cole Sarkon and Nick Koan with 3 each.

The Eagles will play next at Rochester Tuesday, December 13th.
Freshman Boys Basketball Lose Opener in Heartbreaking Fashion
The Linden Eagles freshman team lost a heartbreaking game to the Holly Broncos on a last second three pointer in overtime.  The final score was Holly 55 to Linden's 52.  The boys fought hard all game and had chances to seal the game but unfortunately could not do so.

Leading the Eagles was Chad Williams with 17pts, followed by Tyler Light with 11pts, Ryan Gillespie with 9pts, Chad Kinney with 6pts, Samiere Johnson with 4pts, Ben Coburn with 3pts, and rounding out the scoring Eddie Hahn with 2pts.

The freshman team looks to bounce back Tuesday December 9th when they travel to face a tough Rochester Hills team.  The freshman game starts at 4:00pm.  Please come root on your Eagles!!
JV Boys Win Opener

The JV boys basketball team started the season off on the right foot with a 53-44 victory over visiting Holly.

 

The Eagles raced out to a 17-0 lead and never trailed.

 

Max James led all scorers with 23 points.

Seeger DeGayner added 12.

Also scoring for Linden were Braden Banasiak and Luke Kenney with 8 each, and Jacob Conly scoring 2 points.

Linden Wrestling
The Linden wrestling team wrestled in front of a packed house on Wednesday night where they defeated Carlton Airport in the opening dual 42-36.  In the nightcap they took on #6 state ranked Oxford and lost 24-49 finishing 1-1 on the night. 
Going undefeated on the night for the eagles were Captains Patrick Kerr, Dawson Blank, and Avery Jacobs. Colby Kohmescher also went 1-0.   Going 1-1 on the night were: Justin Cygnar, Koleton Strauss, Caleb White, John Marme, Jaylin Steedman. 
 
Linden will be at the Christmas Tournament on Saturday at Linden High School.  Wrestling begins at 9:15 AM.
December Athletic Boosters Meeting
The December boosters meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the senior commons of the high school.
Girls XC earns Academic All State
With a team GPA of 3.788 the girls earned the distinction of Academic All-State. They also were Regional Champions and finished 12th at the Division 2 State Finals. 
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to the State Bank Athletes of the Week:
Morgan Fitch - Morgan is our senior setter. She has been a three year varsity setter and is the glue of our team. She runs a 5-1 and is a huge reason for our success this season. As a setter, she doesn't get much of the spotlight because we have some great hitters, but SHE IS the reason for their successes. Unfortunately, we lost a tough match to Fenton, but Morgan had one of her best matches! She was 3-3 hitting with all 3 attempts being kills so she hit 1.00!! She also had 2 blocks, went 97-101 setting with 38 assists, and went 16-16 serving with 2 aces. Not very often does your setter lead your team in defense, but Morgan did that as well last week with a team high of 17 digs. She has had a great run for Linden volleyball as she has led our team in multiple categories for the season (assists, assisted blocks, and aces).

Audrey Steiert - Only a Sophomore, Audrey earned her second All-State honors at the state meet this past Saturday. Her time of 19:23 did not do her performance justice due to the course conditions being soft and slow. She finished 23rd in a field of 260 of the best runners in the state. Her performance helped her team earn 12th place out of the almost 30 teams in division 2.
Owosso joins the Flint Metro League
Linden Eagles Athletics welcomes the Owosso Trojans to the Flint Metro League for the 2017-2018 Athletic Season. Best of luck to the Trojans!!

 
Girls XC 12th in the State!
The Linden girls had a remarkable day at the state meet this weekend. Running on a difficult course the Lady Eagles managed to far outrun their ranking for a 12th place team finish!! This was against a 29 team field of the best runners in the state. Alia Frederick and Audrey Steiert claimed back to back all-state honors as they ran to 17th and 23rd place respectively. Following them were Hannah Wabel (77) who ran a huge PR time of 20:15 placing her 20th on the All-time list at Linden High School. Taylor Acox(171) , Meghan Hitt(178), Kearstin Dankert (204) and Emma Wabel (230) all ran great races to help their team as well. Congrats girls and great season!!

Photo: Alia on the awards stand recieving her all-state medal. Credit: Klari Frederick
Boys' CC 20th at State Finals
On Saturday the boys' team competed in the MHSAA State Cross Country Finals for the 11th consecutive year. They finished 20th in the field of 27 teams. Although it was not the performance the team had hoped for, six of the seven competitors who ran on Saturday will return next year with experience in the race and on the course. The lone senior, Maxwell Austin, ran nearly his lifetime best and finished 160th on a course that was soggy and slow for most. The Eagles were led by freshman Tyler Buchanan who finished in 98th and he was followed closely by Tanner Blaney in 104th. Both also ran very close to their personal records. Rounding out the varsity for Linden were Sebastian Lubahn (159th), Nick McDonald (170th), William Bale (216th), and Skyler Zieske (224th). The team also earned Academic All-State by virtue of an unweighted average GPA of 3.7288 for five of the seven varsity competitors. This is the second year in a row they have earned that honor. Congratulations on an outstanding season.
Flint Metro League Football All-League Results
Congratulations to our Linden Eagle Football FML All-League Recipients:
 
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Ryker Rivera
Sawyer Benge
Aaron Sarkon
 
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Skyler Stites
Hunter Michael
Cade Dickson
Ryker Rivera
 
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Cade Dickson
Gabe Piesko
Aaron Steedman
 
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Zack Brown
Trent Strang
Avery Jacobs
 
HONORABLE MENTION
Jaylin Steedman
Koleton Strauss
Seeger Degayner
Corbin Sines
 
Flint Metro League Boys Soccer All-League Team
Congratulations to our Linden Eagle Boys Soccer All-League Recipients:

FIRST TEAM
Julian Shore
Carson Birchmeier

SECOND TEAM
Derek Deighton
Zane Arnold

HONORABLE MENTION
Koleton Strauss
Trevor Varner
Nick Koan

 
Linden Eagles Volleyball
Another heart breaker last night. as the Linden Eagles lost to Fenton in the District Playoffs.   For the night Emma O'Keefe and Allison Conly both had 13 kills and 17 digs.  Breyanna Turnipseed had 11 kills, 11 kills, 4 blocks, and 7 aces. Morgan Fitch had 37 assists and 17 digs.  Emily Pearce added 14 digs and Cayla Turner 7 digs.  We finished the season 36-12-2.   It was a great battle both times we played Fenton by both sides.  Both matches coming down to the wire.  Coach Mason could not be more proud of these girls. They worked super hard and made history for Linden Volleyball (by breaking school record for most wins in a season).  The loss and end of season definitely hurts - Coach Mason shared with her team last night that "she is not ready to see these kids go".  An Amazing season for such a great group of young ladies who showed so much spirit, drive and determination. Congratulations to Coach Mason and the Linden Eagle Volleyball Team.
State Bank Athete of The Week
Congratulations to Alia Frederick and Tyler Buchanan our State Bank Athletes of the Week -

Alia came into the regional ranked second, but ran a spectacular race to claim her second straight regional title. Her time of 19:34 was not her best, but given rough course conditions it was an amazing time. She ran a smart race and ended up winning by almost 30 seconds!

Tyler Buchanan ran an incredible race at the Division II Region hosted by Linden on Saturday. He finished 4th in a field that included 18 teams and nearly 100 competitors. On a water logged, muddy course where most competitors were 30-40 seconds off of their personal records Tyler ran 17:07 which is only two seconds off of his lifetime best of 17:05. He was in about 18th place at the 1 kilometer mark of the race so he made up 14 spots in the next 4 kilometers. Wow!
Boys' CC Headed to State Finals
The boys' cross country team qualified for the state finals for the 11th consecutive year. The team finished 2nd in a very competitive field of 18 teams. Tyler Buchanan (4th) and Tanner Blaney (14th) both earned all-region by finishing in the top 15 competitors. They were followed closely by Nick McDonald (18th), Sebastian Lubahn (20th), Skyler Zieske (22nd), William Bale (28th), and Max Austin (37th). It was a great effort by all seven to earn their spot on the line at the finals next weekend.

You might notice that only five of our seven are in the photo. That is because Max Austin and Sebastian Lubahn had to leave immediately following the race. They are in the marching band and helped that group qualify for the state finals on the same day! 
Varsity Volleyball
Linden lost a tough battle Tuesday night to Fenton 16-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-23, 17-19.  For the night Allison Conly had 17 kills and 30 digs.  Emma O'Keefe and Breyanna Turnipseed had 11 kills each with Turnipseed adding in 10 blocks.  Morgan Fitch had 10 blocks and 39 assists out of 82 attempts.  Emily Pearce added 20 digs.
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to Allison Conly - This Weeks State Bank Athlete of the Week for Volleyball
Allison Conly has been a huge asset in or team this year both offensively and defensively. She is a key reason our team was able to break the school record for most wins this past weekend as well as a win over Holly to set up a chance to earn a piece of the metro title. For the week she had 52 kills with a .358 kill efficiency, 8 blocks, 41 digs, and served 44-46 with 6 aces. 
Girls Finish 3rd in the League after Metro Championships

The girls team wrapped up the league season with a 3rd place overall finish. They had strong showings at each of the 3 metro jamborees, but couldn't overcome Fenton or Flushing in any of them. The Varsity squad was led by Alia Frederick (4th), Audrey Steiert (7th), Hannah Wabel (11th), Meghan Hitt (17th) and Taylor Acox (18th). All of those runners earned all-league honors. The Varsity was rounded out by Emma Wabel (23rd) and Kearstin Dankert (24th).

A standout performance in the reserve race was turned in by Abbie Paige who ran a huge personal best of 23:47!

Hockey Try-Outs!!!
Calling all LHS students! The Griffins’ season is just around the corner.  Hockey tryouts will be as follows: When: Nov 1st and 2nd at 4:45 pm and Nov 4 at 4:30 pm Where: Hartland Sports Arena All students trying out must have a valid physical (dated after April 15, 2016) on file in order to tryout.  All skill levels are encouraged to come.
Boys Varsity Soccer
Linden Eagles Boys Soccer fell to the Fenton Tigers in District playoffs 2-1. The game was a hard fought battle which ended in a shootout after a double OT.
Linden Varsity Volleyball
The Linden Eagles defeated Holly last night 27-29, 25-15, 25-16, 20-25, 15-8.  For the night Emma O'Keefe had 17 kills and Breyanna Turnipseed had 12 kills.  Allison Conly had 6 blocks and Emma Kenney had 7 blocks.  Emily Pearce added 15 digs and Morgan Fitch 38 assists. The eagles improved to 33-7 overall (tied the school record for most wins) and 5-1 in the league. 
Boys' CC Wins Kayla O'Mara Invitational
The boys had another fantastic outing with over half the team recording lifetime personal best times between the varsity race and the reserve race. In the varsity race, freshman Tyler Buchanan, had his strongest performance of the year. He led the Eagles with a lifetime best of 17:04.7 which was good enough for a 4th place finish in the field of nearly 60 competitors. He was followed closely by Tanner Blaney who finished 5th in a lifetime best of 17:08.6. Rounding out the scoring and earning medalist honors for the Eagles were Nick McDonald, Sebastian Lubahn, and Skyler Zieske. Finally, William Bale took full advantage of his first varsity opportunity of the season. He ran his 2nd best time and finished 20th to secure the last medal.

In the reserve race, Devon Coe ran 18:36 which shattered his previous personal best by over 1 minute. The effort placed him 11th overall and earned medalist honors. Rounding out the reserve scoring for Linden were Drew Krueger, Dawson Verran, Seth Schrader, and Liam Sack. The reserve team finished 4th behind Hartland, Grand Blanc, and Powers Catholic.
Linden Eagles Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach
Please welcome Mr. Chris Root to our coaching staff. Coach Root has been selected as our new Varsity Head Basketball Coach. Coach Root comes to us with a myriad of teaching, coaching and leadership experience. We are looking forward to having Coach Root as part of our Linden Eagles Family.
Greater Flint Hall of Fame Leadership and Menotring Program
Linden Eagle Athletes attended the Greater Flint Hall of Fame Leadership and Mentoring Program at the Genesys Health Club. The event included guest speakers, team building events, leadership opportunities and open discussions about being a student athlete leader. Pictured (Left) are Nick Shrable, Alaina Bradley, Maddie Smith and Lauren O'Brien with Marquise Gray (MSU Basketball Player) who was one of the guest speakers at the event. 

One the cover of the Leadership Program was a quote:
"Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born. They are made, and they are made by effort and hard work." Vince Lombardi -

All of our Linden Eagle Athletes emulate this quote -
Linden Varsity Volleyball
Linden beat Clio last night 25-9, 25-21, 25-17.  For the night, Emma O'Keefe had 8 kills and 8 digs.  Alli Conly and Alexus Harden both contributed 5 kills.  Morgan Fitch had 21 assists and 9 digs.   The Eagles improve to 32-7 (2 wins away from breaking the school record) and 4-1 in the league.
Boys' CC Excels at Portage Invitational
In a huge field of 49 teams (and 335 competitors) the boys' cross country team finished 9th at the Portage Invitational. All seven varsity runners set season personal records and six of those seven were lifetime records. The Eagles were paced by Nick McDonald who earned medalist honors by virtue of his 46th place finish. Skyler Zieske (61st), Tanner Blaney (80th), Tyler Buchanan (81st), and Sebastian Lubahn (94th) rounded out the scoring for Linden. Maxwell Austin (138th) and Nicholas Shrable (164th) also had exceptional races for Linden. Also noteworthy for the day was Tyler Buchanan's time of 17:16. Of the 46 ninth graders in the field, he recorded the 5th fastest time. Additionally, since 2004, only four competitors for Linden have recorded faster times as ninth graders. Full results are available here. The Eagles are next in action at the Kayla O'Mara Invitational in Goodrich on Saturday, October 15th.
Linden Girls Golf
The Linden Girls Golf Team finished their season Thursday (10/6) at the MHSAA Division II Regional Tournament held at Flint Elks Golf Club. The Eagles shot a team total of 409 which was good for 7th place out of the 12 participating teams. All eight of the Flint Metro League teams participated in this Regional. Linden finished 4th out of the 8 Metro League teams. Fenton was the only team from the Metro League to qualify for the MHSAA State Finals. They finished in 3rd place overall in the tournament with a 361. The top three teams qualify for the State Finals. The winner of the tournament was Bloomfield Hills Marion with a 342 and the runner-up was Birmingham Seaholm with a 346.

Leading the scoring for Linden was junior Payton Leedle. Leedle fired a 94 which was good for 19th place individually in the tournament. Next in scoring for the Eagles was senior Ashley Robinson who shot a 96. Senior Sydney Bond carded a 101 and junior Isabel Wright rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 118.
Athletic Boosters October Meeting
The October boosters meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00 pm in the senior commons of the high school. 
Linden Varsity Volleyball
Linden beat Kearsley 25-10, 25-10, 25-10.  For the night, Allison Conly had 9 kills, 6 digs, and went 15-15 serving with 3 aces. Morgan Fitch had 17 assists, 6 digs, and 3 aces.  Emma Kenney had 5 kills and 5 blocks. Emma O'Keefe had 5 kills and 3 aces.  The eagles improve to 31-7 and 3-1 in the conference.
Girls XC takes 2nd at Greater Flint meet
Running on the Swartz Creek golf course in Flint on Tuesday, the girls cross country squad had a good showing against some of the fastest teams in the county. The team finished 2nd in the Division 2 race and 3rd overall in a 18 team field! The team was led in by Audrey Steiert (3rd) and Alia Frederick (4th) both earning "first team" honors at the meet. While Hannah Wabel (11th), Meghan Hitt (13th) and Kristina Lachowicz (14th) earned "second team" honors. 

Abbie Paige, Emma Miller and Marissa Ziccardi led the team in the reserve race coming in at 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. 

The team will be competing at the prestigious Portage Invitational this Sat
Linden Girls Golf
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot a team total of 396 and finished in 5th place in the Flint Metro League Championship played Wednesday (9/28) at Fenton Farms Golf Course. The 5th place finish along with a 3rd place finish in the Flint Metro League Pre-Season Tournament and a 3-4 record in league dual matches meant that the Eagles finished in a tie for 4th place with Swartz Creek in the 8-team Metro League. Fenton won the league title, while Flushing finished 2nd and Kearsley 3rd. Holly finished 6th while Brandon and Clio tied for 7th in the league. Todays tournament was played in cool and rainy conditions.

The low score for Linden was posted by junior Payton Leedle. Leedle fired a 92 which was good for 8th place in the tournament. Based on the average of this tournament and the pre-season tournament, Leedle was 2nd Team All-Metro League. She missed making 1st Team All-Metro by one shot. The 92 in this round was the lowest 18-hole score of Leedle's Linden career. Senior Sydney Bond shot a 100. Bond was named to the 2nd Team All-Metro League based on her performance in both tournaments. Senior Ashley Robinson shot a 101. Robinson was named to the Honorable Mention All-Metro League Team. Junior Isabel Wright rounded out the scoring for Linden by firing a 103. It was the lowest tournament round of Wright's Linden golf career.

Linden Coach Jon Hamilton had this to say after the tournament: "I was fairly pleased with how we competed against the teams in our league this year. There are some good teams in the Metro League so finishing ahead of half of them is a decent achievement for the girls. I congratulate the Fenton girls and Coach Herbstreit on winning the Metro League again. I was impressed with the solid golf they played from the beginning of the season to the end."

Next for Linden is the MHSAA Regional Tournament at Flint Elks Golf Course
on Thursday (10/6). They will be competing with every other team in the Metro League along with some other quality Michigan teams for three spots in the MHSAA State Finals. Players may also qualify individually for the State Finals at the Regional Tournament.
Soccer vs. Kearsley Cancelled Today, 9/29, Due to Weather
LindenEagles Girls Golf
The Linden Girls Golf Team won their final dual match of the season, defeating Swartz Creek by a score of 207-213 Monday (9/26) on the front 9 at Spring Meadows Country Club. The match was played under extremely windy conditions. The win puts Linden's final Metro League dual match record at 3-4 and moves them into fourth place in the eight team league heading into the Metro League Tournament on Wednesday (9/28). Payton Leedle was the medalist for the match leading all scorers with a 46. Ashley Robinson earned runner-up medalist shooting a 49. Madison Paige shot her career low round by firing a 53. Sydney Bond and Isabel Wright rounded out the scoring for the Eagles, both shooting 59.
STATE BANK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Soccer – Nick Koan: Goal Keeper - Has lead our team to a 8-1-1 record and this past week was unbelievable. Linden upset Orchard Lake St. Mary's 3-1 giving the goal up very late in the game, but more importantly he made over 12 saves and many incredible save.

Soccer - Zane Arnold: Linden is off to a 11-1-1 record. We played three games this week and Zane scored a goal in each game. Zane is a great young man that plays hard and plays with class.

Volleyball - Emma O'Keefe: Emma is a left handed, right side hitter who is a dominating factor in our offense. Emma is a key reason we won the Hartland tournament and split matches throughout the week. She had 64 kills and hit above .500 for the week. She also contributed 47 digs, 5 aces, and went 53-59 passing.

Linden Eagles Varsity Volleyball
The lady eagles won the Hartland tournament on Saturday beating Hartland 25-16, 17-25, 25-18 in the semis and Ladywood 25-17, 21-25, 25-12 in the finals.  For the day Morgan Fitch had 117 assists, 6 blocks, and 34 digs.  Allison Conly had 37 kills, 8 blocks, and 46 digs.   Emma O'Keefe had 45 kills, 25 digs, and 5 blocks. Breyanna Turnipseed had 33 kills, 37 digs, and 7 blocks.  Emma Kenney also contributed 8 blocks. The eagles are now 29-7 overall.
Girls place 2nd at Linden classic!
Amazing day at the Linden Classic for the Lady Eagles! The varsity squad started the day off right by placing 6 runners in the top 20 for a runner-up finish!! Those medalists were Kristina Lachowicz (9th), Meaghan Hitt (12th), Taylor Acox (15th), Hannah Wabel (18th), Keastin Dankert (19th), and Emma Wabel (20th).
 
11 Eagles achieved Lifetime or season best times on the day! Extraordinary efforts were turned in by Senior Emma Wabel running over a minute faster than her previous personal best and Freshman Emma Miller who also had a huge PR and led the reserve squad for Linden!
 
Come watch the Eagle this Wednesday as they run at the second Metro League Jamboree at their home course.
34th Annual Linden Classic a Huge Success
The largest field in the 34 year history of the Linden Classic took to the course on Saturday morning at LHS. Approximately 1600 competitors representing 59 schools competed in 12 races throughout the day. Your Linden Eagles Boys' CC team finished 3rd in their division which included 11 teams. Nick McDonald (12th), Skyler Zieske (14th), and Tanner Blaney (17th) each earned medalist honors. Tyler Buchanan and Nicholas Shrable both set lifetime personal records and finished as the 4th and 5th runners for Linden. Full results are available here.

In 2009 we stopped awarding trophies to the top teams. Instead, we offer them the opportunity to choose a charity and we make a donation to that charity on behalf of the team. Including this year, our program has now donated $10,680 to Michigan Charities. It would not be possible to host this event without the support of our team parents, the LCS employees, and our former athletes. Thanks to the many people who pitched in to make the day a huge success!
Linden Eagles Girls Golf
Linden Girls Golf lost a dual match to Fenton Thursday (9/22) by a total score of 177-212. The match was played on the back 9 at Spring Meadows Country Club. Payton Leedle fired the low score for the Eagles. Leedle shot a 47. Deanna Jenkinson shot 51, it was the lowest 9-hole round of her high school career. Isabel Wright shot a 55. Madison Paige rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 59. That was also Paige's career low 9-hole round.
Linden Eagles Varsity Volleyball
Linden won a hard fought battle against Lapeer 25-21, 21-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-9.  Breyanna Turnipseed led the team with 13 kills and 6 blocks.  Allison Conly and Emma O'Keefe also contributed 9 and 8 kills respectively.   Morgan Fitch had 36 assists and 16 digs.  Allison also added 23 digs.  The eagles improved to 26-5. 
Linden Eagle Varsity Volleyball
The lady eagles fell to Flushing last night 24-26, 22-25, 25-12, 19-25.  Allison Conly had 12 kills and 26 digs.  Emma O'Keefe had 11 kills and 14 digs. Breyanna Turnipseed had 7 kills and 21 digs.  Overall record: 25-5   League record: 1-1
 
Linden Eagles Girls Golf
The Linden Girls Golf Team lost a dual match to Holly Tuesday (9/20) 201-208. The match was played on the front 9 at Heather Highlands in Holly. The low score for Linden was fired by Sydney Bond. Bond shot a 49. Next in the scoring for the Eagles were Payton Leedle and Ashley Robinson. Both shot 52. Deanna Jenkinson rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 55.
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Linden Eagles Girls Golf
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot a team score of 402 Monday (9-19) to finish in 9th place out of 13 teams at the Greater Genesee County Championship held at Flint Elks Golf Club. The leading scorer for the Eagles was junior Payton Leedle. Leedle fired a 93. Next in the scoring for Linden was senior Sydney Bond who shot a 94. Ashley Robinson shot a 103 and Heather Crampton a 112 to round out the scoring for the Eagles.
Boys Varsity Soccer
Boys Varsity Soccer wins at home 5-2 over Swartz Creek. 
Girls place 2 on podium at Spartan Invite

Congrats to the Girls team on a great performance at the Spartan Invitational! The Eagles were Led by Alia Frederick (5th) and Audrey Steiert (12th) who both made the medalist podium. Meghan Hitt was the next team finisher with a season best performace. The varsity squad was rounded out by Hannah Wabel, Kristina Lachowicz, Kearstin Dankert and Emma Wabel.  The team finished 16th out of 41 teams with almost 300 competitors!

As a whole Linden runners ran to 8 new personal record times! Great job Ladies!

Linden Athletic Boosters Meeting
Come join the Linden Athletic Boosters for the September meeting this Tuesday (20th) in the Senior Commons at the High School. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm. Your support and involvement in the Boosters is greatly appreciated by our Coaches and Student Athletes!!
Linden Eagles JV Volleyball
Linden Eagles JV Volleyball took 2nd Place at the Tournament in Frankenmuth this weekend - Nice Job Eagles!!
Linden Eagles Boys Soccer
Due to heavy rains and field conditions Linden Eagles Soccer (Varsity/JV) vs Avondale is canceled today. A reschedule date will be published soon.
Boys' CC 5th at Spartan Invitational
The boys' cross country team finished 5th in a field of 41 teams in the Bronze Division of the MSU Spartan Invitational. Nick McDonald earned medalist honors by finishing 13th in a field of 273 competitors. Tyler Buchanan (71st) and Ryan Crutchfield (78th) each ran season best times. Skyler Zieske (50th), Tanner Blaney (58th), Nicholas Shrable (77th), and Max Austin (117th) also had strong performances for the Eagles.

In the reserve race Linden was pace by Sebastian Lubahn who finished 53rd in a field of 806 runners! The team finished 18th of 50. The Eagles are next in action at the Linden Classic next Saturday.
Linden Eagles Girls Golf
The Linden Girls Golf Team won a dual match Thursday (9/15) versus Clio, 194-227, on the front 9 at Clio Country Club. Senior Ashley Robinson led the Eagles in scoring and was the medalist for the match. Robinson made par on three of her first four holes en route to a 7-over par 43. It was the lowest round in a 9-hole match in her high school career thus far. Sydney Bond tied her career low round in a 9-hole match with a 44 that earned her runner-up medalist honors along with Clio's Stephanie Gilles who also shot a 44. Isabel Wright and Deanna Jenkinson had the other two rounds that counted in the scoring for Linden. Both juniors shot 55. The win moves Linden to 2-2 in Metro League matches after a 3rd place finish in the Metro League Pre-season Tournament.
Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Month
Congratulations to Alia Frederick as she receives the Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Month Award. Alia is pictured with her parents at  the Kiwanis Luncheon in Flint. Alia was recognized for her academic excellence, leadership and athletic achievements.  
Strength and Conditioning
Linden High School Strength and Conditioning Program
My name is Desi Mayner and I am a teacher here at Linden High School. I am also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Linden High School Athletics.  The Strength and Conditioning program, this year, will be for off season athletes who would like to better themselves in preparation for their upcoming seasons. I will have a sign in sheet that I will share with coaches on a bi-weekly basis, so coaches can track each of their athlete’s attendance.  Each athlete will have a folder with a printed workout program so that they can track their own progress and share with each of you accordingly. This program is designed through the Barwis Methods Professional Grade Sports Training System. The program will include strength, core, injury prevention, balance, speed, agility and plyometrics.
All interested athletes will report to the LHS weight room.
The calendar will be as follows for Semester 1:
Sep12th through Sep 30th Mon-Fri 2:45 to 4:45
Oct 3rd through Oct 28th Mon-Fri 2:45 to 4:45
**No training on Thursday Oct. 13 / Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct 31st through Nov 18th Mon-Fri 2:45 to 4:45
**No training week of Nov. 21-25 / Thanksgiving
Nov 28th through  Dec 22nd Mon-Fri 2:45 to 4:45
Linden Varsity Volleyball
Linden Varsity Volleyball beat Creek 25-12, 25-9, and 25-11 last night to improve to 25-4 overall and 1-0 in the league.  Allison Conly had 8 kills, Emma O'Keefe and Bryeanna Turnipseed both had 6 kills.  Jordan Moros went 13-13 serving with 5 aces. Emily Pearce added 9 kills.  
Linden Girls Golf
The Linden Girls Golf Team lost a dual match Tuesday (9/13) versus Kearsley on the back 9 at Spring Meadows Country Club. The score of the match was 192 - 209. Payton Leedle had the low score for the Eagles, shooting a 47 which was good for runner-up medalist in the match. The next lowest score for Linden was a 49 fired by Ashley Robinson. Sydney Bond shot a 52. Deanna Jenkinson and Heather Crampton rounded out the scoring for Linden, each shooting 61.
Kiwanis Athlete of the Month
Congratulations to Alia Frederick for being selected as the Kiwanis Athlete of the Month. Alia's accomplishments in academics and athletics have earned her this prestigious award. Alia will be joined by her parents and coach at a luncheon hosted by the Flint Kiwanis Club on September 15th where she will be honored. Again, congratulations to Alia Frederick for her leadership, academic excellence and athletic achievements.
State Bank Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Aaron Sarkon. State Bank Athlete of the Week


Aaron Sarkon passed for 348 yards with 4 of them being TD's. Aaron's leadership, cool head and motivation during the game was contagious as he led his team to a 41 - 16 victory over Swartz Creek in the team’s first FML win.

Varsity Football Wins Metro Opener
Varsity Football beat Swartz Creek Friday night, 41-16. Leading the way was Aaron Sarkon at QB who turned in a stellar performance with 1 rushing TD and 2 passing TDs. Cade Dickson led the way on defense with his fumble recovery in the early part of the game that got the team valuable field position. Linden plays Friday night @ Flushing for a key Metro game.
Boys' CC Bath Invitational Champions!
The Eagles scored 94 points en route to the victory while runner-up Clio totaled 103 in a field of 17 teams at Bret Clements Bath Invitational. Finishing ahead of Clio was significant because it is the first time since October of 2013 Linden has been able to beat the Mustangs. Clio was still leading the team competition with just 1 kilometer to go, but thanks to a strong final push the Eagles were able to make up enough points to snatch the win. While Nick McDonald led the team with a 6th place finish, it was the next five runners, Skyler Zieske (13th), Tanner Blaney (15th), Tyler Buchanan (28th), Nicholas Shrable (34th), and Max Austin (43rd), who all moved up in the last 1000 meters and made the win possible.

In the reserve race Linden finished 9th in a field of 27 teams. William Bale (47th), Seth Schrader (51st), Drew Krueger (53rd), Ian Allen (68th), and Liam Sack (73rd) were the scoring runners for Linden in that race. Full results are available here. The Eagles are next in action at the Spartan Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Girls finish 3rd at Metro Jamboree #1
The girls cross country team had a good showing at the first of 3 Metro league races. At the front of the pack the whole race Alia Frederick and Audrey Steiert came into the finish stride for stride before Frederick edged ahead for 3rd place, Steiert followed for a great 4th place finish. Meghan Hitt came in soon after to finish 15th place. Running hard in the heat to round out the scoring varsity runners were Kristina Lachowicz and Kearstin Dankert. 

In the Reserve race the Lady Eagles also finished 3rd as a team with great races by Abbie Paige (8th) and Emma Miller (9th). Good job Eagles! 
Boys' CC 4th at FML Jamboree 1
The boys' team had a successful start to the Metro League season at our first Jamboree on Wednesday afternoon. The team finished fourth with 95 points, just two points behind Clio. Nick McDonald (4th), Skyler Zieske (17th), Tanner Blaney (19th), and Tyler Buchanan (23rd) all earned points in the individual all-league standings by finishing in the top 24 of the field. Maxwell Austin, Ryan Crutchfield, and Sebastian Lubahn rounded out the varsity seven for Linden. Fenton won the Jamboree with 42 points and Holly was second with 66.

Led by Hayden Mahakian in 8th place the reserve squad finished 3rd in their race. He was followed closely by Devon Coe (12th), Max Gatza (13th), Liam Sack (14th), and Dawson Verran (15th). 

Full results are available here.

 
Linden Girls Golf
The Linden Girls Golf Team won their first dual match of the season Thursday (9/8) on the par-35 Hawk 9 at the Pine Knob Golf Course. Linden shot a team total of 188 while Brandon shot 206. The Eagles moved to 1-1 in Flint Metro League dual matches on the season. Linden junior Payton Leedle was the medalist for the match with a high school career low 9-hole round of 41. Leedle started her round with 3 consecutive pars including a holed out bunker shot on her third hole. This was the first time Leedle has ever taken medalist honors in a match. Seniors Sydney Bond and Ashley Robinson both shot 45. Robinson's round was also the lowest 9-hole round of her high school carrer. It included a near hole-in-one on the par-3 6th hole. Her wedge shot hit the green 4 feet in front of the cup, checked up immediately and drifted just left of the hole. Bond's round could have easily been lower if not for a really bad break with an unexplainable lost ball on her last hole of the day. Her second shot was very well struck and hit just left of the green. Somehow the ball couldn't be found so she had to replay the shot with a penalty of stroke and distance. The lost ball cost her what most certainly would have been her career low round. Junior Isabel Wright rounded out the scoring for Linden with a round of 57. Junior Deanna Jenkinson carded a 59 and junior Heather Crampton came in with a score of 62.
Linden Varsity Volleyball
The Linden varsity volleyball team went 2-1 in their quad last night losing to Davison 25-18, 18-25, 15-25  and beating Powers 25-22, 25-17 and New Lothrop 26-24, 14-25, 25-18.  For the night, Alli Conly had 20 kills, 37 digs, and 3 aces. Emma O'Keefe had 12 kills and Alexus Harden had 9.  Patricia Racknor contributed 9 blocks.  The lady eagles are now 19-3 overall.
 
Weather call -
Linden Varsity and JV Soccer is cancelled tonight due to weather. reschedule date will be announced soon. Also Linden Middle School 7/8th grade football scrimmage against Davison is cancelled. The scrimmage is rescheduled for tomorrow night at the middle school field. 
Linden Eagles Girls Golf
The Linden Eagles GIrls Golf Team lost their first dual match of the season Tuesday (9/6) to Flushing, 186-210. The match was played on the par 38 back 9 at Flushing Valley Meadows Golf Course. The medalist for the match was Flushing's Kerri Parks. Parks shot a 3-over par 41. Payton Leedle led the scoring for the Eagles with a 47. It was the junior's lowest 9-hole round for a match in her high school career. Ashley Robinson shot a 50, Sydney Bond Shot a 50, and Deanna Jenkinson shot a 62 to round out the counting scores for Linden for the match.
Linden Girls Cross Country
Congratulations to Hannah Wabel - State Bank Athlete of the Week
Hannah has started her freshman year strong by medaling in her first two varsity meets. Most recently she placed 11th in a 136 runner field at the Corunna Earlybird Invitational. She ran a smart race and was able to finish strong.
 

 
Boys' Cross Country Team 4th at Corunna
The boys' cross country team had another solid outing against some very good competition at the Corunna Earlybird Invitational. The Eagles were once again led by junior, Nick McDonald, whose time of 17:18.9 was good enough for a 10th place finish in a field of 160 competitors. Rounding out the top five for Linden were Skyler Zieske (20th), Tanner Blaney (21st), Tyler Buchanan (22nd), and Nicholas Shrable (28th). Full results are available here
Linden Boys Cross Country
Congratulations to Nick McDonald - State Bank Athlete of the Week

Nick started the season with a strong performance at the “Under the Lights” Invitational in St. Johns. His time of 17:08.8 was more than 20 seconds better than his time to start the season last year. The effort placed him 7th in a field of nearly 170 competitors. Nick increased his mileage over the summer and worked hard to earn such a great start to the season. (Picture to Follow!!)

Linden Varsity Volleyball
Linden varsity volleyball beat Lake Fenton 25-21, 25-18, Byron 25-17, 20-25, 25-20 and Swartz Creek 25-17, 25-16.  Allison Conly led the team with 19 kills and 25 digs followed by Breyanna Turnipseed and Emma O'Keefe with 17 and 11 kills respectively. Emily Pearce contributed 13 digs and 11 aces.  The Eagles improve to 12-1 overall.
Girls XC run to 5th "Under the Lights"
The girls cross country squad had a great start to their season at the "Under the Lights" meet in St. Johns. The course was lit with portable generator lights so runners could make their way through the 5K course in the late hours of the night. The team finished 5th in a very talented field. The Eagles had two medalists in the meet (top 20). Freshman Hannah Wabel cruised to an 11th place finish in her first high school meet! Alia Frederick battled some fierce competition and was able to kick her way past the one other runner between her and the victory! Sophomore Kearstin Dankert ran her way to a personal best time which is quite a feat for the first race of the season! Congrats to all the lady Eagles! All results can be found here
Boys' CC 4th "Under the Lights"
The boys' cross country team started the season at 9:30 PM Thursday evening with a cross country race "Under the Lights" in St. Johns. The 5k course was lit for the race with a series of portable lights. Linden finished 4th out of nine teams and was led by medalists Nick McDonald (7th) and Skyler Zieske (18th) in a field that featured nearly 170 competitors. Full results are available here.
Linden Varsity Volleyball in the Clio Quad
The Linden varsity volleyball team went 3-0 at the Clio quad beating Saginaw Nouvel, Powers, and Clio. Allison Conly had 15 kills, 5 aces, and 22 digs. Breyanna Turnipseed ha 13 kills and Emma O'Keefe had 12 kills. Morgan Fitch 50 assists, 10 aces, 16 digs,  and 5 blocks. Emily Pearce added 9 digs and 4 aces, while Cayla Turner added 10 digs.

The Eagles improve to 9-1 overall.
 
Linden Eagle Varsity Volleyball
The lady eagles won their home tournament this past Saturday going 6-1.  Linden beat Davison 25-22 and 25-15 in the semi finals and then Lapeer 25-21, 25-22. Emma O'Keefe had 45 kills, Allison Conly 35, and Breyanna Turnipseed 33. Patricia Racknor contributed 10 blocks. Morgan Fitch had 93 assists, 51 digs, 12 aces, and 7 blocks.

 
Linden Athletic Booster Golf Outing
Reminder

Linden Athletics Annual Golf Outing
Four Person scramble
Sunday August 14th, 2016
Willow Brook Golf Course
311 W. Maple Rd. Byron, MI 48418
810-266-4660

EVENT INCLUDES:
*REGISTRATION 8:15am – SHOTGUN START @ 9:00AM    *18 HOLES WITH CART    *4 PERSON SCRAMBLE
*HOT DOGS @ TURN   *BEALE STREET SMOKEHOUSE DINNER   *RAFFLES AND SILENT AUCTION

 
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 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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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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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. 
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