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Linden Athletic News
Joslin Earns 1st Team All-Metro
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot a 378 today (Thursday 10/1) to finish 3rd out of 8 teams in the Flint Metro League Post-Season Tournament at Fenton Farms Golf Course. This allowed the Linden to finish in 5th place overall in the final league standings. Flushing won the overall Metro League Championship while Holly was second. Fenton and Kearsley tied for 3rd ahead of Linden.
 
Senior Hannah Joslin shot an 87 to finish in 3rd place individually in today's event. The 87 combined with Joslin's score in the Pre-Season Tournament garnered her 1st Team All-Metro League honors. She earned 2nd Team honors last season. Sophomore Sydney Bond shot a career best 91 to finish in the Top 10 in today's event and earn a spot on the All-Metro League's 2nd Team. Sophomore Ashley Robinson also shot her career-low round today. She fired a 94. Robinson has only first picked up a golf club a little less than a year ago. Freshman Payton Leedle, playing in her first ever 18-hole event rounded out the scoring for Linden today with a 106. Freshman Kayla Sugg was also playing in her first tournament and she shot a 127 playing on a bad ankle.
 
Junior Makena Baldwin was not able to play today's tournament due to a knee injury. Had she played she most certainly would have earned 1st or 2nd Team honors. Only those that played in both the Pre-Season and Post-Season League Tournaments were eligible to earn 1st or 2nd Team honors. However Baldwin was voted onto the All-Metro Honorable Mention Team because of her solid play throughout the season.
 
With Baldwin, Bond, Robinson, Leedle, and Sugg all returning to the team next season, the future of the Linden Girls Golf Program should be on the rise. Next up for the Eagles this season is the MHSAA Regional Finals at Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Township. A trip to the State Finals will be on the line.
Volleyball at Flushing
The varsity volleyball team lost to Flushing 12-25, 19-25, 22-25. Brook Ovington led the offense with 10 kills and also went 7-7 serving with 2 aces. Megan Klavitter led the defense with 21 digs. Miranda Fowler had 10 assists and Morgan Fitch 7. The lady Eagles are now 1-2 in the league.

The Linden JV team defeated Flushing 25-22, 16-25, 25-13.   Allie Conly 13 kills and went 7-7 on serve receive.  Emily Pearce had 3 aces and was 8-8 serve receive.  Alexus Harden had 5 kills. 
Soccer Wins at LF
The Eagles traveled to Lake Fenton and shut the Blue Devils out 6-0 in a non-leaguer Monday night. Kevin Wright Scored first on an assist from Ben Thornton to get the offense started. Nolan McDonald followed shortly after on an assist from Tyler Ziccardi. Marcus Toledano scored the third goal on Thornton's second assist of the night before scoring his own goal shortly before the half on the assist from Kevin Wright. Toledano had an unassisted goal for his second of the night early in the second half. Nolan McDonald completed the scoring with a goal at the 18:00 minute mark on Ziccardi's second assist of the night.
Golfers Defeat Clio
The Linden Girls Golf Team beat Clio in a home dual match Tuesday (9/30) at Spring Meadows Country Club. Linden won by a score of 193 - 231. This was the last dual match of the season for the Eagles Girls. The win brings their season record to 4-4 (3-4 in league matches). Senior Hannah Joslin took home medalist honors for the match with a score of 5-over par 41. It was the fourth time she was the medalist in the 8 matches she played in. Sophomore Sydney Bond was the runner-up with a score of 47, the lowest 9-hole score of Bond's high school career. Also scoring for the Eagles was Sophomore Ashley Robinson with a score of 49. Freshmen Kayla Sugg and Payton Leedle rounded out the scoring for Linden as each girl shot a 56. The 56 is Sugg's personal best
Football Loses to Flushing
Varsity Football traveled to Flushing Friday evening for a battle between two of the top teams in the early part of the Metro race. The Raiders won the contest, 36-15. Jake Marshall had 10 catches on the night for 117 yards. Ethan Quesnelle threw for close to 300 yards with 1 passing and 1 rushing TD. This week the team travels to Brandon for a Metro game.
Golfers Drop a Match to Fenton
The Linden Girls Golf Team dropped a dual match Thursday (9/25) to rival Fenton at Tyrone Hills Golf Club. Fenton won by a total of 175 - 211. Senior Hannah Joslin took Medalist honors for the match with a score of 39. Joslin made par on the first five holes, made double-bogies on holes 7 and 8 and then rebounded with a birdie 4 on the par-5 9th hole at Tyrone Hills for her 3-over par round of 39. Sophomore Sydney Bond shot a 48. Freshman Alex Premo scored for Linden with a 61. Sophomore Ashley Robinson and Freshman Isabel Wright both shot 63.
Lady Eagles - 2nd XC Metro Jamboree
Lady Eagles XC team took 2nd place at the second Metro Jamboree at the E.A. Cummings Center in Mt. Morris on Wednesday afternoon. Shy of only 4 points to place first, Savannah Ferrara came in 7th, Jordan Holscher 9th, Taylor Ganger 12th (lifetime PR of 20:55), Courtney Davis 13th, and Kailee Corcoran 15th (season PR of 21:26).  Rounding out the top 7 for Linden was Maya Gossett 20th place and Meghan Hitt 31st. Overall including the reserve runners, there were 9 personal records set, 4 lifetime and 5 season. Sydney Ganger (season PR of 22:52), Dominique Scripter and Madison Wabel (lifetime PR of 23:27) finished 4th, 5th and 6th respectively in the reserve race helping take 2nd place finish in the JV race. The team is preparing to compete at the Greater Flint Area Cross Country Invitational next Thursday and the Portage Invite next weekend.
Soccer Suffers First Loss
The Eagles suffered their first loss of the season, the result of a shoot-out, at Brandon on Wednesday night. Nolan McDonald scored an unassisted goal for the Eagles at the 8:26 mark of the first half, which proved to be the lone Linden goal in regulation. Brandon was awarded a penalty kick for an infraction in the box about a minute later and tied the game going into the half. There was no scoring by either team in the second half resulting in a 1-1 tie. A new Metro League rule allows for a shootout to settle ties. Brandon scored first followed by a goal by Derek Deighton. Brandon scored again on their second kick but Linden failed to convert. Brandon then scored the the 5th and winning goal to win the game. Scoring for Metro games is now as follows: 3 points for a win in regulation; 2 points for a shoot-out win; 1 point for a shoot-out loss, and 0 points for a loss in regulation.
Boys' XC Third in Metro Competition
The boys' cross country team had their best performance of the season on Wednesday afternoon in the second Metro League Jamboree. Eighteen of the twenty-two competitors who took the course earned season personal records. The Eagles were led by Mikey Varacalli (6th), Ryan Torok (8th), and Jack Eck (11th). Rounding out the varsity for Linden were Nick McDonald (23rd), Kagen Griffith (26th), Chase Morse (33rd), and Andy Bennett (34th). Jack Needham was Linden's top finisher in the reserve race earning 6th place overall. Jack, along with Connor Brooks, Trent Schrader, Bryce Somers, and Ryan Crutchfield helped Linden earn a second place team finish in that race. The Eagles have the weekend off from racing before heading to the Genesee County Championship one week from Thursday. Full results are available here.
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to junior Megan Klavitter who has been named as the State Bank Athlete of the Week for volleyball.  Megan had 31 digs, went 12-13 serving with 2 aces, and passed 14-14 on serve receive in our win over Holly this week. Congratulations Megan!
Eagle Golfers Over Carman-Ainsworth
The Linden Girls Golf Team won a non-league dual match Tuesday (9/23) against Carman Ainsworth at Spring Meadows Country Club. The Eagles girls outscored Carmen Ainsworth 208 - 238. Linden was led by Senior Hannah Joslin earned medalist honors in the match with by shooting a 43. Sophomore Sydney Bond was the match runner-up with a 52. Also scoring for Linden was Sophomore Ashley Robinson who carded a 55 and Freshman Kayla Sugg who shot 58. The match was the first varsity compitition for Sugg.
Volleyball vs. Creek
The Varsity Eagles lost to Swartz Creek tonight 21-25, 19-25, 25-20, 22-25.
For the night, Megan Kenney had 10 kills and Bridget Adams with 7 kills. Megan Klavitter served 19-19 with 4 aces and had 21 digs. The Eagles are now 1-1 in the league.

The JV Eagles defeated Swartz creek  25-12, 10-25, 25-14.  Emma Kenney had 10 kills,  Allie Conly added 8 kills  and was 10-10 serving with 3 aces,  Alexus Harden 1was 12-12 serving with 1 ace.
Soccer Wins Again!
The Eagles, #1 rated team in Division 2, traveled to Flushing to beat the Raiders 3-1 in a Metro League game this evening. Linden outshot Flushing 13-4 on the night with the first goal coming from the Raiders ten minutes into the first half. Kevin Wright scored for the Eagles at the 24:38 mark on a penalty kick to knot the game at 1-1. Derek Deighton scored, unassisted, at the 5:32 mark to put Linden up 2-1 entering the half. Nolan McDonald sealed the victory with a goal at the 18:45 mark of the second half on an assist from Ben Thornton. The win moves the Eagles to 11-0-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Metro.
 

WEEK 2 SOCCER RANKINGS September 21, 2014 FROM THE MHSSCA:
1. Linden  (10-0-1)
2. Mattawan  (12-1-1)
3. East Lansing  (12-1)
4. Grand Rapids Christian  (10-0-1)
5. Mason  (9-0-2)
6. Spring Lake  (8-1-3)
7. Dexter  (9-2-2)
8. Plainwell  (12-2)
9. Coldwater  (10-1-1)
10. Holland Christian  (9-2-1)
Honorable Mention:  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern  (6-1-2), Orchard Lakes St Mary’s  (8-2-3), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook  (7-2), Fruitport  (7-3)

Varsity Football Beats Swartz Creek
The Varsity football team defeated Swartz Creek Friday night by a score of 48-16. Leading the way was the play of the defense with 2 interceptions by Kyle Korman and Andy Roberts. Andy returned his interception for a touchdown. Kevin Bates had 2 rushing touchdowns before leaving the game with a leg injury. Jake Marshall, Marshael Ryan and Zack Kentish each had a receiving TD catch from Ethan Quesnelle. The team travels to Flushing this Friday for a Metro League game.
Linden XC Classic Results
The boys' team performed admirably at the Linden Classic on Saturday. In a field of primarily D-1 schools, Linden placed fifth out of twelve teams. The Eagles were paced by medalists Ryan Torok and Mikey Varacalli who placed 9th and 10th respectively. Rounding out the top five for Linden were Jack Eck, Andy Bennett, and Kagen Griffith. The team will compete in the 2nd Metro League Jamboree on Wednesday afternoon. Full results are available here.
Linden Classic – Cross Country Invitational
With over 1,200 runners and 45 teams, the Linden Classic was an amazing event for all runners and spectators. The Linden girls took 3rd place in the large school division. Savannah Ferrara, Jordan Holscher and Courtney Davis all medaled in the Top 25. Taylor Ganger, Kailee Corcoran, Maya Gossett and Meghan Hitt rounded out the varsity for the Eagles. Team scores: Highland-Milford 37, Walled Lake Northern 92, Linden 113, Flushing 116, Salem 129, Davison 138, Hartland 144, Ortonville Brandon 212, Farmington 227 and Clio 262. The team travels to the Cummings Center on Wednesday for the 2nd Jamboree.
 
Davison Invitational
The Linden Girls Golf Team shot a team score of 401 to take 7th place Friday (9/19) at the Davison Invitational at Davison Country Club. Senior Hannah Joslin finished in a tie for second place in her class division with a score of 91. Junior Makena Baldwin shot a 97, Sophomore Sydney Bond shot a 101, and Sophomore Ashley Robinson shot a 112. Bond's score was the lowest 18-hole round of her high school career.
Soccer Team Shuts Out Creek
The Eagles played host to Swartz Creek and shut out the Dragons 7-0 Marcos Toledano opened the scoring about two minutes into the game on an assist from Ben Thornton. Nolan McDonald score the second goal unassisted at the 12:37 mark, and then found the net again on an assist from Ben Thornton with 10 minutes remaining in the first. After the half, McDonald scored again, for his hatrick on the night, on an assist form Derek Deighton. Ben Thornton and Kevin wright connected for the 5th goal at the 23:05 mark, and David Wright and Ben Thornton complete the Eagle scoring blitz with unassisted goals to end the game. The stingy Eagle defense allowed only one Dragon shot on goal with keepers Jay Howard and Andrew Coppler receive credit for the shut out.
Flint Metro League Sportsmanship Summit
On Tuesday, 12 LHS sophomores and juniors traveled to The Cage in Swartz Creek to participate in the 17th annual Flint Metro League Sportsmanship/Leadership Summit.  These student-athletes had the opportunity to interact with nationally know speaker Craig Hillier on the importance of making good choices, sportsmanship, leadership, creating a positive team vision, the negative impact drugs and alcohol play in team unity and performance, and many other topics.  (including the stiff legged tag race you see in the video) These athletes are now committed to sharing their experience with their teams and LHS as leaders.

 
Metro Volleyball Opens at Holly
The Linden varsity team beat Holly 13-25, 25-11, 25-12, 25-13 to start 1-0 in the Metro.  For the night, Megan Kenney led the offense with 12 kills, while Breyanna Turnipseed added 9, Bridget Adams 8, Brook Ovington 7.  Megan Klavitter had 31 digs and Megan Kenney also added 9.  Jessie Magalski went 18-18 serving with 2 aces and also had 5 digs.  The Lady Eagles are 15-6-1 overall. 

The JV team beat Holly 25-11, 25-21, 25-21.  For the Eagles:  
Alexus Harden had 12 kills  , Allie Conly 6 kills 5 aces , Cayla Turner 18 assists 6 digs and Emma Kenney 5 kills.
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Makena Baldwin, Jordan Holscher, Jay Howard, Kyle Korman and Megan Kenney, all of whom were named as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
  Makenna had her best week of her career on the links this week.  On Monday she shot a 92, her lowest 18-hole score of her career at the County Tournament at Davison CC. Thursday shot 4-over par 40 at Holiday Meadows to lead team to victory vs. Swartz Creek - lowest 9-hole score of her career.
  Junior Jordan Holscherplaced 28th in a field of 272 runners at the Spartan Invitational wit a time of 20:15, a season PR. Her outstanding performance helped the Linden Eagles to a 6th place finish out of 40 teams.
  Junior keeper Jay Howard has helped the Eagle soccer team to a fantastic 9-0-1,

    Senior Kyle Korman had a huge night on Friday to lead the Eagles to a 27-6 victory on the road at Holly.  Korman had 13 tackles: 3 for loss; 1 fumble recovery; 4 qb pressures. Graded out at 94% (68snaps) play right tackle leading the way for our offense to rush for over 225 yards and over 150 yards passing against Holly.
Megan Kenney lead the Eagles to 6-1-1 record. She dominated this week offensively with a total of 71 kills and an attack efficiency of .382. She also contributed 12 blocks, 36 digs, and went 18-18 serving with 2 aces.
Soccer Wins at Holly
The Eagles traveled to Holly for a Metro contest and came away with a 5-1 victory. Ben Thornton opened the scoring with a goal at 25:46 on the assist from David Fowler. Holly answered midway though the half to tie the score at 1-1. Nolan McDonald scored with two minutes remaining in the half on an assist from Kevin Wright, followed shortly after on a Tyler Ziccardi score, assist Deighton with 23 seconds remaining in the first. Kevin Wright scored two goals in the second half, one on an assist from Toledano and another unassisted to complete the scoring. Overall, the Eagles outshot Holly 23-5 on the evening with keeper Jay Howard making the save on the lone shot on goal by the Bronchos. The Eagles move to 9-0-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Metro.
Golfers Defeat Brandon
The Linden Girls Golf Team beat Brandon in a home dual match at Spring Meadows Country Club on Monday (9/15). Junior Makena Baldwin was co-medalist along with Kelsey Edwards of Brandon. Both girls shot even-bogey 45. Baldwin birdied the tough par 5 second hole. Next in the scoring ledger for Linden was Senior Hannah Joslin. Joslin also recorded a birdie on a tough 5-par, hers coming on the sixth hole at Spring Meadows. She carded a 46 for her round. Sydney Bond shot a 48. The 48 is the lowest score of the Sophomore's high school career. Bond hit her tee shot on the par-3 fourth hole to within five feet of the cup and then converted the putt for a birdie, her first of the season. Sophomore Ashley Robinson rounded out the scoring for the Eagles with a 55.
Girls Cross Country at Spartan Invite
The Girl’s Cross Country team sets 12 personal records at the Spartan Invite on Friday - 4 lifetime and 8 season. The Lady Eagles placed 6th out of 40 teams coming within only 10 points of a 3rd place finish. In a field of 272 runners Savannah Ferrara ran a fantastic race and placed 11th overall with a time of 19:44. Jordan joined Savannah on the podium and in the top 30 finishing with a time of 20:15. Rounding out the top five for the Linden Eagles included Courtney Davis, Taylor Ganger, and Maya Gossett racing in with times of 20:47, 21:03, and 21:29 respectively. All five had season records and continue to improve at each race. The team is home next weekend hosting the Linden Classic.
 
Bay City Mitten VB Invite
The varsity volleyball team went 3-1-1 at the Bay City Central tournament beating Airport 25-13, 25-19, Saginaw Nouvelle 25-11, 25-23, Bay City Central 26-24, 25-9, split with Frankenmuth 25-23, 23-25 before losing to Mt.Pleasant 19-25, 14-25.
For the day Megan Kenney had 27 kills, Bridget Adams with 20 kills and Breyanna Turnipseed with 18 kills. Megan Klavitter had 59 digs and Jordan McDonald had 26 digs. Morgan Fitch finished with 79 assists.
Overall record improved to 14-5-1.
Kiwanis Athlete of the Month
Senior Marshael Ryan has been named as the Flint Metro League and the Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Month for September.  As a junior, Marshael was selected to the football First Team for the Flint Metro League on both offense and defense.  Last week, Marshael broke the LHS school record for interceptions with four in a single game.   Ryan has also been a starter for the varsity baseball team as both a sophomore and a junior and was named to the 2nd Team All Metro team as a pitcher.  The AD's of the Flint Metro League vote to select a male and a female to represent the league monthly, then a committee of AD's from the entire county select a male and female from each conference as the overall monthly winner.  Marshael will now be in the running for the Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Year.

 
Eagles Tie With Chargers
The Eagles played Powers Chargers to a 1-1 tie this evening at Claude Cranston Stadium.  The first half ended in a scoreless tie.  Linden scored early in the first half off a Ben Thornton header on the assist from Tyler Ziccardi.  Powers tied the game up mid-way through the second half for the tie.  The Eagles are now 7-0-1 on the season.
State Bank Athlete of the Week
  Congratulations to Nolan McDonald who has been named the State Bank Athlete of the Week for his efforts on the soccer pitch.  Nolan had 2 goals and an assist this week. He had the winning goal to secure the championship for the Eagles in the Eaton Rapids D2 Invitational.
Volleyball Teams Take Three
The Linden varsity volleyball team went 3-0 beating Durand 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, Cheasaning 25-16, 25-19, and New Lothrop 27-25, 25-17.
For the night, Megan Kenney had 41 kills and 9 blocks. Megan Klavitter had 44 digs and 7 aces. Bridget Adams had 21 kills and 5 aces. Morgan Fitch had 76 assists. The Eagles are now 11-4.

The JV Eagles beat all three teams they faced in their quad this evening at Linden taking down Durand, Chesaning and New Lothrop. For the Eagles, Christina Clemons had 7 aces, 16 assists and 24 digs. Allie Conly had 21 kills, 6 block kills and 4 aces. Kim Freitas had 8 kills with 20 digs. Emily Pearce had 6 aces, 21 digs, 21-24 serve receive and Cayla Turner had 10 aces, 22 assists and 4 kills.
Soccer Opens at Home With Shut Out
The Eagles, #2 ranked team in D2, opened at home in grand style posting a 8-0 victory over Kearsley.  Linden goals came from Ben Thornton, Kevin Wright (a hat-trick), Austin Laphan, Marcos Toledano, David Fowler, and Derek Deighton.  Toledano added three assists, Ben Thornton had two assists and Derek Deighton, Trysten Hughes LaFavour and Cameron Davis each added one.  The Eagle defense prevented the Hornets from a shot on goal in the mercy shortened contest.  Linden will take on Flint Powers tonight beginning at 6:45 in what promises to be a very competitive match-up.
Golfers Take 3rd at County Invite
The Linden Girls shot their lowest team score of the year to take 3rd place at the Greater Genesee County Tournament at Davison Country Club. The Eagles finished at 383, behind tournament champion Davison and just one shot behind runner-up Grand Blanc.

The Eagles were led by Hannah Joslin who shot a round of 90 on a bad ankle that she severely sprained last night at Spring Meadows after a practice round. The score was good enough for a tie for 7th place individually. Makena Baldwin was next for the Eagles as she shot 92, her lowest tournament score ever in her three year varsity career at Linden. Also posting career low scores were Ashley Robinson who shot a 100 and Alex Premo whom, playing in only her second tournament as a freshman on the Girls Golf Team, fired a 101.

The Eagles as a team beat out all five of the Flint Metro League teams that played in the event today: Linden beat respectively: Flushing, Fenton, Swartz Creek, Brandon, and Clio. Kearsly and Holly were the only league teams not to participate.

Coach Jon Hamilton said after the tournament: "I'm really excited about our finish in this tournament. It is a great field on a tough course that is run really well. I felt all along this season that we could compete with the top teams in our league and today's full 18-hole event pretty much proves it. Now we need to keep improving and beat some of these teams in dual matches and then see what we can do in the league post-season tournament. The girls are really starting to improve like I truly believed that they could, and would. Today was a good day for the Linden Girls Golf Program."
Great Times Lead to a 3rd Place Finish for Girls XC
Girl's Cross Country team posted many season bests at the Bath Invitational on Saturday. Despite just missing out of a second place trophy by only 2 points, the girls earned a third place victory out of 17 teams in a very competitive Class 2 race. In a field of 122 runners, Savannah Ferrara came across the finish line 5th overall with a time of 19:49. Jordan Holscher was in second for the Eagles (20:17). Courtney Davis charged down the finish chute posting a time of 21:03 with Taylor Ganger and Maya Gossett, not far behind, crossing the line with times of 21:40 and 21:41. All total there were 11 season bests times between varsity and junior varsity squads. The team is looking forward to the MSU Spartan Invite on Friday, Sept. 12.
Boys Soccer Eaton Rapids Champions
The Eagles were champions at the very tough Eaton Rapids Invitational, going 3-0 on the day. Linden started with an early victory over the host school, Eaton Rapids with a 3-1 score. Nick Crane, Derek Deighton and Kein Wright scored goals off assists from Davis Fowler (2) and Nick Crane.

Linden defeated Chelsea in the second game of the day 5-1. For Linden, Kevin Wright scored twice and Ben Thornton, Tyler Ziccardi, and Nolan McDonald each had a goal. Ziccardi, Thornton, Julian Sheir, Wright and Derek Deighton each had assists.

In the championship game, Nolan McDonald scored the game winner off the assist from Kevin Wright to preserve the win for Linden. The Eagles now improve to 6-0-0 on the season and will open league play on Monday night at 6:45 vs. Kearsley in Claude Cranston Stadium.
Bronchos Defeat the Eagles
The Linden Girls Golf Team lost to Holly in a dual match at Spring Meadows Country Club. Holly posted a team score of 196 while the Eagles shot 204. Hannah Joslin lead the scoring for Linden with a 47. Ashley Robinson fired a 52 while freshman Deanna Jenkinson, playing in her first ever high school event also shot a 52. Jenkinson made a par 4 on the first hole of her high school career, the 10th hole at Spring Meadows. Sydney Bond and Alex Premo were next for the scoring, they both shot 53 respectively.
Volleyball at Hartland
Varsity
The Eagles lost 13-25, 13-25, 12-25 to 
Hartland in a non-league match on Thursday.  For the night Breyanna Turnipseed had 8 kills and 7 blocks.  Morgan Fitch had 10 digs and 15 assists.  The Eagles are now 8-5.

JV 
The JV Eagles defeated Hartland 25-21 , 25-16,  25-13.    Allie Conly had 5 kills, Alexus Harden had 4 kills, Emily Feetham had 4 aces , and Cayla Turner had 4 aces 8 assists.

Freshman
The Eagles won all three games to defeat Hartland 25-15, 25-23, 29-27.  Emily Cates had the most kills on the night and the top servers were Lizzie Rakowski and Erin Pudney with 4 aces.  Avery Whitten had over 10 digs.  Overall, the team played very well and fought to the very end of every game.
State Bank Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Hannah Joslin, Taylor Ganger, Kevin Wright, and Bridget Adams who have each been named as State Bank Athletes of the Week.
  Hannah Joslin, a senior, has been the Eagles #1 golfer for the past two seasons and recently finished in second place overall at the pre-season Flint Metro League tournament held at Fenton Farms with a score of 83.
     Taylor, a junior, placed 7th overall i a field of 80 runners in the medium school division at the Early Bird Invitational in Corunna.  She had a time of 21:01 which was 2 seconds off her lifetime best.  Her performance helped the Eagles to a first place finish.
   Kevin Wright, a senior, scored three goals in a non-league game against Fenton and also scored and added an assist in a game against Pinckney.
     
Bridget Adams, a junior, stepped in big to set for the Eagles following an injury.  She led Linden to a 6-1 record on the week finishing with 67 assists, 34 kills, 9 aces, 23-24 passing and 31 digs.
     
Team Effort!

Team effort...That is what it took for the girl's cross country team to win the first Metro League Jamboree by a slim 2 points. Tonight's race was all about position more than time. With Flushing taking 3 of the top of 4 places, it took all 7 Linden runners to cross the finish line before Flushing's 4th runner to take the first metro meet. Despite the heat, the girls ran a gutsy race. Savannah Ferrara crossed the finish line 5th overall with a time of 20:52. Jordan Holscher, placed 8th with a time of 21:08. Courtney Davis and Sydney Ganger, had strong finishes with times of 22:00 and 22:14. Maya Gossett, Kailee Corcoran and Sydney Ganger rounded out the top seven. Final scores: Linden 57, Flushing 59, Brandon 64, Fenton 90, Holly 91, Clio 160, and Swartz Creek 182. 
Varsity Football Loses to DeWitt
The varsity football team opened the season Friday with a disappointing loss to one of the top teams in the state, DeWitt. The game was close early until DeWitt scored late in the 1st half and opening drive of the 2nd half to make it 19-0 and 27-0 respectively. The final score was 39-0. The Eagles travel to Fowlerville this coming Friday.
Earlybird Victory for Girls XC
Girls Cross Country team took home a first place trophy on Wednesday afternoon. With a score of 39 points, they beat out Chelsea (49), Owosso (104), Hastings (105), Corunna (136), Clio (152), and Fowlerville (205). Savannah Ferrara had another first place victory and a season PR of 19:53. Jordan Holscher came in second for the Eagles at 20:17. Taylor Ganger crossed the finish line at 21:01 only 2 seconds off her lifetime PR. Courtney Davis sprinted down the finish line and posted a 21:44 time. Maya Gossett completed the top five for Linden with a time of 22:40. The team is looking forward to the first League meet next Wednesday.
JV Football Opens in DeWitt
Aaron Sarkon threw for two touchdowns, ran for a 10 yard score and ran in for two 2 point conversions to lead the Eagles in a 32-52 loss at DeWitt to open the season.  Aaron Steedman broke out a 60 yard run; Jakub Gagne and Hunter Michael each brought in a TD.  Defensively, Steedman collected 9 tackles while Zach Brown added 6.
Linden v. DeWitt
You can follow live scoring this evening from the Linden v. DeWitt football game at Claude Cranston Stadium beginning at 7:00pm.  Click this link to sign up for QuixScore. 
 
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Varsity Soccer Opens Season
The varsity squad opened their season with a 2-1 non-league victory over Pinckney on the road on Tuesday night. The first goal of the season was scored by Marcos Palomino Toledano with the assist to Kevin Wright. Wright then followed with his own goal off the assist from Derek Deighton. Jay HOward and Andrew Coppler shared keeper duties in the win. The Eagles will travel to Fenton for a non-league match up on Thursday at 3:30.
State Bank Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to senior Savannah Ferrara who has been named as the State Bank Athlete of the Week for cross country.  Savannah took first place overall and led her team to the Durand Invitational with a time of 21:16 to start her senior season.
Boys Soccer Vs. Pinckney 8/26

Please notice that JV plays first at 5:30
08/26/14 5:30PM
 Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Wes Reader Field (behind Pathfinder MS 2100 E. M-36, Pinckney 48169)

08/26/14 7:00PM Boys Varsity Soccer Wes Reader Field (behind Pathfinder MS 2100 E. M-36, Pinckney 48169)

Powers Charger Invitational
The Eagles Girls Golf Team shot a team score of 396 at Flint Golf Club to take 8th place out of 18 teams in the Powers Charger Invitational. Their next match will be at Fenton Farms in the Flint Metro League Preseason Tournament.

Today Linden was led again by Hannah Joslin who took top ten honors at the tournament by carding an 88. She finished in a tie for 8th place overall. "Last week was a tough week for me so I'm really glad that I got in under 90 today and placed in the top ten. I'm excited to go forward and build on this round," said Joslin. Makena Baldwin fired a 99, which included and near hole-and-one on the par 3 17th hole. Her tee shot almost rolled in before settling a foot from the hole. She converted that putt for a birdie 2. "It's probably the best shot I've ever hit in competition. I'm glad my coach was there to see it. It was really exciting to walk up and see my ball that close," said Baldwin. Sydney Bond matched her career-low from last Friday with a 104. Bond said "It was very hot and much tougher conditions than last week so I feel like I'm improving." Ashley Robinson also showed improvement, she shot her career best score for an 18-hole tournament with a 104. "I am starting to feel more comfortable on the golf course now that it's my second year in the game," Robinson said after the round.

The team improved 38 shots from Friday's tournament in Lapeer. After the tournament Coach Hamilton said: "Improvement is what I was looking for and we really got it all the way around. It was a brutally hot day and the girls persevered through it. I'm really hoping for a good showing in the League Tournament Wednesday. I don't see any reason we can't finish the event in the top half of our league."

If they can it will be a nice improvement already from last season in which the Eagles finished 7th overall in the 9 team Metro League.
Lapeer Tune-Up
The Linden Girls Varsity Golf Team began its 2014 season by competing in the Lapeer Lightning Summer Tune-Up today at Lapeer Country Club. The Eagles finished 15th out of 23 teams shooting a combined score of 434. Senior Captain Hannah Joslin paced the Eagle's scoring with a 93. This round came right off the heels of a tough three rounds in the AJGA Randy Wise Open at Flint Golf Club. That makes four 18-hole tournament rounds in four days for Joslin. Sophomore Sydney Bond was next for Linden shooting a 104. This was Bond's lowest 18-hole tournament round of her high school career. Junior Makena Baldwin fired a 108 for the Eagles and Sophomore Ashley Robinson rounded out the scoring for Linden with a 129.

2nd year Coach Jon Hamilton said of today's tournament: "It was our first action of the season and it was in a tough tournament at a tough course. So while I'm not exactly enamored with our results today, which are very similar to our tournament results from last season, I am confident that each girl's improvements they made over the summer will start to show in our scores very soon."
Varsity Volleyball takes 5th
The varsity placed 5th out of 11 teams at their own tournament. Linden beat New Haven 25-6, 25-8 and lost to Midland Dow 23-25, 16-25 in pool play. They lost to Powers 25-18, 25-27, 13-15 and beat New Haven 25-16, 25-18 in power pool before losing to Swartz Creek 25-18, 23-25, 9-15 in the playoffs. For the day, Megan Kenney led the team with 31 kills and 10 blocks. Breyanna Turnipseed added 24 kills. Miranda Fowler had 59 assists and Bridget Adams had 16 kills and 16 aces. Megan Klavitter led the team defensively with 43 digs. Linden is now 2-3 overall and will open our new gym at home on Wednesday night in a quad with Lake Fenton, Swartz Creek and Byron.
Boys Sweep Durand Invite
The boys' Cross Country team got off to a nice start in Durand with Linden A, Linden B, and Linden C sweeping the top three places. You can check out the full results on athletic.net
Girl's Cross Country Team Win Durand Invite
On Friday, August 22, the girl's cross country team did not let the heat bother them as they came away with a first place trophy from the Durand Invite. Placing first overall in the race was Savannah Ferrara with a time of 20:16. Close behind was Jordan Holscher crossing the finish line at 20:19 taking second place. Courtney Davis battled a fourth place finish overall in the race and started her season with a 22:14. Taylor Ganger and Maya Gossett were both in under 23:00 with times of 22:40 and 22:57, respectively. It was an amazing start to the season.
Cross Country Alumni Race
Come join us on Saturday, August 16, for our first annual alumni race. You'll take the course against the 2014 squad and then enjoy a pancake breakfast. Men's race at 8:45, women at 9:15, and pancakes at 9:45. Click here for more details and the entry form.
Flint Metro League Media Day
The first annual Flint Metro League Media Day for football and volleyball will be held on Thursday August 7th at 4:00 at Kearsley HS.  Click here to read more on the event.  
First Annual XC Alumni Race
Come join us on Saturday, August 16, for our first annual alumni race. You'll take the course against the 2014 squad and then enjoy a pancake breakfast. Men's race at 8:45, women at 9:15, and pancakes at 9:45. For further details and an entry form, click here.
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