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Linden Athletic News
Attention All Football parents!
There will be a meeting for all football parents on Wednesday August 5th at 6:30 on the football field!
2015 Boys Soccer Tryout Information
August Calendar
** All Players Must Have a Physical Turned into Athletic Office or Me by August 1st 2015.
** Monday 8/10 or Tuesday 8/11 all players must pick up at Athletic Office their Tryout Card.

Practice Schedule
Wednesday August 12th – 6pm to 8pm
Thursday August 13th – 10am to 12pm
Wednesday August 19th – 6pm to 8pm
Friday August 14th – 6pm to 8pm
Saturday August 15th – 6pm to 8pm
Sunday August 16th - OFF
Monday August 17th – 6pm to 8pm
Tuesday, August 18th – 6pm to 8pm
Thursday August 20th – 9am – 11am
Friday August 21st – OFF
Saturday August 22nd – 6pm – 8pm
Sunday August 23rd - TBA
Monday August 24th – OFF
Tuesday August 25th – 6pm – 8pm
Wednesday August 26th - 1st Game (H) vs. Fenton
Rest of Schedule TBA

Players must wear and bring: White Tee,
Shinguards, Ball, Water & snack
FALL 2015 TRYOUT CARD INFORMATION
ALL LHS and LMS athletes planning on trying out for a fall sport must have a "tryout card".  The following information must be turned in to the HS athletic offices for HS athletes and MS office for MS athletes:
  • Current Physical:  download a form by clicking here
  • Emergency Form:  download a form by clicking here
  • Signature page from handbook:  download a form by clicking here                             click here to view LHS Athletic handbook       click here to view LMS Athletic handbook
  • ALL previous obligations (fees, equipment return) must be settled

TRYOUT CARDS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE HS ATHLETIC OFFICE BEGINNING ON AUG. 5TH

​TRYOUT CARDS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE MS OFFICE BEGINNING ON AUG. 17TH

Participation fees will remain the same for the 15-16 school year at $175 for HS students and $75 for MS students.  This fee will allow students to participate in all three sport seasons.  HS students will also be allowed free entry into all HS contests; MS students will be allowed free entry into all MS contests.  This fee will be due prior to the first contest of the season.

Family passes will also remain the same at $55 per household for each sport season (fall/winter/spring) and will be available in the HS Athletic Office beginning on August 6th.  
                   
 
IMPORTANT FOOTALL INFO
ALL FOOTBALL PLAYERS PARENTS 
Please mark your calendars important dates:
 
Varsity Get Away Meeting will be
 Wednesday July 22nd at 630pm at the football field.
Any player going on this trip must have a parent at this meeting!
 
All Football Players Parent Meeting:
Wednesday August 5th @630 Football field
please plan on attending!
 
Any questions or if you would like to volunteer contact:
Christie LaFontaine 810-397-3438 christiela4@yahoo.com or 
Britt Dickson dtedickson@charter.net
GO EAGLES!!
Alumni CC Race 2015
Baseball Players Final Recongition 2015
All-State:
2nd Team - Jake Marshall - Infield
Academic Team - Brady Sarkon & Marshael Ryan

All-Region:
1st Team - Austin Buerkel - Pitcher, Jake Marshall - Infield, Brady Sarkon - Catcher
Academic Team - Brady Sarkon & Marshael Ryan

All-District:
1st Team - Jake Marshall - Infield, Tim Sines - Pitcher, Austin Buerkel - Pitcher, Brady Sarkon - Catcher
Academic Team - Brady Sarkon, Marshael Ryan & Ethan Quesnelle

All-Conference Flint Metro League:
1st Team - Austin Buerkel - Pitcher (unanimous), Jake Marshall - Infield, Travis Petts - Outfield
2nd Team - Marshael Ryan - Outfield
Honorable Mention:  Brady Sarkon - Catcher, Chris Kitch - 1st Base, Bailey Davis - Outfield

 
Golfers Compete at States
The Eagle golf team completed their season at the D2 State Golf Finals held at Forest Acres East at MSU.  Linden advanced to the finals after a second place finish in Regional competition.  
The team turned in their second best team score of the season at 328 on the first day of competition led by a pair of 81's from Devon Cota and Trevor Sundrla; followed by Dylan Elmer with 82 and Tyler Ziccardi at 84.  Day two proved to be a bit tougher for the Eagles as they carded a team score of 346.  Elmer led the team with an 83 while Ziccardi-85, Devon Cota-89 and Trevor Sundrla-89 rounded out the scoring.
Baseball wins Regional Semis, but loses heartbreaker in Regional Finals
The Varsity Baseball team ended their season in the regional finals on Saturday, concluding their record at 31-11.  Linden only lost 4 games to Div2 teams all season and with their 31 wins ties them for 2nd All-time for the most wins in Linden Baseball history.
 
In the Regional Semi-Final, The Linden Eagles Varsity beat Freeland 8-1 Saturday behind both the bat and the arm of Austin Buerkel.  Buerkel got a hit in each of his three at bats. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the third and sixth innings. The Linden Eagles Varsity relied on Buerkel to eat up innings en route to the win. Buerkel allowed one earned run, seven hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings of work.  The Linden Eagles Varsity beat Freeland falcons varsity thanks to nine hits, including two extra base hits. The Linden Eagles Varsity scored four runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Travis Petts, an RBI single by Trevor Banasiak, and a two-run double by Buerkel. The Linden Eagles Varsity were sparked by Banasiak and Buerkel, who teamed up for six hits and four RBIs. The Linden Eagles Varsity went up for good in the first, scoring one run on a sacrifice fly by Marshael Ryan.
In the Regional Final, the Eagles dropped a heartbreaking loss to Birch Run 4-3.  Jake Marshall went 2-3 and scored one run. He singled in the first and seventh innings. The Eagles entered the 6th inning with a 3-0 lead.  However, after a couple hits and a couple walks Jake Marshall relieved starting pitching Marshael Ryan with a Linden 3-1 lead and nobody out.  Marshall was able to get two quick outs, however, a triple with the bases loaded gave Birch Run their first lead of the game 4-3.  Linden went 1-2-3 in the 6th but mounted a rally in the 7th.  Bailey Davis walked, was sacrificed to 2nd by Austin Buerkel.  Jake Marshall then singled putting runners at the corners.  However, the Eagles were not able to get the run from 3rd in as they got 2 pop ups in a row stranding the runner at 3rd and closing out the game.  Marshael Ryan ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just five innings, walked four, struck out three, and allowed four runs.  The bottom of the first saw the Linden Eagles Varsity take an early lead, 1-0. Austin Buerkel got things going for the Linden Eagles Varsity with a single. A single by Marshall then moved Buerkel from first to third.
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State Bank Athletes of the Year
Congratulations to Kyle Korman and Savannah Ferrara who were selected by the varsity coaches to represent Linden as nominees for male and female State Bank Athletes of the Year.  Kyle represented Linden in football, basketball and track all four years of HS earning All-State Honors in football as well as All League honors in each of the three sports in which he competed.  Savanah was a two sport athlete in cross country and track earning All State honors in cross and All Metro honors in both sports.

Kyle was then selected as the male State Bank Athlete of the Year by the AD's of Fenton, Hartland, Lake Fenton, Holly and Linden.

Congratulations to both of our candidates on a successful high school career!
Baseball captures 3rd straight DistrictTitle!
The Linden baseball team won their 3rd straight district title by beating Lake Fenton 2-1 in 8 innings and then Flint Powers 6-1 in the championship game at Goodrich High School.
In the first game Linden and Lake Fenton played into extra innings to a 1-1 tie.  Marshael Ryan pitched strong, keeping the game in line for the offense to take control, however,equal to the task was Lake Fenton pitching.  Ryan pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, walking 4 and striking out 6.  Jake Marshael, relieved Ryan, picking up the win as he pitched 1 1/3 of hitless ball, striking out 1 and walking zero.   In the bottom of the 8th, Trevor Banasiak singled with 2 outs and the bases loaded to walk off of the victory for the Eagles in dramatic fashion.

In the championship game Austin Buerkel came close to history, but an RBI single dribbler in the infield broke up his no-hit bid in the seventh inning with 2 outs.  It didn't matter as Buerkel led the Linden Eagles Varsity to a 6-1 win over Powers in seven innings on Saturday at Goodrich High School. Buerkel pitched lights out for the Linden Eagles Varsity. Powers managed just one hit off of Buerkel, who allowed no earned runs, and walked two during his seven innings of work. Bailey Davis was solid at the plate for the Linden Eagles Varsity. Davis went 2-3, drove in one and scored two runs. He singled in the third and seventh innings. The Linden Eagles Varsity stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the third, scoring two runs on a sacrifice fly by Brady Sarkon and an RBI single by Marshael Ryan. The Linden Eagles Varsity piled on four more runs in the top of the seventh. A wild pitch scored Travis Petts for the inning's first run. That was followed up by Davis' single, scoring Kevin Bates. The lone run of the game for Powers crossed the plate in the seventh inning on an RBI infield single.  Buerkel and Bates also had 2 hits in the contest.
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Girls perform well at Track States
The 4 members of the girls Track and Field team all put forth great performances at a cool, rainy state finals meet this past Saturday. Madison Piet led the team with an incredible 9th place performance in the 300 Hurdles in a personal best and freshman record time of 47.08, missing the All-State podium by 1 place! Alia Frederick was right behind her with an amazing 10th place finish in the same race. Frederick also ran to 21st place in the 100 hurdles. Savannah Ferrara ran her 3200 race with great conviction and heart. She came into the finish with a new personal best of 11:45.67, which also broke the senior class record and placed her 19th in the state! Taylor Ganger ran a gritty race in the 1600 placing 18th in the state and finishing out a great season. The entire girls team had an amazing season with a 3rd place finish in the league and a 6th place finish at regionals. Great job girls!
State Finals
The Boys Track & Field Team traveled to Zeeland, MI for the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals on Saturday. The boys came home with some nice performances. The 3200 M Relay Team of Mikey Varacalli, Nick McDonald, Connor Sproule, and Andy Bennett placed 22nd overall. The 400 M Relay Team of Ryan Young, Mike Gold, Cade Dickson, and Jacob Cox placed 12th overall. Kyle Korman competed in the Discus and finished 26th. Andy Roberts was in the Shot Put and placed 17th. This caps a great spring season with the team finishing in 3rd overall in the League and 5th at the Regional. Thanks for a great spring season!
Eagle Golfers Advance to State Finals
For the first time since 2000, the Linden golf team has advanced to the MHSAA State Finals.  The team fired their best team score of the season with a 323 and finished in 2nd place at Calderone Farms in Jackson.  Devon Cota fired a 75 and took overall medalist honors for the tournament.  Dylan Elmer-81, Tyler Ziccardi-83, and Tony Mastin-84 rounded out the scoring for Linden.  The team will now travel to Forest Acres East at MSU and compete in the two day MHSAA State Finals on Friday and Saturday.
Eagle Soccer Team Falls to Fenton
Alia Frederick scored on a PK to open the scoring for the Eagles in the District Final show down at Brandon on Friday night, but the Tigers scored the next three goals for the victory.  Linden had 7 shots on goal but were unable to find the back of the net.  The team closes out a fine season with a 15-4 overall record.
Eagles Place 9th at Team States
On Saturday, the Linden Track & Field Program hosted MITCA Division 2 Track State Finals. The weather was awesome and the performances on the track were even better. Leading the way was Andy Roberts with a 3rd place finish in Shot Put. Andy was our highest placer on the day! The 4*100 relay and 4*800 relay teams placed 5th overall while the 4*200 relay was 8th. Nolan Hill finished 7th in Pole Vault. Mike Gold was 8th on the day in High Jump. The team ended only 7 points back of 7th place. Great job! Good luck at Badar and MHSAA State Finals!
Girls Soccer Repeat Metro League Champs!
The girls varsity soccer team successfully defended their league title in convincing style with a 5-0 shut out win over visiting Fenton on Senior Night.  Gabby Freeman opened up the Eagle scoring with a goal off the assist from Maddie Zayan.  Erica Breitling scored shortly after from Jordan Holscher and Maddie Zayan followed with a goal of her own from Emily Waltrip to put the Eagles up 3-0 at the half.  Teresa Walterhouse assisted Zayan on goal 4 for Linden and Alia Frederick scored on a Katie Wilkowski assist to wrap up the 5-0 victory.  Madison Paige was solid in goal with 7 saves to preserve the shut out.  The Eagle finish the Metro season with a 6-0-0-1 record.  The Eagles will travel to Howell for a non-league match up on Thursday night before Districts begin on Tuesday at Brandon with a 6:00 game against the Blackhawks.
MHSAA SCHOLAR ATHLETE WINNER!!
Andy Bennett has become the first LHS student to win the prestigious MHSAA Scholar Athelte Award!  
He will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Farm Bureau Insurance.
To be eligible for the award, students must have a cumulative gpa of 3.5 or higher and have won a varsityletter.  Students were also asked to respond to a series of short essay questions, submit two letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.  Andy was selected from a field of over 1500 applicants as jusged by a 58 member committee of school coaches, counselors, faculty members, administrators and board members from MHSAA schools.  Andy will be honored at halftime of the Class C Boys Basketball final on March 28 at the Breslin Center at MSU.
Korman Named All State
Senior Kyle Korman has capped off a stellar high school football career by being named to the AP First Team All State Football Team for Division 3 as an defensive lineman.  Korman was also named to the Honorable Mention Detroit Free Press team along with teammate Marshael Ryan.  Korman was also named to the Flint Journal All Area Dream Team on defense.


(photo compliments of Digisharpphotograpy and Mark Bolen)
2014 Fall 1st Team All-Metro Athletes
Football Post-Season Awards Announced
The following varsity football players have received post-season recognition for their efforts this season:

Most Valuable Lineman:  Kyle Korman
Most Valuable Back:  Ryan Young
Most Improved Player:  Zach Appleburg
Jughead Award: Andrew Kost
Cracked Helmet: Kyle Korman

1st Team All-Metro:  Kyle Korman (OL & DL); Marshael Ryan (LB); Austin McNeill (DL); Ryan Young(OB)
Second Team All Metro:  Jake Marshall (DE); Marshael Ryan (DE); Andy Roberts (OL & DL)); Ethan     Quesnelle (OB),  Kevin Bates (OB); Ryker Rivera (DB), Bailey Davis (DB)
Honorable Mention: Zach Appleburg, Andrew Kost
Metro League Scholar Athletes: Zach Appleburg, Kevin Bates, Ronnie Gipson, Nolan Hill, Andrew Kost, Ethan Quesnelle, Marshael Ryan, Jake Zorn

                                  
Boys' XC Earns Academic All-State
Following their 7th place finish at the finals, the boys' xc team has now added Academic All-State to their 2014 resume. In order to earn this honor, a team must compete in the state finals and have an average GPA of 3.5 or better for five of the seven runners participating in the final race. Andy Bennett, Jack Eck, Kagen Griffith, Chase Morse, and Ryan Torok had an average grade point average of 3.54 to earn this prestigious honor for the team. Great job!
Thornton & Wright All-State Soccer
Co-captains Ben Thornton and Kevin Wright capped off brilliant HS soccer careers with a selection to the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Division 2 All-State First Team.  The seniors were also named to the MHSAA All-District and All-Region teams.

Also receiving All-State recognition were juniors Tyler Ziccardi (3rd Team) and Nolan McDonald (HM).

              (Photos compliments of Klari Frederick)

The following are results of the District and Region teams:
ALL-DISTRICT              ALL-REGIONAL                       ALL-METRO
Ben Thornton                  Ben Thornton                            1st Team:
Kevin Wright                   Kevin Wright                                  Ben Thornton
Tyler Ziccardi                  Tyler Ziccardi                                 Kevin Wright
Nolan McDonald              Nolan McDonald                             Tyler Ziccardi
Cam Davis                                                                          Nolan McDonald
Marcos Toledano                                                               2nd Team:
Derek Deighton                                                                     Cam Davis
​David Fowler                                                                         Derek Deighton
Jay Howard                                                                        HM:
                                                                                             Marcos Toledano
​                                                                                              David Fowler
Girls XC –Top 10 Performance at State Meet
A week after earning their third regional title in a row, the Linden Girl’s Cross Country team soared to a 10th place finish at the MHSAA State Finals meet on Saturday, November 1st at MIS, Brooklyn, Michigan. On a very windy, chilly and blustery afternoon, Senior Savannah Ferrara led the team across the finish line coming in 25th place overall (19:10) out of a field of 248 runners earning All-State Honors. Savannah saved her best two performances for the last two races of her high school career. Jordan Holscher crossed the line in 66th place (19:53) coming in second for the team. Taylor Ganger set a life-time personal record at the state meet nearly breaking the 20 minute mark (20:01). She was 82nd overall. Senior Courtney Davis fought her way to the finish posting a 20:20 mark. Kailee Corcoran completed the top five for Linden running a lifetime best of 20:57. Rounding out the team was Maya Gossett and Senior Sydney Ganger who battled the elements and ran with determination. Going into the state finals, the team was not ranked in the top 10. This is an amazing accomplishment!
Boys' XC Team Earns 7th in State Finals
After a disappointing regional performance the boys' cross country team bounced back with a great effort at the MHSAA State Finals. The 10th ranked Eagles finished 7th in the race led by Ryan Torok and Mikey Varacalli. Both competitors ran close to their best times on the year. Ryan finished 30th and earned all-state while Mikey was 32nd, just two spots removed from that honor. Jack Eck, Nick McDonald, and Andy Bennett rounded out the scoring with Chase Morse and Kagen Griffith filling out the varsity roster. For Linden, it was the 8th top ten finish in the last nine years. Complete results are available here.
Eagles Into The Play-Offs
For the 13th straight year, the Eagles have qualified for the MHSAA football playoffs.  Linden will host Mason at 7:00pm on Friday, October 31 in the first round of the Division 3 Districts.
Girl's XC Team - Regional Champs!
On Saturday, October 25th, the girl's cross country team competed with fortitude and determination posting 3 lifetime prs and 2 season prs to take first place at the Regional Meet at Delta College and qualifying for the State Finals. Savannah Ferrara (lifetime-2nd place), Jordan Holcher (season-7th place) and Courtney Davis (season-11th place) were all medalists finishing in the top 15. Taylor Ganger and Maya Gossett (lifetime) finished 16th and 17th respectively out of a field of 96 girls. Kailee Corcoran (lifetime-25th place) and Sydney Ganger completed the varsity team. The Lady Eagles will now prepare for the State Meet taking place Saturday, November 1st, at MIS.
Boys' XC Qualifies for State Finals
Linden finished third of 14 teams in their region to secure a ninth straight trip to the state finals. The Eagles were led by medalists Mikey Varacalli and Ryan Torok. Jack Eck, Andy Bennett, and Nick McDonald rounded out the scoring for Linden. The team will compete at the MHSAA State Finals on Saturday, November 1st. Congratulations! Full results are available here.
MHSAA.TV Highlight Clips from the Reg-Semi
Wright On! - Linden scored three times in the last 17 minutes of the first half against Madison Heights Lamphere. Here's the first of the trio on a blast off the foot of Kevin Wright with 16:53 left.

Shier Scores On The Header - In the third minute of the second half, Julian Shier scores for Linden to give his team a 4-0 lead against Madison Heights Lamphere.
 
 
You can watch the whole game by Clicking Here
 
2014 DISTRICT SOCCER CHAMPS
The Eagles were able to successfully defend their MHSAA District Championship with a 6-0 shut-out over the Fenton Tigers at Claude Cranston Stadium on Saturday.  The very tough Eagle defense did not give up a single goal to the three teams they faced in District competition.  
Marcos Toledano opened the scoring on a Derek Deighton assist at the 28:06 mark of the first.  Kevin Wright scored minutes later on an assist from Toledano; and again, unassisted at 9:01 to take a 3-0 lead into the half.  Tyler Ziccardi scored on a restart at 30:25 in the second and then connected with Ben Thornton who scored at 28.42 for a 5-0 lead.  Toledano completed the scoring from a Wright assist at 7:55 for a 6-0 final.  Keeper Jay Howard made all three saves on goal the Tigers were able to muster in their 5 total shots during the game.
Linden will now travel to Brandon HS for the Regional championship with the first game on Tuesday at 5:00 vs. Madison Heights Lamphere.
Golf State Finals
Hannah Joslin represented Linden as an individual at the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing. The State Finals took place on Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th. Joslin shot a 91 Friday at a tough Akers West course. On Saturday Joslin shot 89 on an a much worse weather day for a two-round total of 180. She finished the tournament in a tie for 22nd place out of 89 total players in the field. Joslin was the 5th place finisher among the 14 golfers who qualified for the State Finals as individuals.
Soccer Team Metro League Champs!!
Coach Kevin Fiebernitz and his 5th ranked Eagle soccer team won their second consecutive Metro League Championship with a 5-0 shut-out over Fenton this evening.  On Senior night, Ben Thornton got things started early with an unassisted goal only four minutes into the game on a restart kick which proved to be the only goal in the half for either team.  Nolan McDonald scored early in the second half on as assist from Marcos Tolendano.  Derek Deighton scored the next two goals on assists from Austin Lapham and Tolendano and Kevin Wright put the finishing touches on the offense with a goal at 2:36 with yet another assist from Toledano.  The stingy Eagle defense held the Tigers to only 5 shots on the evening, none on goal.  The Eagles move to 14-2-1 and finish the Metro at 6-0-1.
Wright/Lawhorne Flint Area Coaches of the Year
Teresa Wright and Clint Lawhorne were voted by their peers the 2013 Greater Flint Cross Country Coaches of the Year. The award is based upon the success of their teams last fall. Coach Wright led her team to a Metro League Championship, Regional Championship, and a 4th place finish at the state finals. Coach Lawhorne's team finished 2nd in the FML, won their 7th straight Regional Championship , and finished 4th at the state finals. Congratulations to both for this accomplishment.
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