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Linden Athletic News
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. 
Varsity Softball Wins Clare Tournament
 On Saturday the Varsity Softball Eagles won the Clare Invitational by beating scrappy Rudyard in Game 1 by a score of 4-3 and then beating tournament host Clare in the finals 9-4.  In Game 1 Linden led 4-0 behind the pitching of Alexa Marsh, who had 9 strikeouts in the game, but had to hold on for the 4-3 win as Rudyard scored 3 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Liz Rakowski and Kim Freitas each had 2 hits to the lead the Eagles and Marsh drove in 2 runs.  In game 2, Linden broke open a 0-0 game with a 5 run rally in the bottom of the third inning. Brittney Vargas started the rally with a hot shot to third for a single, Jess Richert followed with a walk in a quality at bat.  After the next two batters were out, Liz Rawkoski drove in the first run with a single.  Later in the inning both Alexa Marsh and Sterling DeGayner hit shots off the fence to plate more runs.   Linden kept the bats hot after that adding 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th and 6th.  Rakowski and DeGayner both went 3-3 with 3 RBI's each, in Game 2. .  Christina Clemens went 5 strong innings for the win and was relieved by Alexa Marsh who pitched the final two innings.  Linden was helped by tremendous fielding in the victory vs. Clare. Sterling Degayner started two double plays including one where she ranged into shallow centerfield, caught the ball and threw out the Clare runner trying to score on the tag.  Clemens also made a great play by snagging a foul popup at the fence for the 2nd out of the 7th inning.  The Eagles face Flushing at home on Monday!
Eagles Win Soccer Showcase
The Eagles had a huge day in the Saginaw Heritage Showcase on Saturday and finished with a 2-0-1 record over top D1 teams.
Linden battled Troy Athens to a 0-0 tie in a great  defensive match to start the day.  In game two, the offense got started with an Audrey Steiert goal from an Alia Frederick assist.  Frederick then served up Katie Wilkowski for the second goal,  Abbie Paige scored the third Eagle goal from a Bridget Adams assist and Alia Frederick scored on a penalty kick to close out the first half with a 4-0 lead.  Steiert had the lone goal in the second half from a Katie Wilkowski assist to seal the shut out victory.
Maddie Zayan scored twice against the previously unscored upon Grand Blanc Bobcats to lead the Eagles to a 2-0 victory in game three.  Audrey Steiert and Abbie Paige each had an assist.
Bridget Adams and Madison Paige combined for the shut-outs in goal for the Eagles 8th shut out of the season.
The 7th ranked Eagles improve to 11-0-1 on the season and will open Metro league play on Monday as they host Holly at home at 6:00.
Eagle Soccer Wins Again
It was another awesome game and another shut-out victory for the Varsity Eagles who defeated visiting Owosso 8-0 on Thursday.  Katie Wilkowski and Maddie Zayan each had a pair of goals to lead the offense for Linden.  Also scoring a goal were Sam Hawkins, Audrey Steiert, Alia Frederick and Teresa Walterhouse. Assists came from Alia Frederick (2), Abby Paige, Maddie Zayan, Madison Paige and Audrey Steiert.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Scoring:

Name                    Goals     Assists                

Tyler Bourassa        5            2

Brian Hackney         2            1

Derek Delong          1            3

Dylan Meisch           1            2

Jake Newblatt          0           1

 

Ground Balls,

Wolves 32,  Whitmore Lake 14

Shots

Wolves 38,  Whitmore Lake 28

Saves:

Adam Glomb 10,   Whitmore Lake 4

Penalties

Wolves 4,  Whitmore Lake 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to download the application and criteria.
Wolves Lacrosse

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

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

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

 

Braden Banasiak led the Eagles in scoring with 8 points.

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

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

Boosters Golf Outing
Freshman Boys Beat Mt Morris

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Travis Klocek led the Eagles with 16 points.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The varsity boys team went on the road to rival Fenton 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Travis Klocek led all scorers with 20 points.

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

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

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

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

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

Travis Klocek led all scorers with 26 points.  

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Travis Klocek led Linden with 7 points.  

Jeff Metzger and Hayden Mahakian had 4 each.

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

Rounding out the scoring was Max James with 1 point.

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

Dec 05 2015

Team 1 2 3 F
Mid-MI Storm (Gldwn,Hrsn) 1 0 1 2
Griffins « 4 1 1 6
Play-By-Play | Boxscore

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

Goaltender: Manny Vomvolakis (W)

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