Inland cats sail in annual regatta

Inland Cats sail on Lake George during the association’s 63rd annual regatta Sunday morning.


Jonathan Larimore wins 63rd annual Inland Cat Regatta

LAKE GEORGE — Although the 63rd annual Inland Cat Regatta was delayed for a day due to minimal wind on Saturday, Sunday turned out to be a perfect day for a sailboat race with steady breezes and lots of sunshine.

Once again, the Inland Cat Club Sailing Association held its annual summer regatta, sailing the 14-foot Inland Cat sailboats built in the 1950’s and 1960’s by two Lake George residents.

This year’s regatta consisted of three consecutive races on Sunday morning. The winner was Jonathan Larimore, the son of John Larimore, one of the original boat builders. Jonathan single-handedly won the regatta, winning the first and second races before coming in second on the final race.

Rick Ahaus and his crew, Janie Larimore, placed second by winning the third race after placing fourth and third in the first two races. Nathan Larimore, John Larimore’s grandson, came in third overall with Jack Stiefel finishing fourth.

Some felt that this year’s Inland Cat Regatta helped make this summer at Lake George feel a bit more “normal” for a while. However, its silent auction had to be canceled due to the pandemic. But the group still raised money for Project Help through donations at the dinner on Saturday evening.

High Schools 1st fall practices set at Westview

EMMA — Westview High School athletic director Darlene Mathew announced times for the school’s first fall sports practices.

Girls golf will start at 5 p.m. on Friday at Heron Creek Golf Club in LaGrange.

Girls soccer (7-8:30 a.m. and 6-8:15 p.m.), boys soccer (8-9:30 a.m. and 6-8 p.m.), volleyball (3-6 p.m.), boys tennis (5-8 p.m.) and cross country (starting at 6:30 p.m.) will all have their first practices on Monday on school grounds.

Student-athletes must have a physical on file in order to practice and must bring their own water bottle to practice.


Dawson makes all-decade team

ANGOLA — Trine University graduate and Garrett High School graduate Brandi Dawson was recently selected to the 2010s Women’s Basketball All-Decade Team, which includes All-Americans from 2010-20.

Dawson played for the Thunder from 2015-19 after transferring from NCAA Division I Wright State and is third all-time in scoring for Trine/Tri-State women’s basketball with 1,670 career points. She is the program’s career leader in field goals made with 683 and shares the program lead in career starts with 110.

Dawson was a three-time All-American and a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III All-American in her senior season if 2018-19. She was a three-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player and the three-time all-region selection.

Dawson led the Trine women to a 96-18 record, three NCAA Division III tournament appearances (including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2018), two MIAA Tournament championships and two MIAA regular season titles during her four-year career.

19 Trine teams win MIAA Team GPA awards

FREELAND, Mich. — The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association announced last week that 19 Trine University team earned Team GPA Awards for the 2019-20 academic year.

Trine shared league-leading honors with Calvin University. A total of 114 teams in MIAA-sponsored sports received MIAA Team GPA Awards.

The MIAA Team GPA Award is given to conference athletic teams that achieve a 3.300 grade point average or better for an academic year. GPAs are calculated at the end of the academic year.

The three highest team GPAs in the MIAA were from Trine women’s programs. The Thunder women’s cross country team, coached by Zach Raber, led the conference with a 3.842 GPA.

The second-place team in the league was the Trine women’s basketball squad. Along with making the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division III Tournament before its season was stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic, coach Andy Rang’s team also compiled an 3.832 GPA. That was just ahead of Trine’s women’s tennis team, who achieved a 3.83 GPA under coach Erin Kolar.

Five Thunder women’s teams were in the top 11 in the MIAA. The women’s soccer team was eighth with a 3.72 GPA in coach Gary Boughton’s first year in Angola. Coach Jamie Wozniak’s volleyball team was 11th with a 3.664 GPA.

The indoor and outdoor track and field teams for both the women and the men won conference GPA awards. The women’s indoor squad had a 3.615 GPA while the outdoor women’s team accumulated a 3.608 GPA. For the men’s programs, the outdoor team was a bit better, 3.418-3.412.

Other Trine teams winning MIAA Team GPA Awards were softball (3.566 GPA), men’s tennis (3.551), women’s lacrosse (3.517), men’s cross country (3,504), men’s soccer (3,469), men’s wrestling (3.408), women’s golf (3.406), baseball (3.402), men’s golf (3.353) and men’s lacrosse (3.347).

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