By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor
Lake Fenton’s Jordan Newman scored an impressive 40 goals as a freshman in 2011. And then she just kept filling the net.
Camri Grace’s scoring run began much differently. She didn’t hit a home run in 33 games as a freshman – but had 18 homers in 34 games as a senior this spring.
Newman finished her career this season after easily setting the MHSAA career girls soccer scoring record with 195 goals – 27 more than the previous record set by Newaygo’s Jaleen Dingledine from 2004-07. Newman’s goal total ranks 14th in the national record book.
Grace, meanwhile, tied the MHSAA single-season home run record set in 1979 by Pentwater’s Melinda Van Gillis and will rank 11th in the national record book when her total from this spring is added.
Newman’s 58 goals as a junior tied for second-most in one season in MHSAA history, while her 56 as a sophomore tied for fourth-most. She also finished second to former Hudsonville Unity Christian star Laura Heyboer (290) with 245 career points. Newman will continue her career this fall at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina.
A catcher, Grace finished her high school career with 43 doubles, 31 home runs and 162 RBI, all good enough to make the MHSAA record listings, and batted .499. She’ll continue her softball career at Eastern Michigan University.
Read on for more recent additions to the MHSAA record books, and click on the headings below for all listings for those respective sports.
- Cheboygan suffered its only loss of a 19-1-1 run this spring in a shootout to Freeland in their District championship game, and logically, a handful of top performers ended up ranking highly in the MHSAA records. Junior Amanda Paull – also a member of the MHSAA Student Advisory Council – tallied the second-most assists in one season, 39, while teammate Sierra Kolatski made the single-season goals list with 34. Keeper Jessica Smith made the shutouts list with 17 as Cheboygan became the latest of nine teams to give up five or fewer goals in a season.
- Monroe’s Jaci Morr finished her career this spring not only as Monroe’s record-setting goal-scorer for one season, but also as one of the top scorers in MHSAA history. She made the single-season list with 44 goals this season and had 72 over her four years on varsity. Teammates Claire Goines and Amy Smith also were added for five assists in one game and 15 shutouts this spring in goal, respectively. Morr broke her school’s single-season goals record of Abby McCollum, who had 40 as a senior in 2010 and 81 over a three-year career. McCollum also was added to the record listings four times, and LeAnn Garrett was added for her eight goals in a game against Carleton Airport in 1996.
- Riverview’s Kirsten Chambers made the single-season assists list twice with 33 as a junior and 26 this spring as a senior, ranks third on the career list with 100 and also made the career goals (71), single-season points (54) and career points lists (171) during her outstanding four-year run. Her career points rank 16th.
- Brooklyn Columbia Central’s Danielle Eastman capped her career with 54 points including 42 goals this spring, both totals making MHSAA lists. She also made the career goals list with 104 over the last three seasons.
- Saginaw Heritage’s Lacy Tolfree finished her career this spring with 15 record book listings, including the second-longest hitting streak (37 games) in MHSAA history, fourth-most career hits (265) and sixth-highest career batting average (.588). She also made career lists with 230 runs, 57 doubles, 20 triples and 166 stolen bases. She’ll continue her career at Central Michigan University. Teammate Haley Lehner also was added to the record listings with 52 doubles over her four-year career.
- Former Gaylord St. Mary standout Dwain Koscielniak already had four listings in the MHSAA football record book, including the record of 529 yards rushing in a game in 1990. The following spring, 1991, Koscielniak finished his high school baseball career with a .629 average and 17 home runs. He ended with 35 home runs over four varsity seasons, second-most in MHSAA history at that time and now tied for eighth most. He went on to play baseball at Ferris State University, was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1994 and played two seasons of minor league baseball.
- Ortonville Brandon’s Sean Martens capped his high school career this spring pitching to a 9-1 record with a 0.33 ERA and six shutouts – the ERA and shutouts made the MHSAA record listings, and his ERA ranks ninth lowest for one season by pitchers who threw at least 60 innings. He’s committed to join the Central Michigan University baseball program this fall.
- Mackinaw City’s Noah Morse capped his three-year varsity career among MHSAA leaders in single-game, single-season and career steals. He twice had 12 steals in a game to tie for third-most, with his 115 steals this season tied for 10th on the single-season list and his 258 career steals – in only three seasons – ranking 11th.
PHOTOS: (Top) Lake Fenton’s Jordan Newman pushes toward the goal during a win over Freeland in 2013. (Middle) Williamston’s Camri Grace tied a 35-year-old single-season home runs record this spring.
Jada Bolhuis finished up her Otsego softball career this spring all over the MHSAA record book – and despite playing only three seasons because 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19.
Bolhuis owns 12 entries in the MHSAA record book including for 228 career runs (16th all-time), 230 career hits and a .622 career batting (sixth all-time) over 112 games and three varsity seasons.
She also made the hitting streak list twice, with a run of 44 straight games with a hit from April of her freshman year until the end of April of her junior season, and for a 33-game hitting streak during her junior and senior springs. The 44-game streak is the second-longest in MHSAA history.
Bolhuis also is a track sprinter and is slated to run at University of Tampa.
We’re continuing to catch up on adding record book listings. See below for more of the most recent added for softball.
Richland Gull Lake’s Savanna Disbrow had a par of significant run-producing games over the course of two weeks in May 2021. She drove in seven runs against Mattawan that May 5, then eight in a win over Delton Kellogg on May 20. She played this past season at Bemidji State in Minnesota.
Gabby Schloop put up a senior season to remember for Midland in 2021, posting the fifth-most runs scored (83) and tying for the fifth-most doubles (27) in MHSAA history, while also making the single-season hits list with 70 and career doubles list with 49 over three seasons. Taylor Sanborn also made the single-season hits list in 2021 as a senior, and also with 70. Sanborn continued her career at Calvin University, and Schloop at Northwood.
Maddisyn Miller also was added for RBI in a single game, driving in seven May 12, 2021, for Ovid-Elsie against Laingsburg. She is a junior this fall.
Rochester Adams earned its first softball record book entries in 2021. Then-junior Sabrina Lee was added for getting hit by 17 pitches over 34 games. Teammate Elizabeth Blaine, a senior that season, hit home runs in consecutive at bats, both in the second inning, of a game against Auburn Hills Avondale.
Potent offense helped drive Grandville to a 31-5 finish in 2019, with a number of top hitters in the record book. As a team, the Bulldogs are listed for 399 hits, 76 doubles, 34 home runs and 292 RBI that season. Then-senior Taylor Buiter was added for 10 home runs, including a pair in consecutive at bats, and then-junior Maddi Ungrey was added for three home runs in the same game all in consecutive at bats as well. Then-senior Lexi Dukesherer became the first player listed for being hit by a pitch twice in the same inning, and she also made the single-game list in that category for three. Additionally, former Grandville standout Carrie Mesman was added for her 17 doubles in 2015. Mesman went on to play at Aquinas College, and Buiter played at Ferris State.
Bath’s Bailee Buck has become the first entry for career times hit by pitches, as she totaled 30 over 99 games from 2017-19 (with her senior season of 2020 canceled due to COVID-19). She also made the single-game list with three HBPs as a junior. Teammate Ally Estrada was added twice for hitting consecutive home runs, five days apart during the 2019 season, and also for driving in seven runs in the first of those games May 18, 2019, against Algonac. Estrada graduated this spring.
Grosse Pointe South’s Shannon Dame became the second player added to the single-season hit-by-pitch list. She was hit by 20 pitches during the 2021 season, when she was a junior.
A trio of New Lothrop hitters were added for hitting during the 2021 spring, led by then-junior Jersey Hemgesberg who was added for 73 hits, 25 doubles and 12 home runs over 38 games – with the 25 doubles tying for seventh-most in MHSAA history. Additionally, Brynne Birchmeier was added for 20 doubles and Marissa Rombach for 17. Both are juniors this fall.
Bloomfield Hills sophomore Hannah Grant made the single-game lists for home runs and RBI during a win over Berkley on April 7. She had three homers and six RBI in the 9-7 win; the three homers tied for second-most in one contest.
Buchanan sophomore Hailee Kara also joined the single-game RBI list with nine during a 19-7 win over Vicksburg on April 21. The nine RBI tied for seventh-most in one contest.
PHOTO Jada Bolhuis makes a throw to first base during Otsego’s District Final win over South Haven this spring. (Photo by Gary Shook.)