This season Riverview junior Eric Pickell established himself as the Pirates in top cross-country man.
Running at Lake Erie Metropark in the Division 2 state regional on Oct. 26 Pickell placed 15th in 17:05 and with the effort qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state meet at Michigan International Speedway.
Pickell’s run helped spark the Bucks to a seventh-place finish at the event. Chelsea won the event with a mere 46 points and Dearborn Divine Child was second with 60.
Following Pickell home were Jack Lendon, Gavin Shelton, Ethan Rucarean and Luke Lendon.
On the girls side of the ledger, Paige Beaudry did even better for the Bucs. The 11th-grader was a top 10 regional performer. She finished ninth with the time of 20:16.
At the state finals, held in Brooklyn Michigan on a cold and dreary day on a muddy course, Beaudry ran 72nd with a time of 20:05. It was a solid finish considering there were 247 runners in the big race.
Pickle finished 137th in 17:34 in the 246-runner boys race.
At the Oct. 17 Huron League meet hosted by Monroe Jefferson High School at Willow Metropark the Riverview boys were a solid third as a team.
The Bucs scored 77 points to finish behind first-place Milan, which had 40, and New Boston Huron, 45.
Pickell was the third-place runner in that meet, running 17:02. Only two Milan runners finished ahead of him.
Luke Lendon was 16th in 17:55, Jack Lendon was 17th in 18:03, Rucarean was 19th in 18:06 and Gavin Shelton concluded the Riverview scoring, finishing 22nd in 1812.
The girls were fourth at the league meet with 95 points. Grosse Ile won the meet and the league championship.
Beaudry was sixth in the race with a time of 20:43. Grace Godlewski was 14th in 21:24, Alyssa Brooks was 23rd in 22:33, Emma Small was 24th in 22:56 and Callie Felice was 31st in 24:10.
Golfers wrap up good campaign
The Riverview girls golf team finished a solid season with a sixth-place finish at the Division 2 state regional held at Pineview golf course in Ypsilanti in early October.
The five Buc golfers recorded a score combined of 424.
The team was led by junior Paige Beaudry, who was 11th overall in the tournament with a round of 96.
Freshman Megan Rogers shot 107, junior Nicole Kormos shot 110, senior Emma Bain shot 111 and freshman 7 Cadence Kaminske shot 130.
As a team the Pirates finished behind Regional champ South Lyon, South Lyon East, Allen Park, Trenton and Huron. South Lyon, South Lyon East and Allen Park we’re state meet qualifiers.
Riverview kickers part on Melvindale’s finals run
Riverview’s stay in the Michigan High School Athletic Association state soccer tournament was fairly short this season.
The Bucs opened tournament play by shutting out Southgate Anderson 2-0, but fell in the second round of districts at Trenton to Melvindale 3-1.
Melvindale had earlier beaten Detroit Cesar Chavez and after beating Riverview the Cardinals went on to beat Allen Park to win the district championship.
It was the start of something big for the Melvindale team, which went all the way to the Division 2 state finals before finally losing.
Riverview spikers again in Division 1
Riverview High School rarely finds itself outside of Division 2 when it comes to Michigan High School Athletic Association state tournament action, however the volleyball team has found itself as one of the smallest teams in the Division 1 tournament each of the past few years.
It’s true again this season.
The Bucs played first-round tournament action in Woodhaven. Riverview opened district play Nov. 6 against Carlson. Trenton, Woodhaven and Anderson are the other teams in the district. The district winner moves on to regionals in Dearborn.