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5/25/05 - The Gaylord JV softball team completed its season on Thursday 5/24 with a split of a doubleheader against Alpena winning the first game 7-0 and losing the second 2-1. The Lady Blue Devils compiled an impressive 18-8 record along with a tournament championship in 2007.

The week of May 21 started with a split against the TC West JV followed by a doubleheader sweep of SSM on Tuesday and culminated with the split against Alpena. 

For the season many players stood out: 

Freshman Liz Bauman: Pitching 17-5 record with 195 strikeouts in 116 innings ( 1.68 ave / inning ) 36 earned runs ( .31 ERA ) only 20 walks, 4 wild pitches and 3 hit batters. At the plate Bauman led the team with a .600 batting average, 22 RBI, 13 walks and only one strike out. Her slugging % was .769 

Freshman Katie Kempfer: Led the team in slugging % .791, extra base hits with 7 doubles, 4 triples and 1 home run and had a batting average of .522. 

The following players all hit over .400 for the season: Sophomore outfielder Breanna Lenoir ( .474 ) Freshman catcher Brittney Lenoir ( .415 ) Freshman first baseman Gabby Hoffman ( .415 ) Sophomore third baseman Jordan Kroll ( .403 and team leading 8 doubles )  

First year player Freshman first baseman Tabetha Combs hit .360 with a .420 slugging % and excelled at bunting and sacrifice plays. Sophomore outfielder Brooke Newberry batted .300 and drew 13 walks.  

Collectively the team averaged 9.8 hits per game and 8.2 runs per game.  

At the beginning of the season Coach Krepps expressed to the players and parents her desire to help rebuild the softball program in the Gaylord community and at Gaylord high school and to prepare the players for the varsity level. Team effort was needed in order to be successful and by season's end the JV Lady Blue Devils accomplished that. A never-say-die attitude resulted in many come-from-behind victories. Great pitching and aggressive hitting complemented an ever improving defense. Coach Krepps has encouraged the players to continue developing their softball skills by playing summer softball at either the little league level or with travel teams and to attend college camps. 

The entire JV coaching staff, Coach Haydee Krepps, Assistant coaches Tony Krepps and Brent Holmes, want to thank the parents, players and Gaylord High School for the opportunity to have represented the Gaylord community and athletic department during the 2007 softball season. 

5/17/07 - Ali Minor had another great game defensively.  Morgan Cornelius switched defensive positions and played outstanding.  The defense was once again led by Rebecca (Worm) Saldana.

5/11/07 - The Gaylord JV Lady Blue Devils defeated Charlevoix twice Thursday (5/10) 12-2 & 11-1. This raises their record to 10-6. Liz Bauman pitched both games and struck out 19 batters in two games and allowed only one walk and no earned runs.

Katie Kempfer drove in three runs on five hits, Tabetha Combs drove in two runs on three hits including a two run double, and Gabby Hoffman had three hits and an RBI.  

Kara Holland was 5-5 in fielding opportunities and catcher Brittney Lenoir made her second diving catch of a foul ball in two games. 

The JV softball team will be at Kingsley Saturday for a tournament with their first game at 9 am v. TC St. Francis.

5/9/07 - The Gaylord JV softball team split the doubleheader Tuesday night winning the first game 6-1 and losing the second game 3-2.

The varsity girls' soccer team lost last night by the score of 2-0 at Traverse City Central.  Great performance by Rose LeBlanc.

The JV girls’ soccer team tied Traverse City Central 2-2 Tuesday in Traverse City. Karly Burke and Stephanie Rygwelski each scored goals and Rachel Bartow assisted on both.

5/7/07 - The Lady Blue Devils completed a busy week of softball losing a double header at home Friday to Ogemaw Heights 2-10 and 2-5. The games on Friday concluded an eight game schedule that saw the JV team finish 6-2. Their record now stands at 7-5. 

On Friday the Lady Blue Devils played a very good Ogemaw Heights team. Freshman pitcher Liz Bauman went toe-to-toe with her counterpart as each pitcher struck out 11 batters in game one. Timely hitting by Ogemaw Heights and several miscues by Gaylord allowed the visitors to win game one. In game two, freshman Katie Kempfer took to the mound and pitched well allowing five hits and three runs in three innings and struck out two and kept the game close. Gaylord managed only six hits and two runs in game two. The final score was 5-2. 

For the week several players distinguished themselves: On the mound Liz Bauman won six games and lost one striking out 54 batters and walking 8 in eight games. 

At the plate Bauman led the team with a batting average of .727 with 10 RBI, followed by Sophomore Sarah Salyer with a .636 average and 7 RBI, Sophomore Jordan Kroll batted .462 with 9 RBI and is leading the team in extra base hits with 6 doubles and a triple, and Freshman Katie Kempfer batted .458 with 5 RBIs. 

The Gaylord JV team will play at home v. TC Central Tuesday and at Charlevoix on Thursday before playing at the Kingsley Tournament on Saturday May 12th.   

Birthday greetings to Head Coach Haydee Krepps! Her birthday was May 6th.

5/4/07 - The Gaylord JV soccer team out-shot Alpena last night 15 to 2 to cruise to a 4-0 Big North Conference victory. Two goals came from the feet of Stephanie Rygwelski, followed by one off the boot of Karly Burke.  The fourth goal was added when Heidi Figiel lasered one to the upper corner of the net from 25 yards out.  Ali Simmons assisted two of the Gaylord goals. In net, Kendall Agee posted her fourth consecutive shut out with her aggressive play between the posts. On defense, Morgan Cornelius was stellar in shutting down the Wildcat attack.

The Gaylord varsity girls' soccer team won last night by the score of 2-1 over Alpena.  Goals were scored by Bridget Schellie and Natalie Reszka.  Outstanding individual performance by Erin Mee.

The JV softball team defeated Boyne City Thursday night 12-1 and 11-6. Their record is now 7-3.

5/3/07 - The JV Lady Blue Devil softball team played at the waterfront in Petoskey on Monday and defeated the Lady Norse 11-4 and 6-5 behind the strong pitching and explosive bat of Liz Bauman. Bauman won both games striking out 13 batters in game one and 3 in game two. Her teammates pounded out 17 hits in the first game and 10 hits in the second game. Bauman was a perfect 5 for 5 batting with a double and two RBIs. Sophomore Jordan Kroll continued to rip the ball as she went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Sophomore SS Sarah Salyer drove in two runs also on a 3 for 4 hitting spree. Trailing 4-2 in the third inning Gaylord scored four runs on five consecutive hits along with two walks to take the lead. In the fifth inning Gaylord once again batted around to score three additional runs and seal the victory. 

Game two was filled with excitement and emotion. Trailing 5 to 1 to Petoskey, who found their hitting against Bauman, Gaylord rallied to score five runs in their last at bat to shock  Petoskey and make believers out of the young Blue Devil team. Consecutive singles by freshmen Katie Kempfer, Brittney Lenoir and Tabetha Combs loaded the bases. Sophomore Brooke Newberry fouled off numerous pitches after she fell behind in the count and drew a walk to score Kempfer. Sarah Salyer also drew a RBI walk scoring Emma Charbonneau, who was pinch running for Lenoir. And then freshman Gabby Hoffman delivered the big hit with a two run Texas league single to left field to score Combs and Newberry and tie the game. Sophomore Breanna Lenoir then hit a single to left field for the winning run as pinch runner Samantha Courier blazed across the plate.  

The Gaylord JV team is now 5-3 on the season and 4-0 for the week as they continue play Thursday at Boyne City and Friday at home against Ogemaw Heights. During the post game meeting, Head Coach Haydee Krepps congratulated the players on their victory and never say die effort. "Your trust in your teammates and coaches produced the win. Even though we are a young team your hard work and dedication is paying dividends". 

Coach Krepps would also like to thank and recognize the efforts of volunteer assistant coach Brent Holmes. His enthusiasm and dedication in the dugout and at practices has made the team more productive and enjoyable. 

4/20/07 - Gaylord JV girls defeated the TC West Titans in a 4-0 victory last night in girls’ soccer action. Goals: 2 by Shawna Sagasser; 1 by Stephanie Rygwelski; 1 by Nikki Burroughs. Karly Burke had an outstanding game assisting on 3 of those goals. In net, Rose LeBlanc was like a wall, deflecting all 7 of TC’s shots. Rebecca Saldana led a defense that only allowed 7 shots in the 80 minute stretch.

4/17/07 - The girls' varsity soccer team won by the score of 6-0.  Goals were scored by Bridget Schellie, Natalie Reszka, Kelsey Sereno, Katie Hall, and Mandi Miller.  Great games by Katie Hall, Tessa Walsh, Jessi Pagan, and Charissa Gunderson.  The Gaylord varsity team is 1-1 on the season.

4/11/07 - The varsity girls’ soccer team lost Tuesday by the score of 2-1 to Mt. Pleasant.  Hilary Puroll scored the lone goal and was assisted by Ali Vale.  Great game by Jessica Karsten on defense!  The Gaylord JV girls’ soccer team won with a dominating 2-0 performance over Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday. Both goals were scored by Stephanie Rygwelski. Great job by the entire team. 

3/8/07 - Congratulations to the Gaylord High School girls’ and boys' ski teams! Both Blue Devil teams have been named Scholar Athlete teams for their outstanding performance in the classroom. The Gaylord girls’ team has a combined grade point average of 3.60, the eighth best in Division II in the state. The boys’ team has a cumulative GPA of 3.30, good for 10th overall in Division II. Outstanding job ski team!

Taylor Snow has been named to the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Association All-State ski team. The Blue Devil senior is a member of the 2nd Team for both the Giant Slalom and the Slalom. Congratulations Taylor for a great senior season on the slopes!

3/5/07 - Varsity volleyball ended their season in Class A District action at Alpena on Saturday when they faced TC West.  Rudel, Walsh, Yarrington and Lake all served at 100%.  Reszka, Yarrington and Lake each had a block while Walsh (at 12) and Davis (at 10) led the team in digs.  Scores were 9-25, 11-25 and 8-25. Lake and Kassuba led the team in kills.

Congratulations to the varsity basketball team on their victory over TC West on Friday by a score of 69–59.  Leading scorers were Brian Lindsay with 28 and Nick Freeman 17, the varsity ended the regular season with a 15–5 record.  The JV was also victorious over TC by a score of 57–51, leaving their record for the season at 19–1.  Leading them in scoring were Lucas Wickert 22, Kurtis Dutcher 13, and Joe Arnold 11.  The freshmen were defeated by TC by a score of 50–56, leaving their record at 12-6.  Leading scorer was Dustin Mastej with 12.  It is now tournament time with the first game at HOME versus Alpena tomorrow night.  Come out and support your Blue Devils, game time is 7:00.

The Gaylord varsity bowling team did a great job at state finals in Battle Creek on March 2nd. The boys team finished in 14th place with a score of 3946 out of 16 teams. Jordan Peters finished 60th  with a score of 911 out of 60 boys and Courtney VanTil finished 51st with a score of 971 out of 60 girls. 

We look forward to the next state finals!

3/1/07 - Congratulations to the Gaylord Blue Devil Hockey team on a fantastic season. Gaylord lost a thrilling 4-3 game in overtime against Sault Ste. Marie in pre-regional action at Cheboygan. Thanks to all the Blue Devil students who made the trip to Cheboygan last night and for their outstanding support throughout the season.






2/27/07 - The varsity basketball team and coaches would like to thank all the students and staff that supported them this past Friday in their game against Cadillac.  The varsity came out on the short end of a very hard fought basketball game by the score of 59–55.  The leading scorer for the Blue Devils was Brian Lindsay with 22.  The JV and freshmen were victorious.  The JV won 59–37 with Joe Arnold scoring 18 and Lucas Wickert 11.  The frosh won 44–38 with Dustin Mastej scoring 9 and Geoff Roney and Zach Vaporis scoring 8 points apiece.  Practice for all 3 squads is at 5:30, with the varsity having a film session at 5:00. The next game for all 3 teams is HOME this Friday against TC West.

The Gaylord Blue Devil varsity hockey team ended its 2006-07 regular season with a 3-1 victory over the host Sault Ste. Marie Blue Devils in a Great Northern Hockey Conference game.  The final GNHC game for each team left them in a third place tie at the conference, each with 4-4 league records and gave Gaylord an outstanding 17-7 record for the regular season. 

Gaylord controlled the first period and took a 1-0 first intermission lead on a power play goal by Marco Garneau, who tipped in a shot from the high slot by Will Weber.  Gaylord added a pair of short-handed goals late in the second period to extend its lead to 3-0 from the sticks of Jeff Birk, who tallied on a nice up-ice feed from Matt Gapinski, and by Scott Horrigan, who stole a Soo breakout pass near their net and banked it off Soo netminder Damian McLeod.  Soo scored a late 2nd period power play goal to cut the lead to 3-1.  Each team's goaltender dominated a scoreless third period to seal the Gaylord win and a split of the regular season series between the two teams. 

The Blue Devils end the regular season with a 17-7 record, including a 6-4 Big North Conference record (third place) and the tie for third in the GNHC.  By the luck of the draw, the two Blue Devil squads from Gaylord and the Soo will open regional play in Cheboygan on Tuesday, Feb. 27 against each other.  Faceoff at Cheboygan's Cantile Arena is 6 p.m.  Gaylord will attempt to stay alive in post-season play by winning Tuesday's rubber match, pitting two very good hockey teams who both have been ranked in the Top 10 of Division 3 most of this season.

2/20/07 - Congratulations to the varsity and JV basketball teams on their victories over TC Central.  The varsity won by a score of 59–52; leading scorers were Nick Freeman (14), Ellis Raatz (12), and Robert Phillips (10).  The JV won by a score of 48–47; leading scorers were Lucas Wickert and Joe Arnold with 16 each.  The freshmen lost by a score of 35-47; leading them in scoring were Dustin Mastej and Max Bachlund with 9.  Practice for all 3 teams is at 5:30 today.  The varsity must be here at 4:45.  We hope everyone is getting ready for our big game versus Cadillac at HOME this Friday.

2/16/07 - Varsity volleyball played 3 very good games Wednesday night but lost 17-25, 18-25, and 18-25.  Erica Davis and Vanessa Lake led the team with 5 kills apiece. Shayna Rudel had 14 kill assists and 100% serving. Vanessa Lake also had 100% serving. 

Varsity ski results from the regional ski meet – the Gaylord boys finished 10th overall and the Gaylord girls finished 8th.  Qualifying for state finals was Taylor Snow with a 6th place finish in giant slalom and 7th place in slalom.  Congratulations Taylor!

2/14/07 - Congratulations to all three basketball teams on their victories over Boyne City last night.  Varsity won 79–70; leading scorers were Nick Freeman (18), Brian Lindsay (16), Cory Lewandowski (13), and Robert Phillips (12).  The JV won by a score of 66–55; leading scorers Lucas Wickert (18), Joe Arnold (14), Kurtis Dutcher (10). The freshmen won 66–52, leading scorers Zach Vaporis and Jake Edwards with 13.

2/13/07 - Congratulations to the varsity boys’ basketball team on their victory over Alpena on Friday by the score of 58–56. Leading scorers were Nick Freeman (23) and Cory Lewandowski (12).  The JV also won by a score of 57–46.  Leading them in scoring were Zach Rygwelski (16), Taylor Ciszewski (10), and Kurtis Dutcher (10).  The freshmen lost by a score of 50–48; leading scorers were Dustin Mastej and Nate Burns with 9 points. 

2/2/07 - Varsity volleyball lost to Petoskey in the 1st game (25-22), then came back strong to win the next two (25-19) and (25-22) for a BNC victory January 31. They lost the fourth (27-29) but took the final (15-13) to win the match.  95% serving by the team and awesome blocking and great serve reception helped pull out the victory. Congratulations to all!

The JV wrestling team competed against Petoskey wrestlers on January 31 at home.  Coming away with victories were Kyle Hervela, Aaron Fortier, Ryan Gapinski, and Doug Tyran.   

The varsity wrestling team lost a tough dual for the conference championship (27-24) against Petoskey on January 31.  Wrestling well for Gaylord were Mike Taubitz, Dan Sweetman, Tyler Finch, Jake Armstrong, Kevin Vickers, Danny Sharrard, Andrew Olds, Shane Gapinski, and Laith Samarah. The Blue Devils finish the conference schedule with an outstanding 4-1 record and 2nd place finish.

1/31/07 - Congratulations to the varsity basketball team on their 62–51 victory over St. Ignace yesterday.  Leading scorers were Nick Freeman with 25 and Brian Lindsay with 12.  Great games were played by Robert Phillips, Ellis Raatz, Quinn Woodhouse, and Mike Frazee.  The JV was also victorious by a score of 62–28, leading in scoring were Joe Arnold (11) and Kurtis Dutcher (10).  Next game is on the road at Petoskey on Friday, come support your team!

1/29/07 - Congratulations to the varsity basketball team on their victory over TC West by a score of 65–47; leading scorers were Nick Freeman and Brian Lindsay with 23 points each.  The JV team lost their first game of the season by a score of 57–47, with Joe Arnold scoring 18 points.  The freshmen won by a score of 37–34.  Our next game is at home on Tuesday versus St. Ignace, who has lost only one game this year.  Hope to see everyone there.

The varsity “B” wrestling team traveled to Grayling January 25th and beat Boyne City (64-17) and lost to Grayling in a close dual (49-27).  On January 27th, the JV went to Sault Ste. Marie for a tournament.  First place medalists were Kevin Vickers, Kelton Hervela, Kyle Hervela, and Holden Hunt.  2nd place finishers were Dylan Newton, Aaron Fortier, and Colin O’Neill.  Taking a bronze were Ryan Gapinski, Abe Jacobs, Robbie Allsteadt, and Doug Tyran. 

1/23/07 - The Gaylord varsity wrestling team had another outstanding weekend performance, placing second at the Bay City Central Wolfpack Challenge on January 20th. The Blue Devils finished as runners-up to Roscommon, the third ranked team in Division III.

Andrew Olds and Shane Gapinski went undefeated, while Jake Armstrong, Dan Sharrard, Keith Ozment, and Gus Blanzy went 4-1. Finishing 3-2 were Laith Samarah, Dan Sweetman, and Brian Bliss.

The varsity “B” squad traveled to Charlevoix on January 20th to wrestle in a takedown tournament.  Outstanding performances included Doug Tyran (1st), Colin O’Neill (2nd), Kyle Hervela (2nd), Abe Jacobs (3rd), Derek Briggs (4th), Holden Hunt (3rd), Ben Viviano (4th), Dan Nemetz (3rd), Trent Donker (4th), Abe Jacobs (3rd), and Dylan Newton (3rd).  Overall, the team tied for 4th place in the tournament.

1/22/07 - The cheerleaders competed in Farwell on Saturday, January 20th, with both varisty and JV teams bringing home 1st place trophies!  The varsity won by 74 points and competed against 21 teams.  Congratulations to the Blue Devil cheer teams! 

The Gaylord High varsity, JV, and freshman basketball teams were all victorious over TC Central on Friday.  The varsity won by a score of 62–48; leading scorers were Nick Freeman (25) and Brian Lindsay (24).  The JV score was 67–47; leading scorers were Joe Arnold (17), Kurtis Dutcher (15), Taylor Ciszewski (13), and Lucas Wickert (10).  The freshman score was 54–50 with Todd Cherry scoring 14 and Dustin Mastej scoring 13.  Our next game is home against Cheboygan tomorrow night.  The basketball teams would like to thank the pep band for their support and all the students who came to cheer them on.  See everyone at the game tomorrow!

1/19/07 - The Blue Devil competitive cheer team brought home the championship trophy yesterday from the Roscommon Invitational. It was Gaylord’s first varsity competition of the season. On Saturday, varsity travels to Farwell for another competition. The junior varsity cheer team finished 2nd. Great job girls!

The Blue Devil wrestling team defeated Alpena 49-19 and the Sault 41-25 in a double-dual at Gaylord yesterday.  Outstanding performances were made by Dan Sweetman, Tyler Finch, and Kelton Hervela. 

Varsity volleyball won their first game against Alpena last night (25-20); however, they couldn't keep up the momentum and lost the next three 23-25, 22-25, 18-25.  Vanessa Lake and Tiffany Yarrington led the team with 100% serving.

1/17/07 - Congratulations to the varsity basketball team on their victory over Sault Ste. Marie by a score of 64–48. Leading the way in scoring were Brian Lindsay (19), Nick Freeman (14), and Cory Lewandowski (10).  The JV team also got a win by a score of 50–40, leading scorers being Lucas Wickert (12) and Taylor Ciszewski (11).  The freshmen also won by a score of 59–27, leading scorers being Geoff Roney (9) and Jake Edwards (8). 

1/15/07 - The varsity and JV cheerleaders competed in Brethren Saturday and both teams took home a first place trophy!  The JV team also came home with a championship trophy from the Central Lake Invitational on January 11th. 

The JV wrestling team traveled to Grayling on Friday.  1st - Kyle Hervela and Colin O’Neill; 2nd - Dylan Newton and Ben Viviano; 3rd - Abe Jacobs; 4th - Chris Courier and Rob Allsteadt. 

The varsity boys’ basketball team was defeated by Cadillac on Friday; leading the way in scoring were Ellis Raatz and Brian Lindsay with 11 points.  The JV team remained undefeated and was led by Joe Arnold (21) and Lucas Wickert (11).  The freshman team also won with Todd Cherry scoring 14, Dustin Mastej scoring 12, and Geoff Roney scoring 11.   

Varsity volleyball defeated Rudyard and Oscoda in pool play, and then went on to win games against Inland Lakes and Pellston, but lost to Escanaba in the finals.  Congratulations on a great team effort and on your 2nd place trophy!

1/8/07 - The Gaylord varsity basketball team defeated Petoskey by a score of 59-56 on Friday. Leading scorers were Ellis Raatz (13), Robert Phillips (13), Quinn Woodhouse (11), and Nick Freeman (10). The varsity is now 5-2 on the year.  The JV team improved to 7–0 with a 57–48 win over Petoskey; leading scorers were Joe Arnold (18) and Kurtis Dutcher (13). 

The Gaylord varsity wrestling team placed 4th out of 10 teams at the Richmond Team Tournament.  Going undefeated for the day were Dan Sharrard, Andrew Olds, Shane Gapinski, and Keith Ozment.  Outstanding performances were also turned in by Jake Armstrong and Kyle Hervela. 

Northern Michigan Junior Challenge at Gaylord results: 1st - Kyle Fisher and Kelton Hervela; 2nd - Derek Briggs, Dylan Newton and Colin O’Neill; 3rd - Aaron Fortier, Abe Jacobs, and Ben Viviano.

The JV wrestling team gives special thanks to all the cheerleaders who helped to make this tournament run successfully.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Get involved! Become a Booster.

We have some ongoing needs to help preserve our athletic programs.  Please note that the Booster Club gave over $45,000 last year to help fund athletics.  This fall, in keeping with that effort, we have already donated $2,000 to girls' swimming, $500 to 5 teams who helped with our concession stand, $10/athlete for all fall teams, and made a contribution to our varsity cross country team making it to the state finals - and the school year has a long way to go.

We appreciate your commitment to Gaylord Athletics and hope you will consider joining us in making our programs the best in northern Michigan.

Go Blue Devils!


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