By Bill Mullaly
Yes, 2010 was a very special year around here with the Hudson Football Tigers winning a state championship in late November. However, they were not the only Tigers to win a state crown as the wrestlers won a state championship as well early in the year. Those were two of the main highlights to the local sports scene in 2010 but they were far from the only highlights. Here is a brief look back month-by-month to the great year we had around Hudson sporting-wise.
• The wrestling team won the 5th annual Super 16 tourney they hosted winning by ove 100 points. Seniors Zeb Hilyard and Derrik Marry won title as did sophomore Devan Marry. Hudson scored 231 points and Plymouth Canton was next at 124.
• The Hudson Middle School competitive cheerleading team finished up an undefeated season as they won each meet. HEad coach Lyndsi Bailey had quite a team that finished with a perfect record.
• The Hudson varsity competitive cheerleading team wins the Manchester Invite as they are off to another great season hoping for a state title in March.
• The girl’s basketball team gets its first win of the season beating Dundee 68-43 at home. Sam Merillat had 17 points as the sophomore hit four 3-point shots.
*The boy’s basketball team had a win on winter homecoming night as senior Nathan Smith scored 29 points and had 11 rebounds in the win over Hillsdale Academy. He was named king at halftime and Nicole Wright was the queen.
• The Hudson wrestlers beat Dundee at the annual LCAA league meet. Hudson edged the Vikes by ten points to claim a co-LCAA championship with the Vikings who won the dual meet. Hilyard, Joel Varney and the two Marrys win league titles.
• Both of the Hudson bowling teams are having great seasons as the boys and girls are both battling to win the Lenawee-Washtenaw County Bowling Conference. The girls end up first and the boys second in the LWCBC.
• The boys on the hardwood got its first LCAA win of the season beating Erie Mason 57-52. Sam Klinger had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the win.
• The Hudson varsity competitive cheers won yet another LCAA title its 11th in a row. They were first at districts and second at the regional and will again try to win a state title for themselves and head coach Kelly Bailey.
• The Hudson wrestlers win the district, regional and team state championships. The state final wins at Battle Creek are by combined scores of 169-26. The final match was an easy 43-20 win over archrival Addison. Scott “Scooter” Marry led his team to its second consecutive team state championship at Kellogg Arena in the Cereal City. The two other wins were 76-0 over Martin and 50-6 over New Lothrop in the semis. It was total domination for the Tigers!
• The Hudson girls 3-4th grade hoop team is having quite a season as they have won a couple of youth tournaments.
• The Hudson cheerleaders are second again. The runner-up spot came to Pewamo-Westphalia as Hudson lost by just seven points. This was the third consecutive runner-up finish and the fourth time they were second in the last five years.
• The Hudson boys took third place as a team at the state bowling championship meet at Sunnybrook Lanes.
• Two individual bowlers represented Hudson with Margaret Brockway for the girls taking 18th at the state meet. Troy Brown was 51st for the boys.
• Winning individual state wrestling championships were a trio of Tigers. Zeb Hilyard at 125 pounds ended the year at 58-5 and he was 204-30 for his career. Junior Matthew Smith at 189 pounds won it all with a final mark of 57-3. He won his last match over a Mendon wrestler. Devan Marry finished the year 59-4 and with his second title in two tries. He is now 117-10 for his career.
• The boys advanced to the district final with a win over Morenci but fall to local rival Pittsford in the championship game. Hudson beat Morenci 59-50 in the semis but fell to Pittsford 63-38.
• Tiger head football coach Chris Luma is honored in Toledo by the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame for the 13-1 season in the fall of 2009. His Tigers ended as state runner-up to Traverse City St. Francis.
• The Hudson youth wrestlers are competing and winning in several local area tournaments. These youth tournaments are developing young wrestlers who go on to star years later at the high school level.
• The girl’s softball team is off to a good start with six wins in its first nine games. The team is led by sophomore pitcher Sam Merillat.
• The boy’s baseball team is 4-4 as the season gets going but they had one huge win. Hudson beat Adrian in extra innings despite a monster game from Maple player Mitchell Webb a former Tiger.
• The gir’s track team is doing its best led by senior hurdler Jami Grob, junior high jumper Sarah Luma and freshmen speedster Liz Ladd who won the 200-meter race at the Western Relays.
• The boys track and field team is struggling but middle distance runner Isaac Van Wieren is having a good season running the 800 and 1600-meter races.
• The boy’s golf team is improving as they continue to chase Ida for the top spot in the LCAA. Junior Jon Ames is off to a strong start on the season.
• In one of the greatest comebacks in school history the girl’s softball team scores seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Madison 7-6.
• The baseball team wins the East Jackson Wood Bat Invite taking three games. Then Hudson won its 20th game of the season by taking second at the Grass Lake tournament.
• Sarah Luma wins the regional title and again ties her own school high jump mark with a leap of 5-2. She will be the lone Hudson athlete representing the boys and girls track and field teams at the individual state meet.
• The boys golf team advanced to the team regional meet by doing well in the team district. Senior Nate Nastase continue to play well to lead the team.
• The baseball team wins its 24th game of the season to set a new school record for most wins in a season. Head coach Jeremy Beal leads the team to a second place finish in the LCAA just behind Blissfield.
• Luma wins the high jump at the DTII in Adrian earning county champion honors. She goes to the state meet and takes fourth again jumping 5-2 to tie her school record.
• The baseball teams win the pre-district game over Madison but falls to eventual distict champion Clinton in the semis. Hudson ends with a school record 25 wins.
• The girl’s softball team bows out of play with a loss to Madison in the pre-district but they do end with 17 wins.
• Ashley Boies and Nathan Smith are named the top female and male athletes of the year at Hudon High School.
• Another year of the popular sport of youth soccer comes to a close as the local league finishes up the spring season down at Memorial Field. The league again had good numbers with lots of participation.
• The girl’s youth softball program is off to a great start with lots of participants playing in the local leagues.
• Another season of Post 180 American Legion baseball is underway with both senior and junior Legion teams.
• Drew Milligan is named second team all-state for his feats on the diamond. Also, he is named Lenawee County Player of the Year!
• A huge turnout takes place for the Run Posey 2010. Over 260 participants compete to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes in the event held at Posey Lake.
• The 10th annual David Clark Memorial Youth Baseball tournament was held in Hudson. Ten teams competed and two teams from Ohio were in the finals with a team from the Pioneer area beating a squad from Wauseon.
• The annual girl’s softball tournament was held at Will Carleton Park with another good turnout for this annual event that raises funds for the local softball league.
• Brian Crater, a senior to be at Hudson High School, competed in a national bowling tournament in Nevada. He was a participant in the annual Teen Masters event held in Reno.
• The Hudson Post 180 American Legion baseball team went to Sault Ste. Marie and finished as the state runner-up taking second to the host team of SSM.
• The annual 5K Booster Run is again held at the local high school and a great turnout of runners is on hand for the event.
• League director Randy Borton wraps up another higly successful summer golfing league for area youngsters who compete in the annual Friday morning league at Shaffer’s Evergreen Golf Course.
• Football practice opens and head coach Chris Luma is greeted by small numbers who have huge aspirations. The team opens with a key win at home over Hillsdale 28-6.
• The annual men’s summer softball seaons wraps up play with Harpoon Wally’s led by coach Steve Sword taking first in the league and in the league tournament.
• All the high school fall sports are underway with the girl’s golf, volleyball and both cross country teams competing.
• The Pop Warner youth football teams have begun practice a sure sign that summer is quickly slipping away.
• Number one Hudson Tiger football fan Jim Stephenson suddenly passes away and the team he loved embarks on a championship season.
• Hudson is 5-0 on the gridiron with big wins over Onsted and Blissfield. Milligan is running wild scoring touchdowns and Matthew Smith is leading the dominant Danny’s Defense.
• The girl’s golf team got its first win of the season beating Addison at Shaffer’s Evergreen Course.
• The JV football team got its first win of the year at Blissfield beating the Royals 24-0.
• Charles Ames hit a hole-in-one at Devils Lake Golf Course on hole number two. It was the second ace of his career.
• Pittsford picked up its first win on the gridiron beating Battle Creek St. Phil 20-7 after opening with four straight losses.
• Pop Warner youth football is underway with Hudson having two flag teams and a tackle team coached by Randy Darr playing in the Addison Area League.
• Hudson Tiger football is a big winner on homecoming beating Ida 43-20. Brittney Luma and Nathaniel Osborne are crowned queen and king at halftime. The win gives the Tigers the LCAA title.
• The volleyball team wins its first LCAA match in quite some time playing well at home and besting Erie Mason in four games.
• Both the boys and girls cross country teams compete well at the 37th annual Hudson Booster Invitational. The boys were third and the girs eighth/
• The JV football season ends at 2-7 but they lose two tough ones 50-48 to Stockbridge and 18-16 to Addison to end they year.
• The Middle School Little Tigers football team ends the year at 2-3-1 with just one team again comprised of both seventh and eighth grade players.
• The varsity Tigers open the playoffs with a 27-0 win over Reading in Division 7 where they are ranked number one.
• The first annual CR Motor Sales football contest created by owner Tim Zacharias is a huge success with close to 100 contestants. First place winner of $300 is Dr. Dan Spencer and 2nd place winner is Sarah Perry good for $200.
• Senior Nathan Wilkerson is the lone Tiger to qualify for the state individual meet at MIS. He finishes 72nd at the individual meet.
• The Pittsford girl’s cross country team makes it to the state meet where they finish 16th. They are led by former Lady Tiger Morgan McFaul who ended up 42nd. She commits to run at JCC for next season.
• The Lady Tiger volleyball team had Addison beaten in the first round of district play up 2-0 but the Panthers roared back to win 3-2 in a thrilling match. Addison would fall in the final of the districts to Madison.
• Legendary former Hudson football coach Tom Saylor, who was the Morenci Bulldog coach for the last two seasons, resigns to spend more time with his family. Saylor ends his career with a big win over Whiteford.
• Hudson beats Warren Mich. Collegiate 52-6 in the semifinals. They head back to Ford Field to play Ishpeming a team they have not faced since 1975.
• The Associated Press names Milligan as its Player of the Year for Divison 7-8 and Luma as its Coach of the Year.
• The Tigers win the first MHSAA playoff state championship in school history. Ishpeming is beaten 28-26. Milligan kicks four extra points, Matthew Smith makes greats catches and sacks the quarterback on the game-deciding two-point play. Quarterback Jimmy Williams hit seven of nine passes in the win. Lastly, Grant Benschoter recovers the onside kick to secure the win. After 14 seasons coach Luma has his first state title. After 35 years old Tiger players and fans finally have revenge as the Hematites are defeated. Downtown Hudson is the site of a huge celebration as the conquering heroes return to town with the state championship trophy and Lenawee County’s first-ever. This truly was a November to Remember!
• The wrestlers, two-time defending state team champions, set out for their third straight crown. They easily win the annual JAWS meet at Jackson setting the tone for the new season.
• The girl’s basketball team led by the scoring of Sarah Luma is off to a nice start at 2-2 with a big win over nearby rival Addison.
• The middle school hoop teams wrap up their seasons with the eighth grade going 4-7 and the seventh ends 3-8.
• The numerous all-state teams are announced and Milligan, Smith and Meiko McDaniel earn first team Detroit Free Press. Williams is honorable mention. Milligan is first team Detroit News and Luma is the News Coach of the Year. Smith is named County Defensive Player of the Year and Milligan earns the same honor on offense. Luma is the County Coach of the Year.
• The boy’s basketball team begins the year with a win over Hillsdale Academy taking a 53-44 win over Hillsdale Academy.
• The competitive cheer team wins its first LCAA meet and the Onsted Invite. Again, everyone is asking, “Will this finally be their year to win a state title?” We will find out in March.
That’s it for 2010 and it was a special year with the Tigers winning it all on the gridiron and the wrestlers doing it again. May 2011 be as kind to all of the Tigers and Lady Tigers!