Comets Stand Tall in Conference Track Meet

Comment

Comets Stand Tall in Conference Track Meet

Hans Holzner's quick feet are propeling he and the Hillcrest Comets to the section track meet with confidence. 

After a slow start to the year due to debilitating temps that canceled a series of meets, Hillcrest has come on as of late and is positioned for a run at State in a number of competitions.

Sophomore Hans Holzner is taking the lead on the team. A first place finish in the 1600 meter race earned Holzner a trip to the Section meet. Moments later Holzner joined Eric Konynenbelt, Toby Simonsen and Tommy Thompson in the 4X800 relay. The team of four has finished the season strong, pulling-out a first place finish and giving Holzner a second race to compete in at Sections.

Junior Abby Christenson is leading the ladies, finishing in second place in the 800m and third in the 1600m. Senior Janaya Caines pulled out a second place finish in the 200m and third place in both the 400m and 100m. 

Comment

Comment

Tungseth Pitches a 4 Hitter in the Lady Comet 12-0 Victory

Laura Tungseth got her first career shut out for the Lady Comets Wednesday night in CGB. Tungseth struck out 10 batters and only allowed 4 hits in the game. The Comets didn't seem to be fazed by the long bus ride, winning the game 12-0 over the Wolverines. "Laura was focused and poised today..." states Head Coach Craig Nersten. 

Lydia Tostenson led the Lady Comets hitting going 4-5  followed by Megan Aasness and Annie Murphy adding 3 hits a piece. Aasness stole 4 bases in the game which compiled 29 stolen bases, which is a single season record. Madelyn Veum had a great defensive night in centerfield. She saved Tungseths shutout with a diving catch, she also contributed 2 runs and 2 hits offensively. 

The Comets take on the Chargers in BrandonThursday afternoon for their last regular season game. 

Comment

Chris Tungseth Propels Comets to a 10-0 Victory

Comment

Chris Tungseth Propels Comets to a 10-0 Victory

Chris Tungseth was dealing on the mound for the Comets, allowing only 1 hit and 0 runs in the 10-0 shutout victory over the Ashby Arrows. Tungseth struck out 13 batters in the 6 inning game.

Jared Christenson led the team with 3 hits followed by Evan Malmstrom and Jonathan Eckhardt each had 2 hits. The Comets had 10 players get a hit in the game, all in all it was a great night for the Comets. The Comets scoring was contributed by all players on the team for start to finish. 

"In addition to Christopher's terrific pitching, it was nice to see all 10 guys who went to the plate tonight get a hit. If we can continue to get production all the way through the line-up that bodes well for the rest of the season." says Coach Steve Undseth.

The Comets are now 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the Conference. They play the top seeded Brandon-Evansville Saturday for a Conference matchup.

Comment

Anderson's Fundraiser Provides Support for DropBox Pastor from South Korea

5 Comments

Anderson's Fundraiser Provides Support for DropBox Pastor from South Korea

Students shuffled through the parking from Hillcrest, making their way to the Bethel Sanctuary for Friday chapel. As they filed into pews HIllcrest student Bo Anderson keyed-away on the Pipe Organ. Following the prelude, Marie Preston greeted the student body and shared a little bit about Bo’s mission.

Many students recognized Bo as the student who played accordion in chapel last year. During that event he shared about his God-given talent, shedding a glimpse into the background behind his incredible gift. Marie Preston's overview of the event called attention to Bo's few classes he takes in the Online Learning Lab. Adopted from South Korea, Bo has some challenges that keep him out of the traditional classroom. However, despite his obstacles, Bo has grown into a renown musician at Hillcrest.

When Bo heard about The Drop Box film, and how Brian Irvine and the rest of his team were helping Pastor Lee, he was intrigued. The film documents the story of a South Korean pastor who's son's disability opened the door to care for those cast onto the streets of South Korea.

Abortion is illegal in South Korea, so children born with deformities or disabilities are often left in the cold climate of city streets. As Pastor Lee tended to his son, born with a severe tumor that inhibited normal development, he witnessed families leaving the hospital without their disabled children. He began to care for them, receiving a moniker of caretaker for the disabled.

Young women, facing a future of medical bills for their children, would leave the deformed little ones on Pastor Lee's doorstep. The South Korean minister built a dropbox into the side of his home, with signs for weary mothers to leave the babies in the warm box, where the pastor would retrieve them following a doorbell ding when a baby is placed in the life giving cocoon. 

Bo knew full well that he could’ve been one of the children Pastor Lee found in his drop box. This surreal scenario played in Bo’s mind. He concluded that he wanted to come alongside Pastor Lee’s efforts and his family by performing a benefit concert for the students at Hillcrest.

The concert hits close to home for some Hillcrest students. A number of the students from South Korea know where Pastor Lee lives, making plans to visit the Pastor and support his ministry this summer when they return home. The concert gave all students a sense of pride, watching a classmate, considered one of the least in his birth country, raise nearly $400 from a concert to 200 high school students.

Drop Box logo.JPG

The Drop Box has had an incredible impact on many students at Hillcrest. The Understanding the Times classes took a field trip in February when the movie was in theatres, and the adminstration purchased the rights to show the film in chapel last week. Bo's work highlighted the impact of the film in a very special way. Using his gifts from God, and his passion to help, Bo was able to bring together the student body to recognize life in a special way, while also helping a pastor on the other side of the world.

5 Comments

Tungseth K's Double-digits in Comet Win

Comment

Tungseth K's Double-digits in Comet Win

Wet and dreary weather came back to the area on Thursday as the Hillcrest Academy Comets softball team took on the Cowboys in Breckenridge. The Comets pulled out the low scoring game winning 2-1. 

Pitcher Laura Tungseth was exceptional, striking out 11 Cowgirls, and recording her second win of the week. 

"Laura got us out of a couple critical jams and had some huge strike outs," commented Coach Craig Nersten. 

Tungseth struck out the side in both the 1st and 5th innings. 

Both teams struggled getting their offenses going as neither team scored through the first four innings. After back to back singles by Megan Aasness and Annie Murphy in the 5th inning, Aasness found herself looking to score from 3rd base. For the 6th time this season Aasness seized the opportunity and stole home, giving the Comets a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Tungseth continued to hold off the Cowboy's offense with her great pitching and some help from her teammates behind her.Maddie Veum scored an insurance run in the 7th for the Comets which later proved to be the game winner. 

With 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, with the Comets up 2-0, the Cowboys had consecutive hits and capitalized on 2 Comet misplays. The Cowboys cut the lead in half and had a runner in scoring position. Tungseth fanned the next batter and sealed the victory for the Comets. 

Offensive leaders for the Comets were Annie Murphy, 3-4 with 2 doubles, and Megan Aasness, 2-4 with 2-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. The Comets are now 4-5 overall.

Comment

Comets String-out 15 Hits in Victory Over Cowboys

Comment

Comets String-out 15 Hits in Victory Over Cowboys

Jared Christenson went 4 for 4 with 3 doubles and 4 RBI's to lead a 15-hit Comet attack, and Reggie Undseth pitched 6 strong innings to lead Hillcrest to an 11-2 victory over the Breckenridge Cowboys Thursday evening at Legion Field.  

Evan Malmstrom went 3 for 5 and scored 3 runs while Jordan Foss went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs, and Chris Tungseth and Jonathan Eckhardt each went 2 for 3 to lend solid support to the cause. 

Undseth allowed 8 hits while striking out 6 and walking only one batter.  A 2-run single by Austin Ramos with 2 outs in the 5th accounted for the only runs by the Cowboys.  Carson Yaggie was saddled with the loss. 

The Comets jumped ahead with a 2-out rally in the first when Evan Malmstrom singled, stole 2nd, and scored on Jared Christenson's first hit.  Chris Tungseth followed with back-to-back doubles to make it 3-0.  They added another run in the 3rd when Christenson doubled and scored on Tungseth's single. 

Singles by Malmstrom and Sean McGuire set up a bases-clearing double by Christenson to increase the Comet lead to 6-0 in the 4th inning.  They nearly ended the game in the 5th when the Comets batted around to score 5 more runs.  Jonathan Eckhardt started the fireworks with a double, Collin Erickson walked, and Reggie Undseth was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Evan Malmstrom's 3rd hit scored one run, an error scored two, Christenson's third double scored another, and Foss' third hit made it 11-2.  He was then tagged out in a rundown an eyeblink before Tungseth scored the would-be game winner. 

Coach Steve Undseth said, "It was good to see us break loose with the bats, our highest output of the season with 15 hits.  Jared is just crushing it right now, plus we had 4 other guys come up with multi-hit games tonight.  We fielded the ball well (our first errorless game of the year), and Reggie pitched a terrific game with just one walk.  I thought a key was the first inning when Breck had runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out, and Reggie got their 3-4-5 hitters out on a strikeout and two pop-ups.  Then we came up and put a crooked number on the board with 3 clutch two-out hits.  That set the tone for the game.  I don't remember the last time we had 7 doubles in a game either.  It was a good night at the ballpark."

Comment

Hillcrest Presents Dominican Trip on National Day of Prayer

Comment

Hillcrest Presents Dominican Trip on National Day of Prayer

Hillcrest's school year is winding down, but students are gearing up for a special part of Hillcrest's tag line, "Live, Learn, Go." The marketing slogan was most recently lived out on Thursday's National Day of Prayer as the school sent a delegation to Morning Son Christian School and Nelson Ford to share the fruits of their annual Dominican Mission Trip.

The sanctuary at the First Church of the Nazarene filled with rows of children sitting politely as principal Tessa Martinson introduced the grade school's special service marking the National Day of Prayer. Turning the microphone to Gregg Preston from Hillcrest, Tessa watched her orderly grade school participate in boisterous songs, releasing the pent-up energy present in every grade school student.

Following a time of song, the Dominican Mission team, led by Senior Jake Isaac, transitioned to share their experiences on the trip. Evan Malmstrom spoke to how the team used sports like Basketball and Softball to earn the right to be heard by athletes in parks at the Dominican. Evan detailed how the team played sports, holding a special meeting following the games to communicate why a group from Minnesota traveled all the way to the Dominican Republic. Malmstrom's depiction drew the team back to the dust covered courts and sweaty faces they interacted with as they competed in the Dominican heat. The group was taken back to the joy they experienced as Evan told of countless numbers who would come forward when introduced to the Gospel. Senior Maddie Veum echoed Evan's sentiment, sharing how God used the Hillcrest team to open doors that Dominican softball, basketball and boxing coaches were hoping to break through to share their faith. Veum noted that God used the team to plant seeds that will bear a harvest of people committed to living for Jesus Christ for years to come.

Gregg Preston transitioned the attention from athletics to orphanages, calling Senior Jared Christenson to the microphone. Christenson shared the touching experience he had in visiting a home for orphans with severe disabilities. Sharing how he froze, feeling sorry for the children as he stood in the doorway of the orphanage room that held bedridden boys with baseball caps and toddlers confined to wheelchairs. As time stood still for Jared, he recalled how one small child wheeled over to him, grabbing his hand, leading him to a bed side to introduce him to the friends that were members of the small community. Christenson identified how the students at Morning Son were able to walk and talk, a blessing not often thought of on a daily basis. However, the experience in the Dominican Republic showed Jared that joy is not bound in physical health or material possessions, but in a loving God who cares for the infirmed and the healthy.

Preston then transitioned the focus from sharing Christ to receiving the love of Jesus personally. Calling senior JK Lee to the front, Preston asked Lee to share his testimony. Highlighting his family's athiesm, Lee shared how teachers and friends at Hillcrest painted a picture of a world with God. Understanding that the world made more sense with God than without Him, Lee told students He was led by the Holy Spirit to place his faith in Jesus Christ, culminating in sharing Jesus with the people of the Dominican Republic and being baptized in the Caribbean Sea.

A small group of students broke from the large group of twenty to share their trip with a local sponsor, Nelson Ford. Gathering in a breakroom filled with Nelson Ford employees, the students filled plates with pizza and started to explain what has happened in the Dominican Republic since the local dealership started partnering with the school. Gregg Preston gave a synopsis of the Santa Fe school, the project most impacted by the local car dealership. Painting a picture of a dilapitated barn where nearly 50 students gathered daily in the Dominican humidity and scorching heat to attend school, Preston spoke to the dramatic transformation that has taken place. People in the Dominican Republic know and appreciate Nelson Ford, notably for the dealership's offering of the Drive For Your School event, where Hillcrest has raised nearly $8000 that has enabled the school to purchase the land the school resides on, build a roof, second story, and being a third story for the main school building. The enhancements have enabled the school to set its sights on a 200 person student body with the plan of building a business on the school's grounds to enable the school to be self-sufficient. Preston communicated how the dealership has enabled fund raising of 1/3 of the purchase for a water factory, the school's small business plan, with hopes Hillcrest can complete the other 2/3 of the fundraising through Fergus Falls community sponsors to allow the school to sustain its ministry for years to come.

As the luncheon ended the Nelson family remained with students, talking through the impact the trip has made on the students' personal and professional lives. Laurel Nelson urged the students to explore opportunities in their careers to make a significant difference in the world. As the team drove back to Hillcrest they were reminded of the school's slogan; live, learn, go. For these students traveling from Canada, South Korea, Virginia, and Fergus Falls, they have lived life together at Hillcrest, learned of God's world, and have gone to the far reaches of the United States to share their knowledge. 

Comment

Nersten Gets Wish As Lady Comets Heat-up to 20 Run Victory

Comment

Nersten Gets Wish As Lady Comets Heat-up to 20 Run Victory

Coach Craig Nersten noted hot hitting from a few girls following a tough loss to Barnsevill this week. Calling on Senior Laura Tungseth and Junior Megan Aasness, Nersten hoped the rest of the team would follow hot hitting from the two leaders. His mid-season wish came true.

Ortonville didn't have a chance in the game following two huge innings from the Comets after Nersten set his team on fire. With 13 hits, and 12 free trips on the game, the Comets turned over a new leaf. Only striking out 3 times, the Comets stood tall at the plate. Senior Abby Taylor blasted her 3rd home run of the season, providing 3 runs following her day at the plate. Megan Aasness continued her hot-streak, going 3-4 at the plate, enabling her to score 2 runs while adding 2 stolen bases to her stat line. Outfielder Kari Simonsen answered Coach Nersten's call as well with 4 RBIs following her 2 hit afternoon, and third baseman Lydia Tostenson caught fire with a pair of hits that drove in 3 runs. 

"I was very pleased that our outfielders played a solid and aggressiv game," noted Head Coach Craig Nersten with a grin. "We played a very disciplined game today, both in the field and at the plate. It's encouraging to see that our girls are starting to put their minds together with their physical gifts."

The Comets played to the 5th inning on Laura Tungseth's 6 strikeout day from the mound. Following the 15-run rule, the Comets set their sights to Breckenridge on Thursday, with a home game Friday before the weekend, hoping to enter Saturday at .500 with their sights on playoffs.

Comment

McGuire's 4 hits Pairs with Christenson's Free Trips to Beat Warriors

Comment

McGuire's 4 hits Pairs with Christenson's Free Trips to Beat Warriors

Sean McGuire strung-out 4 hits, and Jared Christenson walked to first base 3 times, as the Comets overcame a see-saw battle with Wheaton in an 8-5 victory on Monday night.

Following a quick 3-0 deficit in the first inning, the Comet bench grabbed the chain-link fence in the dugout for the second. A Jared Christenson double to start off the inning placed the senior on third base following a groundout. Playing small-ball, the Comets executed a squeeze play to perfection, with Jordan Foss gently laying a hard pitch in front of home plate, where the Warriors elected to fire at Foss and watch Christenson waltz in and break-up the shutout. 

The Comets continued playing good baseball as Collin Erickson's keen eye placed him at first base, a Reggie Undseth single moved Erickson to second. A well-placed base hit by McGuire drove Erickson home capping the 3rd inning's scoring with a Warrior lead of 3-2.

An uneventful 4th inning led the Comets to take their first lead of the game entering the top-half of the 5th. McGuire led off the inning with a double. A walk to Christenson and a bunt single by Chris Tungseth loaded the bases with no one out. Foss executed his second masterful squeeze of the day, tying the game at 3. With runners at second and third, Senior Jonathan Eckhardt provided an RBI grounder to score Christenson for the Comet lead, 4-3. 

Following a Wheaton answer in the bottom of the 5th, Hillcrest immediately attacked in the sixth. Following a pair of outs, Evan Malmstrom reached base on a fielder's choice and moved to 2nd on a balk. McGuire's second double of the game tied the score at 5. Christenson's third walk, the second intentional free trip for his afternoon, gave McGuire a useful distraction to exploit on the basepath. McGuire played to Wheaton's compromised focus, stealing third and sliding into home, giving the Comets a 6-5 lead that they built on in the 7th frame, following a sacrifice fly by Reggie Undseth and an RBI basehit by McGuire.

The Comets are 4-3 in the Pheasant Confernce, 5-4 overall. They play Thursday night at 5pm at th Legion Field.

Comment

Aasness Homerun Propels Comets to 7th Inning Battle with Trojans

Comment

Aasness Homerun Propels Comets to 7th Inning Battle with Trojans

With two 3 game weeks in front of them the Lady Comets look to make a push over the .500 mark with half the season to play. At 2-4 the Comets faced Barnseville in an area contest that saw great pitching, head-down hitting, and some speed on the basepath that has been the hallmark of the Comets this season.

Junior Megan Aasness is making a name for herself using precision bat movement and quick feet out of the box to land base-hit bunts, painting the corners of the infield. Her Remembrandt-like talent with the bat lulled the Trojans in the second inning. Aasness took a perfect pitch over the left-field fence for her first career homerun. Aasness' focus was incredible at the plate, leading the Comets with three hits, scoring three times and driving in two runs.

Hillcrest's offensive production was spotted across the line-up card on Monday afternoon. Aasness led-off in the order, Abby Taylor two spots down produced 4 hits, 3 of which were doubles. Pitcher Laura Tungseth took to the plate a few batters later and produced 2 hits, with Annie Murphy providing the other offensive boost a few batters later giving 3 hits to the Comet scorecard. "Megan, Annie, Abby, and Laura are hitting well, and I hope their success becomes contagious. Every girl on our team can hit, but some seem to be lacking confidence," notes head coach Craig Nersten. "Our hope is that we can turn things around for the second half of the season."

The Comets jumped to an early lead Monday afternoon, racking up a 5-0 score going into the 5th inning. However, the Trojans pulled together a strong 6th inning, with the Comets matching a run and leveling the playing field at 6-6 going into the final frame. Tallying 12 hits on the day, the Trojans mustered a 3-run 7th inning, a rally the Comets couldn't overcome as they pulled out 1 run in the 7th and were left heading to their bench following the final out of a 9-7 heartbreak loss for Senior Laura Tungseth. 

Comment

Lady Comets Lose to Ashby

Comment

Lady Comets Lose to Ashby

The Lady Comets faced conference rival Ashby for another nip-and-tuck game Friday. The May Day game saw little gifts coming the Comets way, who worked up a lead early but watched as Ashby strung together a series of innings that left the Arrows boarding the bus with a 5-3 win.

The Comets brought their sticks early, ripping a few Arrows pitches for base hits before starting pitcher Abbie Ras settled in. Going into the 6th inning Hillcrest looked to have the game under control. Senior Laura Tungseth held the Arrows to 7 hits on the day, fighting through a tough lineup in front of a host of fans that packed-in to Hannah Park. 

Ashby called Tungseth's number in the 6th and looked to capitalize off a few missed pitches from Tungseth. Earning a free trip to first base with a good eye, Beth Odens watched 8th grade speedster Taeyah Johnson round home off a solid hit to the outfield that tied the game. Working the 6th and 7th inntings, Ashby fought for bases and ran the path well, upping their score to 5 runs while Abbie Ras pitched a lights-out 6th and 7th inning. 

The Comets look to take on Barnesville Monday night.

Comment

Comets Collapse in Middle Innings The Trojans Watch at The Plate

Comment

Comets Collapse in Middle Innings The Trojans Watch at The Plate

The Comets sent 15 batters to first base without making them swing a bat in their 14-4 collapse to Barnesville Thursday. 

The Comets built a lead in the 3rd inning off a lead-off single by Reggie Undseth. Undseth moved to 2nd base after reading Barneseville's catcher and getting a good jump to start his stolen base attempt. After an attempted pick-off move, Undseth rounded 3rd and scored. Senior Evan Malmstrom followed Undseth's lead on the base path, reaching second following a walk and wild pitch, scoring off Sean McGuire's single to right field. McGuire followed suit by stealing second base and finding home plate after Chris Tungseth's single.

The 3-2 lead for the Comets was short lived as Barnesville capitalized on a tough outing from Senior Jared Christenson, who was off the mark early, giving up the first 8 runs on four hits, 6 walks, and 3 hit batters. The Trojans put together a 6-run 4th inning and a 5-run 6th inning, sitting the Comets down looking for arms that could hit the strike zone as the Trojans stood watching pitches and walking to first base.

Coach Steve Undseth commented, "It got pretty ugly when we couldn't get the ball over the plate. you can't give 15 free passes and expect to beat anybody." The Comets finished April with a 4-4 record, looking to start May with a win on Monday at 5pm.

Comment

Comment

Comets Win Tight Battle Against Pelican Rapids

Comets were down 11-12 with 2 outs in the 6th, but Johnny Eckhardts two out bases loaded single finished off the scoring 13-12 in last nights game in Pelican Rapids. Pelican Rapids was down 11-4 and rallied 8 runs to take the lead 12-11 before Johnny got his game saving single. 

Reggie Undseth, Jordan Foss, and Sean Mcquire all pitched in last nights game, but it was Sean who sealed the game. Pitching 3 and 1/3 innings to close out the game leaving the Vikings hitless. 

The Comets at the plate were led by Jared Christenson with 4 hits, Reggie, Sean, Chris Tungseth, and Evan Malmstrom each picked up 2 hits as well. 

The 4th inning was a disaster to say the least. The Comets gave up 6 runs on just 2 hits. There was 5 walks and 2 hit batters and many mental errors in the 4th. During the 5th inning the Comets gave up the lead to the Vikings 12-11 leading to Johnny's game winning single. 

The Comets move to 4-3 on the season and look to take on Barnesville Thursday, April 30.

Comment

Comet Girls Beat Lady Vikings 10-3

Comment

Comet Girls Beat Lady Vikings 10-3

As Megan Aasness glanced towards the third base line her grip on the bat tightend. Stepping back into the batters box, Aasness laid down a bunt that started her trip around the bases, evening the score at one and propelling the Comets to a 10-3 rout of the Pelican Rapids Vikings.

Aasness, Annie Murphy, and Abby Taylor hit the ball very well on the sunny Monday afternoon at Hannah Park. Hillcrest saw the ball well as it approached the plate, stringing together 12 hits. The Comets aggressive base-running had the Vikings on their heels, stealing 8 bases in the contest and allowing Senior Laura Tungseth the opportunity to work all corners of the plate, allowing 2 earned runs over 7 innings of work. 

The Vikings worked to put together a number of runs against the Comets. Jumping on Tungseth's change-ups the Vikings strung a few bloopers to left fielder Kari Simonsen. Simonsen's resolve on the field saved a number of scoring opportunities, holding corner-fence hits to doubles and working to shield her eyes from the sun in pop-up situations. Coach Craig Nersten was very proud of Simonsen's play, especially after losing her father to cancer days before the game. "To come out and play, and do well, just after losing her dad is pretty incredible." Simonsen's play shined on the field as her team has supported her off the field the past few days. It is easy to see the stength of the Comets is not only in their bats and gloves, but in the support and encouragement showering from their bench.

The Comets will play Brandon-Evansville Tuesday night.

Comment

Comment

Owls Top Comets 6-4

On Monday night the Comets faced the Hancock Owls in a tough battle. The Comets gave up a 4-0 lead early in the game, but the Comets rallied back to tie the game 4-4 in the 3rd inning. Reggie Undseth singled and scored on a double by Evan Malmstrom. Sean Mcquire reached on an error and stole second. A wild pitch scored Malmstrom, then Jared Christenson scored Mcquire on a triple, to finish off the rally Chris Tungseth tied the game with a RBI single. 

The Owls pushed 2 runs across in the 6th inning to retake the lead 6-4. The 6th inning for the Comets was very sloppy and they couldn't recover from their 2 run deficit, losing the game 6-4. The Comets move to 3-3 in the Pheasant Conference. They will take in Pelican Rapids Tuesday night for a non-conference match-up.

Comment

Comment

Comets Lose to Wolverines 7-3

In the first inning, Comets took a 3-0 lead over the Wolverines in CGB Tuesday afternoon. After the first inning, Jordan Bauer came into relief for the Wolverines and held the Comets to 2 hits and 0 runs in his 5 innings on the mound. 

The Comets gave up their 3-0 lead to the Wolverines over 4 innings. The Comets gave the Wolverines 4 runs off of countless Comets errors or mistakes in the field. The Wolverines didn't get a hit during there 4 run rally. The Wolverines only had 3 hits during the 7 inning game, but they added 3 extra runs in the 6th inning stretching the lead to 7-3. 

The Comets walked 9 batters and hit 2 batters, it was a disappointing game for the Comets and can hopefully bounce back against the Trojans Friday night. With the loss the Comets drop to 2-2 on the season. 

Comment

Rivendell Presentation Sheds Light to Collegiate Future for Students

Comment

Rivendell Presentation Sheds Light to Collegiate Future for Students

A soft hush came over Hillcrest students during Wednesdays chapel. The slide on the projector screen changed to Mr. T holding his gold chains tightly, while a caricature of Jesus, winking and giving a thumbs-up, told the 80's superstar to, "Stay over there, and I'll stay over here." The image startled a few students, who leaned to their neighbor in a whisper, trying to discover who Mr. T is. Jason Poarch, a college representative from Rivendell Sanctuary, interrupted with an explanation. The unconventional presentation was a post-high school explanation that gave students more to think about than their future institution's cafeteria food and course offerings.

Rivendell is an organization Hillcrest has grown to appreciate, due to the school's desire to train students to impact culture. During the presentation the representative outlined Richard Niebuhr's 5 Views of Christ & Culture. Students listened to an explanation of Niebuhr's explanation of Christ against culture, Christ and culture in paradox, Christ as culture transformer, Christ above culture, and Christ of culture. 

The presentation shifted to explain that Christ is not against culture, saying we shouldn't watch any movies. But at the same time Christ is not a superstar, in the sense that His role is to be popular. Students listened as the presenter identified Christ as a culture transformer; with students being drawn to think about their history courses, literature class, and mathematics instruction where people changed the world due to the Holy Spirit's work in their lives.

The discussion shifted to the college campus, where the representative called students to think of their time on the campus as a time to see Christ. Jesus transforms how cultures and societies operate, and when a student looks at college they should look to see where God is at work and if the education is one that drives them to understand God's design, or if the education is clouding or avoiding God's imprint on society.

As students left the chapel there was a genuine pause in the hallways. Colleges recruit students often at Hillcrest Academy. Many boast of facilities or opportunities in their institution. In contrast, students heard today that education is deeply personal and should be thought through more than simply if the lunch menu fits the carnal hopes of the student body.

Hillcrest's administration sat comfortably in their chairs after hearing the presentation. The message was a reverberation in the halls from the words spoken to students from Hillcrest faculty and staff. Hillcrest is pleased to encourage, welcome, and educate side-by-side with Rivendell.

Comment

Warriors Beat Comets in Extra Innings

Comment

Warriors Beat Comets in Extra Innings

The Comets pushed 1 runner across in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead over the Warriors Friday afternoon, but that wasn't enough to stave off the respected Warriors in the Comets home opener.

The Warriors jumped ahead 2-1 off a few errors by the Comets in the 3rd inning. With Chris Tungseth stepping off the mound, and the Comet fielders dusting off their gloves, Hillcrest took to their bats and answered in the 4th, scoring both Chris Tungseth and Jared Christenson who led off the inning with base hits. Jordan Foss tapped an expert bunt that led to a base hit and scored Christenson from third. With Tungseth advancing across the diamond on the play he took a taunting lead during the next at bat. Drawing a pick-off attempt that hit the third base fence, Tungseth crossed home plate with a smile, and the Comets stood tall with a 3-2 lead.

Boe Brunson, of the Wheaton Warriors, tied the game 3-3 with a 2-out single in the 6th. Deadlocked at 3-3, the game progressed into extra innings. After a scoreless frame the Comets made two errors in the top of the ninth. Wheaton manufactured 2 hits following the mistakes, scoring Brunson and Blake Coffman taking the lead 5-3. Hillcrest couldn't produce an offensive run against Wheaton's Eric Schwegel, who pitched the inning contest to completion and picked-up the win.  

The Comets left the bases loaded twice and commited 5 errors as a team. Eric Schwegel sat down 6 Comets on strikes during the contest, allowing only 8 hits in 9 innings. Tungseth followed Schwegel, going 9 innnings as well, only giving up 2 earned runs.

Coach Steve Undseth was optomistic following the hardfought loss this early in the season, "We had a couple chances for big innings...In a tight game like this, that is often the difference...Chris has had too many tough luck losses like this the past couple years, but the season is still young, and we are looking forward to some more big pitching performances out of him before we're done.

This tough loss drops the Comets to 2-1 on the season. 

Comment

Abby Taylor's Home-run Adds to Lady Comets' 10 Run Rally

Comment

Abby Taylor's Home-run Adds to Lady Comets' 10 Run Rally

Abby Taylor's first career home-run propelled the Comets to an exciting win, positioning the Lady Comets in a unique place in the conference. The Comets ousted Ortonville 14-11 after a 10 run rally in the final two innings.

The first three innings of Thursday nights game saw the Comets bats in a quiet state. Assessing pitching and holes in the defense, Craig Nersten ramped-up his team. With sun starting to set on the fourth and fifth innings the Lady Comets took to the batter's box and strung-out 20 hits. 

Everyone on the team started clicking and feeding off the excitement and coaching they received from the third-base coaching box. Nersten called in signs, the Comets stepped in to the plate with orders, and delivered results that shocked the Ortonville Trojans. 

Laying down bunts, line drives over second base, and a home run tallied together a group of highlights that had the Comets forgetting their struggles in the first three frames. "Laura (Tungseth) threw a lot of good pitches, Kari (Simonsen) bunted well for us, and Mackenzie (Dunsmore) along with Sophie Iverson started to hit really well," noted Nersten following his team's final rally. 

The Comets saw Megan Aasness, Abby Taylor, Mackenzie Dunsmore, Kari Simonsen and Laura Tungseth each tally 3 hits in the box score as the game concluded. Tungseth provided a solid presence at the plate to help her cause in earning the win after pitching threw some tough streaks in Ortonville's line-up.

The Comets are coming off a two week Easter vacation that has limited practice. As the team continues to hone their skills there is a strong promise for more rallys and exciting plays coming from the Comet bench. "Although our defense needs some tweaking, we had a lot of positives today...Maddie Veum filled in at first base...(and) Kelly Dzialo returned from Spring Break and was able to get in the lineup for the first time and looks like she's just about ready."

The Comets look forward to tough games versus Clinton-Graceville-Beardsely and Wheaton next week.

Comment