Kalamazoo Central Vs Portage Northern


PN2009SoccerLogoMLIVE Portage Northern came away with the win today 6-0.  Goals were scored twice by Tia Lamie and a goal each for Bailey Burchette, Rae Herbert, Lauren Ross, Steph Scafaria and three assists from Grace Vandersloot.  Lizzy Kimmel had four saves.

“We’ve played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and that’s been the difference for us in the last couple of games,” Portage Northern coach Todd Wells said. “We love to spread out the scoring, and we had a lot of players play well today. Grace started off the game really well, and for a lot of our younger players, she’s a good role model. She started the game with a lot of energy, pushed the pace, and she really helped us do that early. It’s nice to see our senior leaders doing that. They’re the engine of the team, and the rest follow that lead.”   The women travel to face St Joseph on Wednesday.

Portage Northern Vs Niles


Portage Northern sophomore Tia Lamie scored three second-half goals in a 3-0 victory over host Niles on Wednesday, earning the Huskies their first win of the season in the process.

Rae Herbert, Lauren Ross and Catherine Willoughby each assisted on one of Lamie’s goals, and freshman Liz Kimmel finished with four saves to preserve the shutout for the Huskies.

“Tia scored a lot of goals for us as a freshman, but it’s taken her a couple of games this season to find her groove,” Portage Northern coach Todd Wells said. “We haven’t had a game like tonight where we’ve had a lot of chances this season, so even though we didn’t convert as many as I’d have liked, it was nice to play some offense for once after playing a lot of defense recently.”

Wells said that the shutout victory was a big boost to Kimmel’s confidence.

“She’s been under a lot of pressure all season, and I’ve been telling her at practice that she hasn’t really made any mistakes this season,” Wells said. “She’s made every save you would expect, and even a few you wouldn’t expect from a freshman goalkeeper.

“She deserved this win, and the best thing is that she’s only going to continue to get better.”

Portage Northern (1-4, 1-1 SMAC West) plays Battle Creek Lakeview on Friday for its next game.

Plainwell Vs Portage Northern


Senior Miranda Monroe scored in the 14th minute for the only goal in Plainwell’s 1-0 road win over Portage Northern on Monday.

Monroe took a throw-in from Kerry Swain and beat three players before putting a shot in the corner of the net for the game-winning goal.

“Miranda is so powerful, and she can be very direct,” Plainwell coach David Groves said. “She has the ability to do that. I know she would like to be on the scoresheet more, but shes’ been great with her overall play and getting others involved, so I’m happy she was able to get the goal.”

Plainwell keeper Lauren Stefl turned away four shots for her fourth shutout of the season. Along with a solid defensive effort, Groves said Stefl played a major role in the win.

“Lauren had a phenomenal save that’s the best I’ve ever seen her make,” Groves said. “It was off a set piece, and one of our players accidentally tipped it on, and she made a diving save to tip it around the post in the 50th minute.”

Now sitting at 4-1 on the season, Plainwell will be back in action hosting Otsego on Wednesday, while Portage Northern will look for its first win of the year at Niles the same night

Portage Northern vs Grand Rapids Forest Hills

Anna Klingenmeyer’s first-half goal secured the Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central girls soccer team’s 1-0 victory over Portage Northern on Friday.

“She picked up the ball at the top of the box and hit a great shot to the far post and that was it,” Forest Hills Central coach Jeremy Stacy said. “We had a great number of other chances and just couldn’t convert tonight.”

Bailey Korhorn added an assist, and the Rangers’ goalkeeper had no saves.

“Our defense played really hard with lots of pressure on them,” Stacy said. “We were also able to maintain the ball for the majority of the game and that kept them from ever really attacking.”

Portage Northern freshman goalkeeper Liz Kimmel had nine saves.

“Liz is fantastic,” Portage Northern coach Todd Wells said. “I really can’t say enough about her. We’ve been working on our defensive organization this week, and we were better defensively.

“We’re taking baby steps at this point and working on some things. We were more organized tonight.”

Forest Hills Central hosts Lowell and Portage Northern hosts Plainwell, both games on Monday.


Portage Northern Vs Stevensville Lakeshore

Avery Bauer scored twice to lead Stevensville Lakeshore as the Lancers downed visiting Portage Northern 4-0 on Wednesday.

Dani DeFries chipped in a goal and two assists for Stevensville Lakeshore, and Lindsay Ebeling added a goal as well for the Lancers, who led 3-0 at the half.

Lauren Clem made seven saves to earn the shutout victory for the Lancers.


2014-15 Athletic Physicals @ Portage Northern

Athletic physicals for the 2014-15 school year will be held at Portage Northern on Monday June 2, 2014 from 6:00-7:00pm. The cost will be $30 and payment can be made in cash or checks. Checks should be made to Portage Northern High School. This cost is far less than your doctor’s office will charged and is a reimbursable medical expense  from your HSA account.
Each athlete will need to have a current physical form that is completed and signed by a parent or guardian. Physicians will NOT see students with parent/guardian consent. The medical history portion of the physical form MUST be completed in full. Physical forms are available in the athletic office or
on-line at the NHS athletic home page.
This is the fastest and easiest way to have your physical done for next school year. Get your physical done and leave it with us to have on file for next school years.Take advantage of this opportunity and do not wait and try to schedule an appointment with your doctor and be told you can’t get in until after the start of their season. Athletes that do not have a physical on file with the athletic office are not allowed to tryout.