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Cranbrook falls to D2 power East Grand Rapids, 17-7 WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood lost to East Grand Rapids, 17-7, in the D2 state semifinal at Parker Middle School in Howell on Wednesday. (MIPrepZone photo by DREW ELLIS)

HOWELL – In the 2017 season, it seems like all the teams in Division 2 have been trying to chase down East Grand Rapids.

The Pioneers had 12 wins this season by 10 goals or more, including Wednesday’s Division 2 semifinal when they defeated Cranbrook-Kingswood, 17-7 at Parker Middle School.

“I remember watching these guys play when they were in the seventh and eighth grade and they were a great team then and they still are now,” Cranbrook coach Mat Wilson said of East Grand Rapids. “If anything, they have gotten much better.”

EGR improves to 18-1 with the win as their offensive firepower proved to be too much for the Cranes (13-9). A 4-2 lead at halftime eventually led to 13 second-half goals for EGR.

Cranbrook managed to keep the game competitive early, trying things at 2-2 in the second period when Grant Coleman and Joey Luciani each found the net. The Cranes were looking to slow down the East Grand Rapids offense by using the Pioneers’ patient defense against them.

“We knew that (East Grand Rapids) played a zone defense that doesn’t pressure the ball a lot, so we tried to take advantage of that longer possessions. That white ball is pretty important and if you have it, the other team can’t score,” Wilson said. “They have a phenomenal team that is extremely athletic. Defensively, they are patient and they aren’t going to deviate from their game plan. They wait for you to make mistakes and when those happen, they capitalize on them.”

The Pioneers started to capitalize in the second half. After Coleman found the net for the second time for Cranbrook to make the score 5-3, East Grand Rapids scored five goals over the next six minutes to blow the game open.

The Cranes couldn’t get back into it in the fourth, as the Pioneers tacked on another seven goals in the final period.

Luciani would add two goals in the fourth quarter for Cranbrook while Jacob Cook and Lawson Brophy also scored.

A relatively young team, with just eight seniors, Cranbrook wrapped up another strong season, reaching the state semifinals for the sixth straight season.

“We made sure we were always focused on getting better. We weren’t focused on a state championship,” Wilson said of his team. “It’s a great group of kids and a great group of seniors. The future is bright for us.”

East Grand Rapids moves on to Saturday’s D2 finals where it will face Forest Hills Central in a rematch of the 2016 championship. The Pioneers lost in last year’s final, 10-6.

Last Updated: 6/7/2017 11:21:20 PM EST


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