FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City West did what it had to do Thursday.
The Titans tied Petoskey 1-1 to clinch their fourth consecutive Big North Conference soccer championship — and 13th overall.
West needed a win or tie to win the title outright. Traverse City Central could have forged a co-championship with a Petoskey win.
With the tie, the Titans finished 10-1-1 in the league, Central 10-2.
“Congratulations to all our seniors,” West coach Jason Carmien said. “This was the last game they’ll play on this field and they enjoyed it.”
After a scoreless first half, West took a 1-0 lead on Alex Patten’s unassisted goal. Petoskey tied it when Ben Hoffman converted.
Both teams had chances.
“It was a great game,” Carmien said. “Back and forth.”
West hit the crossbar a couple times while Petoskey had the ball in the box a couple times late on throw-ins.
“It was close,” Carmien said. “There were chances to be had. (Goalie) Justin Kraft came up big.”
Kraft finished with eight saves.
West, 12-6-3 overall, will face the Central-Alpena winner on Wednesday in the Division I district at the Coast Guard field.
TC Christian 1
Jacob Rorick’s goal 30 seconds before the end of the first half was all the scoring Traverse City Christian needed to take a 1-0 win from Leland.
Cam Beemer assisted on the goal, which allowed the Sabres to improve to 12-7 on the year. Leland, which lost for the first time since a Sept. 7 setback against Cadillac, fell to 16-3-1.
David Bump made 10 saves in goal for Christian and was helped on defense by the play of Dennis Alekseyenko, Daniel Weber, Michael Klettner and Wes Nelson. Christian outshot the Comets 6-3.
Christian closes out the regular season today at Saginaw Nouvel.
Glen Lake 4
Glen Lake scored four first-half goals and that proved to be plenty in a 4-1 victory over Kingsley.
Glen Bredin had two of the Lakers’ goals to lead the way. Riley Scanlon and Spencer Query added the other scores, with Zach Therrien assisting on Query’s goal.
Keith Brown got the win in goal for Glen Lake. The only shot that got past him was a late goal from Kingsley’s Patrick Acre.
Caleb Wetherholt was in goal for Kingsley, which opens district play on Monday at TC Christian.
Forest Area 3
Leroy-Pine River 2
Jeremy Richards scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime as Forest Area knocked off Leroy-Pine River 3-2.
Josh Garchow had the other goal for the Warriors (5-11-1). Tyler Martin chipped in with two assists, while Alex Birgy added one assist.
Ben Kammeraad made 14 saves in goal for Forest Area, which also had good defensive play from Autumn Haddix, Alex Kammeraad and Cody Kammeraad.
The Warriors host McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Monday in district action.
Elk Rapids 3
Charlevoix handed Lake Michigan Conference champion Elk Rapids its only league loss in a 5-3 victory over the Elks.
The Rayders outscored the Elks 3-1 in the second half to take the win.
Montgomery Fitch had two goals for Elk Rapids and Albert Hammond had the other. The shots on goal were even at 11 apiece.
Elk Rapids (10-9-3, 9-1 Lake Michigan) hosts Boyne City on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the district opener.
Houghton Lake 0
Bellaire won its second straight outright Northern Michigan Soccer League title by defeating the Southern Division champs, Houghton Lake, 2-0.
Denny Hall and Hunter Rowe each scored twice for the Eagles, while Drew Emery tallied the final goal. Each of those three contributed assists. Nic Underwood made six saves in goal and Colin May stood out on defense.
Bellaire (19-1) faces Harbor Springs in district action on Tuesday.
Burt Lake NMC 4
Alex Vandeyacht had a hat trick and assisted on another goal as Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian defeated Clare 4-1.
William Spears had Burt Lake’s other goal. Assists also went to Josiah Fosmore, who had two, and Jeff Thompson.
James Martin made 10 saves in goal for the Eagles (6-12).
Kingsley posts wins over Manton, Bellaire
Kingsley swept a pair of matches against Manton and Bellaire, beating Manton 25-18, 25-8 and Bellaire 25-16, 25-15.
The Stags (33-5-5) were led by Lilly Travis (15 kills, 13 digs); Alysia Folkersma (10 kills, five blocks); Autumn Goggin (10 kills, 18 digs, 19-for-19 serving); Kelsey Graham (five kills); Leah Hall (eight kills, 42 assists, two blocks, 11-for-11 serving); and Lindsey Weber (24 digs, 15-for-15 serving).
Kingsley travels to the 16-team Suttons Bay Invitational on Saturday, where the Stags are looking to take the tournament title for the third year in a row.
Keena wins Grabowski Invite
Kingsley’s Jake Keena was the overall winner in the Chris Grabowski Memorial Invitational.
Keena was clocked in 17:36 for the Stags, who took third behind Manistee and Pine River. Richard Durecki came in 10th (18:51), Dylan Zenner 14th (19:19), Garth Bogart 23rd (20:48), Tyrus Zenner 24th (20:58), Josh Blasko 26th (21:23), Michael Wert 29th (22:05), Matt Gerberich 31st (22:21) and Carmin Starks 33rd (23:22).
The girls also took third behind Manistee and Pine River. Josie Durecki was first for Kingsley, finishing sixth (23:41). Nicole Brown was ninth (24:06), Courtney Adams 12th (24:33), Jade Prange 17th (24:43), Kinga Kruszena 30th (31:15) and McKenzie Breithaupt 31st (31:24).
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Austin Cochrane and Dan Phifer each scored two touchdowns to lead Traverse City West over Cadillac 42-14.
Cochrane’s scores came on runs of 55 and 15 yards, while Phifer had scoring jaunts of 20 and 1 yard. Sam Jacob added a 9-yard touchdown run, Noah Weichert had a 1-yard run and Alex Strickland a 3-yard run. Cochrane contributed an interception on defense for the Titans (5-2), who face Gaylord on Thursday.
TC Central 39
Freshman Devante Walker scored on runs of 51, 52, 44 and 25 yards as the Traverse City Central JV beat Alpena 39-19.
Mason Houston added two touchdowns, one on a 58-yard sprint.
Lukas McManus and Terrell Solberg led the defense. Solberg had two interceptions.
TC West 39
Jacob Franklin scored touchdowns on runs of 56 and 59 yards and Traverse City West defeated Cadillac 39-19.
Defensively for the Titans, Liam Kaiser had seven tackles and Isaac Flores had six stops.
TC Central 42
Zach Girard-Pampu threw for three touchdowns as the Traverse City Central freshmen beat Alpena 42-0.
Girard-Pampu connected with James Brumfield, Jordan Ruckle and Owen Porters for scores. Abe Russell added two rushing touchdowns and Jordan Fisher one.
Defensively, Seven Colangelo had an interception, Keegan Wallman two sacks and Mikhail Humanic a fumble recovery for the Trojans (4-2-1).