BEAR LAKE — Traverse City Christian defeated Suttons Bay 11-25, 25-23, 15-7 Thursday to win the Bear Lake Volleyball Invitational.
The Sabres went 5-0 on the day. In pool play, they downed Brethren (25-18, 25-9), Suttons Bay (26-24, 25-19) and Mason County Central (25-8, 25-15). Christian topped Mesick in the semifinals (25-14, 25-19).
Leading the Sabres: Abryanna Cannon (32 kills, three blocks, six aces), Maddie White (25 kills, 11 aces), Rylee Price (19 kills, three blocks, five aces) and Mikayla Brett (13 kills, seven blocks, 11 aces).
West tops TCSF in Leland Invitational final
Traverse City West avenged an earlier loss to TC St. Francis in the championship match of the Leland Invitational to bring home the tournament trophy.
West defeated St. Francis 25-27, 25-20, 17-15 in a tight championship match. Earlier in pool play the Gladiators won 25-3, 24-26, 15-12. The Titans got to the finals by beating Leland in the semifinals, 25-12, 25-18, and Benzie Central in the quarterfinals, 25-7, 25-8.
In other pool play games the Titans knocked off Frankfort, 25-5, 25-7, and Northport, 25-8, 25-10.
Leaders for West were Ally Peters with 13 aces, 116 assists and 19 digs; Anna O'Hara with 11 aces, eight digs and 49 kills; Katie Placek with 22 aces, 62 kills and 53 digs; and Mikenna Ray with 29 digs.
St. Francis was 4-0 in pool play, sweeping Northport (25-11, 25-7), Frankfort (25-17, 25-12) and Glen Lake (25-11, 25-19) and posting a 3-25, 26-24, 15-12 win over West. The Gladiators beat Charlevoix 25-16, 25-17 in the semifinals before falling to West in another close three-setter in the title match.
The Glads (10-3) were led by Laura Kirchofer (12 digs, 84 assists, 24 aces), Madeline Rysztak (37 kills, 23 digs, 12 aces), Sophie Spencer (28 kills, 16 digs, 12 aces), Megan Knudsen (10 kills, 19 aces), Haley Bussell (26 digs, six aces), Olivia Hardy (six aces, five blocks), Julianna Phillips (10 kills) and Nicole Erhardt (22 digs).
Leland posted a 3-0 record in pool play, defeating Benzie Central 25-15, 25-13, Glen Lake 25-14, 25-11 and Charlevoix 25-15, 25-14 before topping Northport 25-6 and 25-14 in the quarterfinals and falling to West 12-25, 18-25 in the semis.
The tourney reversed a slow start to the season for the Comets (5-7-3), who were 1-6-3 coming in.
Leland's leaders for the day were Noa Yaakoby (24 kills, nine aces, 14 digs), Maddie Trumbull (23 kills), Felicia Whittaker (20 kills, 10 aces, two blocks), Caitlin McKee (nine aces, 18 digs, 66 assists), Whitney Schaub (seven aces, 17 digs) and Miranda Harrison (four kills, nine aces, 22 digs). The Comets host St. Francis on Wednesday.
TC Central reaches semifinals of Cadillac Invite
Traverse City Central won four straight matches to get to the semifinals of the Cadillac Invitational, falling to the host Vikings 15-25, 20-25.
The Trojans went undefeated in pool play, knocking off Pellston 25-17, 25-11, McBain 25-21, 25-19 and Reed City 25-22, 25-23. In the quarterfinals the Trojans took down Calumet 25-22, 25-18.
Leaders for Central were Devin Dotterrer with 22 assists and three digs; Callie Barkowiak with 11 aces, 20 kills and six digs; Brie Goodnaugh with nine aces, 20 kills and three blocks; Jessie Kushner with six aces, 13 kills, 14 assists and six digs; Cara Ferguson with two aces and 14 digs; and Kylie Kowal with three aces, 12 kills and three digs.
Central travels to West on Wednesday.
Mancelona swept a non-conference match with Ellsworth to open up the season on a winning note.
The Ironmen won 25-18, 25-10, 25-13, and were led by Dakota Derrer (six kills), Lindsey Friday (four kills) and Rhiannon Hayes (three kills). They host East Jordan on Tuesday.
TC West JVs 2nd in Mt. Pleasant Invite
Traverse City West placed second in the Mount Pleasant Invitational, falling to Beal City int he championship match.
The Titans swept Fowler and St. Charles in pool play, splitting with Morley-Stanwood, then topping Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in the semifinals.
Leaders for TC West were outside hitter Emily Nunemaker, setter Emma VanMeulen, libero Victoria Green and middle hitter Sara Sievers.
TC West	4
Traverse City West scored its first goals of the season and notched its first victory with a 4-0 decision over Big North Conference foe Alpena.
Cam Sipple led the Titan offense with a goal and an assist.
"It's one of those years where we're going to have to defend the goal well," West coach Jason Carmien said.
Christien Geiger, Lucas Meyer and Jack Lhamon also scored goals for the Titans (1-4-1), and Austin Sanders added an assist. Justin Kraft recorded the shutout in goal.
West travels Tuesday to Ogemaw Heights.
TC Central 7
Traverse City Central outscored Cadillac 5-0 in the first half on the way to a 7-0 Big North Conference victory.
Isaac Russell led the Trojans (3-1-1, 2-0 Big North) with two goals. Adam Stepan, Jack Dulude, Rilly deTar, Grant Dulude and Matt Grost also netted goals in the win.
Grant Dulude, Jack Dulude, Grost, Dillon Drossart and Kurt Frick had assists.
Josh Belcher made three saves and Danny Brott made one save as they shared goalkeeper duties.
Ryan Hayworth and Connor Hansen were standouts at midfield.
The Trojans play three games on Saturday at the Petoskey Invitational.
TC Christian	6
Mason Co. Cent.	0
Jacob Rorick and Cam Beemer each scored a hat trick in Traverse City Christian's 6-0 victory over Mason County Central.
Rorick scored the game's first three goals to help the Sabres lead 4-0 at halftime. He scored off corner kicks from Brad Benson and Hudson Argyle and a pass from Beemer, who added a penalty-kick goal of his own for the fourth first-half score.
Beemer tacked on two more in the second half — on assists by Andrew Mustard and Wesley Nelson — for the final score.
David Bump made 10 saves in net for the shutout.
TC Christian (2-1) travels Friday to Muskegon Western Michigan Christian.
Rochester SC	6
Elk Rapids	1
Division 1 Rochester Stoney Creek posted a 6-1 non-conference win over Division 3 Elk Rapids.
Hector Barcenas scored the Elks' lone goal, and Jackson Waugh made nine saves in goal.
Elk Rapids (0-2) travels to Boyne City on Tuesday to open up Lake Michigan Conference play, then goes to Grayling the following day.
Harbor Light	9
Forest Area	1
Harbor Light earned a 9-1 win over Forest Area.
Jeremy Richard scored the Warriors' goal, assisted by Autumn Haddix.
Josh Garchow made 12 saves in goal for Forest Area, which travels Tuesday to Burt Lake NMCA.
Suttons Bay	0
Ludington scored a pair of second-half goals to post a 2-0 non-conference win over Suttons Bay.
Aaron Orban made 21 saves in goal for the Norsemen (0-2), who host Traverse City Christian on Tuesday.
Bellaire improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Northern Michigan Soccer League with a 4-1 road win over Roscommon.
Hunter Rowe scored a hat trick and an assist.
Denny Hall had a goal and Drew Emery added an assist. Nic Underwood had six saves in the net.
TC Central JV 9, Cadillac 1
Traverse City Central won the junior varsity game, 9-1, over Cadillac.
Josh Armour scored three goals for Central (1-0). Marshall Mast and Sam Huver added two goals each, and Scotty May and Lars Hornburg had one goal apiece. A.J. Samba contributed three assists.
Grant Lesoski was in goal and made one save.
TC Central wins Up North Invitational
Traverse City Central won its third tennis tournament in as many tries this season when the Trojans took the Up North Invitational at TC Central.
Central took 23 of 24 matches in scoring 39 points to place first. TC West was second with 24 points, with Alpena third with 20.
The Trojans went undefeated in all four doubles flights. Hayden Drury and Caleb Heimburger won 6-0, 6-0 over the TC Central gold; 6-1, 6-0 over Cadillac; and 6-2, 6-0 over TC West in the finals. Parker Berden and Yani Beeker beat Petoskey 6-2, 6-0; Cadillac 6-3, 6-0; and TC West 6-0, 6-2; Jack Seymour and Austin Weiland won 6-4, 6-1 over Cadillac; 6-0, 6-2 over Petoskey; and 5-7, 6-4, 10-5 over TC West; and the team of Michael Meindertsma and Spencer Kroupa beat TC Central gold 6-2, 6-2; Petoskey 6-1, 6-2; and TC West 6-2, 6-4.
In singles, No. 2 Max Knoblock won 6-3, 6-2 over Alpena; 6-1, 6-0 over TC West; and 6-0, 2-6, 10-2 over Petoskey. No. 3 Cam Young beat Alpena 7-5, 6-1; Cadillac 6-1, 6-1; and TC West 6-1, 6-3. At No. 4 Nick Yergens beat Petoskey 6-0, 6-1; TC West 6-1, 6-3; and Cadillac 6-1, 6-0.
Petoskey's Nico Ceniza won the No. 1 singles flight, beating Central's Skyler Norgaard 6-4, 6-1 in the finals. Ceniza downed Alpena 4-6, 7-5, 10-5 and Cadillac 6-0, 6-0. Norgaard reached the finals by topping TC Central gold 6-0, 6-0 and TC West 6-1, 6-0.
The Trojans, ranked fifth in the state in Division 1, host the TC Central Invitational today.
TC Central black takes fourth at Portland
The TC Central black boys tennis team finished fourth out of eight teams at a tournament in Portland.
Leading the way for the Trojans were R.J. Fenton at No. 3 singles, Ben Grams at No. 4 singles and the No. 4 doubles team of Noah McKenzie and Luke Smith. Each went 2-1 on the day.
— Compiled by Dennis Chase, James Cook and Chris Dobrowolski