Traverse City St. Francis advanced two singles players and one doubles teams into the semifinals, as the Gladiators wrapped up the first day of action at the Division 4 girls tennis state finals in third place Friday at Kalamazoo College.
No. 1 Amanda Bandrowski, No. 4 Lauren Hansen and the No. 3 team of Sarah Stayman and Rosie Wilson have won each of their matches thus far and will continue their quests for a state title when action resumes today at 8 a.m.
Bandrowski got to this point by beating her opponent from Grandville Calvin Christian 6-1, 6-1, then surviving a marathon match against Kalamazoo Christian's Lizzie Bauss, wining 7-6, 6-7, 6-1.
Hansen posted straight set victories over Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 7-5, 6-2 and beat Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semis.
Stayman and Wilson won three matches to reach today's action, beating Jackson Lumen Christi 6-1, 6-2, then upsetting the fifth-seeded team from Portland 6-2, 6-2 and the fourth-seeded team from Lansing Catholic 6-3, 6-2.
Grosse Ile leads the pack of teams with 21 points. Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart is second with 19 and St. Francis is third with 15.
"We've never had 15 points in two full days," said St. Francis coach Jeff Hughes. "Every flight got at point. We've never had that happen. We're in a great spot."
At No. 2 singles Natalie Burke won 6-2, 6-0 over Liggett, but lost 6-3, 6-2 to Kalamazoo Christian.
At No. 3 singles Lena Popp beat Williamston 6-2, 6-2, then fell to Grosse Ile 6-0, 6-1.
The No. 1 doubles team of Chloe Lodge and Bailey Chouinard beat Hemlock 6-3, 6-4, before losing to Grosse Ile 6-0, 6-3.
The No. 2 doubles team of Courtney McCardel and Emily Szmania beat Niles Brandwine 6-2, 6-3 and lost to Sacred Heart 6-2, 6-2.
The No. 4 doubles team of Carlee McCardel and Bethany Richey beat Liggett 6-3, 7-5 and lost to Williamston 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.
Central in fifth at state finals
Traverse City Central finished the regular season ranked fifth in the state.
Fittingly, that's where the Trojans are sitting after one day of action at the Division 1 state finals in Midland.
TC Central advanced two singles players to the semifinal round and earned 13 points for their fifth-place standing.
No. 1 Paige Cooley and No. 4 Taylor Weckstein are still alive for Saturday's action as the Trojans try to hold on to fifth, or even move higher.
"Because of our draw I'm very pleased to be in fifth," said Central head coach Larry Nykerk. "My feeling is that we are a top five team. I thought we'd be lucky to finish eighth or ninth with the draw we had."
With the draw the Trojans had to face a few highly-seeded players early on. In the case of Cooley and Weckstein, the Trojans were able to win.
Cooley, seeded fifth, posted a 6-0, 6-0 win over her opponent from Hudsonville before upsetting fourth-seeded Raven Neely of West Bloomfield 6-1, 6-4. Weckstein was seeded sixth in her flight. She won over her opponent from Troy 6-1, 6-2, then knocked off No. 3 seed Catherine Chou of Ann Arbor Huron 7-5, 6-0.
Farmington Hills Mercy and Port Huron Northern share the lead with 18 points apiece. Grosse Pointe South is third with 17 points, followed by Clarkston with 15.
In two doubles matches Central teams were able to take a set from higher-seed foes before being eliminated. At No. 2 doubles Leah Potter and Katie Raymond won 6-0, 6-1 against Holland West Ottawa, then lost 3-6, 6-4, 3-6 to the No. 2 seed from Port Huron Northern. The No. 4 doubles team of Amelia Pezzetti and Molly Whiting beat Clarkston 6-0, 6-1 before falling to the No. 4 seed from Ann Arbor Pioneer 2-6, 7-5, 2-6.
Also winning a match was No. 3 singles player Christi Druskavich, who posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Utica Eisenhower before losing to the top-seeded player from Clarkston, 6-1, 6-2. The No. 3 doubles team of Abby Palisin and Devon Dotterrer also claimed a victory, defeating West Bloomfield 6-1, 6-0, then losing to Port Huron Northern 6-0, 6-4.
Action resumes today at 9 a.m. in Midland.
TC West, TC Central advance to regionals
Traverse City West and Traverse City Central both advanced to next week's Division 1 golf regional after West placed second and Central was fifth out of 12 teams at Friday's district at Bay County Golf Course.
Swartz Creek won the district, edging West by two strokes, 314 to 316. Central had a score of 332.
The Titans' Alex Scott shot a 76 to lead his team and he placed third overall. Peyden Myers and Keits Shoemaker followed with a pair of 79s and Cam Murray tallied an 82.
"This is one we wanted to win," said West coach Mike Schultz. "I'm happy we made it through. We're hoping to keep advancing from here."
Winton Munch carded Central's best score with an 80. Daniel Brott came in with an 81, Trey Pezzetti had an 84, Abe Lewis an 87 and Derek Schrank had an 89.
"I'm very happy," said Central head coach Dave McMellen. "Our goal was to advance. You've got to move on, that's the big thing."
Austin Deiters of Midland Dow was meet medalist with a 73. It took a playoff to determine medalist honors as well as which team would be the last of the six which advanced. Midland ended up winning the sixth spot.
The two TC teams head to the regional on Thursday at Boulder Pointe in Lake Orion. The top three teams advance to the state finals.
Elk Rapids 1
Cheboygan scored three unanswered goals in the second half as the Chiefs came from behind to beat Elk Rapids 3-1 in a girls soccer Division 3 district final at Elk Rapids.
The Chiefs tied the game 1-1 with a goal five minutes into the second half, then added goals at the 52nd and 87th minutes, the last coming on a penalty kick.
Marisa Rogers scored the Elks' goal, on a penalty kick with 12 minutes left in the first half. The two teams equaled one another with seven shots on goal.
"It was a good season. In my opinion we did better than I had anticipated. We're a very young team," said Elk Rapids coach Andrea Krakow.
In net for Elk Rapids (14-5-1) was Paige Granger, who made four saves.
— Compiled by Chris Dobrowolski