BIG RAPIDS — Another day, another regional foe vanquished.
Actually, two this time.
Traverse City St. Francis defeated Whitehall and Grant by 7-1 scores in Grand Rapids to give the Gladiators dual-meet victories over every other squad in the upcoming 10-team regional.
The Glads switched up their doubles pairings and won seven of eight matches in that area.
“The kids played the best they have played,” TCSF coach Paul Bandrowski said. “The new doubles teams had a lot of energy.”
Bandrowski said the new doubles teams match up players more with their classmates.
The No. 1 doubles team of Jay Jones and Blake Bandrowski won 7-5, 3-6, 10-1 and 6-0, 6-1, while Brady Ray/Nathan Tafelsky won 6-3, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 and Ryan Navin/Jackson Richmond took 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 victories at No. 4. Victor Casler/Tyler Spigarelli topped Whitehall 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 doubles.
In singles, Sam Holmes was 1-1 at No. 1, dropping a 2-6, 3-6 match to one of the state’s top players, Whitehall’s Tell Smith. Holmes posted a 6-0, 6-0 win over Grant.
Gus Danz posted 6-4, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1 wins Wednesday at No. 2 singles, while Jack Krcmarik won 6-3, 6-4 and 6-0, 6-1 to extend his win streak to 22 straight matches. He’s 27-3 for the season.
Patrick Burke posted convincing 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1 wins.
St. Francis is 12-2 in duals this season and has five more coming up in the next three days. The Gladiators travel to Grand Rapids to play Division No. 3 Grand Rapids West Catholic and No. 6 Grand Rapids South Christian on Friday, and stay there for three more duals on Saturday — Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian and Ludington and Kalamazoo Christian, who are tied fro No. 10 in Division 4. The Glads are ranked No. 5 in Division 4.
Regionals are in Ludington in mid-October.
West, Central finish 1-0-1 in clay court tourney
Traverse City West and Traverse City Central Black went 1-0-1 and won three flights apiece in the Homestead Clay Court Invitational.
West and Central beat Leelanau County by identical 5-3 scores, and then tied 4-4 in a head-to-head match-up.
West had flight champions at No. 2 singles in Zane Gum, No. 4 singles in Paul Mulcahy and No. 2 doubles in Max McAllister and A.J. Ebling. Central had flight champions at No. 3 singles in Ben Grams, No. 3 doubles in Luke Smith and Noah McKenzie and No. 4 doubles in Jack McKay and Luke Fagerstrom.
Leelanau County had flight winners at No. 1 singles in Joel Sneed and No. 1 doubles in Cody Hayes and Cathy Daniel.
Traverse City West defeated Cadillac 6-2 in a recent Big North match.
The Titans picked up wins from Jeff Linenger (6-1, 6-0), Henry Linenger (6-4, 6-3), Taylor Brown and John Linenger (6-4, 6-3), Mitch Winowiecki and Kieran Laursen (6-3, 6-7, 7-5), Sam VanHoore and Luca Roggenkamp (6-0, 6-0) and David Mather and Erik Anton (6-1, 6-1). Van Hoore-Roggenkamp and Mather-Anton were flight champions Saturday in a tournament at Holland.
Zach Walton (8-3), A.J. Ebling (8-3) and Max McAllister-Hayden Northrup (8-7) won JV matches against Cadillac.
TC West 3
Katie Placek had 12 kills and 5.5 blocks to lead Traverse City West to a 25-11, 25-14, 25-19 victory over Gaylord to keep the Titans undefeated in Big North Conference play.
Placek added 19 digs for West (21-6, 6-0 BNC), which plays in the West Ottawa Invitational on Saturday before traveling across town Wednesday to face Traverse City Central.
Anna O’Hara contributed 11 kills, Matti Mokanyk 31 assists, Ally Peters 16 digs, Kimmy Bilinski seven kills and seven digs and Olivia Bishop 5.5 blocks and four kills.
The Titans won the junior varsity match 25-17, 25-16, 25-15 as West was led by Lexi Peters (15 kills), Emily Nunemaker (seven kills), Victoria Green (16 digs) and Emma VanderMuelen (23 assists).
Boyne City 3
Boyne City remained perfect in Lake Michigan Conference with a 25-18, 25-14, 25-19 win over Charlevoix.
The Ramblers (27-9-2, 4-0 LMC) were led by Heather Nichols (24 assists), Kylie Hicks (17 digs, 12 kills, five blocks), Paige Hornbeck (11 kills) and Mallory Karasewski (17 digs, six kills).
Traverse City 1-1 in double dual
Traverse City topped Mt. Pleasant and fell to Alma in a double dual meet in Alma.
The Tritons dropped a 104-75 decision to the Scots and defeated Mt. Pleasant 134-43.
Olivia Verellen won two events — the 200 individual medley (2:28.37) and 100 breaststroke (1:17.93).
Suha Augenstein won diving and Jami Chung was second. Both qualified for regionals in the process.
The 200 medley relay team of Natalie Wagner, Verellen, Becky Stanwick and Maddy Zimmerman was second in 2:07.15, a time that qualified the quartet for regionals.
— Compiled by Dennis Chase and James Cook