From staff reports
SUTTONS BAY —Leland exploded for four second-half goals — three by Cam Stowe — to beat Suttons Bay 5-0 in a Division IV district soccer semifinal.
The Comets will play Buckley for the title at 4 p.m. Friday at Glen Lake.
Freshman Noah Fetterolf staked Leland to 1-0 lead at half, scoring with 18 minutes left in the half. Henrik Ohr assisted.
Stowe opened the second half, scoring less than two minutes in on an assist from Mike Osorio. Ten minutes later, Stowe netted an unassisted goal. Fetterolf scored his second goal at the 30-minute mark. Stowe concluded the scoring, registering his hat-trick in the game’s final minutes.
The Comets outshot the Norsemen 20-3.
“Our guys played very disciplined soccer and we got the results we were looking for,” Leland coach Joe Burda said. “We knew Suttons Bay wanted to slow it down and try to go to kicks. But our guys are pretty tough to slow down. We just tried to keep fresh legs on the field and play with a lot of energy.”
McBain NMC 2
Ryan Dunn scored with about nine minutes to go as Buckley rallied for a 3-2 Division IV district soccer win over McBain Northern Michigan Christian.
The Bears, 9-6-3, will face Leland for the title on Friday. It’s Buckley’s first district finals appearance in 10 years.
The Bears were up 1-0 at half on a Dominique Kraskie goal. Northern Christian seized control in the first 10 minutes of the second half, scoring twice. Buckley’s Demian Allen tied it midway through the half, setting the stage for Dunn’s heroics. Jake Burgess assisted on the Dunn goal. Tyler Welch had a strong game in goal for the Bears.
TC Central 3
Traverse City Central won the first two games on the way to a four-game victory over host Petoskey, 25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 25-14.
Leading the Trojans’ cause were: Callie Bartkowiak (38 assists, three aces, seven kills); Carissa Bartkowiak (13 kills, five blocks); Kiley Kowal (15 kills); Sierra Fraser (nine kills, six blocks); and Jessie Kuchner (17 assists, 12 kills, three blocks).
The Trojans (19-12-2, 6-4 Big North) are at the Leland Quad today.
Mustangs second in Cherryland
Grand Traverse Academy finished second in the Cherryland Conference, splitting matches with Traverse City Christian and Northport on Tuesday.
Grand Traverse Academy lost to Christian, the conference champion, 17-25, 13-25, 20-25. The Mustangs then came back to beat Northport 25-23, 25-18, 18-25, 21-25, 15-10.
The Mustangs were led by Hannah Sivik (five kills), Kennedy Riebschleiger (nine kills, nine digs), Abi Schwanke (seven aces, nine kills) and Darien Wilson (eight digs).
Grand Traverse Academy hosts Bellaire on Friday.
TC relay team competes at EMU
Traverse City’s Olivia Verellen, Natalie Wagner, Becky Stanwick, and Maddy Zimmerman swam the 200 medley relay in 2:05.50 to tie for 62nd place in a MISCA meet Saturday at Eastern Michigan University.
The team qualified with a time of 2:07.15 and were seeded 66th. Verellen split the backstroke portion in a 31.54, Wagner split the breaststroke in 35.76, Stanwick split the butterfly in 30.97, and Zimmerman split the freestyle in 27.23
Traverse City hosts the Up North Invitational on Friday.