GAYLORD —Traverse City West wrapped up its fifth Big North Conference golf title in six seasons with a victory at Tuesday’s league finals at the Gaylord Country Club.
All four of West’s counters carded scores under 80 in the process.
Cam Murray and Alex Scott each shot 77s, with Payden Myers shooting 78 and Brady Greenman 79.
Murray locked up BNC medalist honors, shooting a league-best average of 71.3 per event.
“His season was highlighted with the back-to-back 67s he had earlier this year,” West coach Mike Schultz said. “It’s been very fun to watch.”
The Titans shot 311 as a team, with runner-up Traverse City Central 21 strokes behind, followed by Ogemaw Heights (337), Gaylord (347), Petoskey (349) and Cadillac (353). West won all six NBC events this season.
Central’s counters were Winton Munch (76), Trey Pezzetti (84), Abe Lewis (86) and Derek Schrank (86).
After the tourney, the all-Big North team was decided. West’s Myers, Scott, Brady Greenman and Steve Gaston were among the 12 selections, joined by Central’s Munch and Pezzetti, Gaylord’s Cam Laug, Ogemaw’s Jon Matthews, Steve Kish and Jon Robinson and Petoskey’s Tyler Spiegl.
Central and West are in Division 1 district action Friday at Bay County Golf Course.
TCSF wraps up LMC
Traverse City St. Francis’ opponents included more than just those on the court as the Gladiators earned the Lake Michigan Conference championship.
Play at Boyne Mountain was halted during the second round and the entire event was shifted to Bay Tennis & Fitness Center in Petoskey to complete indoors.
In the end, the Glads won seven of eight flights, beating just about everybody — including the elements.
“We had everybody in the finals,” TCSF coach Jeff Hughes said. “It was extremely impressive. I can’t remember that happening before. And they had to deal with the weather.”
The Glads also hadn’t played in a week because of weather-induced cancellations.
St. Francis scored 23 out of a possible 24 points to win. Harbor Springs was second with 14, followed by Charlevoix (eight), Grayling (six), Elk Rapids (three), East Jordan (two) and Boyne City (zero).
The Gladiators won all four doubles championships.
Chloe Lodge and Bailey Chouinard took No. 1 doubles with a 6-1, 6-1 title win over Charlevoix, Courtney McCardel and Emily Szamania won No. 2 with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 win over Harbor Springs in the finals, Rosie Wilson and Sarah Stayman claimed the No. 3 crown with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Grayling and Beth Richey and Carlee McCardel completed the sweep with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Harbor Springs in the No. 4 doubles final.
In singles, Amanda Bandrowski took the No. 1 title match 6-0, 6-1 against Grayling, Natalie Burke won 6-3, 6-2 against Harbor Springs in the No. 2 championship and Lauren Hansen claimed a 6-3, 6-3 win to take the No. 4 singles crown.
Lena Popp posted a 2-1 record at No. 3 singles.
The Gladiators also found out Tuesday that they had earned four seeds for the state finals this weekend at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University. Bandrowski is the fourth seed at No. 1 singles, Hansen secured a third seed at No. 4 and the doubles teams of Wilson/Stayman and Richey/McCardel will both be the third seed. Hughes said it was the first time St. Francis has ever had four flights seeded in the top five in one state finals.
Central earns BNC title
Traverse City Central didn’t play a single set Tuesday, but was rewarded with a Big North Conference championship without a single swing.
The league championship was rained out and couldn’t be rescheduled, so the conference decided to award the crown based on dual-meet record. With a 4-0 BNC mark, the Trojans were the only undefeated team in league play. Petoskey was second at 3-1 and Cadillac third with a 2-2 mark.
In order to get some swings in this week, Central will host TC West today at 1:30 p.m. for a dual meet, followed by another against Cadillac at 3:30 p.m.
TC Central 3
Traverse City Central advanced to a third meeting with rival TC West after notching a 3-0 Division 1 district victory over Alpena.
Paige Pfannenstiel scored all three Trojans goals, with assists going to Lindsey Round, Katie Ludwig and Sophie Lutz. Katie Wheeler made six saves, including stopping a first-half penalty kick that helped Central take a 2-0 lead into halftime. Alpena finishes 5-16.
The Trojans (10-11-1) play the Titans at the Coast Guard fields at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Elk Rapids 2
Elk Rapids scored early and shut out Roscommon 2-0 in Division 3 district action.
The Elks (13-4-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Haley Patterson goal minutes in, set up by Marisa Rogers. With seven minutes left before halftime, Carley Patterson put Elk Rapids up 2-0 off a Michelle Costa crossing pass.
Paige Granger made two saves in goal as the Elks outshot the Bucks 11-2.
Elk Rapids advances to host Houghton Lake at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Bobcats topped Boyne City 4-0.
Big Rapids 3
Big Rapids moved on in Division 3 district play, but Kingsley didn’t make it easy.
The Cardinals needed two overtimes to finally top the Stags 3-2.
Autumn Goggin and Gesa Neubauer scored Kingsley’s goals, both off Ally Kintner assists. Kasey Hayes made 12 saves in goal as Kingsley finishes the season 3-5-4.
Glen Lake 2
TC Liberty 1
Kira Surber scored the game-winning goal as Glen Lake topped the Traverse City Liberty 2-1 in Division 4 district play.
Ty Fessell put the host Lakers up 1-0 just three minutes into the game off a Clare Slack assist.
Molly Corcoran scored a goal with 12 minutes left to give the Liberty some life, but Glen Lake (10-8-1) was able to hold on as goaltender Chelsea Least made nine saves.
The Lakers now take on No. 8-ranked Harbor Springs at 7 p.m. Thursday at Traverse City West.
Harbor Springs 3
Suttons Bay 0
Harbor Springs received a test from Suttons Bay in Division 4 district action.
The No. 8-ranked Rams led 1-0 at halftime en route to a 3-0 win over the Norse (4-11-4).
“At halftime, I really thought we had a shot,” Suttons Bay coach Tom Spencer said.
Irene Prado returned to play in goal for the first time since the season opener and made seven saves. She missed the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
The Norse return virtually their entire team next year, with two foreign-exchange students who contributed one goal and two assists the only ones who won’t be back.
East Jordan 0
Leland cruised past East Jordan 8-0 in Division 4 district play.
Libby Munoz scored four goals and Whitney Schaub and Lydia Gulow had two each for the Comets, who advance to play Charlevoix in a 5 p.m. matchup Thursday at Traverse City West.
Gulow assisted on two goals and Schaub one. Andre Hunt made three saves for the Comets (18-4).
Burt Lake NMC 0
The Rayders topped Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy 1-0 to open district action.
Kelsey Engstrom scored the game’s only goal, at the 20:45 mark of the second half, on an assist by Kaitlin Hinkley.
Aleah Hunt threw a four-hitter and cracked three doubles as Frankfort posted a 19-4 Division 4 pre-district win over Brethren.
She also struck out five.
Sophie Nye was 4 for 5 and hit her fifth home run of the season, while Courtney Bower and Keelan Kelly had three hits each.
The Panthers (19-13) play Manton in a doubleheader today before resuming post-season activity Saturday at Onekama in the district semifinals.
Lake Leelanau 11 18
Bear Lake 2 5
Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s swept a non-conference doubleheader from Bear Lake in preparation for district play.
The Eagles won 11-2 and 18-5.
Megan Popp struck out seven, allowed two hits and was 2 for 4 at the plate in the opener. Rachael Thon had three hits and Rachael Schaub two.
Mary Rexroat was the nightcap winner, striking out two in a five-hit performance. Thon, Rexroat, Popp, Schaub and Marta Herman each collected two hits, and Schaub drove in four runs. Bear Lake’s Emileigh Ferguson was 2 for 2.
Lake Leelanau (23-10) plays Glen Lake in district play Saturday at Traverse City Christian.
— Compiled by James Cook