from staff reports
PETOSKEY — Christien Geiger and Josh Stiglich scored first-half goals Tuesday to power Traverse City West to a 2-1 Big North Conference win at Petoskey.
The league champion Titans finished 10-0-2 in the Big North.
"That's our third unbeaten league season in a row," West coach Jason Carmien said. "It's a credit to these kids that they were able to keep that tradition going."
Dan Montgomery assisted on Geiger's goal. Brandon Montgomery drew the assist on Stiglich's tally.
Justin Kraft was in goal.
West (14-3-3) is now off until next Tuesday when the Titans host Traverse City Central in a district contest.
Petoskey (10-8-2, 8-3) got a goal from Louis Lamberti in the second half.
Bellaire 5 McBain NMC 2
Hunter Rowe scored three goals, two in overtime, as Bellaire beat McBain NMC 5-2 in a Northern Michigan Soccer League crossover battle.
Bellaire, the No. 1 seed in the north, will now face Big Rapids Crossroads Academy, the No. 1 seed in the south, on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Houghton Lake.
The Eagles (15-5 overall) led 1-0 at half on a Denny Hall goal. Christoph Radtke assisted.
Bellaire expanded its lead to 2-0 with 17:54 left on Rowe's unassisted goal.
McBain NMC came back with two goals in less than three minutes as Dylan Lucas and Trevor Gernaat converted.
Playing in a steady rain, Bellaire dominated in overtime, scoring three times in the first 10-minute extra session. Rowe netted two and Drew Emery one. Rowe assisted on Emery's goal while Emery returned the favor on Rowe's last tally.
Adam Crandall had seven saves in net. Colin May starred on defense.
Big Rapids Crossroads 2 Burt Lake NMCA 1
Burt Lake NMCA fell to a 12-9 with a 2-1 loss to Big Rapids Crossroads Academy in a Northern Michigan Soccer League crossover game.
Aaron Chatfield netted the Burt Lake goal. Jeffrey Thompson assisted.
Burt Lake, the No. 2 seed in the north, will face McBain NMC, the No. 2 seed in the south, on Thursday at 5 .p.m. at Houghton Lake.
Petoskey earns share of BNC title
Petoskey edged Traverse City Central 36-33 Tuesday to win the Big North Conference tournament at Cadillac and earn a share of the league title.
Central won the dual meet portion of the season, making it six years in a row the Trojans have won the league outright or shared it.
Cadillac came in third Tuesday with 20 points. Traverse City West finished with 16, Alpena 15 and the JV All-Stars 0.
Petoskey and Central each won four flights.
Central's winners were Garrett Kosch at No. 3 singles, Sean Soupiset-Cam Young at No. 2 doubles, Max Knoblock-Nick Yergens at No. 3 doubles and Trey Pezzetti-Yani Beeker at No. 4 doubles. Kosch defeated the JV All-Stars (8-0), Alpena (6-0, 6-1) and Petoskey (6-3, 6-1). Soupiset -Young downed the JV All-Stars (8-0), Cadillac (6-0, 6-2) and Petoskey (6-2, 6-2). Knoblock-Young defeated the JV All-stars (8-1), Traverse City West (6-1, 6-0) and Petoskey (6-2, 6-2). Pezzetti-Beeker upended the JV All-Stars (8-1), Traverse City West and Petoskey (7-5, 6-2).
The Trojans picked up two wins apiece from Skyler Norgaard at No. 1 singles, Daniel Fedor at No. 2, Parker Berden at No. 4 and Caleb Heimburger-Sebastian Koeth at No. 1 doubles. Koeth replaced Hayden Drury, who was ill.
Central and West compete in regionals on Thursday. The Trojans drew four No,. 1 seeds — all in doubles. Kosch and Berden are No. 2 seeds while Norgaard and Fedor are No. 4 seeds.
Leland 3 Suttons Bay 0
Andrea Hunt's 10 kills and 10 digs led Leland to a 25-16, 25-20, 25-14 Northwest Conference win at Suttons Bay.
The Comets (33-9-4, 5-1) also had key contributions from Felicia Whittaker (14 kills), Whitney Schaub (six aces), Caitlin McKee (30 assists) and Noa Yaakoby (four kills, two aces).
Leland is at Northport on Thursday.
Kingsley 3 Buckley 0
Kingsley remained in a three-way tie atop the Northwest Conference with a 25-19, 25-9, 25-11 win over Buckley.
Kingsley (35-8-5, 5-1) was paced by Katie Travis (17 kills, 6 of 7 serving with two aces), Leah Hall (28 assists, 10 of 10 serving, 10 digs), Alyssa Folkersma (five kills), Kenzie Meeker (two kills, 14 digs), Molly Franke (five kills, one block, 4 of 4 serving) and Lindsey Weber (10 digs, six aces, 33 of 33 serving).
Benzie Central 3 Mesick 0
Benzie Central improved to 5-1 in the Northwest Conference with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-8 win over Mesick.
The Huskies (27-7-11 overall) were led by Molly Lehn (13 assists, three aces), Madison Lutzke (17 kills, 10 digs), Jenna Gauthier (four kills, eight digs) and Kristine Robertson (four kills).
Forest Area 3 Central Lake 0
Forest Area moved to 6-1 in the Ski Valley with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 win over Central Lake.
Tabitha Cecil (seven kills), Kortni Birgy (20 digs, four kills), Emily Gonyer (21 digs, four kills), Dani Johne (11 digs), Jackie Hall (four aces) and Chelsea Saylor (strong floor game) led the Warriors (29-11-1), who compete at Farwell on Saturday.
TC Christian 3 Northport 0
Maddie White had six kills, four aces, three digs and a block while Laura Murray added seven kills, six aces, three digs in Traverse City Christian's 25-16, 25-6, 25-12 win over Northport.
Shannon Ufer (two kills, three aces, 11 assists), Aubrey Heersema (one ace, 10 assists), Rylee Price (one kill, three aces, two digs) and Lauren Webb (three digs, four aces) also starred for the Sabres.
Benzie sweeps, wins Northwest crowns
Benzie Central swept the third and final Northwest Conference jamboree at Glen Lake to wrap up league titles.
The boys finished with 19 points, Kingsley 48, Suttons Bay 95, Frankfort 99 and Leland 124.
Benzie's Justin Prange took first in 16:52. He was followed by Kingsley's Jake Keena (16:56), Benzie's Kyle Bailey (17:00), Mesick's Zack Workman (17:02) and then five more Benzie runners — Ismael Halaweh (17:14), Jared Bluhm (17:28), Max Gaft (17:29), Noah Robotham (17:43) and Andrew Hayden (17:47). Suttons Bay's Alex Kraft was 10th (18:03).
Benzie's girls won with 16 points. The Huskies were followed by Kingsley with 58, Buckley 71 and Mesick 103.
Benzie's Bryce Cutler (20:33) and Makayla Huddleston (20:38) went one-two. Suttons Bay's Dani Merwin moved up to third (20:41). Benzie's Sarah Jones (20:46) and Alyssa Bennett (20:47) rounded out the top five. The next five included Glen Lake's Kaitlyn Grigg (20:50), Frankfort's Isabelle Putney (20:55), Buckley's Marlee Harriss (21:05) and Benzie's Ashley Nye (21:07) and Mary Warsecke (21:08).
Benzie won the overall titles for the three jamborees with Kingsley second in both boys and girls.
Keena was the overall boys champion. Joining him on the all-league first-team were Halaweh, Hayden, Prange, Bailey, Workman and Bluhm.
Bennett was the overall girls champion. She was joined on the all-league first-team by Cutler, Huddletson, Grigg, Harriss, Jones and Glen Lake's McKenna Turrill.