TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City West notched its third win of the season over rival Traverse City Central, earning a berth in the Division 1 district finals in the process.
The Titans won 5-0 Thursday, scoring three goals in the game’s first 10 minutes to take control early and leading 4-0 by halftime.
Jessica Kalbfleisch and Jayna Brunetti scored two goals each, while Mikaela Ray added another.
Maria Rapson assisted on two goals, while Erica Whiting, Kalbfleisch and Eva Brunetti set up others.
Savannah Wojtanowski and Mary Troost split time in goal and combined to make nine saves as the defense of Kiley Kreple, Mikenna Ray, Mikaela Rya and Nicole Sanford helped keep the ball out the Titan net.
West (13-5-4) will have to wait a day to find out its finals opponent. Thursday’s contest between Midland Dow and Saginaw Heritage was repeatedly delayed by lightning and will be played today at 4 p.m.
Elk Rapids 1
Houghton Lake 0
Carley Patterson took advantage of a mistake and gave Elk Rapids the only score it would need in a 1-0 Division 3 district win over Houghton Lake.
Patterson was able to capitalize when the Bobcats’ goalie dropped the ball while making a save. The score came with 12 minutes left before halftime.
The Elks outshot Houghton Lake 17-1.
“The post got in the way,” Elk Rapids coach Andrea Krakow said.
The Elks (14-4-1) host Cheboygan in today’s 6 p.m. district final.
Suttons Bay wins D-4 district at Mistwood
Suttons Bay won the Division 4 district at Mistwood Golf Course in Lake Ann as five other teams punched their ticket to next Thursday’s regional.
The Norsemen won with a team score of 334, 17 strokes ahead of runner-up Leland. The other qualifiers in the 11-team field were Traverse City St. Francis (353), Glen Lake (362), Mesick (376) and Manton (387).
Suttons Bay’s Devin Capron led the team with a 77 that tied for second overall. The other Norse counters were Brent Duddles (82), Sean Lammy (87) and a tie between Eric Chapman and Lars Thornton with 88s.
Leland’s Joel Sneed was medalist with a 76, while Ian Duvall (83) was eighth.
St. Francis was led by Parker Guss’ 82, an 89 by Ben Yanska and 91s from Joe Coates and Riley Lamie.
Mike O’Brien’s 77 tied Capron for second and led Glen Lake, while Kyle Schaub shot 91.
Mesick was paced by Alex Marshall (85) and Alex Stanton (86). Lee Anderson led Manton with a 91 and Spencer Sucharski shot 93.
Individual qualifiers were Onekama’s Derek Hobart (79), Brethren’s Bryson Walker (80), Frankfort’s Tirstan Rogers (85), Lake City’s Zach Redman (92) and Gabe Ruell (95) and Brethren’s Joe Riggs (98).
Thursday’s regional will be played on Grand Traverse Resort’s Spruce Run course.
TC St. Francis 2
Katlyn Agren had three hits and was the winning pitcher as Cadillac to a 7-2 decision from Traverse City St. Francis.
Agren doubled twice, while Mary Emington had three hits and Alyssa Fisher two.
Megan Knudsen had a pair of hits for the Gladiators (16-11), who play at Benzie Central in Saturday’s districts.
In the junior varsity matchup, St. Francis won 5-0 as Lauren Cvengros threw a one-hitter while striking out nine and walking none. Julia Hardy added two hits for the Glads (19-2).
TC Christian 13 10
Lake Leelanau SM 8 19
Traverse City Christian split a doubleheader with Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s as both prepared for Saturday’s districts.
Dennis Alekseyenko was the winning pitcher in the Sabres’ 13-8 opening-game win. He added two hits, was on base in all four plate appearances and scored two runs.
For the twinbill, Will Andre was 5 for 7 with six runs scored and Cam Bemmer had four hits and five runs.
TC Christian (10-15-1) hosts Suttons Bay at 10 a.m. Saturday in districts, while Lake Leelanau plays Glen Lake at noon. The winners meet in the 2 p.m. championship game.
TC West JV 7 17
TC Central JV 1 7
Nick Brzezinski had six hits as Traverse City West swept rival TC Central 7-1 and 17-7 in junior varsity baseball action.
Paul Soma added three hits, including a double, and Jacob Dean hit a home run and had two hits.
Central (6-14) was led by three hits by Ethan Campbell, while Josh Endres tripled among two hits and Jon Laskey had a double.
— Compiled by James Cook