Traverse City Central had all five of its top runners medal — the top 50 runners earned medalist honors — as the Trojans finished third out of 32 teams at Saturday’s Portage Invitational.
Rockford, ranked 19th nationally, and Saline, fifth nationally, both finished ahead of the Trojans, with Rockford scoring 62 points, Saline 84 and Central scoring 124.
Ashley Ko led Central with an eighth-place finish (18:30). Molly Peregrine was 16th in 18:55. Central’s other scorers were: Graceanne Tarsa in 21st (19:08), Joe Reist in 38th (19:42) and Emmalyne Tarsa in 41st (19:48). Hannah Keyser (52nd, 20:00) and Courtney Stewart (126th, 21:13) rounded out Central’s varsity runners.
“I’m pretty happy with the point spread,” said TC Central coach Lisa Taylor. “They are definitely reachable — those two teams (Rockford and Saline). We can run even better. I’m happy with the results.”
Traverse City West finished 17th with 380 points. The Titans were led by Jessica Gockley’s 17th-place time (18:59). Emily O’Leary was second for West in 60th place (20:14).
Central had a good showing in the junior varsity race as it had 14 of the top 50 runners. Central’s top finishers in the JV race were: Katie Moses (1st, 19:41); Jordan Matterella (2nd, 19:54), Kalina Pfannenstiel (3rd, 20:12); Maddy Basch (5th, 20:44); Erin Lipp (9th, 20:58); Lauren Bruno (10th, 21:03); Lauren Marsh (11th, 21:04); Ellie Taylor (17th, 21:24); Grace Sailor (24th, 21:35); Clare Sorace (26th, 21:37); Hayley Padden (27th, 21:40); Zoe Derstle (42nd, 22:02); Zita Hafner (44th, 22:06); and Annie Botsford (50th, 22:15).
TC Central 11th, TC West 13th at Portage
Traverse City Central finished 11th and Traverse City West was 13th out of 36 teams at the Portage Invitational.
Central was running without two of its top four runners in Kyle Dotterrer and Keefer Edwards, who were not able to compete. Cam McAuliffe led the Trojans with a 13th-place finish (16:13), while Anthony Berry was 15th in 16:15. Jordan Query (87th, 17:25), Graham Bevier (119th, 17:42) and Spencer Schulte (124th, 17:44) were the other Central scorers.
West was paced by Nick Hirschenberger’s 44th place time of 16:50. Nick Amato was 55th (17:03); Joe Hughes took 67th (17:11); Jimmy Seekamp was 73rd (17:14) and Sam Elmi finished 140th (17:50).
Saline won the meet with 177 points. Rockford was second with 180 and Grand Blanc was 199th.
Benzie Central’s boys took first in the Division III race at Portage, while the girls were fifth.
The Huskies’ boys results were: Max Gaft (18th, 16:41); Brayden Huddleston (19th, 16:48); Ismael Halaweh (22nd, 16:49); Noah Robotham (35th, 17:04); and Kyle Bailey (36th, 17:05).
For the Benzie girls, Bryce Cutler led the way with a 19th-place finish (19:46). Also for Benzie, Stephanie Schaub was 24th (19:52); Alyssa Bennett was 42nd (20:37); Rachael Peabody was 81st (21:38); and Makayla Huddleston was 83rd (21:41).
Suttons Bay 0
Bellaire built a 4-0 first-half lead and went on to take a 6-0 victory over Suttons Bay.
Adam Underwood led the Eagles (17-1) with two goals. Hunter Rowe, Ryan Cybulla, Nic Underwood and Hannes Winter also netted goals for Bellaire.
Denny Hall contributed two assists, and Rowe, Adam Underwood, Drew Emery and Alex Perkins also chipped in with assists.
Adam Crandall made four saves in net for the Eagles. In goal for Suttons Bay was Aaron Orban, who made 14 saves, including a penalty kick save in the second half.
Buckley jumped out to a 3-0 lead and the Bears went on to take a 4-2 win from Kingsley.
Kingsley scored the last two goals of the first half to go into the break only down one, after facing a big, early deficit, but Buckley put the game away with a goal in a mostly defensive second half.
Scoring for Buckley were: Demian Allen, Steven Dresnek, Alex Welling and Jack Burgess. Assists went to Burgess, Allen and Dominique Kraskie.
Justin Gizel had the two Kingsley goals, with Patrick Acre earning the assists.
Tyler Welch was the winning keeper, making four saves. Caleb Wetherholt made 17 saves for Kingsley (1-11-2).
Buckley (7-5-2) is at the TC Bulldogs on Monday.
North Muskegon 2
In a rematch of last season’s regional contest won by Leland, the Comets took down North Muskegon once again, 6-2.
The Comets led 2-0 at the half on goals from Austin Fellows in the 27th minute off a 50-yard free kick, and Henrik Ohr, off a header in the 33rd minute. Ohr gave Leland a 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the second half before North Muskegon found the net. Ohr responded with his third goal three minutes later. Collin Platts and Omar Roman netted the final two goals for Leland (15-2-1). The Comets outshot the Norsemen 21-8. Cam Stowe had two assists, while Tony Mosqueda and Clarke Morgan had one each. Mike Farese made six saves for Leland.
The Comets travel to Buckley on Tuesday.
Elk Rapids wins Farwell Invite; Forest Area reaches semifinals
Elk Rapids defeated Vestaburg 25-17, 25-9 to win the Farwell Invitational.
The Elks shook off a slow start where they went 1-1-1 in pool play, then cruised past three opponents in bracket play to win the tournament title.
In pool play Elk Rapids (11-18-2) defeated Standish-Sterling 25-17, 25-15, lost to Farwell 24-26, 26-28 and split with Vestaburg 20-25, 25-11. In the bracket play opener the Elks beat Standish again, 25-17, 25-15 and took down Farwell in the semifinals, 26-24, 25-20.
Leaders on the day were: Bridget Hintz (40 kills), Megan Henige (30 kills), Molly Gregorski (19 aces) and Hayley Walton (12 aces).
Forest Area went undefeated through pool play, but lost to Vestaburg in the tournament semifinals.
The Warriors had previously defeated the Wolverines in the final match of pool play, 25-22, 25-22, to cap off a string of three straight wins to start the tournament. They couldn’t carry that momentum over, however, and lost in the rematch, 24-26, 21-25.
Forest Area’s wins in its first two matches came against Farwell (25-22, 25-16) and Harrison (25-19, 25-12).
Leaders for the Warriors were: Tabitha Cecil (31 kills, 22 digs); Jackie Hyatt (14 kills); Alyssa Birgy (32 digs, eight aces, seven kills); Dani Johne (38 assists, five aces); and Cami Campbell (22 digs).
Forest Area (16-15-4) travels to Pellston on Tuesday.
— Compiled by Chris Dobrowolski