Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 1, 2014

Prep Sports Roundup: Frankfort outduels Bear Lake for district title

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Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — ONEKAMA — Facing a six-point halftime deficit, Frankfort cranked up the offense in the third quarter for a 45-35 Class D district final win over Bear Lake.

The win gives the Panthers their seventh district crown in the last 12 years, but first in four seasons.

Mackenna Kelly led Frankfort (21-2) with 17 points, nine rebounds and six steals. Shayla Soto added 13 points, seven steals and three assists, including hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the pivotal 19-9 third-quarter run.

Pauline Lausten added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists and freshman Cecilia Schmitt had five points and three steals as those four players accounted for every Panther point on the night.

Frankfort jumped out to a 5-0 lead early, but Bear Lake had a 12-7 advantage by the first quarter’s end and 20-14 at halftime.

“They were able to dictate tempo on us,” Panthers coach Tim Reznich said. “We wanted to run.”

Emileigh Ferguson led the Lakers (18-5) with 14 points, Hannah Harrington added 11 and McKaya Greenwald had nine.

Class D at Leland

Lake Leelanau SM 52

Suttons Bay 37

Lake Leelanau St. Mary won its first district championship since 2009 with a 52-37 victory over Suttons Bay.

The Eagles had lost to the Norse by eight in their only regular-season matchup, and move on to face Frankfort in Buckley on Tuesday.

Suttons Bay led 13-10 after one quarter, but Lake Leelanau (12-9) rallied to go up 25-18 by halftime.

Rachael Schaub had 17 points and eight rebounds, Hannah Weber added 12 points and Abbie Thon pitched in seven points.

Delaney Kaufman had 15 to lead the Norse (11-12), scoring 12 in the first half.

Class B at Kingsley

Manistee 46

Mason Co. Central 37

Manistee rebounded from an early 10-2 deficit to beat Mason County Central 46-37 and win the Chippewas’ first girls district title since 2010.

Audrey Tomaszewski led the Chippewas with 14 points, while Emily Thompson added nine, Emily Kott eight and Emma Burns seven.

Manistee remains undefeated at 22-0 and will play 11-11 Sparta, which topped Tri-County in its district final to earn a regional berth.

Madison Gears led Mason County (15-6) with 17.

Class C at Charlevoix

Charlevoix 66

Elk Rapids 61

Charlevoix pulled out a 66-61 district final victory over Elk Rapids to win the Rayders’ first crown since 2006.

Madeline Boss led Charlevoix (13-9) with 18 points, 10 rebounds and hit a pair of 3-pointers. Gabby Gray added 12 points and nine assists, Courtney Putman had 11 points and seven rebounds and Elle Way and Olivia Storm each contributed eight points.

The Rayders move on to play McBain at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Sanford-Meridian regional.

Bridget Hintz had 23 points, Rachel Hintz 20 and Paige Granger 13 for the Elks (14-8).

Class C at McBain

McBain 57

Glen Lake 35

The McBain girls employed a blanketing defense and an inside-out offensive scheme to outscore visiting Glen Lake 57-35 in the Class C district championship.

The Ramblers (19-2) advance to the regional tournament at Sanford Meridian where they will face Charlevoix on Tuesday in the semifinals. The Rayders earned their berth in the region with a 66-61 victory over Elk Rapids. Beal City and Beaverton compete in the other side of the bracket.

McBain limited the Lakers (16-6) to single digits in each of the first three quarters while building a 24-12 halftime lead and a 45-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“We were very focused tonight,” said Ramblers coach Todd Hamlet. “I thought we did a great job of keeping their bigs covered and forcing Glen Lake to beat us from the outside. Our guards got a little tired late in the first quarter but overall we did a real nice job of executing our game plan at both ends of the floor.”

Glen Lake struggled offensively at the outset and did not get its first field goal in the game until less than 2:30 remained in the first quarter. By that time, the Ramblers had a lead they would not relinquish.

Junior point guard Meredith Hamlet led all scorers with 23 points, including eight in the first quarter to help McBain build its early advantage on the scoreboard. She added eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, and center Katelyn Loeks pitched in eight points, 11 rebounds, five steals and five assists.

Freshman guard Kelly Bunek was the only Laker to reach double figures, hitting for 10 points. Jordan Peplinski put seven on the board and Jessica Lee hit for six.

BOYS

Harbor Springs 55

TC St. Francis 52

Harbor Springs won its second straight game after winning just one of its previous 12, notching a 55-52 Lake Michigan Conference win over Traverse City St. Francis.

The Rams (6-13, 4-10 LMC) held the Gladiators — who were playing without Byron Bullough (ankle) — to four points in the fourth quarter.

Bennett Langdon had 20 points and Jack Carter 11 for Harbor, which plays Manistique in district play Monday.

Noah Phillips had 21 points and seven rebounds and Tanner Kenny had 20 points and seven boards for the Glads (9-11, 5-9 LMC), who host Kalkaska in the first round of districts Monday at 7 p.m.

St. Francis won the JV game 49-42 to finish with a 13-6 mark. Matt Biggar led the way with 11 points.

Boyne Falls 49

East Jordan 48

Andrew Stevens’ floater at the buzzer gave Boyne Falls a 49-48 non-conference victory over East Jordan.

The Loggers finish the regular season 17-1, while East Jordan is 15-4, which is the school’s highest victory total since 1995 and third-best in program history.

Boyne Falls was led by Marcus Matelski’s 25 points. The Loggers open up district play against Central Lake on Monday.

Donny Cutler had 19 points and Noah Bacchus 14 for the Rev Devils, who wait until Wednesday to face the winner of Mancelona and Charlevoix in district semifinals.

Northport 51

GT Academy 36

Northport topped Grand Traverse Academy 51-36 to close out the regular season with a victory.

Jacob Brown scored 24 points and Caleb Brown had 11 for the Wildcats (3-17).

Dan Lock scored 14 for GT Academy.

The two play in the same district starting Monday at Northport, with Mustangs facing Traverse City Christian at 6 p.m. and the Wildcats hosting Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s at 7:30 p.m.

Benzie Central 67

Leland 64

Down eight after the first quarter, Benzie Central fought back to beat Leland 67-64 in a Northwest Conference basketball game.

The Huskies (7-13, 7-7) trailed 35-31 at half, then went up 46-42 after three. Aaron Whaley’s 22 points topped Benzie. Ismael Halaweh added 18. Tyler Leveque paced the Comets with 19 points. Mike Osorio contributed 18 and Austin Fellows 10.

Manton 66

Marion 28

Manton finished the regular season 9-11 with a 66-28 Highland Conference win over Marion.

Tyler Swing’s 13 points and 13 rebounds led the Rangers. Treh Helsel also had 13 points.

Manton will play the Glen Lake-Lake City winner in the Class C district Wednesday.

HOCKEY

TC Hounds 3

Detroit 2

The Traverse City Hounds topped Detroit 3-2 in a shootout to clinch the top spot in the Midwest Junior Hockey League with five games remaining.

Patrick Rogowski’s shootout goal was the clincher. Grant McCormack also had a shootout goal for the Hounds, who were outshot 41-35.

In regulation, Detroit’s Ken Winter knotted the game at 2-2 with 1:10 remaining. Matt Passino had put TC up 2-1 just 1:46 into the third.

Winter also had Detroit’s other goal, but was matched in the second period by Scott Luca’s power-play tally.

David Krejcik made 39 saves for Traverse City, and also stopped four of five shots in the shootout.

The Hounds host the second-place Soo Firehawks tonight at Centre ICE.

— Compiled by Dennis Chase and James Cook