From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — THOMPSONVILLE — It was nearly as good as it gets in the girls slalom for Traverse City West.
The Titans took the top three spots overall and had all four counters in the top five in a dominant day of racing at the TC West Invitational at Crystal Mountain.
West also took first in the giant slalom, where it edged Traverse City Central and cruised to a first-place finish overall on the girls side (37-59.5).
Petoskey’s boys edged past Central for first overall, winning the giant slalom behind the one-two punch of Garret and Gunnar Lundteigen, then putting together a good enough showing in the slalom to win the boys side despite finishing second to the Trojans in the slalom.
For the West girls, Morgan Culp was the overall winner in the slalom (59.01), just ahead of teammates Claire Podges (1:00.88) and Ginevra Gabrielli (1:01.77). If not for Cadillac’s Marissa Vanalst (1:02) finishing in front of West’s Kitt Hornbogen (1:02.9), the Titans would have completed the clean sweep of the top four spots.
“There’s a good battle going on between the West and Central girls teams,” said West coach Ed Johnson. “But we came out on top. It was good because we were on our home hill. We had a good, strong slalom finish.”
Culp added a fourth-place finish in giant slalom (42.2), Gabrielli was fifth (42.91), Devan Gorton was sixth (43.64) and Hornbogen placed 11th (44.36).
Central was led in the slalom by Molly Whiting, who was sixth (1:02.96). Devon Dotterrer was seventh (1:03.08), Maggie Dutmers was eighth (1:03.16) and Katy Zimmerman took 10th (1:04.09).
Lili Lockwood won the giant slalom for the Trojans (41.57), followed by Whiting (7th, 43.97), Dotterrer (8th, 44.17) and Baily Versluis (12th, 44.63).
“We have no excuses. The girls skied pretty good,” said Central coach Jerry Stanek. “West, right now, is far and away the best team in the state. We’re just trying to keep up with them. We’re young so I’m pleased with where the girls are at.”
Cadilac’s girls were third (92), Petoskey took fourth (109.5) and Gaylord was fifth (206).
Central’s boys were right on the heels of the Northmen overall (51-58) and the Trojans’ 28 points in the slalom helped them win that part of the meet.
Lars Hornburg was third to lead the Trojans in the slalom (1:00.57), with Kurt Frick coming in sixth (1:01.68), Tyler Sepanik in ninth (1:02.23) and Zak Collins in 10th (1:03.24).
A big reason the Northmen are so tough is the Lundteigen brothers, who claimed the top two spots in the giant slalom. Garret was first (42.15) and Gunnar was second (42.56). Trevor Kingsbury (7th, 43.87) and Mitch Makela (11th, 44.19) rounded out the Northmen’s winning slalom counters.
For Central, Brendan Wells was fifth (43.32), Hornburg took sixth (43.59), while Tyler Sepanik and Dirk Phelps tied for ninth (44.1).
Cadillac finished third overall, taking third in the slalom (35 points) and fourth in the giant slalom (49). West was third in the giant slalom (41) and fourth in the slalom (51).
Austin Skibowski led the Titans in both events, finishing fourth in the giant slalom (42.84) and seventh in slalom (1:01.69). Evan Culp placed eighth in giant slalom (43.91) and 12th in slalom (1:04.23), while Ben Friar came in eighth in slalom (1:02.08) and 15th in giant slalom (44.91). Marvin Lenz was West’s other scorer in the slalom (24th, 1:15.76) and Tyan Geiser was the third counter in the giant slalom (14th, 44.86).
TC Central 50
Traverse City Central helped stave off Gaylord down the stretch as the Trojans pulled out a 50-45 victory.
The Trojans led 12-4 after one period and 25-12 at the half, but the Blue Devils gave Central (3-10, 3-5 Big North) all it could handle in the second half.
Mitch Wynkoop had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Max Knoblock added nine points and nine rebounds for the Trojans. Ethan Campbell had four clutch points in the fourth quarter to help the Trojans stay in the lead.
Collin Watters and Zack Pasternack each had 13 points for the Blue Devils.
Central fell 55-42 in the junior varsity game as Devante Walker had 21 points and James Brumfield 11 points.
The Central freshmen were victorious 57-42. Nik Norton led the way with 19 points and Ben Sherwin had 11 points.
TC St. Francis 68
Tyler McClanahan hit a 22-footer with 17 seconds left to send the game into overtime, then scored five of Grayling’s eight in the extra session to beat Traverse City St. Francis 71-68.
McClanahan ended up with 23 points for the Vikings (8-5). Matt Burrell had 17 points in the win.
Byron Bullough led St. Francis with 26 points, while Tanner Kenney had 22 points.
TC West 57
Andy Marwede had 22 points and Tyler Pintar 14 points as they powered Alpena past Traverse City West 72-57.
West (4-8) was led by Thiyo Lukusa and Stephan Sheppard each with 13 points.
West improved to 11-1 in the junior varsity game after knocking off Alpena 63-46. Nick Brzezinski had 32 points and Josh Roman had 11 points for the Titans.
Elk Rapids 62
Charlevoix stuck right with Elk Rapids the entire night before the Elks came away victorious, 62-55.
The Elks (11-2, 7-1 Lake Michigan) held leads of 30-25 at the half and 40-35 after three periods, following a first quarter where the teams were tied 15-15.
Cole Walker led Elk Rapids with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Shae Somers added 18 points and five assists.
Burt Lake NMC 43
Northport held off Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian for a 46-43 victory.
The Wildcats (2-11) led by seven at the half, but watched their lead trimmed to four in the third. The fourth quarter was close throughout.
Jacob Brown had 18 points and Marcus Stowe 13 in the win. Burt Lake was led by William Spears (15) and Jeff Thompson (14).
Lk Leelanau St. Mary 51
GT Academy 26
Drew Pobuda had a double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead Lake Leelanau St. Mary over Grand Traverse Academy, 51-26.
Christian Holmes had 11 points and Mike Farese had nine points to aid the victory for St. Mary (5-5), which hosts Traverse City Christian on Thursday.
Dan Lock led Grand Traverse Academy with nine points.
Lake City 35
Visiting Mio broke open a close game with a 10-2 run in the final minutes of the second quarter and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way in a 53-35 non-league win over Lake City.
Sophomore center Lucas Marion drained the nets for 12 points to pace the Trojans (9-4) and senior guard Kevin Kunkel canned 11 points, including two treys.
Sophomore wing Ben Lubitz tallied 16, including two breakaway slam dunks, and senior Bryce DeGrammont hit for 15 to lead Mio (11-1).
Harbor Springs 51
Harbor Springs stormed back to beat Kalkaska 51-50.
Kalkaska held a 38-28 lead entering the final quarter.
Will Noble scored 25 points and grabbed 10 boards for Kalkaska. Austin Cooper had 18 points.
David Walker led Harbor with 21 points.
Bellaire stayed a game behind Gaylord St. Mary in the Ski Valley Conference after the Eagles topped Johannesburg-Lewiston 41-31.
The Eagles held Joburg to two field goals in the second half — and eight points total — allowing them to overcome a 23-19 halftime deficit.
Madalyn Balon had 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals, Leighten Koepke added eight points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals and Renee Lalone had six points and eight boards for Bellaire (12-2, 10-1 Ski Valley). Maddie Showerman led Joburg with 11 points.
TC Central 32
Gaylord had a 25-13 halftime lead and went on to beat Traverse City Central 50-32.
Gaylord’s Madison Hamilla led all scorers with 19 points.
Mary Barbera had eight points and Sierra Fraser grabbed 10 rebounds for the Trojans (4-11, 4-5 Big North).
Abby Green had 11 points and Haven Hill contributed six blocks and 10 rebounds in a 33-29 win for the Central junior varsity.
Mary Drake scored 18 points for the Central freshman team in a 34-31 win.
Suttons Bay 60
Benzie Central 54
Delaney Kauffman recorded 21 points, 14 rebounds and four steals as she led Suttons Bay to a 60-54 victory over Benzie Central.
Jane Hursey chipped in with 13 points and four steals, and Waskwane Stonefish had 11 points, four assists and four steals for the Norse (6-8, 4-4 Northwest).
Leading Benzie were Mikayla Huddleston with 14 points, Mariah Hanson with 12 points and Alyssa Bennett with 10 points.
Frankfort took a 40-7 halftime lead and went on to defeat Leland 66-22.
Mackenna Kelly had 13 points and five steals for Frankfort (14-1), which is at Mesick on Friday. Hannah Nostrandt added 11 points and three steals, while Pauline Lawsten had 10 points.
Libby Munoz had 10 points for Leland.
Harbor Springs 26
Kalkaska improved to 9-4 overall and 6-2 in the Lake Michigan Conference after handing Harbor Springs a 43-26 loss.
Taylor Kibbe had 16 points and three steals and Micah Lajewski had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Blazers.
Harbor Springs was led by Alexa Jensen Philbrick’s 11 points.
Lake City 21
Meredith Hamlet scored 24 points, including her 1,000th career point, as McBain beat Lake City 68-21.
Hamlet also had 12 rebounds for the Ramblers (11-2). Kara Hughston chipped in 12 points and six steals, while Asa Legrow had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Haley Guest had six points for Lake City.
Glen Lake 45
Alex Lacross had 12 points, five rebounds and three steals in Glen Lake’s 45-33 Northwest Conference victory against Kingsley.
Jordan Peplinski helped the Lakers (8-5, 6-2) with nine points and eight rebounds, and Jessica Lee chipped in with eight points and four rebounds.
Kingsley’s Lilly Travis scored 23 points, including six three-pointers, to lead her team.
Inland Lakes 54
Forest Area 37
Alli Furst scored 20 points to lead Inland Lakes to a 54-37 triumph over Forest Area.
Onna Hulwick had 17 in the loss for Forest Area.
Cheboygan outscored Petoskey in the first, second and fourth quarters in the Chiefs’ 47-35 victory.
The Chiefs held a 9-2 lead after the first period and 17-8 at the half. Petoskey cut into that difference slightly in the third, but Cheboygan came back and closed out the game strong.
Amanda Singer had 10 points and Asia Abram-Craig had nine points and five boards for Petoskey.
Kara Baker scored a game-high 25 points in Manton’s 48-29 victory over Evart.
Marlee Harris had 22 points and Hannah Ballenger chipped in with seven points and six assists to lead Buckley past Mesick 50-45.
— compiled by Chris Dobrowolski