PETOSKEY — In order to win the Big North Conference tennis championship, Traverse City Central might have to sacrifice the Twin Bays Invitational.
The Trojans lead the BNC tournament with 14 wins after Thursday’s play was suspended due to darkness. Heavy rainfall forced several afternoon delays.
“We’re kind of in the driver’s seat, but everybody has matches they haven’t finished,” Central coach Larry Nykerk said.
Central won the dual meet portion of the season, which counts as one-half of the league crown. The season-ending tournament is the other 50 percent.
The tourney is scheduled to be completed Tuesday in Petoskey.
Central’s Twin Bays Invitational was scheduled for that day, but could be moved to the week of the state finals or maybe even scrapped if the teams involved can’t come to an agreement.
Traverse City West and Petoskey had eight wins each Thursday, with Cadillac at six and Alpena four.
The BNC tournament is scored on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis by flight, so wins alone don’t necessarily reflect the actual standings, since none of the flight champions have been determined.
The Trojans, however, already have six flights in the finals — all four singles ones and two in doubles. Central had a 14-1 record on the day before play was called.
TC St. Francis 3
Traverse City St. Francis finally was able to put away Charlevoix in Lake Michigan Conference action.
The Gladiators won the first two games 25-15 and 25-20 before an epically long third game went all the way to 31-29 on Senior Night.
Madeline Rysztak led the Glads with 11 kills, 11 digs and eight aces, while Haley Bussell (seven kills, 10 digs), Sophie Spencer (10 kills, seven digs) and Megan Knudsen (floor) were other top contributors to the win, which puts TCSF’s record at 22-8 overall and 5-0 in LMC play.
TC Christian 3
TC Christian defeated Ellsworth in three straight games, 25-10, 25-17, 25-17.
Leading the way for the Sabres were: Maddie White (seven kills, six aces), Aubryanna Cannon (four kills, five aces), Mikayla Brett (three kills, one ace), Olenka Alekseyenko (three kills), and Kyra Tossiello (two kills).
Christian is at Onekama on Tuesday.
TC West 6
TC West remained unbeaten in Big North Conference play after a 6-1 victory over Cadillac.
Cam Sipple scored twice in the first half and Dalton Michael had goals in each half. West built a 4-0 lead at the half. Jack Lhamon and Christien Geiger also netted goals for West (11-5-2, 10-0 Big North).
Donovan Michael had assists on West’s first two goals. Nico Ragel-Wilson and Tyler Porter also contributed assists.
Justin Kraft and Noah Withey split time in goal and each made two saves for the Titans, who play at TC Central on Tuesday.
TC Central 2
Dillon Drossart scored seven minutes into the first half and Reilly DeTar scored seven minutes into the second half as Traverse City Central beat Gaylord 2-0.
Kurt Frick and Owen Stratton had assists on the goals. Josh Belcher made one save in goal and Carl Gardner had five saves for the Trojans, who received strong midfield play from Grant Dulude and sound defense from Chris Chang.
The Trojans (11-8-2, 9-2 Big North) host TC West on Tuesday.
Central won the junior varsity matchup 5-0 to improve to 12-2-1.
Noah Aulcino, Jorge Antonio, Robbie Morse, A.J. Samba and Ethan Schuh scored goals and Marshall Mast had three assists.
Jack Brewer stopped all five shots he faced in goal.
Forest Area 0
Hunter Rowe and Spencer May scored two goals each as Bellaire shut out Forest Area 6-0.
Rowe scored both of his goals in the first half, then assisted on one of May’s in the second half. May’s second goal, which came with 6:41 left in the contest, was assisted by Drew Emery, who had two helpers on the night. Carissa Boni and John Fahner scored the other two goals for the Eagles (16-1, 10-0 Northern Michigan Soccer League).
Adam Crandall made five saves in the win.
Glen Lake 3
Glen Bredin scored two goals and assisted on the other as Glen Lake shut out Northport 3-0.
Bredin assisted on the first goal of the night scored by Riley Scanlon in the 15th minute of the first half. The Lakers took a 1-0 lead into the half.
In the second half Bredin scored on a penalty kick 26 minutes into the half, then scored again two minutes later on a throw in from Scanlon.
Keith Brown made two saves in goal for Glen Lake (7-5-1), which hosts Benzie Central on Tuesday.
Reed City 4
Reed City held a 3-1 lead after one half and went on to take a 4-1 win from Kingsley.
The Stags (1-10-2) got their goal from Patrick Acre. In goal for Kingsley was Shea Cocoran.
Kingsley hosts Buckley on Saturday.
Benzie Central 1
Sophomore Mike Osorio scored all four goals for Leland as the Comets beat Benzie Central 4-1.
The Comets (14-2-1, 8-0 Northwest Conference) led 2-1 at the half on goals in the fifth minute and the 18th minute. Osorio made it a 3-1 game 47 seconds into the second half and added the final score in the 23rd minute of the second half. Assists went to Tony Mosqueda, who had two, and John van Raalte. Mike Farese made four saves in goal for Leland.
Leland hosts North Muskegon on Saturday.
Elk Rapids 1
Petoskey did all of its scoring in the first 25 minutes in taking a 3-1 win from Elk Rapids.
Preston McDowell had the lone goal for the Elks, assisted by Elliot Huggins. Jackson Waugh was in net for Elk Rapids, which outshot the Northmen 8-7.
Elk Rapids was led in the back by the play of Nick Cunningham, Hector Varcenas, Brian Johnson, Zack Floyd and McDowell.
The Elks (9-8-3) host Harbor Springs on Tuesday.
Suttons Bay 2
On Senior Night, Clyde Woods scored a goal on a penalty kick and added an assist on another goal as Suttons Bay downed Buckley 2-0.
Miguel Calderon had the other goal for Suttons Bay, which led 1-0 at the half.
Aaron Orban made six saves for the Norsemen (8-6-4, 5-2-2 Northwest), who host Bellaire on Saturday.
Keena overall winner in Scottville
Kingsley’s Jake Keena was the overall winner with a time of 16:47, well ahead of the second place runner, to lead the Kingsley boys cross country team at the Kelder Invitational in Scottville.
The Stags’ boys team took fifth out of 13 teams at the meet. The girls team was sixth out of 13 teams.
Other results for the Stags’ boys included Richard Durecki (12th), Dylan Zenner (34th), Konrad Stein (45th), Tyrus Zenner (51st), Garth Bogart (52nd), and Josh Blasko (61st).
In the girls race, Josie Durecki came in first for Kingsley in 23rd place, Nicole Brown 25th, Courtney Adams 29th, Jade Prange 41st, and Mackenzie Breithaupt 61st.
TC West JV 38
Comstock Park 6
Noah Weichert scored four rushing touchdowns as Traverse City West routed Comstock Park 38-6.
Wiechert scored from 74, 5, 6 and 3 yards out.
Sam Jacob added a an 11-yard TD run and Zach Zoutendam had a 23-yard score for the Titans (4-2).
Austin Cochrane, Joey Leal and Sam Fyfe had interceptions and Trevor Goudey recovered a fumble on defense.
TC St. Francis JV 34
Charlevoix JV 20
Chris Kolarevic (16-yard run) and Sam Shrift (4-yard run) scored back-to-back fourth-quarter touchdowns that were the difference as St. Francis downed Charlevoix 34-20.
Brady Buell kicked the final two extra points to help the Gladiators (5-1) break a 20-20 tie.
Shrift and Jake Klingelsmith each had two scores for St. Francis. Shift also had a 33-yard run that opened the scoring. Klingelsmith scored on runs of 19 yards in the second quarter and 3 yards in the third quarter. He ran in a two-point conversion after the second score, putting the Gladiators back ahead after going into the half trailing 13-12.
Malcolm Williams had all three Charlevoix touchdowns on runs of 29, 17 and 28 yards. Hunter Cox booted two extra points.
Leading the St. Francis defense were Lon Rogers, Connor McGee, Jacob Barsheff and Kolarevic. The Gladiators travel to Saginaw Nouvel on Oct. 11.
TC Central frosh 22
Petoskey frosh 0
Traverse City Central improved to 3-2-1 with a 22-0 freshman shutout of Petoskey.
Abe Russell scored all three Trojans touchdowns.
The defense was led by Tim Barbera, John Pupel and Alex Hudges. Central is 3-0 against Big North Conference foes.
— Compiled by James Cook and Chris Dobrowolski