SAGINAW — Noah Withey made 10 saves in regulation and stopped two shootout penalty kicks as Traverse City West defeated Saginaw Heritage in the Division 1 soccer district championship game.
Cam Sipple, Hunter Lumsden, Alex Patton and Kyle Flynn scored goals in Saturday’s shootout, which West won 4-1.
The team were tied 1-1 after regulation.
“We started off poorly and gave up a goal five minutes into the game,” Titans coach Jason Carmien said. “Tyler Porter scored five minutes later. From there, the defense and Noah Withey took us the rest of the way.”
Porter scored off an assist from Lumsden.
It’s the first district title for TC West since 2010 and the 10th in the program’s 17th years.
A junior, Withey was playing in place of senior goalie Justin Kraft, who was suspended for one game after making obscene gestures to the crowd after West’s 2-1 district semifinal win Wednesday over Traverse City Central. Carmien said Kraft is eligible to play in regionals.
The Titans (14-6-3) move on to play Tuesday at Midland against Walled Lake Central (10-5-5), which knocked Traverse City Central out of last year’s regional. The winner Tuesday will face Clarkston or Rochester Adams for the regional title Thursday.
West midfielder Austin Sanders missed Saturday’s game and remains questionable for Tuesday with a strained Achilles tendon suffered in the Central contest.
Petoskey (14-8-2) will play No. 2-ranked Linden in Midland on Tuesday as well after beating Bay City Western 3-0 in its Division 2 district final in Bay City.
Keena, Bullough win Manistee National Invite
Kingsley’s Jake Keena and Traverse City St. Francis’ Holly Bullough each won the Manistee National Invitational by more than a minute.
Keena’s time of 16:11 was 1:09 ahead of runner-up John Girven of Bear Lake.
Bullough’s 18:56.6 was 1:10 in front of Grand Traverse Academy’s Abby Fifarek, who took second.
Bear Lake won both the boys and girls portions of the “small school” division, while Benzie Central won both “large school” categories.
The Lakers placed five in the boys top 10 — Girven, Jordan Anderson (third), John Schoedel (sixth), Shane Peterson (eighth) and Jared Blair (10th), plus Cole Verrett in 13th.
Dallas Hanna and Aaron Kostrzewa were fifth and seventh for GT Academy, and Richard Durecki (fourth) and Dylan Zenner (11th) joined Keena to give Kingsley three in the top 12.
Drew Pobuda was ninth for Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s and Brenden Sutten 14th for McBain.
On the girls side, Glen Lake’s Kaitlin Grigg was third and teammate McKenna Turrill ninth. Bear Lake’s Keena Gilbert and McKayla Groenwald took sixth and seventh.
Bullough was joined by Gladiator teammates Erin McDonnell (eighth) and Emily Gallagher (10th) in the top 10, while Emma Fifarek was 11th for GT Academy.
Bear Lake won the boys race with 29 points, followed by Kingsley (72), Grand Traverse Academy (96), McBain (133), Leelanau St. Mary’s (137), TC St. Francis (141), Hart (172), Suttons Bay (181) and Lake City (206).
In the girls standings, it was Bear Lake (59), TC St. Francis (68), Hart (74), GT Academy (96), Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s (117), Glen Lake (135), Lake City (201), Kingsley (209) and McBain (213).
For the “large” schools, Benzie won in boys with 33 points, followed by Ludington (71), Mason County Central (76), Midland Dow (81), Manistee (136), Allendale (154) and Muskegon Orchard View (172).
Benzie won the girls race with 78 points, edging out Dow by four and Traverse City West by five, followed by Manistee (91), Holly (126), Mason County Central (134), Allendale (152), Ludington (178) and Orchard View (206).
TC West’s Jessica Gockley was the top local finisher, taking second in 19:06.7. Manistee’s Annie Fuller was third and the Chippewas’ Ashley Lindeman took fifth. Benzie was led by Bryce Cutler (sixth), Stephanie Schaub (seventh) and Alyssa Bennett (13th).
On the boys side, Benzie had six runners in the top 10, led by Max Gaft’s fourth-place finish. He was joined by teammates Brayden Huddleston (fifth), Ismael Halaweh (seventh), Noah Robotham (eighth), Kyle Bailey (ninth) and Jake Williams (10th). Manistee’s Nick Veine was the only other local runner in the top 13.
TC West won the junior varsity race with 16 points, taking five of the top six spots. The Titans were led by McKenna Kolbusc (1st, 21:57), Margaret O’Leary (second, 22:16), Kayla Norris (third, 22:24), Annie Kittendorf (fourth, 22:57) and Riley Hall (sixth, 23:09).
Way, Wojan win N. Mich. Championships
East Jordan’s Josh Wojan and Charlevoix’s Amber Way won the Northern Michigan Cross Country Championships in Gaylord.
Wojan (16:20.9) was able to finish six seconds ahead of Traverse City Central’s Jordan Query.
TC Central won the team scoring with 55 points, followed by Gaylord (81), Charlevoix (93), Traverse City West (132), Harbor Springs (137), Boyne City (200), East Jordan (209), Inland Lakes (210), Ogemaw Heights (217), Beaverton (217), Kalkaska (267) and Rogers City (317).
The Trojans won by an even wider margin on the girls side, placing 10 runners in the top 14 to score a meet-low 20 points. The rest of the field was Gaylord (80), Harbor Springs (101), Ogemaw Heights (137), Charlevoix (152), Inland Lakes (230), Johannesburg-Lewiston (235), Roscommon (240), Rogers City (247), Elk Rapids (276), Boyne City (289), East Jordan (305), Cheboygan (341), Mancelona (358) and Kalkaska (433).
Way won the girls race in 17:45.9, with Central’s Ashley Ko second in 18:16 to lead a parade of Trojans across the finish line.
Central was represented in the top 14 by Molly Peregrine (third), Jordan Mattarella (fourth), Joy Reist (fifth), Graceanne Tarsa (sixth), Courtney Stewart (eighth), Kalina Pfannenstiel (10th), Hannah Keyser (12th), Madyon Basch (13th) and Emmalyne Tarsa (14th).
The only other runners in the top 14 were East Jordan’s Kayle Keane (seventh), Gaylord’s Alexis Smith (ninth) and Cheboygan’s Mandy Paull (11th).
Query led five Central runners in the top 20, joined by Graham Bevier (seventh), Spencer Schulte (14th), Blake Beyer (16th) and Chris Brower (19th).
Harbor Springs’ Marcus Garrow took third, Gaylord’s Sterling McPherson fourth and the Charlevoix tandem of Tristen Rudolph and Jackson Buday were fifth and sixth. Monty Finch of Elk Rapids was ninth, Harbor’s Michael Gorman took 11th, Inland Lakes’ Duane Vizina 12th and Gaylord’s Josh Green placed 13th.
Central also won the junior varsity race with 20 points to 69 for Charlevoix among five schools with JV teams.
Cole Szunko won in 18:08 to lead five Trojans in the top seven, joined by Shaine Kearney (second, 18:09), Mike Gillis (fourth, 18:16), Dawson Mortensen-Chown (sixth, 18:41) and Nate Reicha (seventh, 18:44).
Central took the top six spots in the girls JV race to post a perfect score of 15. Representing the Trojans were Katie Moses (first, 19:59.5), Erin Lipp (second, 20:01), Lauren Bruno (third, 20:12), Lauren Marsh (fourth, 20:18), Hayley Padden (fifth, 20:40) and Kendall Minor (sixth, 20:44).
Up next for the Trojans — and TC West — are regionals next Saturday at the Grand Traverse Resort.