From staff reports
TRAVERSE CITY — The lead in the Big North Conference soccer race will be at stake Thursday when Traverse City West and Central collide at West.
The Trojans improved to 5-0 in league play Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Gaylord. West, meanwhile, went to 4-0 with a 5-1 triumph over Cadillac.
Jack Lhamon, Christian Geiger, Nico Ragel-Wilson, Alex Patten and Evan Cramer found the back of the net in the Titans win. Tyler Porter assisted on the first two goals of the night. Cam Sipple also drew an assist.
Justin Kraft turned aside seven shots on goal for West (4-5-1 overall). Cadillac dropped to 6-5 overall, 2-3 in the league.
Central turned two goals by Adam Stepan into a victory. Noah Mitchell-Ward assisted on both tallies. The Trojans (7-4-1) outshot Gaylord (1-5-3, 0-4) 17-1. Carl Gardner was in goal.
TC Christian 4
Traverse City Christian scored three unanswered goals in the second half for a 4-2 win over Bellaire.
Cam Beemer led the Sabres with two goals and an assist. His second goal with 29:26 left tied the game. Daniel Weber scored the game-winner on a breakaway feed from Brad Benson with 11:36 remaining. Kevin Mannes added the clincher. Jacob Rorick picked up two assists for Christian (5-4), which hosts its own tournament Saturday.
Bellaire, now 8-1, opened the scoring with 33:18 left in the first half on a goal by Nic Underwood. Denny Hall drew the assist. After Beemer’s first tally, the Eagles reclaimed the lead with 3:11 left in the half on a goal by Ryan Cybulla off a Drew Emery assist.
Bellaire hosts Forest Area on Thursday.
Glen Lake 2
Cam Stowe netted two goals as Leland defeated Glen Lake 4-2.
Noah Fetterolf added a goal and two assists for the Comets, now 7-2. Mike Osorio also scored. Tony Mosqueda and Collin Platts picked up assists. Mike Farese had five saves in net.
Leland hosts Suttons Bay on Thursday.
Suttons Bay 3
Benzie Central 0
Logan Mikesell scored two goals while Jason Winowiecki added a goal and an assist as Suttons Bay defeated Benzie Central 3-0.
Chris Jasinski and Eli Kramer also picked up assists for the Norse (3-2-1, 2-0). Aaron Orban registered three saves.
Forest Area 7
Jeremy Roberts had a seven-point night with five goals and two assists as Forest Area turned back Kalkaska 7-3.
Autumn Haddix and Hayden Hollister added solo goals for the Warriors (3-6). Alex Birgy and Tyler Leffew contributed two assists apiece.
Forest Area is at Bellaire on Thursday.
TC Central JV 7
Gaylord JV 0
Josh Armour, Scott May, Lars Hornburg, Noah Aulicino, Jorge Antonio, Jordan Birdsey and Jacob Shutler scored goals as the Central JV topped Gaylord 7-0.
A.J. Samba picked up two assists.
TC Central 8
Traverse City Central did not drop a set in beating Big North Conference rival Cadillac 8-0.
The Trojans, ranked No. 5 in Division 1, had wins from Skylar Norgaard (6-1, 6-3), Max Knoblock (6-3, 6-1), Cam Young (6-1, 7-5), Nick Yergens (6-4, 6-0), Hayden Drury and Caleb Heimburger (6-1, 6-2), Yani Beeker and Parker Berden (6-0, 6-1), Jack Seymour and Austin Wieland (6-0, 6-1), and Spencer Kroupa and Michael Meindertsma (6-4, 6-2). Beeker and Berden are now 18-0 while Drury and Heimburger went to 18-1.
Central competes in a four-team invitational at Midland Dow today.
TC West 5
Traverse City West won three doubles flights en route to a 5-3 Big North triumph over Alpena.
Victorious for West: Henry Linenger (7-5, 6-4), Ashton Lawton (5-4 default), Kieran Laursen and Mitch Winowiecki (6-0, 6-0), Sam VanHoorne and Jake Newhouse (6-1, 6-1), and David Mather and Erik Anton (6-0, 6-2).
The Titans host St. Francis on Thursday.
St. Francis sweeps duals from Harbor Springs, Petoskey
Sam Holmes posted his first varsity win over Sam Dart at No. 1 singles as St. Francis went on to beat Harbor Springs 8-0 in a matchup of regional rivals.
Holmes finished with 6-2, 6-3 win.
The Gladiators also had wins from Gus Danz (6-0, 6-1), Jack Krcmarik (6-2, 6-3), Patrick Burke (6-1, 6-1), Blake Bandrowski and Ryan Navin (6-0, 6-0), Jay Jones and Brady Ray (6-0, 6-0), Tyler Spigarelli and Nathan Tafelsky (6-0, 6-1), and Jackson Richmond and Victor Casler (6-0, 6-0).
St. Francis also beat Petoskey 6-2 behind wins from Holmes (7-6, 6-1), Krcmarik 97-5, 6-1), Burke (6-1, 6-1), Jones and Ray (6-4, 6-1), Spigarelli and Tafelsky (3-6, 6-3, 10-3) and Richmond and Casler (6-3, 3-6, 10-8).
“That’s the first time we’ve beaten Petoskey in a long time,” Gladiators coach Paul Bandrowski said. “The score (6-2) doesn’t reflect how close it was.”
TC Central JV 6
Cadillac JV 2
The Traverse City Central JV swept doubles in downing the Cadillac JV 6-2.
Picking up wins for the Trojans: Ron Dohm (6-1, 6-1), Ben Garms (6-1, 6-3), Andy Colombo and Nate Michno (6-1, 6-0), Danny Madion and Carl Rasmussen (6-4, 6-3), Jack McKay and Luke Fagerstrom (6-2, 6-0) and Noah McKenzie and Luke Smith (6-0, 6-0).
Elk Rapids 4
St. Francis JV 3
Nick Ranger claimed No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 victory as Elk Rapids topped the St. Francis JV 4-3.
The Elks also picked up wins from Hayden Morton (6-2, 6-2), Max Douglas and A.J. Anderson (6-2, 6-4) and Isaac Vanderwal and Mike Pearson (6-3, 6-3).
St. Francis 3
Elk Rapids 0
St. Francis opened play in the Lake Michigan Conference with a 25-13, 25-11, 25-23 win over Elk Rapids.
The Gladiators, now 14-6, were powered by Haley Bussell (four kills, six digs), Megan Knudsen (five aces, five kills, six digs), Karissa Buell (16 assists, three kills) and Madeline Rysztak (seven digs, four aces).
St. Francis hosts Harbor Springs tonight.
Boyne City 3
Heather Nichols had seven aces and 24 assists as Boyne City defeated Kalkaska 25-10, 25-11, 32-30 in Lake Michigan Conference play.
Kylie Hicks contributed 12 kills, Paige Hornbeck seven kills and Courtney Weldon 18 digs for the Ramblers (19-8).
Suttons Bay 0
Suttons Bay went to 2-0 in the Northwest Conference with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-18 win over Suttons Bay.
Kingsley, now 15-2-3 overall, was paced by Lilly Travis (12 kills, seven digs, 8 of 9 serving), Alysia Folkersma (six kills, two blocks, 9 of 10 serving), Autumn Goggin (nine kills, 20 digs, 20 of 20 serving), Leah Hall (two kills, 20 assists, 11 of 11 serving), Arianna Hart (12 digs, 15 of 15 serving) and Lindsey Weber (20 digs, 4 of 4 serving).
Suttons Bay, now 9-9-2 overall and 0-1 in the league, was led by Delaney Kaufman (11 of 12 serving with one ace, six kills, two blocks, three digs), Jayne McFarlane (13 of 15 serving with five aces, 21 assists, two digs), Jessica Hunt (3 of 5 serving with one ace, four kills), Kyra Vezina (5-of- 6 serving with one ace, three kills, one block, four digs), Rachel Pasche (9 of 10 serving, five kills, two digs), and Veronica Anderson (4-of-5 serving, five kills, two digs).
Kingsley is at the Grayling Invitational on Saturday while Suttons Bay is at the Benzie Central Invitational.
Leland opened Northwest Conference play with a 25-11, 25-18, 15-9 win over Mesick.
The Comets, 8-6-3 overall, were led by Felecia Whittaker (six kills, two aces), Eva Grobbell ((four kills, two aces), Noa Yaakoby (six kills, three digs), Caitlin McKee (17 assists), Jessica Fleis (three assists, one kill) and Kati Katelus (three digs).
Leland competes in the Petoskey Invitational on Saturday.
Glen Lake 3
Glen Lake posted a 26-24, 25-22, 25-27, 25-17 Northwest Conference win over Buckley.
The Bears were led by Hannah Baldinger (15 assists, nine kills), Stephanie Kinere (nine kills, 15 assists, three aces) and Tilda Kinere (seven aces).
Buckley hosts Onekama on Thursday.
Benzie Central 2
Frankfort rallied for a 25-18, 14-25, 11-25, 25-19, 15-13 Northwest Conference win over Benzie Central.
The Huskies, who fell to 1-14-4, were led by Molly Lehn (18 assists), Manon Lutzke (nine kills), Kristine Robertson (seven kills), Kayla Francis (seven kills, five blocks),Autumn Hagelstein (five kills, five blocks).
Inland Lakes 0
Bellaire swept Inland Lakes 25-14, 25-11, 27-25 in Ski Valley play.
The Eagles were led by Brandy O’Neal (four aces, four kills), Gillian Neveras (five kills, four aces) and Tiffany Clovis (11 digs).
Pellston defeated Mancelona 25-12, 25-23, 25-17 in the Ski Valley.
Mackenzie Wright (nine kills, two aces, 10 digs), Hanah Carter (26 assists, six aces, seven digs), Shaylee Smith (eight kills, two block kills), Abbie Welch (seven kills, seven aces, five digs) and Breah Carter (10 digs, one), paced Pellston, now 2-0 in the league and 10-5 overall.
Benzie Centralsweeps first jamboree
Benzie Central captured eight of the top 10 spots in the boys race to win the first of three Northwest Conference jamborees.
The Huskies finished with 20 points. They were followed by Kingsley (63), Mesick (83), Frankfort (90) and Suttons Bay (118).
Kingsley’s Jake Keena was the individual winner in 17:37. He was followed by six Benzie runners — Ismael Halaweh (17:50), Andrew Hayden (17:51), Brayden Huddleston (17:57), Max Gaft (18:13), Jack Williams (18:28) and Noah Robotham (18:42). Mesick’s Zack Workman placed eighth (18:48). Benzie’s Zane Brooks (18:49) and Jeff Crouch (19:05) rounded out the top 10.
Benzie won the girls race with 23 points. Trailing the Huskies were Glen Lake (69), Frankfort (83), Buckley (88) and Kingsley (92).
Benzie’s Bryce Cutler was the overall winner in 20:39. Glen Lake’s Kaitlin Grigg placed second (20:45) with Benzie’s Stephanie Schaub (21:48) and Makayla Huddlseton (22:19) taking third and fourth. Buckley’s Kirsi Wildfong came in fifth (22:31), Benzie’s Rachael Peabody sixth (22:38), Glen lake’s McKenna Turrill seventh (23:15), Buckley’s Marlee Harris eighth (23:17), Benzie’s Sarah Jones ninth (23:25) and Frankfort’s Isabelle Putney 10th (23:44).