KALKASKA — Kalkaska played near home — and it looked like it.
The Blazers won a Lake Michigan Conference golf jamboree by 10 strokes, shooting an event-best 337. Kalkaska was followed by Charlevoix (347) and Traverse City St. Francis (360) in the seven-team competition.
Grayling did not participate after Monday’s fatal car crash on the way to another LMC event at the Grand Traverse Resort resulted in the deaths of Vikings coach Jason Potter, senior golfer Louis Menard and Kalkaska resident Cassandra Stapleton and left several other Grayling players seriously injured. Gunner Metzer was released from Munson Medical Center on Wednesday. Dallas Johnson has been upgraded to fair condition, while Tyler Summers remains in critical condition, Jacob Hinkle in serious and Mason Krey in fair condition.
Friday’s LMC meet was held at Grandview Golf Club, located 1.2 miles away from the intersection where Monday’s crash occurred.
Charlevoix’s Noel Jeakel and Kalkaska’s Mitchell Dunn were co-medalist, each carding 79s.
St. Francis’ Parker Guss fired the next best score, shooting an 80. The Gladiators’ other top scores were Joe Coates (91), Ben Yanska (94) and Dakota Martin (95).
The Glads play in today’s Traverse City West Invitational at Mistwood, and then return to LMC action in a jamboree Monday at Twin Burch in Kalkaska.
Suttons Bay wins
Lake City Invite
The Suttons Bay golf team had two of the top three individual finishers to capture the title of the 16-team Lake City Invitational.
Sean Lammy was runner up with a 72 and Devin Capron came in third with a 73 as the Norsemen shot a 306 to win the tournament by six strokes. Farwell was second with a 312 and Manistee was third with a 320.
Brent Buddles added a 79 and Eric Chapman carded an 82 to round out the scorers for Suttons Bay, which is at the Leland Country Club on Monday for a Northwest Conference Jamboree.
Onekama’s Derek Hobart led the Portagers effort with a 78 and Mike O’Brien topped Glen Lake’s scorers with an 80.
TC West 4 11Ogemaw Hts. 0 0
Traverse City West remained undefeated in Bog North Conference play with a pair of shutout victories over Ogemaw Heights.
Max Ludka tossed a seven-inning complete game in the 4-0 opener, striking out eight and surrendering only two hits. Geordon Carter had two hits and Collin Bush doubled.
Trent McDougall threw a one-hitter and fanned five in the 11-0 nightcap win. Donny Cizek, Will Reed, Walt Borkovich and Jared Ross had two hits each. McDougall doubled to drive in three runs and Ross had a triple.
The Titans (10-2, 6-0 BNC) travel across town Tuesday to face Traverse City Central.
West swept the JV doubleheader, 8-6 and 9-4.
Paul Soma and Jacob Dean were the winning pitchers. Jacob Casciano led the hitting attack for the Titans (7-3).
TC St. Francis 5 9
Harbor Springs 8 1
Tanner Kaplan hit a three-run homer, driving in four runs total, as St. Francis salvaged a split with a 9-1 win over Harbor Springs in the nightcap of a Lake Michigan Conference doubleheader.
Joe Studzinski added three hits and drove in two runs. Matt Seybert tossed a five-hitter.
Studzinski belted a three-run homer in an 8-5 setback in the opener for the Gladiators (4-2, 3-1).
Frankfort 9 3
Mesick 1 2
Catcher Nate Frieswyk threw out a runner trying to steal third base to give Frankfort a 3-2 victory over Mesick and preserve a doubleheader sweep.
The Huskies won the opener 9-1, as Brennan Flynn, Nolan Nye, Ken Frieswyk and Will Wallace each had two hits and Nye struck out 11 in six innings of two-hit ball.
Nye belted a two-run homer on a full count in the nightcap’s three-run third. Owen Stratton struck out five in five frames, allowing only two hits. Nye came on for an inning to earn a save.
Frankfort (12-3, 4-2 Northwest Conference) hosts Suttons Bay on Tuesday.
Benzie Central 3 15
Kingsley 1 3
Joel Fields had a total of five hits to lead Benzie Central to a 3-1 and 15-5 sweep of Kingsley in Northwest Conference action.
Field was 2 for 3 in the opener in support of Zac Perry, who tossed a two-hitter and struck out seven in six innings. Joel Ledford and Nick MacGirr each had two hits, and MacGirr doubled and drove in two runs.
Jackson Ledford earned the nightcap win, giving up only three hits in five frames.
Field and Austin Ross each had three hits, an extra-base hit and an RBI, while MacGirr and Joel Ledford drove in three runs each and Matt Thaxton had two RBIs.
The Huskies (7-3, 5-1 Northwest) host Buckley on Tuesday.
Frankfort 10 3
Mesick 3 2
Nolan Nye struck out 12 to help Frankfort defeat Mesick 10-1 in the opening game of a baseball doubleheader, then Nye slugged a key two-run homer in the second game, a 3-2 Panther victory.
Nye only allowed three hits and walked one in the first game for Frankfort. He also collected a double among two hits. Clay Wagatha took the loss for Mesick (2-6). Leading Mesick’s offense was Brad Harris, who was 2-for-3, and Garret Humphrey’s, who singled.
Nye’s homer in the second was part of a three-run inning that gave the Panthers all the runs they needed. Mesick scored its two runs in the third, but stranded seven runners in scoring position.
The loss spoiled a stellar outing from Thane Hebert, who fanned 15, allowed three hits and walked four. Owen Stratton got the win, working the first three innings.
Harris doubled among two hits, while Tyler Meyers, Peter Rousch and Doug Lanning added hits.
Charlevoix 9 6
Boyne City 5 3
Charlevoix scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to erase a 5-2 deficit and give the Rayders a 9-5 baseball victory over Boyne City in game one of a doubleheader. The Rayders swept the Ramblers with a 6-3 win in the nightcap.
Tommy Zipp and Kyle Klinger had two hits each in the first game. Hunter Cox got the win relief, pitching 1.2 innings without allowing a hit.
Zipp picked up the win in game two, allowing two hits, walking two and fanning five in a complete game. All three of Boyne’s runs were unearned Noah Certa and J.J. Bottomley each had two hits.
The Rayders (11-1, 6-0 Lake Michigan Conference) travel to Elk Rapids on Tuesday.
TC West frosh 9 7
Kalkaska JV 4 3
The TC West freshman baseball team (11-3) swept a pair of games against the Kalkaska junior varsity, winning 9-4 and 7-3.
Sam Clark had three hits and Reid Bailey added two hits in game one. Kyle Bailey was the winning pitcher, striking out three in a complete-game performance.
In the second game Alex Strickland had a double among two hits and Shale Perkette had two hits. Zac Zoutendem was the winning pitcher, striking out four in six innings.
The Titans are at Petoskey on Monday.
TC West 7 7
Ogemaw Hts. 17 5
Carley Drzewiecki had four hits and picked up a win on the mound as Traverse City West split a Big North Conference doubleheader with Ogemaw Heights.
Ogemaw won the opener 17-7, but the Titans bounced back to take the nightcap 7-5 behind Drzewiecki’s pitching to win their first game of the season.
Drzewiecki struck out six in five innings and for the twinbill had four hits, a double, a triple and two RBIs.
Amber Brautigam added two hits, a double, two RBIs and four runs scored, while Kelly O’Hara had four hits, including a triple, and Ashley Zeits had two hits.
The Titans (1-7) play in the Michigan Stars Tournament today in Grand Blanc.
In the junior varsity matchup, Ogemaw Heights swept 12-11 and 18-3. West’s top performers were Sam Denoyer (three hits, double, RBI), McKenzie Anderson (two hits, three RBIs), Hanna Farkas (two hits, double) and Kalyn Havens (two hits, double).
Kingsley 15 9
Benzie Central 5 0
Amanda Youker threw a two-hitter, striking out seven, as Kingsley defeated Benzie Central 9-0 in the second game of a softball doubleheader.
Youker also got the win in the first game, a 15-5 Kingsley victory in five innings.
Offensively for Kingsley (8-4, 8-0 Northwest Conference) in the first game, Kaitlyn Cotten went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a single and a home run. Dannie Fulker added a triple and two singles, Youker had two singles and a double and Alicia Folkersman had a double among two hits.
In the nightcap Ali Vogue and Youker each came through with three singles, Cotten had two singles and a double and Fulker added a double among two hits.
The Stags are playing in the Manton Invitational today.
Frankfort 6 6
Mesick 5 4
Aleha Hunt pitched Frankfort to 6-5 and 6-4 Northwest Conference wins over Mesick.
Keelan Kelly had a triple and MacKenna Kelly a double in the opener for the Panthers (8-7, 5-1). Courtney Bower had two hits in the nightcap.
East Jordan 5 9
Elk Rapids 4 2
After starting the season 0-6, East Jordan won its fourth straight Thursday with a doubleheader sweep of Elk Rapids.
Lindsey Graham doubled, had two hits and drove in three runs as the Red Devils scored two runs int he fifth inning to take the opening-game lead and win 5-4. Lindsay Schroeder struck out eight in the victory, and had three hits of her own, including a double.
Kaela McManus doubled twice among three hits for the Elks, and Holly Koenig and Alissa Batdorf had two hits each. Keonig tripled.
Five Red Devils players had multi-hit games in the nightcap, as Schroeder tripled and singled and Graham, Kayly Zimmer, Maddie Cesaro and Val Peters each had two hits. Graham, Cesaro and Zimmer each had a double among their hit base hits. Tori Goodrich earned the win, striking out three. Emilee Huber had two singles for the Elks.
East Jordan (4-6, 2-6 LMC) travel Tuesday to Harbor Springs.
Leland varsity 4
TC Central JV 1
Whitney Schaub scored a hat trick to lead Leland’s varsity team to a 4-1 win over Traverse City Central’s JV.
Schaub scored twice in the first half and Miranda Harrison added another (assisted by Katia Skarupinski) for a 3-0 intermission lead by Leland (5-3). Schaub made it 4-0 off an Aurelia Guest set up.
Julianna Chang scored for Central off a Jennifer Rose assist.
Leland’s Andrea Hunt made eight saves, and Central’s Carrie Wynkoop had nine stops.
Charlevoix topped Grayling 2-0 in Lake Michigan Conference play.
Laura Simpson made 17 saves for the Vikings (3-5), who travel Tuesday to East Jordan.
Burt Lake NMCA 2
Rebekah Leonard and Natascha Vinz scored goals to help Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy to a 2-0 win over Clare.
The victory puts the Eagles’ mark at 4-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the Northern Michigan Soccer League.
Jennifer Thompson added an assist, Shelby Donovan made nine saves and Mariah Salter, Courtney Spears and Abigail Vertican led the defense.
St. Francis wins
Behind winners in three singles flights, the TC St. Francis girls tennis team won a five-team event hosted by the Gladiators.
Amanda Bandrowski at No. 1 singles, Natalie Burke at No. 2 and Lauren Hansen at No. 4 all came away with first-place finishes for St. Francis. The Gladiators also had wins from the No.2 doubles team of Courtney McCardel and Emily Szmana.
St. Francis scored 20 points to claim first, followed by TC West with 14, TC Central’s B team with 10, Elk Rapids with 2 and Manistee with zero.
Bandrowski defeated Central’s Isabel Lutz 6-0, 6-0 in the finals, while Burke topped Central’s Abbey Kaufman 6-1, 6-1 and Hansen downed West’s Hannah Ramsey 6-1, 6-1. The other singles final was won by West’s Jill Turnquist, 6-4, 6-2, over Lena Popp of St. Francis.
West had two top finishers in doubles as well with the No. 1 team of Monica Hessler and Sydney Diss beating Chloe Lodge and Bailey Chouinard of St. Francis 6-1, 6-0 and the No. 4 team of Allie Richey and Kit Hornbogen winning by forfeit over St. Francis’ Carlee McCardel and Bethany Richey.
Central’s lone champion was at No. 3 doubles where Kaitlin McLintock and Shannon Weaver won 6-7, 6-2, 10-2 over Sarah Stayman and Rosie Wilson of St. Francis.
TC Christian varsity 7
Petoskey JV 1
The TC Christian varsity girls tennis team had its way with the Petoskey junior varsity, winning 7-1.
Singles winners for the Sabres were Kelci Mohrman at No. 1, 6-0, 6-2; Rylee Price at No. 2, 6-2, 6-2; and Emily Peterson at No. 4, 6-2, 6-0.
Christian took all four doubles matches, with the winners being Amanda Ufer and Katy Mannes at No. 1, 6-2, 6-1; Sophie Schuetzel and Shannon Ufer at No. 2, 6-4, 6-4; Laura Murray and Kyra Tosiello at No. 3, 6-0, 6-1; and Jen Postaychuk and Margaret Postaychuk at No. 4, 6-0, 6-1.
The Sabres face TC Central’s Gold and Black teams on Monday.
— Compiled by Dennis Chase, James Cook and Chris Dobrowolski