Elks hold off Norsemen
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SUTTONS BAY — Elk Rapids held off a late comeback attempt by Suttons Bay in posting a 51-46 non-league victory Wednesday.
The Elks were up big early in the game, but the Norsemen came fighting back and were within two points, 45-43, with just over a minute left in the contest. Suttons Bay missed a shot that could’ve tied the game and the Elks hit free throws down the stretch.
Cole Walker and Shae Somers each had 12 points for Elk Rapids. Walker added 14 rebounds and four blocks. Nikola Dimitron added 10 points in the win. For Suttons Bay (0-1), Logan Mikesell had 12 points and Lars Thornton added 11.
Suttons Bay faces Harbor Springs at 4:15 p.m. in Kingsley for the Lake Michigan Conference/Northwest Conference Challenge on Saturday.
Tyler Leveque scored 24 points and Austin Fellows 17 as Leland beat Northport 63-18.
Marcus Stowe netted 10 for Northport.
East Jordan 29
Leland held East Jordan to four points in the fourth quarter as the Comets beat the Red Devils 36-29 to improve to 3-0.
Leland trailed 7-0 to start the game, but battled back to take the lead in the second quarter. Still, East Jordan went into the half with a 17-16 lead. Leland went into the final quarter with a 28-25 edge, then clamped down on the Red Devils.
Libby Munoz led Leland with 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Madison Trumbull added nine points and had a team-high 16 rebounds.
Leading East Jordan was Lindsay Schroeder with 10 points.
Leland hosts Mesick on Friday.
Titans tie Benzie, beat St. Francis
Led by the lower weight classes, five individuals posted a pair of wins each to lead the Traverse City West wrestling team, which tied Benzie Central 42-42 and beat Traverse City St. Francis 56-22 in a tri-meet at TC West.
Cory Johanssen (103 pounds), Vincent Priante (112), Tyler Post (119), Gabe Jasman (152) and Zach Provost (160) all were 2-0 on the night.
Winning one match each were Jonah Jasman (125), Mitchell Ford (130), Brad Carruthers (130), Tanner Yanski (171) and Shale Nolan (189).
While West and Benzie were tied after the final bout, Benzie was declared the winner on an eighth criteria tiebreaker — the higher number of first points earned.
West was coming off a fifth-place finish at Saturday’s Pinconning Invitational, where 10 wrestlers were among the top six in their respective classes. Priante led the way with a first-place finish at 103 pounds. Jonah Jasman (125), Provost (171) and James Peck (215) were fourth, Post (119), Drew Hammer (130) and Yanski (160) were fifth, and Caleb Harris (112), Gabe Jasman (152) and G.J. Gil (189) were sixth.
TC Central 18
A shorthanded Traverse City Central wrestling team dropped a 66-18 decision to Manistee.
The Trojans, who had to forfeit at three weight classes, picked up pins from Cole Cooper at 119, Hunter Luhrs at 130 and Drake Wables at 145.
Bellaire sweeps Baker tournament
Bellaire swept the Benzie Central Baker Tournamanet at Lucky Jack’s to start the high school bowling season.
The Bellaire boys defeated Traverse City West JV Gold 179-118 to capture the title. The Eagles took the girls championship with a 284-223 win over Glen Lake.
Each team played eight Baker games with the top eight boys teams and top four girls teams advancing to bracket play. Total pins for two games determined the team that would advance.
In boys action, Bellaire led qualifying with an eight-game total of 1,260, including a high game of 200. Other qualifiers included TC West JV Gold (1233), Elk Rapids (1167), Kingsley (1012), TC Central JV Black (1008), Benzie Central (968), TC West JV White B (940), and TC Christian (939). Elk Rapids had the high team Baker score for the day with a 202.
In the opening round of bracket play, Bellaire defeated TC Christian 356-262, Elk Rapids topped Benzie Central 290-280, Kingsley beat TC Central JV Black 283-265 and TC West JV Gold downed TC West JV White 300-243. In the semifinals, Bellaire upended Elk Rapids 301-280 while TC West JV Gold defeated Kingsley 332-279.
In girls action, the Lady Lakers from Glen Lake dominated the lanes by bowling an eight-game score of 1,103, including a high game of 181. Rounding out the qualifiers were Benzie Central (891), Bellaire (887), and TC West JV White A (836). In the semifinals, Glen Lake defeated TC West JV White A 315-188 while Bellaire toppled Benzie Central 238-190.