From staff reports
MUSKEGON — Elk Rapids made a halftime change and Muskegon Western Michigan Christian couldn't adjust.
Down 1-0 at halftime, the Elks shifted offensive formations, going from a 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1 with frequent substitutions up top.
The result was four second-half goals and a 4-2 victory over Division 4 No. 7-ranked WMC, the first time No. 10 Elk Rapids has beaten the Muskegon team in Nate Plum's tenure.
The Elks' changes gave them one extra midfielder, and the extra passing ability paid off quickly.
Rotating the forwards up top so no player spent more than 10 minutes there, the Elks received goals from three different strikers. Eight minutes in, Jesse Starr struck first, off the first of three Austin McMullen assists in the half.
Andy Atkinson scored off another McMullen set up, Spencer LaPointe tallied what would end up as the game-winning goal on a Kirk May assist and Atkinson sealed the outcome off another McMullen helper.
"Our back line gave up two goals, but they played very well," Plum said. "Cam Johnson had an incredible day."
Tim Barber made nine saves in goal.
TC West 1 Midland Dow 0
Christien Geiger scored the game's only goal with 10 minutes left in the first half to give Traverse City West a 1-0 victory over Midland Dow.
Dan Montgomery set up Geiger's goal, and Justin Kraft didn't let in a goal to preserve the shutout win for the Titans (12-3-2, 8-0-1 Big North Conference).
The Titans (9-2) won the JV game 2-0 on a pair of goals by Nico Ragel-Wilson.
TC Central 3 Midland Dow 3
Brody Gates' goal with 3:10 left tied it up and gave Traverse City Central a draw with Midland Dow.
Ryan Haworth set up the game-tying goal.
Jack Dulude and Reilly deTar scored Central's other goals, with Grant Dulude adding an assist.
Colin Lesoski made five saves for the Trojans (9-5-4).
Central (12-2-1) won the JV game 1-0 on a Noah Aulicino goal set up by Lukas Battle. Elliot Stratton was in goal for the shutout.
Benzie Central 46 Mesick 0
Benzie Central won its homecoming game to even its record at 3-3, defeating Mesick 46-0.
The Huskies (3-1 Northwest Conference) received a touchdown and two-point conversion each from Nick MacGirr, Javier Rodriguez, Tyler Knudsen and Gerrit Buist. Quarterback Corey Bock had two rushing TDs and completed all three of his passes for 40 yards and another score.
Christian Dilas had two interceptions and Evan Mocan and Rodriguez each had one.
Kingsley falls in semis
Kingsley advanced to the semifinals of the McBain Invitational, falling to Ludington in three games.
The Stags (26-8-4) were 1-0-1 in pool play before a 25-20, 25-22 quarterfinal win over Reed City.
Kingsley's leaders for the day included Katie Travis (54 kills, 11 blocks), Leah Hall (11 kills, 96 assists), Lilly Travis (18 kills, 45 digs), Lindsey Weber (63 digs), Amanda Youker (15 kills, 12 blocks) and Kenzie Meeker (36 digs).
Trojans advance to West Ottawa semifinals
Traverse City Central dropped a semifinal match to Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern at the Holland West Ottawa Invitational.
The Trojans (18-11-2) beat Wyoming and Holland in pool play, falling to Middleville. They then topped Lowell 25-23, 25-18 in the quarterfinals.
For the day, Central was led by Kiley Kowal (28 kills, 5 blocks), Jessie Kushner (18 kills, 3 aces, 26 digs), Maddy Duensing (82 assists, 14 digs, 5 aces), Brie Goodno (20 kills, 3 aces) and Leah Potter (50 digs, 3 aces).
Central's JV team won the Grand Ledge Invitational, going 2-1 in pool play before wins over Holt and Greenville in straight games. The Trojans were led by Cara Ferguson, Liza McCall and Ashley Reed.
The Trojan freshmen prevailed in the Grand Ledge Invitational, posting a 2-1 pool-play record before straight-game wins over Grand Ledge and DeWitt. Abby Green, Julianna Chang, Ariana Moore and Haven Hill led Central.
Forest Area falls in Johannesburg semifinals
Forest Area lost to the tournament hosts in the Johannesburg-Lewiston Invitational semifinals.
The Warriors (27-11-1) downed Mancelona, Mio and Central Lake in pool play, dropping matches with Joburg and Onaway.
For the day, Forest Area was led by Kourtni Birgy (33 digs, 19 kills, 6 aces), Megan Gifford (49 assists), Tabitha Cecil (22 kills, 8 aces), Emily Gonyer (16 kills, 61 digs, 2 aces) and Cami Campbell (floor game).
Mancelona was 0-5 in the tourney. The Ironmen were led by Lindsey Friday (five aces, 12 kills, 2 blocks, 10 digs), Logan Allen (14 assists, 6 digs), Kimber Windish (5 aces, 5 kills), Kerry Stilson (2 kills, 5 digs) and Michaeal Hoogerhdye (15 digs).