MOUNT PLEASANT — Traverse City Central won a state championship on Saturday.
Well, sort of on the Central part. Definitely the state crown bit.
The Snow Dogs Track Club — comprised entirely of TC Central athletes — won the distance medley relay at the Mid-State Indoor Championships at Central Michigan University.
The medley relay team qualified 12th for the state finals, but that was without senior Kyle Dotterrer, who ran the first 1,200-meter leg.
“We knew we would be better than 12th, but not sure how much,” said junior Chris Brower, who ran the third leg of 800 meters.
Dotterrer had the TC team in second by the end of his leg, and after his 400-meter leg, junior Cam McAuliffe handed off to Brower, who gave the Snow Dogs about a 20-meter lead on the closest team.
“By that time, we had a good lead building on the second-place guys,” Berry said. “I had to give it my all to seal the deal.”
The quartet ended up winning by more than nine seconds, lapping several other teams in the process.
“Anthony Berry crushed it,” Brower said.
TC West’s Tommy Roush won the discus title and was fourth in the shot put.
Central’s Johnny Piatek was third in the shot put with a throw of 53’11”.
Three of Trojan athletes placed in their events. Alex Liggett was sixth in the 60 hurdles in 8.32 seconds, Aaron Taylor claimed seventh in high jump, clearing 6’4” and Courtney Truss-Cadotte was fifth in the 60 dash in 8.15.
TC St. Francis 79
Byron Bullough’s 23 points led Traverse City St. Francis to a 79-55 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Kalkaska.
Dylan Sheehy added 14 points and Noah Phillips and Tanner Kenny each grabbed eight rebounds.
The Gladiators (7-10, 5-8 LMC) hit the road for three games next week, visiting Pine River on Monday, Glen Lake on Tuesday and Harbor Springs on Thursday.
Austin Cooper had 14 points for Kalkaska, while Will Noble added 13 and Taylor Koon 11.
Suttons Bay 63
Logan Mikesell led Suttons Bay with 18 points in a 63-37 Northwest Conference victory.
Shocko Shawandase added 14 for the Norsemen (15-4, 11-2 NWC), who host Glen Lake on Thursday in their league finale.
The Norse lead the Northwest, and can clinch the league title with a win over the Lakers.
Zack Riffle paced Mesick with 11 points.
Frankfort’s defense held Kingsley to 18 points through three quarters in a 59-44 Northwest Conference victory.
“The defensive effort was really good,” Panthers coach Reggie Manville said.
David Loney had 21 points for Frankfort, while Kole Hollenbeck added 11 points and Mason Loney had six steals and four assists.
Jared Lueck topped the Stags with 12 points.
Frankfort (13-5, 10-3 NWC) is second in the league standings, one game behind Suttons Bay. The Panthers travel Tuesday to Elk Rapids for a non-league game and then go Thursday to Buckley for its conference finale.
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After a close first quarter, Mancelona pulled away in the second for a 72-55 Ski Valley Conference win over Forest Area.
The Ironmen held a slim 17-15 lead after eight minutes, but saw that advantage increase to 41-25 by halftime and 59-34 at the end of three quarters.
Brandon Dingman led Mancelona with 26 points. Justin Spires added 11 points, Griffin Borst had nine points, seven rebounds and three assists and Logan Borst pitched in six points, six rebounds and four assists.
The Ironmen (14-3, 12-2 SVC) travels Tuesday to Bellaire and Thursday to Johannesburg-Lewiston. Trailing Bellaire by two games, Mancelona needs to beat the Eagles on Tuesday and hope Bellaire also loses to Onaway in order to share the league title.
Forest Area was led by Austin Vance’s 20 points. Trevor Vance added 13 and Justin Burke 11.
TC St. Francis 59
Traverse City St. Francis wrapped up an undefeated Lake Michigan Conference slate with a 59-44 win over Kalkaska.
The Gladiators were up 39-16 at halftime.
“They just killed us on the boards,” Blazers coach Dave Dalton said.
Julianna Phillips had 17 points and six rebounds and Sarah Carney added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Lydia Arthur, the team’s lone senior, had four points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals on Senior Night.
The Glads (18-2, 14-0 LMC) are off until Wednesday, when they face the winner of Monday’s contest between Kalkaska and McBain in district semifinals.
Natalie Ryckman had eight points, and Alexis Hayden, Micah Lajewski and Paige Waterman each had seven points. Taylor Kibby had five steals for the Blazers (12-7, 9-5 LMC).
TC Bulldogs 45
The Traverse City Bulldogs rallied to take their first lead in the fourth quarter to earn a 45-38 semifinal victory over Howell Athletic Association of Christian Homeschoolers in teh state home school tournament in Mount Pleasant.
HAACH — which split a pair of games with TC during the regular season — led 27-23 going into the final quarter before Sarah Plamondon scored nine of her 16 points in the final stanza to help the Bulldogs get over the top. Molly Plamondon added 14 and Kim Gordon came off the bench for 10. Sarah Plamondon also had 11 rebounds.
The Bulldogs (16-5) advance to face the Capital Homeschool Athletic Program in the state final March 8 at Carson City in a rematch of last year’s championship game won by CHAPS by a single point in doubt overtime.
A strong first quarter allowed Marion to escape Manton’s rally for a 40-36 Highland Conference victory.
Marion was up 12-5 after one quarter.
Chloe Johnson led Marion with 14 points.
Katie Flint had nine points and Karrah Baker grabbed 13 rebounds for Manton (7-13), which travels Wednesday to the winner of Glen Lake and Lake City in district play.
TC West claims
Traverse City West’s Robert Hunter was the pound-for-pound winner in the Michigan High School Power Lifting Associations regional championship at Traverse City West.
Hunter put up 1,060 pounds in the 155-pound weight class.
Elk Rapids’ Ryan Bush was the overall boys winner with 1,170 pounds in the 242-pound division.
TC West’s Skyler Dunkley (242) won the JV class with a combined lift of 1,125 pounds.
The Titans won the team competition with 120 points, followed by Manistee (98), Elk Rapids (90), Central Lake (75), East Jordan (43), Benzie Central (35), Pellston (21), Big Rapids (12), Kingsley (nine), Petoskey (nine) and Suttons Bay (three).
Varsity weight-class winners included Big Rapids’ Kyle Parsley (145), Hunter (155), Elk Rapids’ Thais Grays (165), Pellston’s Chase Woods (181), East Jordan’s Oscar Scherer (194), Manistee’s Jason Kaminski (207), Elk Rapids’ Dillon Thompson (220), Bush (242) and Manistee’s Nick Fowler (Super Heavyweight).
Girls winners were East Jordan’s Tommie Outman (97-pound weight class), East Jordan’s Delaney Behling (105), West’s Jessica Lautner (114), Manistee’s Audrey Padilla (123), West’s Shannon Davis (132), Central Lake’s Mariah Cords (145), East Jordan’s Sofie Bengtson (181), Onaway’s Katlyn Larson (198), Elk Rapids’ Natalie Dietrich (220) and Elk Rapids’ Shanie Arnold (SHW).
The Division 4 individual regionals — hosted by Glen Lake at Luck Jack’s in Traverse — saw Big Rapids Crossroads’ David Hunt win with an 1,118 series.
Traverse City St. Francis junior Robert Williams was fourth (1,081), Bellaire junior Jarred Moody took fifth (1,074) and Bellaire senior Nick Betten was eighth (1,054), each earning a trip to the state finals.
The girls portion was won by Rogers City’s Rebecca Bannasch with a 1,081 series. Glen Lake junior Bryanna Palmer was fifth (958), and the Lakers’ Kary Pleva and Bellaire senior Johanna Westerhof tied for ninth with 896 series.
In Division 2 at Monitor Lanes in Bay City, Gaylord senior Alysha Sobeck won the regional title by 19 pins over Marquette’s Alexa Ingram.
Sobeck came into the final round ahead by only two, but rolled a 183 to Ingram’s 166 for a series total of 1,205. Blue Devils teammate Steffaney Vantil missed qualifying by two pins.
Petoskey senior Riley Calabrese also qualified for the finals, placing seventh with a 1,115 series.
Results for the Division 1 regional at Grand Haven featuring Traverse City Central and West and Division 3 at Cheboygan — where the Chiefs, Kingsley and Benzie Central were playing — were not submitted.
TC Hounds 5
Vaughn Clouston scored two first-period goals to give the Traverse City Hounds an early lead they wouldn’t relinquish in a 5-2 junior Avictory over the Berkley Bruins.
Jacob Gillis, Scott Luca and Patrick Rogowski also added first-period goals and the Hounds went up 5-1 after 20 minutes.
Ex-Hound Adam Jonak had a goal for the Bruins.
Bryce Goulah made 23 saves for the Hounds, who host the Bruins again today at 1 p.m. at Centre ICE.
— Compiled by James Cook