From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Grand Traverse Academy's girls cross country team edged Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, while the boys team won a little more decisively as both finished first out of 15 teams in their division at the Holly Invitational.
GTA scored 55 points to place first, just three ahead of the Lancers. The GTA boys scored 90 points to hold a 12-point win over second-place Deckerville.
TCSF girls win B/C race at Ellsworth Invitational
Led by Holly Bullough's second-place finish, the TC St. Francis girls cross country team won the B/C division of the Ellsworth Invitational.
Bullough finished in a time of 18:39, followed by Blair Dzierwa in 6th (22:02), Emily Gallagher in 7th (22:05); Grace Jones in 17th (23:21); Suzanne Britten in 20th (23:31), Gabby Fournier in 21st (23:37); and Aly Dzierwa in 41st (25:17).
St. Francis had 52 points to top Harbor Springs (55) and Charlevoix (99) at the 10-team meet.
Out of the boys runners, St. Francis' Matthew Mawby was 20th with a 19:20, Andy Fitzpatrick was 26th with a 19:56 and Nick Meddaugh 27th (20:00).
Ewen-Trout Creek 8
After falling behind early Bellaire responded with 52 unanswered points in rolling past Ewen-Trout Creek 52-8 in a game played at Engadine.
The Eagles (3-0) rushed for 260 yards, led by Hunter Walsh's 162 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. Rick Foster added 82 yards on eight carries and scored twice and Bailey Proctor had 17 yards rushing on four carries and two touchdowns.
Walsh's touchdowns were from 1 and 26 yards, Foster's were from 3 and 56 yards, and Proctor scored from 1 yard out and 7 yards. Bellaire's final touchdown came on a 49-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Hayden Niepoch, one of two fumble recoveries he had on the day.
Walsh had two PAT runs, Calvin Herring ran in one, while Proctor passed for two PATs, one to Riley Ramsey and one to Niepoch.
Defensively, Richard Winslow led Bellaire with 13 tackles. Jacob Campus and Walsh added 11 tackles each, Niepoch had 10 and Ramsey eight. Bellaire plays at Brethren next week.
Leland splits four matches, falls in quarterfinals at Petoskey
An inconsistent Leland team split four matches in pool play and was then eliminated in by Cheboygan in the quarterfinals of the Petoskey Invitational.
The Comets split with Sault Ste. Marie (25-16, 23-25), Onaway (25-21, 20-25), Petoskey (25-20, 18-25) and Cheboygan (16-25, 25-16). Leland then turned around and played the Chiefs a second time and lost 22-25, 16-25.
Top performers for the Comets were: Noah Yaakoby (40 kills, 27 digs, three blocks), Maddie Trumbull (26 kills), Felicia Whittaker (12 kills and 11 digs), Caitlin McKey (64 assists and 19 digs) and Whitney Schaub (34 digs).
The Comets (8-8-8) host Frankfort on Tuesday.
Benzie Central advances to semis, TC Christian reaches quarterfinals of Benzie Invite
Benzie Central went 3-1-1, eventually losing to Gaylord in the semifinals of its home tournament.
The Huskies lost to the Blue Devils 22-25, 14-25 in their final match. In their other matches the Huskies split with TC Christian (16-21, 22-21), beat Elk Rapids (21-15, 21-19), Frankfort (21-17, 21-14) and Glen Lake (25-12, 25-15).
Leaders for Benzie (4-15-5) were Molly Lehn with 46 assists, 11 aces and 17 digs; Autumn Hagelstein with 23 kills, 13 blocks and 10 aces; Manon Lutzke with 15 kills; Kristine Robertson with 15 kills and Kelsey Judge with 23 digs.
Traverse City Christian went 1-0-2 in pool play, then was eliminated by Gaylord in the quarterfinals of bracket play at the Benzie Invitational.
The Sabres also split with Frankfort (20-22, 21-15), then defeated Elk Rapids (21-16, 21-19). Christian's run ended against the Blue Devils in a 21-25, 13-25 loss.
Leaders for the Sabres were: Aubryanna Cannon (18 kills, 13 digs and one ace), Mikayla Brett (14 kills, nine blocks and nine digs), Aubrey Heersema (two kills, three blocks, 45 assists, 10 digs and five aces) and Rylee Price (six kills, one block, 15 digs and nine aces).
Kingsley beats Forest Area for Grayling Invitational title
Kingsley overcame a pool play loss to Forest Area to beat the Warriors in straight games to win the championship of the Grayling Invitational.
Forest Area had won the earlier matchup 26-24, 25-23, but the Stags got revenge in the finals with a 25-22, 25-13 victory to capture the title.
To get to the finals Kingsley beat Grayling in a tough three-game semifinal match, 25-10, 25-26, 15-10. In pool play the Stags started slowly, splitting with Johannesburg-Lewiston 25-23, 23-25 before beating Bellaire 25-15, 25-18. After the loss to Forest Area the Stags never lost again, beating Grayling 25-22, 25-20 and Posen 25-6, 25-19.
Leah Hall made the all-tournament team for the Stags with 14 kills, six blocks, 134 assists and 37 digs. Lilly Travis added 63 kills and 17 digs. Other top performers included: Autumn Goggin (44 kills, 46 digs and nine aces), Alysia Folkersma (19 kills, eight blocks, 20 digs and 24 assists), Lindsey Weber (62 digs, 44 of 48 serving and three aces), Molly Franke (10 kills and three blocks) and Arianna Hart (28 digs, 48 of 50 serving and four aces).
In the semifinals Forest Area defeated Bellaire 25-22, 10-25, 15-8. Earlier in the day the two teams split, with Bellaire winning 13-25 and Forest Area winning 25-18.
In Forest Area's other matches it split with Grayling (26-24, 12-25), beat Posen (25-20, 25-22) and beat Johannesburg-Lewiston (25-23, 25-19).
Tabitha Cecil was named to the all-tournament team for Forest Area with 58 kills, 18 aces, nine blocks and 32 digs. Other leaders for the Warriors were: Ashley Browne (37 assists and seven aces), Cami Campbell (38 digs, 12 kills and four aces), Dani Johne (52 assists and 21 digs), Alyssa Birgy (25 digs) and Jackie Hyatt (26 kills).
Bellaire's other matches included a 25-13, 25-13 win over Posen, a 22-25, 25-14 split of Johannesburg-Lewiston and a 16-25, 25-22 split with Grayling. The Eagles' leaders were: Brandy O'Neal (31 kills, 13 aces and 61 digs), Madalyn Balon (62 digs, 65 assists and 13 kills), Gillian Neveras (23 kills and 16 aces), Tiffany Clovis (152 digs and 85 serve receptions) and Renee LaLone (20 kills and 12 blocks).
Portage Northern 5
TC Central 1
After a scoreless first half, Portage Northern exploded offensively in the second half and came away with a 5-1 win over Traverse City Central.
Noah Mitchell-Ward had the Trojans' goal with 20 minutes left, trimming their deficit to 3-1. Carl Gardner made five saves in net.
Central (7-6-1) are at Ogemaw Heights on Thursday.
Elk Rapids goes 2-1 at TC Christian Cup
Elk Rapids bounced back from a 3-1 loss to Marquette with back-to-back victories over Sault Ste. Marie, 3-0, and Suttons Bay, 6-0.
In the win over Suttons Bay Austin Wolgram scored a pair of goals, while Garrett Koss had a goal and an assist. Guy Heger, Montgomery Finch and Carson Altonen had the other goals for the Elks. Scott Manning and Andy Atkinson added assists. In goal was Tommy Wirtz, who made four saves.
Atkinson contributed a goal and an assist in the win over Sault Ste. Marie. The other goals were scored by Hector Earcenas and Jarrod Selby. Jackson Waugh was in goal and made seven saves.
Albert Hammond scored the lone Elk Rapids goal against Marquette. Waugh made six saves.
Elk Rapids (6-6) is at Charlevoix on Monday.
Buckley jumped out to a 2-0 first-half lead on the way to defeating Kingsley 3-1.
Jake Burgess had two goals for the Bears (4-2) and Alex Welling added one. Dominique Craskie had an assist.
Tyler Welch made seven saves for Buckley, which hosts the TC Bulldogs on Monday.
Jake King scored Kingsley's goal, which trimmed Buckley's lead to 2-1 with 15 minutes left, but the Bears answered with a goal five minutes later.
Caleb Westerholt had 12 saves in goal for the Stags.
TCSF takes second at Liggett Invite
Traverse City St. Francis reached the finals of seven flights, winning two, in finishing second at the University Liggett Invitational.
Sam Holmes, at No. 1 singles, won 6-3, 6-4 against Liggett in the finals and Jack Krcmarik, at No. 3 singles, won 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 against Liggett in the finals.
University Liggett, ranked second in the state in Division 4, won the meet with 18 points. St. Francis, ranked sixth, was second with 16 points, followed by Comstock Park with 10 points and Essexville-Garber with three points.
At No. 2 singles Gus Danz lost in the finals to Comstock Park 2-6, 3-6; at No. 4 singles Patrick Burke fell in the finals to Liggett 2-6, 3-6; at No. 1 doubles Jay Jones and Brady Ray lost to Liggett in the finals 6-0, 1-6, 4-6; at No. 2 doubles Blake Bandrowski and Ryan Navin lost in the finals to Liggett 3-6, 5-7; and at No. 3 doubles Tyler Stigarelli and Nathan Tafelsky lost in the finals to Liggett 3-6, 3-6.
The Gladiators' fourth doubles team of Victor Casler and Jackson Richmond won one match, beating Garber 6-3, 6-3.
TC Central takes third at Holly Invite
The No. 1 doubles team of Hayden Drury and Caleb Heimburger were champions of their flight, leading the TC Central boys tennis team to a third-place finish at the eight-team Holly Invitational.
Central had two runners-up in the No. 3 doubles team of Jack Seymour and Austin Wieland and Cam Young at No. 3 singles.
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central won the tournament with 17 points, Port Huron Northern was second with 16 and the Trojans took third with 15.
The No. 2 doubles team of Yani Beeker and Parker Berden were consolation winners, while the No. 4 doubles team of Michael Meindertsma and Spencer Kroupa and No. 4 singles player Nick Yergens each won two matches. Winning one match each were singles players Skyler Norgaard and Max Knoblock.
TC West wins TCC JV Invite
Behind championships in all four doubles flights, Traverse City West scored 23 points to win the TCC JV Invitational.
Doubles winners for the Titans were: Zach Walton and Luca Roggencamp; A.J. Ebling and Collin Oosse; Hayden Northrup and Max McAllister; and Noah McKenzie and Luke Smith.
The Titans' singles winners were Ashton Lawton and Pau Mulchay.
The TC Central Black team was second with 20 points. Ron Dohm and Ben Graham had the two singles championships for the Black squad. TC St. Francis finished third out of five teams with eight points.
On Friday the TC Central Gold team finished second at the Boyne City Invitational.
Winners for the Trojans were Luke Smith and Eric Ochoa at No. 2 doubles and Josh Green and Joe Videki at No. 4 doubles.
— compiled by Chris Dobrowolski