Glen Lake coach Gary Galla picked up his 200th softball victory Wednesday as the Lakers swept Brethren, 7-3 and 11-1.
Jessica Penny picked up both wins on the mound for Glen Lake (3-0).
Tayler Galla earned the opening-game save with two innings of work to wrap up Gary Galla’s 200th win. Penny had two hits and two RBIs, Melanie Kulunda drove in three with two hits, Olivia Wiltjer scored twice after two hits, Hannah Schweikart had two hits and two steals and Angelee Welch crossed the plate twice.
In the nightcap, Madison Hill and Kara Rice each scored three runs, Galla had two hits and Lexi Wright and Kulunda each drove in two runs.
The Lakers host Buckley in their Northwest Conference opener Monday.
St. Francis 5 17
Elk Rapids 0 1
Bailey Johnson spun a no-hitter, striking out 15, as St. Francis opened its softball season with a 5-0 Lake Michigan Conference win over Elk Rapids in the first of two games.
Bridget and Haley Bussell drove in two runs apiece for the Gladiators. Bridget Bussell had a pair of doubles. Johnson helped her own cause with two doubles.
St. Francis won the nightcap 17-1 as Gabby Morgan pitched a two-hitter, striking out nine. Johnson collected two hits and drove in five. Haley Bussell and Kerstin Colmus added two hits and three RBIs. Megan Knudsen scored three runs, Bridget Bussell two.
The Gladiators are scheduled to play at Petoskey today.
Frankfort 9 3
Benzie Central 6 4
Missy Sass’s game-winning single capped off Benzie Central scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win 4-3 and salvage a split with Frankfort in Northwest Conference action.
The Panthers won the opener 9-6.
Michaela Williams led off the sixth with a double and came in when Dani Gomulinski was safe on an error. Shannon Murray doubled, Mariah Hanson walked and Sass came through with a bases-loaded, walk-off hit.
Williams had 12 strikeouts for the night. In the nightcap win, Charlotte Warsecke drove in a run.
Frankfort’s Aleah Hunt tossed a two-hitter in the first contest, and Sophie Nye had a two-run home run among her three hits. Murray drove in two runs and Sass one for the Huskies.
In the nightcap, Hunt struck out seven, while Anna Hunt, Katie Gokey and McKenny Kelly had two hits each.
Frankfort (5-1, 3-1 Northwest) hosts Onekama on Friday, while Benzie (1-3, 1-1) hosts Ludington today.
Midland Dow 8 13
TC Central 4 10
Traverse City Central dropped to 0-6 with 8-4 and 13-10 setbacks to Midland Dow.
Adam Stepan drove in two runs in the opener for the Trojans. He had two hits, three steals and two RBIs in game two. Drew Girard stole two bases and scored two runs while Ethan Campbel doubled in two.
Central is at Saginaw Heritage on Saturday.
Benzie Central 7 4
Frankfort 3 2
Benzie Central finally got to open its season, sweeping Frankfort 7-3 and 4-2 in Northwest Conference action.
Joel Ledford struck out eight in four innings in the opener. He also hit a solo home run and scored twice. Nick MacGirr added two doubles and three RBIs. Matt Thaxton and Zach Perry contributed two hits as well.
Perry earned the win in the nightcap. Thaxton, Ledford and Austin Ross led the hitting attack. Frankfort’s Owen Stratton had four hits in the two games. Benzie hosts Ludington today.
Glen Lake 7 12
Brethren 1 2
Thomas Waning had more hits in the doubleheader than he surrendered in the opening game as Glen Lake swept Brethren 7-1 and 12-2.
Waning had two hits in each game and gave up only three in the 7-1 opening-game win. He struck out seven in six innings. Curtis Bunek added two RBIs.
Austin Odziana fanned six in the nightcap win and gave up four hits in six frames. Waning had two hits and Trevor Apsey drove in two runs with a pair of doubles.
The Lakers (3-0) host Buckley in their Northwest Conference opener Monday.
East Jordan 1 3
Suttons Bay 0 19
After failing to score in the opener, Suttons Bay exploded for a 19-3 win over East Jordan in the nightcap of a twinbill at Wuerfel Park.
Robbie Walter gained the win. Jake Kiessel drove in three runs while Alex Crocker, Aaron Orban, Casey Cross and Walter knocked in two.
Jessie Fox had a pair of hits in a 1-0 loss in the opener. Suttons Bay (4-1) is at Charlevoix on Friday.
Charlevoix 16 8
Grayling 12 2
Noah Certa collected four hits and drove in three runs as Charlevoix beat Grayling 16-12 in the first of two games.
Shane Sutherland and Tom Zipp drove in two runs apiece for the Rayders (4-0, 2-0). Nate Moon picked up the win in relief.
Zipp pitched Charlevoix to an 8-2 win in the nightcap. He helped his own cause with a double, triple and two RBIs. The Rayders host Suttons Bay on Friday.
TC West Frosh 9 0
TC Central Frosh 2 2
Jared Roth struck out seven in pitching the West freshmen past Central 9-2 in the opener of a doubleheader.
Zac Zoutendam led the Titans (4-1) with two hits. Roth and Kyle Bailey drove in runs. Griffin Censer had two hits for Central (3-1).
Central won the nightcap 2-0 on a one-hitter by Cam Fewless. The Trojans scored both of their runs in the first. Censer earned the save.
West is at Elk Rapids on Friday.
Trojans capture Great Lakes Invite
Traverse City Central swept all eight flights Wednesday to win the Great Lakes Invitational, a four-team tennis tournament that was originally scheduled for April 4.
The Trojans finished with 24 points, St. Francis 12, Traverse City Central B 10 and Traverse City Christian 2.
The Trojans, who have now won four invitationals, did not lose a single four-game set.
For Central, Paige Cooley, Kelly Milliken, Christi Druskovich and Taylor Weckstein captured the singles flights. Milliken, Druskovich and Weckstein lost just one game, Cooley two.
Kitty Mast-Elizabeth Pappas, Leah Potter-Katie Raymond, Devon Dotterrer-Abby Palisin and Amelia Pezzetti-Molly Whiting claimed doubles. Potter and Raymond did not lose a game. Dotterrer and Palisin dropped just one.
TC West 0
Petoskey swept a Big North Conference tennis dual with Traverse City West, 8-0.
The Northmen wins came from Isabel Ceniza (6-1, 6-1), Gabby Jensen (6-0, 6-0), Sydney Chambers (6-0, 6-1) and Allie Chambers (6-0, 6-2) in singles and Kelsey Nvorala/Karla Kane (6-3, 6-3), Rachel Wittenberg/Andrea Dryden (7-6 , 6-3), Delaney Smith/Megan Heintschel (6-3, 6-2) and Chandler Cummings/Amelia Farr (6-0, 6-0).
The Titans were coming off a quad meet in Saginaw which they nearly won. Saginaw Heritage came out on top with 19 points to West’s 18.
The Titans had flight champions by Morgan Harris and Jill Turnquist in singles and Monica Hessler/Sydney Diss and Stephanie Schrieber/Kaelyn Hughes in doubles.
Titans win Big North triangular at Gaylord
Mattison Mokanyk captured the 100 hurdles (18.25) and the long jump (14’9”) to lead the Traverse City West girls to victory in a Big North triangular.
The Titans, who won 11 events, finished with 102 points, Gaylord 91 and Cadillac 74.
West also picked up wins from Allida Smith in the 100 (13.34), Jessica Gockley in the 1600 (5:46.6), Quinn Hall in the 300 hurdles (52.9), Amanda Fouchey in the 800 (2:46.7), Kayla Norris in the 3200 (12:58.4) and Olivia Bishop in the high jump (5’2”). Bishop’s jump set a freshman record.
West also took the 3200 relay (10:58.6) with Gockley, Fouchey, Corinne Schrotenboer and Kate Melvin; the 800 (1:53.3) with Kimmy Bilinski, Smith, Melvin and Bishop; the 400 (53.9) with Bilinski, Smith, Mokanyk and Patricia Davis.
West is at Midland on Friday.
TC Central 121
Ogemaw Heights 16
Traverse City Central won 15 events to beat Big North Conference rival Ogemaw Heights in a dual, 121-16.
In the field events, Graceanne Tarsa captured the pole vault (9’), Makenna Beers the long jump (15’5.75”), Kaitlyn Hogan the discus (89’9”) and McKenzie Sanders the shot put (27’3.25”).
In the running events, Morgan Scollard took the 200 (27.28), Erin Lipp the 400 (1:06.58), Katie Moses the 800 (2:24), Kailey Mattarella the 1600 (5:37.9), Ashley Ko the 3200 (11:55.18), Maddy Weatherholt the 100 hurdles (17.54) and Brianna Worthington the 300 hurdles (52.12).
In the relays, Beers, Scollard, Savannah Champion and Courtney Cadotte took the 400 (53.73); Beers, Scollard, Madison Ostergren and Cadotte the 800 (1:51.37); Ostergren, Champion, Haven Hill and Shannon Siegel the 1600 (4:38.20); and Lipp, Lila Dreves, Lauren Marsh and Moses the 3200 (10:04).
The Trojans compete at Michigan State on Friday.
TC Central 129
Ogemaw Heights 30
Aaron Taylor won the 110 high hurdles (15.67) and long jump (19’.25”) as Traverse City Central defeated Ogemaw Heights 129-30 in a Big North meet.
The Trojans swept the field events. In addition to Taylor in the long jump, Max Knoblock claimed the high jump (5’6”), Justin Cutler the pole vault (12’), Adam Foster in the discus (123’5”) and John Piatek in the shot put (42’6”).
In the running events, T.J. Schwannecke took the 100 (11.27), Forrest Lewallen the 400 (56.24), Cam Marshall the 1600 (4:58.9), Jordan Query the 3200 (11:00.91) and Rhys Adle the 300 hurdles (43.66).
Central claimed the 400 relay (50.66) with Nick Friedli, George Madison, Bronson Wood and Ryan Anderson; the 800 (1:39.1) with Taran Lutes, Sean Williams, Adle and Jephte Jean-Claude; the 1600 (3:47.1) with Josh Belcher, Adle, Cam Gibson and Wood; and the 3200 (9:24.3) with Marco Morcote, Dawson Mortensen, Caleb Muszynski and Max Franz.
Johnson sparks West to triangular win
Tyler Johnson took first in all four events he ran to help Traverse City West win a three-team Big North Conference meet at Gaylord.
Johnson won the 200 (23.1), 400 (50.8) and was part of the winning 400 and 800 relays. He teamed up with Spencer Montcastle, Dan Montgomery and Brandon Montgomery in the 400 (45.8) and Jack Bishop and the Montgomerys for the 800 win (1:36.9).
Alec Ondrajka won the 1,600 (4:56) and Jimmy Seekamp the 3,200 (10:39), while Derrick Diver claimed the 300 hurdles in 43.6. Dan Montgomery took the 100 in 11.3 seconds, while Montcastle won the 110 hurdles in 16.6.
The Titans head to Midland for Friday’s Graves Relays.
Hannah Haven netted four goals as Grayling blanked Roscommon 4-0.
It was 3-0 at the break. Vikings goalie Laura Simpson stopped six shots. Grayling hosts Kalkaska today.
Glen Lake 3
Suttons Bay 1
Ty Fessell scored two goals to spark Glen Lake past Suttons Bay 3-1 in Northwest Girls Soccer Conference play.
Clare Slack also tallied for the Lakers (3-2-1). Chelsea Leask had four saves in goal.
Emily Beyer scored for Suttons Bay. Freshman goalies Samara Slocombe and Mikayla Knopka each played a half in the nets in place of junior Irene Prado, who will have surgery Monday for a torn knee meniscus and will miss the rest of the season.
Benzie Central 0
Libby Munoz scored 17 seconds into the game as Leland went on to post an 8-0 win over Benzie Central Central.
Lydia Gulow finished with four goals for the Comets (3-1) while Munoz added two to go with an assist. Miranda Harrison had one goal and two assisrs and Whitney Schaub one goal and one assists. Andrea Hunt was in goal.
Leland hosts the Traverse City West JV today. Benzie (0-4) hosts an invitational Saturday that includes North Muskegon, Hart and TC Liberty.
Elk Rapids 8
Boyne City 0
Mylia LaPointe and Carley Patterson scored two goals each as Elk Rapids notched an 8-0 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Boyne City.
Hailey Patterson, Michelle Costa, Andrea Pilon and Macey Stites also scored goals.
Paige Granger was in net for the shutout, making one save.
The Elks (4-0-1, 4-0 LMC) travel Friday to Sault Ste. Marie.
Sault Ste. Marie 3
Goaltender Kasey Hayes scored Kingsley’s only goal in a 3-1 setback against Sault Ste. Marie.
The senior scored on a penalty kick. She also had nine saves in the game played in Petoskey.
Forward Autumn Goggin, defender Katrail Davis and midfielder Ally Clark were lauded for their solid play. The Stags (1-1-2, 1-0-2 Northwest Girls Soccer Conference) host Leland in a league test Monday.
Suttons Bay wins NWC 9-hole jamboree
Sean Lammy shot an event-best 37 to lead Suttons Bay to a Northwest Conference nine-hole jamboree win at The Briar at Mesick.
Brent Duddles added a 41, Eric Chapman 43 and Devon Capron 44 for the Norsemen.
Suttons Bay shot a 165, followed by Leland (179), Glen Lake (207), Frankfort (225), Kingsley (238), Benzie Central (253) and Mesick (268).
Joel Sneed (40) and Ian Duvall (44) led Leland, while Mike O’Brien had Glen Lake’s top score with a 42, Benzie’s Paul Dumas fired a 42, Frankfort’s Tristan Rogers shot 48 and Mesick’s Alex Stanton fired a 49.
The Norse return to action in the Traverse City Tee-Off Tournament at the Grand Traverse Resort this Friday and Saturday.
— Compiled by Dennis Chase and James Cook
— Compiled by nnis Chase and James Cook