BOYNE FALLS — Traverse City West's girls team and Petoskey's boys teams wrapped up Big North Conference championships on Tuesday at the final league meet of the season, the Gaylord Invitational, held at Boyne Mountain.
West, which has battled with Traverse City Central all season long, edged the Trojans in the final showing of the year 43-51. Petoskey was a distant third (83).
"We've been battling back and forth," said West head coach Ed Johnson. "It was a good day to see both teams have everybody stand up. Everybody finished. Hopefully the state meet goes the same way."
Both teams will be among the leading contenders to take the state crown at Monday's finals at Schuss Mountain.
Morgan Culp led the Titans with a second place finish in the slalom (1:11.31) and she was third in giant slalom (58.39). Central was paced by Lili Lockwood, who won the giant slalom (57.99) and was third in slalom (1:11.32).
Also for West, Ginevra Gabrielli and Claire Podges contributed a pair of top 10 finishes each. Gabrielli was fourth in giant slalom (1:00.27) and sixth in slalom (1:16.86), while Podges came in sixth in the giant slalom (1:00.88) and fourth in giant slalom (1:15.78). Devan Gordon rounded out West's scorers in giant slalom, taking seventh in 1:00.99, and Kitt Hornbogen was the fourth scorer in the slalom, placing 11th in 1:18.55.
Maggie Dutmers had a big day for Central, taking fifth in the giant slalom (1:00.51) and seventh in slalom (1:17.01). Devon Dotterrer was fifth in slalom (1:15.95) and 11th in giant slalom (1:01.48). Molly Whiting was the Trojans' fourth counter in slalom, where she was ninth in 1:17.41, and Bailey Versluis took 10th in giant slalom (1:01.46).
Petoskey's Mia Ciccoretti had the best day individually, winning the slalom (1:10.53) and taking second in the giant slalom (58.24).
Petoskey's boys ran away with the boys meet, scoring 40.5 points to outdistance TC Central, which had 71. Cadillac took third with 94.5 and Traverse City West was fourth with 115.
Gunnar Lundteigen and Garret Lundteigen were the top performers for Petoskey, with Gunnar winning both the slalom (1:10.42) and giant slalom (54.58). Garret was second in slalom (1:10.82) and fifth in giant slalom (55.16).
For Central, Brendan Wells was third in the giant slalom (54.89) and 11th in slalom (1:15.19) to lead the way. Tyler Sepanik came in eighth in giant slalom (56.80) and 10th in slalom (1:14.06). Kurt Frick posted a ninth-place finish in slalom (1:14.02) and was 12th in giant slalom (56.66). Dirk Phelps was Central's No. 1 finisher in the slalom with a seventh-place finish (1:13.78).
Leading West was Austin Skibowski and Ben Friar. Skibowski took ninth in giant slalom (56.32) and added an eighth-place finish in slalom (1:13.98). Friar came in sixth in slalom (1:13.51) and was 16th in giant slalom (57.75). Evan Culp contributed a 15th-place finish in giant slalom (56.90) and a 16th-place finish in slalom (1:16.67). Marvin Lenz was West's fourth counter in giant slalom (27th, 1:05.08) and Ryan Geiser was the Titans' fourth counter in slalom (18th, 1:18.89).
TC St. Francis	59
With one more Lake Michigan Conference game to go, Traverse City St. Francis kept its undefeated league record with a 59-38 win over Charlevoix.
Sarah Carney led the Gladiators (17-2, 13-0 LMC) with 16 points and six rebounds. Julianna Phillips added 13 points and 11 boards and Anne Lyman had 10 points and three steals. The Glads host Kalkaska on Friday.
Madeline Boss had nine points and seven rebounds for Charlevoix (10-9, 7-5 LMC), while Chelsea Ingstrom added nine points and Elle Way grabbed seven boards. The Rayders host Boyne City on Friday.
Boyne City	27
Led by three freshmen, Kalkaska posted a 46-27 Lake Michigan Conference win over Boyne City.
Micah Lajewski had 14 points and five assists, Natalie Ryckman put up 11 points and seven rebounds and Sapphire Lajewski grabbed 10 rebounds. All three are freshmen.
Sydney Perry added seven points, Alexis Hayden had five points, six rebounds and four steals and Taylor Birgy's defense held Ramblers leading scorer Rainy McCune to only eight points.
The Blazers (12-6, 9-4 LMC) led 28-9 by halftime and travel Friday to Traverse City St. Francis.
Glen Lake	49
Benzie Central	26
Glen Lake had five players with at least six points in a 49-26 Northwest Conference win over Benzie Central.
McKenna Turrill led the Lakers with 14 points and five rebounds. Jordan Peplinski added 10 points, six boards and three assists and Maddie Brown, Jessica Lee and Alex LaCross had a half dozen points each. Lee added six steals.
Makayla Huddleston and Mariah Hanson led Benzie with six points apiece.
Glen Lake (13-6, 10-3 NWC) travels Thursday to Suttons Bay.
Pauline Lousten paced three Frankfort players in double figures as the Panthers notched a 60-38 Northwest Conference win over Kingsley.
Lousten had 14 points, Madison Stefanski pitched in 10 points and seven rebounds and Mackenna Kelly had 13 points and seven assists.
Frankfort (18-1, 13-0 NWC) finishes up the regular season slate Thursday at Buckley.
Kingsley (13-6, 9-4 NWC) was led by Autumn Goggin (14 points) and Ally Kintner (eight points) and heads Thursday to Mesick.
Suttons Bay	42
Delaney Kaufman scored all 12 of her points in the first half and Suttons Bay went on to beat Mesick 42-24.
The Norse held an 18-6 lead at the break.
Samara Slocomb added eight points and seven rebounds, while Andrea Emery had seven steals. Mesick was led by Maddison Clock's eight points.
Suttons Bay (9-10, 7-6 Northwest) hosts Glen Lake on Thursday.
Libby Munoz poured in 29 points as Leland defeated Buckley in a Northwest Conference match up, 61-32.
Caitlin McKee chipped in 16 points for the Comets (7-12) and Madison Trumbull had 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Hannah Kastenschmidt led Buckley with 14 points.
Mancelona shook up the Ski Valley Conference standings with a 50-42 upset of Bellaire.
Eileene Naniseni scored 11 of her game-high 23 points in a 23-7 second-quarter run to lead 30-17 by halftime. The Ironmen scored only nine points in the third quarter, but still extended their lead to 16, thanks to a defense that held the Eagles to only six.
Tyra Oetting added 10 points for Mancelona (8-9, 6-8 SVC).
The Bellaire (16-3, 13-2 SVC) loss gives Gaylord St. Mary at least a share of the league crown.
Leighten Koepke led Bellaire with 18 points.
Mancelona closes out the regular season at Johannesburg-Lewiston on Wednesday and at Pellston on Friday.
Gaylord St. Mary	73
Forest Area	20
Gaylord St. Mary clinched a share of the Ski Valley Conference championship with a 73-20 win over Forest Area.
The Snowbirds, were led by Kari Borowiak with 20 points, Bekah Myler with 14 points and Danica Bebble with nine.
Onna Hulwick had eight points to lead Forest Area.
St. Mary (17-2, 14-1) is at Inland Lakes on Thursday, while Forest Area hosts Joburg on Friday.
Madison Showerman had 18 points as Joburg beat Pellston 74-29.
Brittany Cherwinski added 16 points and Hailey Weaver had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (14-4, 10-4 Ski Valley).
Lake Leelanau SM	68
TC Christian	18
Abbie Thon scored 22 points to lead Lake Leelanau St. Mary's to a 68-18 win over Traverse City Christian in the opening round of the inaugural Cherryland Conference tournament.
Rachael Schaub added 14 points for the Eagles (9-9), who move on to play Northport for the league championship Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Leelanau.
The Eagles won both prior meetings with the Wildcats this season.
GT Academy	29
Northport withstood a Grand Traverse Academy rally to hold on for a 30-29 victory in the inaugural Cherryland Conference tournament opener.
Morgan Collins scored 12 points to lead the Wildcats — who held Academy scoreless in the second quarter — while Mariah Kalchik and Ashley Pino each had seven.
Tori Corwin and Dakota Morgan scored all of the Mustangs' points, with Corwin putting up 17 and Morgan 12. Morgan also had 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Northport will play Lake Leelanau St. Mary's in the tourney's title game Thursday.
Manistee completed an undefeated regular season when it beat Fremont 55-31.
The Chippewas, who led 34-23 at the half, head into Monday's district action in Kingsley against Benzie Central with a 19-0 record.
Audrey Tomaszewski led Manistee with 13 points, while Annie Fuller and Emily Thompson each had 11.
McBain NMC 	52
McBain Northern Michigan Christian celebrated Senior Night with a 52-32 victory over Highland foe Manton.
The Comets (12-6, 7-6) had balanced scoring led by Brittany Hoekwater and Emma Towers with 11 points apiece and Adri Sigafoose with nine. Kylie Lanser and Sydney Dick each hit for six.
Hoekwater also hauled in nine rebounds and sparked a ball-hawking defense with six steals. Towers took down seven rebounds.
Manton junior center Karrah Baker connected for 12 points with 15 boards before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Brittany Brauer scored nine and Allison Dunn pulled down eight boards.
TC Christian	61
Traverse City Christian rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to earn a 61-56 victory over Manton.
The Rangers led 33-26 at halftime and extended that lead into double digits before going into the final stanza with a six-point lead. TC Christian would outscore them 19-8 from there.
Kris Crosby had 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four blocks for the Sabres, while A.J. Weber and David Bump had a dozen points each and Ben Larkins added 10 points and seven rebounds.
TC Christian (11-6) hosts Lake Leelanau St. Mary's in the Cherryland Conference championship Friday.
Tyler Swing led Manton (6-11) with 14 points, Chandler Shazri had 13 and Jonah Nelson 12.
TC Central	45
Ludington went 16-for-20 from the free throw stripe in the fourth quarter as the Orioles took down Traverse City Central 51-45.
Central went into the final period leading 33-29 after Ludington led 9-6 following the first period and the two teams were tied 15-15 at the half.
Brett Spanski had 10 points, Max Knoblock had 10 rebounds and Nate Schlusler chipped in with five assists for the Trojans (5-12). Chase Rohrer led Ludington with 12.
Central lost the junior varsity game 50-40. Devante Walker led the Trojans with 15 points and Magnus Carlson added 11 points.
Central hosts TC West on Friday.
TC St. Francis	62
Noah Phillips recorded a triple double to lead Traverse City St. Francis over Charlevoix 62-60 in overtime.
Phillips scored 11 points, grabbed 11 boards and blocked 11 shots to lead the Gladiators. St. Francis had a shot to win it in regulation, but couldn't get it to fall and had to fight for another four minutes to claim the win.
Byron Bullough had six of his game-high 25 in the extra period and Tanner Kenney added six of his 16 points in overtime.
Austin Putman had 21 points for the Rayders (6-10, 5-7), who host Boyne City on Friday.
St. Francis (6-10, 4-9 Lake Michigan) hosts Kalkaska on Friday.
Elk Rapids	47
Harbor Springs	27
Elk Rapids held a 19-11 lead over Harbor Springs at the half and stretched that to 34-17 after three periods on the way to a 47-27 victory.
Cole Walker led the Elks (14-4, 10-3 Lake Michigan Conference) with 20 points, while Jack Carter had eight for the Rams (4-12, 3-9).
Elk Rapids is at East Jordan on Friday.
East Jordan	70
East Jordan's defense clamped down in the second half, holding Grayling to 15 points after halftime in a 70-47 Lake Michigan Conference victory.
The Red Devils were up 38-32 at halftime, then went on a 19-6 run in the third quarter.
Noah Bacchus scored 22 points to lead the Devils (13-3, 10-3 LMC), while Jordan Weber added 17.
Tyler McClanahan had 23 and Jake Swander eight to lead the Vikings (9-8, 5-8 LMC), who host Harbor Springs on Friday.
Benzie Central	35
Cadillac topped Benzie Central 65-35 in non-conference play.
Jalen Brooks led the Vikings with 25 points.
Ismael Halaweh had 15 to pace the Huskies (5-11), who host Mesick today.
Sault Ste. Marie	6
TC Central	3
No. 3-ranked Sault Ste. Marie scored four straight goals to take a 6-2 lead in a 6-3 win over No. 12 Traverse City Central.
The Trojans and Blue Devils were tied 2-2 after TC Central had scored short-handed goals by Cam Givens and Parker Hebden 36 seconds apart in the second period.
Alex Oliver scored with four minutes left for the Trojans' other goal.
Hebden had two assists and Givens one.
Central (13-10-1) outshot the Soo 45-24, and Darrell Carlisle made 18 saves for the Trojans, who host Gaylord in a 5 p.m. make-up game Thursday.
— Compiled by James Cook and Chris Dobrowolski