BENZONIA -- It's good to be in a conference.

Benzie Central celebrated its Northwest Conference soccer opener with a 2-1 victory over Glen Lake.

"It was pretty exciting for the boys," Huskies coach Don Cunningham said. "It makes the level of competition higher."

Andrew Addis and Evan Urchick scored goals and Colin Towersey and Noah Hahn had assists in the victory for undefeated Benzie (4-0).

Glen Lake goalie Ryan Black was busy all game long as the Huskies outshot the Lakers 22-9. Black made 20 saves.

Benzie hosts Reed City in a non-conference game today.


Suttons Bay 6 Buckley 0

Blaine Fritz scored three goals as Suttons Bay opened Northwest Conference action with a 6-0 win over Buckley.

Shane MacDonald and Jason McKisson each added a goal and two assists. Jared Orban was the other goal scorer.

Sean Riley and Ryan Gardner chipped in assists.

Mack Jones was in goal for the Norsemen (4-1-1).

Elk Rapids8 Harbor Springs0

With half of Elk Rapids' one-two punch out, Ian Sliger stepped up and had a night big enough for two.

Sliger scored four goals and added three assists as Elk Rapids shut out Harbor Springs 8-0 in a game that ended about midway through the second half due to the mercy rule.

The Elks' Garrett Gribi -- one of their top scorers along with Sliger -- sat out the game with a groin injury.

Eric Arietta, Andy Caperton and junior varsity call-up Derrick Johnson had a goal and an assist apiece and Mike Greiner scored a goal. Andy Tezak added an assist.

Trevor Chase -- another JV call-up for the banged-up Elks -- recorded his first varsity shutout in goal.

Elk Rapids (2-3) travels to Cadillac on Tuesday.


TC West 3 Alpena 0

Traverse City West improved to 2-0 in the Big North Conference with a 25-13, 25-22, 25-15 win over Alpena on Wednesday.

The Titans, 3-4 overall, were led by Jessica Oakley (10 kills, 13 digs, 5 blocks), Jordan Davenport (8 kills, 4 digs, 3 aces), Margeaux Raymond (8 kiills, 7 digs), Lydia Lovejoy (32 assists, 4 aces), Sierra Breithaupt (5 blocks, 4 kills), Gaby Muller (3 blocks, 3 digs) and Megan Montgomery (4 digs).

West won the JV match 22-25, 25-18, 25-12.

Emily Ellison (9 kills, 4 aces) and Ellen Patenaude (10 assists, 3 kills) paced the Titans.

The West freshmen, sparked by Sarah VanDrie (4 aces, 14 straight serving points) and Kelsey Wagner (4 aces), posted a 25-13, 25-9, 25-16 win.

TC Christian 3 Northport 0

Traverse City Christian swept Northport 25-7, 25-9, 25-15.

Kara Romstadt (100 percent serving, 8 assists), Joni Yahr (12 of 13 serving with 3 aces, 2 kills, 1 block), Anne Friedlander (7 kills, 6 assists, 7 digs) and Lindsay Kostrezwa (12 of 13 serving with 6 aces, 7 digs, 6 kills) paced the 6-3-1 Sabres.

Kingsley undefeated in quadrangular meet

Kingsley notched a perfect 3-0 mark in a home quadrangular meet on Wednesday.

The Stags defeated Marion 25-13, 25-13, Pellston 25-9, 25-10 and Forest Area 25-9, 25-15 to improve to 5-1-2 on the season.

Kingsley was led by the performances of Jesse Emery (16 kills, 8 digs), Amanda Ocobock (10 kills, 20-for-20 serving, 3 aces), Brittany Denter (43 assists, 2 aces, 2 blocks), Kalie Weber (7 kills, 2 blocks) and Mary Kalieta (8 kills, 5 aces, 6 assists, 8 digs, 33-for-33 serving).

The Stags host Glen Lake on Wednesday.

Forest Area went 1-2. The Warriors beat Marion (23-25, 25-14, 15-9) and lost to Pellston (14-25, 24-26) and Kingsley.

The Warriors were led by Chelsea Snyder (11 kills, 17 digs), Molly Lockwood (10 digs, 5 kills), Allie Garrett (12 assists), Kayla Helsel (22 of 23 serving, 16 assists, 10 digs) and Chelsea Strine (9 digs).

Buckley ends up 1-2 at Frankfort

Buckley finished 1-2 in a quad at Frankfort.

The Bears lost to Frankfort (18-25, 25-21, 10-15) and Bear Lake (23-25, 25-19, 10-15) and beat Manistee Catholic (25-18, 25-18).

Buckley was paced by Norah Chalker (10 kills, 7 aces), Stephanie Burkett (7 aces, 9 kills), Lynn Davis (5 aces, 3 kills) and Haley Cassey (11 assists, 5 aces).


Benzie Central sweeps Manton Invitational

Benzie Central dominated the Manton Invitational on Wednesday.

The meet had a unique scoring system, counting the times of the top two runners in the 9th-10th grade division and in the 11th-12th grade division, plus the next best time regardless of division.

In the girls race, Benzie had the first two runners in the 11th-12th grade division in Devyn Ramsay (20:08) and Crystal Alton (21:43). The Huskies had four in the top nine in the 9th-10th grade division. Michaela Carnegie was first (21:38), Jill Louisignau third (22:02), Taylor Nye fourth (22:13) and Marika Grabowski ninth (23:21).

In the boys meet, Benzie had the first four runners in the 11th-12th grade division in Scott McKeel (18:13), Joe Smeltzer (18:29), A.J. Patterson (18:35) and Morgan Gomez (19:04). In addition, Michael Purkiss was ninth (19:41).

In the 9th-10th grade division, David Rhode placed second (19:35), Tom Smeltzer third (19:37), Talon Morris fourth (19:38), Marcus Lonn fifth (19:43) and Josiah Myers ninth (20:21).


Elk Rapids8 Leland0

Elk Rapids won all eight flights to post an 8-0 win over Leland.

The Elks received wins from singles players Aaron Mayes (6-1, 6-0), Max Bauer (6-0, 6-0), Garett Peters (6-2, 6-2) and Mike McCreary (6-1, 6-2), while doubles victories came from Sam Wittbrodt/Greg Manley (6-1, 6-0), Sam Naples/Dylan Digiovanni (6-4, 6-1) and Jacob Stair/Nick Viglione (6-2, 6-2). Leland forfeited No. 4 doubles.


TC Central JV 15 Forest Hills Cent. JV 14

The Traverse City Central JV took a page from the varsity Wednesday.

Derrick Rudolph scored on a 3-yard run and Tyler Fessler kicked the extra point with just over a minute to play as the Trojans rallied for a 15-14 win over Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central.

TC Central scored late in the second quarter on a 24-yard pass from Mackenzie Sovereign to Zach Zoellner. Sovereign connected with Nolan Reamer for the two-point conversion.

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