TRAVERSE CITY -- It took a little longer than expected, but Western Michigan University women's basketball coach Ron Stewart was finally able to win his 150th game.
The Broncos won their first Mid-American Conference game of the season -- and snapped a six-game losing streak in the process -- with a 67-57 road victory over Central Michigan on Saturday.
Western Michigan freshman forward Brenna Banktson (Frankfort) was one of three Broncos in double figures with 13 points. Banktson added three rebounds and an assist for Western (4-12, 1-1 MAC).
Sophomore forward Jenny Loney (Frankfort) also saw action for Western. Senior forward Dana Westover (Glen Lake) had three points and two rebounds for Central (4-11, 0-2).
Both Western and CMU were coming off league losses on Wednesday. Banktson had nine points, two steals and a rebound in an 84-70 loss to Ball State while Westover had three rebounds and a block in the Chippewas' 72-52 loss to Toledo.
-- Sophomore guard Austin Randel (McBain) tied a North Greenville (S.C.) school record when he drilled eight 3-pointers in a 90-79 victory over Morris College on Saturday. Randel, who hit 8 of 11 from beyond the arc, finished with 33 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Crusaders (3-9).
Randel had nine points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist in a loss to Flagler College on Jan. 7.
-- Ferris State had a loss and a tie game against Alaska-Fairbanks, falling to 6-7-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
Freshman defenseman Zach Redmond (TC Central) have a goal and an assist in the Bulldogs' 4-3 loss on Friday. Redmond's sixth assist of the season came on the second of Ferris' two first-period goals while his fourth goal of the season tied the contest at 3-3 in the third period.
Redmond is tied for third in scoring for Ferris with 11 points.
-- Three former area runners lined up in the men's mile at Friday's Chippewa Open in Mount Pleasant. Michigan State sophomore Spencer Beatty (Harbor Springs) won the race in 4:20.44 while Central Michigan senior Andrew Manning (TC Central) was seventh in 4:36.3 and Michigan State freshman Paul Grieve (Kalkaska) eighth in 4:42.73.
CMU freshman Ryan McCullough (Cadillac) was 11th in the weight throw (41'71/4") and 13th in the shotput (44'23/4").
On the women's side, Michigan State sophomore Thereseann Zimmerman (Gaylord) was ninth in the mile with a time of 5:32.63.
-- Former University of Michigan runner Katie Erdman (Cadillac), competing for Reebok, won the mile at the two-day Kentucky Invitational with a time of 4:47.29.
Michigan sophomore Sarah Conkle (Bellaire) tied for sixth in the pole vault, clearing 10'113/4" at the non-scoring meet.
Michigan sophomore Alisha Cole (Cadillac) competed unattached at Saturday's EMU Open and was fifth in the 200 (25.7). Hillsdale sophomore Katie Christiansen (Glen Lake) was seventh in the long jump (16'1").
-- Brown concluded its non-league basketball schedule with a 72-62 road loss to Baylor. Senior guard Damon Huffman (Petoskey) had 10 points, three assists and two rebounds for the Bears (8-6).
-- The St. Mary's University hockey team rebounded for a 3-2 overtime loss to St. Norbert on Friday with a 7-4 rout of Lake Forest on Saturday.
Freshman forward Mike Glaesmer (TC West) scored the fifth goal for the Cardinals (6-6-2). The second period goal on the power play was the ninth this season for Glaesmer, who is tied for the team lead with 18 points.
-- St. Xavier improved to 13-3 with an 84-54 basketball romp over Trinity International on Saturday.
Sophomore forward Elizabeth Carney (TC St. Francis) had seven points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist for the Cougars.
-- The McClary brothers continued their strong play for the Olivet College men's basketball team.
In an 80-71 loss to Hope on Saturday, junior forward Brandon McClary (Bellaire) had 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals while freshman center Mike McClary (Bellaire) added eight points, six rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.
Senior guard John Zenner (Kingsley) added four points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal for the Comets (4-8, 0-2 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association).
In a 68-66 loss to Adrian, Brandon McClary had 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals while Mike McClary added 14 points, seven boards, one assist and one block.
-- The Middlebury (Vt.) alpine and Nordic ski teams opened their carnival season by placing second at the Bates College Carnival in Maine.
Middlebury junior Andrew Wagner (TC Christian) was third in the slalom (1:32.5) for the alpine squad.
For the Nordic team, junior co-captain Cassidy Edwards (Glen Lake) was 11th in the 10K classic (33:53) and 16th in the 5K free (13:55.5).
-- Traverse City Central's Chris Spencer, whose brief basketball career at the University of Wisconsin was plagued by injury, will transfer to California-Santa Barbara. According to her family, Spencer will enroll in the third quarter at UCSB and be eligible to play after sitting out a season.
-- Davenport University remained undefeated in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference after beating Indiana Tech 94-59 on Saturday.
Junior forward Lynne Blomberg (Harbor Springs) had eight points and two rebounds for the Panthers (16-3, 3-0). Blomberg had 10 points, six boards, one block and one steal in a 76-67 victory over Siena Heights on Wednesday.
-- Olivet lost 109-95 to Carthage in a non-conference swimming meet on Saturday.
Junior Amy Johnson (Gaylord) won the 200 freestyle (2:00.17) and was on the winning 200 freestyle relay team (1:43.2). She was also second in the 100 freestyle (54.29).
-- Aquinas College bounced back from a 74-52 loss to Madonna on Wednesday to beat Concordia 68-47 on Saturday.
Senior forward Jeff Wierzbicki (Elk Rapids) had 14 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist for the Saints (14-5, 2-1 WHAC). Sophomore guard Jeff McDonald (Cadillac) added two points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Wierzbicki and McDonald each had four points against Madonna.
-- The Central Michigan gymnastics team opened its season with a 195.125-188.6 loss at home to No. 8 ranked Oklahoma on Friday.
Junior Kyla Krieger (TC Central) scored a 9.6 on the uneven parallel bars and an 8.9 on the balance beam for the Chippewas.
-- It was a tough week for the Calvin College women's basketball team, which lost 61-54 to Adrian on Saturday and 56-39 to Hope on Wednesday.
Senior guard Nikki Zimmerman (TC West) had 10 points, two steals and one assist for the Knights (7-6, 3-8 MIAA) in Saturday's loss. Sophomore guard Amber Benthem (McBain Northern Christian) had five points against Hope.
-- Hope College junior Don King (TC St. Francis) was voted one of the 2008 captains for the Dutchmen.
-- The Lake Superior State men's basketball team lost a pair of road games, falling 81-67 to Wayne State on Saturday and 99-81 to Hillsdale on Thursday. LSSU is 4-10 overall and 3-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Junior guard Mark Morse (Harbor Springs) had nine points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal against Wayne State. Morse had four assists, three points and one rebound against Hillsdale.
-- The Alma College women's basketball team lost a pair of MIAA games last week, falling 61-48 to Tri-State on Saturday and 63-55 to Adrian on Wednesday.
Sophomore forward Megan Hoblet (Cadillac) had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Scots (3-8, 1-4 MIAA) on Saturday and seven points, two assists and one steal on Wednesday.
-- Cornerstone improved to 8-11 overall and 2-1 in the WHAC with a 78-58 victory over Siena Heights.
Sophomore guard Corbin Donaldson (Petoskey) had five points, two assists and three rebounds.