KALKASKA — Kalkaska pulled off one of the biggest upsets so far this season in northern Michigan, rallying from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat No. 5-ranked East Jordan 60-53 in overtime.

The Blazers were down 45-31 to start the fourth quarter, and held the Red Devils to only three points in that period and five in the extra session.

"They had an off shooting night," Kalkaska coach Dave Manchester said. "They didn't shoot well. Eight out of 10 games, they shoot the lights out."

Rick Schuster led Kalkaska (3-5, 2-2 Lake Michigan) with 14 points and five rebounds, while Alex Schuster added  13 points, five boards and four assists. Cameron Kavanaugh chipped in eight points and nine assists and Joe Stosio contributed nine points, six rebounds and four assists.

Jordan Weber scored 36 and Collin Petrie 10 for the Red Devils, who had only three players reach the scoring column.

"I hope this isn't our best this year and we plateau here," Manchester said, whose team travels to Boyne City on Friday.

 

BOYS HOOPS

G.R. Union 66

TC West 49

Grand Rapids Union topped Traverse City West 66-49 in a non-conference game.

Curtis Davison scored 23 and Dequaveon Stucky 20 for the Red Hawks.

Alex Scott scored 18 and Thiyo Lukusa 15 to lead the Titans (6-3), who host Traverse City Central on Friday.

West won the JV game 64-58 in overtime to improve to 8-1, outscoring Union 12-4 in the extra period. Ryan Hayes had 16 points and Chase Grierson 12.

The Titans (5-4) fell 61-53 in the freshman contest, despite 13 points from Cole Barbee and 12 by Brian Wagoner.

 

Cadillac 48

Ludington 42

Cadillac got back to the .500 mark with a 48-42 non-conference win over Ludington.

The Vikings were led by Evan Ferritto (15 points, six rebounds), Guinn Crago (14 points, seven rebounds) and Andrew Emington (10 points).

Cadillac (4-4) returns to Big North action Friday, hosting Ogemaw Heights.

 

Elk Rapids 72

TC St. Francis 59

Cole Walker had a big day, leading Elk Rapids with 27 points and 15 rebounds in a 72-59 Lake Michigan Conference win over Traverse City St. Francis.

Shae Somers, Marty Raymond and Adam Trautman each netted a baker's dozen for the Elks (5-2, 3-1 LMC), who host Harbor Springs on Friday. Trautman also grabbed nine boards.

Mike Olm scored 16 and Gabe Callery 13 for the Gladiators.

 

Forest Area 59

Mancelona 56

Trevor Vance scored 20 as Forest Area won a close game 59-56 over Ski Valley Conference foe Mancelona.

Austin Vance added 17 points and Chad Roberts 11 for the Warriors.

Brandon Dingman had 24 points and six rebounds for the Ironmen (3-4, 2-3 SVC), while Griffin Borst pitched in 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and Trevor Straight-Carper contributed 10 points and eight boards. Mancelona heads to Inland Lakes on Thursday.

 

Bellaire 57

Joburg-Lewiston 51

Bellaire took over first place int eh Ski Valley Conference with a 57-51 win over Johannesburg-Lewiston.

"It might be temporary, because the league is going to beat up on each other," Eagles coach Stan Sexton said.

Bellaire (6-2, 6-1 SVC) are a half game up on the Cardinals after the win, which featured an 88-percent shooting night from the free-throw line.

Gabe Meriwether had 16 points, including hitting all six charity shots, while Hayden Niepoth had 15 and was 4 for 5 at the line. Doug Verellan added 11 points.

Nic Underwood scored seven, including two big free throws with 7.4 seconds left to seal the outcome.

Joburg (5-2, 5-1 SVC) was led by Spencer White's 14 points, 13 by Chad Garton and 10 each from Logan Huff and Brandon Huff.

 

Pellston 50

St. Mary 48

Pellston had three players in double digits in a 50-48 Ski Valley Conference victory over Gaylord St. Mary.

Arron Kindell had 12 points for the Hornets, while Zach Prell and Josh Rybinski each put in 10.

St. Mary was led by Jack Lochinski's 15 points, with Drew Long and Liam Beningo each adding eight.

 

Onekama 77

Buckley 60

Onekama handed Buckley a 77-60 non-conference setback.

Randy Pienta led the Portagers with 20 points.

Denver Cade had 25 points for Buckley, and Bryce Guernsey added 11. Th Bears (5-2) return to Northwest Conference play Thursday, traveling to Frankfort.

 

Gaylord 60

Glen Lake 49

Gaylord took a 60-49 non-conference verdict from Glen Lake.

Jack Korte scored 14 to lead the Blue Devils.

Jared Ritter had 17 and Travis Wiltjer 14 for the Lakers (3-4, 3-1 NWC), who return to league play Thursday, hosting Suttons Bay.

 

Manton 68

Evart 41

Hunter Ruell led four Manton players in double figures in a 68-41 Highland Conference win over Evart.

Ruell scored 17.

Treh Helsel added 12 points and 11 rebounds, Wyatt Baker had 11 points and 15 rebounds and Jayden Perry contributed 10 points and six assists.

The Rangers (6-3, 3-1 HC) host Beal City on Friday.

 

GIRLS HOOPS

TC St. Francis 55

Elk Rapids 17

Traverse City St. Francis went on the road to post a 55-17 Lake Michigan Conference win over Elk Rapids.

Sarah Carney led the Gladiators with 11 points and Juliana Phillips had 10. The Glads (9-0, 5-0 LMC) host Charlevoix on Saturday.

Nicole Hill and Clare Kinery led the Elks with six points each.

 

Kalkaska 56

East Jordan 42

Micah Lajewski scored 10 of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter as Kalkaska topped East Jordan 56-42 in Lake Michigan Conference play.

Lajewski added six rebounds, six steals and three assists. Sydney Perry and Natalie Ryckman each added eight points and Taylor Kibby seven.

Lindsay Schroeder paced the Red Devils with 16 points.

The Blazers (8-1, 4-1 LMC) travel Friday to Boyne City.

 

Grayling 52

Charlevoix 37

Grayling moved back to .500 with a 52-37 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Charlevoix.

The Vikings received 12 points and nine steals from Natalie Amy, while Erica Umlor and Hailey Eames each scored 10 points.

Olivia Storm scored 14 points to lead the Rayders.

Grayling (5-5, 2-2 LMC) travel Friday to East Jordan.

 

Glen Lake 60

Manton 24

Glen Lake improved to 8-1 with a 60-24 non-conference win over Manton.

Jessica Lee led the Lakers with 20 points and four assists, while McKenna Turrill had 12 points and Jennifer LaCross and Allie Bonzelet each scored eight.

Zoe Wahr and Allison Dunn scored six each to pace the Rangers.

 

Suttons Bay 66

GT Academy 28

Delaney Kaufman set Suttons Bay's single-game rebounding record with 29 rebounds in a 66-28 victory over Grand Traverse Academy.

The previous record of 26 stood since the late 1990s.

Kaufmann added 14 points to go along with all those boards.

Jane Hursey added 17 points and Waskwane Stonefish had 11 points and seven assists.

Tori Corwin led Manton with 12 points.

The Norse (7-3, 3-2 Northwest) travel Friday to Kingsley.

 

Lake Leelanau SM 74

TC Christian 29

Abbie Thon led four players in double figures as Lake Leelanau St. Mary's completed the first half of the Cherryland Conference schedule with a perfect league record.

The Eagles won 74-29 over Traverse City Christian to finish the first half of the league slate at 3-0. St. Mary's is 6-3 overall.

Thon had 19 points, with Hannah Weber adding 16, Lindsey Boone 14 and Hanna Grant 10.

Rebekah Crosby scored 21 of the Sabres' 29 points.

 

SKIING

TCSF co-op wins Grayling Invite

Traverse City St. Francis' co-op ski team won boys the boys and girls portions of the 10th annual Grayling Invitational.

The Gladiators — who co-op with Elk Rapids, Central Lake and Grand Traverse Academy — edged out Boyne City on the girls' side and ran away with the boys races.

The Glads' boys had 71 points to 143 for Grayling, followed by Boyne City (164.5), Harrison (171.5), Benzie Central (181) and Charlevoix (189) in the 12-team event.

St. Francis won the girls' portion with 70 points, followed fairly closely by Boyne City (97). Onekama was third at 117, followed by Mt. Pleasant (123) and Glen Lake (177).

Carlee McCarel led St. Francis with a first-place finish in giant slalom and second in slalom. Boyne City's Abby Bohnet and Alysse Whittet were fourth and fifth in GS, while Onekama's Anna Buswinka took fourth in slalom.

For the boys, Ben Hicks was first in giant slalom and second in GS, with teammate Christian Stellin fourth in slalom. Charlevoix's Brad Klinger won slalom, with fellow Rayder Matt Good in third. Benzie's Bowen Stoops was fifth in slalom and third in GS.

 

X-C SKIING

VSC claims top spots at 4K classic sprint

Vasa Ski Club's Ian Durand and Heidi Schwab earned the top spots in Tuesday's 4K classic sprint at Timber Ridge.

Durant was the top overall finisher in 8:09.

Traverse City Central's Clay Darling was second among high school boys and TC West's Nicholas Amato took third.

Schwab won the girls high school portion in 10:42, followed by Central's Kelly Peregrine and VSC's Emma Schwab.

John O'Hearn won the adult male race and Erica O'Hearn the adult female class.

— Compiled by James Cook

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