By Mike DunnGAYLORD – A greatachievement for a terrific young lady.Gaylord senior MackenzieEdwards, a scoring machinefor the Blue Devils during herfour years as a varsity starter,did something on Tuesday,Feb. 5, that only two otherGaylord players before herever did. She surpassed 1,000points for her career.The only other Gaylordplayers to achieve that out-standing milestone wereShanna Pratt, who accumu-lated 1,286 points during herstellar career, and Kelli(Krajniak) Parker, who lit itup for 1,038 points in hercareer.Ironically, it was KelliParker who was coaching theGaylord varsity whenMackenzie came through asa freshman and decided thatMac was ready to play on thevarsity right away. Kelli, who went on to earn All-Americanhonors at Oakland University and score 1,000 points in col-lege, also happens to beMac’s gym teacher and men-tor.Mackenzie’s milestonemoment came in the Big North game against TraverseCity Central in front of thefrenzied home crowd. Thelethal lefty did what she haddone hundreds of times inthe past, leaping high toknock down a 10-foot jumperon her very first attempt of the game.Mac not only surpassed1,000 points for her career,she also drained 22 pointsaltogether for the game andhelped the Blue Devils postan impressive 58-50 triumph.Mac made seven of herpoints in the first quarter asGaylord surged to an early lead. Then she hit 5-of-6 crit-ical free throws down thestretch to help her team sus-tain the lead in the fourthquarter. A typically effectivenight for the senior.On Friday at Alpena, Macmade the twine dance for 21more points, leading all scor-ers as Gaylord won again, 49-34. She also hauled in 10rebounds for a double-dou-ble.On Saturday, in the loss atClare, Mac led all scorersagain with 19 points.Going into the Big Northgame that was played onTuesday, Feb. 12, at TraverseCity Central, Mackenzie had1,061 career points, making her second all time in the his-tory of Gaylord girls hoops.
Mac hits milestone with early jumperat home vs. T.C. Central; she is thirdplayer for Gaylord girls to reach 1,000-point plateau
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By Mike DunnTRAVERSE CITY – ThePetoskey girls made it 11 and12 in a row last week, earn-ing a decision overCheboygan on Tuesday, Feb.5, and then beating Big North foe Traverse City Weston Thursday, Feb. 7.The 36-16 victory at thecourt of the Titans pushedPetoskey’s record to a stellar15-2 overall and 9-1 in theleague. The Northmen aretied with Cadillac atop theleague standings.The Northmen winning streak has been fueled by asimply suffocating defense.Counting the 65-20 win overT.C. Central on Friday, Feb. 1,and the 47-16 win overCheboygan, the Northmen were giving up a minisculeaverage of 17 points pergame this month heading into the league game athome against Ogemaw onFriday, Feb. 15. With the Northmen giving up points as grudgingly asScrooge giving up nickels,any points the offense gen-erates are a bonus.Senior wing Kelsey Ancehas been a point producerfor Petoskey throughout heroutstanding hardwoodcareer. On Thursday, shecanned a game-high 12points to go with six boardsand she also added to thedefensive energy, making three steals.Fellow senior MeganTompkins cast a long shad-ow in the paint with her 6-foot-3 frame, generating eight points and eightrebounds, and senior guard Alyssa VanWerden van-quished the iron for sevenpoints and she also pulleddown five rebounds. LizFraser and Jayme Larsenstoked the defensive fires with their intense play.Petoskey led 13-5 at half-time after limiting the Titansto just one field goal in theentire first half, a jumperfrom Lauren Ellison.The Northmen still had just 13 points with threeminutes left in the thirdquarter when HannahScholten finally broke thespell with a 3-pointer that was very welcome fromPetoskey’s perspective.Hannah’s trey opened thefloodgates and theNorthmen pulled away afterthat.Katie Placek, who wasdraped all night by persist-ent Petoskey defender VanWerden, was limited tofour points for the Titans, who fell to 6-10 and 6-3. Shealso grabbed sevenrebounds. West won the JV game 27-17 and also the freshmengame 33-17.Makenna Matson scored11 for the Titan frosh andSydney Lesperance Launched seven pointsand latched onto nineboards.ON TUESDAY, Feb. 5, theNorthmen outscored visiting Cheboygan 47-16 to wintheir 11th straight game andimprove to 14-2.Petoskey pushed to an 18-5 first-quarter lead and 27-7at the half.Senior wing Kelsey Anceconnected for a game-high14 points to lead Petoskey and she also generated fourassists. Fellow senior Alyssa VanWerden wired in 10points through the iron,including a trey, and madethree rebounds.Rangy Megan Tompkinstallied eight with sevenboards and slick sophomoreguard Kati Lewis made threeassists. Liz Fraser fueled thefire from the bench, record-ing three boards with threeassists, and Jayme Larsenand Abby Blanchard alsomade contributions off thebench, each hitting fourpoints.Holly Socolovitch struck for six points to leadCheboygan (9-6), whichplayed hard but battled allnight to get open looks at thebucket against the swarming Northmen. BridgetBlaskowski and BrookeHancoach each put threepoints on the board.The Chiefs did win thetight JV clash 26-24 as Autumn Hodak hit for nine.For Petoskey, it was Tilly Koboski collecting 10 andMegan Sysko muscling downeight rebounds. Lily Kingmacaged the Chief ball handlersfor six steals.
Northmen win 11th and 12th straightgames, push to 15-2 mark overall and 9-1in Big North
Petoske girlskeep on winning
By Mike DunnCENTRAL LAKE — TheJohannesburg-Lewistongirls of coach Heather Huff traveled to the court of Central Lake, a pretty goodSki Valley foe, on Thursday,Feb. 7, and posted a 52-38decision.The Cardinals, honorablemention in Class C, pushedtheir record to 16-1 overalland 13-1 in the league withthe regular season coming to a rapid close. Central Lakeslipped to 8-7 and 5-6.It was versatile senior wing Abby Schlicher helpedlead the way for J-L onceagain as she nears a notablescoring milestone.“Acetylene Abby” smokedthe nets for a team-high 12points as she turned inanother effective two-way performance for theCardinals. Abby, who will soon sur-pass the 1,000-point plateaufor her career, is much morethan just a scorer, as her statlines always show. In the winover Central Lake, Abby cov-ered the floor like a freshcoat of wax on defense, ter-rorizing the Trojan ball han-dlers while securing eightsteals. She also dished off five assists. Abby needed 16 points toreach 1,000 going into thegame at home againstleague foe Pellston onTuesday, Feb. 12.Long-armed freshmancenter Maddie Showermanalso showed up big atCentral Lake, pouring in 16points. Junior Brittany Cherwinski made the twinechurn for nine points of scoring. Hard-nosedHannah Huff hit for fivepoints and hauled in eightboards. Katelyn Weaver andHailey Weaver also helpedthe cause. Katelyn andHailey were eager Weaversunder the boards, each gath-ering in seven rebounds.Lauren Rogers rang up 15points for the Trojans andHaley Patton hit for eight.ON TUESDAY, Feb. 5, theCardinals secured a 69-49decision at home overInland Lakes in a tough,physical battle.Schlicher fired in 17points to lead the J-L scoring ledger and she also generat-ed five steals. Cherwinskitallied 13 with six boards.Showerman rained down 12points through the iron and was into piracy as well aspoints, producing five steals.Hannah Huff hauled in 10boards with five points andKatelyn Weaver waxed thenets for seven points and dida Windex number down low,grabbing six rebounds.Steady, sweet-shooting senior Sandy Bischoff, whohas been having a solid sea-son for I-Lakes, scored 20 inthe loss.The J-L varsity has beenhaving another super seasonunder coach Huff’s tutelageand the JV girls of coachMcVannel have been noth-ing less than perfect thus far.J-L improved to 16-0 over-all and 13-0 in the Ski Valley with impressive wins over I-Lakes and Central Lake.The girls outscored I-Lakes 63-24 got took care of the Trojans 52-29.In the win over theBulldogs, it was super soph-omore Madison Ewing mak-ing the twine twitch to thetune of 22 points to lead the way for the Cardinals.Maddie also made pinpointpasses to teammates,recording six assists, and shemade Bulldog ball handlersvery nervous with her suffo-cating surround-sounddefense, recording six steals. Ashley May assaulted theiron for 11 points to go witheight boards and Kelsey Cherwinski churned outnine points with five boardsand had an eye for openteammates, notching six assists. Emily Aisthorpetossed in eight points and wiped the glass clean, taking in nine rebounds. After playing host toPellston on Tuesday, Feb. 12,the Cardinals are slated toplay at Mancelona onThursday, Feb. 14 beforehosting tough non-leaguefoe Boyne Falls on Thursday,Feb. 21, in the final regular-season game.
Schlicher nears 1,000-point mark asCardinals look to finish regular season onstrong note; McVannel’s JV squad remainsunbeaten
J-L girls takedown Trojans
GAYLORD – The Gaylordfreshmen girls faced a very tough Clare squad onSaturday, Feb. 9. Clareoutscored the Blue Devils56-12.Maddy Sides strummedthe nets for 10 points to leadGaylord and Alaina Taylorturned the twine for two.Lylan Dao was defiant ondefense, covering the floorlike wall-to-wall carpeting after coming off the bench.“I’m proud of theimprovements these girlscontinue to make,” saidcoach Jessi Matelski. “We’veplayed some great teamsbut the girls continue to givetheir all and improve every day.”
Ga"lord frosh girls fall to Clare