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by Mike DunnCENTRAL LAKE -- TheJohannesburg-Lewistongirls captured the Div. 4regional meet at CentralLake on Friday and seniorMeridith DeLuca led the way, winning the regionaltitle. The long-striding DeLuca crossed the finishline in 19:09, beating outrunner-up Isabella Tremontiof Mancelona, who finishedin 19:33 and qualified indi-vidually.The Cardinals had an ous-tanding team performance,scoring just 31 points to eas-ily outdistance the rest of the field. All five J-L runnersfinished in the top 11.Nicki Bush was the No. 2runner for J-L, taking fourthoverall in 20:09 with NadinePeterson (21:17) in sixth,Katie Kierczynski (22:13) inninth and Chloe Johnston(22:21) in 11th.Those who qualified indi-vidually in the girls raceincluded Isabella Tremontiand Olivia Tremonti (22:05,14th) of Mancelona,Christina Smith (21:59, 12th)of Gaylord St. Mary, HannahPassino (21:56, 11th) of Inland Lakes and HaileePacquet (21:16, seventh) of Mackinaw City.IN THE boys' race, juniorShayne Dingman of Mancelona was the medal-ist, crossing the finish line of the hilly Central Lake coursein 17:17. Teammate and fel-low junior R.J. Homan(18:16, 10th) also qualifiedfor the Ironmen.Sophomore Andrew Morehouse of Johannesburg-Lewistonpunched his ticket toBrooklyn with his sixth placetime of 17:50.Other individual quali-fiers included freshmanMike McNiel of Wolverine(18:09, ninth); senior KyleMoreau of Onaway (18:18,11th) and senior Luke Wisniewski of Gaylord St.Mary (18:29, 14th).The Mackinaw City boysteam came in third placeand advanced.Heath Welch paced theComets with his excellentthird-place time of 17:35and Conner Kintz was closebehind in fifth place in17:58. Hunter Kilpatrick (19:10) finished 24th for theComets followed by DaleStark (19:23, 32nd), GarrettRobinson (19:53, 44th),Chandler Lawson (20:22,52nd) and Zach Prell (22:27,68th).
Joburg girlscapture title
D-4 Regional Meet
DeLuca of J-L is female medalist, Dingman of Mancelona is male medalist in Central Lake D-4 meet
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By Mike DunnGAYLORD – Three of thefive playoff football teams inthe coverage area of the Weekly Choice haveadvanced to the secondround.Petoskey in Division 3,Grayling in Division 5 andMancelona in Division 7 all won their pre-district gamesover the weekend and earneda berth in the district finals.In Division 8, Mio lost atFrankfort 34-24 andJohannesburg-Lewiston lostat home to perennial gridironpower Beal City, 43-20.Petoskey, Grayling andMancelona all have very tough opponents in theirrespective districts. Petoskey defeated Bay City John Glenn31-14 and faces unbeatenand top-ranked MountPleasant (10-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Grayling outscoredBenzie Central 41-28 andtravels north and west toMenominee for its districttitle game. Mancelona edged Whittemore-Prescott 16-14to earn a playoff rematch with Traverse City St. Francisthis Friday, Nov. 4, at Thirlby Field.Johannesburg-Lewistonconcludes an excellent sea-son under head coach JohnBush with an 8-2 record. TheCardinals may be the only team in MHSAA history toearn a playoff berth with six straight road victories. Theironly regular-season loss wasto defending Ski Valley Conference champMancelona.Mio concludes anotherstrong season under coachJim Gendernalik with a 7-3log. Senior quarterback Grant Price was one of thetop impact players in all of northern Michigan, accumu-lating more than 1,000 yardspassing and more than 1,000 yards rushing and being atop defensive player for theThunderbolts as well.
Div. 3, Region 1District 1Petoskey (9-1) atMount Pleasant (10-0)Saturday, 1 p.m.
Petoskey has the tall task of traveling Saturday to take onthe top-ranked Div. 3 team inthe state. The high-poweredOilers defeated Cadillac 45-10 in their pre-district clash.The Northmen, who havenever faced Mount Pleasantbefore, are seeking their first-ever district title. They advanced to the district titlegame once before in 2008 when they ironically lost toJohn Glenn.Petoskey will continue torely on the sweet feet andblinding bursts of senior tail-back Joe “Rocket” Robbins, who is in the midst of arecord-setting All-State sea-son. The hard-charging,high-stepping Robbinsshowed up big against Glenn,amassing 215 yards and scor-ing on a 79-yard sprint.Petoskey’s ability to break Robbins loose is one key fac-tor in its ability to be compet-itive with the Oilers and havethe chance to win in the end. Another key factor for theNorthmen is keeping thepotent Oilers from executing big plays. The hard MountPleasant has to work toscores its points, the better itbodes for the visiting Northmen.
Div. 5, Region 1,District 1Grayling (9-1) atMenominee (8-2)Saturday, 2 p.m.
Grayling (9-1) has earned aberth in the district finals forthe second year in a row andfor the fourth time in schoolhistory. The Vikings of coachTim Sanchez are in search of their second district champi-onship, the first coming in2005 with a 35-18 victory athome over Kingsford.This is the second year in arow that Grayling will vie forthe Div. 5 district title atMenominee. Last year, the Vikings lost by a lopsided 60-16 margin but they expect tobe much more competitivethis time around while look-ing to reverse the outcome.Menominee (8-2) has suf-fered two close defeats, 43-42to Riverside of Milwaukee in week two and 10-7 toMarquette in week eight. TheMaroons, who reached thesemifinals last year and wonthe state title in 2007, defeat-ed Kingsley 56-6 in the pre-district opener.The Vikings set a schoolrecord for wins with their 42-28 slugfest triumph on thehome field over BenzieCentral. Lefty QB Zane Tobinhit for 15-of-24 aerials for 224 yards before being forced tothe sidelines with a concus-sion. Versatile senior Riley Zigila took over as the signalcaller, hitting on 4-of-8 for 53 yards and a TD.
Div. 7, Region 1,District 2Mancelona (10-0) at T.C. St. Francis (9-1)Friday, 7 p.m.
Undefeated Mancelonaearned a berth in the districtfinals for the second year in arow and the third time since2007 with its hard-fought 16-14 victory at home over Whittemore-Prescott. Last year, the Ironmen went northand lost to state finalistIshpeming in the district titlegame. This year, coach DanDerrer’s troops go west totake on perennial gridironpower Traverse City St.Francis (9-1) at Thirlby Field.This is the second time theIronmen face the daunting task of taking on St. Francis with the district title on theline. In 2007, they went toThirlby Field and lost 52-0.That year the unbeatenGladiators had one of thebest teams in their schoolhistory, advancing all the way to the state finals.This year, the Gladiatorsare good but nearly as domi-nant. They advanced to thedistrict finals with a work-manlike 21-6 victory at homeover a fast, physical Lake City squad.Mancelona will seek tounleash explosive playmak-ers Austin Spires and WyattDerrer on the fast turf atThirlby but must find a way to neutralize the blitzing andhot pressure of the St. Francisdefense.
Petoskey, Grayling and Mancelona all win pre-district playoffs, move on to districtchampionship game; Mio, J-L fall in openers