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by Mike DunnJOHANNESBURG -- TheJohannesburg-Lewiston girlscame just short in theirattempt to wrest a districtchampionship trophy for thesixth straight year. TheCardinals fell to talentedTawas Area by a 50-45 marginon Saturday at Oscoda. They end their season with anexcellent 20-3 mark. Tawasmoved on to face powerfulMcBain in the opening roundof the Class C regional tour-nament at Inland Lakes.J-L had the hot hand early against Tawas, surging to a15-10 first-quarter lead. TheBraves rallied, though, toassume a 23-22 lead at half-time and the game went back and forth the rest of the way.Tawas finally away in thefinal 90 seconds by hitting free throws.Johannesburg-Lewiston junior Abby Schlicher, athree-year varsity starter forcoach Heather Huff, cappeda brilliant season with anoth-er stellar showing. "Acetylene Abby" torched the nets for ateam-high 11 points and very nearly generated a triple-double.She also brought downnine rebounds against theBraves and she was a rejec-tion machine on defense,recording a whopping 10blocks. She also dished off four assists.Katelyn Weaver waxed thenets for 10 points and had adouble-double with 12boards and she, like Abby,also was big into rejection,notching five blocks. HannahHuff hammered the nets foreight points and had a pro-ductive night down low,gathering nine rebounds,and mercury-quick guardMiranda House made thetwine twitch to the tune of eight points to go with foursteals and four assists.Kim Salwey struck for 19points to lead Tawas and Abby Gentges garnered 18points.ON THURSDAY, March 1,J-L secured a workmanlike50-32 victory over hostOscoda to advance to thefinals.Brittany Cherwinski,Hannah Huff and Tiffany Nickert each knocked down10 points on the night andSchlicher slammed homeeight points and did a Windex number inside,cleaning the glass for 14boards. Katelyn Weaver waxed the glass for 10rebounds to go with her eightpoints.
Joburg girls bow in finals
Tawas proves tough; Cardinals were seeking their sixth straight district title
Petoskey girls capturedistrict!
by Mike DunnTRAVERSE CITY -- Thesurging Petoskey girls of coach Adam Dobrowolskihave come full circle from adreadful 1-8 start to the sea-son, capturing a Class A dis-trict championship on Friday and accomplishing a featthat would have beenunthinkable back inDecember and January.The peaking Northmenpushed their record to 14-9 while winning all three dis-trict games last week againstT.C. West, Gaylord andCentral. They advanced tothe regional semifinalsagainst high-powered, No. 1ranked Grand Haven (22-1)on Tuesday, March 6, atRockford (in a game playedafter this issue went to press).In the physically bruising,hard-fought 46-39 victory inthe title game played Sunday at Central, junior forwardKelsey Ance paced a bal-anced scoring chart with 18points and she was joined indouble digits by KatelynCrittenden with 12 and 6-foot-3 junior center MeganTompkins with 10.Crittenden, who playsdefense with the demeanorof a hungry predator that hasthe scent of dinner in its nos-trils, was assigned the chal-lenge of guarding Central's1,000-point scorer KatieKnudsen. The sweet-shoot-ing Knudsen, who had scored34 points in leading Centralpast Marquette in the semifi-nals, was held to 16 pointsand scored nearly all of herpoints at the charity stripe,connecting just twice fromthe floor.Petoskey built an early leadand maintained it throughthe first three quarters,though Central was putting the squeeze on. The Trojansdid pull within a basket, 34-32, near the midway mark of the fourth quarter butPetoskey closed out strong tosecure the well-deserved win. Alyssa VanWerden and Ance hit clutch buckets tohelp the Northmen pull away again after Central got closein the final period. When Central pulled closeagain late in the game it wasCrittenden who finally sealedthe deal with a pair of timely free throws.Brianna Podsaid, ChandlerCobb and Molly Walker allhad six points for the Trojans, who finished with a 13-10mark.
Surging Northmenpower past T.C.Central in finals;Crittenden cans key free throws in finalseconds
Alyssa VanWerden nailed a key jumper to helpPetoskey maintain a slim lead over T.C. Central inSunday's district finals.
In Div. 2, Gaylord seniorEric Mason (189) capturedeighth place and seniorD.J. Burden of Mio (130)did the same in Div. 4.Other grapplers whoearned a berth at state this year included sophomoreJeff Myers (189) and seniorRyan “Wrecker” Randall(215) of Grayling and jun-ior Josh McDill (285) of Cheboygan in Div. 3 along with Onaway senior BryerMcGinn (171) and seniorTyler Aldrich (152) andsophomore KeeganRichardson (285) of Mancelona.Leach completes hisnotable prep mat career with a 50-8 record in hissenior season. He posted a3-2 record in the statemeet. After losing to SamMehan of Sand Creek inthe quarterfinals, Leachfaced Cody Symons of New Lothrup and pounded outan 8-1 decision to advanceto the third-place finalsagainst Jarret Wolford of Reading. Leach battled thehighly regarded Wolfordtooth and nail from start tofinish but lost a narrow decision to finish in fourthplace.Handrich posted a solid4-2 record at state to com-plete his outstanding jun-ior campaign for the Vikings with a 45-5 record. After losing his second-round match to IsaacJensen of Allendale by close decision, Handrichhad to battle back throughthe consolation bracket tosecure his fifth-place fin-ish.He ended up facing Jensen again in the fifth-place finals and reversedhis earlier loss impressive-ly, claiming a 13-6 deci-sion.Zach Mack of Miotrucked through the 125-pound class over the week-end, going 3-2 to finish with a solid 43-8 recordthis season. After losing hissecond-round match by arazor-thin 7-6 margin toJ.D. Waters of Hudson,Mack muscled his way toback-to-back victories overZach Francis of Lutheran Westland and Ryan Smit of Decatur to earn his berthin the fourth-place finals where he lost to powerfulZach Glasco of Byron.Fullerton of Onaway bat-tled back after losing hisopening-round match of the day to Kyle Miller of Lawton, winning four of his next five matches.Fullerton concluded hissenior season with an out-standing 52-10 record andhe leaves the Onaway pro-gram as the only wrestlerin school history to qualify for state all four years.In the final match of hisprep career, the fiery Fullerton defeated Carter Augustyn of GrandvilleCalvin Christian by a 5-2decision to capture fifthplace.In the Div. 2 competi-tion, Mason needed a vic-tory over Ryan Casey of Niles to assure himself of atop-eight finish and All-State honors. “ConcreteEric” came through, pow-ering his way to a narrow 5-4 decision over the ruggedCasey.In the seventh-placefinals, Mason engaged in amat war with BrandinSchultes of Warren WoodsTower. The bout went intoovertime before Schultesmanaged to pull out thedecision.Burden of Mio faced his“blood match” with LukeRagon of Dansville andbrought down his foe inthe second period. Burdenconcluded his senior sea-son with a 27-9 record anda repeat berth at state.
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by Mike DunnPETOSKEY -- The seasoncame to an end for the gameGaylord girls of coach Frank Hamilla on Wednesday. The young Blue Devils, with only one senior on their roster,finished a rebuilding season with a solid 10-11 mark aftera 51-32 loss at Petoskey in theClass A district semifinals atPetoskey.Petoskey, which had beenon a tear since the midway point of the season, won forthe 12th time in 13 gamesand went on to win at T.C.Central on Sunday to capturethe district championship.Gaylord looks toward whatappears to be a very brightfuture. Though the team willmiss the grit and gameness of departing senior AllieGooding, everyone else onthe roster is returning next year and the Blue Devil JV squad of Shelly Curtis faredvery well this season and hasseveral quality young playersclimbing through the ranks.“We’ve got a building block," Hamilla said and theBlue Devils must strive to useit as a foundation for goodthings.Junior point guard SarahPolena pounded the nets for10 points to pace Gaylord inthe loss at Petoskey and jun-ior forward Alex Simmonsstruck for eight points.Gaylord's lethal left, junior wing Mackenzie Edwards,drew Petoskey defenders likemagnets during the gameand was held to six points.Mac sitll had an outstanding season, lighting it up for 15.5points per game.Junior Kelsey Ance con-nected for 20 points to pacePetoskey. Katelyn Crittendencrafted a 12-point perform-ance on offense and wasdogged on defense, as usual,and 6-foot-3 junior MeganTompkins stuffed the iron for10 points and employed herheight as an intimidating force.
Devils finish growing season with 10-11 mark after district loss to Petoskey; Polena pours in 10 to paceBlue Devils
Gaylord girls fall in semifinals
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