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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
Carlson named‘Athlete of Meet’ asBlue Devils outscoresix-team field
Top teams in Ski Valley go head to head; both games feature great pitching 
By Mike DunnBAY CITY – It was quite aperformance by the Gaylordgirls track team on Saturday.The Blue Devils of coach Jeff Kalember scored 175 teampoints to outscore the six-team field in the annualBobcat Invitational hosted by John Glenn High School.Ogemaw Heights came insecond with 115 points andStandish-Sterling (85) wasthird with Whittemore-Prescott (69) fourth, JohnGlenn (40) fifth andCarrollton (32) sixth.“Overall the rain and coldtemps kept our times anddistances lower than usualbut our overall depth wasenough to easily get the win,”Kalember said.Senior Megan Carlson hada monster day for the BlueDevils, earning “Athlete of theMeet” honors as the top indi-vidual scorer. Meganmotored to first in the 100hurdles (16.98) and the gruel-ing 300 hurdles (50.97) andshe was also part of the win-ning 800- and 1600-meterrelays.Megan teamed withKatelynn Dreyer, GraceSanders and AlannaJohnston for the top spot inthe 800 relay (1:54.62) andthe 1600 (4:26.10).Coach Jeff Kalember wasparticularly pleased withCarlson’s winning time in thehigh hurdles. She is currently ranked No. 2 in both races inthe region.“When Megan got on thebus she was one tired track-ster, but she seemed to perk up a little when she receiveda nice Athlete of the Meetplaque for scoring the mostpoints in the meet,”Kalember reported. “Her 100hurdle time is down to 16.5 inthe cold, windy, rainy start of the meet and that's a greatsign for her regionalchances.”Katelynn Dreyer, Maria Warren, Allison Fischer and Alanna Johnston also earnedfirsts for the Blue Devils inthe meet.Fischer reached a mam-moth distance of 101 feet, 10inches to tie for first in thediscus with Carrollton’sBeverly Wallace and shereached a distance of 33 feet,3.5 inches to claim third inthe shot put.“Allison Fischer is consis-tently hitting the 100-footmark with nearly all of herthrows and it’s just a matterof time on a nice warm day  where she'll pop a 110 footer,launching her into the top-10list for the all-time Gaylorddiscus throwers,” Kalembersaid.The determined Dreyerdrove to first in the 400 dash(1:04.62) and fifth in the 200(29.19) and the versatileJohnston strode to second inthe 200 dash (28.35) and firstin the high jump, clearing thebar at 4 feet, 8 inches.The speedy Sanderssurged to second in the long  jump (13-5) and zoomed tosecond in the 100 dash(12.68) in addition to being part of the two winning relays.Strong-striding Maria Warren (13:08.56) and Noelle Warren (13:19.73) gaveGaylord a potent 1-2 punchin the 3200 relay with theirfirst- and second-place fin-ishes.Megan Borgeson motoredto second in the 1600 run(5:49.01) with Ellen Seidell(6:10.94) in fourth.Cindy Fiser’s strong finish was good for second behindCarlson in the 100 hurdles(18.58) and she also claimedseventh in the 300 hurdles(58.72).Erin Borgeson also helpedthe cause, cruising to third inthe 800 run (2:43.57). Erinalso teamed with Nicole Wehner, Geena Duff andCaroline Davis for second inthe 3200 relay (11:13.02).Sydney Borowiak, CarolineDavis, Megan Stempky andSanders sizzled in the 400relay, taking second in 57.15seconds.ON TUESDAY, May 1,Gaylord took second in a tri-meet with Alpena andOgemaw Heights. The Wildcats won with 140 pointsfollowed by Gaylord (68) andOgemaw (27).Sanders strode to top hon-ors in the 100 dash (13.39) forthe Blue Devils. Johnstondefied gravity, clearing thehigh jump bar at 4-10 to winthat event and Fischer pow-ered to first in the shot put(31-3) and second in the dis-cus with a personal-bestheave of 103-10.5). Fischer’sdiscus distance puts her atNo. 1 in the regional rank-ings.Carlson cruised to the topspot in the 300 hurdles(49.63) and third in the 100hurdles (16.95).Brandi Tallent cleared thebar at the dizzying height of 8feet, 10 inches to claim sec-ond in the pole vault.The foursome of Borowiak,Marissa Ford, Stempky andSanders flew to first in the400 relay (56.36).For the Gaylord boys in themeet, Cody Morris had amotor that didn’t stop. Morrisratcheted up the speed lever,taking first in the 100 dash(11.5), the 200 dash (23.8)and the 400 dash (52.1) andhe was also part of the win-ning 1600 relay (3:38.1).Gordon Hoyem grabbedfirst in the 110-meter highhurdles for the Blue Devils ina blazing time of 16.5 sec-onds and he also strode tofirst in the 300 hurdles (42.2).Craig Richardson rocketedto first in the high jump (6-0)and Chris Crenshaw clawedthrough the air to take first inthe long jump.Nate Fischer, Caleb Tomes,Collin Watters and KyleFahler teamed for first in the800 relay (1:35.8) and thecrew of Morris, Fischer, Watters and Tomes com-bined for first in the 1600relay.By Mike DunnMANCELONA – This isabout what you wouldexpect when two outstand-ing teams with outstanding coaches face off with a lotriding on the outcome. OnMonday, defending Ski Valley champion Mancelonaplayed host toJohannesburg-Lewiston in abattle for the top spot in theleague standings.The Cardinals of coachRick Guild won the first one5-4 in nine innings and theMancelona team of coachJim VanWagoner prevailed3-1 in the second one, hold-ing off a late Johannesburg rally.“They were two of the bet-ter games I’ve seen in a long time,” Guild said. “Bothteams played extremely  well. It was great high schoolbaseball.” After the twinbill,Mancelona had a 15-3 over-all mark and 11-1 in theleague, pending the out-come of a suspended gameat Onaway in which Onaway  was leading in the bottom of the fourth. The Cardinals lefttown with a 17-3 record andthey were 10-2 in the league.The Ironmen, who sweptanother perennially strong SVC foe, Pellston, onThursday, May 2, had a sin-gle makeup game at hard-hitting St. Mary on Wednesday, May 9, beforehosting talented Ski Valley foe Inland Lakes on Monday,May 14. If the Ironmen winall three of those games they clinch the 2012 title outrightand it wouldn’t be necessary to try and complete the sus-pended game at Onaway.J-L faces Pellston in atwinbill on Thursday of this week and has a doublehead-er against St. Mary onThursday, May 17, to closeout its league schedule.In Monday’s opener, J-Lhurler Gunnar Owens andrangy Ironmen pitcher Craig Conway both went nineinnings and both pitchedexceptionally well. Owensstruck out nine, walked oneand scattered eight hits.Conway notched 11 K’s, hit abatter, walked one andallowed seven hits.The game was scorelessthrough the first fourinnings and ended up tied 2-2 after regulation. In the topof the ninth, J-L scored threetimes to take what appearedto be a commanding 5-2lead only to have Mancelonacome back in the bottom of the frame and score twice.Cardinal sophomoreshortstop Coalton Huff puthis team ahead in the ninth with a perfectly executedsuicide squeeze with run-ners at first and third andone out. Junior leftfielder Alex Payne delivered whatproved to be the game-win-ning hit later in the inning, atwo-run single up the mid-dle with two out.Huff’s timely two-strikebunt opened the door to theCardinal rally.“That’s a lot of pressure toput on the shoulders of asophomore to bunt with twostrikes but Huff handled it,”Guild said.Huff’s bunt knocked inBrett Kortman, who led theinning with a single.In the bottom of theframe, Mancelona’s sweet-swinging junior third base-man Kyle Schepperley struck a two-run single withone out to bring theIronmen within a run. Thehard-throwing Owens, whoreaches the upper 80s withhis fastball, struck out thenext two batters to end thethreat and the game.Kortman and Huff bothsingled and scored for J-L ona throwing error in the top of the fifth to account for theCardinals first two runs.Speedburner DamienDecker singled, stole sec-ond, moved to third in afielder’s choice and scoredon a wild pitch forMancelona’s first run in thebottom of the fifth.Game two was equally tight through all six inningsof play. This time JakeNewell of J-L and freshmanphenom Brandon Dingmanof Mancelona engaged inthe pitchers’ duel.Both pitchers went thedistance and both per-formed admirably.Mancelona scored anunearned run in the firstand another unearned runin the fourth when Cole VanWagoner reached on anerror and scored whenDavid Harrington ham-mered a two-out double.The Ironmen took a 3-0lead into the top of the sixth when the Cardinals’ slug-ging senior first basemanBlake Huff caught aDingman fastball and pro-pelled it out of the park for asolo blast to make the score3-1.Brad Kussrow singled andCoalton Huff doubled to putrunners at second and thirdbut Dingman was able toretire the next two battersand earn the well-deservedvictory.Dingman permitted fivehits in the win. Newelltossed a three-hitter and allthree runs scored againsthim were unearned.Guild said both teamsplayed well defensively.Schepperley at third was astandout for the Ironmen,he said. For J-L, speedy cen-terfielder Brian VanCoilliemade some of the catches torob Ironmen of hits thathave been characteristic of his outfield play. CoaltonHuff at shortstop and DylanHelms at second also hadsolid showings, Guildreported.“Win, lose or draw fromhere on out it’s been a goodseason for us,” Guild said.“Now we want to close outstrong and be ready for dis-tricts (at St. Mary).”
Gaylord girls claim Glenn title
Joburg, Mancelona split twinbill
Gaylordsenior MeganCarlson,shownhere in anearlier meet, wasin excellentformSaturday inthe BobcatInvitational.
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By Mike DunnJOHANNESBURG – TheJohannesburg-Lewistonbaseball team split in theannual Val Kapture MemorialTournament on Saturday,losing to hard-hitting Atlanta10-8 in the opening gamebefore coming back tooutscore Harbor LightChristian 14-3 in the conso-lation finals.No matter the outcome of the games, it was good day for the Cardinals who hostedthe tournament in honor of the late Val Kapture, who wasa longtime assistant coachfor Guild and a beloved edu-cator at the school.“It was a good day,” saidHall of Fame J-L coach Rick Guild. “We made close to$3,000 for senior scholar-ships and that’s what it’s allabout.”Guild brought up some JV players to bolster the pitch-ing corps and the lineup,since the Cardinals just com-pleted league games withCentral Lake the previousday and had a huge leagueshowdown at Mancelona onMonday.“We did all right,” Guildsaid. “We pitched some young kids but it gave themsome varsity experience. It was nice because we got toplay everybody.”Guild was especially pleased with the play of sophomore Sean Paris, whopitched the final two inningsin both games. Paris, making his varsity debut, and seniorthird baseman Brad Newell were both named to the All-Tournament for J-L andreceived medals. Newellstung the ball in both gamesand played well defensively at the hot corner.Junior second basemanDylan Helms also played wellin the field and at the plate.He produced an RBI singleand a sacrifice fly for anotherRBI in the opener against theHuskies and he whackedanother hit and scored tworuns in the game with HarborLight in addition to his soliddefense.Brett Kortman started andgot the win against HarborLight, throwing the first threeinnings.Hard-hitting junior left-fielder Alex Payne continuedto pound the ball, as he hasdone all season. He went 2-for-3 in the nightcap. GarrettKoronka was in Krush Modealso in the Harbor Lightgame, belting a booming two-run double and going 2-for-3.Mio beat Harbor Light inthe other semifinal gamebefore edging Atlanta 5-0 inthe championship game.ON FRIDAY, J-L sweptCentral Lake 5-2 and 8-7, ral-lying from a 7-1 deficit toovertake the Trojans in thetense nightcap.Senior speedball specialistGunnar Owens continued hisstrong pitching performanc-es in Ski Valley games in theopener, going the distance while pushing his personalrecord to 5-0 in leaguegames. Gunnar, who is aver-aging a little more than astrikeout an inning in thegames he pitches, allowedtwo runs and struck outseven with one walk.Senior centerfielder Brian VanCoillie push some Bashinto the offense, busting anRBI single. The speedburner was on base four times andscored three of the Cardinals’five runs.Payne and Owens bothpounded RBI singles andsavage-swinging senior firstbaseman Blake Huff went 1-for-3 with an RBI.The Cardinals did not havean error in game one andGuild was particularly pleased with the play of sophomore Coalton Huff atshortstop.“It was a good win for us toget,” Guild said. “The CentralLake kid throws as hard asanybody we’ve seen.”Game two was a little bitcrazy but the Cardinals man-aged to come all the way back from a six-run deficit totake it.“We had one bad inning and it cost us,” Guild said.“We gave up four unearnedruns in the second inning.”Jake Newell came on inrelief and did the job, limiting the hard-hitting Trojans totwo earned runs in the mid-dle innings. Owens tossedthe final inning to get thesave, striking out two of thethree hitters he faced. VanCoillie connected fortwo hits and scored twice tohelp fuel the comeback.Payne pummeled the ballagain, going 3-for-3 withthree RBIs. Blake Huff andCoalton Huff both went 2-for-3 with a key RBI. Kortmancracked a clutch two-rundouble and Brad Kussrow connected for a timely RBIdouble.It was three of Guild’ssweet-swinging sophomores,Kussrow, Coalton Huff andKortman, who came throughin the bottom of the fifth toturn the game in J-L’s favor.Kortman’s two-run double inthe inning brought theCardinals to within a run, 7-6, before Coalton Huff laced asingle up the middle to knock in the tying run. ThenKussrow delivered a booming double to left, knocking inKortman with what proved tobe the game-winning run.
Cheboygan takes first in eight-team tourney; Mercer of Mack City is medalist
By Mike DunnTRAVERSE CITY – ThePetoskey track teams hadsome outstanding individualperformances Saturday inthe annual Ken BellInvitational at Traverse City Central.On the boys’ side, seniorLouis Lamberti skied to thetop spot in the high jump,clearing the bar at the gravi-ty-defying height of 6-foot, 4inches. On the girls’ side,Sam Rajewski turned on the juice and placed in four dif-ferent events in the 13-teammeet.East Kentwood carried theday in the girls’ meet with146.5 points with T.C. Central(116) as runner-up. Petoskey finished ninth with 23 points.East Kentwood also wonon the boys’ side with 164points and Central (120) wasrunner-up again. Petoskey came in seventh with 37points.Rajewski ratcheted up theracing lever to full speedahead and rocketed to sec-ond in the highly competitive300 hurdles, crossing the linein 49.02 seconds. Sammie was also third in the 200 dash(27.02) and placed among the top eight to place in boththe 100 hurdles (17.44) andthe 100 dash (13.03).In addition to Lamberti’samazing leap to the top spotin the high jump, Petoskey strong man Shane Servernalso placed in both throwing events, securing second inthe discus with a mighty tossof 136 feet, 7 inches, andclaiming sixth in the shot put with a distance of 44 feet,6.25 inches.The foursome of long-striding Lamberti, BrianKnight, Paul Winegard andJack Touran tore it up to takethird in the 1600 relay (3:34.04). Touran also took third in the 800 run (2:02.77)and Knight surged to seventhin the 400 dash (53.18).ON TUESDAY, May 1,Petoskey competed in a Big North dual meet againstTraverse City West. TheNorthmen boys and girlsteam both lost to the deeperTitans, the boys by a 91-50score and the girls by a 95-43margin.Depth is always key intrack and field dual meets.Speedy Sam Rejewskistood out for the Northmengals, winning three eventsand taking second in a fourthevent. Rajewski rocketed tothe top spot in the 100 hur-dles in 17.02 seconds, in the100 dash (13.42) and in the300 hurdles (49.52). Sammie’ssweet feet also carried her tosecond in the 200 dash. Abby Blanchard alsoearned victories for Petoskey in both throwing events,reaching a distance of 31 feet,7 3-4 inches in the shot putand 85 feet, 4.5 inches in thediscus. Junior MeganTompkins pushed to secondin the shot put (29-5.75) andpropelling to second in thelong jump (13-9.25). KendallFettig flew to second in thehigh jump (4-4).FOR THE Petoskey boys,strong-armed Shane Severnpowered to first in boththrows. Severn’s Herculeanheave of 45 feet, 8.5 inchestopped the field and ditto forhis daunting distance of 145feet, 6 inches in the discus. Versatile Louie Lambertileaped to top honors in thehigh jump, clearing the bar at6-6 and he joined teammatesPaul Winegard, Jack Touranand anchor Brian Knight fora winning time of 3:34.9 inthe 1600 relay. Knight alsoput daylight between himand everyone else in the 400dash, motoring to first in the400 dash. He also sailed tosecond in the 200 dash(24.68).Dashing Dan Nowicki put’em up and put ’em downand sped to first in the 100dash in a lightning-like per-sonal-best time of 11.14 sec-onds. Winegard soared to secondin the high jump behindLamberti, clearing the bar at5-8 and he also zoomed tothird in the 400 (53.52).Touran took second in the400 (52.9) and Logan Hensey strode to second in the 1600run (5:01.58).By Mike DunnPETOSKEY – HarborLight Christian hosted aneight-team golf tournamenton Saturday at CrookedTree Golf Course, taking third place overall.Cheboygan placed itsfour top golfers in the top10, including Kasey Lofgrenas runner-up with a roundof 79, and recorded a strong team score of 334. Mt.Pleasant Sacred Heart wassecond with 347 and HarborLight was third with 363 fol-lowed by Mackinaw City (372), Sault Ste. Marie (373),Newberry (407), Wolverine(441) and the Harbor Light JV (486).Nick Mercer of Mackinaw City had a super round of 76to claim medalist honors.Harbor Light’s outstanding eighth-grader Silas Lee waslocked in from first tee to finalputt, acquiring a round of 82for third place. Brannon Wachter of Cheboygan andBen Schilling of Sacred Hearttied for fourth with 83 fol-lowed by Andrew Purcell of Cheboygan (84), Josh Walkerof Harbor Light (85), SamDevaprasad of the Sault (86),Ross Paterson of Sacred Heart(86), Kyle Pronick of SacredHeart (88) and Derek Sturvistof Cheboygan (88).
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Petoskey competes in Bell Invitational
 Val Kapture tourney is success
The Petoskey boys earned seventh place Saturday in the annual Ken BellInvitational hosted by T.C. Central.
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Lamberti leaps for gold medal for boys in prestigious T.C. meet;Rajewski races to four places for Northmen girls
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Northmen take third, Gaylord fifth in 15-team competition; Pulaski, Dombrowski shoot 77 to tie for third
DeLuca is ‘da best’ in distance races for J-L gals;Joburg boys take sixth in 11-team invitationalBulldog girls take third,boys sixth in large invitational meet
By Mike DunnPETOSKEY – Fifteen teamstook part in Friday’s Petoskey Invitational Golf Tournamentat the Bayview course andthe action was dominated by Big North Conference teams.League teams took seven of the first eight places.Traverse City Central wonby a stroke with a team scoreof 307, followed by T.C. West with 308. Petoskey capturedthird with 322 and Gaylord(337) was fifth with Cadillac(344) sixth, Ogemaw Heights(347) sixth and Alpena (356)seventh. The only non-league team to finish in thetop eight was St. Ignace, tak-ing fourth with 336 strokes. Alanson-Pellston (374) andInland Lakes (380) were alsoamong the large field of com-petitors.Nicolaj Brons-Piche of T.C.Central had a solid round of 68 to lay claim to first place inthe tourney with GatesMuller of West (73) as runner-up. Hunter Pulaski of Petoskey and Alex Dombrowski of Gaylord bothcarded a 77 to finish in a tiefor third.Caleb Dann of Petoskey  was tied for fifth with a 78score along with Brady Greenman and Cam Murray of T.C. West, Trey Pezetti of Central and Pat Sweeney of St. Ignace. Connor Kintz of  Alanson-Pellston, who earli-er in the week set a NorthernLakes Conference scoring mark, finished just out of thetop 10 with his solid round of 81.Rounding out the tightscoring sheet for Petoskey  were Cam Ludlow with an 83,Tyler Spiegl (84), Kam Friedli(86) and Jake DuBeau (87).Coming in behindDombrowski for the BlueDevils were Cam Laug (85), Anthony Tomaski (86), Nick Fennell (93), lefty MikeMisiak (89), Robbie Trelfa(90) and Nick Fennell (93).The Gaylord JV team alsocompeted on the samecourse. Jim Robb led the way,recording a 93 with JoshCostello (94) close behind.Kyle Bazzani blasted to a 101round and Mike Shryock tal-lied 104.Coming in behind Kintz for Alanson-Pellston were JoeRuss (94), BrandonKuchnicki (98), Steve Doss(101) and Tanner Keller (107).For Inland Lakes, JonMorley (89) topped the scor-ing chart followed by Nick  Aldrich (94), Zach Somerville(98) and Jack Vonderworth(99).By Mike DunnFAIRVIEW – The speed,muscle and depth of theJohannesburg-Lewiston girls were on display Tuesday,May 1, in the 11-teamFairview Invitational Meet asthe Cardinals dominated therest of the field, scoring a whopping 183.5 points toeasily outdistance everyoneelse.The J-L boys capturedsixth place in the highly competitive meet and very nearly finished in the topthree.Determined MeridithDeLuca ran away with it inthe distance races, as usual,turning on the afterburnersin the final laps to pull away for impressive victories inthe 3200 and 1600-meterruns. Meridith also ran theanchor leg of the winning 3200 relay with teammatesNadine Peterson, Hailey  Weaver and Chloe Johnston.Peterson was runner-up toMeridith in the 3200 run withJohnston in third for a 1-2-3Cardinal finish. Nadine alsotook third in the 1600. Versatile Abby Schlicheruse fine form in the polevault to propel herself beyond the bar at 7 foot, 6inches and earn first place inthat event.The sweet feet and churn-ing legs of Shannon Kievitaccounted for the top spot inthe crowded 100-meter dashand second in the 200 dash.Shannon beat out more than30 fellow sprinters in the tworaces. The speedburner wasalso part of the third-place800 relay with Jenna Teceno,Rainey Hummel and KirstenForro.Meghan Makranyi usedher muscle and technique tosecure the runner-up spot inboth the shot put and discus.Justin Rondo had a big day for the J-L boys, capturing second in the high jump andthe 100-meter dash. Rondorocketed to a blazing time of 11.74 seconds in the 100, fin-ishing second to Onaway’sspeedster Adam Bess. Andrew Morehouse madehis mark in both distanceraces, taking second in the3200 and hitting a personal-best time below the five-minute mark in the 1600.Strong-armed senior Sean Aisthorpe powered to thirdin the shot put and DakotaFinnerty made the discus fly to a third-place distance.Finnerty also took fourth inthe shot put.JOHANNESBURG – TheInland Lakes girls claimedthird place Monday in theJohannesburg-Lewistoninvitational meet and theBulldog boys came in sixth.The Bulldog gals finished with 70 team points. Thehost Cardinals amassed 123.Senior Sandy Bischoff helped the I-Lakes cause with another strong show-ing, earning points in fourdifferent events.The versatile Bischoff pushed to third in the long  jump, reaching a distance of 14 feet, 8 inches. She alsotook sixth in the 1600 run(5:49) and was part of tworelays that placed for theBulldogs.“Blast Off” Bischoff ran theexplosive anchor leg of thefourth-place 3200 relay,teaming with Rebecca Step,Sophie Passino and HannahPassino for a time of 10:47.Bischoff also teamed withRebekah Drogowski, Emily Griffore and Becca Hunt for asixth-place finish in the 1600relay in 4:50.Zoey Comben earned run-ner-up in the shot put withher mighty heave of 29 feet,8.25 inches.Strong-striding sopho-more Emily Griffore grabbedsecond in the highly com-petitive 100-meter hurdles(17.96) fourth in the 300 hur-dles (54.47). She also ran theinitial leg of the third-place400 relay (56.24), joining forces with Allie Michie,Morgan Palmer and SarahBruniquel in addition to herpart in the 1600 relay.Michie strode to fifth inthe 300 hurdles (55.03) withDrogowski in sixth (55.35).ON THE boys’ side,Mancelona prevailed with90.5 points. The Bulldogs fin-ished in sixth with 59 points.The Bulldogs shined in therelays, capturing the 800 and1600 races and taking thirdin the 3200 and fourth in the400.Travis Jensen, DanielFlowers, Jordyn Smeltzer andspeedy Pablo Santos com-bined for the top spot in the800 relay (1:37.3) whileDuane Vizina, Jensen, ZachFlorek and Cody Bonillabusted to first in the 1600(3:45.25). Vizina, Jensen, JoshPassino and Bonilla com-bined for third in the 3200relay (8:55) and the four-some of Jacob Major,Flowers, Smeltzer andSantos took fourth in the 400(48.47).Riley Hirn was Herculeanagain for the Bulldogs in thethrowing events. “Hercules”Hirn unleashed the discus adistance of 132 feet, 11 inch-es for third place in thatevent and he propelled theshot put 41 feet, 2.25 inchesfor fourth.Pablo “Speedy” Santosmotored to third in the 100dash (11.93) and Bonillablasted to sixth in the 400dash (55.5) with Vizina (56.9)right behind in seventh.
Joburg girls dominateFairview meet
I-Lakes competes in Joburg meet
By Mike DunnGAYLORD – The activeGaylord golf team took thirdon Tuesday, May 1, in the Big North Conference Jamboreeat the West Branch Country Club. The Blue Devils alsosixth in the Petoskey Invitational [see separatestory in this issue] and sec-ond in the CheboyganInvitational held on Monday,May 7.Gaylord took third out of the seven Big North teams at West Branch, recording anice team score of 322. T.C. West, which is having a whaleof a season, won the meet with a record team score of 291 with T.C. Central (321) asrunner-up, just one strokebetter than Gaylord.Petoskey (330) was fourth fol-lowed by host Ogemaw (333),Cadillac (341) and Alpena(364).It was another strong per-formance for Gaylord senior Alex Dombrowski, who card-ed a 2-under par 70 to finish just a stroke behind West’sPayden Myers (69) for medal-ist honors in the 42-playerfield. Freshmen Cam Laug and Mike Misiak came in sec-ond and third for Gaylord,scoring 80 and 83, respec-tively, with Nick Fennell (89),Robb Trelfa (91) and LelandHuey (104) rounding out thevarsity scoring on the day.“Overall I’m very pleased with our play,said Gaylordcoach Tom Johnson. “We justneed a few more players toget more consistent. We stillhave some work to do.”The Gaylord JV competedon the same course, led by  junior Anthony Tomaski’ssolid score of 82. He was fol-lowed by Josh Costello (92),Kyle Bazzani (102), Chad Felt(105) and Kyle Bailey (114). Annaliese Puzon, who had toshoot from the same dis-tances as the boys, also com-peted for the Blue Devils andcompleted her 18-holeround.ON MONDAY, Gaylordtook second out of 10 teamsin the Cheboygan tourney.“It was a different make-upof the varsity in this tourna-ment because of the need forsome of our varsity players toattend school and that is themost important thing abouttheir high school education,”Johnson reported. “We havetwo more tournaments this week that they would missschool, so we were able to getsome other players some var-sity experience. It worked outfantasticly for the playersthat went as a few of themplayed exceptionally well.”Josh Costello had a simply super day for the Blue Devilson the Cheboygan Country Club course, carding acareer-best score of 75 to tiefor medalist honors. Costelloshot consistently well in theround, Johnson said.Freshman Cam Laug alsohad a big day, carding a per-sonal-best score of 77 tocome in fourth overall.Rounding out the scoring for Gaylord were Mike Misiak (88), Jim Robb (89) and RobbTrelfa (90), all within a strokeof each other.“Taking three freshmenand two sophomores to thistournament bodes very wellfor the future of Gaylord Highgolf,” Johnson said. “They stepped up and competed.”St. Ignace won the event with a team score of 319 fol-lowed by Gaylord (329),Cheboygan (341), InlandLakes (359), Petoskey Bsquad (367), Cadillac B squad(384), Harbor Light (390),Sault Ste. Marie (396),Newberry (414) and RogersCity (441).Colin Green of Petoskey shot 80 to come in fifth.Cheboygan had three golfersin the top 10. Brennan Wachter (80) was tied for fifth with Kasey Lofgren (81) tiedfor seventh and Andrew Purcell (82) tied for tenth with Harbor Light eighth-grader Silas Lee.Gaylord hosted its owninvitational on Tuesday, May 8, at Otsego Club’s Tributecourse. A report on that event will be in the next issue.
Blue Devils third in BNC meet
Dombrowski cards 2-under 70 to finish second at WestBranch; Gaylord claims second in Cheboygan Invitational
Gaylord senior Alex Dombrowski shot 2-under par 70 at West Branch on Tuesday, May 1.Gaylord freshman Mike Misiak carded an 83 tocome in third for the Blue Devils at West Branch.
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Gaylord freshman Cam Laug had a solid round of 80 in the Big North Jamboree hosted by OgemawHeights.
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