Prep Roundup: Benzie Central moves on to states; TC Central hockey claims BNC

Feb. 14—ROSCOMMON — Wednesday was a great night to be a wrestler on the Benzie Central varsity wrestling team.

"Today is a good day to be a Husky," Benzie Central wrestling coach Josh Lovendusky said.

The Huskies continued their dominating season in Roscommon for the Division 4 team regionals by sweeping Mancelona 81-0 in the semifinals and took down Roscommon 67-12 in the regional finals to move onto the D4 state rounds for the second year in a row.

"Everyone is jacked up and pumped with a celebration at the end," Lovendusky said. "It was nice to have all the kids sing the fight song together and have everyone together."

The seniors guided the dog pack to a return to D4 state rounds — even if some wrote them off. The Huskies embraced being the underdog this season, planning matches against some of the best teams in the state to prepare for who they could face in the postseason.

Their challenging schedule primed the team for the postseason, with Lovendusky going as far as to say their backup team could've won regionals Wednesday.

"I say that knowing that every kid in that room works their tail off, and I know how competitive all the kids are," Lovendusky said. "I truly believe that if all the seniors weren't in the lineup today, we still could've won regionals."

Dane Gillison (113 pounds), Benjamin DeRidder (120), Cambrie Lawrence (126), Nathan Higgins (132), Jacob Gillison (138), Joseph Morse (144), Owen Cruden (150), Dalton Geetings (157), Tyrone Brouillet (165), Conner Wenkel (175), Danny Wallington (190), Lane Sanchez (215) and Ryan Kincaid (285) all collected two wins. Cage Edingfield (106) finished the night 1 — 1.

Before the Huskies compete in the D4 state quarterfinals on Feb 23, 14 wrestlers are competing in individual regionals Saturday at Charlevoix.


TC West losses in D1 regional semifinals

Team results: Midland def. Traverse City West.

Gaylord falls in D2 regional finals

Team results: Gaylord def. Escanaba 55-20; Freeland def. Cadillac 64-6; Freeland def. Gaylord 47-22.


Grayling 54

TC St. Francis 51

Grayling: Ethan Kucharek 16 points; Fletcher Quinlan 12 points; Tristan Demlow 14 points; Maddox Mead 7 points.

UP NEXT: The Vikings (8-11, 4-9 Lake Michigan) host Kalkaska on Thursday. The Gladiators (9-10, 8-5 Lake Michigan) travel to Harbor Springs on Friday.


Glen Lake 75

Buckley 53

Glen Lake: Jessie Pugh career-high 31 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals; Eleanor Valkner 16 points, 11 rebounds; Lydia Fosmore 11 points, 7 rebounds; Ava Raymond 9 points, 10 assists; Hailey Anderson 6 points.

Buckley: Maddie Chilsen 18 points; Makayla Kulawiak 16 points.

UP NEXT: The Lakers (14-5, 12-1 Northwest) travel to Onekama on Feb 23. The Bears (6-12, 2-10 Northwest) host Onekama on Friday.

Frankfort 67

Suttons Bay 26

Frankfort: Kylee Harris 21 points, 4 steals; Evelyn VanTol 16 points, 12 rebounds; Savina Anhalt 14 points, 8 assists, 11 rebounds, 4 steals

Suttons Bay: Lauren Lint 15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals; Brooke Wilson 4 points, 2 rebounds; Keeley TwoCrow 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block; Anna Porter 2 points, 5 rebounds; Keianna Williams 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals.

UP NEXT: The Panthers (12-5, 6-5 Northwest) host Leland on Friday. The Norse (1-17, 0-13 Northwest) welcomes Cadillac Heritage Christian on Feb 23.

Benzie Central 47

Leland 22

Benzie Central: Kara Johnson 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Grace Heiges 8 points, 7 rebounds; Marie Reidlinger 6 points; Flora Zickert 5 points.

UP NEXT: The Huskies (9-7, 7-5 Northwest) travel to Kingsley on Friday. The Comets (9-8, 4-7 Northwest) travel to Frankfort on Friday.

Kingsley 62

Onekama 32

Kingsley: Chrissy Whims 14 points.

Onekama: Ava Mauntler 8 points; Callie Sinke 8 points.

UP NEXT: The Stags (14-5, 10-2 Northwest) host Benzie Central on Friday. The Portagers (10-6, 7-5 Northwest) travel to Buckley on Friday.

Central Lake 42

Forest Area 39

Central Lake: Joelyssa Hayden 26 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Maleeya Hibbard 8 points, 3 steals.

Forest Area: Desjanea Perkins 25 points; Jersey Patton 7 points.

UP NEXT: The Trojans (3-13, 3-9 Ski Valley) host Johannesburg-Lewiston on Friday. The Warriors (0-15, 0-11 Ski Valley) travel to Bellaire on Friday.

Inland Lakes 42

Mancelona 31

Inland Lakes: Brooklyn LaBrecque 16 points; Chole Robinson 12 points; Marissa Kelly 5 points; Addison Byme 4 points.

Mancelona: Ella Schram 12 points; Emily Anger 9 points.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs (10-5, 10-2 Ski Valley) travel to Onaway on Friday. Mancelona (10-8, 7-5 Ski Valley) travels to Pellston on Friday.

Bellaire 42

Pellston 8

Bellaire: Addyson Patton 7 points, 6 rebounds; Gem Massey 6 points, 6 rebounds; Abi Yuhaus 6 points

UP NEXT: The Eagles (9-8, 6-6 Ski Valley) host Forest Area on Friday.

Gaylord SM 53

Onaway 42

UP NEXT: The Snowbirds (12-6, 11-2 Ski Valley) host Central Lake on Wednesday.

Lake City 62

McBain NMC 36

Lake City: Mackenzie Bisballe 33 points, 8 rebounds; Alie Bisballe 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks; Payton Hogan 11 points, 4 steals, 4 blocks.

UP NEXT: The Trojans (16-2, 13-1) travel to Manton on Friday. The Comets (2-15, 2-12 Highland) travel to LeRoy Pine River on Friday.

Manton 53

Roscommon 32

Manton: Genna Alexander 16 points; Aubrey Hiller 14 points, 5 steals, 3 steals.

UP NEXT: The Rangers (16-3, 13-1 Highland) host Lake City on Friday.

Brethren 62

Marion 21

Brethren: Grace Kidd 10 points, 2 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 assists; Olivia Sexton 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 assists; Paige Gutowski 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Toni Pate 3 rebounds, 1 assist; Alice Amstutz 13 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists; Maddy Biller 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals; Elly Sexton 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, 4 assists; Stella Estes 12 points, 7 rebound, 4 blocks, 2 steals, 1 assist.

UP NEXT: The Bobcats (14-4, 12-0 West Michigan D) travel to Mason County Central on Tuesday.

Bear Lake 43

GT Academy JV 12

UP NEXT: The Lakers (4-10, 2-7 West Michigan D) host Big Rapids Crossroads Academy on Wednesday.


TC Central beats Petoskey 3-2, claims first BNC title in 2 years

Traverse City Central: Cole Herzberg goal, assist; Drew Zrimec goal; Laiken Batcha goal; Graham Peters assist; Collin Benedict assist; Zander Lorincz assist; Kiel Knapp stopped 16/18 shots.

UP NEXT: The Trojans (11-13, 8-1 Big North) travel to Traverse City West on Friday. Petoskey (13-9, 4-7 Big North) travels to Tawas on Friday.

Gaylord 3

TC West 2

Traverse City West: Brandon Meyers goal; Landon Totten goal.

UP NEXT: The Blue Devils (6-19, 1-9 Big North) host Negaunee on Friday. The Titans (10-12, 5-3 Big North) host Traverse City Central on Friday.