Prep Roundup: Traverse City West girls win 14th straight conference crown; Benzie, Kingsley wrestlers pick up individual titles at conference championships

Feb. 3—TRAVERSE CITY — What's better than one day of bowling? Well, two days of bowling, of course.

The Great Northwest High School Bowling Conference held meets on back-to-back days, making up for the snowed-out Jan. 13 meet on Friday and bowling a regularly scheduled meet Saturday.

The Traverse City West girls team checked off their first of three goals for the season as the Titans won their 14th consecutive Division 1-2 GNHSBC championship with wins over rival Traverse City Central on both days of competition.

West toppled Central with a 30-0 shutout victory and a dominating 26-4 win to secure the conference crown. The Titans' three-headed bowling monster led the way as Taylor Phillips rolled high games of 235, 200 and 181 followed by Alyssa Tanner with high games of 214, 193, 187 and 179, and Jordan LaFleur with a consistent performance that featured high games of 200, 199 and two 196s.

The Titans next eye regional gold and the state finals championship in the coming weeks.

"The girls are feeling good, but they haven't celebrated as much as they have in the past because they're so focused on regionals and getting ready to prepare for that," West head coach Aaron Phillips said.

The Titans head to Bay City on Sunday for a tournament and then Muskegon for a regional tuneup. Coach Phillips said his team feels confident and is in a good spot as the postseason approaches.

"There's no big sways. There's been a lot of great consistency in those three girls," Coach Phillips said. "And our two new girls are getting better every week, so we're definitely looking pretty strong."

Other results from girls action on the lanes included Traverse City Christian picking up wins over Mancelona (29-1) and Bellaire (30-0) as well as Mancelona rebounding with a 27-3 victory over Cadillac. The Sabres had high-game performances from Rebekah Burch with a 198, Gwen Oliver with a 185, and Naomi Elenbaas with a 184 and 178.

On the boys side, TC West and TC Central will square off next week to decide the conference championship, which will be Saturday at Lucky Jack's for the final regular-season meet. The conference tournament is set for Feb. 16-17 with regionals to follow Feb. 22-24.

Central's Carter Banton fired a 258 and 246 on Saturday for a 504 series, qualifying him for honors from Michigan High School Interscholastic Bowling Coaches Association.

Boys team results from the two days included TC Central 28, Glen Lake 2; TC Christian 17, Benzie Central 13; Glen Lake JV 26, TC Central JV 4; Elk Rapids Black JV 24.5, TC Christian White JV 5.5; TC West 30, Frankfort 0; Frankfort 27, Mancelona 3; TC Christian 26.5, Elk Rapids 3.5; Cadillac 18, Glen Lake 12; Elk Rapids Black JV 23, Elk Rapids White JV 7; Glen Lake JV 16, Cadillac JV 14; TC Christian White JV 27, TC Central JV 3; Benzie Central 29, Frankfort 1; TC Central 23, Bellaire 7; Elk Rapids 29, Mancelona 1; TC West 19.5, TC Christian 10.5; Elk Rapids White JV 27, Cadillac JV 3.

High games for the boys went to Donte Reeves (TCW) 259, 227, 220, 215; Carter Banton (TCC) 258, 246, 234, 216; Tristen Lhamon (TCX) 255, 228, 204, 181; JJ Hintsala (TCC) 234, 189; Ethan Ehlert (TCX)227, 180; Makai Wyatt (ER) 225; Cooper Phillips (TCW) 219, 202, 203, 194; Jeremiah Wilkinson (BC) 218; Cam Baker (TCW) 211, 202, 191, 186; Jacob Furtah (TCX) 209, 183; Tyler Brooks (BC) 208, 190; Keaton Hickey (BC) 206; Tanner Crick (GL) 204, 189; Noah Frank (TCC) 199; Jonathan Gardner(CAD) 193, 181; Sean Humphrey (TCC) 192; Josh Millward (TCX) 191, 190, 183, 183; Isaac Halloway (GL) 190, 187; Luke Rasmussen (TCX) 186; Cohen Reinhardt (ER) 181; Cole Doucette (TCW) 181; Logan Hewitt (BC) 181.


Stags, Huskies compete at conference championships

EVART — The Benzie Central varsity wrestling took second place at the Mid-Michigan Conference championship meet Saturday, while the Kingsley Stags brought home several individual titles and third place.

Taking home individual championships for the runner-up Huskies were Dane Gillison at 113 pounds and Benjamin DeRidder at 120 pounds. Second-place finishers included Jacob Gillison (138), Dalton Geetings (150), Conner Wenkel (157), Lane Sanchez (215) and Ryan Kincaid (285).

Third-place honors went to Cage Edingfield (106), Joe Morse (138), Owen Cruden (144), Tyrone Brouillet (165) and Keenan Ryan (175). Irvin Meachum took fourth place at 144 pounds.

For Kingsley, Jonathan Pearson (132), the returning Gavyn Merchant (138), Tyler Unterbrink (157), Isaiah Cosgrove (165), Caleb Bott (175) and Max Goethals (190) all brought home championship gold with first-place finishes.

Cameron Fryer was second at 144 pounds. Colton Goethals took third at 150 pounds, and fourth-place honors went to Alex Drury (120), Nolan Hodges (132) and Levi Johnson (157).

The Stags' girls team competed at the Chemic Clash Invitational where Emily Bott took first place in the 145-pound bracket. Lily Mullin (125) and Adalene Chambers (170) both finished in fifth place, and Macy Pierce went 2-2 in the 130-pound bracket.

The Traverse City West girls also competed at the Chemic Invite as Addison Geetings took third, Abbey Dahl took fourth, and Annika Yuncker placed sixth.


TC West 6

Grand Haven 1

Traverse City West: Lincoln Seyferth 2 goals, 1 assist; Brandon Meyers 1 goal, 2 assists; Jonah Starr 1 goal, 1 assist; Kallen Ray 1 goal, 2 assists; Robert Councillor 1 goal; Alonso Ovaitt 15 saves.

UP NEXT: The Titans (10-10, 4-2 Big North) travel to Big Rapids on Wednesday.

Country Day 6

TC Central 2

Traverse City Central: Arthur McManus 1 goal; Zander Lorincz 1 goal; Ben Burley 2 assists; Graham Peters 1 assist; Davison 1 assist; Kiel Knapp 41 saves.

UP NEXT: The Trojans (9-13, 6-1 Big North) host Gaylord on Friday.

Brighton 6

Bay Reps 1

Bay Reps: Thomas Boynton-Fisher 1 goal; Larson Millar 1 assist.

UP NEXT: The Reps (13-6-2) host Fenton on Friday.

Gaylord 9

New Boston 5

UP NEXT: The Blue Devils (5-14, 0-7 Big North) travel to Petoskey on Wednesday.

Cheboygan 9

Lakeshore 0

UP NEXT: The Badgers (0-14) host Genesee on Friday.


Ramblers move to 6-1 in conference play

PETOSKEY — The Boyne City varsity boys bowling team is now 6-1 in the conference after action at the Petoskey Invite at Northern Lights Recreation on Saturday.

The Ramblers beat the host Northmen, 27-3, and then bested Rogers City by a 17-13 final.

High scores went to Tim Payton (145, 165), Tim Aemmer (161, 170, 178), Zach Piechan (237, 184, 195, 179), Johnathan Shepherd (160, 208, 192, 196) and Eric Mansfield (141, 178, 219, 208).

The Ramblers next play when they host Cheboygan and Grayling on Saturday.


Kingsley 45

TC St. Francis 42

Traverse City St. Francis: Sidney Peters 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Adrianna Spranger 8 points, 3 steals; Harper Nausadis 7 points; Sophie Hardy 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals; Kate Jensen 5 points, 5 rebounds; Maya Padisak 4 points, 6 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Stags (11-5, 7-2 Northwest) travel to Glen Lake on Wednesday. The Gladiators (2-13, 2-7 Lake Michigan) host Boyne City on Tuesday.

Mt. Pleasant 54

Petoskey 29

UP NEXT: Petoskey (8-9, 2-5 Big North) host Cadillac on Friday.

Kingsley JV24

St. Francis JV 21

Traverse City St Francis (10-5)l: Stella Houdek 5 points; Alessandra Cisneros 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Vivian Bramer 4 points, 5 rebounds, steals.