Prep Roundup (6-3-13)
HUDSONVILLE-Alcona’s Megan Quick earned all-state honors in two events at the Division 4 track and field state finals in Hudsonville on Saturday.
Quick finished runner-up to Traverse City St. Francis’ Lauren Buckel in the 400 dash, finishing in 1:00.40. Buckel finished in 59.54 seconds. Quick also placed in the 800 run, finishing fourth in 2:26.10.
The Alpena High girls track team had seven athletes competing at the Division 1 state finals in East Kentwood, but did not have anyone place.
Kelsey Lewis ran a career-best in the 800 run, finishing in 2:20.94. Christina Kollien ran in the 100 hurdles (15.66) and 300 hurdles (47.95); Emily Ferguson threw a distance of 107-5 in the discus; Elaine Lowe finished the 3200 run in 12:03.91; Emily Duncan ran the 400 dash in 1:01.56; Sarah Swider did not clear the opening height of 5 feet in the high jump and the 3200 relay team of Duncan, Lowe, Lewis and Amanda Dort finished in 10:06.82.
“I am very proud of the accomplishments of these seniors this year. We have some outstanding athletes, most of which will be moving on to compete at the collegiate level,” Alpena girls coach Collin Riffert said. “I wish them all good luck, they will be missed greatly. A high standard has been set the past two years and it’s up to our underclassmen to step up.”
In the boys D4 finals, Fairview’s David Haskin finished seventh in the 1600 run in 4:40.94. Mio’s Bryce DeGrammont took sixth in the 800 run, finishing in 2:01.44. Alcona’s 400 relay team set a new school record, but didn’t place.
Onaway wins first
district since 2000
ROGERS CITY-The Onaway baseball team captured its first district title since 2000 with a 15-3 win over Inland Lakes in a Division 4 district championship game on Saturday at Rogers City.
Andrew Prow threw a complete game for the Cardinals (19-6) and earned his eighth win of the season, allowing six hits and setting a school record with 14 strikeouts.
The win moves the Cardinals to a regional semifinal game against Atlanta on Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie.
Prow also reached base in four of his five at-bats, stole four bases and scored twice.
Chris Cleaver was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a stolen base. Matt Tollini was 2-for-4 with an RBI, three stolen bases and three runs scored.
The Cardinals reached the finals with a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Rogers City in the semifinals.
Onaway trailed 6-2 in its final turn at bat and an RBI single from Tommy Auger scored Andrew Perry before Onaway came down to its last out.
With it’s season on the line, Onaway came up big. A fielder’s choice from Prow scored Auger and Prow later came around to score on a passed ball to the outfield. Chae Whitsitt singled in Justin Gedda to tie the game and then scored the winning run when Cody Whitsitt laid down a perfect bunt.
Tollini started the game and pitched five innings, allowing two hits. Prow pitched the final two innings and earned the win.
Chae Whitsitt was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a stolen base and Auger was 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases.
Rogers City finished the year at 12-19 and led 6-1 before Onaway’s rally.
Evan Lamb was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs; Quintin Kelly and Colton Fessler each went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Noah Lafferty was 1-for-3.
Alcona wins second straight district
LINCOLN-The Alcona baseball team won its second straight Division 4 district title on Saturday, beating Arenac Eastern 10-2 on its home field.
Trenton LaVergne earned the win in the title game for the Tigers (25-10), allowing four hits and four walks with eight strikeouts.
Jared Steiner was 3-for-4 at the plate for Alcona with a triple. Cody Franklin was 2-for-3 and Nathan Fettes and Joe Hudgins each went 2-for-4.
“It was really neat for the kids. They worked hard and did some good things,” Alcona coach Terry Franklin said.
Cody Franklin nearly threw a perfect game for Alcona in its 7-0 district semifinal win over Mio. Franklin was perfect headed into the seventh inning, but walked one batter before the end of the game.
LaVergne had two hits including a double and Austin Cole also had two hits. Hudgins, Carson Jamieson and Chad Cole each had one hit.
Alcona advances to a regional semifinal on Saturday at Bay City All Saints and will play Merrill.
Rogers City wins second consecutive district
ROGERS CITY- The Rogers City softball team won a second straight Division 4 district title on its home field on Saturday, beating Inland Lakes 10-0 in five innings.
Alexa Quaine earned the win for the Hurons (28-6), allowing one hit and striking out five.
The win moves Rogers City to a regional semifinal in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday where the Hurons will face Posen.
At the plate, Morgan Hall had two hits including a home run, Sarah Meredith had two hits and Courtney Streich, Logan Fleming, Nikkie LaLonde and Jess Butera each had a hit.
“I’m proud of the girls. We really kept the belief that we could do it,” Rogers City coach Karl Grambau said. “That’s Huron softball: keep battling and win the battle.”
Rogers City topped Onaway 6-5 in eight innings in the semifinals to beat the Cardinals for the fourth time this season.
Nikki Radke pitched the first five innings for the Hurons, allowing five runs (one earned) on four hits with three strikeouts. Brooklyn Idalski pitched the final three innings to earn the win and allowed two hits and struck out two.
Cassie Brege’s base hit to left field scored Quaine in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Hurons the win. In the seventh inning, Onaway loaded the bases with two outs, but failed to score.
Rogers City took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Hall singled in Quaine. Onaway score three runs in the top of the fourth inning, getting some help from a pair of errors, a passed ball and a wild pitch.
Rogers City cut the lead to one in the bottom of the inning after Rebecca Meredith scored on a wild pitch.
The Hurons took the lead in the fifth inning after a two-run single from Streitch. Onaway took the lead back in the sixth inning, getting a pair of runs for a 5-4 lead.
Rogers City knotted the game at five in the bottom of the inning after Fleming’s sacrifice scored Hall.
Emily Estep pitched for Onaway (17-7), allowing six runs on nine hits with five strikeouts.
Quaine, Hall and Brege each had two hits for the Hurons.
Mio wins district title
LINCOLN- The Mio softball team captured a Division 4 district title on Saturday, topping Arenac Eastern 6-0 in the final at Alcona High School.
In their semifinal game, the Thunderbolts defeated Alcona 9-0.
Kendra Cole pitched for Alcona and allowed six earned runs on eight hits with nine walks and seven strikeouts.
Hannah Mikazes was 1-for-2 with a single for Alcona and Ally Higgins was 1-for-3 with a single.
Mio advances to a regional semifinal on Saturday at Bay City All Saints and will play Merrill.