Prep Roundup (2-5-2014)
MIDLAND-The Alpena wrestling team made school history on Wednesday.
The Wildcats won the program’s first-ever team district title, defeating Midland Dow 43-36. Daron Mathia (130) clinched the win for Alpena with a 14-0 major decision over his opponent.
The win advances Alpena to regionals next Wednesday in Davison.
“It’s been a long time coming. We’ve had some good teams and come close,” Alpena coach Jake Stenz said. “As many bumps as they’ve taken this year, they’ve come together and wrestled well at the end of the year.”
Dakota Patterson (160), Tom Szatkowski (189) and Felix Suszek (215) all earned pins for Alpena
Danielle Weekes (112), Jason Frank (125) and Austin Hawks (285) all won by void and RJ Centala (145) won by decision.
“Our guys are pretty pumped up. They’re pretty excited to have that trophy,” Stenz said.
Alpena will host a Division 1 individual district on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. The district will bring in teams from Bay City Central, Davison, Flint Carman-Ainsworth, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Midland, Midland Dow, Port Huron, Port Huron Northern, Saginaw, Saginaw Heritage and Swartz Creek.
Alpena 62, Tawas 41
TAWAS-The Alpena boys basketball team earned its 10th straight win on Wednesday, defeating Tawas 62-41.
Tyler Pintar scored 23 points for Alpena (10-1) and Andy Marwede added 15.
Alpena hasn’t lost since its season opener against Traverse City Central and established control early against the Braves, leading 18-8 after one quarter.
“We started off quick. We got a little sluggish and they did a nice job fighting back,” Alpena coach John Pintar said. “We were able to maintain enough and I give our kids credit after an emotional win (on Tuesday).”
Alpena led 35-22 at halftime and 48-37 after three quarters. The Wildcats put some distance between themselves and the Braves in the fourth quarter, outscoring Tawas 14-4.
Jacob Morgan and Noah VanderVeen each had 11 points for Tawas.
Alpena hosts Gaylord on Friday and is aiming to continue its winning streak.
“We’re getting everybody back,” Pintar said. “As we’ve gone on, this group of guys knows how to play together and they play with confidence.
Alpena’s JV team won 48-43. Caleb Myers led the Wildcats with 15 points.
Alpena’s freshman team lost 55-51. Camren DeCaire led Alpena with 11 points and Bailey Marquardt added 10.
Central Lake 61
ONAWAY-The Onaway boys basketball team earned its second win over Central Lake in three days, beating the Trojans 73-61 on Wednesday.
Onaway (11-2) defeated Central Lake 72-53 on the road on Monday.
Onaway trailed 20-16 after one quarter, but fought back in the second quarter and led 27-24 at halftime.
The Cardinals worked the ball inside to Joe O’Bradovich and Carlos Bautista in the fourth quarter and the duo responded by scoring all but four of Onaway’s 23 points in the fourth quarter.
“We got them pretty good on Monday, but I think we came out a little slow, a little flat tonight,” Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said. “Defensively we really struggled, but we got it to our two big guys and let them score in the paint.”
O’Bradovich led Onaway with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Bautista added 24 points and 10 rebounds. Joe Sigsby had nine points and five assists and Andrew Prow added nine points, all on three-pointers.
Onaway led 50-44 after three quarters and outscored the Trojans 23-17 in the final quarter.
Connor Zook led Central Lake with 16 points.
WHITTEMORE-Jensen Tchorzynski scored 28 points and the Hillman girls basketball team defeated Whittemore-Prescott 63-14 on Wednesday.
Kalen Tchorzynski added 12 points for Hillman (6-7) as the Tigers took an 18-3 lead after one quarter and a 38-6 at halftime.
Hillman plays at Rogers City on Saturday.