Prep Roundup (2-25-2014)

GAYLORD-The Alpena High School hockey team’s season came to an end on Tuesday after a 6-1 loss to Cadillac during a Division 3 pre-regional game in Gaylord.

Spence Graham scored twice for the Vikings, who will play Gaylord on Thursday for a chance to play in the regional final.

Cole Cosbitt netted Alpena’s only goal and the Wildcats (14-12-1) were tied with Cadillac 1-1 at the end of the first period. But Cadillac took off from there and controlled play the rest of the way.

“We played the first period pretty good, it was 1-1, but we came out flat in the second and third periods,” Alpena coach Pete Doubek said.

Cadillac outshot Alpena 30-18 and scored six times on Alpena netminder Jesse Boilore. Jay Dutcher came on in relief and played the last six and a half minutes and held Cadillac scoreless.

The Wildcats had several high points during the season, but struggled at other times. Alpena opened the season by winning the Huron Shores Tournament and went on to beat Traverse City West twice among its victories. But there will also some frustrating moments including a six-game winless stretch early in the year.

“It was a rollercoaster. We played some incredible games, but sometimes you never knew which team was going to show up,” Doubek said. “But we’ve got to focus on the positives. We beat West twice, beat the Reps, and played good in Canada.”

Alpena will graduate 10 seniors, but has a good deal of talent coming back next year including co-captain Zack Kendziorski, two-way players Chris Modrzynski and Joey Bracken and defensemen Jensen Saddler and Nick Baranyai.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Onaway 83,

Rogers City 59

ONAWAY-Joe O’Bradovich’s big night propelled the Onaway boys basketball team to an 83-59 win over Rogers City on Tuesday.

O’Bradovich scored 48 points to break Onaway’s single-game record and also passed 1,000 career points.

He passed 1,000 points with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first half and set the new single-game record with a dunk in the second half.

Onaway led 23-18 after one quarter, 36-28 at halftime and 57-43 after three quarters.

“We have a big game on Thursday, so we tried a lot of different things tonight and got a lot of kids some playing time,” Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said.

Carlos Bautista added 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Cardinals (15-4). Joe Sigsby had six points and Chris Cleaver had four points and six steals.

Onaway will end the regular season on Thursday at home against Bellaire in a high-octane Ski Valley Conference matchup. The Eagles wrapped up the conference title on Tuesday and have already beaten Onaway once this season.

“They like to switch things up quite a bit,” Szymoniak said. “Last time they played us they hurt us in the paint.”

Hillman 65, Alcona 53

LINCOLN-Four players scored in double figures and the Hillman boys basketball team won its school-record 13th game in a row on Tuesday, beating Alcona 65-53.

Mason VanPamel led Hillman’s charge with a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists. Dylan Ross had 13 points, Ty Jones had 13 points and six steals and Gunnar Libby had 10 points.

Alcona (10-9) led 18-16 after one quarter, but Hillman controlled the game after that. Hillman (17-1) led 34-28 at halftime and 50-41 after three quarters.

“We wore them down a little bit and we had a big second quarter and third quarter,” Hillman coach Eric Muszynski said.

Trenton LaVergne led Alcona with 27 points and Carson Jamieson added 10 and Dawson Forsythe had seven.

Hillman will host Posen on Thursday.

“The boys played well tonight, however came up short. We now shift our focus to the postseason and be ready to play our best basketball,” Alcona coach Jason Somers said.

Alcona lost to Standish 63-40 on Monday. LaVergne led Alcona with 18 points and Jason Steiner added nine.

Mio 67, Hale 19

MIO-Seth Thomey scored 16 points and four Mio players scored in double figures as the Thunderbolts defeated Hale 67-19 on Tuesday.

Mio (16-2) jumped out to a 22-7 lead after one quarter and didn’t allow the Eagles to score more than seven points in any quarter. The Thunderbolts led 39-11 at halftime and 57-13 after three quarters.

Bryce DeGrammont added 13 points for Mio and Ben Lubitz and Aaron Georgieff each scored 10.

Cody Brewington led Hale with 13 points.

Mio hosts Atlanta in its regular season finale on Friday.

Joburg 65, Atlanta 41

ATLANTA-The Atlanta boys basketball team fell behind 17-6 after one quarter against Johannesburg-Lewiston and couldn’t catch up, falling 65-41 at home on Tuesday.

Logan Huff led the Cardinals with 19 points and Brandon Huff added 15 points.

The Cardinals led 35-16 at halftime and 43-30 after three quarters.

Jacob Dobbyn led Atlanta with 17 points and Jay Webster added 14 points.

Fairview 57, Burt Lake NMC 11

FAIRVIEW-Austin Handrich scored 20 points and Hudson Szubelak added 10 as the Fairview boys basketball team defeated Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian on Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Posen 63, Hillman 45

WOLVERINE-For three quarters, the Hillman girls basketball team gave Posen all it could handle during a Class D district quarterfinal on Monday.

But in the end the Vikings wore the Tigers down.

Korynn Hincka and Jenna Hincka scored 20 points each and the Vikings defeated Hillman 63-45 to advance to today’s district final at 7:30 p.m. against Rogers CIty.

Hillman (8-10) came out firing in the first half and took a 30-27 lead at halftime despite running into some foul trouble.

“I thought in the first half we probably executed as well as we have all year long,” Hillman coach John Kuzewski said. “We moved the ball well and knocked down open shots.”

Jensen Tchorzynski paced Hillman with 18 points.

Posen (21-0) had already beaten Hillman twice in the regular season, but with their season on the line, Hillman held nothing back.

“It’s the tournament and you try telling the girls anything can happen,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said. “Hillman came in and played real physical against us.”

In the end however, Posen pulled away from Hillman, outscoring the Tigers 20-6 in the third quarter to take a 47-36 lead.

Korynn missed out five minutes of the first half with a slight injury, but returned and ended the game with a double-double after pulling down 13 rebounds. While she is usually Posen’s scoring leader, Jenna had a solid game as well and was a force for Posen on both ends of the floor.

“We told the girls this happens all the time in the playoffs, you never know how’s going to be the heroine,” Momrik said. “Jenna played a terrific game.”

Kayla Lenard added eight points for the Vikings.