Prep Roundup (3-1-2014)

WOLVERINE-The Posen girls basketball team won its fifth consecutive district title on Friday, topping Onaway 62-36 in a district final in Wolverine.

The win advances Posen to a regional semifinal on Tuesday in Pellston.

Further details from this game will be available in Monday’s edition of The Alpena News.

Traverse City West 38, Alpena 27

TRAVERSE CITY-The Alpena girls basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start and had its season come to an end with a 38-27 loss to Traverse City West in a Class A district final on Friday.

West jumped out to a 19-5 lead after one quarter and stayed ahead the rest of the way. The Titans led 26-13 at halftime.

“We never really got close. We got it 10 a few times, but couldn’t battle back,” Alpena coach Dan Arsenault said. “It was a great effort, but we didn’t have a great night shooting.”

Jenna Talbot led Alpena (7-15) with nine points and Emma Strong added six.


Five local grapplers clinch all-state honors

AUBURN HILLS- Several local wrestlers are one step closer to becoming state champions or earning all-state honors.

Five area wrestlers progressed through the brackets to reach the championship finals during the second day of the state individual finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

All five are guarenteed an all-state finish for being among the top eight finishers in their weight class.

Onaway’s Joe Traynham (112) will wrestle Hudson’s Roddy Hamdan for the state title today. Traynham beat Hudson’s Tyler Roberts in a 10-7 decision in the semifinals. He also pinned Addison’s Marcus Richardson in 19 seconds in the quarterfinals.

His teammate Issac Nave (119) fell in the semifinals to Dansville’s Dresden Simon by pin in 1:21. Earlier Nave had pinned Bangor’s Ishmael Hodge in 53 seconds in the quarterfinals.

Rogers City’s Andrew Selke lost to top-ranked Kevin Koenig from Laingsburg 3-1 by sudden victory in the semifinals. Earlier Selke had beaten Hudson’s Jacob Morgan the same way in the semifinals.

His teammate Jacob Sobeck (140) lost his quarterfinal match 12-5 against Hudson’s Cole Weaver, but kept his hopes for third place alive by pinning Adrian-Madison’s Isiah Espinoza in 4:08 during the second consolation round. He will wrestle Norway’s Cole Gonzalez today for a spot in the consolation semifinals.

Mio’s Patrick Stephens (103) lost in the semifinals to Gowens in an 8-0 major decision. Earlier in the day he pinned Adrian-Madison’s Frankie Najera in 3:38 in the quarterfinals.

Alpena’s RJ Centala won a 6-5 decision over Walled Lake Western’s Anthony Cudler during the first consolation round. His time at the state finals ended in the next round however as he lost in a 7-5 decision to Grandville’s Kameron Bush.

Mio’s Colton McGregor (215) lost his quarterfinal match against Watervliet’s Westen DeHaven in a 12-3 major decision. He lost his next match in the consolation round against Springport’s Adam Lammers by pin in 4:08.

McGregor’s teammate Scott Blamer (152) lost his first round consolation match by pin in 2:07 against Springport’s Andrew Grady.

Onaway’s Casey Watson (189) lost in a 12-7 decision Schoolcraft’s Cody Mikel in the quarterfinal and lost in the second consolation round to Hudson’s Carl Morgan in a 4-0 decision.


RC girls finish


BATTLE CREEK The Rogers City girls bowling team fell just short of a state championship.

The Hurons edged Sandusky 1,096-1,059 in the Divison 4 semfinals in Battle Creek on Friday, but fell to Vandercook Lake 1,273-1,031 in the finals.

Rogers City finished third in the qualifying block with a score of 2,906 and defeated Bad Axe in the quarterfinals 1,096-992.

Rebecca Bannasch, Nicole Bannasch, Alana Wirgau and Jess Butera will compete in the individual state finals this weekend.

The Rogers City boys bowling team fell to Riverview Gabriel Richard in the quarterfinals 1,210-1,150. The Hurons finished fourth in the qualifying block with a score of 3,137.

Alpena’s Brady Marwede and Will Rings, Alcona’s Leigh Gibson and Rogers City’s Corey Grulke, Alex Darga and Bailey Budnik will compete in the individual finals.