Dow High shut out host Traverse City Central 3-0 in nonconference boys’ soccer on Friday to improve to 17-1-0.
Jonah Dahn got the Chargers on the board in the early going with a one-timer from the top of the box.
“Jonah’s play right now is exceptional. On both sides of the ball, he has to be one of our most complete players right now,” said Dow coach Drew Emrich.
Lance Coleman made it 2-0 later in the first half on a breakaway goal from 25 yards out, and Alex Futter capped the scoring off of an assist from Tyler Sanchez.
“We challenged the boys to fine-tune their play and make some necessary adjustments going into the second half. Kudos to the boys; they responded great,” said Emrich. “I couldn’t be happier with our play tonight. It’s a challenge to travel that far for a game and to get up for it mentally.
“On top of that, TC Central’s goalie played tremendous. That score line had the potential to be big,” Emrich added. “I’m just glad we had the lead when he decided to start saving everything we shot at him. Friday’s trip is everything we needed going into the last week of the regular season and districts.”
The Chargers (10-0-0 in the Saginaw Valley League) would clinch an outright league title with a home win over Flint Powers on Monday.
Dow will then host Bay City Central in a district quarterfinal on Wednesday.
CHEMICS FINISH REGULAR SEASON AT 10-1-0 IN VALLEY
Midland High shut out Bay City Western 3-0 on Saturday to finish at 10-1-0 in the Saginaw Valley League boys’ soccer standings. The Chemics would share the Valley championship with Dow High if the Chargers lose to Flint Powers on Monday.
Josh Thurlow, Cole Carpenter, and Bobby VanValkenburg each scored on Saturday, while Carpenter also had an assist.
The Chemics will win their final regular-season game via forfeit over Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, giving MHS a 16-2-2 overall record heading into the postseason.
Midland will face Traverse City West in a district quarterfinal on Wednesday.
DOW SWIMMERS, MIDLAND’S RENTSCH COMPETE AT MISCA
Members of Dow High’s girls’ swimming and diving team competed at the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association meet, which features the top competitors in the state, at Calvin University on Friday and Saturday.
Following are the Chargers’ finishers in each event:
200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY — 11. Dow (Chloe Stafford, Lauren Burgard, Emmy Sower, Meya Luft) 1:52.74
200 FREESTYLE — 2. Ella Roberson 1:53.99; 26. Emily Thackery 2:01.75; 47. Katherine Gray 2:06.20
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 25. Stafford 2:18.60; 38. Eryn Murphy 2:21.76; 50. Alea Casipit 2:28.27
50 FREESTYLE — 47. Luft 26.05
1-METER DIVING — 8. Emily Krzciok 335.75; 29. Lauren Haines 278.50
100 BUTTERFLY — 6. Sower 59.44; 37. Casipit 1:02.71
100 FREESTYLE — 6. Roberson 53.17; 28. Thackery 55.66; 49. Luft 57.19
200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 35. Dow (Burgard, Casipit, Murphy, Gray) 1:47.19
100 BACKSTROKE — 15. Stafford 1:01.19; 21. Sower 1:02.02
100 BREASTSTROKE — 34. Burgard 1:11.57; 40. Murphy 1:12.03
400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 7. Dow (Stafford, Sower, Thackery, Roberson) 3:42.24
Also, Midland High’s Alyssa Rentsch finished 46th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:06.09.
Thackery qualified for the state final in the 100 freestyle with her time of 55.66.
Dow will face Mount Pleasant in a dual meet on Thursday at Alma College.
CHEMICS REACH TOURNEY QUARTERFINAL IN VOLLEYBALL
Midland High’s volleyball team went 3-0 in pool play before falling in the Gold Division quarterfinals to Haslett at the St. Johns tournament on Saturday.
Scores for the Chemics’ four matches were not made available.
Emily Genau led Midland with 27 kills, 25 digs, and eight blocks on the day, while Savanna Willis had 14 kills, 26 digs, and six aces, Morgan Stewart had 13 kills and six blocks, and Olivia McMath finished with 55 assists, 25 digs, and 10 blocks.
Aly Hebert had eight kills and five aces for the Chemics, while Sydney Miller added 28 digs.
MHS hosts Flint Carman-Ainsworth on Tuesday.