Prep Roundup: Dow hockey battles No. 2 Richard, Meridian boys romp

view original post

Dow High rallied to earn a 2-2 tie with visiting Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, the second-ranked team in Division 3, in nonleague hockey on Wednesday.

After Richard scored once in the first period and again in the second to take a 2-0 lead, the Chargers tallied twice in the final three minutes of the second to tie it.

Dow’s first goal came from Ryan Pomranky on a power play off of assists from Billy VanSumeren and Jack Wolohan at 14:10 of the period. The Chargers then got the tying goal from Conor Dunlap off of an assist from Max Rastello with 36 seconds remaining in the period.

Neither team was able to score in the third period or in overtime.

Dow finished with a 33-27 advantage in shots, and Chargers’ goaltender Collin Lemanski made 25 saves.

“This was a really fun game to be a part of. To play such a highly-ranked team as Gabriel Richard and play as well as we did, it was a good barometer of where we are at this point in the season,” said Dow coach Dick Blasy, whose Chargers move to 5-2-2. “We know when we play well, we can compete with anyone. The bar has been set high, and we need to keep working to raise that bar and minimize setbacks.

“We have a highly competitive schedule, and we have to learn to play at a high level every game,” Blasy added. “We came so close in OT. We hit a post, and their goalie made a huge save with 10 seconds left in the game. We were so close, but that’s hockey. I’m very proud of the boys.”

Dow will host Howell on Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

MUSTANGS PUMMEL FARWELL 

Sawyer Moloy scored a career-high 20 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists Thursday in leading Meridian to a 79-24 win over Farwell in Jack Pine Conference boys’ basketball.

The Mustangs led 25-6 after one quarter and 40-21 at halftime, then outscored the Eagles 39-3 in the second half.

Dane Plichta had 13 points, while Nick Metzger had 12 points, Brayden Riley 10 points, Carson Cetas eight points, and Gabe Moloy six points. Cam Haiser added seven rebounds and five assists.

Meridian (5-1 overall, 3-1 JPC) will host Gladwin on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

CALVARY GIRLS GET BY FAITH BAPTIST

Calvary Baptist Academy gutted out a hard-fought 47-37 victory over host Faith Baptist of Davison in girls’ basketball on Thursday.

CBA led 7-4 after one quarter and 20-16 at halftime before outscoring Faith 14-8 in the third quarter to extend to a 34-24 advantage. Both teams then scored 13 in the fourth quarter.

“This was a hard-fought battle from the beginning. After a strong second quarter, we went into halftime up by four. We really challenged the girls to bring out extra passion and drive and not allow the third-quarter slump we have faced at times,” said Kings’ coach Sandra Herriage, whose team improves to 3-2.

“As a coaching staff, we couldn’t be more proud of the team effort and hustle they brought in the third quarter,” she added. “We switched up our defense, and that, combined with some excellent reading, gave us a bunch of quick steals and some transition points.”

Caroline Houtman led Calvary with 16 points and six steals, while Caitlyn Dickerson had 13 points, 13 rebounds, and nine steals, and Sadie Day added 11 points and four assists. Saige Arnold had six points and eight rebounds, while Ashley Wiggins hauled down six boards.

“We have really put a lot of focus on increasing our rebounding presence, and we saw results from that tonight with some big rebounds from Caitlyn, Saige and Ashley, especially,” Herriage noted. “Faith had taller players than we did, so without rebounds, that game could have easily swung the other way.

” … One thing that was exciting about tonight was that every player on the team played, and literally all of them had moments to be excited about,” she added. “This was truly a team win.”

COMETS ROUT MONTABELLA

Coleman shook off a slow start, Katelyn Pnacek had a big night, and the Comets cruised to a 51-21 win over Montabella in Mid-State Activities Conference girls’ basketball on Thursday.

With the scored tied at 8-8 after one quarter, the Comets outscored the Mustangs 22-4 in the second to open up a 30-12 halftime lead, then extended that margin to 43-18 after three quarters.

“With winter break and having to cancel two games, we haven’t played a game since Dec. 10. You could tell in that in the first quarter,” said Coleman coach Nick Katzinger, whose Comets improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the MSAC. “We got our feet under us in the second and played like I know we can. We played great defense and pressured the ball and forced turnovers. I’m proud of these girls tonight.”

Pnacek led the way with 18 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, and three steals, while Maddy Miller had seven points and five steals, and Nevaeh Chaffee added six points, six boards, and six steals. Madisyn Croslin chipped in eight rebounds, while Havahna DeJongh added six boards.

CBA BOYS STRUGGLE DOWN THE STRETCH

Faith Baptist of Davison dominated the fourth quarter against Calvary Baptist Academy on Thursday, pulling away to beat the visiting Kings 54-37 in boys’ basketball.

The score was tied 11-11 after one period before Faith outscored the Kings 13-4 in the second quarter to take a 24-15 lead into halftime. CBA had a 13-2 advantage in the third quarter to take a 28-26 edge, but Faith finished the game by outscoring the Kings 28-9 in the fourth.

“We played really well in stretches. It seemed at times as if we played in two different games tonight,” said CBA coach Joel Small, whose Kings slip to 1-2. “Our defense was excellent in the first and third quarters. In the second and fourth quarters, we really struggled to stop dribble penetration.”

Eric Grabill paced the Kings with 26 points, six rebounds, and three steals, while no other CBA player scored more than four points. Austin Warner had six rebounds, while Braydon Schwartzkopf had five rebounds and three assists, and Brendan Warren added three assists.

GLADWIN BOYS COME UP SHORT VS. SHEPHERD

Shepherd parlayed a big second quarter into a 51-44 win over Gladwin in Jack Pine Conference boys’ basketball on Thursday.

The Bluejays led 10-7 after one quarter, then outscored the Flying G’s 19-13 in the second to extend to a 29-20 advantage. Gladwin eventually pulled to within three points in the fourth quarter and had a potential game-tying 3-point attempt with under 10 seconds to play, but the shot was off-target.

“Defensive lapses in the second quarter and 35-percent shooting from the free throw line were probably the differences in the game tonight,” said Gladwin coach Mike Verellen.

Aaron Kozlow led the G’s (2-4 overall, 2-2 JPC) with 14 points and was 4 of 4 from 3-point range, while Lucas Mead added 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists.

Shepherd also won the junior varsity game, 42-39.

CHEMICS WIN IN GIRLS’ BOWLING

Midland High beat Bay City Central 25-5 in girls’ bowling on Thursday.

The Chemics won the Baker games 130-127 and 109-104, then won the Peterson games 715-659 and 727-716. Sierra McGraw led Midland with a 184 game, while Brooklyn Sutter threw a 159.

The Chemics will head to Riverwood Lanes in Mount Pleasant on Saturday to face Saginaw.

MHS BOYS’ BOWLING BEATS BCC

Midland High beat Bay City Central 27-3 in boys’ bowling at Alert Lanes on Thursday.

The Chemics won the Baker games 187-142 and 188-109, then won the Peterson games 913-615 and 892-747. Evan Daly led Midland with a 228 game, while Ruberto Mosqueda threw a 220.