Bay City roundup: 28-day layoff doesn’t fade winning touch

BAY CITY, MI — A look at the Bay City area high school sports scene for January 14, 2022. The area’s coaches are encouraged to email results, highlights and comments on the night of each event to [email protected] to submit.

BOYS BKB: REESE 64, LAKER 50

Reese defeated Laker for the 24th straight season to earn a 64-50 win in an undefeated battle of Greater Thumb West.

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Lili Costilla of the All Saints girls basketball team.

GIRLS BKB: ALL SAINTS 33, CPS 28

Bay City All Saints felt like they hadn’t played in a year.

And not just because of the calendar change.

Due to vacation breaks and coronavirus concerns, the Cougars went almost a full month without a game. But they returned in triumph, beating Carsonville-Port Sanilac 33-28 in the North Central Thumb League Stripes Division opener.

“I told the girls there’s no excuse for us having 28 days off,” All Saints coach Mike Debo said. “We tensed up and got into serious trouble. But the girls fought and won, that’s the most important thing.”

All Saints (4-2, 1-0) led 17-10 at halftime but saw CPS take the lead with five minutes left. The Cougars responded defensively, coming up with three big steals and feeding Lili Costilla for three game-turning fastbreak buckets.

Iris Costilla, who finished with 13 points and 11 steals, sealed the win at the free throw line. Lili Costilla had 10 points and eight steals while Eleanor Warren added six points and Annaka Neetz had 12 rebounds.

Savannah Hart led CPS by eight points.

Rene Cruz

Rene Cruz of the Bay City All Saints boys basketball team.

BOYS BKB: ALL SAINTS 41, CPS 38

It was kind of a gut check game and Bay City All Saints showed what they were made of.

The Cougars came back from a five-point deficit in the closing stages and picked up a 41-38 win over Carsonville-Port Sanilac in the NCTL Stripes Division opener.

Rene Cruz made a big move for the Cougars (2-5, 1-0), delivering a 19-point, 14-rebound performance that came right on cue.

“He made a lot of great decisions playing on point for us,” said All Saints coach Jason Brzezinski.

Jacob Meier scored nine points, including the basket that put All Saints ahead in the last two minutes. Steven Lukins added six points to the win.

Bay City Western Girls Basketball defeats Bay City Central

Bay City Western’s Olivia Jatczak (44) makes a pass during a girls basketball game against Bay City Central on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 in Auburn. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com

GIRLS BKB: BAY CITY WESTERN 58, LAPEER 22

Bay City Western had five players with seven or more points who used balanced offense and strong defense to achieve a 58-22 win over Lapeer in the Saginaw Valley League.

“It was a good team effort from us tonight,” said Western coach Dan Snover. “We played a good, solid defence.”

Paige Humerickhouse came through with 14 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors (3-5, 2-2), who led 34-8 at halftime. Brooke Swartz scored eight points, while Erica Slocum, Chloe Wittbrodt and Olivia Jatczak scored seven each.

BOYS BKB: LAPEER 70, BAY CITY WESTERN 47

Bay City Western failed to get rolling after halftime and Lapeer tumbled and sped away for a 70-47 victory over the Warriors in the Saginaw Valley League game.

Lapeer made a 23-6 scorer in the third quarter to open the game after leading 34-23 at halftime.

Western (3-5, 0-2) received a 15-point performance from Owen Bacigalupo while Kaeson Frost and Miles Yurgaites each scored nine points. Nine different players entered the Warriors rating column.

Brendan Pillar scored 21 to speed Lapeer.

Frankenmuth girls basketball defeats Standish Sterling

Standish-Sterling Macey Fegan (30) dribbles across the court during a girls’ basketball game against Frankenmuth on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 in Frankenmuth. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com

GIRL BKB: STANDISH STERLING 59, ITHACA 34

Standish-Sterling played without his head coach but still had his main weapon.

Macey Fegan delivered another monstrous game, setting a career-high 41 points in a 59-34 win over Ithaca. Coach Denny Wendel missed the Tri-Valley West competition due to coronavirus issues.

“I was glad to see the girls responding and not letting anything stop them from their goals,” said Wendel, who handed the reins of the competition to assistant Allison Fegan.

Macey Fegan sunk 13 shots from the floor and hit 12 of 14 free throws on her big night. She also scored 13 rebounds. Molly Nelson scored six points in the first-placed Panthers’ win.

Truman King

Truman King of the Standish Sterling boys basketball team.

BOYS BKB: STANDISH STERLING 65, ITHACA 55

Playing without two regulars, Standish-Sterling managed to duel Ithaca 65-55 to remain undefeated this season.

The Panthers broke out with a 28-6 breakout in the first quarter, knocking down five 3-pointers in the frame. Chase Raymond scored 15 points in the first eight minutes en route to a 29-point game.

Truman King delivered 16 points, Brayden Sullivan 10 and Matt Yealey six.

Shawn Parker scored 11 and Gibson Marr 10 for Ithaca.

Bay City Central/Western Hockey def. Davison

Bay City Central/Western’s Aiden Collins (17) makes a pass during a hockey game against Davison Wednesday, January 12, 2022 in Bay City. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com

HOCKEY: BAY CITY WOLVES 7, JENISON 4

The Bay City Wolves know how to find the extra gear at critical times.

Continuing a trend of the season, Wolves gave their best in the late stages to defeat Jenison 7-4 in the Traverse City Showcase.

The Wolves (8-4) possessed a poor 3-2 header in the third half but promptly broke out to four goals in the clutch.

“The game was an emotional rollercoaster ride,” said Wolves coach Zach Schalk. “We got into trouble early on with penalties and lost some guys to injuries. It was a big test for us and we reacted very well.”

Caleb Anthony scored twice in the win, while McCoy Koste, Ryder DeCaire, Gabe Benford, Logan Cottrell and Austin Wisenbach all scored one goal each. Gunnar Weber recorded three assists, Benford had two, and Anthony, Wisenbach, Logan Cottrell and Bowen Kraut had one each.

Cayden Kerkau recorded 20 saves in goal for the win.

Mitchell Hall

Mitchell Hall of Beaverton for 2021-22.

BOYS BKB: BEAVERTON 51, GLADWIN 47

It might not have scored many style points, but the Gladwin-Beaverton showdown ranked high in the thrill department.

Beaverton fended off Gladwin for a 51-47 win in their ever-electric showdown at the Jack Pine Conference.

“It was an exciting game for the fans,” said Shad Woodruff, Beaverton assistant coach. “Both teams let off steam.”

Beaverton, who hit just 13 of 40 free throws, led 17-8 after a quarter and took a 37-31 lead in the final stanza. The result hung in the balance until the closing seconds when the Beaverton defense secured it with an attack.

Mitchell Hall came through for the Beavers with 13 points and 12 rebounds in double-double mode. Josh Clark scored 12 points while Colton Compton and Logan Love each added 10.

Gladwin (2-6, 2-4) grabbed 15 points and seven rebounds from Lucas Mead.

GIRL BKB: BEAVERTON 38, GLADWIN 25

Gladwin hovered within range of defending champions Beaverton but never got his offense rolling in a 38-25 loss.

Gladwin (2-6, 2-4) was down 14-11 at halftime and held the lead in single digits until the final stanza.

“We played a strong defense but we struggled with our outside shot,” said Gladwin coach Jerome Smalley.

Ava Gary passed Gladwin by 10 points and Lizzie Haines added eight.

Ryland McDaniels

Ryland McDaniels of the Ogemaw Heights boys basketball team.

BOYS BKB: OGEMAW HEIGHTS 59, TAWAS 49

Looking for a much-needed win, Ogemaw Heights instead sat on just one point in a quarter.

But the Falcons found something along the way and roared back for a stunning 59-49 win over Tawas.

Ogemaw was down 11-1 after a quarter and was still down 26-17 at halftime. But the Falcons turned the tide with an 18-7 run in the third quarter, closing the deal with a 24-point final frame.

Hudson Hodgins delivered a performance of 21 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Ryland McDaniels came out big with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Lucas Courtemanche had nine points and Kooper Klann eight.

Gavin Dukaj scored 16 points for Tawas, Alex Kaems came through with 11.

BOYS BKB: CASS CITY 64, VASSAR 61

Cass City stood tall on the stretch and got free throws from Carter Patrick to earn a 64-61 win over Vassar.

Patrick finished with 25 points for Cass City. Riley Swiderski scored 13, Mike Fernald 12 and Aiden Torres eight in the win.

BOYS BKB: PECK 50, AKRON-FAIRGROVE 47

Isaac Squires put on a great performance for Akron-Fairgrove, but Peck had enough to overcome them for a 50-47 win in an NCTL Stripes matchup.

Squires posted a season-high 30 points to keep the Vikings within striking distance throughout. Gatlin Guild added seven points for AF that missed on a potentially game-defining 3-pointer in the final seconds.

MLive Bay urban area

basketball calendar

MONDAY, JAN 17

Boys Basketball

Croswell-Lexington at Reese

Houghton Lake near Gladwin

Midland Calvary at Tawas

Oscoda at Lincoln Alcona

Pinconning at Ogemaw Heights

Rogers City at million

Girls Basketball

Akron-Fairgrove at All Saints’ Day

Birch Run in Unionville-Sebewaing

Midland Calvary at Tawas

Saginaw Arts & Sciences in Hale

St. Helen Heston in Whittemore-Prescott

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