Bay City roundup: One final-minute free throw denies spirited upset bid

BAY CITY, MI – A look at the high school sports scene in the Bay City area for Dec. 15, 2022. Area coaches are asked to submit results, highlights and comments the night of each event by emailing [email protected]


Bay City All Saints may have entered the game as the underdog.

But the more the Cougars hung around, the more they had a chance.

All Saints took Deckerville the distance, coming up one bucket short of an upset in a 29-28 road loss.

“We made progress tonight against a really tough Deckerville team,” All Saints coach Mike Debo said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win on the road, and hopefully that will help us moving forward. If we play like this, we’ll be successful on several nights.”

All Saints (2-3) was held below 30 points for the fourth straight outing. But its defense was equal to the task, sending the game into the final minute knotted at 28-28.

Deckerville’s Emma Salowitz hit 1 of 2 free throws to take the lead, then the Eagles (4-2) held their breath as All Saints misfired on the final shot on a drive inside the paint. The victory gives Deckerville a four-game winning streak.

Annaka Neetz led All Saints with eight points and 10 rebounds while Lili Costilla scored six points.

Libby Tank led Deckerville with 11 points as the lone player to reach double figures in the defensive showdown.


Tawas roared to an early lead and kept Houghton Lake at arm’s length the rest of the way for a 73-56 victory.

Tawas built a 22-6 advantage after one quarterback and never relinquished it while playing solid throughout the contest.

The Braves put four players in double figures with Vinnie Frank dropping 19 points, Ethan Hedglin 16, Alex Kaems 14 and Jake Look 13.

Cody Meigs had a big 26-point effort for Houghton Lake while Braydon Shameless added 14.

Brady Gehrett of the Gladwin boys basketball team for 2022-23.


Gladwin couldn’t shake Farwell for three quarters.

But with a victory in sight, the fourth quarterer belonged to the Flying G’s.

Gladwin sank his free-throws down the stretch to finally pull away for a 49-34 victory in Jack Pine Conference play.

“The best thing I can say about this one is we found a way to close it out in the end,” Gladwin coach Mike Verellen said. “We played really flat for about three quarters of basketball. Going 9-for-13 on free throws in the fourth quarter was huge for us.”

The game was knotted at 19-19 at halftime before Gladwin (2-2, 2-1) inched ahead 29-25 through three. But the G’s finished the game on a 20-9 run.

Lucas Mead delivered 12 points and eight rebounds with six steals in the win. Brady Gehrett tallied 10 points and four steals.

Keaton Allbee led Farwell with nine points.


Au Gres couldn’t contend with Alcona in a 64-28 loss, but the Wolverines showed a bit of spark along the way.

“The boys had an extreme amount of progress shown tonight,” first-year coach Chase Blackmore said. “Moving the ball, being more aggressive toward scoring and rebounding… The kids are moving around and losing their defender.”

Hunter Harmon scored eight points to lead Au Gres while Casey Williams had seven and Brennan Smolen six.

Alcona, which raced to a 20-4 first-quarter lead, got 18 points from Evan Borsvold and 13 from DJ Howe.


Essexville Garber is asking some new swimmers to tackle important roles this season.

And they’ve answered the call.

Sparked by a sweep of all three relays, the Dukes scored a 102-69 victory over Caro in his home-opening Independent Swim Conference dual.

“We have people in A relays who were not last year, and they have really stepped up in the role,” Garber coach Erin Dowd said. “The team as a whole has discovered what it means to compete, to push yourself.”

Cameron Callahan, Connor Dowd and Chance Owen each won four events for Garber, with Callahan claiming the 100 and 200 freestyles, Dowd taking the 200 IM and 100 buttefly and Owen winning the 50 and 500 freestyles.

Dowd, Owen, Thoth Moya and Elijah Smith captured the 200 medley relay, Smith, Moya, Callahan and Dowd won the 200 freestyle relay and Owen, Callahan, Wesley Rathke and Sawyer Bebow took the 400 freestyle relay.

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Basketball calendar


Boys basketball

Akron-Fairgrove at Kinde North Huron, 8 pm

Alma at Essexville Garber, 7 p.m

Bay City All Saints at Deckerville, 7:30 p.m

Bay City Central at Mount Pleasant, 7 p.m

Bay City Western at Ogemaw Heights, 7 p.m

Cass City at Saginaw Heritage, 7 p.m

Laker at Memphis, 7:30 p.m

Midland Calvary Baptist at Au Gres, 7:30 p.m

Oscoda at Poznań, 7:15 pm

Reese at Sandusky, 7:30 p.m

Saginaw Swan Valley at John Glenn, 7 pm

Sanford Meridian at Beaverton, 7:30 p.m

Standish-Sterling at Midland Bullock Creek, 7 pm

Traverse City Home School at Mio, 6 p.m

Unionville-Sebewaing at Ubly, 7:30 pm

Whittemore-Prescott at Hale, 7:30 pm

girls basketball

Akron-Fairgrove at Kinde North Huron, 6:30 pm

Alma at Essexville Garber, 5:30 p.m

Alpena vs. Tawas at Little Caesars Arena, noon

Clare at Pinconning, 7:30 p.m

Farwell at Gladwin, 7:30pm

Harrison at Shepherd, 7:30 p.m

Midland Calvary Baptist at Au Gres, 6 p.m

Mount Pleasant at Bay City Central, 7 p.m

Ogemaw Heights at Houghton Lake, 7pm

Poznan at Oscoda, 7:30 pm

Saginaw Swan Valley at John Glenn, 5:30 pm

Sanford Meridian at Beaverton, 6 p.m

Standish-Sterling at Midland Bullock Creek, 5:30 pm

Whittemore-Prescott at Hale, 6 pm

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