PREP ROUNDUP: Neph gets 400th career win in Portagers’ baseball sweep



SUTTONS BAY — Onekama picked up its third and fourth wins of the season on Tuesday, but that was only a small part of what they accomplished.

Portager coach John Neph won his 400th career game in the second game of a two-game sweep of Suttons Bay.

“I’m blessed with great players, great coaches, support from the administration and it’s just been a great ride,” Neph said.

Onekama (4-2, 2-2) won the first game after coming from behind 3-2 in extra innings, and the second game was an 8-3 win.

Jayden DeWitt was the winning pitcher in the opener. He allowed 2 runs over 4 innings while striking out 3 batters. Joe McCarthy came in for the final 3 innings and he struck out 6 batters without letting in a run.

Tanner Hearit was the only Portager with two hits. Joe McCarthy and Jonathon Adams each had a RBI.

They trailed 2-0 in the fifth inning, but two runs tied the game, and another one in the seventh won it.

The teams traded leads in the second game, but Austin Sovereign was able to help the team from the mound to earn a win.

McCarthy and DeWitt each had 2 hits and Wade Sedlar and Adams each had 2 RBI.

The Portagers will be back on Saturday at a tournament at Wuerful Park in Traverse City.

Bobcat soccer splits 2 games in 2 days

BURT LAKE — Brethren girls soccer improved to 2-3 after splitting two road games in two days, a tough 5-3 loss at Hart on Monday and rebounding with a comprehensive 5-2 win at Burt Lake on Tuesday.

The Bobcats scored first against Hart on a goal by Megan Cordes, but the Pirates tied the game on a somewhat fortunate penalty kick call for a handball with two minutes left in the first half, which also sent Paige Sanderson to the sidelines with a red card and forced Brethren to play a player down the rest of the contest.

Hart took full advantage, scoring two quick goals in those final two minutes to go into the locker room ahead 3-1 at the break.

The Pirates scored two goals in the opening minutes of the second half, but Chiarra Pettaro scored one goal for the shorthanded Bobcats and assisted on another, to Cordes, to make the final score 5-3. Heidi Lewis made 13 saves in the game.

“I don’t even count that as a loss,” Brethren head coach Krystal Magee said. “My girls played 50 minutes of solid soccer against a school that is known for its soccer program, 10 girls against 11, and they only gave up 2 goals in those 50 minutes.

“That was probably the proudest coaching moment I’ve had.”

Less than 24 hours later, Pettaro scored two goals in the first half to give the Bobcats a 2-0 halftime lead at Burt Lake, and Brethren cruised from there to a 5-2 win.

Cordes scored twice in the second half and Taylor Conrad scored her first goal of the season. Lewis made 9 saves.

“Our girls looked a little tired,” Magee said. “(Monday’s) game took a lot out of them, and Burt Lake is a 2-and-a-half-hour bus ride so I was a little nervous, but the girls played hard.”

MCC defeats Pentwater in Bear Lake WMDL meet

BEAR LAKE — Manistee Catholic Central boys golf kept itself in the middle of the West Michigan D League title race on Tuesday night with a one-shot victory over Pentwater at Bear Lake County Highlands.

The Sabers fell to the Falcons last week by two shots, but on Tuesday they were able to come up with the low score. MCC finished with a 174 and Pentwater followed them with a 175.

“It’s been that way for a while now. We’ve been battling with them for the conference meets and title. This year they won the first match and we won the second — both of them were extremely close,” MCC golf coach Denis Meikle said. “It helps me coach them. I can go to them and say that every shot counts.”

In addition to the one-shot victory, MCC’s John Slivka was the co-medalist with the low score of 41. He was tied with Pentwater’s Will Kolenda.

Sabers’ golfer Nick Bialik was third overall with a 43, Jacob McComb was fourth overall with a 44 and Preston Picardat rounded out the team’s scoring with a 46.

Bear Lake also took third at the meet and it was led by Yuki Babinec with a 48, Trevor Pargeon with a 51, Tai Babinec with a 52 and Kyle Fink with a 57.

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