PREP ROUNDUP: Manistee soccer opens 2017 season with 0-0 draw

Onekama senior Zoe Morley sends the ball over the net during the Frankfort Invitational volleyball tournament on Tuesday. (Robert Myers/Pioneer Sports Network)

Onekama senior Zoe Morley sends the ball over the net during the Frankfort Invitational volleyball tournament on Tuesday. (Robert Myers/Pioneer Sports Network)

HART — Manistee boys soccer opened with Hart on Tuesday with a better result than they’ve had against them in previous openers.

The Chippewas managed a 0-0 draw with the Pirates, after working through a couple of injuries in the first half.

Ben Miller and Garrett Brown went down in the first half, and Manistee coach Brandon Prince had to work a bit with the lineups.

“The good thing is that when we had two of our starters go down with injuries earlier in the first half I thought it would have affected us heavily,” he said. “Some of the young guys stepped in and we made a couple of position changes. They stepped up to the plate.”

Manistee was able to out shoot Hart 7-5, but Prince thought that the team could have done more with the possession they had.

Late in the game Chippewa goalie Shane Harrigan had to make two crucial saves to keep the team in a position to salvage a draw.

“Our possession was better, but we have a long ways to go with it. I think there were a lot of mistakes that were made in the attacking third and the midfield,” Prince said. “Defensively we did pretty well. Shane had three or four saves, and two of them were big at the end of the game.”

Manistee will open the home portion of their soccer schedule on Friday against Pentwater.

Manistee volleyball wins first match in tournament

SCOTTVILLE — Manistee volleyball was able to salvage its first win of the season during a tournament at Mason County Central.

The Chippewas won one of four, but were able to beat a team that they previously fell to over another tournament last Saturday.

Manistee opened by falling to Shelby (21-25 and 14-25) and Ludington (15-25, 9-25), before turning it around towards the end of the day.

The final two matches were against teams that they fell to on Saturday and this time they beat Holton (22-25, 25-17) and fell in a competitive match to Newaygo (19-25 and 24-26).

“They started to gel. It was neat to see. The tide turned in the Holton game, they beat us on Saturday,” Manistee coach April Yates said. “We’re kind of a new team working together, and all of the sudden they learned how to take control of the game.”

Against Holton, Manistee was led by Tegan Wayward and Mecedes Forsyth with two aces each, and Megan Wayward with six kills. In the match against Newaygo, Lexi Bialik had four kills and Forsyth had another two aces.

Manistee will break until Thursday, September 7 during a Tri-meet at home against Manton and Northport.

Onekama volleyball falls in elimination round at Frankfort

FRANKFORT — Onekama volleyball opened up the season at a tournament in Frankfort with two draws and two losses Tuesday.

The Portagers opened with Frankfort, where they split to start the day. Losses against Northport and Grand Traverse Academy each rounded up group play, before the Portagers moved on to lose to Mason County Eastern in three sets in seed play.

“We have a lot of young players this year, so they had to step up,” Onekama coach Linda Elo said. “They’re learning their positions and they’re responding. It was really nice.”

Full statistics and scores were not made available.

Onekama will be back on Tuesday, August 29 at home against Bear Lake.

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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