PREP ROUNDUP: Portager girls pounded by Glen Lake

Onekama’s Colleen McCarthy (33), shown here vs. McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Nov. 28, scored 11 points in the Portagers’ 72-30 loss at Maple City Glen Lake Monday night. The game was rescheduled from Friday due to snow. (News Advocate file photo)

Onekama’s Colleen McCarthy (33), shown here vs. McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Nov. 28, scored 11 points in the Portagers’ 72-30 loss at Maple City Glen Lake Monday night. The game was rescheduled from Friday due to snow. (News Advocate file photo)

MAPLE CITY — Onekama girls basketball must hope that Friederich Nietzsche was right when he said, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”

The Portagers fell 72-30 at Maple City Glen Lake in the second game of an insane stretch of nine games, eight of which are on the road.

Glen Lake was the second straight away game Onekama played in that stretch, both on the home floor of undefeated teams atop the Northwest Conference standings, after losing 72-13 at Kingsley on Jan. 3.

“Those are two very good teams,” Portagers head coach Jim Armstrong said.

Onekama (2-5 overall, 1-4 Northwest Conference) started slowly, and the Lakers (7-0, 4-0) took full advantage, amassing a 35-8 halftime lead.

But Armstrong said that his team played a lot better after the break, scoring 11 points in each of the last two quarters to take something positive away from the experience.

“We did not compete well in the first half, we were a little intimidated I think” he said. “In the second half we came out and we competed, and that’s all I can ask of these kids. We were outclassed, they were a better team, but we learned that if you just go out an compete hard, shoot the ball a little bit, good things can happen.”

Elizabeth Domres led Onekama with 14 points and Colleen McCarthy had 12 in the game.

“I think we learned something from it,” Armstrong said. “I think you’ll see us play better down the road.”

Next up on Onekama’s Magical Mystery Tour is a stop in Mesick on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Chippewa swimmers fare well in Spring Lake invitational

SPRING LAKE — Manistee boys swimming finished a respectable fourth place at the Spring Lake Invitational meet on Saturday.

Grand Rapids Northview won the meet with 477 points, followed by Spring Lake at 456 and Ludington at 397.

The Chippewas amassed 245 points in the 11 events in which they competed, and won one of them, the 500-yard freestyle.

Ben Miller brought home those first-place points, posting a time of 5:13.49, less that three seconds away from the state-qualifying time in that event, which is 5:10.59.

Miller also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:53.49.

The winner of that race, Spring Lake’s Cam Peel, broke the meet and pool records in the event which were both previously held by Manistee head coach Nick Zacek.

Caden Schmutzler posted a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, in 23.61, a fraction of a second away from a state-qualifying time.

Miller, Schmutzler, Ben Sullivan and Nathaniel Urban combined to finish third in the 400-yard freestyle relay, posting a time of 3:45.23, and Schmutzler, Urban, Dylan Johnson and Charlie Mosher swam the 200-yard medley relay in 1:55.38, good for fourth place in that event.

“I was very pleased with how the boys competed today, especially after the intensity of Christmas Break training,” Zacek said. “I was, admittedly, a little skeptical with having an entire Friday off of no practices because of our snow day, but a single rest day helped the boys immensely. Just about every swimmer hit a season best time, or several, and our freshmen also hit lifetime best times with significant time drops.”

Zacek said that he likes what he sees from his team so far this year.

“We may be a small squad, but they’re performing quite well at this point in the season,” he said. “We’re continuing to set ourselves up well for our endgame goal: the Coastal Conference Championships in February.”

Next up for the Chippewas is a home dual meet with Ludington at the Paine Aquatic Center on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Brethren girls hammer Baldwin in makeup game, 58-32

BRETHREN — Brethren stayed undefeated in West Michigan D league girls basketball play and climbed to the top of the conference standings with a 58-32 home win over Baldwin Monday night, in a game that was originall schedued for Dec. 13, but postponed due to snow.

Mariah Pringle led the way for the Bobcats (7-1 overall, 4-0 WMDL) with 33 points  and 12 rebunds and 8 blocks.

Whitney Danks scored 13 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, Megan Cordes scored 8 and Brianna Pettinato dished out 6 assists in a foul-filled game that teetered on the brink of chaos.

Brethren shot 55 percent from the field, but won the game at the free-throw line. Pringle scored 13 of her points from the charity stripe, missing just three attempts. In all, Brethren went to the free-throw line 33 times in the game.

Brethren head coach Julie Riggs said that making free throws is a very improtant part of her team’s success.

“That was huge,” Riggs said. “We hadn’t played since Dec. 19, and in the first half we definitely had some Christmas-break kinks to work out.”

The Bobcats led just 25-14 at the half, with two key players, Pettinato and Cordes, picking up three fouls.

But Brethren came out in the third quarter outscoring Baldwin (1-6, 1-4) 14-6 and cruised from there.

Riggs said that the Panthers played a bit chippy in the second half, perhaps due to frustration.

“It was a true test of character and sportsmanship,” Riggs said. “I was very proud of my girls, my team, as well as our fans.”

The Bobcats will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 12 when they host Manistee Catholic Central.

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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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