PREP ROUNDUP: Portagers ride second-half defense to win at Kingsley

Onekama’s Riley Drilling competes at the Benzie Invitation skiing meet at Crystal Mountain on Friday. (Robert Myers/Pioneer Sports Network)

Onekama’s Riley Drilling competes at the Benzie Invitation skiing meet at Crystal Mountain on Friday. (Robert Myers/Pioneer Sports Network)

KINGSLEY — Onekama boys basketball had to find a way to win ugly on Friday night at Kingsley.

The Portagers (7-4, 6-4) led throughout the night in a 45-34 win over the Stags (6-5, 4-5).

Kingsley could only manage to score 15 points in the second half, which allowed Onekama to pull away.

“We could have capitalized on a few little things. We had a couple of lulls that we couldn’t hit a basket,” Onekama coach Nathan Bradford said. “The kids kept working and they played really good defense. We just have to capitalize when they make a few mistakes. I’m pleased how it came out in the end and how we held a team to a low-scoring game. I can’t complain.”

Jayden DeWitt led the team in scoring with 14 points and 4 rebounds., Jeremiah Torrey had 12 points and 4 rebounds, Jacob Mauntley had 6 points and 6 rebounds, and Nick Falk had 8 points and 12 rebounds.

Onekama will be back on Monday at Baldwin (8-4).

Manistee boys fall at OV

MUSKEGON — Manistee boys basketball wasn’t able to complete the season sweep of Muskegon Orchard View on Friday night on the road.

The Chippewas (4-9, 2-5) fell 52-44 to the Cardinals (4-9, 1-6) after being tied at 41 in the closing minutes.

A series of mental mistakes plagued the team as the game got away from them.

“We got substantially out-rebounded on the defensive end of the floor,” Manistee coach Dan Gustad said. “They had too many second and third opportunities. We missed a lot of bunnies. We ran our offense well. We got good looks, but we didn’t finish.”

Jacob Gustad led the team with 11 points, Jack Sandstedt had 10 points, Keaton Connell had 8 points, and Austin Guenther had 8 points.

 Manistee will be back on Tuesday at home against Lake City (4-7).

Chippewa girls crush Orchard View

MUSKEGON — Manistee girls basketball cruised over Muskegon Orchard View on Friday to get back into the win column.

The Chippewas (7-8, 3-4) fought off a slow start in the game to win 69-23 over the Cardinals (0-12, 0-7).

Grace Chandler led the team in scoring with 16 points and four three-point shots, Tatum Liston had 15 points, and MEgan Wayward had 12 points. Alice Fink-Jensen, an exchange student from Italy, scored her first point of the season from the free-throw line during the game.

“We had kind of a little bit of a sluggish first half even though we had the lead at halftime,” Manistee coach Kenn Kott said. “We really exploded in the third and fourth quarter offensively. That was really good to see.”

Manistee will be back on Tuesday at Traverse City Central (4-10) at 7 p.m.

Manistee wrestling fare well in Lakes-8 meet

MANISTEE — Manistee wrestling only had eight wrestlers, but it still nearly took first place at a league meet Friday at home.

The Chippewas finished in second place with a team score of 155, just behind Muskegon Orchard View with a score of 163.

Six of the eight active Manistee wrestlers took first place, while one took second and another finished in third place.

Orchard View had five wrestlers take first and Muskegon Catholic Central had three. OV was able to earn points by having a bigger roster by earning place points in all but two weight classes.

“Tonight we came in second place to a more complete team, but not necessarily a better team. We wrestled our tails off tonight. We just don’t fill the weight classes,” Manistee coach Darrell Burchfield said.

“Don’t get me wrong Orchard View deserved the win tonight, but if we had one more wrestler in our lineup tonight the results may have been different. That said, we had one wrestler that had to sit out tonight with the fly. We are hoping for a fast recovery as districts are next week and we need him in the lineup.”

The first-place finishers started with Makayla Alcayde-Wiltse (103 lbs.), Isaac Reynolds (125 lbs.), Alvaro Sarabia (135 lbs.), Conner Barke (152 lbs.), Bryson Jensen (160 lbs.) and Hakeem Culberson (189 lbs.).

Keith Barke (171 lbs.) also took second place and Keaton Ensley (140 lbs.) took third to help the team.

Manistee will be back on Wednesday with team districts at home.

Onekama skiing continues to excel

THOMPSONVILLE — Onekama skiing took a big step at the Benzie Invitational on Friday afternoon.

The Portager boys finished eighth overall, while the girls came in ninth out of 11 teams.

Keagan Thomas and Joe Buswinka each took first place for the boys team in different races, and Riley Drilling had another big day for the girls.

Thomas took first in the slalom with a combined run of 53.54 and Buswinka finished in fifth at 54.54.

In the giant slalom Buswinka took first at 41.28, followed by Thomas in 21st at 46.34.

Drilling finished third in the slalom at 59.20, followed by Alora Sunbeck in 24th at 1:11.88.

In the giant slalom Drilling was sixth at 44.68 and Sunbeck was 21st at 49.41.


Posted by Scott Yoshonis

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

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