Onekama skiers prep for regionals at Conference final meet

THOMPSONVILLE — Onekama skiing concluded Lake Michigan Ski Conference play on Wednesday to help the team shift its focus to regionals.

The Portager boys finished second in the giant slalom and slalom with 29 points in both events. The girls finished third in the giant slalom with a team score of 50 and third again in the slalom with a score of 40.

Joe Buswinka finished second in the giant slalom with a two-run time of 39.46, his teammate Keagan Thomas was right behind him in third at 39.68.

Benzie Central’s Gabe Johnson took first place at 39.32.

Briten VanVoorst also helped team in scoring in 11th at 51.85, and Colin VanVoorst finished 13th at 51.85.

Thomas won the slalom at 56.01, just ahead of Glen Lake’s Andrew Pershinske at 56.63.

Buswinka finished fourth at 57.60, followed by Colin VanVoorst in 12th at 1:23.83 and Briten in 14th at 1:34.99.

Alora Sunbeck led the girls in the giant slalom in fifth at 48.63, followed by Ali Stocki in 14th at 1:01.18, Taylor Williams in 15th at 1:25.82 and Sydney Williams in 16th at 1:30.41.

Riley Drilling led the team in the slalom by finishing second at 1:02.75, Sunbeck finished seventh at 1:12.49, Stocki was 15th at 1:36.19 and Sydney Williams was 16th at 2:13.44.

The meet was also the final league meet of the season, meaning the girls finished third in the league, and the boys finished firmly in second place with a score of 391 for the year.

Thomas finished second for the boys on the season in the slalom, while Buswinka was fifth. In the giant slalom Thomas finished second again and Buswinka was just behind him in third.

With the events combined Thomas finished second in the league and Buswinka was fourth.

Drilling finished second in the slalom and third in the giant slalom, which was good for a third-place finish in the league.

The MHSAA Division 2 regionals will take place on Monday at Caberfae.

MCC girls fall at Pentwater, 62-39

PENTWATER — The tough sledding continued for Manistee Catholic Central girls basketball on Thursday night.

The Sabers (1-13, 0-19) fell to Pentwater (11-5, 9-1) 62-39.

Jenna Bialik led the way with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Sabers, who had three different players in double figures. Rylee Feliczak scored 11 points and pulled down a team-high 9 rebounds and Liz Nelson scored 11 points and led the team with 6 steals.

The Falcons, who share first place in the West Michigan D League with Bear Lake, out-rebounded the Sabers 41-22 on the night.

MCC will be back on Saturday at home with a make-up game against Big Rapids Crossroads. That game will begin at 10 a.m.

Brethren girls handle Walkerville, 53-31

WALKERVILLE — Brethren essentially turned the West Michigan D League girls basketball title chase into a three-horse race by defeating Walkerville 53-31 Thursday night.

Mariah Pringle led all scorers with 20 points and Whitney Danks added 16 for the Bobcats (10-5 overall, 8-2 WMDL), who lost their starting point guard to injury in the game. Brianna Pettinato went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter, and did not return.

Brethren head coach Julie Riggs said that she prepares her team for such things as best she can.

“We work on these situations all the time,” Riggs said. “With seven girls (on the varsity roster) we never know, if somebody gets into foul trouble or somebody gets hurt somebody has to take their spot.”

The loss drops Walkerville to 7-9 overall, and 6-5 in league play, all but mathematically eliminating them from title contention.

Brethren will be back in action with a crucial WMDL tilt at Bear Lake (11-4, 9-1) on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Bear Lake girls get by Crossroads 39-30

BIG RAPIDS — Bear Lake girls basketball kept pace in the West Michigan D League race on Thursday with a closer-than-expected win at Big Rapids Crossroads.

The Lakers (11-4, 9-1) couldn’t quite shake the Cougars (2-14, 1-9) en route to a 39-30 win.

Hayley May went off for 19 points, including three 3-pointers in the game, which was tied 15-15 at the half before the Lakers opened up some breathing room by outscoring the Cougars 14-4 in the third quarter.

Kaitlynn Omar had 5 points and a team-high 7 rebounds in her return from a long stretch out of the Bear Lake lineup due to illness, while Alyssa Eisenlohr, Yuki Babinec and Mariah Beaver each scored 4.

Next up for Bear Lake will be back in action on Tuesday at home with a crucial WMDL game against Brethren.


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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