PREP ROUNDUP: Chips open boys soccer season with three wins at Big Rapids Crossroads

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BIG RAPIDS — Manistee’s boys soccer team started the 2018 campaign the right way, winning a four-team tournament at Big Rapids Crossroads on Friday.

The Chippewas defeated Walkerville 8-1, Lakeview 1-0 and the host Cougars 8-0 in the round-robin tournament that featured abbreviated games of 60 minutes each.

Josh Fitzgerald led the way with six of Manistee’s 17 goals in the tournament. Will Elbers scored four goals, Elmo Sarabia scored three goals and provided seven assists, Abdiel Nuñez scored one goal and assisted on six others and Anderson Johns and Nick Applegarth each had one goal for the Chippewas.

Despite watching his team put up 17 goals in 180 minutes, Manistee head coach Brandon Prince said it could have been even more.

“There were still some wide-open opportunities that we just didn’t finish,” Prince said. “In the second game the score was 1-0, but we had a few good passing sequences where we had a player against their keeper and it went just wide, things like that that we can button up.”

Drew Schlaff played all three games in the Chippewa net, and made four saves, including one off of a corner kick that saved the win against Lakewood in the closing minutes.

“They actually made a great header,” Prince said. “He made a wonderful save to keep it out. He did well back there, I think he got the jitters out.”

All in all, Prince said that his team had a very satisfying first time out this season.

“The ball movement was terrific,” Prince said. “It could have been a little faster, a little more crisp, and our holding mids could have been a bit more patient, but we have good leadership in that offensive section.”

Next up for the Chippewas is another road trip, to Maple City to face Glen Lake on Friday, Aug. 24.

Chippewa golfers start season

The 2018 season is under way for Manistee girls golf.

The Chippewas took third place out of nine schools in the Chippewa Hills Invitational Wednesday at Canadian Lakes with a team score of 196, 45 strokes behind first-place Shepherd’s 151.

Katie Huber and Tiffany Elo earned a third-place medal with a score of 86 in the two-personal scramble format, while Marial Rahn and Ari Kamaloski shot a 110. Lily Sandstedt and Sara Thompson shot a 114 that did not factor in the team score.

Manistee took sixth place out of 13 schools in Fruitport Friday with a score of 423, 74 strokes behind first-place Kalamazoo Hackett.

Huber earned a 10th-place medal with a score of 93. Elo chipped in with a 99, Sandstedt shot 111 while Rahn finished with a 120. Trista Arnold shot a 132 that did not factor into the team score.

“With the conditions and who we were going up against, I’m really happy we were in the middle of the pack,” said Manistee girls golf coach Bridget Warnke. “… I was pretty happy with that.”

The Chippewas next see action Monday with a meet at Montague.

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