Bay County Roundup: They’re in it to win it, and together

Bay County Roundup: They’re in it to win it, and together

BAY CITY, MI – A look at the high school sports scene in Bay County for October 25, 2022. Bay County coaches are asked to submit scores, highlights and comments the night of each event by emailing to lthomps2@mlive.com.

VOLLEYBALL: WESTERN FINDS ITS SPARK

For a time, Bay City Western forgot what it was fighting for.

But a little quality time together served as a reminder of who they were: made for each other.

Playing with a passion that has been lacking in recent games, the Warriors closed out the Saginaw Valley League season on a high note with a 25-15, 25-23, 29-27 win over Flint Carman-Ainsworth.

“The end of the season becomes a challenge,” said western head coach Melissa David. “The season is long and when things don’t go your way, it feels even longer. But with a bit of team bonding over the weekend and a newfound enthusiasm for the team, we were set to get the much-needed win tonight.”

Western (20-15-5, 5-7) reached the 20-win mark with the victory, giving him a boost heading into the final stretch of the campaign. The Warriors compete in the Grand Blanc Invitational on Saturday before district action kicks off.

Sophomore Jenna Derosia energized the team with a pivotal eight-kill performance against Carman-Ainsworth. Breanna David had eight kills, 12 digs and 11 assists, while Sydney Armstrong and Eva Schoenherr had six kills apiece. Katie Bothe did 12 digs.

Bay City Central Volleyball

The Bay City Central volleyball team earned a straight-set victory.

VOLLEYBALL: CENTER ENJOYS GREAT VICTORY

Bay City Central put on an encouraging performance, beating the Flint Powers 25-17, 25-15, 25-15.

“We were doing well in all aspects of the game, and I was happy for them,” Central coach Christine Davila said. “The girls played with confidence and the team was really clicking. It gave me great joy to see them celebrate a great point.”

Central switched Kaylee Williams to the right side for the competition and she was up to the challenge, leading the team in kills. Libero Hailey Dahn also delivered strong game and led the way in digs.

VOLLEYBALL: GLENN TASTE SUCCESS

John Glenn didn’t get off to a good start in the Pinconning Invitational, but the Bobcats finished with a bang.

After placing third in pool play, Glenn fired up to beat Standish-Sterling and Roscommon and capture Silver Division honours.

“The girls kept their energy up all day,” said Glenn’s trainer, Madison Seegraves.

However, the Bobcats were unable to continue the momentum as Saginaw Nouvel posted a 25-9, 25-15, 25-13 win in their doubleheader. Glenn got eight digs and nine assists from Lillian Kaczynski, while Kailey Christensen had five spikes, Kenzie Snyder three solo blocks and Kenzy Bach two aces.

SWIMMING: CAN’T GET CLOSER FOR DUKES

It’s safe to say that Esseville Garber and Caro are evenly matched.

The Dukes traveled to Caro for an ISC matchup, which notably ended in an 88-88 matchup.

Garber won the 200 medley relay with Becca Emmons, Adasyn Dost, Lauren Lazarowicz and Payton Dueweke and the 200 freestyle relay with Lazarowicz, Dost, Sarah Basket and Kortney Kotenko.

Basket also won the 50 freestyle and Dueweke was the best in the 100 butterfly. Sidonie Mulholland took second place in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke for Garber, who posted 12 personal bests on the day.

Standish-Sterling

The Standish-Sterling swim team placed second in the ISC dual meet standings.

SWIMMING: ANOTHER RECORD FOR STANDISH

Standish-Sterling’s Scarlet Maison added to his collection of records, breaking the school standard in the 100 freestyle as he guided the Panthers to a 101-79 victory over Ogemaw Heights.

The win secured second place in the Independent Swimming Conference dual standings for the Panthers.

Maison captured the 100m freestyle in record fashion and also won the 100m breaststroke, joining two relay winners. She teamed with Sareena Kurchak, Paige Vallad and Paisley Vallad to win the 200-meter medley relay and teamed with Kurchak, Paige Vallad and Lexi Mielke to win the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Kurchak and Paige Vallad were also winners of four events, with Kurchak taking the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle and Vallad setting the pace in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly. Audrey Dittenber achieved a diving victory.

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