Bay County Roundup: Seniors make final events something to remember

Bay County Roundup: Seniors make final events something to remember

BAY CITY, MI – A look at the high school sports scene in Bay County for October 27, 2022. Bay County coaches are asked to submit scores, highlights and comments the night of each event by emailing to


Standish-Sterling sent out their senior trio on a winning note, defeating Essexville Garber 101-75 on Senior Night.

Sareena Kurchak, Lexi Mielke and Macey Fegan were celebrated before the game, then the Panthers went to work to win.

“I couldn’t be happier with his performance at Senior Night,” said Standish’s trainer, Shawn Maison. “Tempers were high and the mood was positive. It is always sad to say goodbye to the senior swimmers you have trained for so long. I know you will all be successful in your future and I hope that swimming will be one of your most positive memories from high school.”

Kurchak led the charge with four first-place finishes. She claimed the 50 and 100 freestyle and teamed with Mielke, Paige Vallad and Scarlet Maison in the 400 freestyle relay and teamed with Maison, Paige Vallad and Paisley Vallad to win the 200 freestyle relay.

Maison added victories in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke while Paige Vallad was the best in the 100 butterfly. Audrey Dittenber was the first to dive, Avery Laczko won the 500m freestyle and Kalysta Kraska the 100m backstroke.

Fegan underlined his great night with a PR in the 100 back.

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Sarah Basket and Kortney Kotenko completed special milestones with the Essexville Garber Women’s Swim Team.


Essexville Garber saw a pair of seniors complete a career milestone in the final dual event of their prep careers in a 101-75 loss to Standish-Sterling.

Sarah Basket and Kortney Kotenko “rounded out the column,” competing in every swimming event during their careers.

“They both had to swim very different events to finish, but they both did and they did pretty well,” Garber’s trainer Erin Dowd said.

Basket swam in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM for the first time, while Kotenko competed in the 100 breaststroke for the only time in his career. Kotenko highlighted the match by winning the 200-meter freestyle, while Becca Emmons, Adadyn Dost, Payton Dueweke and Lauren Lazarowicz won the 200-meter medley relay for the Dukes.

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The Essexville Garber volleyball team reached the 40-win mark for the season.


Essexville Garber eclipsed another milestone, reaching the 40-win mark while sweeping a quad at home against Bay City Central, Clare and Valley Lutheran.

The Dukes become the third team in program history to win 40 games in a season, joining last year’s team in the elite group.

Laney Kokaly delivered a night of 38 digs and five aces for the Dukes, while Emma DuFresne posted 18 kills and 32 digs. Ella Kokaly had 29 assists and five aces, Haley Hunt had 17 kills and Ella Wagner had 37 assists in the sweep.


Freeland proved to be too much for John Glenn, scoring a 25-14, 25-8, 25-21 win in the Tri-Valley 8 Conference matchup.

“We started warming up toward the end of the game,” Glenn’s coach Madison Seegraves said. “The third set was the best we played.”

Glenn was spurred on by a five-kill, two-ace effort from Kasey Studniarz. Kaylee Swincicki added five digs and Lillian Kaczynski had two aces and eight assists.


Pinconning closed out the regular season going 1-2 in his last Jack Pine Conference quadruple, coming out on a high note by defeating Farwell.

The Spartans lost to Meridian 25-12, 25-17 and to Gladwin 25-7, 25-12, but came through in a three-set thriller with Farwell, prevailing 25-22, 21-25, 25-21.

Geena Gauthier and Maddy Shoultes each had seven kills on the quad, while Kallie Blake added six. Sami Fryzel and Dailyn Bayne finished a combined 44-for-47 with three aces each. Maddy Shoultes led with four aces.

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