Onaway boys basketball team loses on buzzer-beater
CENTRAL LAKE — The Onaway boys basketball team continues to play close games, but unfortunately the Cardinals continue coming up short and that was the case Monday night as Onaway fell to Central Lake on a buzzer beater, losing 58-56.
“We started out great and then it all went downhill from there and we fell apart,” Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said. “We had a lot of turnovers which is not like us at all and at times we were lazy, outhustled and outworked and that cannot happen.”
Keaton Brewer led Onaway with 24 points in the losing effort. Trevor Wregglesworth had 11 points and Dakota Cruz chipped in with nine points.
“We let another one get away and it was our game to win. We need to work on closing and that’s on me. I have to do a better job pushing them and preparing them,” Szymoniak said.
Onaway falls to 1-4 overall and will host Mancelona on Thursday.
HALE — The Fairview boys basketball team came up just short on Monday night, falling to Hale by a final score of 50-47.
“We played three quarters of good basketball and led most of the way, but we made mistakes late and got into foul trouble and just couldn’t get a flow going late in the game. We let one get away,” Fairview coach Rick Ebert said.
Fairview was led by Seth Cleeves who scored a team high 16 points.
Oliver Rice led Hale and all scorers pouring in 24 points on the night.
Fairview falls to 4-2 overall and will host Atlanta on Friday.
Au Gres 50,
AU GRES — The Atlanta boys basketball team lost a close game on Monday night, falling to Au Gres by a final score of 50-42.
Austin Corbin led the Huskies scoring16 points on the night and Nick Byarski added 14 points.
Atlanta falls to 1-6 overall with the loss and will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Fairview.
The Onaway wrestling team was in action over the weekend, competing in a competitive tournament at New Lothrop.
Brittney Wolgast (112) had a tough draw losing her two bouts to eventual fifth and sixth place finishers, Logan Zell of New Lothrop and Ty Anderson of Corunna. Zell is a returning state qualifier and was seeded fourth.
Teddy Peters (130) was in a tough weight class where the top two seeds were state runner-up in their respective weight classes. Peters finished 0-2, losing to Alec Ziza of Richmond and Nolan Bovee of Birch Run. “He certainly wrestled tough and realized that the small things make the biggest differences in a tournament of this level,” Onaway coach Mark Grant said.
Troy Klein (160) won his first bout over Tyler Shelton of Millington before falling in his next two bouts to Kollin Panek of Clio in the quarterfinals and David Kaltz of Richmond in the consolation round.
“Troy wrestled the best he has all year and battled well with some very tough competition. This weight class was like nearly every weight class in the tournament, the top four seeds were state medalists from last year,” Grant said.
The seeding criteria for this tournament was, 1. State Champ, 2. State Medalist, 3. State Qualifier, 4. Head to Head, 5. Best Record.
“That is a very simple criterion, but also speaks of the level of competition that attended that tournament. I was very happy that our few kids were exposed to that level of competition so that they can experience what I have been talking about every day regarding intensity and a drive to get better,” Grant said. ” We must put ourselves in difficult situations so that we can truly grow as individuals and if this type of tournament is what it takes then that is where we need to be. What we do with this experience will determine if it was all worth it. I told them that I could create a softer schedule and inflate their records so that they feel good about themselves and when districts get here we can go compete and then go home for the year because they were not ready. That is not how I operate now and I never have. To be the best we have to beat the best and that means we need to go hunting every weekend to find that competition. I was proud of their effort and I will be interested in seeing what they do with their new found knowledge.”
The Alcona Lady Tigers bowling team opened their season with a doubleheader on Saturday at Vista Lanes in Oscoda. The first match was against Bay City All Saint. The Cougars came on strong taking both Baker games with a total of 314 to the Tigers 265 and splitting the Team games, with the Cougars on top with a total of 1,273 to the Tigers 1,242. All Saints came out on top with a final score of 21-9. The high game for the Cougars went to Jannah LaBean with a 180 and the high for Alcona went to Raegen Eller with a 168.
During the second match, the Lady Tigers took on Ogemaw. The Tigers split the Baker games with a total of 228 to the Falcons 176 and swept the Team games with the Tigers scoring 1,315 to the Falcons 972. Alcona took the second match by a score of 23-7. High games for Alcona went to Raegen Eller with a 189 and the high for Ogemaw went to Rachel Frechette with a 175.
The next match will be another doubleheader at 9:30 am on Saturday at Monitor Lanes in Bay City against the John Glenn Bobcats and then at 1:00 pm at Bay Lanes in Bay City against the Tawas Braves.