PREP ROUNDUP: Posen hoops teams sweep Au Gres; Hillman girls win fourth straight

POSEN–Solid team defensive and ball controlled paved the way to a dominating win over the Posen boys basketball team on Monday.

Cameron Paull scored 21 points and Lucas Stone had 16 points, six assists, six steals and five rebounds as the Vikings defeated Au Gres 68-24 for their second straight win.

“We were running in transition (well) and taking care of the ball,” Posen coach Chris Keller said. “That’s something we struggled with in our first game.”

Eyan Hincka added 11 points for Posen (2-1), Wyatt Romel had six points and George Kroll added five as nine of Posen’s 12 players scored in the win.

Posen hosts Johannesburg-Lewiston on Tuesday.

Alcona 59, W-P 25

LINCOLN–Aidan Wrobel and DJ Howe each scored 14 points and the Alcona boys basketball team defeated Whittemore-Prescott 59-25 on Monday.

Alcona (2-1) led 15-11 after one quarter, 35-13 at halftime and 43-31 after three quarters.

“We played pretty well the first half and had a nice lead at halftime. We did not play very well in the third quarter but was able to get everybody in the game and secure the victory,” Alcona coach Ryan Bilbey said. “Dana Thorson is a great player and he made contested shots all night. Mason Clark and Nick Rasmussen did a nice job defensively. I was happy to see DJ Howe play as well as he did.”

Clark added nine points for Alcona and Rasmussen had six. Thorson led the Cardinals with 31.

Alcona plays at Bay City John Glenn on Friday.

Hillman 52, Atlanta 38

ATLANTA–Gunner Mellingen scored 15 points, Isaac Morrison added 12 and the Hillman boys basketball team pulled away from Atlanta in the second half to earn its first win of the 2019-20 season with a 52-38 over the Huskies on Monday.

Hillman (1-2, 1-1 North Star League) led 28-23 at halftime and 41-31 after three quarters, using its defense to force the Huskies into taking bad shots.

“I thought we did a nice job on (Aaron) Cuzzort and a nice job in the interior on (Zach) Roux,” Hillman coach Eric Muszynski said. “It’s nice to get back in the winner’s circle.”

Cuzzort had 10 points while playing through an injury and Roux had seven points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks for the Huskies (1-2).

“We were fine up until the second half. We got a quick basket and the missed some opportunities on open shots,” Atlanta coach Kevin Haren said. “We struggled against the trap and made some sloppy passes.”

Sean Henigan added seven rebounds and six steals for Hillman.

Atlanta plays at Charlton Heston on Wednesday and Hillman is off until after New Years.

Mio 51, Rogers City 44

MIO–The Rogers City boys basketball team gave Mio all it could handle on Monday, but fell short and lost 51-44 in a North Star League contest.

Nick Freel had 23 points for the Hurons (1-2) and JD Ellenberger and Matt Newhouse each had seven.

“We played very well. Our guys stepped up and competed tonight,” Rogers City coach Matt Ponik said. “I’m very proud of our effort and where we are at and (where we are) going as a team.”

Hale 70, Fairview 27

FAIRVIEW–Joe Kimmerer had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and the Hale boys basketball team got off to a fast start en route to a 70-27 win over Fairview on Monday.

Hale led 34-4 after one quarter and upped its lead to 47-14 by halftime.

Garrett Beebe added 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Hale.

Grant Lietzke led Fairview with 10 points.


Hillman 56, Atlanta 23

ATLANTA–The Hillman girls basketball team won its fourth straight game on Monday, beating Atlanta 56-23 behind a strong defensive effort.

Bailey Schook scored 19 points and added eight rebounds for the Tigers (4-1), who led 35-9 at halftime. Julia Taratuta added 14 points and four steals, Jessie Jones had eight points and four steals and Allyson Brown had 10 rebounds.

“We got good pressure on them, which led to us creating turnovers and executing drives,” Hillman coach Jenny Taratuta said.

Jordan Kobielus had seven points, six rebounds and three blocks to lead Atlanta (0-3) and Tanaysja Tidwell added four points and six steals. Jaidah Chippa had three points and 12 rebounds.

“They outworked us. We were down 24-6 at halftime and they outhustled us all night long,” Atlanta coach Jeremy Kobielus said.

Atlanta plays at Charlton Heston on Wednesday and Hillman is off until after New Years.

Posen 66, Au Gres 9

POSEN–Ella Szatkowski scored a career-high 13 points and was one of four Posen girls basketball players to finish in double figures Monday as the Vikings defeated Au Gres 66-9.

Riley Krajniak added 15 points for the Vikings (4-1, 2-1 North Star League), Makayla Kamyszek had 13 and Elena Kalbitzer had 10.

Posen raced out to a 17-0 lead to start the game and led 45-2 by halftime.

“We got a lot of girls some playing time, which is good for us,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said.

Posen is off until Jan. 6.


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