The Michigan High School Athletic Association boys soccer state tournament kicked off Monday, as Pennfield hosted Portland in a Division 3 district opener.
In a tightly-contested game, Portland hung on to defeat Pennfield 1-0 to advance to Wednesday’s district semifinal at Comstock where it will face the winner of Olivet vs. Parchment.
Pennfield outshot the Raiders 29-4, with the lone goal allowed on a direct kick. Keith Browand finished with four saves in net.
The Panthers finished their 2016 campaign with a record of 9-8-2, as Chase Austin tied the school record for goals in a season with 24.
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DIVISION 4 AT HILLSDALE ACADEMY
MAPLE VALLEY 4, BELLEVUE 2: Maple Valley advanced to the district semifinals after Logan Ramey scored a pair of goals, with single goals scored by Darius Abbott and Devin Thompson. Dylan Wagner and Andrew Schilep each recorded an assist for the Lions.
HILLSDALE ACADEMY 6, CALHOUN CHRISTIAN 0: The Cougars saw their season end while seventh-ranked Hillsdale Academy advances to face Maple Valley in Wednesday’s semifinal.
GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING
HARPER CREEK INVITE (SAT.): No team scores were kept at the seven-team event.
Harper Creek posted a state cut with the 200 medley relay team of Kelsea Popps, Jena Wager, Alysa Wager and Taylor Root (fourth, 2:00.14) while the 200 freestyle rela team of Alysa Wager, Root, Haylee Hausman and Elisabeth Wolf won in 1:47.66. Jena Wager posted a pair of state cuts in the 200 IM (second, 2:19.56) and the 50 freestyle (first, 25.59); Alysa Wager won the 50 freestyle (25.59) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.39); while Devon Larson (429.30) and Megan Kusler (370.70) finished 1-2 in diving.
Marshall posted state cuts in two events – the 200 medley relay team of Jane Turner, Amaya Walker, Kennedy Karns and Tarah Lang (second, 1:57.37) and Turner in the 100 backstroke (first, 1:04.39). Also winning for the Redhawks was the 400 freestyle relay team of Julia Mathieu, Turner, Chloe Bedwell and Lang (3:59.53).
GABRIEL RICHARD INVITE (SAT.): In the Division 4 girls race, Athens finished runner-up with 72 points, followed by St. Philip in third with 88.
Athens was paced by Corra Hamilton (fourth, 19:36.0), Jaiden Hurst (12th, 22:18.2), Skylar Golyar (22nd, 23:59.2), Carolin Hemkes (27th, 24:37.4) and Alicia Holm (34th, 25:29.8).
St. Philip was led by Ava Strenge (second, 19:16.8), Meagan Casterline (13th, 22:19.3), Irene Hibbard (25th, 24:16.3), Lilly Schultz (37th, 25:42.4) and Mae Dustin (44th, 26:53.6).
In the Division 4 boys race, St. Philip placed third with 85, while Athens was ninth with 181.
St. Philip’s top runners were Jack Greenman (fourth 17:27.2), Kenny Wojcik (eighth, 17:34.3), Davis Spencer (14th, 18:12.6), Ben Rutherford (29th, 18:59.4) and Hunter Finnila (30th, 19:07.7).
Leading Athens were Bradley Brandevold (16th, 18:23.7), Andrew Oswalt (25th, 18:49.5), Riley Howard (44th, 20:10.6), Alvaro Roso (47th, 20:31.5) and Gage Hadley (52nd, 20:49.6).
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