Roundup: Boys soccer districts kick off

Pennfield eliminated in Division 3; Maple Valley advances in Division 4

Pennfield's Chase Austin (10) drives past the Portland goalie Monday night.

Pennfield’s Chase Austin (10) drives past the Portland goalie Monday night.

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.



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.


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).

Nick Buckley can be reached at nbuckley@battlecreekenquirer.com or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter:@NickJBuckley


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