St. Philip, Harper v-ball win divisions at Lakeview Invite

St. Philip, Harper v-ball win divisions at Lakeview Invite


St. Philip, Harper v-ball win divisions at Lakeview Invite


The six-time reigning Class D state champion St. Philip High volleyball team earned the Gold Division crown at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday, while Harper Creek’s squad earned the Silver Division title.

The host Spartans fell in in the semifinals of the Gold Division.

St. Philip turned back Temperance Bedford 25-14, 25-18 in the Gold final. The Tigers also beat Cadillac 25-20, 25-21 in the semis; Ida 25-19, 25-18 in the quarterfinals; and Oxford 25-13, 25-21, Parma Western 25-6, 25-16 and Portage Northern 25-15, 25-11 in pool play.

On the day, St. Philip was led by Miss Volleyball candidate Amanda McKinzie with 48 kills, 67 digs and 12 aces. Also, Lenae Lesiow had six aces, nine kills and 102 assists; Sierra Hubbard Neil had 53 kills and 45 digs; Natalie Gallagher had 45 digs; Rachel Gallagher had 16 digs; Sam Ellis had 22 kills; and Casey Gallagher had 14 kills, 14 digs and four blocks.

Continuing with the Gold division, Lakeview, in pool play, defeated Comstock 25-9, 25-7; defeated Allen Park Cabrini 25-13, 25-12; and split with Ida 25-15, 22-25. The Spartans (18-10 overall) then downed Oxford in the quarterfinals 25-15, 25-17 before falling to Temperance Bedford in the semis 20-25, 21-25.

On the day for Lakeview, Madelyn Drikakis had 27 digs and eight aces; Casey Looper had 43 kills and six blocks; Macy McCullough had 34 kills and 18 digs; Hannah Emery had 20 digs; Payton Moore had 80 assists and five aces; and Madison Olsen had four blocks.

The Beavers took Silver Division honors with a thrilling 25-27, 25-23, 15-13 victory over Holt in the final.

The Beavers advanced with a 25-17, 25-14 semifinal win over Portage Northern, following a 25-11, 25-18 win over Delton Kellogg in the quarterfinals. Harper Creek went 0-1-2 in pool play.

The Beavers (12-9-7 overall) were led by Megan Gwathney with 91 assists, seven aces and 21 digs in the tournament. Also for Harper Creek, Olivia Leson had 40 kills, six blocks and six aces; Brianna Ganton had 23 kills, 26 digs and seven aces; Lauren Grimes had 23 kills, 26 digs and four aces; Lexi Latshaw had 73 digs and eight aces; and Kendall Latshaw had 28 digs and five aces.


B.C. Central Invite: The Bearcats were led in aces by Makyla Robinson (3), digs by Emma Stagner (30), kills by Lacey Jones (eight) and assists by Hallie Hampton (17). BCC went 0-4 on the day and was knocked out of bracket play. Marshall also competed.

Union City Invite: Pewamo-Westphalia defeated Union City in the final of the tournament. In the semifinals, Union City topped Quincy and P-W downed Colon. Marshall Academy also competed.


Holly Invite: Croswell Lexington finished first in the 13-team field with 59 points in one of the divisions, while Harper Creek was seventh with a 179.

Harper Creek’s top finishers were Kurt Swanson (seventh in 17:21), Weston Herman (25th in 18:10), Stewart Murch (42nd in 19:02), Quinn Hovarter (52nd in 19:22) and Dakoda Laupp (53rd in 19:23).

In Division 2, Gull Lake placed second with 77 points and St. Clair was first with 47 points in the 17-team field.

The Blue Devils’ top finishers were Sam Butler (fourth in 16:41), Sam Sly (eighth in 16:57), Jeremy Simon (10th in 17:03), Coleman Gibson (23rd in 17:37) and Ben Snow (32nd in 17:48).


Holly Invite: In Division 2, Gull Lake place first in the 15-team field with 39 points, and second was Holly with 110.

Gull Lake’s top finishers were Mikayla Hostetler (second in 19:30), Lily Fell (sixth in 20:13), Leah Coonrod (seventh in 20:28), Kylee Chaffin (11th in 20:40) and Hayley Buckhout (13th in 20:55).


Portage Central Invite: At the star-studded four-school event, Portage Central placed first with 17 points, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central was second with 16, Birmingham Groves was third with eight and Lakeview was fourth with seven.

Lakeview had three second-place flight finishers, all with 2-1 records: Hans Lee at No. 1 singles, Jacob Derry-Tyler Horan at No. 2 doubles, and Blake DeBree-Andy McCotter at No. 3 doubles.


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