There were individual stars, as always, but the Brighton track team used its depth to sweep Milford in their season-opening meet on Tuesday.
For the boys, who won 79-58, Jarrett Bowles and Chris Triffo each excelled.
Bowles won the 100 dash (11.5 seconds), and the 200 (23.6) while also running a leg on the winning 800 relay. He also finished third in the long jump (19-111/2). Ezekiel Sherry won in 20-91/2.
Triffo won the 400 (54.41) and the high jump (6-0) while also running on the relay
“We had 38 points in the field events,” Brighton coach Otha Hill said. “If you come out with 30 points, you’re pretty cool.”
The girls won also, downing Milford 81-56.
Among the Brighton standouts was freshman Alexa Spaanstra, who won the 200 and 400 and also ran on the winning 800 and 1,600 relays, and Erin Dowd, who won both hurdles events and the 100 while running on the 1,600 relay.
“Erin put in some hard work in the offseason and is reaping the reward,” Brighton girls coach Gera Gee said in an email.
Brighton also swept the pole vault, taking all three places, while finishing 1-2 in the 100, 200, 400 and 800.
No times for the girls events were available.
Pinckney at Hartland
HARTLAND – Immanuel Malang won two events and tied for first in a third as the Pirates boys won the season opener between the schools, 102-35.
Malang won the 100 (11:56) and the long jump (19-2) while tying teammate Austin Dorosh in the 200 (24.1).
Brandon Wiese also was a multiple winner, winning the 110 hurdles in 18.34 and the 300 hurdles in 44.33. Pinckney won all but three events.
Megan Dophal, who won the 300 hurdles (52.47)and the pole vault (7-6) and Ryan Laier, who won the shot put (32-1) and discus (103-2) led Hartland’s girls to am 81.5-55.5 victory.
Mason 5-8, Fowlerville 1-2
MASON – After starting its season off with a sweep of Linden on Monday, the Fowlerville baseball team dropped two to Mason on Tuesday.
“We struggled tonight in all facets of the game,” Gladiators coach Mike Hanna said. “Pitching was OK. I was happy with our pitching, overall, but out youth — we have four seniors on our team, and tonight our youth really showed. But it was a good experience and we’ll keep moving forward.”
Josh Nabozny, Adam Jolliff. Clay Boak and Eric Fritz were the four Gladiators to record hits on the day as the team fell to 2-2.
Aquinas 5-4, Cleary 4-13
WYOMING – After losing the opener in the bottom of the seventh, the Cougars (9-12) scored nine runs in the sixth inning of the nightcap to earn the split.
“We continue to get good pitching and solid defense,” Cleary coach Karl Kling said.
Cleary’s Austin Forsythe and Devon Jones led the hitting attack in the nightcap, each getting two hits and scoring two runs.
Howell grad James Edwards got the win in relief after getting the last out in the fifth inning.
Birmingham Seaholm 13, Hartland 5
BIRMINGHAM Amy Longe had three goals for the Eagles (2-1), who managed only seven shots on goal.
“We suffered a pretty tough loss from a good Seaholm team,” Hartland assistant Eric Pankowski said.
The Eagles begin KLAA Lakes Conference play tonight.
Grand Blanc 8, Hartland 1
HARTLAND – The Bobcats swept the Eagles in doubles matches during their season opener and winning all but one of the singles.
M.G. Traub was the lone Eagle to secure a victory at No. 2 singles against Grand Blanc’s Lena Yany, doing so in consecutive sets, 6-4 and 6-3.
Brighton 7, Howell 2
HOWELL – The Brighton girls tennis team opened up its season Tuesday with a 7-2 win over its rival, Howell.
Brighton’s Maddie Miller, Alyssa Guadagni, Sam Meyer and Gianna Izzo combined to sweep the Highlanders in singles.