With the conditions not being ideal for a track meet, the pole vault competition between Brighton and Hartland — in both boys and girls — was postponed until Thursday. This made a difference in that the boys team played to a rare 64-64 tie Tuesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs took the majority of the individual running events with big performances from Garrett Bowles — who won the 100- and 200-meter sprints with times of 11.6 seconds and 23.8 seconds, respectively — and Garrett McPeek, winner of the mile run with a 4:38.3 and the 800 with a time of 2:01.7.
Hartland (1-1-1) made up for those wins in the relay — taking three of the four — and the field events. Ben Quella won the high jump, Ryan Helm won the shot put and Evan Litch won the discus for the Eagles.
The winner will be determined following the pole vault competition. For now, Brighton remains in first in the KLAA West at 2-0 in head-to-head meets and Hartland close by at 1-1.
Brighton 99, Hartland 29
HARTLAND – The Bulldogs almost completed another head-to-head sweep this season, winning all but three of events completed in a rout of the Eagles on Tuesday.
Hartland’s three winners were Ryann Laier, who was victorious in the discus with a distance of 101-feet, 11-inches, and the shot put with a throw of 32-feet, 5 3/4 inches. Sydney Hughes won the long jump for the Eagles with a height of 15-5.
Brighton’s star performer was Erin Dowd, who won the 100-meter hurdles (16.12), 100 sprint (13.0) and 300 hurdles (47.8).
“We have been blessed with some phenomenal talent this year,” Brighton girls coach Geri Gee said. “Our entire team trains hard every practice. All the girls on the team deserve all the success they achieve. They truly have earned every bit of it.”
Brighton 7, Milford 2
BRIGHTON – The Brighton girls tennis team fought through some bizarre conditions against Milford to improve to 4-1 on the season and remain in second place behind Grand Blanc.
“It was a tough day to play with the wind as strong as it was, moving the ball around a ton. It also snowed during the player introductions. That was a first,” Brighton coach Jeff Miner said. “So it was a tough weather day, but they hung in there and I was happy with how they adjusted to get the win.”
Maddie Miller, Alyssa Guadagni, Sam Meyer and Gianna Izzo all won their respective matches to give the Bulldogs a sweep in singles play. Maddie Cholewa and Shera Miciek, Emily Belancourt and Monique Sizeland, and Ellie Hibner & Sarah Bradbear won for the Brighton girls in doubles play.
Hartland 5, Pinckney 4
PINCKNEY – With the Eagles and Pirates earning a split in the singles matches, 2-2, it came down to doubles for the two girls tennis squad on Tuesday afternoon. And that advantage went heavily in Hartland’s favor.
The Eagles won some closely-contested battles at three- and four-doubles to secure the victory at Pinckney. Hannah Flickema and Sophia Almasri defeated Grace Lemly and Regin Horan in a match that went to three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Celeste Gomez and Taylo Zdanowski at four-doubles did the same against Hailey Kunath and Jenna Holden, winning 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.
The win marked Hartland’s (1-3) first of the season.
Brighton 3, Milford 0
BRIGHTON – The Bulldogs remained undefeated in league play Tuesday with their shutout of Milford, which had been the KLAA West’s only other undefeated team at 1-0-1 entering the contest.
Mackenzie Roggenkamp, Macculey Barry and Emma Gould each scored to put Brighton at 3-1-3 overall and 3-0-1 in the division with a league-high 10 points.
“That’s a big game,” Brighton coach Chris Stezanovic said after the win. “Milford’s been playing some good soccer, and I thought they played really, really well. But we got some good younger players step up and put the ball in the back of the net.”
The Bulldogs return to action Thursday when they travel to Pinckney.