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Central claims a five-set thriller against Bay County. Determination wins the day as Central takes control of the action

Central claims a five-set thriller against Bay County. Determination wins the day as Central takes control of the action

BAY CITY, MI BAAY CITTY, Mich. - BAy City, Michigan A look at the high school sports scene in Bay County for the 12th of October, 2021. Bay County coaches are asked to submit results, highlights, and a feel-good moment on the night of each event by emailing lthomps2@mlive.com.

VOLLEYBALL

Central pulls out a five-set thriller.

Just as it looked like Bay City Central was done, the Wolves delved into a new type of fight.

Central rallied to secure a 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 20-25s, 25, 25-25. 27.15-13 victory over Saginaw Heritage in the Sag Valley League.

It was a roller coaster and we lost in most sets, but they never gave up, Central coach Christine Davila said. This was probably the most determined Ive ever seen them display so far this year, said the team.

All five games were thrillers that required a fight to the end. It seemed like the momentum was on Heritage's side when the team fought hard in Game 4 to win 27-25. Central responded in the fifth set to a 6-3 victory.

Katie VanWormer made smart choices throughout the match, setting our hitters Megan Gross and Molly Pitcher, who couldnt be stopped from putting the ball away, Davila said. Stephanie Ramos, our libero, also played hustle defense throughout the match.

Central had plenty of reason to cheer in this tension-filled setting, which was appropriate for the five-set drama.

Throughout the match, my bench never stopped cheering for every single person on the court, Davila said. Everyone had upbeat outlooks, and thats no doubt how were going to be more successful, says Smith.

CROSS COUNTRY, NORTH CENTRAL

Glenn boys run to runner-up in the Glend boys' race.

After a season-long run against the clock, the John Glenn boys cross country team may be pleased with its performance.

The Bobcats finished second in the final Tri-Valley 8 standings, placing second at the end of the jamboree to secure their spot.

Emerson Laverty finished third in 16:53, earning first-team all-conference honors for the second consecutive season. Braden Amthor, Nick Beson, and Ryder Payne all earned second-team all-TVC 8 accolades for Glenn. Beson, Payne, A.J. Kulhanek, and Cole Perkins all posted personal-bests on the day.

The Glenn girls finished fifth in the jamboree and sixth in final standings. Destiny Wasoski finished 11th in 21:29 to lead the team and earn second-team all-league honors. Ava DArchangel, Jade Smith, Avas Idalski, and Alyvia Long all posted personal lows on the day.

Jacques is the first to the finish for Pinconning.

Kinsie Jacques secured first place at the Beaverton Invitational, adding to her fast-growing running resume.

The Pinconning sophomore completed the finish in 20:16, leading her team to a fourth-place finish. Ariel Holstine, Frieda Schendel, and Alex Kanthe finished in the top-20 for the Spartans. Delaney Weber, Sam Bills, and Carmen Stickel all posted personal-best times for Pinconning.

Tayler Morand led the boys team with a top-10 finish.

GIRLS SWIMING WITH GIFTS

The Panthers keep a good start to the season.

Standish-Sterling defeated Essexville Garber 117-67 in ISC action, remaining unbeaten in duals on the season thanks to four-win performances from Sareena Kurchak, Sierra Maison, and Scarlet Maison.

Sierra Maison won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Scarlet Maison claimed the 300 IM and 200 butterfly. The trio won the 200 medley relay with Paige Vallad and took the freestyle relay alongside Brooke DeBolt.

DeBolt in the 500 freestyle and Aliyah Schalk in diving also placed first.

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