Lady Vikes have winning season

GRAYLING - The 8th Grade Lady Vikes moved to 4-1 on the season with wins recently vs. East Jordan and Boyne City. In the first game of the week, the Vikings hosted the Red Devils of East Jordan coming out on top with a score of 44-16.

This was a great defensive game lead by Makalya Watkins who had four steals to go with 7 points and four assists. Emma Kuziel was the leading scorer with 17 points to along with two rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots.

Other stats for the night included:

Lilly Odden with 8 points, one assist, and one steal

Rylan Finstrom with 7 points, two rebounds, one assist, and two blocked shots

Amanda Lewis with 3 points, one assist, and four steals

Shelby Swander with three rebounds and one steal

Mandy Andrews with one assist and one steal

Boyne City

Then on Wednesday, the team traveled to Boyne City where they finished with another decisive victory with a final score of 52-24. After another slow start in the first quarter, our girls picked up the defensive pressure and started finishing more consistently on our shots.

“We played great team basketball tonight sharing the ball really well, we just need to improve a little on the execution of some of our passes to continue to grow and improve. These girls are having a great season and I look forward to seeing what they will be able to do as we enter the second half of our season,” said Coach Sarah Frisbie.

The leading scorer for the Vikings was Kuziel with 22 points to go along with eight rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal. Watkins added 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, nine steals, and one blocked shot.

Other stats for the night included:

Finstrom with 8 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots

Odden with 6 points, one rebound, and one steal

Marjorie Hair with 2 points, two assists, and one steal

Swander with 2 points, two rebounds, one steal, and two blocked shots

Lewis with 1 point, one rebound, four steals, and two blocked shots.

7th Grade Vikes fall short

GRAYLING – Grayling 7th grade basketball team came short in their latest games losing to East Jordan and Boyne City.

Early in the week, down by three points with 7.2 seconds left, Grayling called a timeout setting up a potential game-tying play. The Vikings were able to go the length of the floor and get Madison DeMeere open for a 3-point attempt, but it was just short and East Jordan captured an 18-15 victory

"Madison's shot was right on line hit the front of the rim," Coach Don Helinski said. "It would have been incredible if we could have sent it to overtime but we showed composure executing the play even though we had to have our second option bring it up the floor."

The first half was low-scoring with the Red Devils leading 6-3 at the break and then both teams scored six points in each of the last two frames.

Cali D’Amour led the Vikings with six points and five rebounds while Brooklynn Laskowski also added a team-high tying five boards.

DeMeere finished with two points, four steals and three rebounds while Jillian Hartman had two points, four steals and two boards. Katelyn Kanary chipped in with two points and four rebounds and Ali Helinski two points and one board.

Boyne City

Grayling’s fourth-quarter comeback attempt came up short and the Vikings, who trailed by as many as 13, fell by seven at Boyne City on Wednesday, 27-20.

Cali D’Amour led the Vikings for the second-straight game with eight points and four rebounds. She tallied six of her points in the final quarter when Grayling was mounting a comeback.

Jill Hartman had a fine all-around game with six points, four steals and three rebounds. Madison DeMeere notched two points, four rebounds and four steals and Karlie Smith added two points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

"I was proud of the way we didn't quit and fought back, but we need to start stronger and more focused," Coach Helinski said.

Bucks bowlers headed to regional

ROSCOMMON - Saturday Feb. 22 the Roscommon Bucks hosted their last meet of the 2019-20 season against the Shepherd Blue Jays at Fred’s of Roscommon.

In the first game of bakers, the Bucks (5-2) came out flat missing a lot of spares and falling 156-130. In game two of the bakers they bounced back with a 166-120 win and baker total point win.

In the next two games of Peterson match play the Bucks pulled off a 644-579 win, winning all five matches and a 664-607 win winning three of five matches for a total match and meet win of 24-6.

“The boys by far didn’t bowl their best by any means. the shot was tough and spares seemed to be hard to come by,” said Coach David Osim. “But sometimes you just have to say a win is a win and move on. Maybe this will be the boost that we needed by winning and still not doing our best. We all knew that we can bowl much better.”

Leading for the boys and getting the Bucks to a 6-2 record is senior Brady Briggs with a win and 164-126 games, junior Seth Patchin with two wins 133-150, senior Hunter Prieskorn with two wins 120-148, junior Kamaron Leach with a win 141 game, senior Austin Lytle with a win 136 game and sophomore Nick Stehle with a win and 91-99 games. The bucks will have a short practice week getting ready for regionals in Traverse City at Lucky Jacks Feb. 28 - 29.

“We are only taking two girls for singles on Saturday and a team of six boys for team and singles both days we are hoping to bowl our best, make spares and hit our potential and move forward for one more week after that in Lansing for state competition,” said Osim.

Roscommon vs Grayling

The Roscommon Bucks hosted the Grayling Vikings Feb. 20 at Fred’s of Roscommon.

In the first game of baker competition the Bucks fell to the Vikings 145-124.

“We missed a lot of spares in both of the baker games, but the Bucks came back with a whole lot of luck to take the second game of baker 123-122. Spares mean everything in the sport. Strikes come and go, but spares are the most important part of the game,” said Osim. “We still need a ton of work on this part of the game.”

In the next two games of Peterson and match play the Bucks came back with wins of 730-634 with four of five matches, and 814-715 with three of five matches won and giving the bucks a 21-9 win overall in the meet.

Notable for the bucks are Junior Seth Patchin 164-162 winning two matches, senior Hunter Prieskorn 166-149 winning two matches, senior Brady Briggs 158-144 winning a match, Austin Lytle 176 winning a match, Jeremy Black 134 with a win, Kamaron Leach with a 183 and Nick Stehle with a 108.

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