2016-10-20 / Sports

Leland, North Bay breeze through first round of District 64 tournament

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


LELAND SOPHOMORE Nick Saffell (3) gives Leland a 4-0 lead Monday against visiting Burt Lake NMC in the first round of districts. LELAND SOPHOMORE Nick Saffell (3) gives Leland a 4-0 lead Monday against visiting Burt Lake NMC in the first round of districts. The Leelanau Peninsula’s pair of Northwest Conference co-champions ran into little resistance in the first round of districts on Monday.

Leland and North Bay took care of business with dominant opening-round performances, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 17-0.

The Comets (15-6-1, 8-2 NWC), who secured a share of the league title with a 9-2 win over Glen Lake last Wednesday, tallied five first-half goals Monday en route to toppling Burt Lake NMC 8-0 on a slippery Hancock Field.

Leading the way was senior forward Noah Fetterolf, who finished with a six-point performance (three goals, three assists). Chris Ursu added two goals and one assist; Nick Saffell supplied two goals; Hugo Calderon added one goal; Hank Guest had two assists; and Owen Kareck tallied one assist.


NORTH BAY senior Evan Busby heads in the first goal of the game Monday against visiting Bellaire. Photo: Ron Kramer NORTH BAY senior Evan Busby heads in the first goal of the game Monday against visiting Bellaire. Photo: Ron Kramer “I thought we played very well, especially on the defensive side of the field,” Leland coach Joe Burda said on Tuesday. “We shut down any opportunity Burt Lake had — and we are starting to look like a playoff team.”

The Comets, ranked No. 11 in the latest Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association ranks, were slated to take on Glen Lake (5-12, 2-8 NWC) in the second round last night (results were not available at press time).

North Bay (17-5-1, 8-2 NWC), meanwhile, was slated to host No. 15 Harbor Springs last night after blowing out Bellaire 9-0 on Monday.

“Harbor is a very good team,” North Bay coach Tom Spencer said when asked about the matchup. “It should be a great game. It will be very tough to win, but we’ll take it one play at a time and stick to Jimmy (Valvano’s) words: ‘Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.’ The boys are committed to this motto.”

Evan Busby and the North Bay boys had no quit in them on Monday.

Busby finished with two goals and one assist; Ethan Pino had one goal and two assists; Brett Dyer had two goals; Liam Thielander had one goal and one assist; and Jose Garcia had two assists. Oliver Creamer, Justin McSawby and Jack Pasche also found the back of the net while Jesus Calderon, Navneet Dhami and Keegan Maleske each added one assist.

The team is 12-1-1 in its last 14 games and has not lost a match on its home pitch all season (9-0-1). Last night’s game was played in Suttons Bay.

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Comets cruise past TC Christian

Nick Saffell scored a hat trick and added one assist Friday as the Comets capped their regular season in style with an 8-0 win at Traverse City Christian.

Noah Fetterolf added two goals — including the 100th of his career — and one assist for the Comets while Chris Ursu scored twice and Jack Munoz scored once. Hugo Calderon, Isaac Dedenbach, Owen Kareck and Andy Mosqueda had one assist apiece.

The team finished its regular season with a 14-6-1 record.

North Bay ties Charlevoix

Brett Dyer scored the lone goal for North Bay on Friday as the team played to a 1-1 draw against visiting Charlevoix.

North Bay coach Tom Spencer said the goal came on a “beautiful through ball” from Jose Garcia.

The team finished its regular season with a 16-5-1 record.

Comets top Lakers, earn share

Hugo Calderon and Noah Fetterolf finished with one goal and two assists apiece last Wednesday as Leland secured a share of the Northwest Conference championship a 9-2 win over visiting Glen Lake.

Hank Guest and Adam Maleski scored two goals apiece for the Comets while Nick Saffell finished with one goal and one assist. Andy Bakker and Garret Buta-Scott both found the back of the net, as well, and Chris Ursu added one assist. Andy Mosqueda made 10 saves.

Caleb Gleason scored one of Glen Lake’s goals; Tyler Robbins scored the other on an assist from Brady McDonough.

The league title is a fourth straight for Leland under coach Joe Burda.

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