2017-05-25 / Sports

13 county athletes qualify for state finals

Throw bros make the cut, hope to keep streaks alive
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

In November, seniors Duke Angers and Tony Duperon came up one win short of a state championship.

A little more than six months later, they’ll have another chance.

The former Glen Lake football fixtures and 10 other Leelanau County track athletes punched their tickets to the 2017 MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 4 State Track Finals on Friday in the Region 39 meet in Manton.

Angers finished first in shot put (47 feet, 9.75 inches); Duperon did the same in discus (152 feet, 5 inches).

Glen Lake coach Jason Bradford wasn’t surprised. Angers has now finished first in all 10 of his shot-put appearances this spring—and Duperon has done the same in discus. It may help that their throws coach happens to be football coach Jerry Angers.

“Coach Angers has worked a lot with them, recording them and critiquing them on film,” Bradford said. “Hard work pays off.”

The Glen Lake boys will send a county-high seven athletes to the state finals at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids on June 3 following their second place finish at the regional. The team tallied 118 points at the meet, finishing 43.5 points back of Manton.

Nick Rice won the 100-meter dash (11.75), besting third-place teammate Jon Wright (11.88); while Josh Sterzer, Peter Macke, Rice and Wright added another victory in the 4x100-meter relay (46.34). Drake Parker also made the cut in pole vault as an extra qualifier (12 feet); Ryan Nadlicki did the same in discus (129 feet, 0 inches).

“We closed the margin on Manton and did better than expected,” Bradford said. “It was a good day.”

The Suttons Bay boys, who had two first-place performances from senior Christian Holmes in hurdles, took sixth in the 14-team field with 38 points.

Manton ran away in first place on the girls side with 193 points, but it wasn’t a bad day for the Lady Norse. The girls came away with three state qualifiers, 56 points and a fourth-place finish.

Alauna Oskaboose led the way with a victory in discus (108 feet, 11 inches), giving herself one last chance to contend for a state title. Oskaboose also finished third in shot put (29 feet, 1 inch). Distance runner Hanna Grant qualified in two events, finishing second in 1600 meters (5:37.55) and 3200 meters (12:22.47).

“Stiff competition,” Suttons Bay coach Jeremy Fenske said. “We had a runner from Manton that she had to run against once earlier in the season. They jockeyed back and forth, but the girl from Manton is a great competitor. She had an extra kick in the last 200 meters in both races.”

Audrey Alflen rounds out the list of state qualifiers from Suttons Bay after a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash (13.64).

The Glen Lake girls, meanwhile, will send just one athlete to states this year after placing seventh in Manton with 34 points.

Savannah Peplinski led the Lady Lakers with a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash (1:03.09) and ran a leg on three third-place relay teams.

“I am very proud of all of the young ladies on the team this season,” girls coach Donna King said.

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