2018-02-01 / Sports

John nets 17 as Northport pushes streak to six

Boys roundup: Okerlund, Lakers roll past Rayders
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor

NORTHPORT SENIOR Austin John (3) put up a season-high 17 points on Tuesday as the Wildcats dispatched visiting Vanderbilt by 35 points for their sixth straight win. Photo: Dan Duffiney NORTHPORT SENIOR Austin John (3) put up a season-high 17 points on Tuesday as the Wildcats dispatched visiting Vanderbilt by 35 points for their sixth straight win. Photo: Dan Duffiney Austin John returned to Dream Team form against Vanderbilt on Tuesday.

John, a senior guard at Northport, knocked down a trio of trifectas and scored a season-high 17 points against the Yellow Jackets as Northport rattled off its sixth straight win, 57-22.

“It was nice to get him back in the scoring column where we’re used to seeing him,” Northport coach Dan Stowe said of the performance.

John had reached double figures in just three of his first 10 games this season after putting up 10-plus on 11 occasions as a junior. The 17 points were his most since last season in a 36-32 home win over St. Mary.

All that said, the Wildcats (8-3, 3-0 Cherryland) haven’t exactly needed a hero lately. Stowe rolls out one of the most balanced and unpredictable lineups on the peninsula — and the unselfish play has paid dividends. The team during its six-game win streak has outscored opponents 292-153.

The stat sheet showed another balanced attack on Tuesday as Austin Huck added 13 points and two players, Ethan Pino and Zach Stowe, scored eight apiece. Carson Miller provided six points; Brett Dyer finished with five. Nick Straub paced Vanderbilt offensively with 14 points.

The Wildcats will look to keep rolling tomorrow in a Cherryland Conference clash with visiting St. Mary. Northport won the previous meeting 30-16 on Jan. 11, limiting the Eagles to just two first-half points.

Lakers run past Charlevoix

Xander Okerlund poured in 17 points Monday as Glen Lake shrugged off another slow start and extended its win streak to six games with a 73-28 road drubbing of Charlevoix.

SUTTONS BAY sophomore Lucas Mikesell (21) fires a 3-pointer past the outstretched arm of Buckley senior Joey Weber on Friday in a regional final rematch between the Bears and visiting Norsemen. Mikesell finished with nine points and four assists.SUTTONS BAY sophomore Lucas Mikesell (21) fires a 3-pointer past the outstretched arm of Buckley senior Joey Weber on Friday in a regional final rematch between the Bears and visiting Norsemen. Mikesell finished with nine points and four assists.
Coach Rich Ruelas said his Lakers, who slid into the No. 10 slot of the AP Poll this week, trailed 8-6 with about two minutes left in the first quarter.

“We couldn’t throw a rock in the ocean,” Ruelas said of the slow start. “We were taking pretty good shots, but nothing would fall.”

It was all Glen Lake from there, however, as the Lakers (10-1, 7-1 Northwest) outscored Charlevoix 21-9 in the second quarter, 28-9 in the third quarter and 18-2 in the fourth.

Joey Fosmore and Reece Hazelton joined Okerlund in double figures with 14 points apiece. Cade Peterson chipped in with nine.

The Lakers, who were slated to host Leland after press time last night, will travel to take on Suttons Bay tomorrow and Onekama on Wednesday.

Harris lethal as Bears beat Norse

Buckley senior Austin Harris was crowned homecoming king at halftime, and deservedly so.

Harris was king of the court in the first half — scoring 27 points — as the Bears raced out to a 58-30 halftime lead on Friday in a regional-final rematch with visiting Suttons Bay. The sharpshooter finished with 32 points in what was a convincing 94-60 win.

“It was raining 3s,” said Suttons Bay coach Ron Anderson, whose Norsemen (4-7, 2-6 Northwest) had played five straight games without a loss in regulation. “They’re one of the best teams in the conference, and it showed.”

Harris and his teammates made it rain from long range with regularity, finishing with more than a dozen 3-pointers. Denver Cade delivered a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double, adding eight assists and five steals. Joey Weber and Brock Beeman added 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Suttons Bay had 18 points from Thomas Hursey, 11 points from Garrett Keith and 10 points from Garrett Shananaquet. Shananaquet led the Norsemen with nine rebounds; Keith corralled eight.

The Norsemen will get another crack at Buckley on March 1 inside the Suttons Bay gym, where Buckley posted a 100-59 victory last season.

Stags spoil Miller’s big night

Garrett Hessem delivered two fourth-quarter daggers from beyond the arc Friday as Kingsley survived a 45-point outing from Garett Miller and held off visiting Leland, 83-68.

“We gave up too many points,” Leland coach Jon Kiessel said. “The issue is our rebounding margin. They rebounded half of their missed shots. You just can’t survive a game when you allow that to happen.”

The Comets (3-7, 0-7 Northwest) trailed by as many 20 points in the second quarter, Kiessel said, but cut the Kingsley lead to just six in the fourth. The Stags sealed the win from the stripe, knocking down 9-of-12 fourth-quarter free-throw attempts.

Dylan Reno did most of his damage in the first quarter en route to a 28-point performance. Hassem finished with 18.

Miller eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau with a third-quarter trifecta from the right wing and finished 8-of-16 from long range. Little brother Gavin Miller, a freshman, also reached double figures with 10 points while fellow freshman JJ Popp finished with eight points and 10 assists.

The Comets will not play tomorrow as scheduled due to a flu-related school closure in Mesick. No makeup date had been announced at press time. The Comets and Bulldogs will meet Monday, however, to make up a game originally scheduled in January.

Eagles drop fifth in a row

Josh Belanger and Justus Daugherty put up 15 points apiece Friday as Traverse City Christian toppled visiting St. Mary, 52-29.

“Our shooting woes continue,” said St. Mary coach Jim Dybevik, whose Eagles (2-10, 0-3 Cherryland) have now lost 10 of their last 11 games, including each of their last five.

Both teams took 54 shots, Dybevik said. St. Mary made 11 of those attempts (20.4 percent); Christian made 22 (40.7). Key turnovers and defensive lapses helped the Sabres run away down the stretch, Dybevik said.

Shawn Grant, the top scorer for St. Mary through 12 games, tallied a teamhigh 10 points in the loss.

Grant and his teammates will look for better luck when the teams meet again on Feb. 23 in Lake Leelanau.

Huck leads Wildcats past Comets

Austin Huck poured in a career-high 24 points Friday as Northport breezed past host Burt Lake NMCA, 60-26.

The 24 points were the most scored by a Northport player since former Leelanau County scoring leader Marcus Stowe tallied 26 at Traverse City Christian in 2016.

“Austin had some really nice plays along the baseline,” said Stowe’s uncle, Northport coach Dan Stowe. “We’ve been working on passing the ball around and getting some more ball movement. He happened to be in the right place at the right time and did a super job underneath the basket for us.”

Dan Stowe’s son, Zach Stowe, reached double figures for the fourth straight game with a 12-point performance. Brett Dyer and Austin John chipped in with seven points apiece.

Parker Spears led the Comets offensively with 16 points.

Lakers breeze past Bulldogs

Senior forward Cade Peterson and his Glen Lake teammates raced out to a 25-2 first-quarter lead on Friday en route to a 67-22 home win over Mesick.

“It was pretty tough for them to find answers for him,” Glen Lake coach Rich Ruelas said of Peterson, who scored a game-high 19 points on 9-of- 11 shooting (81.8 percent) in just 14 minutes. “He did a lot of damage on the blocks, and our guys did a good job of recognizing mismatches.”

Peterson was one of 10 scorers for the Lakers, who posted a 48-16 scoring advantage in the paint.

Usual suspects Reece Hazelton and Xander Okerlund joined Peterson in double figures with 12 points and 11 points, respectively, in limited action.

The teams will meet again for the final time as Northwest Conference opponents in the regular-season finale on March 1.

Rogers, Panthers roll past Comets

A 30-point game from Jaylon Rogers propelled No. 5 Frankfort to an 83-47 home win over Leland last Wednesday.

Rogers took over with 13 points in the third quarter, a quarter in which Frankfort outscored Leland 24-11.

“We didn’t stop them from anything,” Leland coach Jon Kiessel said, “and we got killed on the boards.”

Matt Loney added 14 points for the Panthers, who had scoring contributions from 11 different players.

Garett Miller led Leland with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Gavin Miller added 10 points; Hank Guest had eight.

Okerlund nets 28 at home

Xander Okerlund poured in a season high 28 points — including 22 in the first half — last Wednesday as Glen Lake stayed hot with a 78-60 victory over visiting Kingsley.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a player do that,” Glen Lake coach Rich Ruelas said of Okerlund’s first-half showing. “He was just playing on a whole ‘nother level. … He was in a rhythm, and when he gets hot, watch out.”

Four other Lakers reached double figures in the victory. Cade Peterson chipped in with 18 points and two players, Max Guilbeau and Reece Hazelton, added 11 apiece.

The teams will meet again in Kingsley on Feb. 23.

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