2018-12-06 / Sports

Seniors lead Fall Dream Team

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff

A great fall it was in Leelanau County.

We saw what happened on the pitch and on the volleyball court, but the other fields were full of excitement as well. Both county football teams made it to the postseason, each county team contributed runners to the state meet and the tennis team showed more improvement this year.


Suttons Bay finished its second season of 8-man football with a 9-2 record, falling to Pickford in the regional finals. Glen Lake finished 5-5 overall this season, ending the season with a loss to Beaverton in the district semifinal.

Bryce Opie and Lucas Mikesell were two key contributors, both on offense and defense for the Norsemen. Opie led the offense as quarterback, with Mikesell the top running back on the squad. Opie and Mikesell also played as cornerback on the Norse defense.

The Norsemen outscored their opponents, 462-164, shutting out two different teams on the season. The Norsemen allowed just 26 points in three games, scoring 134 points of their own.

GLEN LAKE football players ready for play against New Lothrop under the lights at Glen Lake. GLEN LAKE football players ready for play against New Lothrop under the lights at Glen Lake. “One of the most memorable moments was when we beat Onekama in the last minute of the game,” Mikesell said. “Bryce threw a long ball perfectly while I was in stride and we scored.”

Suttons Bay lost its first contest of the season against Tri-Unity Christian in a 38-27 game on the road. The Norsemen didn’t lose another regular season game.

“We had ups and downs this season,” Mikesell said. “I knew the team was very talented and we had a shot at going to states. Sadly, the one thing I always remember about our last game, we feel like we were the better team and it should’ve been us in the championship.”

Glen Lake started the season with two very difficult matchups. New Lothrop and St. Francis made the trips to Glen Lake to take on the Lakers, and took it to them. The Hornets defeated Glen Lake, 48-16 and St. Francis defeated the Lakers, 50-12 the following week.

“My most memorable moments were playing all of the very good teams,” Drew Peterson said. “I love playing good competition, no matter the outcome.”

With Jonathan Wright injured, Glen Lake needed another running back to help out. Enter Rolli Charpentier, a 6’1” 190 pound senior who used his toughness and determination to help the Lakers running game.

Charpentier moved into the starting running back position after week 2, as the Lakers climbed back into postseason eligibility.

Glen Lake defeated Charlevoix and Grayling to end the regular season 5-4 overall. With the win against Grayling, Glen Lake earned themselves a spot in the playoffs. The Lakers fell to a tough Beaverton team, to end the season 5-5 overall.

Cross Country

Courses were filled with county cross country runners.

A freshman emerged as one of the top runners in the county, and other young runners in the county made big strides to get better. Makenna Scott and Mason Staggs represent Glen Lake cross country in the Fall Dream Team.

“The most memorable moment for me this season was regionals day,” Scott said. “I won regionals, and was able to break 20 minutes, which I had been wanting to do for a long time. After the meet, my team and I found out we made it to states as a team and we were so happy. We jumped around and hugged each other.”

Scott finished as the regional champion and finished in the top 10 of every race except for one. She placed first in three meets and placed 19th at the state meet.

Staggs finished fifth place in the regional and finished 113th in the state meet. He also won the St. Mary Invitational and finished in the top 10 five times out of 11 races.

“I fought through a knee injury for a new PR (Personal Record) at the regional meet,” Staggs said.

Max Gorcyca and Grace McKillip represent St. Mary cross country teams, who both finished with academic honors. Gorcyca said there was so many memories from his senior season of cross country at St. Mary.

“A memorable moment this season was at the Traverse City Meet,” Gorcyca said. “I passed a guy on the hill and expected someone else to be in front of me, but there wasn’t.”


Tennis faced off against a variety of players and teams.

August Sack performed well in the No. 1 singles, and earned himself a spot on the Fall Sports Dream team.

“There are so many memorable moments throughout the season that it’s hard to pick just one,” Sack said. “The whole thing was a riot. The bus rides were fun and just playing was a great time.”

The four-school co-op season ended in regionals, with some players winning their first rounds, but falling in the second round of the regionals.

Throughout the regular season, the co-op took on a few JV teams as well as varsity teams in tournaments against other schools.

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