Bay County roundup: Freshmen rise to the occasion with match in the balance

BAY CITY, MI – A look at the high school sports scene in Bay County for April 26, 2022. Bay County coaches are asked to submit results, highlights and comments the night of each event by emailing

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It was a match that called for resilience beyond their years.

But fortitude is not a problem for these freshmen.

Needing a win at No. 4 doubles to pull off a Tri-Valley Conference triumph at Alma, the Essexville Garber girls tennis team got it in stunning fashion. The freshman duo of Lela Travis and Lauryn Popenhagen delivered a dramatic three-set victory – with all three sets going to tiebreaker – to give the Dukes a 5-3 win.

“Two freshmen were the superstars of the day,” Garber coach Mike Collins said. “They pulled us through at the very end. It took three sets of tiebreakers, but they eventually came through and clinched the win for us. “

Garber got wins from all four freshmen in its lineup, as Jayce Woods prevailed at No. 3 singles and Emmalyn Bergevin won at No. 3 doubles with partner Ashley Hughes. The Dukes also got singles wins from No. 1 Taylor Adams and No. 2 Sarah Michalski.

“Everybody played really well,” Collins said. “They definitely have a lot of energy right now. It’s very positive. “


After getting blanked in the opener and being stuck on one run after six innings of the nightcap, Pinconning was due.

The Spartans made good use of their final swings, breaking loose with a five-run outburst that delivered a 6-1 win over Laker.

Tied at 1-1 in the top of the seventh, Pinconning got a two-out RBI double from Jack Boettcher that started the rally. Nathan Laures and Carter Bleshenski followed with run-scoring singles and the Spartans were in business.

Laures was the lone batter with two hits in the contest while Cole Rezler, Evan Knochel and Boettcher combined to pitch a one-hitter for Pinconning (8-4).

Laker won the opener 2-0, scoring the game’s only runs in the third inning. Pinconning managed just two hits. Landon Gage allowed only three hits in taking the loss.


Bay City Western is doing a lot of things right this year while building a 7-3 record.

And even players who normally don’t figure in the scoring are getting in on the act.

Sparked by a couple unlikely offensive sources, the Warriors pulled away from Swartz Creek for a 12-3 victory. Western benefitted from a rare assist from goaltender Tanner Lapak, who then switched positions and scored a goal from the field. The Warriors and even got a sneaky goal from defensive middie Kaden Gransden.

Cayden Kerkau, Nick Feinauer and Logan Cottrell each scored three goals in the win while Dominic Robbins and Nolan Besaw also added goals.

Bay County Sports Calendar



Carrollton at John Glenn, 4 pm

Standish-Sterling at Saginaw Heritage, 4 pm


Carrollton at John Glenn, 4 pm

Mio at All Saints, 4 pm

Girls Soccer

Bay City Central at Grand Blanc, 4:30 pm

Bay City Western at Lapeer, 5 pm

Girls Tennis

John Glenn at Essexville Garber, 4 pm



Bay City Western at Midland Dow, 4 pm

Essexville Garber at Reese, 4 pm

Lapeer at Bay City Central, 4 pm

Pinconning at Shepherd, 4 pm


Bay City Central at Lapeer, 4 pm

Midland Dow at Bay City Western, 4 pm

Pinconning at Shepherd, 4 pm

Standish-Sterling at Millington, 4 pm

Girls Soccer

John Glenn at Essexville Garber, 4:30 pm

Standish-Sterling at Pinconning, 5 pm

Boys Lacrosse

Bay City Central at Grand Blanc, 6 pm

Saginaw Bay at Cadillac, 6 pm

Boys Golf

Bay City Central at Bay City Western Invite, 10 am

Girls Tennis

Bay City Central at Flint Carman-Ainsworth, 4 pm

Schedule subject to change

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