Girls Track Places at Finals; Lacrosse Loses in Regional
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GIRLS TRACK — Hartland’s 3,200-meter relay team placed fifth at the Division 1 state finals in Rockford. The team finished in a time of 9 minutes, 23.65 seconds. The team is comprised of Avery Evenson, Anna Pasternak, Allison McGinn and Kaylee Phillips.
Evenson was seventh in the 1,600 in a time of 4:56.60. Hannah Meier of Grosse Pointe South set an MHSAA All Class/Division and Lower Peninsula Division 1 Finals meet record with a time of 4:42.60.
The Hartland girls earned six points, while Grosse Pointe South finished as the Division 1 champs with 54 points.
GIRLS LACROSSE — Hartland battled to double overtime before falling to Brighton, 14-13, in a Division 1 regional final Saturday.
The website reported that Rachel Sharpe and Ryan Skomial had four goals apiece, Haley Crouse had two goals, and Taylor Pryde and Annie Quinn each had one goal. Senior goalie Kelsey LaValley recorded 24 saves.
SOFTBALL — Hartland got a chance to get in something more than just practice in preparation for Saturday’s showdown with Lakeland in district action.
The Eagles defeated Plymouth, 5-0, in the KLAA Championship crossover game. Hartland (27-4, 10-1) was the West Division champion and Plymouth (17-9, 9-2) was the South Division champ. The game was originally scheduled for May 25 after the Eagles lost the eventual KLAA champ Walled Lake Northern in the Lakes Conference title game, but was postponed because of inclement weather.
“Defensively, we’re playing well,” Hartland coach Carl Gabrielson said. “The kids are cautiously confident going into Saturday’s game. This team is awfully young and they’re anxious to play Lakeland.”
In the win over the Wildcats, Shelby Hard got the offense going with an RBI double in the second inning. Hard had two RBIs in the game.
“We had a well-rounded hitting performance,” Gabrielson said. “One run here, one run there.”
The Eagles had eight hits overall, including two doubles. Kayla Gustitus had two hits and a run. Abbie Minsker, who was the winning pitcher, helped her cause with two hits. On the mound, she gave up three hits and struck out eight. Hannah Greene had an RBI in the sixth inning.
It’s going to be a long, but exciting day in Hartland on Saturday as the baseball and softball teams face Lakeland at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively. Milford and Holly are in the other semifinals. The championship games are at 2 p.m.
“Lakeland has the history behind them,” Gabrielson said. “This team with its youth, it will be fun to watch how it plays out on Saturday. We have a nice rivalry. We won first game this season. The kids know if they play well and don’t make mistakes they have a chance to win.
“I’m hoping it’s a classic game. These teams are deserving of playing each other. ... We’ve been waiting for this and I hope the girls get a goodnight’s rest tomorrow.”
Gabrielson expects the Hartland sports complex to be packed on Saturday so plan to get there early for a good seat. Full concessions will be available as the trailer used for football games will be set up near the diamonds.
BOYS GOLF — Hartland tied for third place at the Division 1 No. 7 district tournament at Dunham Hills.
Pinckney placed first with a team score of 306. Walled Lake Northern was second (312) and Hartland tied with Novi with a 314. Catholic Central was fifth (315) and Lakeland was sixth (320).
There were 12 teams at the district, competing for six spots at next week's regional.
"It's a tough district, but we stayed focused until the end," Hartland coach Nathan Oake said. "We get to move on to another tournament next week. Just the experience of playing at the regional will be great for these young guys."
Adam Firavich led the Eagles with a 77 on the par-71 course. Grant Klopfenstein shot 78, Austin Rivet shot 79 and Craig Stoddard shot an 80.
"I'm proud of their efforts," Oake said. "But this is a tough regional we're headed to."
Catholic Central is the host of the No. 4 regional, which features teams from districts 7 and 8. The regional will be held at Lyon Oaks Golf Course in Wixom on June 9. The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the state finals.
GIRLS SOCCER — Hartland defeated Pinckney to advance to Thursday's district finals. For our story, click here.
GIRLS LACROSSE — Ryan Skomial led Hartland with five goals and two assists as the Eagles beat Grand Blanc, 15-7, in the regional semifinals on Tuesday in Lake Orion.
Hartland advances to the regional final against Brighton on Saturday at noon. The Bulldogs won both regular-season meetings against Hartland, 18-14 on April 12 and 14-5 on May 4.
"Abby Tierney and Amber Crouse were key on defense," Hartland coach Katherine Gutteridge said. "Kelsey LaValley was amazing in net with a season-high 26 saves."
Courtney Lee, Taylor Pryde, Rachel Sharpe and Haley Crouse each scored twice. Natalie Sochaki and Annie Quinn added one goal apiece.
GIRLS SOCCER — Hartland High School sophomore Michelle Rollins scored four times while the Eagles locked down Milford's offense, winning 8-0 in the opening round of a district tournament Tuesday.
The Eagles (13-2-3) only allowed one shot on goal against the Mavericks (2-13-2).
Hartland head coach Andrew Kartsounes said execution was key to avoid coming out flat from a week off due to a rainout last Wednesday.
"We wanted to make sure that we were executing, that's important because we haven't played for a week," Kartsounes said. "We wanted to go out there and treat it like a tournament game and play hard and also execute offensively."
Rollins' offensive output was the most she's scored in high school. Senior Hailey Pleshakov scored two goals, both penalty kicks in the first half. Junior Lexie Schmidt and freshman Karen Nichols also scored a goal each.
Hartland will play Pinckney in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Field in Howell. Pinckney (7-4-3) defeated Howell earlier Wednesday 2-0. The winner plays in the championship game that's scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Eagles tied the Pirates earlier in the year 1-1 on April 14 and beat them 1-0 on May 10.
BOYS GOLF — The Eagles finished third overall at the KLAA Lakes Conference tournament at Tyrone Hills in Tyrone Township.
Pinckney won, shooting a 298. Grand Blanc was second with a 301 and Hartland shot a 316.
Pinckney's Otto Black shot a 68 on the par-72 course to lead all golfers.
Craig Stoddard led the Eagles with a 78. Austin Rivet shot 79, Chris McRae shot 79, Adam Firavich shot 80 and Grant Klopfenstein shot 80.
"All five of those players made the all-KLAA Lakes Conference team," Hartland coach Nathan Oake said. "Our sixth score, which we didn't count, was an 81 by Chris Pentescu. He was one shot off making the all-conference team. Five players, I think, is the most we've ever had on that team as a school."
Oake said the goal Tuesday was to stay focused all day.
"We were about 80 percent of the way there," Oake said. "It started getting windy and hot. We're still working on our discipline, but today was a good step. We're pleased with a third-place finish. Hopefully, Thursday, at the district championships, we stay focused the whole day and play well enough to get out of there and move on. That's certainly our goal."
Hartland is hosting the district tournament at Dunham Hills. The top six teams advance to regionals.
BASEBALL — Hartland beat Fenton 10-0 to advance in a district tournament. For our story, click here.
SOFTBALL — Hartland defeated Fenton 7-1 to move on in a district tournament. For our story click here.
PROFESSIONAL BOWLING — Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland attempted to throw a different kind of strike on Memorial Day — one as the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field in Chicago before the Houston Astros-Cubs game.
Koivuniemi, the reigning Professional Bowler Association Player of the Year, is competing Tuesday and Wednesday as part of Team Ebonite in the GEICO PBA Team Shootout, according to the PBA's facebook page.
To watch a video of the pitch, click here.