Bay City roundup: One final-minute free throw denies spirited upset bid

BAY CITY, MI – A look at the high school sports scene in the Bay City area for December 15, 2022. Area coaches are asked to email results, highlights and comments to [email protected] the night of each event.


Bay City All Saints could have entered the game as underdogs.

But the longer the cougars hung around, the more chance they had.

All Saints took Deckerville at a distance and came just a bucket from an upset in a 29-28 road loss.

“We made progress against a really strong Deckerville team tonight,” said All Saints coach Mike Debo. “We gave ourselves a chance to win on the road and hopefully that will help us go through. If we play like that, we will be successful on several evenings.”

All Saints (2-3) were held below 30 points for the fourth straight season. But his defense was up to the task, sending the game into the final minute with a 28-28 knot.

Deckerville’s Emma Salowitz hit one of two free throws to take the lead, then the Eagles (4-2) held their breath when All Saints missed the final shot on a drive in the paint. The win gives Deckerville a four-game winning streak.

Annaka Neetz led All Saints with eight points and ten rebounds while Lili Costilla had six points.

Libby Tank led Deckerville as the only player with 11 points, reaching double digits in defensive showdown.


Tawas took an early lead and held Houghton Lake at a distance the rest of the way for a 73-56 win.

Tawas built a 22-6 advantage after a quarter and never gave it up while playing solidly throughout the contest.

The Braves put four players in double digits, with Vinnie Frank dropping 19 points, Ethan Hegglin 16, Alex Kaems 14 and Jake Look 13.

Cody Meigs had a great performance of 26 points for Houghton Lake while Braydon Shameless added 14.

Brady Gehrett

Brady Gehrett of the Gladwin Boys Basketball Team for 2022-23.


Gladwin couldn’t shake Farwell for three quarters.

But with a win in sight, the fourth quarter belonged to the Flying G’s.

Gladwin sunk his free throws on the stretch to eventually hold his own for a 49-34 win in the Jack Pine Conference game.

“The best thing I can say about this game is that we found a way to end it at the end,” said Gladwin manager Mike Verellen. “We played really flat about three-fourths of basketball. Playing 9-13 on free throws in the fourth quarter was huge for us.”

The game was tied 19-19 at halftime before Gladwin (2-2, 2-1) took a three-inch lead at 29-25. But the G’s finished the game on a 20-9 run.

Lucas Mead delivered 12 points and eight rebounds with six steals in the win. Brady Gehrett had 10 points and four steals.

Keaton Allbee led Farwell by nine points.


Au Gres couldn’t match Alcona in a 64-28 loss, but the Wolverines showed a bit of spark along the way.

“The boys made tremendous progress tonight,” said freshman coach Chase Blackmore. “Moving the ball, reacting more aggressively to goals and rebounds… The kids are moving and losing their defender.”

Hunter Harmon scored eight points to lead Au Gres while Casey Williams had seven and Brennan Smolen had six.

Alcona, leading 20-4 in the first quarter, earned 18 points from Evan Borsvold and 13 from DJ Howe.


Essexville Garber is asking some new swimmers to fill key roles this season.

And they answered the call.

Sparked by a win in all three seasons, the Dukes earned a 102-69 win over Caro in their Independent Swim Conference home opener duel.

“We have guys in the A Seasons who weren’t there last year and they really stepped up in that role,” said Garber coach Erin Dowd. “The team as a whole has discovered what it means to compete, to push yourself.”

Cameron Callahan, Connor Dowd, and Chance Owen each won four events for Garber, with Callahan winning the 100 and 200 freestyles, Dowd winning the 200 IM and 100 Buttefly, and Owen winning the 50 and 500 freestyles.

Dowd, Owen, Thoth Moya and Elijah Smith won the 200 medley relay, Smith, Moya, Callahan and Dowd won the 200 freestyle relay and Owen, Callahan, Wesley Rathke and Sawyer Bebow won the 400 freestyle relay.

MLive Bay urban area

basketball calendar


Boys Basketball

Akron-Fairgrove at Kinde North Huron, 8 p.m

Alma at Essexville Garber, 7 p.m

Bay City All Saints at Deckerville, 7:30 p.m

Bay City Central at Mount Pleasant, 7 p.m

Bay City Western at Ogemaw Heights, 7 p.m

Cass City at Saginaw Heritage, 7 p.m

Lakers in Memphis, 7:30 p.m

Midland Calvary Baptist in Au Gres, 7:30 p.m

Oscoda in Poznań, 19:15

Reese at Sandusky, 7:30 p.m

Saginaw Swan Valley at John Glenn, 7 p.m

Sanford Meridian at Beaverton, 7:30 p.m

Standish Sterling in Midland Bullock Creek, 7 p.m

Traverse City Home School in Mio, 6 p.m

Unionville-Sebewaing in Ubly, 7:30 p.m

Whittemore-Prescott at Hale, 7:30 p.m

Girls Basketball

Akron-Fairgrove at Kinde North Huron, 6:30 p.m

Alma at Essexville Garber, 5:30 p.m

Alpena vs. Tawas at Little Caesars Arena, noon

Clare at Pinconning, 7:30 p.m

Farewell Gladwin, 7.30pm

Harrison at Shepherd’s, 7:30 p.m

Midland Calvary Baptist in Au Gres, 6 p.m

Mount Pleasant at Bay City Central, 7 p.m

Ogemaw Heights at Houghton Lake, 7 p.m

Poznan in Oscoda, 7:30 p.m

Saginaw Swan Valley at John Glenn, 5:30 p.m

Sanford Meridian in Beaverton, 6 p.m

Standish Sterling at Midland Bullock Creek, 5:30 p.m

Whittemore-Prescott in Hale, 6 p.m

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