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WMC hoops sweeps Manistee

Tribune Staff • Feb 23, 2019 at 12:28 AM

WMC boys roll Manistee

The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team ended their regular season on a high note Friday with a 67-31 win over Manistee.

The Warriors raced out to a 16-5 lead through the first quarter with seven points from Zach Butkis and six from Owen Varnado. They ballooned that lead to 32-9 by halftime and 50-21 heading into the final frame.

Butkis led the way with 18 total points, while Varnado, Kellen Mitchell, Hayden Hubers and Tyler Somers all scored eight points apiece.

“Our seniors did a tremendous job in their last game at WMC,” said WMC head coach Kurt Gruppen. “They came out with a lot of energy and excitement. They have given a lot to the program and it was such a great way for them to go out.”

The win finishes off the Warriors’ conference schedule at 6-4 and leaves their overall record at 9-11. They start their playoff journey through the Class C district tournament Monday at Kent City against Ravenna at 6 p.m.

Junior varsity: WMC defeated Manistee 57-22. Isaac Parker led with nine points.

WMC girls blow past Manistee

The Western Michigan Christina girls basketball team made short work of their Friday-night matchup with Manistee, taking a 55-40 victory to seal back-to-back Lakes Eight titles.

The Warriors led 19-5 at the first break, 29-17 at halftime and 47-31 heading into the fourth.

They would jump out to a 20-point lead early in the first half before Manistee closed the second quarter on a 10-2 run to close the gap. The third quarter kicked off with an 8-0 run for WMC, bringing their lead back to 20.

Taylor Folkema led with 29 points, eight steals and six rebounds. Anna Sytsema added 14 points, nine rebounds and six steals in her final game at home, while Megan Heiss racked up nine assists.

“We have improved our offense in our last three games,” said WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman. “I want to peak at the right time and can see that the girls are focusing on the little things. I was proud of the girls starting the first and third quarter the way they did.”

The win improves the Warriors’ record to 16-2 overall and 9-1 in league play.

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