2017-10-12 / Sports

Bobcats finding peak heading toward districts

By Sports Staff


Grand Blanc’s Brandon Dellaposta sneaks the ball around a Livonia Franklin defender on Sept. 19. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Grand Blanc’s Brandon Dellaposta sneaks the ball around a Livonia Franklin defender on Sept. 19. Photo by Brandon Pope GRAND BLANC – The Grand Blanc boys’ soccer team had some growing pains early in the year but has really come along in the second half of the season. Most recently, it traveled to Novi and shut out the No. 15-ranked Wildcats, 2-0. Grand Blanc seems to be gelling very well at the right time, which bodes well in its favor as it prepares for next week’s district playoffs.

Grand Blanc’s district will be hosted by Lapeer (9-4-3), and aside from the host Lightning, also includes Carman- Ainsworth (2-8), Flushing (6-12-1), Davison (6-3-2), Saginaw/Saginaw Arthur Hill (2-11) and Swartz Creek (6-5). None of the teams are state ranked and Grand Blanc appears to be one of the strongest teams competing in this district.

The Bobcats (9-7-1) open the postseason on Tuesday at home against Saginaw/Saginaw Arthur Hill. That same day, Lapeer hosts Carman Ainsworth and Swartz Creek welcomes Flushing. Davison awaits the winner of the Creek and Flushing game, while a Grand Blanc win would pit it against Carman-Ainsworth or Lapeer, which would be a 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. double-header on Thursday.


The Goodrich boys’ soccer team poses for a photo after a first-place finish at the GAC Tournament 
Photo courtesy Evan Huizenga The Goodrich boys’ soccer team poses for a photo after a first-place finish at the GAC Tournament Photo courtesy Evan Huizenga The district championship is slated for 11 a.m. at Lapeer on Oct. 21.

It’s been quite a season for Grand Blanc, with Jacob Whitmore and Ali Shiek-Khalil holding down the fort in net. Brandon Dellaposta, Chase Clark, Anthony Gasso, Mark Zackrison, Mohamed Ali, Jacob Tali, Keagan Hobson, Yezen Anabtawi, Jeron Body and Muaz Asperger have been among some of the top contributors this season. – B.P.

Div. 2 at Goodrich

Goodrich will host this year’s district tournament and will enter as Genesee Area Conference champions for the 13th straight season while being fresh off of a first-place finish at the GAC tournament. Teams included in the district are Fenton, Linden, Kearsley, Flint Southwestern, Clio, Holly and Owosso.

Opening-round games will be held at multiple sites when play opens up on Tuesday. Fenton (4-5-2) will host Linden (10-5-1) on the upper part of the bracket while Kearsley (2-5-1) hosts Flint. On the lower half of the bracket, Holly (2-7-1) will host Owosso (8-4) while Goodrich (13-2) welcomes Clio (1-6).

Semifinal games will be held at Goodrich next Thursday, Oct. 19, and will begin with either Fenton or Linden against Kearsley or Flint Southwestern at 5:30 p.m. The 7:15 p.m. game will feature either Clio or Goodrich against Holly or Owosso. The winners of both games move on to the championship game which will be played at noon on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Goodrich.

The Martians will look to goalie, Nolan Robb. Robb has had a dominant season in net in which he did not allow a single goal during league play. Offensively, Trevor Taylor and Hunter Haffner have been on a scoring tear for Goodrich as of late, while the rest of the team is consistently filling up the stat sheet. – A.V.

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