Balanced Hematites boys hold off Westwood, 64-56

By Journal Sports Staff

ISHPEMING — Senior Hart Holmgren scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures as Ishpeming got past Westwood 64-56 in a high school boys basketball game played Friday night.

The Hematites grabbed a 15-12 lead after one quarter and nursed it to four-point advantages, 27-23 and 44-40, after each of the next two quarters.

Ishpeming’s Gavin Sundberg scored 15 points, Darius Yohe 13 and Dondre Yohe 12.

Westwood’s David Delarye led all scorers with 23 points, hitting at least two field goals in every quarter.

The Hematites also won the JV game 48-39.

Munising 82, Stephenson 45

At Munising, the Mustangs’ Alec Blank and Cade Contreras outscored the visiting Eagles by one point.

Blank dropped in 27 points while Contreras, who missed Munising’s opener earlier in the week due to illness, added 19.

“We got a lot of steals on our halfcourt trap (defense),” MHS coach Terry Kienitz said. “We got some good turnovers and really pushed it in transition.

“Blank hit three 3s, helped with the zone and really attacked on the offensive end.”

Dan Murk, who pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, and Jesse Matson added 10 points apiece.

The Mustangs ran to a 26-12 lead after one quarter, building the advantage to 43-18 by halftime.

Merlin Thoune paced the Eagles with 14 points.

Munising won the JV game 58-36.

Petoskey 55, Marquette 38

At Petoskey in the Petoskey Invitational, the Redmen ran into a quality Class A opponent to open the season.

“There were a lot of good things to take from this game,” MSHS coach Brad Nelson said. “Petoskey is a very good team.

“We had some early foul trouble. We had to sit four of our starters for basically all of the second quarter. And yet we only trailed 25-23 at halftime.”

The Redmen offense dried up in the third quarter as they fell behind 42-27 entering the fourth.

“Every year when we play here it seems like there’s about a four-minute bad spell, and against teams like these, it’s hard to come back.”

Junior center Marius Grazulis led Marquette scorers with 10 points, while junior Ethan Martysz added nine, all on a trio of 3-pointers.

Joel Wilson paced Petoskey with 14 points, while teammates Seth Mann and Daniel Kolp had 13 each.

The Redmen wrap up their appearance in Petoskey with a game against Traverse City West at noon today.

Iron Mountain 60, Gwinn 48

At Gwinn, the Modeltowners made a fourth-quarter comeback attempt by fouling the Mountaineers’ Marcus Johnson, but it backfired as he hit his final six free throws of the game.

“It was back and forth early, we only trailed 22-18 at halftime,” Gwinn coach Jim Finkbeiner said. “They put a little spurt on us in the third quarter, and we couldn’t get it under five (points) after that.”

Tucker Taylor led the Modeltowners (0-2, 0-1 Mid-Peninsula Conference) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while teammate Austin Forbes added 15 points.

Johnson finished with a game-high 26 points, while IM’s Charlie Gerhard added 18 and Jaden Vicenzi 12.

The Mountaineers also won the JV game 49-15.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is