2013-12-12 / Sports


Davison’s Brandon Orth rushes the puck out of his own end as goaltender David Arterburn looks on during the third period of their game with Lapeer Saturday. 
Photo by Keith Warvie Davison’s Brandon Orth rushes the puck out of his own end as goaltender David Arterburn looks on during the third period of their game with Lapeer Saturday. Photo by Keith Warvie BOWLING

Two Cardinals made the bracket finals in the sixth annual L’Anse Creuse Singles Invitational last Sunday at Sterling Lanes in Sterling Heights. Senior Kenny McGuire reached the quarterfinals in the boys’ tournament, while freshman Taylor Davis qualified in the girls’ event.

McGuire finished 12th in the four-game qualifying block with games of 203, 224, 216 and 205 for an 848 total. He rolled a 217 to win his first match in the round-of-32 and a 214 to take his second-round match, but lost in the quarterfinals, 195-172.

Connor McGrath missed qualifying by five pins with his 803 total. Ryan Tubbs rolled 788 and Kevin Markuszski 781.

Davis squeezed into the 16th and final qualifying spot in the girls’ field with a 709 total on games of 174, 158, 203 and 174. She lost her first match to top-seeded Samantha Gainor of L’Anse Creuse North, 238-157.

Taylor Brown totaled 686 in qualifying, and Brooklyn Greene 675.

Davison will bowl in the Bay City John Glenn Holiday Invitational this Saturday. — D.N.


Davison scored three goals in the first period and added solo tallies in the second and third periods to defeat Lapeer, 5-2, in non-conference hockey action at the Polar Palace Saturday.

The Cardinals came out with an aggressive forecheck in the first period. Davison forced Lapeer into a number of turnovers and cashed in on one of those early.

Josh Hill scored after a Lapeer miscue just 55 seconds into the contest to put the Cardinals in front, 1-0. It was the first of two goals Hill would have in the opening 17 minutes.

Hill scored the final goal of the period to extend Davison’s lead to 3-0. He also drew an assist on Jason Raske’s power-play tally at the 4:36 mark that put the Cardinals on top, 2-0.

But, Davison got caught up in Lapeer’s rough-and-tumble style of play late in the period. Taking part in all the extracurricular activities would prove costly for the Cardinals.

Davison was assessed a penalty that would lead directly to Lapeer’s first goal. Nick McCormick’s tally with the man advantage made it 3-1 heading to the second.

“We got caught up in the emotion of the game, the jabbing after the whistle, the goaltender putting his glove in a guy’s face,” Davison coach Doug Towler said of the final minutes of the first period. “Now all of the sudden the momentum that you had because you controlled pace and tempo is taken away because you’re caught up in other things.

“It’s something the kids have to learn. You’ve got control. You don’t regress. You don’t back up and play their style. You keep doing what you’re doing.

“I’m not disregarding or disrespecting them (Lapeer), but we were controlling the pace. Why go back and take these stupid penalties and play the type of game they wanted us to play?”

The chippy play continued throughout the second period. But despite losing a bit of their focus, the Cardinals were able to maintain their two-goal advantage.

Nick Goyette’s unassisted tally with 4:38 left in the second put Davison back on top by three at 4-1. But Lapeer cut the lead back down to two on Cory Kingsbury’s powerplay goal with just 31 seconds left in the stanza.

Davison regained its composure during the intermission and returned to its style of play in the third. The Cardinals kept Lapeer in check and added one final goal to lock up the victory.

Hogan Butler’s power-play goal closed out the scoring. It was Davison’s second goal with the man advantage in the game.

“We had a little meeting in the locker room and I told the players, ‘look if you’re not going to play then you’re going to sit and I don’t care, but we’re not going to play that type of game,”’ Towler said of his talk with his team between the second and third periods. “We often talk about being aggressive and a little bit abrasive, but that’s on loose pucks that’s not after the whistle.

“We got caught up in being abrasive after the whistle and acting foolish, taking penalties and getting caught up in their game rather than being abrasive going after the puck. We need to be abrasive where we are going to control the pace and the tempo, not in what’s going to slow the tempo down, and that’s what we did.

“We got caught up in it so we changed that.”

Butler scored three times to lead Davison to an 8-0 victory over Fenton last Wednesday.

Butler opened the scoring on an assist by Peyton Thiel at the 5:18 mark to put the Cardinals up, 1-0. He scored again on the power play with just 2:14 remaining in the period to up the lead to 2-0 heading to the second.

“We’re starting to find that’s he’s very opportunistic,” Towler said of Butler. “He has a knack for the net.

“He’s just a freshman and as he gets stronger, who knows. He gets down in the 18- to 25-foot area and he knows what to do with it (the puck).

“He scoring good goals. They’re not cheap at all.”

The Cardinals scored two more times in the second to increase their lead to 4-0. After Lance McLean scored off a turnover unassisted, Ryan Beck scored from Thiel and Goyette to give Davison its four-goal edge heading to the third.

“We moved the puck from down low and got some traffic in front (of the net),” Towler said of Beck’s goal.

Butler completed his hat trick by opening the scoring in the third. Thiel drew his third helper of the contest on the goal by Butler.

The Cardinals put the game away with three goals in a 3:41 span late in the period. Raske’s unassisted tally at 12:08 made it 6-0.

Drew Vandeputte’s goal from Hill just 17 seconds later upped the margin to seven. Jacob Wood then closed out the scoring on an assist from Beck at the 15:49 mark. — K.W.


Despite sporting a roster that goes just nine athletes deep, Davison was still able to place eighth in two races at the 13-team Fenton Invitational last Saturday. This included the 400 medley relay team of Matt LePalm (back), David Canicke (breast), Michael Spears (fly) and Jake Kieling (free) and the 200 free relay squad of Kieling, Trevor Cory, Canicke and Spears

The Cards also traveled to Flint Metro League powerhouse Brandon on Tuesday and fell, 101-74. Winning the 200 medley relay for Davison was Lepalm, Jerry Beaty, Spears and Kieling. In the 200 individual medley and the 100 fly, Spears and LePalm grabbed the top spots and in the 100 breast Jerry Beaty and Canicke were first and second. The Cardinals Kieling, Jerry Beaty LePalm and Spears also won the 400 free relay and claiming the runner up spot was Johnny Beaty, James Witt, Josh Jameson and Canicke.

“Brandon had over 20 kids and we came with eight. We won’t be able to win matches like we did last year,” said head coach Ashley DeSouza.

Davison is at Flint Southwestern Academy for a Saginaw Valley League-South matchup tomorrow. — M.S.


The Cardinals opened their season last weekend by going 10-0 in the Fricker’s Duals tournament at Archbold, Ohio. Lincoln Olson went 10-0 at 125 pounds, and Justin Oliver was 10-0 at 140 in the two-day event against some of the top teams in Ohio and Michigan.

Jordan Cooks was 5-0 at 189, Max Johnson went 9-1 at 112, Thomas Garty finished 8-1 at 160 and Dominic Russ was 8-2 at 145.

“It was good competition, a lot of matches, and a good primer for tomorrow,” said Davison assistant coach Randy Schlak.

Schlak was referring to Wednesday’s annual Assembly Dual at No. 1-ranked and two-time defending state champion Detroit Catholic Central, where the entire school turns out in a pep assembly format to cheer on the Shamrocks. Davison, ranked No. 2, brought a student busload of its own support this year.

Davison sent it B team to the Owosso Duals last Saturday, where the Cardinals went 4-1 to finish second to Carman-Ainsworth. Christian Slater, Kurt Schlak, Brody Minthorn and James Taylor all went 4-1 for Davison.

Davison will wrestle in the Gibby Duals this Saturday at Carleton Airport High, while another team goes to the Viking Challenge at Saginaw Swan Valley and a third crew competes in a Frosh-Soph Novice Invitational at Carman- Ainsworth. — D.N.

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