Whitmore Lake wins golf district, four girls soccer teams advance to district finals
Whitmore Lake’s Antony Manschesky, James Richards and Eric Milbocker shot career bests to edge Grosse Ile by one stroke in a two-hole playoff on Thursday for the Division 3 district championship at the Rustic Glen Golf Club in Saline.
Tied 319-319 after regular play with No. 5 golfers Whitmore Lake’s Jacob Zagor and Grosse Ile’s Grady Bennet tied at 89, the teams moved to a hole-by-hole playoff. Tied after the first hole, Whitmore Lake’s five man aggregate shot a 20, one stroke less than Grosse Ile.
“We expected to advance, but we didn't expect to play so well,” Whitmore Lake coach Larry Thistlewaite said. "The team played exceptionally well, probably our best outing of the year.”
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Taylor Mulder ended up with three goals, and Danielle Rathfon and Macy Holmberg had the other scores. Mulder scored the first three goals in succession.
A 45-minute delay due to weather conditions hindered both teams at the start, but Saline quickly adjusted.
"It made the field slick, which throws off passing, but it wasn't very bad," Saline coach Dana Restrick said.
A second-half surge propelled Manchester past Hillsdale 6-0 in its Division 4 girls soccer district semifinal on Thursday at Jackson Christian High School.
Jessie Manders led Manchester with three goals. Taylor Manders added a goal and three assists, and teammate Sydnie Ahrens added two goals and two assists.
Manchester (17-1-1, 9-0-1 Independent Soccer League) will play Blissfield (11-3-2, 5-2-2) in the district final at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. Manchester defeated Blissfield twice in the regular season -- 5-3 on April 25 and 4-3 on May 13.
Kyle Austin covers sports for AnnArbor.com.