ST. IGNACE-The Onaway volleyball team overcame some early errors and staved off elimination en route to winning the 12-team St. Ignace Invitational on Saturday.
Onaway opened the tournament with a win over Cedarville (25-9, 25-5), but lost its next match to Engadine (25-27, 23-25). The Cardinals rebounded to beat Newberry (25-11, 25-12) and Sault Ste. Marie (25-17, 25-10).
Facing elimination, Onaway buckled down and defeated the host Saints 25-21 and 25-19. Onaway needed to win both sets to move on to the bracket round of the tournament.
"We have a target on our back, so we get everyone's best effort. We had eight or nine attack errors in the first two sets and that was kind of a rallying cry for us," Onaway coach Steve Watson said. "It was nice to see us bounce back with the pressure of elimination."
In the bracket round, Onaway moved past Johannesburg-Lewiston (25-22, 25-10) and onto Brimley in the championship where the Cardinals topped the Bays 25-19 and 25-7.
Mariah Ehrke led Onaway with 68 kills, four aces, 67 digs and three blocks; Taylor Ehrke had seven kills, 131 assists, seven aces, 36 digs and four blocks; Lexi Szymoniak had 29 kills, 19 aces and 52 digs; Devin Bristley had 34 kills, 19 aces and 51 digs; Sara Fullerton had 24 kills, seven aces, 34 digs and five blocks and Ashley LaLonde had 31 digs.
Onaway (30-5-3) hosts Pellston on Tuesday in a battle of unbeaten Ski Valley Conference teams.
Alpena completes in Carson City Invite.
CARSON CITY-The Alpena cross country teams got a good tune-up at the Carson City Invitational on Saturday, despite some fatigue and injuries.
"The teams ran well. It was a good day to get a good fast run in to help them prepare for the second Big North Conference meet on Tuesday," Alpena coach Joy Bullis said.
Tellis Donajkowski led Alpena in the boys race, finishing in 18:06. Behind him for Alpena were Issac Cross (18:13), Ben Diamond (18:45). Clay Jacobs (18:53) and Ryan Wirgau (19:10).
Taylor Kunath (23:47) led Alpena in the girls race and was followed by Brooke Burrone (24:12), Leah Centala (24:35), Jenna Talbot (24:50) and Hannah MacDonald (26:10).
Atlanta 48, Au Gres 20
ATLANTA-The Atlanta football team overcame a six-point halftime deficit with 36 unanswered points to beat Au Gres 48-20 at home on Friday.
Jake Chambers had four catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns and added a special teams score as the Huskies (2-3) won their second straight game.
Seth Teets was 9-of-13 passing for Atlanta for 151 yards and one touchdown. Taylor Juergens was a perfect 6-for-6 for 62 yards and a score.
Au Gres led 12-6 after one quarter and added a touchdown and conversion for a 20-12 hafltime lead. From there the game was in Atlanta's control as the Huskies scored 16 points in the third quarter and 20 in the fourth quarter.
Kyle Klein had a rushing touchdown and Jay Webster had a receiving touchdown. Josh Barrett, who had 13 carries for 68 yards had a rushing touchdown and two total scores.
Defensively, Teets led the Huskies with 21 tackles. Chambers had 16 and Juergens had 13.