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CONFERENCE PREVIEWS: BIG NORTH CONFERENCE TEAM CAPSULES

Updated: May 3, 2023



BIG NORTH CONFERENCE:


Below are the team capsules for the Big North Conference. Rounds of Emails were sent to the athletics departments and coaching staffs of every girls soccer program in the state where coaches emails were available in March. To submit information for missing schools, submit additional information, or to make corrections, please email Web and Content Editor Dan Stickradt at stickradt@michigansoccernetwork.com or text to (248) 884-1051.


Teams – Alpena, Cadillac, Gaylord, Petoskey, Traverse City Central, Traverse City West


SCHOOL: Alpena

HEAD COACH: Gregg Supiran, second season

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 6-13-1, 0-10-0 BNC (sixth)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Saginaw Unified (9-0); lost to Traverse City West (3-0) in D-1 district semifinals

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Faith Dragiewicz, soph. F; Reese Wisniewski, soph. M/F; Laurel Alberts, soph. F; Olivia Goodrich, jr. M

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Isabella Hogan, jr. M

KEY NEWCOMERS:

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: Things were a little rough during Gregg Supiran’s first season at the helm. The Wildcats only won six games and were winless in the BNC. Alpena has some young talent climbing the ranks that would like nothing better than to post some upsets this year and help the Wildcats climb the latter in the BNC.


SCHOOL: Cadillac

HEAD COACH: Joy Weitzel

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 16-4-4, 6-2-2 BNC (second)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Bay City Western (1-0); def. Petoskey (3-0, district finals); lost to Spring Lake (2-1) in D-2 regional semifinals

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Avery Mickelson, jr. D (all-League, All-District); Georgette Sake, sr. M (10 goals in 2022, top returning goal scorer); Jazmin Angell, jr. G

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Mairyn Kinnie, jr. F

KEY NEWCOMERS: Onalee Wallis, jr. D; Taylor Pennoni, soph. M; Kyah Narovich, soph. F; Sophia Clough, fr. M

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: One of Cadillac’s best seasons to date included a runner-up finish in the BNC, a district championship and 16 wins. With only three returning starters and a large crop of varsity newcomers, it may be a rebuilding campaign following a slow start.


SCHOOL: Gaylord

HEAD COACH: Christopher Adams

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 11-4-3, 5-2-3 BNC (third)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Bay City John Glenn (5-0); lost to Petoskey (2-1) in D-2 district semifinals

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Claire Gorno, jr. M/F (All-League First Team); Sydney Deer, sr. D (All-League Second Team); Emma Rosse, jr. F

OTHER KEY RETURNEES:

KEY NEWCOMERS:

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: Gaylord finished with a respectable 11 wins last year and finished third in the BNC. There were several losses to graduation which should open the door of opportunity for younger players to step up.


SCHOOL: Petoskey

HEAD COACH: Zachary Jonker

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 10-7-2, 3-5-2 BNC (fifth)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Gaylord (2-1); lost to Cadillac (3-0) in D-2 district finals

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Kate Farely, sr. M (All-League Second Team); Anna Dundon, sr. M/F; Hope Wegmann, sr. M; Sadie Coley, soph. G (eight shutouts); Annie Jones, sr. D

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Mitzi Hoffman, sr. M (missed last season with an injury); Emma Lohela, jr. D;

KEY NEWCOMERS: Clara Mailloix, soph.; Lauren Cole, jr. D; Annia Gandhi, jr.

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: With a solid core back, a rising prospect in goal, and some quality newcomers bodes well for Petoskey as it tries to do some damage in D-2.


SCHOOL: Traverse City Central

HEAD COACH: Charlie Needham

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 8-7-5, 3-4-3 BNC (fourth)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Bay City Central (4-3); lost to Midland Dow (2-0) in D-1 district semifinals

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Tessa Petty, soph. M (All-League First Team); Hannah Abner, sr. D (All-League Second Team; committed to Alma College); Maddie Bartlett, sr. M (All-League Second Team); Amelia Jordan, soph. (All-League Second Team); Alexandra Lewis, sr. F; Elizabeth Thaxton, sr. F; Madalyn Sivier, sr. D; Calla Behrmann, jr. D; Addison Booher, jr. F; Emma Jo Papranec, jr. M; Amelia Jordan, soph. G; Iali Rodenroth, soph. M

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Nora Madion, jr. M; Lucia France, soph. D;

KEY NEWCOMERS: Ellie Shenkelberger, soph. M

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: The good news for the Trojans is that they are experienced at the varsity level. TCC brings back 12 players that started games last season, including four that earned either first-team or second-team All-BNC honors, and 14 total players are back in uniform. That alone brings optimism for a team that finished fourth in the league last season and lost in the district semifinals. The Trojans started 2-3-0 overall with four of those five games being decided by one goal. TCC has defeated both Saginaw Heritage (6-1) and Mt. Pleasant (2-1).


SCHOOL: Traverse City West

HEAD COACH: Ed Fantozzi, first season

2022 OVERALL RECORD / LEAGUE RECORD / LEAGUE FINISH: 13-4-4, 7-1-2 BNC (first)

2022 STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Def. Midland (4-1); def. Alpena (3-0); def. Midland Dow (2-0, district finals); lost to Portage Central (2-0) in D-1 regional semifinals

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS: None

STATE RUNNER-UP SEASONS: None

RETURNING STARTERS: Ahna Campbell, sr. D (All-League First Team; signed with St. Thomas Aquinas); Amelia Blume, sr. (All-League Second Team); Alessia Piombo, sr. M (All-District, signed with William Penn University in Iowa); Onalee Gustafson, sr. M (Bethel University); Jenna Rawlings, sr. M; Lila Warren, jr. M; Mia Dungan, jr. M; Beatrice Rooks, jr. D; Lily Smith, jr. F; Hayden Buttleman, jr. M; Mikayla Thompson, jr. M; Gianna Primo, jr. D; Gwen Allore, soph. G

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Abigail Carmien, soph. D; Dillyn Mohr, soph. M; Cameron Slagert, soph. M; Reagan LaCross, soph. F; Sadie Wares, soph. D

KEY NEWCOMERS: Avery Plummer, fr. F; Paula Liebmann, sr. F (foreign exchange student)

OUTLOOK / NOTABLES / COACHES COMMENTS: The good news for the Titans is they return almost everybody back from last year’s team that won league and district titles behind 13 wins and reached the Division 1 regional semifinals. Several of those players were starters are played quality minutes off the bench and three of those players will be on college rosters in the fall. In all 17 players return to the varsity roster. The Titans also welcome in a promising freshman and an exchange student who will both see regular minutes. TCW started the campaign 2-1-1 with the loss coming against state-ranked Troy Athens. After leading Boyne City to the Division 3 state runner-up in 2021, Ed Fantozzi takes the reigns for the Titans. "This is a group of determined ladies who are poised to be a sleeper in the postseason. The right blend of talent from the front to back with a great mix of skill sets to keep an opponent on their heels. A beutiful group of girls and a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with all of them," said coach Ed Fantozzi.

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