Nouvel Catholic and Valley Lutheran claimed victories in the first round of district football, setting up the third showdown between the Division 4 powers.

Nouvel defeated Montrose 7-1 while Valley Lutheran blanked Laker Ha 4-0 in Thursday’s first-round games. The team will meet in the Division 4 district semifinals Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Valley Lutheran.

Lydia Jacobs scored five goals in the Nouvel win, giving her 35 goals in 17 games for the 12-4-1 Panthers. Emilee Rosenberg added two goals to give her 30 goals for the season.

Valley Lutheran improved to 12-2-3 with the win over Laker.

During the regular season, Nouvel won 3-1 over the Chargers before playing to a 1-1 tie.

In other Saginaw-area playoff games, Heritage fell to Traverse City Central, 2-1, and Midland Dove topped Traverse City West, 2-1, in Division 1. In Division 2, Mount Pleasant knocked off Petoskey, 1 -0.

In Division 3, Unionville-Sebevaing defeated Birch Run, 2-1, and Caro knocked off Marlette, 6-2. Bullock Creek beat Gladwin 2-1 and Alma blanked Clare 1-0 to move on, but Shepherd was eliminated 7-0 by Big Rapids.


  • Freeland defeated Shepherd 4-1 and 10-0 in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday. Luke McClaren got the win in the first game, allowing one run and four hits while striking out eight in seven innings. Jacob Kovalski led the offense with two hits. Ryan Quackenbush pitched five shutout innings for the win in game two. Colin Dee and Mason Fleming each had two hits to lead the 23-10-1 Falcons.
  • Sanford Meridian picked up a pair of non-conference wins, outscoring Coleman 17-3 and 14-3. In the first game, Eli Olmstead threw a two-hitter and struck out four. Ethan Wetzel led the offense with four hits and three RBIs, and Chase Thurlow and Olmsted each added two hits. Robbie Edwards got the win, allowing two hits in five innings. Reece Teer led the charge with three hits and three runs to lead the Mustangs to a 19-14 victory.

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