Small schools to make big impact

PERKINS – High schools with enrollments of less than 100 will get their chance to shine in today’s Mid Peninsula Small School Invitational.

The Big Bay de Noc boys and Mid Pen girls return as defending champions in this meet, which begins at 2.

“Our boys are doing pretty well,” said Big Bay coach Dave Partyka. “I think the kids are fired up for this meet. This will give some of our kids a chance to place well.”

This will be the season debut for Carney-Nadeau and Hannahville.

Also entered are Republic-Michigamme, Munising Baptist, Paradise and Engadine.

Big Bay senior Cole Potvin is fresh from winning high jump at six feet, two inches in last Wednesday’s Delta County Invitational at Rapid River. In the 400, he was runner-up in 52.71 seconds.

“Cole has been outstanding again this year,” said Partyka. “He missed the Dome meet because of the flu, but came back real well. Our guys in the weight events are also doing well. Perry Tatrow and Nick Knudsen are throwing about 20 feet further (in discus) than last year and Keenan Adams placed in both of our meets in shot. We’re just trying to focus on what we need to do and see where we can get better.”

Among others to watch are Engadine’s Trevor Brawley and Austin Buss and Republic’s Hunter Schultz in the sprints, with Mid Pen’s Evan Winkelbauer expected to contend in high jump.

Mid Pen’s leader is senior Kelsey Shope, who won high jump at 5-2 last week and copped two events April 17 in Marquette.

Additional leaders for the Wolverines are junior Hunter Branstrom (weight events) and freshman Sarah Hanson (distance).

Republic’s Josefine Hoppe was runner-up in the 3200 (13:59.77) in Monday’s Norway Invitational, with Paradise freshman Carli Gratopp also among those to watch in the distances.

Engadline’s leader is junior Autumn Arseneau (high jump and sprints).