Buccaneer soccer blitzes West Ottawa
The Grand Haven girls soccer team hosted West Ottawa on Thursday for an O-K Red Conference showdown, putting together a ballistic first half of scoring for a 6-2 victory.
The Bucs netted five goals in the opening half while giving up zero and got the scoring started right away. Ten minutes into the game, Dahlia Jerovsek finished a cross from Alli Keyser to light the scoreboard. Keyser tallied a goal of her own at the 21-minute mark, finishing off a blocked shot by Neala Wilson.
Twenty seconds later, Grand Haven stole the ball and sent it forward to Keyser, who chipped a perfect pass to Luckey, who headed the ball home to go up 3-0.
At the 34-minute mark, Jennifer Dear sent a long ball over the West Ottawa defense, sparking a Keyser breakaway that finished with a one-on-keeper goal.
Carley Wagasky finished off the first half with a free kick from midfield, sending a high, bouncing ball into the box, where Keyser headed it over a rushing Panther keeper for a 5-0 halftime lead.
West Ottawa got on the board six minutes into the second half and cut their deficit to three goals 12 minutes later.
With 15 minutes left to play, Keyser tallied her fourth goal of the day, running down a long ball into the West Ottawa box, where the Panthers’ keeper attempted to clear the ball, ricocheting it off the charging forward into the goal.
The win improves Grand Haven’s record to 7-3-2 overall and 5-2-1 in conference play.
Laker softball takes late victory
The Spring Lake girls softball team took a while to warm up their bats Thursday in their O-K Blue Conference single game at Grand Rapids West Catholic.
The Lakers eventually won 12-1 in six innings, but only led 2-0 after four innings as West Catholic looked to halt Spring Lake’s now 72-game conference winning streak.
Four Laker runs in the fifth inning and six in the sixth inning blew the game open as expected, leading to the mercy victory.
Lauren Hellman, Madelyn Nelson and Kileah Rymal each knocked three hits to pace Spring Lake. Jenna Core added two hits, including her seventh home run of the season, while Alicia Mumby added two hits. Core and Nelson each scored three runs.
Leah Vaughan took the win in the pitching circle, giving up four hits and racking up 11 strikeouts.
Spring Lake’s record improves to 18-0 overall and 12-0 in the O-K Blue.
Laker tennis wins final match
The Spring Lake girls tennis team concluded their O-K Blue Conference season Thursday with a 7-1 victory over Sparta, dropping just the No. 1 singles flight.
In singles action, No. 2 Jensen Hussey won 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 Taylor Duer won 6-2, 6-0; and No. 4 Lily Clare Winter won 6-4, 6-2.
In the doubles flights, the No. 1 pair of Rachel Oostinde and Adeline Sherman won 6-4, 6-2; No. 2 pair Kayli Sneller and Cameryn Veine won in a second-set tiebreaker, 6-4, 7-5; No. 3 pair Erin Burke and Zoe Walters won 6-2, 6-1; and No. 4 pair of Erika McSheehy and Taylor Gates took the day’s only three-set match, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.
The win caps the Lakers’ regular season record at 6-2 overall and leaves Hussey undefeated in conference play for the season. Spring Lake will return to the court for the O-K Blue Conference tournament at NorthPoint Christian on Saturday.
Laker baseball dropped by West Catholic
The Spring Lake baseball team took a lopsided loss to Grand Rapids West Catholic on Thursday in O-K Blue Conference competition, 12-3.
Connor Saxe took the loss on the mound, pitching two-thirds of one inning and giving up five earned runs. Jimmy Duer threw three innings of relief, giving up four runs (two earned). C.J. Saxe finished the game throwing two innings while giving up three unearned runs.
David Rumptz finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs, while Griffin Lorimer finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the Laker offense.
Trojan baseball downs Reeths-Puffer
The Fruitport baseball team picked up a series victory over Reeths-Puffer on Thursday with a 6-4 win after splitting Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Logan Wadland took the victory from the mound, throwing five innings while giving up two runs on three hits with five walks and six strikeouts.
Parker Tawney picked up the save, pitching two innings of relief.
The Trojan offense collected 11 hits as Shamori Pollard led the way with three hits, followed by Tawney with two and Jakob Carlisle with the difference-making two-out 2 RBI single in the sixth inning.
Cole Aerts led the Rockets with three hits.
Trojan soccer falls to Mona Shores
The Fruitport girls soccer team dropped their O-K Black Conference rematch with Mona Shores on Thursday by a final score of 4-1.
The Sailors took an early lead and pushed it to a 2-0 advantage by halftime. The Trojans came out firing in the second half, creating a host of scoring opportunities. Eventually, Jaydie Hanks found Ellie Fisher with a pass, who slotted a well-placed ball past the Sailor keeper to cut the lead to 2-1.
Mona Shores was quick to answer, scoring just a few minutes later. Fruitport’s offense couldn’t find another chance, while the Sailors netted an insurance goal in the game’s closing minutes.
“I thought our girls played with tremendous effort and work rate tonight,” said Fruitport head coach Jeannie McClain. “In the first half, we caught a few unfortunate bounces that resulted in goals. Credit to Mona Shores, they are well-coached and capitalized on their opportunities tonight.
“In the second half, I thought we really started to settle in and exert some pressure, but we just couldn’t finish and get back even. We did a lot of things well tonight and will use this as we wind down the year with some important games.”
The Trojans return to action Saturday as they visit Spring Lake at 11:45 a.m.
Trojan softball dominates Cedar Springs
The Fruitport softball team asserted and imposed their will over Cedar Springs on their way to a 14-1 victory Thursday.
The Trojans lit the scoreboard in the first inning, scoring on a wild pitch to take a 1-0 lead. Cedar Springs would tie the game at 1 in the bottom of the first before Fruitport pulled away.
A solo homerun by Heidi Braun pushed their lead to 2-1 in the second inning, before a five-run fourth inning put the game away as Rachel Paulsen, Aurora Wilks and Brynne Tober tallied RBIs.
Paulsen took the win in the pitching circle, allowing two hits and one run over five innings while striking out eight.
Dykstra, Tober and Wilks each knocked three hits to lead the Trojan offense.
Trojan tennis edges Hamilton
The Fruitport girls tennis team edged Hamilton by a score of 5-3 on Thursday in non-conference action.
Trinity Busscher led the way for Fruitport with a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-4 win at No. 1 singles, while Haleigh Winskas added a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles.
Also notching wins for the Trojans were: Olivia Parling taking a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles, Ashleigh Welty and Emily Dirkse taking a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles and Rachel Weiland and Hannah LaBash taking a 6-3, 0-6, 10-8 win at No. 2 doubles.
“That was a great match between two competitive teams,” said Fruitport head coach Brad Busscher. “The No. 1 singles match was a great battle back-and-forth, won in a tiebreaker, as well as No. 2 doubles. That was solid tennis up-and-down the Fruitport lineup. This will hopefully be a good carryover into our conference tournament Saturday at Mona Shores.”
Trojan track competes at O-K Black Championships
The Fruitport boys and girls track teams competed at the O-K Black Conference championships on Thursday, with both teams battling for league supremacy.
The Fruitport boys finished second with 89 points, one point ahead of third-place Reeths-Puffer, while Kenowa Hills took top honors with 147 points.
Cam Oleen won the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.3 seconds and added another win in the 800 dash (2:00.84). Ethan Flores won the 300 hurdles (41.09) and finished third in the 100 hurdles (16.49).
The 1,600 relay team of Oleen, Flores, Brendan Deneen and Cameron Weaver took top honors with a time of 3:30.43, while the 3,200 relay team of Deneen, Weaver, Oleen and Jon Wildey also won their event with a time of 8:14.47.
Ryan Bytwerk added a win in the long jump with a leap of 20-5.
On the girls’ side, Fruitport finished fifth with 65 points.
Jenison won the meet with 127 points, while Reeths-Puffer came in second with 108 points, Kenowa Hills came in third with 106 points and Moan Shores came in fourth with 83 points.
Kallie Fehler fueled the Trojans’ day, winning the 100 (15.9) and 300 (16.07) hurdles, as well as the long jump (16-3.25) and also added a third-place finish in the 200 dash (27.54).
Western Michigan Christian
Warrior softball dimed at North Muskegon
The Western Michigan Christian, Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team traveled to North Muskegon on Thursday, falling to the hosts by a score of 12-2 in five innings.
North Muskegon plated nine runs through the first three innings before WMCC got on the board with a run by Taylor Mosher in the fourth.
The Norse scored two more in the fourth to take an 11-1 lead. Catherine Bradford-Royle drove in the Warriors’ final run with a single in the fifth, before one North Muskegon run in the bottom of the inning ended the game.
Bradford-Royle, Maria Sanocki and Hannah Nestell each tallied one hit for WMCC. Sanocki and Sophia Hawke split pitching duties, striking out five.
WMCC is now 5-11 overall and 1-4 in Lakes Eight Conference play.