Bucs girls tennis falls to East Kentwood
Grand Haven girls tennis dropped an O-K Red Conference match Wednesday to East Kentwood, 6-3.
Match wins for the Bucs came at No. 1 singles with Lilja Plumert defeating her opponent 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 singles Alyssa Hatzel at 6-2, 6-4, and No. 1 doubles with Laura Slocum and Ellie Slater at 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
“Plumert, for the second time this week, beat a returning No. 1 singles player in our conference which is a great result,” coach Chris Wilton said. “Alyssa has now won her first three conference matches. Laura and Ellie have now spent over five hours on the court in the last two matches, winning both this week.
“Although the team lost today, there were several matches that we can improve on and both our singles and doubles have some good things to work on this week.”
Lakers soccer crushes GRCC
Spring Lake girls soccer cruised past Grand Rapids Catholic Central 7-0 Wednesday with Taylor Colquitt and Laney Peasley notching hat-tricks.
Colquitt scored her first two goals of the game in the first half, wasting little time to net her third just after halftime. Peasley scored all three of her goals in the second half.
Phoebe Saunders also scored for Spring Lake on the end of a Peasley assist.
The Lakers are 5-1-2 and are undefeated in the O-K Blue Conference.
West Michigan Christian
Soccer edges out Ludington
Playing a tough Lakes Eight Conference matchup Wednesday, West Michigan Christian girls soccer edged out Ludington, 1-1.
WMC improved to 2-3-1 (2-0) on the season with the win. Emily Rosema scored WMC’s lone goal, beating the Ludington keeper after terrific build-up play by freshmen Sydney Betten.
Although WMC came away with the victory, starting keeper Katie Johnson left late in the game. Both Johnson and Adayla Liggett played well to preserve the shutout.
WMC next plays Monday night against Muskegon Catholic Central.
Warriors baseball sweeps Covenant Christian
Western Michigan Christian swept Covenant Christian Wednesday 8-6 and 5-0 with fantastic pitching dominating Game 2.
Nathan VanderWeide earned the win in Game 1, while Brant Zeerip pitched two innings and Jameson Goorman pitched the final inning.
Offensively in Game 1, Nick Moser, Jameson Goorman, Carson Van Hekken and Micah TerHaar each collected multiple hits.
Michael Kamps electrified fans in Game 2, striking out five batters with zero walks. Offensively, Sam Liggett had two doubles, Moser scored two runs and Zach Foreman added a single.
"Our pitching staff is really coming together and our defense has provided great support for them,” said WMC head coach Chris Van Hekken. “I am really happy with the way that TerHaar has been doing so far behind the plate, handling the pitchers.”
Softball cruises past Muskegon
The West Michigan Christian-Muskegon Catholic Central softball team dominated Muskegon Tuesday night with wins of 16-1 and 26-3.
WMCC Sophomore Kelcea Waller powered the offense in game one, blasting two hits, including a triple, and scoring four runs. Seniors Becca TerHaar and Steph Weesies, and junior Abby Sweetman added two hits apiece. Maria Sanocki and freshman Elisabeth Bonnema each tallied one hit.
Sophie Hawke picked up the win with a strong performance over four innings. She allowed only two hits, no walks and had six strikeouts.
In Game 2, Kelcea Waller again fueled the offense with three hits, including a triple. TerHaar, Sanocki, Weesies, Waller and Sweetman all scored four runs, while Delaney Bakker and Kate Fooks crossed the plate three times.
"I’m proud of our players for their excellent attitudes and kind spirits,” WMCC Jeff Hawke said. “Coach Sweetman and I could not ask for a better group of young ladies.”
WMCC swept by Orchard View
The West Michigan Christian-Muskegon Catholic Central softball team dropped both games Wednesday in a doubleheader against Muskegon Orchard View, losing 11-1 and 18-1.
Orchard View took control with a four-run fifth inning to put the game out of reach after scoring twice in innings two, three and four. WMCC kept it close through three innings with solid pitching and defense.
WMCC’s Kelcea Waller led the offense with a hit and scored the only run following a sacrifice bunt by Abby Sweetman and ground out by Katelyn Fooks.
Orchard View’s bats caught fire in the second game, as they put up big numbers in the first and second inning.
Track and field edged by Ludington
West Michigan Christian played its first conference meet of the season Wednesday, a double dual meet against Ludington and Muskegon Catholic, finishing second overall.
The Warriors defeated Muskegon Catholic 121 to 14, but the meet against Ludington was tight, ultimately losing 70-66.
It was back and forth the entire meet and came down to the final event - the 1,600-meter relay. Whatever team won that final event would win the meet. That event itself was back and forth as the lead changed several times with Ludington finally passing WMC for good in the final 75 meters.
Jack Zuidema, Eli Rotman, Daniel Plaisier, Pierce Newell won the 3,200-meter relay at 9:00.7; Isaiah Visker won the 100m hurdles at 18.55, and the 300 hurdles at 44.25; Brandon Sutsma won the 400 at 55.19, and Jack Zuidema claimed the 3,200 at 0:35.
"I was incredibly proud of how the team performed,” WMC coach Fred VandenBrand said. “We knew it was an outside chance for us to beat Ludington, so for us to come this close to beating them is still a positive for us.
"We had so many guys put up some big times and step up to fill roles that they don't normally do. Special recognition to Eli Rotman, who was the team work horse of the meet, for running all four of the distance events (1,600, 800, 3,200) in an effort to score as many points for the team as possible.
"We are looking forward to our next conference matchup against Manistee on Monday and itching for another shot at Ludington at the Conference Finals in a couple of weeks.”
Tennis edges Jenison
Fruitport girls tennis dominated its singles matches Wednesday to defeat Jenison, 5-3.
The Trojans won all four of their singles matches, with Trinity Busscher winning 6-2, 6-1; Haleigh Winskas winning 6-2, 6-3; Olivia Parling winning 6-4, 6-1, and Hannah Kelly winning 6-0, 6-0.
Fruitport’s No. 1 doubles pairing of Emily Dirkse and Alison Blakeman also won 6-0. 6-1.
Track hosts Union, Mona Shores
The Fruitport track and field teams hosted Grand Rapids Union and Mona Shores for an O-K Black Conference double dual Wednesday afternoon.
The girls split the competition with a 68-56 win over Union and 71-58 loss to Mona Shores. The boys blew past Union 127-6 and defeated Mona Shores 83-54.
Winning events for the boys were Ethan Flores in the 200-meter dash for Fruitport with a time of 23.83 seconds, followed by Cameron Weaver in second (24.07); Brendan Deneen in the 800 at 2:16.57, followed by Jon Wildey in second (2:16.57); Jaxon Deneen in the 1,600 at 5:02.33, followed by Deneen in second (5:02.89); Wildey in the 3,200 at 11:02.26; Flores in the 110 (15.29) and 300 (42.32) hurdles, followed by Christian Swiatek in second of the 300 (45.01); the 800 relay team of Dakota Mitchell, Flores, Weaver and Zach Pray (1:33.44); the 1,600 relay of Mitchell, Weaver, Pray and Deneen (3:35.57); the 800 relay of Wildey, Jaxon Deneen, Jordan Seelye and Brendan Deneen (8:44.56); Mitchell in the high jump (5-08); Robby DeeWaard in the pole vault (11-06); and Weaver in the long jump (18-6.5).
Winning events for the girls were Kylie Rudolph in the 400 (1:03.66), 3,200 (13:57.36) and long jump (15-05); Faith Clark in the 800 (2:41.59) and the 1,600 (6:18.46); the 800 relay team of Areona Robinson, Taylor Burke, Analiza Sanchez and Rudolph (1:54.56);
The Trojans return to action Friday at the MCC Optimist Invite.