BUCS XC TAKES ON O-K RED JAMBOREE
The Grand Haven boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Caledonia for their first O-K Red Conference jamboree of the season Tuesday.
The Grand Haven boys squad scored 52 points to come in second place at the event, as Hudsonville took top honors with 35 points. Grandville (85) finished third; Caledonia (87) finished fourth, Rockford (112) finished fifth, East Kentwood (129) finished sixth, and West Ottawa (212) finished seventh to round out the team scoring.
"To give you an idea of how well Hudsonville ran, we won the conference meet with 52 points last year, and 52 points got us second today," said Grand Haven head coach John Tarr. "But, second place keeps us in the running for the conference championship, because if we can win the next one or the last jamboree, we can share or win the title."
The Bucs stayed in the running with two great performances by Andrew Ireland, who finished third with a time of 16 minutes, 56 seconds and Dominic Weatherwax, who passed three Hudsonville runners at the finish line for fifth place with a time of 17:06. Rounding out the scoring for the Bucs was Cole Rowden (17:20) in 12th place, Kyle Eveland (17:38) in 15th place and Aidan Martin (17:42) in 17th place.
"Andrew did a great job of leading the team today by putting himself out front as one of the best runners in the area, and Dominic kept us close to Hudsonville with a great finish," added Tarr. "We struggled a bit in the second mile, but Rowden, Martin and Eveland came through in the third mile, passing about five guys each to move up. With the way they finished, all five of these guys have a shot at All-Conference honors."
In the junior varsity race, Grand Haven took home top-team honors with 33 points. Caleb Borns, Jonathon Tysman, Zach Boersen, Rowan Henderson and Isaac Stonesifer were the top five performers for the Bucs.
On the girls' side of the event, the Grand Haven squad finished in third place with 69 points, behind West Ottawa and Rockford, who both scored 57 points. The Panthers came away with the tiebreaker due to the fifth-runner score to take top honors.
Caledonia (70) came in fourth place; Hudsonville (86) came in fifth, Grandville (179) came in sixth, and East Kentwood (198) came in seventh place to round out the team scoring.
Senior standout Gabby Hentemann finished runner-up with a time of 19:14, while teammate Abby Buitenhuis (19:24) came in third. Giovana Marecek finished 10th (20:03), while Kelsie McManus (21:23) and Marlie Fraser (21:39) rounded out the top five for the Bucs.
"Although we finished third today, we are still not out of the race for a conference championship," said Grand Haven head coach Scott Przystas. "We were very close today with three girls in the top 10, but we just struggled at the four and five spots to close gaps. Gabby and Abby ran really great races up front. They took control of their spots and never looked back.
"That was a lot of fun to watch them dial in and go after it today. Gina was solid at the 10 spot, too, putting her in a position to be All-Conference. We have a very senior-laden team, so they know what they have to do in the next two weeks to come back at the second jamboree and contend for a championship."
In the junior varsity race, the Grand Haven girls took home first-place honors with 31 points. Grace Platz, Bri Jhamb, Abby Beatty, Peyton Brill and Madison Holub were the top five performers for the Bucs.
BUCS SOCCER EDGES HUDSONVILLE
The Grand Haven boys soccer team kept their positive momentum moving Tuesday, as they recorded a 2-1 road win over Hudsonville in O-K Red Conference action.
After a scoreless first half, which saw both teams have moments of great possession, the second half belonged to Grand Haven.
At the 34-minute mark, the Hudsonville goalkeeper was shown a red card, forcing the Eagles to play a man down for the remainder of the match. The Grand Haven offense, which had multiple quality scoring opportunities, finally found the back of the net when junior Max Jerovsek drilled a ground-skipping free kick from the top of the box with 4:03 remaining to give the Bucs a 1-0 lead.
Forty seconds later, junior Charlie VanSingle slotted a pass between two Hudsonville defenders to find Jerovsek breaking into the open just inside the penalty area, putting the ball past an outstretched Hudsonville keeper for his second goal of the game.
"Our defense stepped up tonight, and then our offense put away important opportunities near the end of the game," said Grand Haven head coach Nick Tejchma. "We are still growing toward working consistently throughout the whole game."
Grand Haven improves to 3-2-2 in conference play and 6-2-2 overall. After three weeks on the road, they return home Thursday night to take on conference rival Rockford.
BUCS SWIMMING LAPS HOLLAND
The Grand Haven swim team traveled south to take on Holland on Tuesday night, defeating the Dutch by a final score of 109-77.
Holland took the opening event, but the Bucs kept things close with a 2-3 finish in the 200-yard medley relay as the A-team of Kirbey Colella, Mary Violet Springer, Alonna Clark and Annah Taylor clocked in at 1 minute, 56.28 seconds for second place and the B-team of Madelyn Hudson, Madison Rogers, Georgia Basil and Brooke Zellman took third in 2:04.71.
The ensuing 8-6 Holland lead would be short-lived, as Kathryn Ackerman, Ocean Veldhouse and Ellyn Skodack swung the final lead change of the meet by finishing first, second and fourth in the 200 freestyle. Ackerman clocked in at 1:52.06, ahead of Veldhouse at 2:00.61 and Skodack at 2:06.11.
The 200 individual medley featured the same finish, as Clark took top honors in 2:16.94, ahead of Basil in second at 2:17.50 and Hudson in fourth at 2:36.37.
The Dutch swung back with wins in the 50 freestyle 1-meter diving and the 100 freestyle, but Grand Haven's depth kept them far ahead. Ackerman returned to the pool to win the 100 butterfly in 57.11, ahead of Clark in second at 1:03.27, while Basil took a customary win in the 500 freestyle in 5:27.84.
A 1-2 finish in the 200 freestyle relay bolstered the Grand Haven lead. Ackerman, Springer, Taylor and Veldhouse took first in 1:41.83, while Kirsten Dykstra, Zellman, Madlynn Lonee and Skodack took second in 1:51.09. In the 100 backstroke, Colella took top honors in 1:05.92, just ahead of Hudson in second at 1:06.42.
The meet finished with some drama as Holland took a tight win over the Bucs in the 400 freestyle relay. Ackerman, Clark, Veldhouse and Basil raced to a 3:43.76 finish, 0.70 second behind the winning Dutch team.
The Bucs are scheduled to return to the pool Thursday as they travel to Rockford for a competitive O-K Red Conference showdown.
LAKER SOCCER FALLS TO ALLENDALE
The Spring Lake boys soccer team fell to Allendale on Tuesday in O-K Blue Conference action by a score of 3-2.
Charlie Parker and Eli Denslow each scored goals for the Lakers, who fall to 2-5-4 on the season. The team will host Western Michigan Christian on Thursday at 6:45 p.m.
LAKER SWIMMING FALLS TO PIONEERS
The Spring Lake swim team traveled to East Grand Rapids to take on the defending Division 2 state champions Tuesday night, falling by a final score of 101-77.
Sara Mumby led the Lakers with a win in the 100 butterfly, clocking in at 1:07.26. Eliza Hulverson also represented well, finishing runner-up in the 100 freestyle (54.79) and the 200 freestyle (2:04.81).
The Lakers return to the pool Saturday for the Holland Christian Invitational.
TROJAN SPIKERS SWEEP GR UNION
The Fruitport volleyball squad made short work of Grand Rapids Union on Tuesday in O-K Black Conference action, dispatching the Red Hawks in straight sets by scores of 25-9, 25-10, 25-7.
Jordyn Carlyle led the Trojan attack with five kills, while Morgan Fialek added four. Trinity Busscher recorded team highs in aces with eight and digs with 13, while Kailey Carmean led the team in assists with 18.
Fruitport is off until Saturday, when they will travel to the Rockford Invitational Tournament.
TROJAN SOCCER MERCIES BIG REDS
The Fruitport boys soccer team defeated the Muskegon Big Reds 8-0 in O-K Black Conference action Tuesday night.
The Trojans were led by Bryce Lanore with four goals and single tallies from Logan Manciu, Will Braun, Jay Thompson, and Ryan Laus. Thompson also had two assists for the Trojans, while Laus, Kaleb Krueger and Austin Golden each added an assist. Connor Hines recorded the shutout in net.
Fruitport heads to Kenowa Hills to square off against the Knights on Thursday.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR SOCCER ROUTS ORCHARD VIEW
The No. 3-ranked Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team scored a 5-0 shutout win over Orchard View on Tuesday in Lakes Eight Conference action.
Andrew Rasmussen scored off an assist from Brandon Fles to get the Warriors on the board 13 minutes into the contest to help the squad to a 1-0 halftime lead.
The second half was all Warriors, as Hayden Hubers netted a hat trick and Fles scored off an assist from Isaac VanHoveen.
"What a great game for our back line," said WMC head coach David Hulings after the game. "Brandon (Fles), Brandt (Zeerip), Joe (Hain), Brevin (Byrne) and Isaiah (Visker) did a terrific job to shut down every attack OV created. What they could not stop, Jamo (Goorman) did a great job coming off his line to stop. We limited them to only three shots the entire night. Isaiah was stepping in for an injured player, and as a sophomore, really stepped up.
"We had a little trouble cracking their defense, at least for the first half. At halftime, we made a few changes in shape and moved some players to some different positions. We talked to Hayden (Hubers) and wanted him to relax and let the game to him. The result was a hat trick for the senior captain. He did a great job of attacking and taking the game to OV."
WMC improves to 7-1-2 overall and 4-1 in league play. They travel to take on Spring Lake on Thursday.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Orchard View defeated WMC, 1-0.
WARRIOR VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS MCC
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team traveled to Muskegon Catholic Central on Tuesday in Lakes Eight Conference play and came away with a three-set sweep of the Crusaders by scores of 25-17, 25-20, 25-12.
"We used the same lineup series that we used against Manistee last week, and it worked out well, as we controlled all three sets," said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. "MCC got a couple service runs in the first and second sets, but we got some runs on them in return to seal both sets.
"We had both setters doing a great job of sharing responsibilities. Our bench is very deep and every player is a potential starter this season. We have had some ankle and thumb injuries, so our depth is helping us stay consistent through different personnel changes. Anna Negen went down with a left ankle sprain in the third set, but we were still able to keep the momentum going."
Anna Sytsema recorded seven kills and three blocks to lead the Warriors, while Claudia Kingma added seven kills and 10 service points.
Eden TenCate recorded five kills; Chloe Mitchell added 10 service points and 22 assists; Alisha Leffring had 12 assists; Taylor Folkema blasted four blocks and Rebecca TerHaar and Sydney Holtvluwer each had eight digs.
WMC improves to 18-7-1 overall and hosts Grandville Covenant Christian on Friday.
Junior varsity: WMC defeated Muskegon Catholic, 25-8, 25-17. Kyla Wiersema led the team in kills with six and serving with four aces, while Cora VanHouwelinger had four aces, as well.